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June 6, 2013

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---- — Project Prom a great success

In the early hours of the morning following their prom, about 100 seniors and their friends enjoyed a fun-filled extravaganza at the Clark Sports Center. A Cooperstown tradition since 1984, Project Prom provides a safe, alcohol and drug-free celebration for our students.

It would not be possible without the hard work of all our talented volunteers! Thank you to this year’s committee: Lisa Booan, Connie Haney, Martha Heneghan, Robin Serafen, Krissy Palmatier, Sharon Wilcox, Susan Maguire, Tim and Deb Dolan, Ann Brown, Carina Franck, Lynne Mebust, Caryn Church-Foster, Georgia Frevele, Julie Cring, Barb Cannon. Thank you to all the donations of time and money from our parents and community members!

This important event just wouldn’t be possible without the continued support of our community businesses and so we would like to give a special thanks to the following : Ace Hardware; Ashley-Conner Realty; Barnyard Swing LLC; Carefree Gardens; Canoe and Kayak Rentals Sales and Service; Christ Church; Brian Clancey Estate Care; Cooperstown Event Rentals; Cooperstown Art Association; CCS Athletic Dept; CCS Service Unit; Cooperstown Bat Company; Cooperstown Construction; Cooperstown Dreams Park; Cooperstown Fire Department; Cooperstown Fire Emergency Squad; Cooperstown Optical, Cooperstown Preschool; Copy Shop; Country Inn and Suites; Danny’s Market; Delaware Otsego Corp CNY Railway; Dicks Sporting Goods; Dog Wild Canine Supply; Fly Creek Fire Co; CCS Friends of Football; Gozigan, Washburn, Clinton Attys; Hubbell’s Real Estate; John Mitchell Real Estate; Kathleen Evans DDS; Kearns & Walsh LLC; Ladies Auxiliary to Sgt Walter P Eggleston; Kenison Construction; Lamb Construction; Leatherstocking CU; The Lions Club; Oaks Creek Floral Design; Cooperstown Art Association; Mr. Mark LaValley and Mr. Walter Bennett of Cooperstown Central School; Mohican Florist; McDonalds Restaurant; NY Central Mutual; NY Pizzeria and Bocca Osteria; Ommegang and Dan Smalls Presents; Otsego Cty Dep. Sheriffs Benevolent Assoc; Short Cuts; Otsego Ski Shop; Thanksgiving Home; Precision Built Tops LLC; Quirky Works Designs; Sals Pizzeria; Schlather & Birch Esqs; Smith Ford Inc.; Spurbecks Grocery; Stagecoach Coffee; State Farm:Melissa Manikas; Sunny J. Spinosa DDS; Townsend Catering; VFW Post 7128; Village Cobbler; WL Taylor and Son Inc.

Thank you again Cooperstown Community!

Project Prom Committee 2013

Classic cancellation not a huge disappointment

I applaud the Baseball HOF’s move of the Classic to Memorial Day Saturday. I just wished it had not been rained out. 

My wife and I have been annual weekend-a-year visitors to Cooperstown for a decade. We live 275 miles away, in Greenville Wilmington, Del., about a five-hour drive, sometimes longer. We typically come up on a Friday afternoon and spend two nights, and this year we’d planned on three nights.

As a longtime baseball fan, I make baseball a part of our experience, but Cooperstown has enough to offer that we enjoy the whole package, with it anchored in what’s going on there for baseball. Last year, we were there for the Classic in July. A couple years back, we were there in October for a World Series when we watched the game at the HOF (actually, it ended up being rained out).

It’s a shame that the Classic —  and the Memorial Day parade (to which I looked forward as a Vietnam-era veteran) — was rained out this year, but that’s no reason that the HOF should not schedule it for Memorial Day next year. If the HOF gave us notice in June that next year’s game would be Memorial Day Saturday, I’d order those tickets today.

On our trips up, we’ve stayed a couple of times at the Otesaga, more often at the Best Western south of Cooperstown, and in July 2012 everything was so sold out we had to stay in Cobleskill. We always visit Fly Creek where we load up on goodies, and I visit Willis Monie books every year, usually buying $100 or so in ephemera and books. We particularly enjoy spending time at the Ommegang brewery, as well as Cooperstown Brewing Co, and we have at least one or two meals at the Cooperstown Diner. The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market is a highlight, and we bought some of the new spirits there this year. And we — except for Saturday’s monsoon — always just enjoy walking on the downtown main streets.

Samuel L. Waltz Jr.


Scholarship founder thanks community 

The third annual Leadership Scholarship sponsored by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce was presented to Christopher Harloff and Kayla Haggerty. Both will be graduating from Cooperstown Central School this month. Kayla is pursuing a career in  hospitality/hotel management at Endicott College in Massachusetts and Christopher is focusing on recreation, adventure travel and ecotourism at Paul Smith’s College. 

This scholarship purpose is to heighten awareness of careers in such fields as volunteerism, community development, organizational leadership and hospitality/tourism with a private enterprise, non-for-profit organization or government entity. The criteria for selection is not based on a student’s current volunteer efforts, thought this certainly is encouraged, but rather their career choice to make a positive difference in a community upon college graduation.

This scholarship opportunity embraces the support and collaborative efforts of many individuals, businesses and organizations all contributing toward its success, they include:

Financial contributors: Grace Kull, Janice Eichler, Irene Ekstrom, Mary Wright, Samuel Wilcox, Jason Tabor – Principal Financial Group, Cooperstown B&B – Linda and John Smirk, Jeanne and John Dewey, Diastole B&B – Brigitte Priem, Erin McKay, Lyoncher B&B – Tom and Jean Lyon, Patricia Szarpa, Jim and Theresa Donley, all of Cooperstown; The Meadowlark Inn, East Springfield – George and Tina Macaluso, Martha and Paul Clarvoe and Deb Taylor, Hartwick, Claire Kepner and Mary Beth Dow, Fly Creek, and Starry Night B&B, Oneonta – Marcia Kozubek, The Farmers’ Museum for hosting the scholarship reception including Paul D’Ambrosio and Ann Tandle, Cooperstown Central School guidance counselor Eric Carr, Brian Wrubleski and Catering to You by Brian, Sarah Dewey, 2011 Scholarship recipient and Rachael Fort, 2012 recipient for emceeing the event, Craig Lippitt, Peter Henrici, Jim Gates, Jennifer Pindar and Amy Mahar for providing references for the recipients, Cooperstown Crier, The Freeman’s Journal and The Daily Star, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce staff and board of directors and the families of Christopher and Kayla.

Rich McCaffery