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Puppy Love!

Puppy Love!

So many puppies to choose from! Azalea Lorber, Davenport Center, wanted to take them all home, but her parents Ashley and John were more discerning in their choices. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Blake Lorber, Laurens, at right, looks in on a carrier full of black and white lab puppies anxious for a new home.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – A line of families gathered outside the Susquehanna Animal Shelter this afternoon to foster the 33 puppies brought up from Saving Grace, an animal rescue organization based out of North Carolina, which seeks to relocate dogs from high-intake kill shelters across the south.

The Susquehanna Animal Shelter will de-worm, spay/neuter and vaccinate the puppies before putting them up for an adoption during an event on Saturday, Aug. 4 at Petco on Southside in Oneonta. Dog Wild also took several adult dogs from the organization, and will host an adoption event 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 20 at Brewery Ommegang.

 

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Airport Host Soiree, Honors Organizations

Airport Host Chamber Soiree,

Honors Otsego Organizations

Oneonta Job Corp Academy Director Chris Kuhn accepts the NBT Bank Quality of Life Award from NBT Bank Regional Executive and Senior Vice President Jamie Reynolds at the first ever Otsego Chamber of Commerce Summer Soiree this evening. The Soiree was held on the tarmac at the Oneonta Municipal Airport, and celebrated the continued work by Oneonta Job Corp Academy and the Otsego County Conservation Association, who received the NBT Insurance Agency Environmental Stewardship Award. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 20

A Wrinkle In Time

At The Sports Center

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MOVIE NIGHT – 9 – 10:30 p.m. Screening of “A Wrinkle in Time” (2018) on the inflatable movie screen on the field. Bring snacks, beverages, chairs, blankets, bug spray, etc for added comfort. Free, open to the public. Outdoor Soccer Field, Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com/events/community-movie-nights/

THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Performance of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon. A coming of age story about Eugene Morris Jerome, a teenage Polish-American immigrant during the Great Depression in Brooklyn. Tickets, $17/adult. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

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Delgado, DiPerna Tilt Over Rap CD, How To Handle It

Delgado, DiPerna

Tilt Over Rap CD,

How To Handle It

Democratic Candidate Speaks

To Full House In Cooperstown

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado thanks Greta Green, 9, for asking a question about gun violence and school safety at the end of a forum this evening at Templeton Hall. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Delgado resisted answering questions about lyrics on a rap CD he produced in 2006, but Paula DiPerna, a former Congressional candidate herself, persisted.

COOPERSTOWN – Antonio Delgado was met with cheers and applause from 120 of the Democratic faithful – and a handful of Republicans – in Templeton Hall this evening.

Questions ranged from fracking to FERC and Social Security to Glass–Steagall.  A 9-year-old, Greta Green, who lives in Washington, D.C., but is visiting her grandmother, Cynthia Benjamin, in Garrattsville, asked about protecting children from gun violence.

“It hurts that a 9-year-old even asks that question,” he said.

But the question of the hour – the 19th District Congressional candidate’s former life as AD The Voice, a hip-hop performer in L.A. whose lyrics in his “Painfully Free” CD were liberally sprinkled with the N-word and epithets – was only touched on lightly during the formal part of the evening.

As the Q&A began, moderator Paula DiPerna advised the candidate she would be questioning him more closely later on the issue – Delgado’s rap career was reported on July 8 in the New York Post, and his Republican opponent, Congressman John Faso, issued a press release expressing “shock” at the “troubling and offensive lyrics” – and to be prepared.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 19

Jazz Concert In Neahwa

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CONCERT SERIES – 7 – 8 p.m. Chris Wolf-Gould Jazz Ensemble performs in Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Visit www.destinationoneonta.com/events/

FIREMANS CARNIVAL – 6 p.m. – Midnight. Features rides, Elk Creek Sky Divers at 6:30 to kick off the festivities, live music by the Jason Wicks Band. Free Parking/admission. Rt. 7, Schenevus. Visit www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/schenevus-firemans-carnival-2018

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Council Approves Nick’s Application

City Council OKs

Nick’s Diner Plan

$230K CDBG Application Albany-Bound

With daughter Amiley and wife Sheena tearfully hugging him, Rodney Thorsland celebrates the approval of his CDBG grant application, moving him one step closer to solidifying the $230,000 grant. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta’s Eric Dohner spoke out in opposition to Thorsland’s grant application, saying that he was “personally offended” by the application.

ONEONTA – The audience filled the seats and spilled out into the hallway as the Common Council again debated, then approved Nick’s Diner’s application for a $230,000 CDBG grant.

The vote enables Nick’s prospective owner Rodney Thorsland’s to submit the application to Albany for its approval.

Thorsland’s request has been hotly debated in the past three Common Council meetings, with several community members speaking against the proposed grant at the past two Common Council meetings.

“As a businessman who has invested one and a half million dollars of my own money in local business, I find it personally offensive that the city would even consider supporting giving a grant to a business that is not unique to the community in any way,” Dr. Eric Dohner, who operated New York Skin & Vein, said this evening.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

Tour Oneonta’s Downtown

Revitalization Then & Now

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WALKING TOUR – 7 – 8 p.m. Bob Brzozowski & Gary Wickham lead walking tour, “Downtown Revitalization Then & Now” through Main & Market Streets. Learn urban renewal plans of 1970s to today’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). Admission by Donation. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta 607-432-0960 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaHistory/

TOWN HALL – 7 p.m. Meeting features Antonio Delgado (Running for Congress), Joyce St. George (Running for State Senate), & Chad McEvoy (Running for State Assembly). Sponsored by Sustainable Otsego. Free, open to the public. Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.

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SUNY Chancellor Visits Oneonta Campus

SUNY Chancellor Pays

Visit To Oneonta Campus

Dr. Johnson is seen talking with new SUNY Oneonta President Dr. Barbara Jean Morris. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

State University of New York Chancellor Dr. Kristina M. Johnson visited SUNY Oneonta this morning, and answered questions in front of a large audience in the Welcome Center. Johnson, who was scheduled to visit in April but had to cancel, revealed that a she had suffered a 3rd degree heart blockage which prevented her from making the trip to Oneonta in the spring. Johnson joked about the issue, saying that the pacemaker that she received was invented by a SUNY student. “So I’m thrilled to be here in Oneonta, but I’m also just thrilled to be alive, and its all thanks to the SUNY system,” she said. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Hungarian Refugees Return to Oneonta For Thanks

Hungarian Refugees Return

To Roots At Shue Homestead

Julias Bartfai, Ontario, looks through old newspaper clippings and photos with Marie Shue, Oneonta this evening where he and his family came to visit for a BBQ. The Shue’s home, located on Parish Avenue, was formally the home of the Bartfais, who, after fleeing the Hungarian Revolution in 1957, were brought to Oneonta after being sponsored by the Oneonta Rotary Club. Despite the Bartfais not speaking English upon their arrival, Rotarians were able to set them up with a place to live and a job at Coddington’s Florist. Of the Bartfais family were Alex, Julie, Jeff, John and Julius, who were joined by Doug and Grace Coddington, Bill and Marie Shue and Rotarian Sam Koury. “People don’t always do things to be thanked.” said Julias, “But the people who helped my parents, Mr. Clifford and Mr. Green, they had a profound effect on my life. And to them I say ‘thank you’.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 17

Big Band Jazz Concert

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CONCERT – 7 p.m. Leatherstocking Jazz, 16 piece Big Band of local music teachers, professionals, students perform classic, contemporary jazz. Lake Front Park, Cooperstown. 607-547-5256 or visit richcooperstown.org/lakefront-concert-series/

WORKSHOP – 4 – 5 p.m. Children hand stuff an elephant, wish on a star, name their elephant, dress it, listen to a story, and sing songs. Ages 4+. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/youth-programs/

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