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  • Newsstand Price $1Volume 207, No. 27

    THE FREEMANS JOURNAL & HOMETOWN ONEONTA, OTSEGO COUNTYS LARGEST PRINT CIRCULATION2010 WINNERS OF The Otsego County Chamber/KEY BANK SMALL BUSINESS AWARD

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    Cooperstowns Newspaper For 207 Years

    COOPERSTOWNAND AROUND

    IF YOU GO: Glimmerglass season opens with Mozarts Magic Flute at 7:30 p.m. Friday the 10th and Verdis Mac-beth at 8 p.m. on the 11th.

    LEATHERSTOCKING LIGHT

    Jim Kevlin/The Freemans JournalCooperstown Community Band Director Julie Solomon prepares to cut off the musicians on the final note of Stars & Stripes Forever in Cooperstowns Lakefront Park Friday, July 3, as the crowd awaited the fireworks. Boats dot Glimmerglass, and in the background the profile of Coopers famed Sleeping Lion, Mount Wellington, looms.

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    TWO NIGHTSREMAINING!

    Cameras Go LiveOn Village PoliceDevices Used At Traffic Stop Over 4th Weekend

    Ian Austin/The Freemans JournalChief Covert is pleased with the quality of the image and sound.

    By LIBBY CUDMORE

    COOPERSTOWN

    The Cooperstown Police Department is armed: With body cameras.

    The cameras were worn over the Fourth of July weekend and used once during a traffic stop for a headlight out. Afterwards, we re-viewed the footage, said Police Chief Mike Covert. The sound and clarity were perfect.

    When Village Trustee Ellen Tillapaugh, who chairs

    the Public Safety Commit-tee, proposed body cameras they are becoming com-mon after concerns raised by shootings in Ferguson,

    Mo., and other cities the idea was wel-comed.

    We need them to protect our officers, she said. If someone is drunk or belligerent, they might not remem-ber what they said. This will help show what happened.

    The one concern was cost. Then Steve and Sally Bieritz, the Bieritz Insurance Agency owners, pro-

    vided the $2,915 required for four Digital Ally First VU HD cameras to outfit the department. Theyre

    See CAMERAS, A6

    Glimmerglass 40th SeasonOpens With Mozart Flute

    COOPERSTOWN

    The Glimmerglass Fes-tival launches its 40th anniversary season this week, featuring singu-lar works from four centuries of operatic history, in the words Ar-tistic & General Director Franc-esca Zambello.

    The season opens Friday, July 10, with Mozarts The Magic Flute in a new English translation directed by Madeline Sayet, a re-cipient of the White House Champion of Change Award for Native America.

    Sean Panikkar, who ap-

    peared in the Glimmerglass production of Lost in the Stars and was a recent finalist on Americas Got

    Talent, will sing Tamino. Jac-queline Echols, a Glimmerglass Young Artist for the past two sea-sons, is Pamina. Soloman How-ard, a rising star at Washington National Opera who recently performed there

    as Sarastro, will repeat the role here.

    On Saturday, July 11, Macbeth, Verdis first adaption of Shakespeare, opens, starring Grammy--

    Please See OPERA, A2

    The Freemans JournalSlickered against light rain, Cowgirl from Heck Karin Lange winds up the 101st an-nual Springfield Fourth of July Parade/MORE PHOTOS, A3

    ON CRUMHORN MT.

    The Otschodela Scout Councils executive committee delayed a merger vote until Wednes-day, Aug. 5, saying not enough local scout leaders are sufficiently familiar with the concept.

    Otschodela Council president Hank Nicols, Cooperstown, said scouts will be camping at the Hen-derson Reservation here over the next month, and can be briefed on the proposal.

    The executive commit-tee delayed voting on the merger with the Utica-based Revolutionary Trails Council on meeting here Tuesday, July 7.

    By ANNE LEONARDO

    NEW LEADER: The CCS boards organizational meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, where a new chair was to be elected to replace David Borgstrom, a Bassett surgon who accepted a position in West Virginia.

    ORDER NOW: Free-mans Journal reporter Libby Cudmores debut novel, The Big Rewind, went up for pre-sale Tuesday, July 7, on www.amazon .com. The publication by Harper Collins William Morrow imprint is planned Feb. 2.

    Vote DelayedOn Merger OfScout Councils

  • THURSDAY, jULY 9, 2015A-2 THE FREEMANS jOURNAL

    COOPERSTOWN

    Jim Empie, a player on the Otsego County banking scene for 45 years, retiring Monday, June as Key Banks vice president/manager at the Cooperstown branch in landmark 103 Main St.

    A native of Worcester and graduate of SUNY Cobleskill and RIT, Em-pie joined the management training program at the National Commercial Bank & Trust in Albany in 1970. As the bank went through a number of transitions before becoming part of Cleveland-based Key Bank, Empie helped manage branches in Cobleskill, Worcester and Cooperstown, as well as serving as area manager for Otsego County.

    Active on the Otsego County Chamber Board of Directors, he helped initiate the annual Key Bank/Otsego Chamber Small Business Award, now in its 14th year.

    He has no immediate

    plans for his retirement, other than to continue his duties at Worcester fire chief, and enjoying his and wife Michelles daughter Kristen, son Seth and four

    grandchildren, all living in Worcester.

    His successor in the corner office at Main and Pioneer Alley will be Allen Ruffles, an Edmeston native.

    Jim Kevlin/The Freemans JournalJim Empie is flanked by longtime associates Personal Banker Peg Chicorelli, right, a colleague since 1973, and Lead Teller Nicole Vanderwerker on Monday, July 6, his last day as the vice president/manager of Key Banks Cooperstown branch.

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    OPENING THIS WEEKENDJoin in the 40th anniversary celebrations!

    Tickets start at just $26 adults/$10 youths

    Many free and low-cost events

    World-premiere youth operaOdyssey $10 adults/$5 youths

    (607) 547-2255 | www.glimmerglass.org

    THE MAGIC FLUTE | MACBETH | CATO IN UTICA | CANDIDE

    OPERA/From A1 award winning bass-baritone Eric Owens in his debut in the title role.

    Melody Moore, who appeared as Senta in The Flying Dutchman, is Lady Macbeth and Soloman Howard is Banquo. Glimmerglass Music Di-rector Joseph Colaneri will conduct.

    Glimmerglass has long been known for its baroque repertoire, so it is fitting that this anniversary season includes an American premiere of an opera by Vivaldi: Cato in Utica depicts the dramatic confrontation between Julius Caesar and Cato the Younger as the Stoic philosopher at-tempts to stop the takeover of Rome.

    Tazewell Thompson, who has di-rected operas ranging from Poulenc to Gilbert & Sullivan at Glimmerglass, is directing his first baroque production.

    Tenor Thomas Michael Allen is Cato, confronting a dazzling young counter-tenor, John Holiday, as Caesar. Cato in Utica opens Saturday, July 18.

    The fourth Glimmerglass produc-tion brings us to the 20th century with Leonard Bernsteins Candide. This musical transformation of Voltaires satire was created for the Broadway stage, but has since been rewritten, revised and reconstructed so that it now appears on concert stages and in opera houses as well as musical theater venues.

    Candide is a co-production with Op-era National de Bordeaux and Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse; Zambello is directing and Colaneri will conduct.

    Former Glimmerglass Young Artist Andrew Stenson will sing the title role and Kathryn Lewek, who re-

    cently sang Queen of the Night at the Metropolitan Opera, is Cunegonde. Candide opens Sunday, July 19, in a matinee.

    Eric Owens is this years Artist in

    Residence and will give a concert with Metropolitan Opera tenor Lawrence Brownlee on Sunday, August 2.

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will continue her wildly popular explora-tion of Law and Opera with a presen-tation on Saturday, July 18.

    Opera superstars Deborah Voigt and Frederica Von Stade will give master classes for Glimmerglass Young Art-ists in August.

    And for young opera-goers, there is a brand-new musical production of the Odyssey, written for and performed by children.

    LOCALSKey Banks Jim Empie Retires

    Magic Flute, Macbeth To Launch Glimmerglass 40th Season

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    1st Catherine BlackScholarship GoesTo Isabella Anania

    COOPERSTOWN

    The Cooperstown Ro-tary Foundation has selected CCS gradu-ate Isabella Anania as th