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May 19, 2014

Cooperstown agog over president's visit to Baseball Hall

Itinerary still up in the air for Thursday

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COOPERSTOWN —

He said he is planning to offer the distillery's award-winning Abner Doubleday Double Play Vodka at a discount all day Thursday in celebration of the significance of the presidential visit.

Marra said Obama's visit should trigger an uptick in local tourism this summer.

 "This is timed beautifully - right before the Memorial Day weekend," Marra said. "I think it portends good things to come for Cooperstown."

Some local residents said there are rumors Obama will get a tour of the village.

But Mayor Katz, who has served as an ad hoc tour guide in recent years to elected officials visiting "America's Perfect Village," said he has gotten no official word about such a tour.

"I would love to show the president around Cooperstown, if they want me to," he said. "I try to give as much information as possible about Cooperstown when we have visitors here."

He said there has also been no request by the White House to allow access to village-owned Doubleday Field. If the event planners wanted to incorporate a presidential stop at Doubleday, Katz said he would grant the request.

Many local merchants are hoping Obama stops into their shop or restaurant," the mayor said."Everyone wants him to visit their business," he said.

The first word of Obama's trip to Cooperstown came in Saturday's edition of The Daily Star. In his radio address later that day, Obama stated: "On Thursday, I'll be heading to Cooperstown, New York – home of the Baseball Hall of Fame – to talk about tourism. Because believe it or not, tourism is an export. And if we make it easier for more foreign visitors to visit and spend money at America's attractions and unparalleled national parks, that helps local businesses and grows the economy for everyone."

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