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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)

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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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‘Cam’ Walters, Milford; OHS Graduate Dies Unexpectedly At 37

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Cam’ Walters, Milford;

OHS Graduate Dies Unexpectedly At 37

MILFORD – Cameron “Cam” B. Walters, 37, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

Born Oct. 14, 1979, he was the son of Bernard and Katherine (Hill) Walters of Milford.

He grew up in Nashville, Tenn., and moved to Oneonta before his senior year. He attended Oneonta High School and Mohawk Valley Community College.

Cameron was charismatic, fun to be around and loved by all who knew him. He was an easy-going gentle spirit and made friends easily.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCT. 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCT. 17

Happiest Music On Earth

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THE GATHERING PLACE – 2 p.m. Hear Joseph VanSteenberg play his hand organ for presentation “Playing the Happiest Music on Earth.” Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-0600 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/

COMMUNITY POTLUCK – 6:30 p.m. Supper and time for remembering Marian Rathbun. All welcome. Pierstown Grange hall, 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Rd., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2025.

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Mrs. Van Curen Marks 100th

Gracie Van Curen Marks 100th

Grace “Gracie” Van Curen, a Focus at Otsego resident who formerly resided in Oneonta, celebrates her 100th birthday Friday at the facility, surrounded by activities aides, from left, Steven Woodbeck, Sheila Steacy, Corinne Bowers and Renee Corish.  She was born on Oct. 14, 1917.
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