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oan Nicols, wife of one village police chief and mother of another, has stepped

forward to fill a third slot on the Democratic ballot in the Tuesday, March 19, village elections. She joins retired Mobil executive vice president Lou Allstadt, who is also collecting signatures to run on the “Village Party” independent line, and Bruce Maxson,

an attorney and Cooperstown Fire Department president. Nicols stepped forward on Tuesday, Feb. 5, after Richard Abbate, who is also village (and county) Democratic chairman, declined at the deadline the morning before to Please See NICOLS, A3

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t just happened. As is her habit, Kaylin Raggi was walking her English bulldog, Chunk, at Badger Park Thursday afternoon, Jan. 31, when she came across a woman who was obviously looking for something. Thinking the woman had lost her gloves, Kaylin offered to help and was advised the 2013 Winter Carnival medallion had yet to be found. Please See $500, A2


ox Hospital planned to announce a $1.3 million fund drive Wednesday, Feb. 6, to round out a $10 million renovation that would convert all of its rooms to single, outfitted with high-tech monitoring equipment. The drive, called “The Gold Standard of Patient Care,” would also create a 14-room Outpatient Observation Unit, where people with unclear symptoms may be monitored up to three days.

Otsego Land Trust Chooses New Executive

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AMONG BEST: The Otesaga has been ranked #33 of the 2013 Best Hotels in New York State by U.S. News & World Report, praising the “charming retreat’s cozy, bed and breakfast vibe.” Except for Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake Inn, all top contenders were from New York City.

Winter Carnival Medallion Found At Badger Park COOPERSTOWN


OPEN HOUSE; U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19, will open a Cooperstown office. An open house is planned 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, behind 25 Chestnut St. in the Village Cobbler former site.

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Kaylin Raggi and her bulldog, Chunk, revisit the Badger Park footbridge where they found the medallion.

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In retirement, contractor Dave Butler has a new business: Extra-sturdy wooden flags he’s fabricating in a shop in the Fly Creek Valley.

Contractor Creating Sturdy Wooden Old Glories Mekong Delta. He can show you a photo of himself on deck, on FLY CREEK the ready. The stream naravid Butler is no rowed, and narrowed. sunshine patriot. When the Viet Cong He learned to love Each star is sprung an ambush atthe Stars & Stripes the hard sturdily later that same day, tached. way. it was too narrow for It was in 1967, and he was the boat to turn around. One crew serving with a nine-man crew member was killed and seven aboard a Navy river boat in the Please See FLAGS, A3 By JIM KEVLIN


Butler relaxes aboard a riverboat in Vietnam in 1967; later that day, he was shot in an ambush.



eter Hujik moved to Virginia, and Virginia is moving to Otsego County. Virginia Kennedy, that is, outreach and development manager at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, who will succeed Hujik as executive director of the Otsego Land Trust, effective in mid-March. “We vetted over 50 qualified candidates,” said Carla Hall-Friedman, who chaired the search and announced Kennedy’s selection on Friday, Feb. 1. “We narrowed it down to four for in-person interviews, and she really stood out.” Please See TRUST, A3


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Joan Nicols Rounds Out Democratic Ticket NICOLS/From A1 continue his candidacy for trustee. The week before at the Jan. 29 Democratic caucus, Abbate had accepted a nomination as a formality, which gave him a few more days to find a Democratic contender. Nicols’ husband, Henry, is also former village and county Democratic chair. On the Republican side, the GOP Jan. 29 caucus also nominated Maxson. Allstadt asked for Republican backing as well, but arrived after the caucus had officially closed, so he cannot appear on the GOP ballot line. Joan Nicols has lived in the village since 1978, when

her husband, fresh out of the military, accepted the police chief position. The couple, both from downstate, had met in 1967 at SUNY Oneonta’s freshman orientation. One daughter, Diana diLorenzo, retired on disability as village police chief last year. Another daughter, Jennifer Curtis, is a SUNY Cortland professor. The couple’s son, Hank, was a national AIDS awareness advocate; he passed away in 2000. “I never imagined myself as a trustee or even running for office,” said Nicols, who is scaling back as a Bassett Hospital team leader and will have more time on her

hands. “I love this community. Cooperstown has done so much for my family and myself. I think it is my turn to give back.” On seeking an independent line, she said, “I wanted to give people who typically don’t vote for one of the major parties a chance to vote another line.” Abbate said, “I think Joan Nicols will be a terrific candidate.” For his part, he said, the job of county chairman, assumed in August, “is where my driving force should be,” particularly since he hopes to achieve a Democratic majority on the county Board of Representatives in the November elections.

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riadne Fern Zamelis of Manlius has completed her studies at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst as of December 2012. She will receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at commencement this May. Her thesis art show, “Skin Deep,” was featured in the University’s Hampden Gallery. In completing her studies early, she was named to the Dean’s list four out of seven semesters with a 4.0 GPA her last semester. She was a resident assistant during her junior and senior year and received an award recognizing her as an outstanding RA. Ariadne plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Art Therapy starting this fall. She is the daughter of Douglas and Cheryl Zamelis, residing in Manlius and Springfield, and is a 2009 graduate of FayettevilleManlius High School. She is the granddaughter of Maria Tripp, Cooperstown.

Kaylin, Chunk Found Medallion In 10 Minutes $500/From A1 That prompted Kaylin and Chunk to start looking around. Twice, they looked under that footbridge in the southeast corner of of the park, which is located behind Price Chopper and features an ice rink. The third time, though, Kaylin espied something tucked way back under the trestle. She pulled it out, and it was the tiny model of a double-decker London bus, capturing this year’s carnival theme, “British Invasion,” marking the 50th anniversary

of the Beatles’ first hits. The find wins Kaylin a $500 check, courtesy of The Freeman’s Journal, which will be presented at the Carnival Closer at 4 p.m Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Back Alley Grill. “It took less than 10 minutes,” a smiling Kaylin said a few days later. The lucky winner is a 2004 CCS graduate and a 2008 graduate of Wesley College in Delaware. A nursing clerk at Bassett Hospital, she is looking to go back to school this fall to earn an R.N.

Finnley Hanway, one of the 2013 beneficiaries of the Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump, gets a handshake from a Polar Bear during a Sunday, Jan. 27, silent auction at Milford Central School to benefit the jump. The Polar Bear Jump will be Saturday, Feb. 16.

KEEP PROM SAFE: CCS’ Project Prom Committee is looking for contributions for this year’s event. Checks may be sent to Box 1348, Cooperstown 13326, or call treasurer Robin Serafin.

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Poconos Conservationist Joins Land Trust TRUST/From A1 Delaware Highlands straddles the state line between Hawley, Pa., and Narrowsburg in the northern Poconocs. Kennedy said that area’s similarity to this county attracted her to the job. “I wanted to work in a similar landscape,” she said. “It’s got an excellent combination of rural living and access to superior cultural activities – the museum, the opera, the colleges.” Hujik resigned in October to accept a job at the Piedmont Environmental Council in Charlottesville, Va. Over seven years, he had protected 2,000 acres and acquired land and easements along a 15-mile corridor between 106-acre Fetterly Forest on Canadarago Lake’s west side and six-acre Deowongo Island down Oaks Creek to Compton Bridge in Index. Ninety properties were covered by easements or purchased outright by the Land Trust last year alone. In Hujik’s wake, said Land Trust board chair Harry Levine, “We were looking for someone who could get their hands wrapped around all the activities. Virginia has a passion for land conservation.” Said Kennedy, “I’m very excited about conservation education. I would like to focus on programs that connect land protection to local economies, like tourism, agriculture and farming. Connecting strong conservation values to sustainable economies leads to a higher, healthier quality of life.” Moving the program towards long-term sustainability is one of the Land Trust’s chief goals, and Hall-Friedman believes Kennedy will be

Virginia Kennedy joins Otsego Land Trust in March as executive director.

the right person for the job. “She’s very intelligent in how she approaches her commitment to land preservation,” she said. “She has a fine sensibility in dealing with issues in a strategic way.” Fundraising, land preservation and community outreach will all be part of her job description. “We want to connect the land to the people and the people to the land,” said Hall-Friedman. “We want to bring people out with our volunteer programs, hikes, workshops, movies. We want to get them on the land in all seasons. People are passionate about Otsego County.” And Kennedy, who has an M.A. in English from Montclair State University and a Ph.D. from Cornell, focusing on environmental ethics, hopes to make tourists just as excited. “I like the notion of people coming from all over to visit,” she said. “It gives us an opportunity to spread the message of conservation.”

David Butler Building Sturdy Flags FLAGS/From A1 wounded, including Butler, who was shot in the arms and legs. Today, the blood he paid in a national cause is carried forth in his respect of the national symbol. Recently retired from his contracting business (after Vietnam, he’d gone into law enforcement), Butler, 67, has begun fabricating American flags in wood in a workshop in the Fly Creek Valley. “I’m proud of the flag,” he said the other day as he showed a visitor around his workshop. “I thought making American flags was as American as you can get.” You may remember the last time Butler appeared in this newspaper. He had just finished transforming the north side of a barn on JP Morgan adviser Brian Tramontozzi’s Three Hour Farm into Old Glory, visible to anyone driving south on Fly Creek Valley Road from Route 20. That one job turned into a three-year commitment. “Every time I just about finished one job, we’d start another,” he said. Butler had developed the workshop for his Tramontozzi projects, and when he decided to retire in December – he has the beginnings of Parkinson’s – his boss told him to continue using the space. “I had never built a wooden flag,” said Butler, but when his son David

Jr.’s wife Penny asked him to build a wooden flag as a gift – a “finishing touch” for the couple’s house – he was intrigued. (David’s retired from the sheriff’s department; second son Daniel is a state trooper in Richfield Springs.) On the Internet, Butler found a lot of flags. Some were made from recycled wood, but he chose high-grade “preferred” wood used in flooring. Some flags were “faded glory”; “that’s a whole different type,” Butler said. Applying his construction experience, he created two wooden frames, one for a 19-by-29-inch flag, the other for 29 by 47. The forms hold the precut slats – primed, painted and painted again – tightly in place as they are glued together. He then staples braces across the back. He ordered white stars, but developed “my dental implant design” to ensure they stay in place. He “implants” 50 screws on the blue field, then glues each star in place. You can see one result hanging on the front of The Fly Creek General Store. The small ones are $150; the big ones, $200. Butler started this new venture because “it’s something I can do physically.” But he sees the potential. Faded glory? Maybe next? You can be sure the Stars & Stripes will be part of an expanding line.

…at Winter Carnival TENTS – Noon-4 p.m. “The Flying Circus” Festival Tents, Food, drink samples, vendors, kids activities and more! Lakefront Park. TASTING – Noon-4 p.m. Wine Tasting. Cooperstown Wine & Spirits, 45 Pioneer St. BENEFIT – Noon-3 p.m. SPCA wine benefit. Wine tasting and hors d’eourve samples. Suggested donation. Nicolettas Café, Main St. DOG SHOW – 12:30 p.m. “The Hounds of Baskerville” SSPCA Dog Show. Categories will include Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Speaker, Best Butt Wiggle, Best Tail Wag. Sponsored by Dog Wild Canine Supply. Lakefront Park. Info, entry forms, 547-8111, GHOST TOUR — 1 p.m. Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tours, $10 Adults, $5 Children, Kids 5 and under are free. Departs from Pioneer Park on Main St. Info, 547-8070. BOWLING – 1 p.m. Bowling Tournament. Adults and children welcome. $3 members, $6 non-members. Clark Sports Center. Info, 5472800. KIDS KARAOKE – 1-3 p.m. Come sing your favorite songs from across the pond and enjoy free pizza from NY Pizzeria. Masonic Lodge, 77 Main St. CONTEST – 2-4 p.m. “Sgt Pepper’s” Chicken Wing Contest. $5. Come vote for your favorite! Cooperstown Vet’s

Club, Hoffman Lane. BASEBALL – 2-4 p.m. Homerun Hitting Contest. Suggested donation, $3 or 3 cans to benefit Cooperstown Food Bank. Lakefront Park. Info, 432-0400. FREE THROW – 3 p.m. HOOPLA Free Throw Contest. Clark Sports Center. Info, 5472800. DESSERT – 4-5 p.m. “Sticky Fingers” Dessert Lovers Contest. $5 The Farmers’ Market building in Pioneer Alley. Info, 547-0326. EATING CONTEST – 5 p.m. 3rd Annual Royal Eating Contest. Must be 21 to enter, $10 entry fee includes official eating t-shirt. Proceeds benefit United Way. Prizes for top 3 eaters. Cooley’s Stone House Tavern, 49 Pioneer St. DINNER – 5-8 p.m. Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Living Waters Mission Team. $9 Adult, $5 Kids under 12. Take outs will be available

from 4 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, Pioneer St. Info, Susan Jones, 547-8151 or the Presbyterian Church office, 547-8401. PERFECT POUR – 5:307:30 p.m. DUVEL Pouring Contest. Purchase a Duvel beer, try a pour. The Pit, 34 Pioneer St. MOVIE – 6:30 Gym Floor Movie Night “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” The Clark Sports Center gym. Info, 5472800. LIP SYNC: 7:30-9:30 p.m. “The Monty Python” Lip Sync Show, 18 and over. Beer, wine & finger food catered by Doubleday Café. The old Agway Building, 28 Railroad Ave. Info, entry, LIVE MUSIC -- 9 p.m. “Rock the Cash Bar” Bands at Local Bars. No cover charge. 21 and over ONLY.

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PANCAKES — 8-11:30 a.m. Cooperstown Lions Pancake Breakfast. Veterans Club, Main St. OPEN HOUSE — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artists Off Main Winter Carnival Open House. Vintage Mod Jewelry, Hand-knit Tea Cozies and More! 12 Commons Drive, Cooperstown. SLED RACES — 10:30 a.m. “Aston Martin” Youth, Adult Sled Races. Lake Front Park. BASKETBALL — 11 a.m. Adult Free Throw and Three Point Contest. Clark Sports Center. Call 547-2800.

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Fox Renovations Underscore Benefits Of Hospital Collaboration “Incidents we can’t control make us what we are – eh, Frank?” Irv says, changing subjects as he suddenly takes a sweeping left straight into an unnoticed but landscaped driveway that leads back to a crisp new three-story glass-and-brick hospital building with blinking antennae and microwave dishes on top. The A.O. Fox Hospital.

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id you ever wonder why, when Frank Bascombe’s son is injured in Richard Ford’s “Independence Day,” the 1996 novel that won both Pulitzer and Faulkner/PEN awards, he was taken to Fox Hospital instead of Bassett? Many tourists to Cooperstown, intent on the Hall of Fame, don’t know that, two blocks to the north, is Otsego Lake, Cooper’s Glimmerglass. Maybe Richard Ford wasn’t aware Cooperstown had a hospital; certainly, he may have thought, Oneonta, the regional city, would, so he had fictional Paul Bascombe admitted there. That underscores two things. One, it’s most unusual that a massive enterprise like the nine-county Bassett Healthcare Network would be headquartered in a 1,820-person village like Cooperstown. Maybe Bassett’s existence was beyond Ford’s imagination. Two, a city like Oneonta, a regional hub, home of two colleges, with the two-county (or

three or four) retail magnet that is Southside Mall, is expected to have a full-service hospital – if nothing else, its annual impact on the Greater Oneonta economy is $160 million – and requires such to function and flourish. And so it has, for 112 years, and so it will continue to have, enhanced and positioned by a $10 million renovation, made possible with a $8.7 million state HEAL grant approved last fall, and a $1.3 million local fund drive kicked off Wednesday, Feb. 6. • To a point, “incidents we can’t control make us what we are” created the modern Fox Hospital, which three years ago affiliated with Bassett, which, with Mayo and Geisinger, is among the foremost rural health-care systems in the nation. While the affiliation had been resisted for years, the reality of bigness in modern medicine – and a dearth of orthopedic surgeons

and other specialities – made it inevitable – and, as it turns out, extremely beneficial. In an interview, Fox Hospital Administrator John Remillard said that without “relationships, being part of a system,” it’s likely the state money – HEAL is the acronym for the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law – would not have been forthcoming. The $8.7 million Fox received was part of a larger package Bassett submitted that included Cobleskill and Herkimer facilities. Fox and Cobleskill got the money in this round. The $10 million total is needed to bring a 1970s facility into the 21st century, and the plans are very impressive. First, the converting double rooms to single rooms makes sense, for a lot of reasons. The preponderance of treatment is done on an outpatient basis today. This means, if you are admitted to a hospital, you are really sick, not interested in socializing with a roommate. Plus, a single-room setting helps control infection. And the roomier rooms accommodate family members, who want to be present, given the condition of their loved ones. Further, these rooms are on the cutting edge of technology. Heartmonitoring equipment that was limited to the ICU, which is being supplanted, is standard. Plus, the ubiquitous EMR – electronic

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medical record – is accessed, not through a cart in the hall or a laptop under a doctor’s arm – but at a conveniently placed in-room computer. The second key innovation is the creation of an Outpatient Observation Unit, allowing patients whose symptoms are obscure – is Dr. House in the house? – to stay on site from eight hours to three days. Instead of placing these patients throughout the facility – or sending them home – they will be

in 14 beds overseen by a specifically trained team. A team, led by Robbin Scobie, vice president/nursing, will undergo intense training at the National Observation Patient Management Conference later this month in Las Vegas. Sound like fun? You spend the morning at “The Northwestern Experience: Development & Evolution of the Observation Unit – Maximizing Bed Utilization and Staffing Experiments with ED vs. Hospitalist Control” and let us know. This is full immersion. • Wisely, the state’s $8.7 million grant requires a $1.3 million match. Contributing even $10 creates community buy-in. Give more if you can – there are naming opportunities, including $10,000 for a room. Contributions from $1,000 up will get a listing on a Tribute Wall. Already, $650,000 has been raised in the fund drive’s “silent phase,” and 4,000 letters of solicitation will be arriving in the mail shortly. Remillard hopes every one of Fox’s 950 employees – they live throughout the county – will also contribute. There’s no downside here. The state grant is found money for the community. The local money likewise circles through. And a stateof-the-art Fox Hospital – “The Gold Standard” is the stated goal – is good for our county community, and for everybody in it.


Cruel Local Campaign Against Iroquois Argues Against ‘Redskin’ As Honorific

If ‘Redskin’ We Must, Honor ‘Magic’ Potato To the Editor: I have followed with interest the matter of mascots at Cooperstown Central School ever since the issue arose for debate 11 years ago. At the time I had a suggestion to offer that would allow the school to actually retain the nickname Redskins, but I kept silent. Today I will offer my suggestion, mainly in response to the Student Address Assembly, Jan. 24, (as shown on the CCS website) by Dr. David Borgstrom, school board president. But before I do this I want to take some time to consider just what we are talking about here. I keep hearing that we need a new “mascot,” or possibly a new “mascot nickname,” but when I read the list of suggested options on the Official CCS Mascot Ballet I decided it was time

to do some research, mainly because I find all the suggestions inappropriate for many reasons. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines a mascot as: “A person, animal or object believed to bring good luck; especially, one kept as the symbol of an athletic team or other organization.” I do not see how any of the suggested “mascots” are associated with good luck. In fact, I believe that most of the suggestions are examples of a lack of “cultural sensitivity.” I do not mean to criticize Dr. Borgstrom – I only want to point out how easy it is to be culturally insensitive even when we have the best intentions of avoiding cultural insensitivity. To be specific, the suggested names Deer•F








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must also understand that there is a dark element to this history that makes the school’s use of the term “Redskin” as the team nickname particularly egregious. In the summer of 1779, the Clinton-Sullivan Campaign, that had the primary objective of destroying the homes, villages and crops of the Iroquois people in order to drive them from their ancestral homes, was launched from the present site of Cooperstown. This campaign was one of the largest military operations waged in North America during the American Revolution and involved thousands of soldiers and hundreds of bateaux (wooden military boats) sailing down the Susquehanna and destroying every village, crop and orchard that they came across. Please See CRUELTY, A7


gonquin people using the Susquehanna River and lake as major routes of transportation that extended over many thousands of square miles. We also know that the lake was an important hunting and fishing site for the native settlements in the Mohawk Valley. The evidence of these peoples’ lives is all around us – it is turned up every spring when local farmers plow their fields and discover arrow heads and pot shards, and it is in the very place names that define our community. Otsego, Susquehanna, Oneonta, and Council Rock are among the many place names that come down to us from our native forebears. To the extent that we believe in the power of history and that we understand Cooperstown to be a place blessed in its heritage, we


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To the Editor: I am writing to support the Cooperstown Central school board’s decision to reopen the question of changing the sports teams’ nickname from the “Redskins.” I personally believe that this nickname is a detriment to the school and its athletes for a variety of slayer, Hawkeye and reasons. Leatherstocking are all As the issue of history names for Natty Bumppo, a and heritage are used to fellow who actually shot and support both sides of this killed a Native American in argument, I think that it is one of the James Fenimore Cooper novels. This certain- time we review our commuly won’t bring us good luck nity’s historical connection and we certainly don’t want between Cooperstown and an Indian killer to represent the native peoples of this region. We share a rich heriour school. tage, and there is much to be Then, if you add three proud of in this regard. more of the suggested For hundreds of years names – Hunters, Pathfindprior to the 18th century, ers and Pioneers – you Otsego Lake was a center might begin to notice these of Native American life first six suggestions have one thing in common: They in the Northeast, with the Please See POTATO, A7 Haudensaunee and Al-

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was thrilled to learn you were reevaluating our school’s nickname. As a CCS alumni and Cooperstown local, I ask you to repair the damage caused by our school’s unfortunate nickname. Calling ourselves the “Redskins” is harmful and hurtful. While many community members take pride in this nickname, the term has been and continues to be a source of shame and embarrassment for others, including myself. Supporters of our nickname have raised many hollow arguments in the

past. First, some have remarked that they personally know American Indians who support the use of Indian mascots and nicknames by educational institutions. Yet individuals cannot speak for a people. For instance, even if a few of my African-American friends supported changing our nickname to the “Blackies,” countless other African-Americans would rightfully take offense. Other supporters say the term “Redskin” is steeped in respect of our local history, as evidenced by James Fenimore Cooper’s novels and our art museum’s collection of Indian “artifacts.” “The Last of the Mohicans” is a captivity narrative, a popular and sexy

literary genre when it was written, portraying indigenous people as a dying breed. Far from a dying breed, many indigenous people, including our neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, have proven themselves resilient and strong. Understandably, many indigenous people resent museums portraying their recent ancestors’ belongings as novelties from an archaic past. Another nickname could highlight prouder moments of our local history. Still others argue against changing our school nickname for the sake of tradition, since our nickname apparently dates from the mid-1920s. While I love tradition and its ability to teach us who we are, I am also wary that Please See TRADITION, A6




BOUND VOLUMES Compiled by Tom Heitz from Freeman’s Journal archives, courtesy of the New York State Historical Association Library


One of the best means of acquiring that happy state of mind called contentment is to take a fair retrospect of our past lives. Can we recollect periods when we formed a certain system and imagined certain objects would make us perfectly happy? Have we not obtained those very objects; and found ourselves as far from the ever-receding horizon of expected bliss as when we were without them? The truest philosophy, then, is to give every blessing we enjoy its fullest estimate; and always to consider contingent advantages, as magnified by their distance. February 6, 1813


where she will be the guest of friends for several weeks. Mr. Johnston also goes to New York for a week’s stay and to attend the Yale dinner. Mrs. Charles F. Zabriskie has given the new railing for the lectern in Christ Church. It is not only of great beauty, but of practical use, as the former arrangement was somewhat perilous for the reader. The railing is constructed of carved oak, in harmony with the Cooper screens. A large candle, supported by a carved candlestick at the reader’s right adds dignity and grace to the design which was planned by Mr. Frank P. Whiting, the well-known New York architect. The work was done by Edward Decker, under contract of Luther D. Robinson. February 5, 1913


Editorial – Every day’s observation strengthens our conviction that a large majority of the people of this county desire no change in the law prohibiting our banks from issuing small bills. The answer of almost every Democrat we meet is, “That a suspension of the operation of the small bill law during the legalized suspension of specie payments would have been satisfactory, but that now, when things are soon to resume their wonted condition, by a return to specie payments, there exists no necessity for a suspension or other alteration of the small bill law – a sufficient reason why no change should be made.” “I want no bank bills under five dollars,” said a veteran Democrat who resides about six miles out of this village, to us the other day: “and, said he, “furnish me with a remonstrance against any change in the present law, and every farmer in my neighborhood will sign it at once.” (Ed. Note: The indiscriminate, unregulated issuance of small currency by local banks without secure backing in previous years had helped bring about a bank panic; numerous banks failed and many businesses and individuals holding the worthless currency were forced into bankruptcy). February 5, 1838


Stature of American Soldiers – Surgeon-General Hammond, in his forthcoming work on “Hygiene,” gives the following curious statistics relative to the superior height of America soldiers over those from other countries. “The great stature of the American, when compared with that of the English and French soldiers, is made apparent from the following statistics, gathered by the Medical Department: Of one thousand men in the British Army, there were but 65 men who were six and over in height, and in the same number of soldiers in the French Army, but four; while of 1,800 recruits for the United States Army, 251 were six feet and

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Mr. Anthony Comstock, as Secretary of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, may do some rather foolish and unnecessary things in the discharge of his disagreeable duties. But nevertheless he is a fearless and honest man who is doing a great deal of good, especially in shielding the young from contamination. Let him have credit for it. A report shows that much has been accomplished during the past year in bringing offenders to justice, and in seizing and destroying immortal (sic) books, papers, pictures, etc. In all 178 persons were arrested, 121 convictions obtained, 98 sentences imposed, and fines amounting to $6,000 collected. The matter seized, besides large quantities of obscene literature, included photographic negatives by the thousand, half a ton of lottery circulars, and a ton of gambling implements. February 10, 1888


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Rain and freezing rain which started in mid-morning coated streets and highways with a glaze of ice Saturday, causing numerous minor traffic accidents in and around the village. All schools in Otsego County were forced to suspend classes Monday because of hazardous driving conditions on main and secondary roads. Temperatures fluctuated widely late last week plunging to 18 below zero early Friday morning to a high of 40 Saturday afternoon during the rainstorm. February 6, 1963


The more than a hundred fans of CCS boys’ basketball that made the trip to New York Mills were treated to a heart-stopping 84-78 overtime victory. Observers agreed afterward that the Redskins’ fourth quarter counterattack from a 12-point deficit in a hostile gymnasium filled with deafening crowd noise ranked as one of the most memorable chapters in CCS basketball history. With the score tied 74-all at the end of regulation, Ken Fetterman, Todd Murdock and Rick Reich led the CCS offense in the fourth stanza and in overtime. Murdock’s 18-footer from the wing with a minute left in OT put CCS ahead to stay at 79-78. February 10, 1988


As manager of NASA’s space shuttle program, Ronald D. Dittemore has been responsible for briefing the press and nation in the wake of the Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy. According to vital records maintained by the Village of Cooperstown, Dittemore was born at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital on April 13, 1952, to Aileen June Smith and Elmer Dean Dittemore, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. February 7, 2003

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In Upstate, Onondagas, Oneidas Oppose Native American Nicknames For Teams TRADITION/From A4 tradition may sometimes stop us from becoming who we ought to be. Our nation has a tradition of racism – and dare I use the G-word, genocide? It’s best to let go of some traditions. I am not alone in suggesting that our nickname is hurtful. The NAACP, the state Department of Education, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and numerous other organizations and governmental bodies have advocated against the use of

Indian symbols and mascots. The Society of Indian Psychologists believes that the use of Indians as symbols and mascots, however well-intentioned, is “incongruous with the philosophy espoused by many Americans as promoting inclusivity and diversity.” The American Psychological Association called for the retirement of Indian mascots in schools. Former APA President Ronald F. Levant is quoted on its website: “The use of

American Indian mascots as symbols in schools and university athletic programs is particularly troubling because schools are places of learning. These mascots are teaching stereotypical, misleading and too often, insulting images of American Indians. These negative lessons are not just affecting American Indian students; they are sending the wrong message to all students.” Dr. Lisa Thomas, APA Committee on Ethnic and Minority Affairs, goes further: “We know from the

literature that oppression, covert and overt racism, and perceived racism can have serious negative consequences for the mental health of American Indian and Alaska native people. The discontinued use of American Indian mascots is a gesture to show that this kind of racism toward and the disrespect of all people in our country, and in the larger global context, will not be tolerated.” Our neighbor, the Onondaga Nation, opposes use of Indian mascots, calling them

defamatory. Kandice L. Watson, director of Education & Cultural Outreach of the Oneida Nation, explains that “painting faces and doing that tomahawk chop while chanting some nonsensical chant is ridiculous and I don’t know how this could be honorable to anyone. I’ve seen teams in the Northeast who send in an ‘Indian’ on a horse – usually he is wearing nothing but a breach cloth and a headdress and is carrying a spear or something. Everything about this is wrong.”

She continues, “I think the bottom line is this: IF your mascot is truly honoring the local Indian Nation, let it be a completely accurate depiction, respectful of that tribe’s traditions and culture and done with that tribe’s consent. Otherwise, I don’t see how it can be defended.” Ms. Watson would likely be appalled by our use of the nickname “Redskin,” a term which fails to accurately and respectfully depict any local Indian Nation and which we use without consent.

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OBITUARIES Diane J. Howard, 66; Local Artist, Co-Owner Of TJ’s Place, Stables COOPERSTOWN – Diane J. Howard, 66, a locally known artist and a partner in TJ’s Place, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Bassett Hospital. Born May 31, 1946, in Iowa City, Iowa, Diane was the daughter of Vernon S. “Whitey� Wilshere, a lefthanded pitcher who played for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics in the 1930s, and Betty Jean Munden Wilshere, a painter and RN in Bassett’s emergency room. As a young child, Diane and her family moved from the mid-west to New York

State, first to Skaneateles, then settling in Cooperstown in 1953. She was a 1964 graduate of Cooperstown High School. A successful businesswoman, Diane’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to become a real estate broker, partnering with Ed Johnson at Country Properties. During the 1980s, she was Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce president. More recently, Diane joined with her partner in life, Ted Hargrove, in owning and operating TJ’s Place and The Stables Inn on Main Street.

Diane enjoyed genealogy, researching both the Wilshere and Munden sides. Another important part of her life were her paintings in the primitive style that captured this area’s rural life. In addition to Ted Hargrove, survivors include her two children, Kelly Kerner and her husband, Chris, of Lancaster, Pa., and Todd Howard and his wife, Jennifer, of Cooperstown; her three grandchildren, Clark and Anastasia Kerner and Jack Howard; her brothers, David S. Wilshere and his wife, Meme, of Hartwick,

and Denis A. Wilshere of Idyllwild, Calif., and their families. She was predeceased by her parents, a niece, Whitney “Nina� Humenanski, who died in 1990; and her beloved dog, Abner. Friends are invited to pay their respects to Diane’s family 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at TJ’s. A brief time of prayer and reflection, led by the Rev. Betsy Jay, Bassett chaplain, will conclude the gathering. Internment will be in Lakewood Cemetary in the spring. Memorial donations may

be made to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326; the CCS Art Department, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown, NY

Daniel A. Blacksmith, 87; Photographer, Mason, Entrepreneur COOPERSTOWN – Daniel Alvin Blacksmith, 87, a filmmaker, war photographer and entrepreneur, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Bassett Hospital. Born Aug. 25, 1925, in Asbury Park, N.J., he was the son of Alvin and Louise (Hendrickson) Blacksmith. Following his high school graduation, Dan entered the Navy and served in 1943-46 as a photographer’s mate aboard the USS Wasp (CV18) in the South Pacific during World War II. He was aboard the Wasp when it was commissioned on Nov. 24, 1943. On May 18, 1946, Dan married Blanche Flower at the United Reformed

Church in Somerville, N.J., and settled just outside the Village of Cooperstown. An entrepreneur in Daniel Blacksmith the truest sense of the word, Dan had a keen sense for business. He was the originator of the only metal sports cards sold through Halls of Fame throughout the nation. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he was serving as an offering counter. A Mason for 58 years, he was raised a master mason

and affiliated with Otsego Lodge No. 138 on Nov. 13, 1986. He was later made a companion in Otsego Chapter No. 26, Royal Arch Masons, Cooperstown. He was also a member of the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579. Dan is survived by his wife of 66 years, Blanche, of Cooperstown; two daughters, Joy Ann Blacksmith of New York City, and Allyse Lynn De Carr and her husband, Larry, of Cooperstown; two grandchildren, Matthew Daniel De Carr and his wife, Kristen, and Melissa Lynn De Carr and her fiancĂŠ, Zachary Forbes, all of Albany; and

one nephew, Michael Tilton Doll, of Long Boat Key, Fla., who was raised by Dan and Blanche. He was predeceased by his sister, Virginia Lou Doll. A memorial service with military and Masonic honors will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at First Presbyterian, with the Rev. Elsie Armstrong Rhodes, pastor, officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the church’s Women’s Fellowship Building Fund, or the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Arrangements are entrusted to the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home.

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‘Magic Redskins’ – Redskin Potatoes – Might Better Deliver Good Lesson POTATO/From A4 can readily conjure the image of white males carrying guns. I am a white male who carries a gun when I am hunting, but at a time when we are still trying to recognize the role of women in history, while addressing the abuse of guns in schools, even a redneck like me can see that the above six mascot suggestions are not only culturally insensitive to Indians, but also to women – and we simply don’t need a good luck symbol associated with people who may be carrying guns. The remaining four mascot suggestions may seem a bit more innocent in comparison: Hawks, Redhawks, Coyotes and Wolves. I have nothing against these animals – I appreciate their place in the natural environment. But I would like to point out that these birds and animals are not songbirds or chipmunks. These are animals that survive in the wild as predators by killing other living animals. I know there is a tendency to choose mascots who are fierce, and victorious over others, (mainly because we want our sports teams to be victorious) but I question the “cultural sensitivity” of associating

with beings who prey on others and kill to survive. If a child predator came into our school with the intent of killing, we would certainly not invite him in for a cup of tea. Why would we want our mascot, our symbol of good luck, to be a predatory killer? By now you may wonder if I am being a bit extreme, but I hope you can begin to see that to be truly culturally sensitive to diverse populations in diverse situations requires that we examine ourselves from a point of view outside of our own cultural comfort zones. And lest you think I am one to simply criticize others, I am pleased to be able to offer a suggestion to the dilemma of choosing a mascot. Amazingly enough my suggestion is that we still retain the mascot name of Redskins – but we would obviously have to eliminate any connection to Native Americans by changing the symbol of our mascot – and I suggest that our mascot symbol be the Redskin Potato. When you combine the potato image with the redskin name I doubt if anyone would think we are being insensitive to the Native American population. If you think it laughable that a

school could identify with a potato, I would remind you how popular and recognizable the humble raisin became when California Raisin growers portrayed dancing raisins, singing “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” At one time I think the whole nation recognized these raisins. I think the humble redskin potato offers similar opportunities that would lend this humble tuber the honor of being our mascot. Perhaps Cooperstown might become a symbol to other schools of how choosing and then developing a mascot can actually be fun and inspirational while remaining truly sensitive to other cultures. For example, the redskin potato is gender neutral – it should not offend anyone, male or female. Redskin potatoes are not associated with any group, population, race or socioeconomic status. And if we want to we can certainly claim that our particular redskin potato brings us as much luck as anyone else’s mascot. As an extra bonus, according to the Washington State University (http://potatoes. htm) there are nearly 100 different varieties of redskin

potato all with different names. Which brings me to the issues of nicknames for mascots. There seems to be a tendency to confuse mascots and nicknames as being one and the same. Mascots and nicknames are not the same. For instance, the Cleveland Indians had a cartoonlike image as their mascot, but his name (or nickname) was Chief Wahoo. According to the dictionary a nickname is “a descriptive appellation added to or replacing the actual name of a person, place or thing.” Since my proposed mascot is a thing, I think it would be most appropriate to give it a name (to go along with the name Cooperstown Redskins) and the list from Washington State gives us many possibilities. Take a look for yourself on the website, but I will give a few examples that caught my eye, (and ask if you can detect the ones that are unacceptable?): Celine, Chieftain, Cleopa-

tra, Durango Red, Magic Red, Mozart, Red Cloud, Red Companion, Red Gold, Red Lady, Stemster, Viking. I hope by now you can detect some are unacceptable because they are Indian names, women’s names, men’s names, or a location elsewhere in the US. My personal favorite is the Magic Red. Can you imagine the headline reading: “Redskins Win Again – the Magic Red are Unbeatable!” It would be great to give a mascot the name of “magic,” especially since the mascot is meant to bring good luck. What better way to obtain good luck than by magic? And if the women’s teams want to distinguish themselves as distinctively female, they could choose to use the name Red Ladies, just as the Oneonta High School Women’s Basketball team is sometimes called the Lady Jackets (their mascot being the Yellowjacket). The best thing about these suggestions is that all these suggested mascot

nicknames are actually true redskin potato names. No one could criticize us for our choice of nickname because we did not make these names up. And these names remain culturally neutral. At least I hope the potato population does not object to the use of their names. Now all we need is a creative artist to come up with an acceptable rendition of a redskin potato mascot. Perhaps CCS could make this into a contest. I think this could be inclusive of our many diversities, retain the heritage of the Redskin name, eliminate any denigration of Native Americans, and be an example to many others who face the dilemma of how to make a change for the better. Thank you for being patient with me and keeping an open mind. If you disagree, I hope you at least found some amusement in the midst of a serious matter. GEORGE SEELEY Cooperstown

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Many Positive Mascots Available To CCS CRUELTY/From A4 Historians estimate that about 50 towns and almost 1,000 homes were destroyed during this campaign. Though direct casualties of the native people were not recorded, it is known that by November of that year 3,000 displaced refugees huddled at the gates and in the parade grounds of British Fort Niagara.

These men, women and children arrived with just the clothing on their backs before the coldest winter of the 18th century. The fact that many survived was only due to the efforts of the British Rangers, who quickly constructed cabins for them and provided basic rations. I believe that the Cooperstown Central school board and all involved

in planning this change consider this and the long history of the term “redskin” as a racial slur. Do we really want our school identified with this when there are many other positive names that the students can be proud to call themselves and remember long after graduation? GARET LIVERMORE Cooperstown

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Wendy Alley & Bret Bresee would like to again thank Matt, Mike & Mark from the Oneonta Fire Department, Dr. Markowitz & the Fox Hospital ER staff for saving Bret’s life on February 9, 2008. Also we would like to thank Tony Avanzato & everyone at Stella Luna Ristorante that helped us that night.

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MLS#86466 - Lakefront home in pristine condition! Turn-key 4 BR, 2 bath home has been completely renovated and is sold fully furnished. Currently used as a summer baseball rental, owner-occupied the rest of the year. $264,900 Call Bill Vagliardo @ 607-287-8568

MLS#87290 - 2 BR, 1 bath house on an oversized lot. Large rooms w/open floorplan. Private backyard w/rear deck, plenty of parking, garage underneath. Currently used as a rental. Walking distance to Hartwick College. 134,900 Call Bill Vagliardo @ 607-287-8568

MLS#87650 - Well maintained home w/3 BRs, 2 baths, 6-stall barn w/tack room in outstanding condition, oversized 1-car, 2-story detached garage. Property sits on 25+ level acres w/beautiful views, fruit trees. $154,900 Call Donna Anderson @ 607-267-3232

new Listing MLS#87741 - Greek Revival home w/formal DR, eat-in kitchen, 3 BRs, 1.5 baths, front porch, back deck. Listed on the national Historic Registry. Priced to sell! $127,000 Call Michelle Curran @ 518-469-5603

MLS#87451 - Country home w/open floorplan. new windows, siding, heating system, coal stove and insulation. Cooperstown school district. Very motivated seller. $128,000 Call Jim Vrooman @ 603-247-0506

MLS#84430 - Some of the last vacant lots available on Gifford Hill Rd! Parcel includes 4 other parcels to be sold together. Minutes to Oneonta and Cooperstown. Road frontage for 10 possible bldg lots. All offers considered. $214,999 Call Linda @ 607-434-2125 MLS#87453 - Cozy 3 BR, 2 bath home is just minutes from Cooperstown, Cooperstown school district. Open floorplan makes for great entertaining and family time. This very affordable home won’t last. $157,900 Call Donna Anderson @ 607-267-3232

MLS#85578 – Location, seclusion and views make this solid contemporary build ideal. In Cooperstown area, close to Dreams Park, Otsego Lake and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sub-dividable with driveway and well on County Rte 33. nOW OnLy $229,000 Call Adam Karns @ 607-244-9633

MLS#87502 - 4 BR, 1 bath ranch is move-in condition. Perfect for full-time residence or weekend getaway. Walking distance to Catskill Scenic Mountain Trails. $99,900 Call Gabriella Vasta @ 607-267-1792

MLS#87021 – Fully furnished 3 BR, 3 bath home in Cooperstown village. Off-street parking, 1-car garage. $245,000 Call or text Jim Vrooman @ 603-247-0506

MLS#84525 - Country living in this 2 BR, 1 bath quaint cottage. new roof, new kitchen. $80,000 Call Gabriella Vasta @ 607-267-1792

MLS#84272 – 5 BRs, country kitchen, pellet stove, newer roof, windows and carpet. Richfield Springs village home. Only $110,000 Call Jim Vrooman @ 603-247-0506

MLS#87300 - Beautiful ½-acre country setting for relaxed living. Owner financing, close to Stamford and Oneonta. Some elbow grease will make this house a home. Priced to sell $69,000 Call Adam Karns @ 607-244-9633

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Thought you couldn’t afford to buy locally? Well think again! Great opportunity Owner-occupied, well maintained 2-family home. Live downstairs, the upstairs pays your mortgage. Remodeled apt downstairs, wrap-around porch, 2-car garage. $129,900 MLS# 86210

Springfield $78,900 MLS#86266

3 Beds, 2 Baths, .32 Acres Residential, Built in 1880

Richfield Springs $79,000 MLS#86266

2 Beds, 1 Bath, .55 Acres Residential, Built in 1900

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Super 2-family home, many recent renovations, vinyl siding, large enclosed sun porch, off-street parking. Could be a great owner-occupied home!

Middlefield $69,900 MLS#87383

3 Beds, 1 Bath, 2.31 Acres Residential, Built in 1984

$124,900 MLS#85777

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MLS#84747 - Village building w/good investment potential, great location. 1 retail space, 2 BR and den apt w/eat-in kitchen, roomy 1 BR apt w/eat-in kitchen. new storm windows, 4yO roof, thermal pane retail windows. Rental income of $1470 per month. $119,500 Call Michelle Curran @ 518-469-5603


new Listing MLS#87635 - Serene park-like setting, close to Chobani and nyCM, this 3 BR ranch is also close to great trout fishing and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. $149,000 Call Adam Karns @ 607-244-9633

MLS#85601 - Peace and quiet in this manufactured/mobile home on a ½-acre lot w/lots of wildlife to enjoy from your deck. newer windows, new metal roof, 2 BRs, 2 baths, kitchen, DR, LR, large garage. $49,900 Call Linda Wheeler @ 607-434-2125

MLS#84359 - Charming village 2-family home. Downstairs 1 BR, upstairs 2 BR. Good investment or live in 1 unit and rent the other. Convenient to Cooperstown and Albany. $80,000 Call Michelle Curran @ 518-469-5603

MLS#87103 - 3 BR, 1 ½ baths, 2-story home in Middlefield Center. Close to Cooperstown and Cooperstown schools. $79,900 Call Frank @ 607-435-1389

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Immaculate home in Center City features updated kitchen, 4-5 BRs, 2½ baths, LR w/high-efficiency gas fireplace insert, DR w/built-ins and window seat, wood floors, stained and leaded glass windows. This spacious home has been lovingly maintained and is priced to sell. $149,990. MLS#87672

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(7668) Attractive remodeled home offers 4 BRs, 2 baths, large rooms, office, formal DR, gas woodstove, newer windows, laminate floors, modern kitchen, laundry room. Garage, newer roof and electric, front porch. Cooperstown Schools. Hubbell’s Exclusive—$249,000

(7622) Secluded 4 BR/2+ bath Dutch Colonial features bay window with great valley view. Ideal accents include fireplace w/woodstove, den, family room, circular drive, finished walk-out basement, home office, oak and pine floors, 2-car garage, large deck. Well maintained. Only 3 1/2 miles from Cooperstown. Cooperstown Schools. Hubbell’s Co-Exclusive—$329,000

(7497) Well-kept 4 BR residence near hospital, Sports Center, and schools. One-owner home features 1¾ baths, formal DR, eat-in kitchen, built-in bookcases, brick fireplace, playroom, oak floors, newer furnace. Garage, workshop, partially finished basement. Enclosed porch. Hubbell’s Exclusive—$299,000

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(7551) Vintage eyebrow Colonial with a valley view offers horse barn w/4 box stalls, riding rink, hi-tensile fence. 1850s 3 BR home features beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, formal DR. A fix-up! CV-S Schools. Hubbell’s Exclusive—$134,000

(7104) Incredible valley views! Trails throughout, fantastic hunting and small pond. Private road and ROW access. Adjacent to County-owned lands. Old farmouse needs work. Solar-powered getaway has open floorplan, 1 BR. Can cut trees for views, logged 12 years ago. Possible owner financing. 8 miles from Cooperstown. Hubbell’s Exclusive—$189,000

otsego lake lot in cooPerstown

(7407) Choice building site with excellent lake views. Lake access and beach are directly in front of property. Level lot, easy to build on. Hubbell’s Exclusive—$295,000

Tastefully renovated village home looks like new. Roof, plumbing, wiring, heat system w/added central air are all redone. LR, sitting room and DR on first floor are bright and airy and have been recently painted. Dine-in kitchen has cherry cabinets, granite countertops, tiled floor, stainless steel appliances. Also a conveniently located laundry/pantry and mudroom with tiled ¾-bath. 4 BRs and renovated full bath on second floor. Attic finished with tongue-and-groove pine walls and ceiling, and wall-to-wall carpeting. Refinished pine floors down and carpeted floors up. Delightfully landscaped fenced yard with slate patio and a lower lawn, covered front and rear porches. A very inviting and charming home in a great family location. The current price is below the assessment making it a great home buy. Exclusively offered at the nEw price: $ 439,000

Farmhouse on 25 acres

(7434) Terrific 6 BR/2 bath residence is set in a quaint hamlet 8 miles from Cooperstown. Original millwork, eat-in kitchen, woodstove, 2 new furnaces, den, replacement windows, plank flooring. Wrap-around front porch, 2-story barn, pole barn, plus a completely remodeled 1 BR cottage. Richfield Schools. Hubbell’s Exclusive—Reduced Now $189,900

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