To the town of Butternuts and Otsego County for reaching a deal to keep Copes Corners Park in Gilbertsville in operation.
The park, which features camping areas and pavilions, was devastated by floods and torrential rains over the past few years. Last year, the county discussed closing the park and selling the land.
Instead of letting the park close, town officials decided to take over its operation.
Earlier this month, the county authorized the sale of the park to the town for $1.
Butternuts Town Supervisor Charles Eckelmann said it is likely that the town would initially open Copes Corners as a day park this year, while it tries to upgrade the quality of the drinking water at the park. By next year, he said, officials hope to welcome campers back to the park.
The town’s insurance will go up by $750 if the camping spaces are reopened, but the town would be able to charge campers for use of the spaces.
“We just felt as a town that there is always room for open space for people to go and enjoy,” Eckelmann said. “And this is a perfect spot for it.”
To the 47th annual Cooperstown Winter Carnival.
Winter storm Nemo was a positive and negative for the carnival. The severity of the storm put a damper on Friday’s events. But the fresh layer of snow allowed the full slate of outdoor activities to take place, many of which were canceled last year because of the lack of snow.
“We had a lot of people last year that missed those outdoor activities,” event Co-chairwoman Teresa Leveille said, “so it is good that we are able to make those things happen this year.”
Some vendors did back out, and attendance might have been slightly down the first couple of days, she said.
But temperatures warmed into the uppers 20s on Sunday, drawing folks to the village for the numerous “British Invasion”-themed events.
This is a wonderful tradition for Cooperstown, and we look forward to the 48th edition.
To the 2013 Polar Bear Jump.
It is a testament to the worthiness of the causes put together by Brenda and Jamie Waters that people were literally lining up at Goodyear Lake on Saturday for the privilege of jumping into the frigid water.
The “polar bears” help collect money to go to a number of local individuals as well as charitable organizations. Each year, different recipients are chosen, usually young people, often with rare illnesses or conditions that require expensive medical treatment. Those people and their stories are powerful enough to compel people to brave the cold for this annual event.
“I’ve been to the end ceremony (where a check is given out to recipients) and it just touched me, so I said I am going to continue on,” jumper Victor Erway told The Daily Star on Saturday.
This home-grown event is a labor of love on the part of the Waterses, and the participation each year is ample proof of the generosity that abounds in the area. We’re pleased to see another successful year on the books.