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The Rev. Douglas Deer points out a scene where Mary is lying down with Baby Jesus. His wife, Susan, he said, believes such scenes more realistically depict a mother and child.

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Volunteers Judy McBrearty, left, Fly Creek, and Susan Morgan, Cazenovia, heat up the wassail for crowds that braved 9-degree weather Saturday, Dec. 14, to enjoy The Farmers’ Museum’s annual Candlelight Evening/MORE PHOTOS, A3

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fter the $6.6 million CCS bond issue was defeated Wednesday, Dec. 11, by a 180-180 tie in a public referendum, the school board was expected to discuss what to do next when it met at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. For details, check WWW.ALLOTSEGO.COM

BETTER BE GOOD: The Otsego County Sheriff’s Department is participating in a statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown that continues through New Year’s Day, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. announced. SNOW ALERT: Village Hall reminds residents overnight parking is prohibited Nov. 1-April 1, but cars may be parked in Doubleday Field during snow emergencies. Sidewalks must be shoveled within 24 hours of a storm’s end, plus businesses’ sidewalks must be clear 9 a.m.-5 p.m. WINTER SOLSTICE: After Saturday, Dec. 21, days start getting longer.

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t one time, it was an Advent tradition at the First Baptist Church to hide the Baby Jesus somewhere in the church and let the kids find him on Christmas Eve and place him in the crocheted manger scene “One time, we couldn’t remember where we hid him,” said the Rev. Douglas Deer. “Luckily, we found him just in This pensive time.” Magi looks as That manger a wise man scene – plus 70 othshould. ers – was on display Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the church’s ecumenical Advent potluck service. Fifty will remain until Christmas Eve, when Deer, surrounded by mangers, hosts a candlelight service. “It gives it a warmer feel,” Here’s a he said. more whimIt’s part of an almost sical manger 1,000-year tradition. scene: on The first crèche is creda panda’s ited to St. Francis of belly. Assisi, in 1223 in Greccio, Italy, set up to emphasize Christmas is about Christ, not materialism and gift giving. Please See MANGERS, A6

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har’s gold in them thar kettles, Salvation Army Capt. Evelyn Hopping has discovered, to her delight. At the end of a recent

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This internally lit Nativity Scene, one of dozens in Pastor Deer’s collection, emits a warm rosy glow.

day of 18-year veteran Vera Stewart’s bell-ringing at the Salvation Army kettle at JC Penney’s entrance to Southside Mall, a small gold coin was discovered inside. Dated 1945, the inscription read, “Dos Pesos” and “Estados Unidos Mexicanos.” The next day, the anonyPlease See GOLD, A6

fter a summer of debate, even a still-unresolved lawsuit, the Village Board has affirmed its support for paid parking, on-street and otherwise, and is even looking to expand it, although not immediately. In a Dec. 11 working meeting to review the first summer of on-street parking, it was learned the new Pay & Display machines on Main and Pioneer generated about $190,000, minus the $100,000 cost of the machines, for $90,000 in first-year revenues, Mayor Jeff Katz said. At the meeting, Katz and four trustees – Lou Allstadt, Jim Dean, Cindy Please See PARKING, A6

$1.6M In Ec-Dev Grants Help Fund Winslow Homer, Hall Ap By JIM KEVLIN COOPERSTOWN

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collaboration of The Fenimore Art Museum and the Arkell in Canajoharie on “Winslow Homer: The Nature and Rhythm of Life,” $74,000.

A mobile ap, so baseball fans around the country can find items in the National Baseball Hall of Fame that relate to their hometowns, $234,000. These grants extend successes from Governor Cuomo’s 2012 round of state economic-development grants into 2013. Last year, The Fenimore received Please See GRANTS, A7

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Annual Thanksgiving Morning 5K Fun Run raised $615, plus some canned goods, to benefit the Cooperstown Food Pantry. Participants included front, from left, Greis Gomez, Nancy Potter, Rose Craine; back, from left, Emma Spinosa, Melissa Marietta, Jim Hill, Tom Hohensee, Jeff Idelson, John Sovocool, Donna Bailey-Mackie, Paula Huntsman, Anne Webster, Janet Ratliff. Vivienne Clark is not pictured.

uemac Garcia, Foothills Performing Arts Center executive director over a threeyear period of stability and innovation, has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31. He will remain on the Foothills board and as a member will focus on fundraising and program committees. “Huemac has been a strong contributor to Foothills’ success since joining the board in 2010,” said board president Carol A. Blazina. “We are grateful to him and I am delighted that

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An elated Huemac Garcia, left, shares a laugh with concert sponsor Ben Guenther after Gordon Lightfoot packed Foothills’ main theater for the first time in March 2011.

he has agreed to rejoin the board.” Said Garcia: “Foothills has always been, for me, an important symbol of the community’s vitality and future. At this point in my life, with other interests competing for my time and attention, it is important that Foothills have the complete focus of a new executive director. “I look forward to supporting that person when he or she is selected.” After the first of the year, a committee will be formed to conduct a search for a new executive director.

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THE It may have been 9 degrees outside, but Paxton Hazzard, 11 months, cuddling up to mom Stephanie, was oblivious at the Candlelight Evening at The Farmers’ Museum Saturday, Dec. 13. The Hazzards had just returned to Cooperstown last week after living in Colorado Springs for a while. That’s the Empire State Carousel spinning in the background.

Emphatically, Mia Pelcher, right, wishes Cooperstown Rotarians “a Merry Christmas” as CCS kindergarteners caroled the club Tuesday, Dec. 17, at The Otesaga.

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County Rep. Gary Koutnik (Ebenezer Scrooge), left, SUNY Oneonta senior Jake Wansor (Scrooge’s nephew), center, and Steve Dillon (Bob Cratchit) perform in the Glimmer Glass Theatre’s sold-out production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Sunday, Dec. 15, at The Farmers’ Museum.

Above, Fred and Robyn Bennett were back from Salisbury Center with their draft horses this year for the enjoyment of Candlelight Evening attendees seeking a wagon ride. At right, the Catskill Choral Society performs in the museum’s Cornwallville Church, another one of the evening’s traditional draws.

Linda Jackson and Tom Heitz, foreground, frame other Cooperstown Rotary carolers Thursday, Dec. 11, at Otsego Manor. Others, from right, are Will and Barbara Monie, Charles Ellsworth, Laurie Glockler and Gary and Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch.

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nduction 2014 is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. When you add in all the activities surrounding the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, it’s even moreso. Former Yankee manager Joe Torre, chosen by the Expansion Era Committee during Baseball’s Winter Meeting in Orlando earlier this month, is potentially another Cal Ripken, Jr. With San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn, he drew 84,000 fans to Induction 2007. It’s about stellar accomplishment, of course: With Torre in the dugout, the Yanks won six American League Pennants and four World Series. But as much or more, it’s about geography and the huge fan base that geography contains. A Yankee/Torre fan will be able to get up on the morning of Sunday, July 27, drive to Cooperstown, take in the festivities downtown

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and on the Clark Sports Center field, and get back home late that night. • That’s just as well, because as soon as his selection was announced – the Expansion Era Committee also elected World-Serieswinning managers Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa – phones immediately began ringing around the village. At the Hall of Fame, seeking reserved tickets; at the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, seeking particulars; at individual motels and B&Bs, seeking accommodations. In every way, this is going to be a sellout, to the benefit not only of Cooperstown’s economy, but Oneonta’s, and every other local hub within 50 miles. And the main attractions – the stars themselves – are yet to be announced. That will happen Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

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and MLB are all emerging from a difficult period with reputations enhanced. (CTE, here we come.) • Locally, the market has changed, too. Where Induction Weekend used to make or break the summer, now 13 weeks of Cooperstown Dreams Park’s youth tournaments, plus Cooperstown All Star Village on Route 205, West Oneonta, provides a reliable tourism foundation, Vinnie Russo will also tell you. So where are we this Christmas, baseball fans? We find ourselves still in a mecca of an enduring National Pastime, one with a re-enhanced reputation. We have a more stable and broader-based tourism economy. And we can look forward to a stellar Induction class, plus the Boston Pops’ 75th anniversary concert Aug. 2. Baseball did good by doing right. Merry Christmas.

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nd she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

the New Yorker for a half century and has a fan base of his own.” • Sure, it’s been a bit of a dry spell the last few years, even though the inductees have been worthy, as the Baseball Writers Association’s voting process guarantees. Roberto Alomar’s ecstatic fans from Puerto Rico (2011), Rickey Henderson’s hilarious and touching acceptance speech Preston Mack/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library (2009), and the great affection Goose Gossage Joe Torre, who managed the Yankees to three World Series titles, will guarantee a big crowd at commands (2008) come to Induction 2014, with Bobby Cox, left, and Tony mind. LaRussa attracting Atlanta and St. Louis crowds While Induction Weekend respectively. crowds since Ripken/GwThe favorites, the pundits downtown Cooperstown’s ynn have been in the teens baseball merchants, desay, are Greg Maddux and and 20s, hard work has Tom Glavine, both Atlanta clared the other day. been underway at 25 Main Braves. With Cox, who as St. Louis inductees and Major League Baseball manager took the Braves always draw a crowd, too, headquarters on Park Avto a World Series victory, Russo said, and LaRussa enue, rebuilding baseball’s that’s a critical mass to draw pushes that button. foundation for the post-stefans from that capital of (Roger Angell, who will roids era, steroids having Southern baseball, Vinget the J.G. Taylor Spink disqualified a generation’s journalism award, has nie Russo, Mickey’s Place headliners. written about baseball in proprietor and dean of The BBWAA, the Hall

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Star Light, New Life, Hope Is Born

he Christmas message seems almost too good to be true: God comes to US! The great God of the universe comes, not as a powerful superhero but as a vulnerable newborn baby, a baby born not in a palace or a temple but in a stable, a baby cradled not by princes or priests but by humble, ordinary people. The story of Christmas tells us all we need to know about God. The

creator of all creation, the ground of all being, comes in person offering unconditional love, boundless hope, and peace beyond all understanding. This source of all life – of our life – pours out grace sufficient to overcome anything that would separate us from one another or from our God. In that grace, we find courage and strength for living, no matter what life may bring. The signs of Christmas reveal God’s

The Rev. DOUGLAS DEER Pastor, First Baptist Church, Cooperstown

The Rev. DAVID W. MICKIEWICZ Pastor, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oneonta

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t all began with the paying of a hotel bill. Pope Francis has certainly got Catholics and people beyond our faith community thinking about the values out of which we live our lives. A hotel bill paid rather than presuming it was free. A used Renault rather than a fleet of limousines. A common apartment with other people as a residence rather than a Renaissance palace. Eating in a cafeteria with other people who work at the Vatican. These are the choices, not of a person who wants to make an impression, but rather the preferences of a person who has made a choice for Gospel values. Francis has opted for a simpler lifestyle. The question is not whether to spend or to hoard. The question is how we spend and why? What

do we value most? A vocation ties every part of a person’s life together into a whole. Our vocation as Christians includes our daily, practical decisions – not only how we make money but how we spend it. Many of us have very developed consumerist habits well-trained from an early age by advertising in all its insidious forms. These developed consumerist habits of ours can be broken however and replaced by Christian values but only by a deliberate effort of selfdenial. Francis’ remarkable choices are the result of his long habits of making do with less. As we Christians mark the birth of God in the flesh on the Feast of Christmas, isn’t this what God did by relinquishing dignity, power and divinity and doing with less for us?

true intentions. Star light breaks through the darkness, new life comes into the world, and hope is born to all people. All who come to the stable – lowly shepherds, visiting Kings, even people like us – are made new, made whole, made more than we ever imagined. May the Christ Child of Bethlehem come to you this year and may He find room to be born in your heart.

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he sentimental song “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” colors our singing of “0 Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining.” Or “Star of wonder, star of night ...” The Hallmark atmosphere would be ruined by messages about Hell on Christmas Eve. Yet the story about Herod’s slaughter of the innocents is the background for what happened on Christmas. Many people now assume Hell is not all that bad a place - they expect that if they end up there, they’ll see all their friends, picturing it as a drunken New Year’s Eve party. But the Bible’s picture of Hell is of utter darkness. A place of loneliness, fear, complete despair, “Where the darkness lasts forever.” (Ps.49: 19) Against this backdrop, Christmas Eve is set like a twinkling star. Isaiah

prophesied, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. They lived in a land of shadows, but now light is shining on them.” (ls.9:2) A star would break the spell of inky blackness. The true star on Christmas Eve was baby Jesus. In the manger we find the star of Jesus contrasted with the void of life without him; the light shining in the darkness. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” Twinkle, twinkle, Bethlehem’s star, What a wondrous light you are. Come to live and come to die, Then rise again to live on high! Twinkle, twinkle, Bethlehem’s star, God’s own light, that’s who you are.

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The Clark Foundation Recognizes Village’s Needs To the Editor: I would like to respond to the letter written by Mark Rudy and published in the Dec. 5 edition of The Freeman’s Journal. While I appreciate Mr. Rudy’s noting my family’s long-standing commitment to the betterment of the village and surrounding region, I do feel it is important to clarify a few items he shared in the letter. First, he notes that either The Clark Foundation or I own 10,000 acres of land in and around Cooperstown. The

foundation owns approximately 3,000 acres of land with the express purpose of protecting Otsego Lake and the headwaters of the Susquehanna River. The amount of property I personally own is considerably less than that. Second, while The Clark Foundation is a tax-exempt organization and much of the land owned by it could be exempted from paying property and school taxes, the foundation chooses to pay taxes on the property it owns, and in 2012 we paid just over $300,000.

This is in addition to the amount of tax I pay as an owner of private property. The various entities founded and/or controlled by my family, whether forprofit or non-profit, all recognize the need to be supportive of the village and its needs. This is manifested not only in service and programs provided by them year in and year out, but in the taxes we pay. Sincerely yours, JANE FORBES CLARK President


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promise is only as good as the one making it. A quick glance through Scripture shows the depth of, not only of the promise, but of the Promise Maker. In the wake of Adam’s sin in the garden, God promised One to come, who would “crush the head of Satan.” Some generations later, God promises that the One would be born through the family of Abraham. And even though Abraham messes that up, we learn that the promise is not dependent on man’s faithfulness, but on God’s. The promise is renewed many generations later under King David. But over time, Israel ceased to be a nation and the promise seemed dead. Then, out of the darkness, a child is born. Angels were proclaiming the birth to shepherds. Wise men were watching the stars for a sign. God’s plan was continuing, unhindered by human effort or error. The One, born of a woman, from the family of Abraham, and in the line of King David. Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us, was here! All of humanity has looked to God for salvation because God promised it. And not only promised it, but God has faithfully brought it to reality. Jesus was not only born, but He died in our place to bring us forgiveness for our sin through faith in Him. God is faithful. When He says, “whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life,” we can trust Him. Have you?

First Baptist Church Elm Street, Cooperstown Rev. Douglas Deer 607-547-9371 Sunday, December 22

Advertisement: Information Wanted – On Monday, the 13th inst. Luther Gains left his home near the Union Cotton Factory, in Hartwick, to transact some little business in Cooperstown, and has not since been heard of; the anxiety of his family at his absence is therefore very great. He is about 46 years of age, of a light complexion, and has a large mole on his left cheek; he wore away a black suit of clothes, and a dark brown great coat. Having lately worked at the coloring business, his hands are much colored with blue dye. Whoever will give information where the said Gains may be found, or the cause of his absence, will confer a lasting obligation on his distressed family. Benoni Gains. Printers in this state will please to give the above one insertion in their papers. December 18, 1813

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In his message of 1862, President Lincoln presented for the consideration of Congress a grand colonization scheme, which proposed to send laborers out of a country where they are so much needed. In his present message, the President recommends the adoption of some measure to encourage the influx of white laborers. Congress voted money, and Mr. Lincoln invited the free Negroes of the country to leave. But it appears they do not wish to go. Who can blame them? They have a good home and considerable influence with the Administration. So they are determined to stay in the country. The Secretary of the Interior informs the President in his recent report: “I am unable to report any greater disposition, generally, among the colored

7 pm “Stockings on Heaven’s Mantel” Children’s Story: “No Room in the Inn”

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All Are Welcome! Cooperstown UMC 66 Chestnut Street Cooperstown, NY Rev. Bill Delia, Pastor

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Sunday, Dec. 22 10 am Worship “A Song of Joy Arises” Jubilee Band will play

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Personal: Miss Mary B.W. Steere has resigned the position of organist of the Presbyterian Church of this village. Miss Steere is an excellent musician and as an organist has few equals. The society accepts the resignation with regret. Miss Emma Russell has been appointed organist in her stead; she has had some practice in Christ Church and bids fair to excel in the position. December 21, 1888

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The physicians in attendance upon Mrs. Margaret Cunningham, the aged lady who was so severely burned December 1st by falling upon the kitchen stove, have decided to resort to a skin-grafting operation should Mrs. Cunningham recover sufficiently from the effects of the accident to warrant that measure being taken. The back is so badly burned in two places that skingrafting is believed by Dr. M.I. Bassett to be the only means by which the wounds can be induced to heal. When she arose in the morning of December 1st and went into the kitchen, in some manner unknown, she fell against the stove. It was supposed that she may have been overcome by coal gas, there being a strong odor of the gas in the house. She was found by neighbors sometime later. December 17, 1913

The Cooperstown Pistol Team is tied for first place in the Schoharie County Rifle and Pistol League, having defeated Richfield Springs 1,043 to 1,035 last week. Cooperstown and Richfield Springs both have lost two of their 11 matches. The scores from the match at Richfield for Cooperstown: L. Boyd, 265; C. Talbot, 265; R. Davidson, 259; J. Mayne, 254. Scores for Richfield Springs: R. Dutton, 279; M. Smith, 255; D. Urtz, 252; and Sweet, 249. December 16, 1963

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Paul Fenimore Cooper, Jr. of Cooperstown, a physicist who was also an expert on the Arctic, died suddenly on Lord Howe Island, Australia, Friday, December 16, 1988 at the age of 58. A great-greatgrandson of James Fenimore Cooper, the novelist, Mr. Cooper graduated summa cum laude from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1948 and from Harvard College in 1952, majoring in both Physics and Greek. He was awarded a Doctorate in Physics at Harvard in 1958 and for many years worked with the Harvard Synchroton, which he had helped to build. December 21, 1988

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The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will hold its annual Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 20. The event is one of nearly 2,000 similar counts throughout the Americas. These counts stand as the largest body of ornithological information in existence. Participants will cover an area 15 miles in diameter. December 19, 2003

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persons, for whose colonization provision was made by certain recent acts of Congress, to emigrate, than had been exhibited at the time of your last annual message.” Thus, it appears that Mr. Lincoln’s grand Negro colonization scheme, which cost the Treasury a round sum of money, is a failure. December 18, 1863

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In a religion that was born in a barn, an open door goes without saying.

Our church invites you to join us in the worship and fellowship of Jesus Christ. The door is always open. Tuesday, December 24th 5:00 p.m. - Christmas Eve Family Holy Eucharist 10:30 p.m. - Chrismas Eve Service of Carols 11:00 p.m. - Chrismas Eve Festival Choral Eucharist

Wednesday, December 25th 10:00 a.m Christmas Day Holy Eucharist

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Christmas Eve Choral Concert – 9:30 pm Festival Eucharist – 10 pm Christmas Day Eucharist – 9 am Christmas Lessons and Carols December 29 – 8 and 10 am Epiphany Eucharist – January 6 at 5:30 pm

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6:45 PM Christmas Prelude 7:00 PM Candlelight Service Refreshments to follow

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Gold Coin Helps, But Salvation Army Must Still Serve 500 Families This Christmas $60 in gold (10 ounces), and retail for GOLD/From A1 $85 – $95 with tax, he said. mous donor “called to make sure we In 1945, the Mexican government knew,” said Hopping. franked 140,000 of the pieces. Between While it’s not common in Otsego 1952 and 1971, the government decided County, it turns out it’s something of to “restrike” the original mold, and ana Salvation Army tradition for gold other 4.5 million were produced, Crisler to turn up in the kettles. According said. So the coin’s collectible is not what to news reports, a Kruggerand (worth it might have been. about $130) turned up in a kettle in No matter, said Captain Hopping, Kokomo, Ind., this season for a fifth who was particularly appreciative, since year in a row. 2-3 weeks before Christmas, the kettles The Frederick (Md.) News-Post were running about $11,000 behind the reported an unspecified gold coin worth same time last year, when a total $64,000 $1,300 – maybe a U.S. “Double Eagle” was collected. The army has six kettles – showed up in the kettle outside a in Oneonta, two in Sidney and two in Giant supermarket, and the corps’ Lt. Mike Michels there said four or five Captain Hopping Cooperstown (outside Price Chopper and turn up in local kettles there annually. and ‘Dos Pesos.’ Tops.) Since Thanksgiving was a week late Similar occurrences were reported this year, that lag is due in part to the shorter this year in Lake Zurich, Ill., Murray, Ky., and Christmas season, she said. Charlotte, N.C., where a rare “Walking Liberty” Regardless, the need is there: Last year, the turned up. Salvation Army served 450 families; this year, The “dos pesos” coin is “not rare, but valu500 families are seeking yuletide help. In all, able,” said Chris Crisler, proprietor of ChristoHopping said her local corps expects to serve pher’s Coins on Chestnut Street in Oneonta. 1,700 individuals. He has three in the store. They contain about

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PARKING/From A1 Falk and Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch – scaled back no part of on-street paid parking, which was implemented for the first time Labor Day Weekend 2013. Instead, the five agreed on increasing the all-day fee from $10 to $14 in the lot and expanding the parking regimen there from Labor Day to Columbus Day. With the rate increase and the extra month, the village anticipates the $120,000 the Doubleday lot has been generating annually will rise to $170,000. If that works out and P&D revenues hold, the village can look forward to generating about $360,000 annually in parking revenues.

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Proposed changes in the law will be discussed by the full board at its December meeting, Thursday, Dec. 19, and a public hearing will be set for the January meeting on the 27th. The trustees can then vote on any changes well in advance of the 2014 summer season. At the Dec. 11 meeting, expanding on-street paid parking via P&D machines to Chestnut Street between Main and Lake was discussed, but no action was taken, according to Katz. Dean even suggested adding the P&Ds to the whole of

Chestnut Street. The suggestion of removing P&Ds on Main west of the traffic light, where empty spaces were observed throughout the summer, was not acted on. And the idea of extending the system beyond to the blocks in front of the county courthouse and office building was discussed, although not acted on at this time. Katz said the consensus was to leave this year’s program in place next summer to get a sense of the status quo before tinkering with the system.

Rev. Deer Has Mangers Aplenty MANGERS/From A1 First Baptist’s collection demonstrates the variety of the tradition. There are mangers that light up, mangers in snowglobes, mangers made of Pokemon and Veggie Tales, even one of Santa bowing before the Baby Jesus. “It helps us relate to the birth of Jesus,” said Deer. “Birth is a common thing, it’s not holy, so the manger scene reminds us that God is here in everyday life.” Many of the mangers are from Deer’s own collection, passed down from his mother, Phyllis. In one, the Holy Family member are Zulus; in another, Lakota Indians. “She got them from conferences, where missionaries from all these countries would bring them to sell,” he said. “It helps us

to picture people in different cultures, how they would picture the baby.” Deer’s favorite is one depicting Mary lying down, holding Jesus close, as Joseph and The Three Wise Men bow their heads. “It’s more authentic,” he said. “It’s realistic that a mother would hold her baby instead of just leaving him in the crib.” Part of what’s intriguing about the manger scene, said Deer, is the interpretation of the Christmas story. “It doesn’t say Mary rides in on a donkey or that there were animals in the manger,” he said. “Some have Joseph and some don’t, and The Wise Men probably wouldn’t have arrived until two months later – but ours always make it just in time.”

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GRANTS/From A1 $100,000 for a collaboration, “Romanticism & The American Landscape,” with the Glimmerglass Festival and Hyde Hall. Also last year, the Hall won a $275,000 grant to begin digitizing its collection, also making it accessible to fans far from here. For Cooperstown, comparing 2012 to 2013 ends there. Last year, the village received $636,854 toward an anticipated $1.9 million redo of Main Street’s sidewalks. This year, none of the village’s grant applications were funded. In particular, Mayor Jeff Katz was hoping for $75,000 to help market Doubleday Field leading up to the historic baseball site’s 100th anniversary in 1919. “It has a strong village image,” said Katz. “But the economic development impact of Doubleday is regional. I’m disappointed they don’t see that.” The village had also sought funding for capital improvements at the Fairy Spring Park, including stabilizing a retaining wall and building a bike path connecting the park and the village. If Cooperstown did well last year, the City of Oneonta did not. This year, it was the other way around, as the city received $200,000 to begin renovations to adjoining a three- and a four-story building on Main Street, the former Karma Spa locale and Java Island next door. Another $200,000 through the state’s Main Street program will be used for façade improvements. And a $75,000 grant will allow City Hall to development a comprehensive master plan of development for the downtown, the first since one in the 1990s resulted in the construction of the Clarion Hotel and Muller Plaza. Countywide, about $1.6 million was received, slightly more than last year’s $1.44 million, the largest amount being $500,000 for the Town of Oneonta’s proposed water plant in Fortin Park, Emmons, and pipes to supply water to the Southside commercial area and surrounding residential neighborhoods. The price tag is $9 million, and Town Supervisor Bob Wood needs substantial additional funding from the state Environmental Facilities Corp. and the USDA for the project to fly. The county is part of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, which in total was awarded $86 million, most of which is going to Oneida County – the Utica-Marcy area – where the state is developing a multi-billion nanotechnology campus at SUNYIT. Meanwhile, Village Hall’s attention is shifting back to last year’s grant, with bids due to be let by mid-January. At a pre-bidding session in 22 Main earlier this month, contractors were told that – given the momentum building for a banner Induction surrounding the Hall’s 75th anniversary year – sections of the sidewalk project that are being done this spring must be complete by Memorial Day. The mayor said that, over the summer, no construction will be in evidence, and it will pick up again after Labor Day, when the 75th celebration will be largely complete. “We made it very clear this project has a clear timeline that must be adhered to,” Katz said.

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MLS#90345 - Great location close to I-88. Turn-ofthe-century classic farmette offers hardwood floors, woodstove, and the craftsmanship of yesteryear. Large outbuilding was once a wood-working shop. $147,000 Call Adam Karns @ 607-244-9633 (cell) MLS#91030 - Move-in condition 4 BR, 2 bath home on 7 acres in Fly Creek. Large LR w/wood floors, family room w/pocket doors. Entry room w/woodstove leads into DR and kitchen. Large landing w/built-in shelves. Spacious master w/entry to balcony. All BRs have nice-sized closets. Perennials, covered porches, fire pit. Additional land w/large barn and creek available. $329,900 Call Kristi J. Ough @ 607-434-3026 (cell) New Listing! MLS#90534 - Great location for students! Inside completely gutted and new floors and some walls studded out. Blank canvas to finish for investment property. $47,500 Call Adam Karns @ 607-244-9633 (cell)

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MLS#87273 - 3 BR, 3 bath historic Greek Revival professionally renovated w/modern amenities. 3 acres w/ pond. Energy-efficient and luxurious. $325,000 Call Michelle Curran @ 518-469-5603 MLS#91049 - A mix of fields, pastures, and woodland on 171+ acres w/2 stocked ponds, ATV trails and 8-person heated and insulated tree stand. 3 BR ranch w/wrap-around deck, addition w/great room w/vaulted ceiling, open floorplan and all new appliances. New roof, semi-finished basement, central AC, 2-car/2-story carriage barn w/back porch. $699,500 Call Thomas Platt @ 607-435-2068 (cell)

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We have a list of people we know All written in a book And every year at Christmas time We go and take a look And that is when we realize That those names are a part Not only of the book they’re written in But of our very heart For each name stands for someone Who has crossed our path sometime And in that meeting they have become A treasured friend so fine Once you have met some people The years cannot erase The memories of a pleasant word Or of a friendly face

So when we send a Christmas card That is addressed to you It’s because you are on the list Of folks that we are indebted to You are one of many folks who Over time we’ve met And happen to be one of those We do not want to forget Whether we have known you For many years or few In some way you have a part in Shaping things we do This, is the spirit of Christmas, that Forever and ever endures May it leave its richest blessings In the hearts of you and yours.

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OBITUARIES Carl Joseph Peplinski Jr., 81; Korea Vet Leaves 12 Children RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Carl Joseph Peplinski Jr., 81, a Korean veteran who was born and lived in Richfield Springs, passed away from stroke-related complications on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in DeBary, Fla., where he had retired. He was born Sept. 4, 1932, to parents, Carl and Staphie Peplinski, Following graduation, he served in the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. Carl married the love of his life, Joyce Marie, in 1983. He retired in 1997 when The Chi-

cago Pneumatic Co., East Utica, where he worked, closed. He moved to Florida that same year. He enjoyed bowling, playing cards, board games, trips to the casino, traveling and seeing the trees change colors during the fall. He was an active member in the American Legion and Moose Lodge. He is survived by son Laine Madison and his girlfriend, Mindy; daughter Tara Taylor and her husband, Jeff; son Carl (Chip) Peplinski III; daughter Leslie Viens and her husband, Larry; son West Peplinski, and daughter Tan-

ya Wathey and her husband, Joseph. Other survivors include his stepchildren, David Madison, Jennifer Simonds, Dianne Stringer, Robert Madison, Jeffrey Madison, Debra Conrad and their spouses; 19 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Carl was predeceased by his parents, two sons and his loving wife. A dual service for Carl and Joyce will be held in Richfield Springs in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the American Diabetes Association in Carl’s name.

Gary Alvin Reeves, 68; Lived in Roseboom for 24 years ROSEBOOM – Gary Alvin Reeves, 68, who moved to Roseboom in the late 80s, passed away Dec. 13, 2013, at Bassett Hospital, with his family at his side. Gary was born March 20, 1945, to Alvin and Gertrude Reeves and grew up on Shelter Island. He moved to Roseboom with his wife and son in 1989.

Gary cherished his friends and family with their generosities – some near that touched his life almost daily and some far that he spoke of with love and many, many good memories. He is survived by his mother, Gertrude of Shelter Island; son, Norman and daughter-in-law, Melody; granddaughters, Allison

and Emily; brother, James and sister-in-law, Barbara and their families; brother, Roland and sister-in-law, Maureen and their families; sister, Sherri; and his faithful cat, Gypsy. He is predeceased by his father, Alvin. Calling hours will be 10 a.m.– noon on Thursday, Dec. 19, with a memorial

service following at Ottman Funeral Home, 22 Church St., Cherry Valley. A memorial service will also be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Shelter Island Fire Department, Route 114, Shelter Island. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.

Nancy C. Peters, 61; Retiree From Bassett Loved Animals EXETER – Nancy C. Peters, 61, of the Town of Exeter, a career-long Bassett Hospital employee, died unexpectedly at her home on County Highway 16 on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Born May 29, 1952, at Bassett, Nancy was the daughter of Lyle U. and Eleanor (Hubbard) Reynolds of Cooperstown. She graduated from Cooperstown Central School, Class of 1970, and within a month began working at Bassett. An accredited medical coder, she retired in May. Nancy is survived by her husband William “Bill” Peters, son Brett Utter and his significant other, Heather Minnich of Newington, Conn.; grandson Matthew Utter, and two brothers, Steven Reynolds of Cooperstown, Edward Reynolds, his wife Judy and their son Michael, all of

Cooperstown. Also, three step-children, Mark Peters of Cape Cod, Mass.; Jaci Lamb of Cape Coral, Fla., and John A. Lamb of Exeter; and five step-grandchildren. A memorial service is at 4 p.m. Saturday Dec. 21, at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, Cooperstown with Rev. Bill Delia, pastor, Cooperstown United Methodist Church, officiating. The family will be present from 2 p.m. pm until the time of the service to receive friends. Burial and committal will occur in the spring on the family plot in the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery. In recognition of Nancy’s love of animals, memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Arrangements are entrusted to Tillapaugh Funeral Service.

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Full Pwr, 69K, Stk: 922392

2006 SONATA GLS

YOURS FOR $9,995

| $148 mo.

P. Equip., 34K, Stk: C930760

2010 FUSION SE

YOURS FOR $12,995

| $163 mo. PRICE

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P. Equip, Snrf, 71K, Stk: 622882

YOURS FOR $14,495

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2012 ROGUE S FWD

YOURS FOR $17,995

| $237 mo.

| $186 mo.

2011 XTERRA S 4X4

YOURS FOR $18,995

| $252 mo. PRICE

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YOURS FOR $18,995

| $256 mo. PRICE

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P. Equip., V6, 71K, Stk: 531651

2011 MURANO S AWD

YOURS FOR $20,495

2007 RANGER SUPERCAB 4X4 XLT P. Equip., 85K, Stk: 830545 ............... $14,995.....$208 2010 ROGUE SL AWD Snrf., 32K, Stk: C930670 ......................................... $17,495.....$233 2011 SPORTAGE LX P. Equip., AWD, 29K, Stk: C930680 ............................. $18,495.....$245 2008 RAV LIMITED 4WD Lthr., Snrf., 40K, Stk: 632141.............................. $18,495.....$266 2012 SPORTAGE LX AWD P. Equip., 34K, Stk: C631211............................. $20,995.....$283

2010 LACROSSE CX

2008 IMPALA LT Full Pwr, Snrf, 33K, Stk: 632311 ........................................ $13,495.....$183 2011 CHRYSLER 200 TOURING P. Equip., 41K, Stk: 631651 ...................... $14,495.....$184 2012 FORTE EX P. Equip., 17K, Stk: C531661 ............................................... $16,495.....$214 2011 FORTE SX HATCHBACK P. Equip, 9K, Stk: C632241 .......................... $16,495.....$214 2010 LACROSSE CX Full Pwr., 34K, Stk: 631461 ......................................... $18,995.... $256

P. Equip, 45K, Stk: C620811

P. Equip., 58K, Stk: C631481

TOP $$$ F O R YO U R TRADE! Full Pwr., 34K, Stk: 631461

2010 ALTIMA 2.5S

2008 ELANTRA GLS P. Equip., 94K, Stk: 531242 ................................................$9,495.....$117 2005 IMPALA LS P. Equip, 74K, Stk: 632461 ...................................................$8,495.....$144 2009 GRAND MARQUIS LS Full Pwr, Lthr, 70K, Stk: 530142 ....................... $12,495.....$155 2009 MALIBU LS Full Pwr, 53K, Stk: C632071.............................................. $12,995.....$163 2008 ALTIMA SE COUPE 3.5 P. Equip., Snrf, 88K, Stk: 630942 ........................ $13,495.....$183

P. Equip., 23K, Stk: C830451

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OPERA -- 12:55 p.m. “Werther” live in HD from the

OPERA -- 12:55 p.m. “Prince Igor” live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info, tickets (607) 431-2080.

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Metropolitan Opera. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info, tickets (607) 431-2080.

| $275 mo.

2009 SPORTAGE LX

YOURS FOR $14,495

| $186 mo.

2011 TERRAIN SLT AWD Lthr, Snrf, 59K, Stk: 531981 ............................... $21,995.....$298 2012 JUKE SV AWD P. Equip., Lthr, Roof, 9K, Stk: C631921 .......................... $22,495.....$306 2011 GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO 4X4 P. Equip., 47K, Stk: 530701.......... $24,495.....$336 2010 TITAN CREW XE 4WD Full Pwr, 9K, Stk: C632611 ...............................$27,495.....$388 2012 SIERRA K1500 EXT CAB SLE Full Pwr, R-Brds, Hd Tonneau Cvr, Bedliner, 5K, Stk: 532042 ............................. $30,995.....$436

*R in stock # denotes rental. Payments based on $2,500 down or trade equity + sales tax, title & fees due at delivery. 2012 & 2011 75 mos. at 4.39. 2009, 2010 75 mos at 4.89. 2007 & 2008 72 mos. at 6.04. 2006 60 mos. at 6.84. 2005 & 2004 48 mos. at 6.84. 2003 42 mos. at 6.84. For Tier 1 qualified borrowers. Certain conditions may apply with approved credit. See dealer for details on all offers. Not responsible for any typographical errors, mistakes or omissions.

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