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The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce

Weekly Update July 23, 2013


Message from Barbara Ann Heegan, Executive Director:


Dear Members,


Please join our community this weekend as the eyes of the baseball world will once again be focused on Cooperstown, NY as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes the newest class of inductees into its hallowed halls. The Class of 2013 features umpire Hank O’Day, former Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert, and 19th century star Deacon White.  Forty Hall of Famers are scheduled to return to Cooperstown for the annual Induction Ceremony held on Sunday, July 28 at 1:30 PM at the Clark Sports Center – located one mile south of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. 


This year’s ceremony will also honor Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig (Class of 1939), Rogers Hornsby (Class of 1942) and the entire Class of 1945.  Due to wartime travel restrictions and illness, none of the those Hall of Famers were able to participate in an official induction ceremony at the time of their election. Each of the 12 honorees will have their Hall of Fame plaque read at the ceremony by a Hall of Famer. Those scheduled to read plaques include Carlton Fisk (Roger Bresnahan), Orlando Cepeda (Dan Brouthers), Bert Blyleven (Fred Clarke), Wade Boggs (Jimmy Collins), Billy Williams (Ed Delahanty), Jim Rice (Hugh Duffy), Ozzie Smith (Hughie Jennings), Andre Dawson (Mike “King” Kelly), Tony Gwynn (Jim O’Rourke), Tommy Lasorda (Wilbert Robinson), Joe Morgan (Rogers Hornsby) and Cal Ripken, Jr. (Lou Gehrig).


The weekend promises to be unforgettable for baseball fans both young and old with a full slate of programs scheduled throughout the weekend in addition to Sunday’s Induction ceremony.  Events include the annual Hall of Fame Awards Presentation held Saturday at 4:30 at Doubleday Field, followed by the Parade Legends down Main St. in Cooperstown. The weekend will also include a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Abbott & Costello’s Who’s On First? comedy routine and the 125th anniversary of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s poem Casey at the Bat, with live performances of both throughout the weekend at the Museum.  For more details and a complete schedule of events please visitwww.baseballhall.org.




Dear Golfers,


The carts are ready and teams are eager to get going as everyone is preparing to tee off this year at The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Annual 27th Annual Golf Classic at the beautiful Oneonta Country Club Thursday, August 8, 2013. Enjoy a great lunch at Noon, great door prizes, contests including a hole in one to win a brand new car! We Thank our Main Sponsors Country Club Auto Group and Time Warner Cable and thank you to the following corporate sponsors for participating!


Astrocom, Bassett Healthcare Network, Community Bank, Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP, Mang Insurance Agency, NBT Bank, Mostert, Manzanero & Scott, LLP, Northern Eagle Beverages, Mirabito Energy Products, Oneonta Realty, /Oneonta Bus Lines, Neighbors Insurance, NYCM Insurance, The Daily Star, Oneonta/Cooperstown Turnpike Pennysavers, Keystone Associates


Registration starts: 11:30 am

Lunch Served: Noon

Shot Gun Time: 1:00 pm


We welcome more participants and sponsors as it is an excellent marketing opportunity for your business and to play golf with a great network of businesses you would like to get to know better. We appreciate your consideration of this request to join us. Please fill out the attached form to participate. Thank You for your support!


Central NY Mobile Marketing Announces New Service Packages

When discussing marketing with business owners, it is obvious in most cases that tasks often fall to the bottom of the ‘to do’ list.  Part of this is a result of the plight of the small business owner who is wearing many hats, making sure that other areas of their business are operating effectively; part of this is the level of discomfort with the use of the technologies that are required to carry out some of these items.  We have developed these New Service Packages as affordable, ‘we-do-it-for-you’ alternatives to address some of the missing components.








The Arc, Otsego, Voice!
July 12-August 2, 2013

Presented by The Arc Otsego, Voice! Is an annual juried art exhibition which celebrates the creative voices of artists with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  By giving voice to the artist’s innermost thoughts and dreams, Voice! Reminds us of the power of art to transcend disability and stereotypes to reveal our common ground and celebrate our unique abilities.  Now in its ninth year, this year’s exhibit features an eclectic body of 74 works by over 60 artists representing 18 New York State counties.  Come join us for an inspiring celebration of the creative power of the human spirit!


For more information:  607-432-8595, [email protected]      www.arcotsego.org


The Arc Otsego Voice is made possible by sponsors Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy Insurance, Gordon B. Roberts Agency, Inc., and NYSID, and with grants from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Corning Incorporation Foundation




Downtown Memories At The History Center July 27

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) will present the latest in a series of oral history programs on Saturday July 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the History Center at 183 Main Street. The title of the program is “Downtown Memories”, with host Alan Donovan.


Dr. Donovan hosted his Kitchen Table Conversations radio program since his retirement as president of SUNY Oneonta in July 2008 until May 2013. Donovan states that “Over 100 local individuals – political and community leaders, business owners, artists and academics, and many others of interest – have been on the program.” Several programs were recorded live at the History Center. He further states that “Thanks to the efforts of the staff at SUNY College at Oneonta’s Milne Library and the sponsorship of GOHS, the entire archive can be accessed through the website of GOHS” (http://www.oneontahistory.org/words.htm).


Donovan will interview three well-known Oneonta figures about their memories of downtown: Joe Campbell, Mark Simonson, and Gary Wickham.


Campbell is an Oneonta native who taught sixth grade at Greater Plains School and was an Oneonta High School assistant football coach. He was on WDOS radio for fifty years as a sports broadcaster and as host of “The Sentimental Journey” music program.  Says Campbell, “I love Oneonta – lived here for 85 years!”


Simonson, also born in Oneonta, department after college but returned to live here in 1997. He has been Oneonta city historian since 1998 and has been writing columns on regional history since 1999 for The Daily Star. In addition to research and writing, Simonson has worked at the Farmers Museum and the West Kortright Center.


Wickham has called the Oneonta area home since 1965. Writes Wickham, “Migrating from the nearby village of Sidney to attend SUNY Oneonta,  I invoke  “squatter’s rights”   in claiming the City of the Hills as my hometown.” Long involved in radio, he was most recently general manager of the now defunct SUNY Oneonta public radio station WUOW and currently lectures in Mass Communications at the college. Wickham was also in the local bar and restaurant business, including 19 years as the owner of the “The Depot Restaurant”.


“Downtown Memories” is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 432-0960 or [email protected].





New York State Historical Association’s Publication Award Winners Announced

The New York State Historical Association announced the winners of its three annual publication awards at its 110th Annual Meeting on July 18 at Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York.


The winner of the 2013 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogs of Distinction in the Arts isAudubon’s Aviary: The Original Watercolors for The Birds of America by Roberta J.M. Olson, the Curator of Drawings at New-York Historical Society.


The Paul S. Kerr History Prize is awarded each year to the best article published in The New York State Historical Association’s quarterly journal, New York History.  The 2013 award was given to, On and Off State Time: William N. Fenton and the Seneca Indians in Crisis, 1954-1968,by Dr. Laurence M. Hauptman


The Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize is awarded annually to the author of the best unpublished, book-length monograph dealing with some aspect of the history of New York State.  The 2013 prize was awarded to Cindy R. Lobel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History at Lehman College, for her manuscript, “The Appetite of the Metropolis” Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York CityThis year we would also like to acknowledge Roberta Gold from the History and American Studies Department at Fordham College at Rose Hill as a finalist for her manuscript, City of Tenants: Women and Struggle for Citizenship in New York City Housing.



Drop-In Art Classes for Kids Return to Fenimore Art Museum This Summer

Afternoon Art for Kids

Wednesdays: July 31, August 7, 14, 21 from 3:00-4:00 pm


Kids learn best while they’re having fun! Afternoon Art for Kids programs at the Fenimore Art Museum captivate children ages 4 to 8. From landscape painting to folk art, there is something new each week in these one-hour classes:


July 31: Trash to Treasure – Folk Art


August 7: Iroquois Art


August 14: Family Portraits – The Wyeths: A Family Legacy


August 21: Landscape Art – The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision


$5 per session. Pre-register and pay the day of the class. Contact Sara DeSalvatore for more information at (607) 547-1461. Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 Route 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326.




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