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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 29

Memorial Day Parade

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ONEONTA MEMORIAL DAY PARADE – 10 a.m. Line up on Market St., members of the armed services, and many more organizations will proceed down Main St. to Neahwa Park for memorial services by the American Legion. Info, Vic Bronner, (607) 263-5349, vicjbronner@frontiernet.net

GENERAL CLINTON CANOE REGATTA – 7 a.m. Entrants in the 55th annual, 70 mile canoe regatta, enter the river for this test of endurance. Brookwood Point, 6000 St. Rt. 80, West Lake Rd., Cooperstown. The finish line is in the General Clinton Park, Bainbridge. Info, otsegolandtrust.org/places-to-explore-103/brookwood-point

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Cooperstown Warrior’s Baby Sleeps Through Dad’s Hits

Cooperstown Warrior’s Baby Girl

Sleeps Through Dad’s Hits, Runs

Cooperstown’s Wounded Warrior Nick Clark, in right photo, hits what would lead to the first run in this afternoon’s softball game against Cooperstown firefighters at Doubleday Field.  But daughter Stella, top photo, in her mom’s arms, slept through all the excitement.  Mom Kirsten chats with Kaitlyn DiPippo by the entryway to the historic field.  If you hurry, you can catch the second game, between the Warriors and a combined NYCM/Five Star Subaru team.   Mayor Jeff Katz welcomed the team and Dr. Paul Russo, the optometrist and Air National Guard officer, sang the National Anthem.   The Warriors played against a combined Oneonta police and firefighter team Saturday afternoon in Damaschke Field.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAY 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAY 28

Wounded Warrior

Softball Double Header

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DOUBLE HEADER – 12:30 p.m. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team face off against 1st the Cooperstown Fire Dept. and then a team of representatives from the sponsors of the game. Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. Info, woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org/event/cooperstown-ny/

PADDLE BOARD DEMOS – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. If you’ve ever wanted to try stand-up paddling, here’s your chance. Free. General Clinton Park, 2507 Hinkley Ln., Bainbridge. Info, www.canoeregatta.org/SUP.html

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WHAT’S MORE PATRIOTIC THAN NATIONAL PASTIME?

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Whats’ More Patriotic

Than National Pastime?

It seemed like the whole world was standing at attention – more realistically, just all of downtown Cooperstown – as Fly Creek’s Joelle Lachance‘s astonishing voice performing the National Anthem filled Doubleday Field and much beyond at 1 p.m. today. The 10th annual Hall of Fame Cooperstown Classic, featuring Hall of Famers and Major Leaguers, began soon after.  Opera singer Joelle, a CCS grad who went on to study voice at Nazareth and Boston University, returned to her hometown last Christmas to sing solo soprano in Handel’s “Messiah” at Christ Church here.   Woodside Hall has invited her to perform a recital there this summer; details forthcoming.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Wounded Warriors Best OPD, OFD 32-1

Wounded Warriors Outshine

Oneonta Police, Firemen, 32-1

Wounded Warrior Nick Clark, who moved his family to Cooperstown permanently over the winter, slides into third base a moment ahead of the tag by Oneonta firefighter Eric Johnson at Oneonta’s Damaschke Field this afternoon. At right, as the Wounded Warriors began to run away with the game, Oneonta Police officer Ryan Pondolfino carried a Outlaws 40-pound “practice bat” onto the field in hopes of improving his teams odds.  Sunday, the Wounded Warrior will play at 1 p.m. at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Homer Simpson Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame

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Homer Simpson

In Baseball Hall

With Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the board, Jon Shestakofsky, VP/communications, and Jeff Idelson, president, right, Homer Jay Simpson of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at the end of a 25th anniversary round-table discussion of The Simpsons TV show’s “Homer At The Bat” episode.  Behind Idelson are fellow Hall of Famers and Power Plant teammates Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith. “If the Cubs can win the World Series and a cartoon can enter the Hall of Fame, there are no rules,” Homer said in his acceptance speech. At right, Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz and Homer pose following the opening of the “Homer at the Bat” exhibit in the Hall of Fame, featuring figures, animation cells and signed memorabilia. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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BASE Race Kicks Off Day Of Celebration
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BASE Race Kicks Off

Day Of Celebration

In his unmistakable bright yellow, Oneonta’s Brandon Gardner, who’s been running distance events since he was 8 years old, accelerates from the starting line at this morning’s Hall of Fame BASE Race, which starts and end in Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field.  This is the sixth BASE race – it stands for “Be A Superior Example.”  Fees collected help underwrite a Hall program aimed at encouraging young athletes to embrace healthy – non-steroid – lifestyles.  At right, two Cooperstown running pals – Jacob Miller and Patrick Dewey – were competing together again, as they have since their days at Cooperstown Central.  They’ve just completed their sophomore years, Jacob at Harvard and Patrick at Edinboro University in western Pennsylvania.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Veterans Honored At Wall That Heals

Crowd Honors Vets

At Wall That Heals

Members of the Color Guard listen as Eugene Pigford, chaplain of Oneonta’s Salvation Army post, gives the blessing at the opening ceremonies of the Wall That Heals, a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Memorial on display in Neahwa Park, 24 hours a day, through 4 p.m. Memorial Day. With him is Gene Schmidt, who worked to bring the Wall to the park. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Heavenly Heron

Heavenly Heron

Mary Jane O’Malley of Cooperstown sent along this stunning shot of a heron during a “take off” this week near Cooperstown’s Fairy Spring Park on the east side of Otsego Lake. “I was in my kayak and he/she was trying to get away from me,” Mary Jane reports. She was responding to our invitation, after that bold bear appeared Wednesday Brigitte Priem’s deck in that same neighborhood, to share wildlife photos by sending images to jimk@allotsego.com.  Join in!  “Hope I’ll see the bear on shore next time I go out!” said O’Malley.
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Yes, Summer Season Here!

With Memorial Day Weekend,

Chamber Opens Tourist Kiosk

With the Memorial Day Weekend marking the start of the summer season, the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce’s tourist information kiosk opened today in Pioneer Park. Here, the chamber’s Debbie Dow receives information to distribute from Ronnie Stalzer, new owner of the Brain Freeze ice cream parlor. Debbie said the kiosk will be open weekends until Father’s Day Weekend, June 16-18. Forecasters are predicting sunny weather Saturday and Sunday, with more iffy weather on Memorial Day itself. Check our Happenin’ Otsego Calendar for many weekend events. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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