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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCT. 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCT. 20

Enjoy A Farce From The Cold War

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THEATER – 8 p.m. Performance of Woody Allen’s “Don’t Drink The Water.” Cost, $10-$15. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

POETRY FESTIVAL – 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free reading open to the public features nationally recognized poets; Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Robert Pinsky. Auditorium, Sharon Springs Central School. Call 518-284-3426 or visit www.klinkhart.org/poetry

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Everything Must Go At Cooperstown General Store

Everything Must Go At

Cooperstown General Store

Gale Olin, Fly Creek, makes one of the first–and possibly her last–purchase from Pamela Born Holz, a 14-year employee, at the Cooperstown General Store during the first day of their Retirement Sale this morning. The Main Street anchor announced earlier this week that it would be closing, and faithful shoppers waited eagerly outside to get inside for a bargain and a goodbye. The sale continues through Wednesday, Oct. 19. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCT. 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCT. 19

Opening ‘Mystic Black’ Art Exhibit

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EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Reception for “MYSTIC BLACK” exhibit featuring more than 20 paintings by Ruben Salinas using black tempura and acrylic on paper and canvas. Includes artist gallery talk. Exhibit open through Nov. 21. Project Space Gallery, SUNY Oneonta. call 607-436-3456 or visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1611557

WRITERS SALON – 7:30-9 p.m. Present your writing at the open mic then listen to work by this months featured artist Brett DeLanoy whose essays and photography have won awards in national and local competitions. Open to the public, refreshments included. The Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/writers-salon-brent-delanoy/?instance_id=949

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TIME OF TRANSITION — front pages

TIME OF TRANSITION

Cooperstown General Store Closes,

Ommegang Turns 20, Much More

The Cooperstown General Store is closing as CVS is about to move out of the downtown. Tom Rathbone is retiring from SUNY Oneonta after overseeing $140 million in renovations over the Kleniewski Era. Famed Oneonta novelist George Booker wins the $66,000 Man Booker Prize. And, revisit the day America’s foremost Nazi spoke at Old Main. And much more in Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18

Developing, Improving

Communication Skills

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LECTURE – 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker Michael Burns, artistic director for the Mopco Improv Theater, presents on how communication skills can be developed, improved. Free, open to the public. Anderson Theater, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4790 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/artistic-director-burns-deliver-hartwicks-oconnor-chair-lecture/

PARENTING WORKSHOP – 6-8 p.m. 2-dy, “Kids in the Middle” workshop for single parents/caregivers, co-parenters, children involved in their lives. Includes childcare, refreshments. Continued 10/25. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Register, 607-432-2870 or visit www.facebook.com/thefamilyserviceassociation/

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Eugene R. Smith, 72; Vietnam Veteran, Longtime Firefighter

IN MEMORIAM: Eugene R. Smith, 72;

Vietnam Veteran, Longtime Firefighter

Eugene R. Smith Sr.

TODDSVILLE – Eugene R. Smith, 72, of Toddsville, a Vietnam veteran and longtime member of Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2 in Hartwick Seminary, and passed away Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2017, at home in his favorite recliner surrounded by his family.

Gene – or Bobby, as he was affectionately known by family and friends – was born June 9, 1945, in Cooperstown, a son of Richard Frederick Smith, Sr. and Dorothy Arlene Roseboom Smith.

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Smithy Tree Comes Down

Smithy Tree Comes Down

Workers from Tallman Tree Services worked this morning to cut down the maple tree in front of the Smithy Gallery in Cooperstown. The tree removal is part of the $1.2 million reconstruction of Pioneer Street. The tree will be milled locally and used by Smithy artists for their artwork. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Brewery Ommegang 20th Birthday Today

Brewery Ommegang

20th Birthday Today

Twenty years ago today, Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield began production at Brewery Ommegang, the Belgian-style brewery that has become a Cooperstown and Otsego County tourism, entertainment and community centerpiece over the past two decades.   Top photo, from Ommegang files, shows construction underway on the unique plant (right photo), modeled after a Belgian farmhouse.  To celebrate the anniversary, the brewery has created a 20th Anniversary Ale, which is selling well, according to company President Doug Campbell, in its outlets in 48 states and the District of Columbia.  (AllOTSEGO.com)

DETAILS ON OMMEGANG’S SUCCESS STORY
IN THIS WEEKEND FREEMAN’S,  HOMETOWN
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Buoys Out.  Is Winter Far Behind?

Buoys Out.  Is Winter Far Behind?

Paul Lord from the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station and a team of 12 volunteer divers picked up 18 “No Wake” Buoys around Otsego Lake on Sunday, signalling the end of summer boating. The volunteer dive team has been retrieving the  buoys every year for the past 19 years. The windy conditions on Sunday made this year’s retrieval exceptionally difficult, Lord said.  (Paul Donnelly for AllOTSEGO.com)
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Dr. Ronald Brzenk; 41-Year Math Professor At Hartwick

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Ronald Brzenk;

41-Year Math Professor At Hartwick

Ronald Brzenk, Ph.D.

ONEONTA – Dr. Ronald Brzenk, Ph.D., 68, who retired after 41 years as a Hartwick College mathematics professor, passed away Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loved ones, following a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

Ron was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Karen Brzenk.

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