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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 22

Oneonta Restaurants:

Remembering The Favorites

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SUNDAY SERIES – 1 – 3 p.m. Learn about “Oneonta’s Restaurants: Memories of Former Favorites” with Big Chuck and Leslie Ann. Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta.

TRIBUTE – 5:30 p.m. Celebrate our veterans with Eric Owens performing anthems such as “Over There,” “We’ll Meet Again,” “Goodnight Saigon,” more. Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-2255 or visit glimmerglass.org/events/over-there-with-eric-owens/

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Fireman’s Carnival Ends Tonight With Parade, Midway and Music

Fireman’s Carnival Ends Tonight

With Parade, Midway and Music

Above, Paul Neske, Captain of the Schenevus Fire Department, begins cleaning off the front of one of their engines with head of EMS (and past Chief) Don Sperbeck in preparation for the Fireman’s Carnival parade that will kick off tonight’s festivities. At right, Heather Hunter and Rose Lombardo, Schenevus, place their tickets in bags during the Chinese Auction earlier this afternoon to benefit the Schenevus and Maryland Fire Departments.  Tonight’s entertainment includesa parade at 6pm, followed by live music from Off The Record, a chicken BBQ, BINGO, and a Midway full of games and rides for the whole family. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Fly Creek FD Receives 1st New Truck In Years

SEE UNIT AT SCHENEVUS PARADE

Fly Creek FD Receives

1st New Truck In Years

The Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company was on hand this morning for the arrival of its first new vehicle since its formation out of a former organization in 2006:  A $130,000 Wildcat utility vehicle from Upstate NY Plow & Truck Body in Latham.  In the front row are Fire Chief Mike Thayer, third from left, and, to his left, 1st Assistant Chief Steve Baker, 2nd Assistant Chief Chris Vuolo, 3rd Assistant Chief and Vice President Len Pashley and John Phillips, fire police captain.  Second from left is company President Christine Vuolo and, to her right, Rosemary Summers, secretary.   Other volunteers are behind them.  Inset at right, Board of Fire Commissioners chair Margaret Wolf hands the $79,000 check to Upstate Plow & Truck Body’s Travis Croteau, fully paying off the balance on the vehicle.  Next to her are the two other commissioners, Vincent Ruggiero and Ed Kukenberger.   The Wildcat, which will carry air packs, cones and other essential equipment to fire scenes, will have its first outing this evening at the Schenevus Firemen’s Carnival parade.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Neomia Smith, 85; Nurse At Fox, Amphenol Inspector

IN MEMORIAM: Neomia Smith, 85;

Nurse At Fox, Amphenol Inspector

Neomia Smith

ONEONTA – Neomia Smith (Lemon) was born in 1933 to Viola (Boyd) and Norman Lemon in Dorchester County, S.C.  Neomia was the oldest of eight siblings. She learned at the early age of 12 to cook for her entire family and also helped alongside her siblings to tend the family gardens. Cooking and gardening would end up being her most cherished pastimes during her lifetime.

Neomia had three children from two marriages, Olretha Fleming (Roberts), Clement Roberts (predeceased 2001) and Christopher Smith.

Neomia was an avid reader of various genres, enjoyed berry picking, canning, as well as had a love and a natural talent for cultivating all things that grow on the land as well as caring for the animals and birds that shared it.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 21

Deowongo Island Day

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SUMMER PICNIC – Noon – 3 p.m. Day of summer fun featuring food, party barge rides to Deowongo Island, live music. Bakers Beach, St. Hwy. 28, Richfield Springs. 607-547-2366 or visit www.otsegolandtrust.org/the-news/programs-a-events/420-deowongo-island-day-clia-picnic-july-21

DANCE PARTY – 6 – 10 p.m. Back to the 80’s with cover band “Flux Capacitor.” Includes snacks, beer, wine, soft drinks. Cost, $25. Proceeds to Greater Oneonta Historical Society building fund. Deer Haven Campground, 180 Deer Haven Ln., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaHistory/

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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 Hosts Chamber Soiree

Honoring Job Corps, OCCA

Oneonta Job Corp Academy Director Chris Kuhn, above left,  accepts the NBT Bank Quality of Life Award from Jamie Reynolds, the bank’s regional executive and senior VP, this evening at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s first Summer Soiree under a tent on the tarmac of Oneonta Municipal Airport. Inset, OCCA President Vicky Lentz, left, and Executive Director Leslie Orzetti accept a proclamation from state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, after the Otsego County Conservation Association received the chamber’s 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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