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SEWARD BRINGS $1M TO DOUBLEDAY REDO

SEWARD BRINGS $1M

TO DOUBLEDAY REDO

$5M More Hoped For From New York State

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, left, receives thanks from Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch this afternoon after he delivered a $1 million check toward the renovations of Doubleday Field. Behind them is Village Trustee Jim Dean. In the background is the third-base line, a major focus of a reconstruction plan. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

An artist’s rendering show the prospective entrance to Doubleday Field, now a parking lot.

COOPERSTOWN – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, delivered the final $1 million needed for a $5.8 million renovation of Doubleday Field, long considered the Birthplace of Baseball, which marks its 100th birthday next year.

The grant Seward announced today is from the State & Municipal Facilities Program.  The Village of Cooperstown has applied for another $5 million from the Empire State Development Corp., and Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch has said she hopes to hear positive news, perhaps as soon as the next several days.

The combined funding would allow implementation of the full plan in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2020.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 22

Students Spring Concert

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SPRING CONCERT – 7 – 8 p.m. Auditorium, Oneonta High School, 31 Center St., Oneonta. Call 607-433-8200 or visit www.oneontacsd.org

CHORAL CONCERT – 3 p.m. Performance by grades 4-12. Gilbertsville – Mt. Upton Central School District, 693 St. Hwy. 51, Gilbertsville. Call 607-783-2207 or visit www.gmucsd.org

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Community Bank VP Urges Customers To Consult Local Branch

UPDATE: SCRANTON-SCAMMER PROBE

Consult Local Branch,

Anxious Customers Told

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Authorities say this ATM, located at Community Bank’s Southside Oneonta branch, had been compromised by a card-skimming device. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Community Bank customers concerned their confidential information may have been compromised by the Scranton ATM Scanner are being advised to call their local branches.

Bank Senior VP/Retail Banking Hal Wentworth said bank policy is not to discuss security breaches publicly, but added, “We are cooperating with law enforcement on this ongoing investigation.”

Community Bank follows Visa’s zero-liability policy, Wentworth said, “which protects our customers from fraud or unauthorized use of their accounts.”

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Pioneer Paving Project Underway

Pioneer Street Paving Begins,

Ending $2M Downtown Project

Jerry Lewis of G. DeVincentis & Sons Construction, Binghamton, rolls freshly laid asphalt on Lake Street in Cooperstown this morning, as the final stage of last fall’s $2 million reconstruction of the villages’ Pioneer Street begins.  Paving of Pioneer between Lake and Church streets is expected to be complete on Wednesday.  The goal is to finish the work before the summer tourist season begins on Memorial Day Weekend.    (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Unadilla Central Seeks Bids To Reuse Otego Elementary

Unatego Central Seeks Bids

To Reuse Otego Elementary

The Unatego Central School District announced a few minutes ago it is seeking a buyer for ornate and elegant Otego Elementary.

UNADILLA – The Unatego Central School District is soliciting proposals for “repurposing” the former Otego Elementary School, the district announced a few minutes ago.

Working with a community-based Repurposing Committee, the Board of Education is inviting developers and others interested in purchasing the property, consisting of a 47,800-square-foot two-story building and approximately 4.8 acres of adjoining land.

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Card Skimmer Found At Southside Bank

‘Card Skimmer’

Located In ATM

At Southside Bank

Press Conference Underway At Troop C

State Police at Troop C today released this image of the individual they suspect may have installed a “card skimmer” at the ATM at Community Bank’s Southside office.

ONEONTA – State police reported today a card-skimming device was found in the ATM on the Community Bank drive-thru window at its Southside Oneonta branch on Route 23, and also released a photo of a man they suspect may have placed it there.

The device, which fits inconspicuously over the card slot, reads information from any card that it swipes; the data can then be used to make fraudulent purchases.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 21

Scout Spaghetti Dinner

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SPAGHETTI DINNER – 5 – 7 p.m. Enjoy spaghetti with homemade sauce, sausage, meatballs, bread, salad, drinks, dessert. Support the Cooperstown Boy Scouts. Take out available. Cost, $10/adult. Cooperstown Veterans Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8282.

BLOOD DRIVE – 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Give Blood, Save a Life. Cooperstown High School. Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?utm_campaign=rco_search_home&utm_medium=rco_blood&utm_source=redcross.org&zipSponsor=13326

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Westlund Apartments Opens In Oneonta

Westlund Apartments

Opens In Oneonta

Ron Short, Bret Bresee, Tasha Naatz, Ryan Naatz and Wendy Alley cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the Westlund Luxury Apartments at 61 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. Bresee bought the former Church of Christ, Scientist and converted the building into 10 brand new apartments. Tenants move in June 1st. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAY 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAY 20

Council Rock To Council Rock

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COUNCIL ROCK RACE – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Annual race from Council Rock park to Council Rock Brewery 4.4 mile race. Enjoy spring in Otsego County. Cost $25/individual. Council Rock Park, 11 River St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2800 or visit www.facebook.com/clarksportscenter

FUNDRAISER – 3 – 6 p.m. Get into the spirit of the holiday, paint something patriotic on a large 16”x20” canvas while enjoy a glass of wine or beer. Includes professional instruction by Linda of The Artful Spirits. Cost, $35. Support the Oneonta Vets Club, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0494 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaVetsClub/

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Rain Or Shine, Relay Marches On

Rain Or Shine,

Relay Marches On

Carleen Henderson, Schenevus, Jim Wolff, Fly Creek,Thatcher Handy, Cobleskill and Sallie Herrington, Cooperstown, bear the banner during the Survivor’s lap of the Relay For Life at Wilber Park in Milford this afternoon. Despite a constant rain, family, friends, survivors and care-givers came out to show their support in finding a cure for cancer. The event continues through the night and features raffles, prizes, food, events and vendors.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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