To the Cooperstown and Milford school districts for upgrading their websites. Information is easier to access and it appears as though the websites are serving as a better communication tool to parents and community members. The staff directories are wonderful.

There is one improvement CCS could make, and we have heard this from a few of our readers as well. When looking up the athletic calendar, one is taken to another site, It takes a long time to load and is very confusing to use.

For example, to find a team roster one must go through several steps. Let’s use boys soccer for instance. First one must go to the fall sports link, found about halfway down the computer screen. Once there, you need to click on soccer and then that will bring you to the option of choosing girls or boys. Once you click on the appropriate tab, it will bring you to another page with the options of seeing standings, stats, a roster and schedule.

It is all great information, but it can take some getting used to.

Oh, and now you are stuck on an entirely different website and are no longer on the CCS website.

To the National Baseball Hall of Fame for recognizing those in its “own backyard.” When thinking of the nonprofit organization, one most likely thinks it is all about baseball facts, figures and accomplishments. Each year, however, the HOF has been hosting activities to salute the character and courage of hall of famers. This year, the HOF will be expanding on that concept by honoring young community members who exemplify those qualities.

“We see these traits and qualities unfold every day, whether it is someone helping others, someone overcoming adversity or someone who performs selfless acts,” said Brad Horn senior director of communications and education at the Hall of Fame.

Horn said the Hall of Fame had been looking to do more activities focusing on character and courage through schools and local communities, and the local flooding prompted the desire to reach out to those in the organization’s backyard. He said because there was so much devastation and so many people displaced, it put more emphasis to get the ball rolling.

Nominations were solicited from regional community members through the Hall of Fame’s website and were open to those 18 and younger who are full-time students from one of the following 14 counties: Otsego, Albany, Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Greene, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie.

Kudos to those who were selected to be honored. They were Meghan Vann of Fly Creek, Alicia Sebeck of Gilbertsville and Katelyn Evans of Liverpool.

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