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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Lecture By Author ‘Just Mercy:

A Story Of Justice & Redemption’

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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Presenting this years Mills Distinguished Lecture, Bryan Stevenson is author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” describing the early years of Stevenson’s legal practice after founding Equal Justice Initiative to represent the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children and the injustice he and his clients encountered in our Justice system. Free, open to public. Alumni Field House, Dewar Arena, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2644191

PUBLIC SPEAKING – 5:30 p.m. Practice public speaking with the toastmasters. All welcome. The White House Building, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1466 or e-mail b.fischer@fenimoreart.org.

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Rites Friday For Robert H. Wood, Supervisor’s Father, At St. James

Rites Friday For Robert H. Wood,

Supervisor’s Father, At St. James

ONEONTA – Robert H. Wood, 86, the father of Town Supervisor Bob Wood, passed away Sept. 21, 2018.  The complete obituary will follow.

A funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at St. James Episcopal Church, 305 Main St., Oneonta, with the Father Kenneth Hunter officiating.  Inurnment will follow at the St. James Church Columbarium.

Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Sunny Skies & Hungry Neighbors at 2nd Annual Community Dinner

Sunny Skies & Hungry Neighbors

at 2nd Annual Community Dinner

After helping set up the tables on Dietz St. for the Community Dinner, OJCA volunteers Tevin Jones, left, and Aliyah Johnson, right, sit down to enjoy some of the food brought by the guests. Perfect weather, live music, face painting and good company made the event an enjoyable time. The event, hosted by Destination Oneonta, is now in it’s second year. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Robert W. Huddleston, 87; Career Diplomat To Be Buried In Roseboom

IN MEMORIAM: Robert W. Huddleston, 87;

Career Diplomat To Be Buried In Roseboom

ROSEBOOM – Robert Webb Huddleston, 87, a career diplomat who summered here when a teenager with his maternal grandmother, Inez E. Webb, passed away Sept. 11, 2018, in Santa Fe, N.M.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Roseboom Cemetery, with the Rev. Elsie A. Rhodes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by members of the state Military Forces Honor Guard and local veterans.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Animal Shelter Fundraiser

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MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER – 6 – 8 p.m. Celebrate wonderful life of Dr. Gahleb with wife Jill, Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Cost, $100/person includes 2 drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction. RSVP by 9/20. Veranda, The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 607-547-8111 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

BENEFIT 5K/MILE – 9 a.m. Run/walk in Mindful Mile & Fight Hunger 5K to benefit the Riverside Back Pack Program, providing Oneonta school children food over the weekend. Registration from 8-8:45 a.m. Cost day-of, $25 for 5K, $15 for Mile. Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-3337 or visit oneonta.sodexomyway.com/explore/mindful_mile

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Kite Fest Flies High Over Cherry Valley

Kite Fest Flies High

Over Cherry Valley

The hundreds of people turned out in the fields of Campbell Rd in Cherry Valley today at the annual Kite Fest  where dozens of colorful kites of all shapes and sizes filled the sky. Above, Marieanne Coursen, Edmeston, flies a kite with her enthralled granddaughter Laurelye Tafel, New Berlin. At right, Antonio Delgado, the Democratic candidate for the NY-19th Congressional District who made an appearance at the event, shakes hands with Ginger Heitz, Cooperstown, and Kat Chiba, Cherry Valley.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Anita Marie McChesney, 56; Devoted Nature Photographer Helped Run In Family Business
IN MEMORIAM

Anita Marie McChesney, 56;

Devoted Nature Photographer

Helped Run Family’s Business

Anita Marie McChesney

PORTLANDVILLE – Anita Marie McChesney, 56, Portlandville, devoted to operating her family’s business, Mount Vision Garden Center, while becoming dedicated nature photographer, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Albany Medical Center following her struggle with breast cancer.

Anita was born May 14, 1962, in Oneonta. Shortly thereafter, her parents moved to New Jersey where she spent the first 15 years of her life. The family then moved to Mount Vision, where they established the Mount Vision Garden Center.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Fly A Kite At Cherry Valley Fest

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KITE FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All day outdoor kite fly for all. Includes Rev Riders Team Performances, Fighter Kite Battles, more. Admission, $5/adult. Campbell Road, Cherry Valley. 607-264-3080 or visit www.facebook.com/cherryvalleyartworks/

BLOCK PARTY – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Benefit for Family Resource Network features free hot dogs, vendors, children’s activities, opportunity to dunk Pastor Paul, 3 tries/$1, Noon – 12:30 p.m. Bring friends, meet more. Atonement Lutheran Church parking lot, 1 Center St., Oneonta. 607-432-6852.

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School Spirit Soars At Hartwick Hawk Night

School Spirit Soars

At Hartwick Hawk Night

The Lambros Arena was packed with cheering students this evening watching their classmates compete in various challenges for a chance to win big money and big prizes during the sixth annual Hartwick Hawk Night Fever event. Above, freshman Lamar Flood and Alex Guillaume strain with the rest of their team as they face off against sophomores in a tug-of-war contest. At right, Cassandra Robatelle preforms a kicking hand stand during a dance competition, of which she took first place. Originally created to build hype before a game, the event has turned into an evening of fun and games celebrating the students and their school spirit. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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FIRE BOARD EXTINGUISHES FIRE BOARD

WOOD VOWS TO SUE

FIRE BOARD

EXTINGUISHES

FIRE BOARD

For Now, Negotiations With City

For OFD Protection In Town Over

Town fire commissioners, from front, Fred Volpe, Chairman Johna Peachin, Ron Peters and Al Rubin, engage in tense conversation in a packed room at Elm Park Methodist Church this evening before voting, 3-2, to dissolve the entity they represent, the Town of Oneonta Fire District.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

“Every person here was willing to negotiate.” said Town board member Pat Jacob, “Don’t blow it up and make it terrible for the people who live here.”  Behind her is fellow board member Trish Riddell-Kent.

ONEONTA – The Town of Oneonta Fire District is no more, (at least for now.)

As expected, Chairman Johna Peachin and her allies, Fire Commissioners Fred Volpe and Ron Peters, this evening voted for the dissolution, while the two new commissioners, Al Rubin and Michelle Catan, voted against.

Though no public comment was allowed – even Town Supervisor Bob Wood was denied an opportunity to answer a point the commissioners raised – more than 40 citizens crowded into the Sunday school classroom of the Elm Park United Methodist Church.

The vote ends more than two years of stalled negotiations after City Hall sought to raise the town Fire District’s payment for the services of the professional Oneonta Fire Department from $800,000 to $1.1 million.

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