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Mothers And Sons Fill Foothills For Shamrock Swing

Mothers And Sons Fill Foothills

For Shamrock Swing

Oneonta’s Matthew Rubin, 10, dances with his mother and his younger brother Luca Rubin, 8, during Oneonta’s third annual Shamrock Swing Mother Son Dance at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. Tickets were sold out ahead of the event, and the dance floor was packed with young men dressed to impress as they danced the night away with their mothers. (Parker Fish/

St. Patrick’s Day Benefit Buffet


BREW & STEW – Noon – 5 p.m. St. Patrick’s day Brew and Irish Stew Buffet in support of the Oneonta Outlaws. Tickets on sale at The Shipping Room. Cost, $25/person. Damaschke Field Clubhouse, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-432-6326 or visit

PLAY READING – 4 – 6 p.m. Presenting “Miz MacQuillin” a new work by Central New York Playwright John Paul Porter. Feedback welcome. Admission by donation. Next reading, 3/17. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1400 or visit

OHS Recognized On SADD 20th

OHS Recognized On SADD 20th

County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin presents SADD “Strides for Safety” certificates to Oneonta School Superintendent Joe Yelich and SADD Adviser Cathy J. Lynch during a visit today to talk to Oneonta High School students. SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, is marking its 20th anniversary. Locally SADD sponsors such fundraisers as a 5K walk/run and a health fair, with proceeds going to alcohol- and drug-free after-prom parties and educational programs that discourage drinking.

Mother Son Dance


SHAMROCK SWING – 6 – 9 p.m. Mother’s and Sons, enjoy dinner, dancing, activities, and win prizes. Cost, $65/couple. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. call 607-431-2080 or visit

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE – 7:30 p.m. The Capital Trio performs works by Dvorak & Haydn. Free, open to the public. Anderson Theater, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4000 or visit

With ‘Shakin’ The Family Tree’ Philharmonic Celebrates Diversity

With ‘Shakin’ The Family Tree,’

Philharmonic Celebrates Diversity

The Fly Creek Philharmonic troupe – including Gary Kuch, Chris Kjolhede and Bill Hayes, clustered in center – polish their skills at last evening’s dress rehearsal in preparation for 8 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church. This year’s theme is “Shakin’ The Family Tree,” a celebration of diversity. Tickets available at Riverwood in Cooperstown and Fly Creek General Store. (Tara Barnwell/
Trammell Tours Hall Ahead Of July Induction

Alan Trammell Undergoes

Hall Of Fame Orientation

Detroit Tigers Shortstop Alan Trammell, a six-time all-star, four-time Golden Glove winner, three-time Silver Slugger, and 1984 World Series MVP, signs the spot where his plaque will be placed after his July 29 induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, where he went through his pre-induction orientation today.   “For an individual accomplishment, it really doesn’t get much better than this,” said Trammell. “I’m a proud, proud person, and I’m very honored to go in wearing the old english ‘D’.”  Trammell, who spent his entire career playing for Detroit, will be pictured wearing the Tigers cap on his Hall of Fame Plaque.  (Parker Fish/


Bone Found In Florida May Belong To Missing Laurens Man

Police Suspect Bones In Florida

Belong To Missing Laurens Man

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Michael Shaver

LAURENS – Police believe that human remains found buried underneath a fire pit in the backyard of a Lake County, Florida, home may belong to a Laurens man last seen in 2015.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Michael Shaver, 36, was reported missing in February by a close friend who said that no one had heard from Shaver since October 2015.  All activity in his bank account stopped at that time, too.

When sheriff’s Deputies went to the Shavers’ home on Feb. 16, his wife, Laurie Shaver, 35, also told them she had not seen or heard from him since 2015.  She allowed deputies to search the home, but as they walked with her to the backyard, they noticed a large depression in the back yard and noted that there was a fresh layer of concrete, the newspaper reported.

Otsego Now Hosts Classes In Small Business, Manufacturing

Otsego Now Hosts Classes In

Small Business, Manufacturing

Michelle Catan, senior business adviser with the state’s Small Business Development Center, stands before her Small Business Training class at the Otsego Now offices in Oneonta this morning, part of two weeks of training for manufacturing jobs offered through a collaboration of the Otsego County Chamber and Broome Community College. Participants receive a certificate.  From 2 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday), 10 manufacturers will participate in a job fair at the Otsego Now-Otsego Chamber offices on the fifth floor of 189 Main St., Oneonta, and the public is welcome to participate. (Ian Austin/

Showing ‘Sullivan’s Travels’


FILM SOCIETY – 7 – 8:35 p.m. The Film Society of Cooperstown presents “Sullivan’s Travels” which follows an idealistic filmmaker discovering the true spirit of America. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit

EASTER EGGS – 6 p.m. Create Pysanky eggs, the Ukranian Easter eggs, with traditional methods using beeswax and dyes. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit

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