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November 21, 2013

Clark presents foundations' visions for village

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The Leatherstocking Corporation is a for-profit group that owns the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Otesaga Hotel, The Farmers’ Museum, the Cooper Inn and various other real estate in the Cooperstown area, Clark said. Its operating budget is $14 million a year.

Clark said that there’s a broader context to the Clarks’ involvement in Cooperstown. Because of the various businesses that the Clark family owns, 4,198 people have employment, she said, with 3,100 of those positions being full time jobs.

Clark also said that the family has a, “very exciting expansion coming up at the Clark Sports Center.”

“We have more demand,” Clark said. “It’s not only about our members, it’s our outreach endeavors like Springbrook that use our facility.”

Clark said the building would have an addition put on the backside of the building, going toward the back parking lot. The people involved in this project are still in the initial planning phases and are unsure when they will break ground for this project, she said.

One of the group’s members asked about the children who are going to the Clark Sports Center after school and if the Sports Center would continue to accommodate them with the new expansion.

“I think we’re trying to see what we can do to help those kids,” Clark said. “We can accommodate more if we have more space.”

“If we can help, we’re going to,” she continued.

Clark also said that it’s important for the children to have a safe place to go after school, where they have engaging programs like the ones offered at the Sports Center.

Representatives from the Thanksgiving Home and other organizations thanked Clark for her work and her donations.

“Thank you for making this the special place it is,” said Mary Margaret Kuhn, the president of the Women’s Club of Cooperstown. “I can’t imagine this part of New York without you and your family.”

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