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September 5, 2013

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Last on the food tour was the dessert station. Options ranged from simple and sweet melon to a peach basil tart that was my wife’s favorite thing (which is impressive since it didn’t involve chocolate). Tiny waffles with maple cream were another tasty morsel. New York definitely does sweet wines well, so there was a range of dessert-like beverages. I had never had Magpie Farms Mead before. It was a standout and something I should be drinking more often.

At the bar were local gin and vodka as well. The entire event was a testament to how much great food and drink is available in our region. All proceeds from the event are going into sustaining and improving the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. Lyn Weir did an amazing job organizing this event and I can’t wait to participate in the second annual Local Foods and Local Spirits Cocktail Party next summer.

By the way, if you are interested in local foods, you might want to check out the Locavore Dinner from Mohawk Valley EDGE on September 10th at RCIL in Utica. It is sure to be another fantastic local food experience.

Devin S. Morgan

Local intellectual property attorney who writes about the craft food and beverage industry at

Schallert would make good highway superintendent

We are writing in support of John Schallert who is seeking nomination to the position of highway superintendent for the town of Otsego. All roads in the town, which are not controlled by the state, county or village of Cooperstown fall to the responsibility of the highway superintendent. John’s extensive knowledge of roadway materials including asphalt, concrete and gravel makes him an ideal candidate.

The highway superintendent and crew are directly responsible for the maintenance and quality of our roadways. Under the current highway superintendent, there have been three crew changes during the last eight years. Prior to that, all maintenance was performed be the same crew for more than two decades.

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