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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 28

Rebuilding Schools

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‘LOST BOYS’ LECUTRE – 5 p.m. Cousins Sebastian Maroundit and Mathon Noi present “Building Minds in South Sudan” discussing their efforts to rebuild schools in their homeland. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Info, Dr. Elizabeth Bloom @ (607)431-4945 or email bloome@hartwick.edu or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-host-lecture-sudanese-lost-boys/

ART & POETRY CONTEST – 6-9 p.m. This years theme is Blue Skies, Smilin’ At Me: Exploring the Beauty of living a life free of the negative impacts of addiction. Opening gala features the exhibit, poetry reading, awards ceremony, & music. Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.canoneonta.org/event/opening-reception-leaf-art-poetry-contest-2/?instance_id=752

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Arbor Day Planting Brings New Flora To Oneonta

Arbor Day Planting

Brings New Flora To Oneonta

Russ Southard, 6th Ward Councilman, finishes reading a proclamation from Mayor Gary Herzig honoring Arbor Day in Maple Street Park along side City Engineer Greg Mattice and Brian Fawcett, New Asbury Gardens. The group was gathered to plant a Sunsation Magnolia tree which, with it’s large yellow flowers, is the first of it’s kind in the city. In fact, these trees only recently were allowed to be sold commercially, making this one of the first of planting of these trees anywhere! “The tree should reach between eighteen to twenty five feet in height.” said Fawcett. “It’s different and it’s beautiful. It’s nice to have a diversity of trees in the city.”
A Pink Weeping Cherry tree is also slated for planting in Neahwa Park by the pond on Friday. The city has plans to plant up to thirty more trees in the fall. If you are interested in having a tree planted on your property, you can contact the City Clerk for more information. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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BUD SELIG AWED AS HALL BECKONS

Commissioner At 22 Main Today

BUD SELIG AWED 

AS HALL BECKONS

A few minutes ago, Bud Selig, the former MLB commissioner, signs the base where his plaque will be mounted the evening of Sunday, July 30, after he joins players Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Pudge Rodriguez, and fellow executive John Schuerholz in the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2017 Induction that afternoon at the Clark Sports Center fields. As commissioner, Selig had been on the Induction rostrum for 17 years (1998-2015), but confessed he was awed during today’s orientation at the thought of joining baseball’s immortals in the Hall of Plaques. Making a point of stopping at Hank Aaron’s plaque, he recalled that weekend in 1981 when inductees were to be announced. Aaron kept calling Selig’s office: “‘Have you heard?’ ‘Have you heard?’ So when we heard, he was the first one we called,” said the former commissioner recalled. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Betty Rowe Henderson Dies 11 Days After Husband Hugh
IN MEMORIAM

Betty Rowe Henderson Dies

11 Days After Husband Hugh

Betty Henderson with husband Hugh and their beloved Tessa in 2013. (AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Betty Rowe Henderson, of Southside Oneonta, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, following a long illness. Her death came only 11 days after that of her husband, Hugh I. Henderson Sr.

She was born Betty Mae Rowe on Aug. 7, 1933 in Oneonta, the daughter of Hattie Mae (Wheeler) Rowe and Arthur Kendall Rowe, and lived nearly her entire life in Oneonta. She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1950.

Betty was baptized and married to Hugh at the First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta on Nov. 2, 1958.  They celebrated 58 years of marriage last November.

Over the years of raising their four children, Betty was an active parent as “room mom,” Brownie Troop leader, and PTA leader at Riverside Elementary. After shepherding her own children through Oneonta Schools, Betty served on the Oneonta District School Board for 12 years and was known for her focus on student needs and success.  In her first years of service, Betty took great joy in presenting a diploma to her youngest daughter Sue.

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Oneonta Theater At ‘Critical Stage’

Oneonta Theater

At ‘Critical Stage’

Options To Be Discussed Tuesday

In ‘Conversation’ At History Center

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society is looking for new ideas to save the historic Oneonta Theater.

ONEONTA – The deteriorating Oneonta Theater has reached a “critical stage,” Bob Brozowski, Greater Oneonta Historical Society executive director, told the GOHS’ annual meeting this evening, and a “Community Conversation” has been scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday in the History Center, 183 Main St., to discuss how it may be saved.

Kathleen Gasperini, a theater expert who has a summer home in Schenevus, will be among the attendees, Brzozowski said.  All interested parties are welcome.

Tom Cormier, who bought the building for $225,000 in 2009 and put it on the market for $925,000 last year, has been unable to secure a buyer, even while dropping the price to $725,000, and is running out of options, according to conversation at this evening’s meeting.

“We can’t lose that theater,” Brzozowski said, and he hopes ideas will come out of Tuesday’s meeting to keep the building secure until its future can be defined.

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Mrs. Adams Shares News From Oneonta Of The 1880s

Mrs. Adams Shares News

From Oneonta Of The 1880s

Mrs. Adams (Abbey Koutnik), wife of the proprietor of Oneonta’s Central Hotel in the 1880s, shares the news of that day with attendees at this evening’s annual dinner of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society at Toscana’s restaurant. The Oneonta Normal School’s building had just burned (Dr. James Milne, president of the future SUNY Oneonta, soon rebuilt it), women had won the right to vote in New Zealand, and Mrs. Adams confessed to walking around the block when her husband smoked an after-dinner cigar.    A chorus of “America the Beautiful” by all present ended the evening.   The audience included GOHS members Molly Swain, center, and Wayne Gregory, right. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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In Renovated Hawkeye, All Diners View Otsego Lake

In Renovated Hawkeye Grill,

All Diners View Otsego Lake

Jim Miles, The Otesaga’s general manager, gestures toward the new expanded and renovated Hawkeye Bar & Grill, which reopened for business at noon today after four months of renovations, which moved the bar into the former Templeton Lounge and expanded seating by 20 tables, with a wall of windows facing Otsego Lake. The former bar area was converted to two private dining rooms, The Templeton and The Pioneer, with a “wall of wine,” holding over 1,000 bottles, separating them. Miles reported that the lunch crowd was “complimentary” about the changes, and he expected a strong showing for dinner this evening.    Last evening, Jane Forbes Clark, president of The Leatherstocking Corp., which owns The Otesaga, held a reception for all the contractors.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 27

Get Inspired

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INSPIRATION WORKSHOP – 6:30 p.m. Work with Linda Foote to create your own Inspiration/Vision Board to help you visualize your path to your ideal life. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, Karen Cadwalader, LCSW @ (607)547-0600 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall

BLOOD DRIVE – Noon-5 p.m. Celebration Room, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Info, www.redcross.org

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In Cooperstown, Moratorium; In Oneonta, Mayor Runs Again

In Cooperstown, Moratorium;

In Oneonta, Mayor Runs Again

In Hometown Oneonta, Mayor Herzig is running again, downtown landlord Seth Clark has seen the light on the city’s $14 million DRI, and much more. In Cooperstown, a moratorium is likely on Dreams Park housing, a Cooperstown Bat outbuilding burned in Hartwick hamlet, and much more. Both newspapers on newsstands this afternoon.

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Take The First Tour Of NEW Clark Sports Center

Take The First Tour Of

NEW Clark Sports Center

Get the first inside look at the newly renovated Clark Sports Center, in the making since November 2015, in this week’s editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands this afternoon. Here, Director Val Paige looks down on state-of-the-art equipment in the new facility. The grand opening is planned for Saturday, June 17, but reporter Libby Cudmore and photographer Ian Austin were given a preview in advance of the sport center’s induction tomorrow evening into the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce’s new Hall of Fame. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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