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This week at the Chamber we have been working on building our resources around the Novel Coronavirus referred to as COVID-19 to keep our membership and community informed of essential businesses that are able to remain open. What I have witnessed this week has been such a bright light of amazing and dedicated community members that are compassionate, caring people serving one another. The help you are providing will ensure recovery is faster and more robust in our region. Thank you for everything you’re doing in your organizations that benefits everyone including all our countywide essential businesses front line staff.

We remain dedicated in sending updates to our entire membership regularly to share best practices and information from our community. Our COVID-19 Resource Guide is now available and will be updated regularly on our Chamber Website at otsegocc.com or click link here: http://otsegocc.com/covid-19-compiled-resources/ 

We also have another link available on our homepage of our website to share your business hours for the essential businesses that are able to remain open. Please submit this information so that we can direct people to your services. We are receiving calls from the public, e-mails and we remain dedicated to connecting people to these resources.

Click link here to submit hours and business servicehttp://otsegocc.com/submit-your-business-status-and-operating-hours/  

While these are difficult and uncertain times, you are never alone. We are here. Let me know how we can help. I have some additional messages sent to the Chamber from our members below for your review. We welcome all information sent to us regularly and can be submitted directly to [email protected].

Please see message attached and below from Cooperstown All Star, President Martin Patton

To our Cooperstown All Star family of players, coaches, umpires, guests and employees.

The health and safety of Cooperstown All Star Village players, coaches, umpires, guests and employees is our highest priority. As we continue to actively monitor developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) we want to assure you that Cooperstown All Star Village is taking all necessary health and safety precautions in accordance with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and New York State health officials for our players, coaches, umpires, guests and employees.

In an effort to carry on the Cooperstown experience that our players, coaches and umpires have planned for and fund raised for several years. We have decided to make a decision regarding the 2020 tournament (assuming that our Nation is going through this self imposed quarantine) four weeks in advance of each week. Starting the first week in May (leaving family’s, players, coaches and umpires a full month before the first week tournament begins), we will let everyone know via our web site, Facebook and emails to coaches whether we will open or cancel that week, obviously if we are open the first week the other weeks will be open as well. Our goal is to give our players the Cooperstown experience they have planned for and fund raised for.

For those of you wondering how we will handle your refund, should we cancel a week or the entire season we will give you two options, All teams will receive a 100% refund or the option of future participation. This policy remains the same for our on site hotel guests. As stated we will not be making that decision until the first week in May in an effort to give our players the chance to participate in what they have worked so hard for.

The most important thing we can do as Americans is remain calm, follow the rules set forth by your state and our federal government and remember we are all in this together. We will come through this!

Our community is ready to welcome all of our baseball families with open arms. God bless you all and God bless America and the World.

Praying for us all,
Martin Patton

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME NEWS 

http://www.BaseballHall.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    March 20, 2020  

Explore the History, Majesty of the National Pastime Through the Museum’s Online Collection

— Free Videos, Online Exhibits and Educator Lessons
all Available Digitally via Hall of Fame Channels —

(COOPERSTOWN, NY)  The National Pastime has long served as a communal support system during times of crisis.

Now, as the world practices safe procedures in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s unparalleled collection of documents, oral histories and video – along with the Museum’s award-winning educational curriculum – serve as a resource to millions around the globe.

While the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is closed to the public during this emergency, fans of all ages can learn the game’s history, its place in global culture and experience the Museum.

Online offerings include:

  • The Museum’s Digital Collection at collection.baseballhall.org, which features historic photographs, scouting reports, audio oral histories and artifact images from the Museum’s vast collection
  • Free downloadable educational curriculum which cover 15 different topics ranging from mathematics to character development and are tailored to three different school levels from elementary to high school
  • Historic and current videos at the Hall of Fame’s YouTube Channel, featuring Hall of Famer biographies, in-depth interviews and highlights of past Hall of Fame Weekends
  • Online exhibits that provide a virtual tour of the Museum, as well as through Google Arts & Culture

For more information, follow us on social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an independent not-for-profit educational institution, dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our National Pastime. Opening its doors for the first time on June 12, 1939, the Hall of Fame has stood as the definitive repository of the game’s treasures and as a symbol of the most profound individual honor bestowed on an athlete. It is every fan’s spiritual home, with its stories, legends and magic shared from generation to generation.

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