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February 27, 2014

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I feel there’s a need to correct the article in the Feb. 14 Cooperstown Crier regarding the new Fenimore Lane.

The article states, “The Inn at Cooperstown claimed ownership of the road.” This is untrue. The Inn at Cooperstown has never claimed they owned the alley. The alley heads west from Chestnut Street goes up a slight rise and turns north. It comes to a dead end behind 6 Chestnut St. It is absolutely ridiculous for us to think we would own the whole alley. I’m not sure where this information originated from, but it is false.

Here’s a brief history lesson on the alley. We purchased the Inn at Cooperstown in May 2003. I approached the village DPW around October/November 2003 and asked who plowed the alley. I was told from the village, the alley was not theirs, not on their list of streets, and it was our responsibility to plow and maintain it. I didn’t think much about it as the Inn had been plowing and maintaining the alley since 1986. The Inn even paved a large portion of it. Prior to the Inn taking over plowing and maintenance, Smith Ford plowed and maintained it for 20+ years. The village had no interest in ownership of the alley until JGB wanted to build six homes off the alley. That’s when the village started saying they owned the alley. Since then, JGB decided it’s impractical to build six homes off the alley. We now look forward to the village owning the alley and finally maintaining it. It only took 50+ years and several thousands of dollars to reach this conclusion.

Marc Kingsley

Cooperstown

FOMA officials express thanks

On Jan. 31, the Cooperstown community came together on Cabaret Night to raise over $2,500 to support music and arts education in our school district.

This successful event was only possible through the tremendous efforts of an enormous “backstage crew” of dedicated volunteers and donors. We would like to take this moment to applaud all of the people who worked so diligently behind the scenes to benefit CCS students.

To our bakers, donors, sponsors and volunteers: Afton Community Theater, Alex & Ika, Baseball Nostalgia, Katie Boardman, Bocca Osteria, Book Nook, Ann Brown, Matt Burch, Cantina de Salsa, Carefree Gardens, Carmen Esposito’s Italian Ice, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown CCS custodial staff, Cooperstown Country Club, Cooperstown General Store, Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, Church & Scott Pharmacy, Council Rock Brewery, Crazy Cupz, Alma Curtis, Maureen Davidson, Dog Wild Canine Supply, Teresa Drerup, Diane Ducey, Eco-Kids, Kelly Eimers, Glimmerglass Festival, Dwynn Golden, Hanford Mills Museum, Mary Harmon, Tracy Helgeson, Heller’s Farm, Sue Hinrichs, Holly Hren, Georgia Hren-Saphier, Tom Hohensee, Hummel’s Office Supply, Aaron Idelson, Erika Idelson, Tim Iversen, Jive Cafe, Ms. Karasek and art students, Susie Knight, Laura’s Chocolates, Leo Club, Beth Lesko, Little Bo’tique, Mark Loewenguth, Maines Food & Paper, Mary Marmarato, Rich McCaffrey, Lynne Mebust, Mohican Flowers, Music Square, Patty Murphy, National Baseball Hall of Fame, New York Pizzeria, Kurt Ofer, Orpheus Theatre, Origins Cafe, The Otesaga Resort Hotel, David Pearlman, Allison Phillips, Nancy Potter, Tim Rand, Jessie Ravage, Reiss Car Wash, Riverwood, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gail Sacchi, Sal Salvaggio, Short Cuts, Silver Fox, Smith-Ford, Stewart’s Shops, Syracuse Crown Plaza, Josh Truman, and Sam and Hilda Wilcox.

Thank you! We are so grateful for your tireless effort and generosity.

Sincerely,

The Friends of CCS Music and Art (FoMA) Board of Trustees

Nancy Tarr-Wager, President

David Burch, Vice President

Eric Knight, Treasurer

John Saphier, Secretary