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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 22

Folklore & History

Of Monsters & Undead

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MONSTERS & UNDEAD – 6 – 7 p.m. Presentation by Dr. Tracy Betsinger, bioarcheologist at SUNY Oneonta shares research on deviant burials, such as vampires buried in 17th-18th century Poland. Free, open to community. A. J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2011.

SPAGHETTI DINNER – 5 – 7 p.m. Support Cooperstown Boy Scouts, enjoy spaghetti with homemade sauce, sausage, meatballs, salad, dessert, more. Takeout available. Cost, $10/adult. Cooperstown Vets Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown.

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3 Partners Open Sanctuary In Former Leesville Church

3 Partners Open Sanctuary

In Former Leesville Church

Nettie Jean Scarzafava of Oneonta, the former Otsego County judge, greets 75 wellwishers at this afternoon’s dedication of the Light of Heart Sanctuary in the former St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Leesville, just west of Sharon Springs. Scarzafava partnered with two Sharon Springs businesswomen, Cheryl Rosen and Paula Petri, in a public space that, to a degree, will be defined by demand: Today’s attendees were canvassed on whether they would be interested in variety of activities there, from low-impact exercise and dance, to jewelry making and swing dance. Sharon Town Supervisor Sandra Manko, a member of the local historical society, spoke on the church’s history, which dates back to 1745, when the first service was held. The current church building was built for $4,000 and dedicated in 1853.  The fresco above the altar was painted by Mary Fines, Cooperstown.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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First Flurries Fly At Tailgate 5k

First Flurries Fly

At Tailgate 5k

Runners of the annual Tailgate 5K had a wintery start this morning with wind and flurries filling the air of the 6th ward in Oneonta. Above:  Bryan Squires and 6th Ward Athletic Club President Bob Thomas release the tape as Tom Slicer, Oneonta, crosses the finish line after coming in 1st  with a time of 16:49. At right, Oneonta running partners Jacqueline Scanlon, left and Lydia Dillon, run through the snow on the race course near Riverside School. The two were the first two women to cross the finish line; Jacqueline took 1st with 21:39, followed closely by Lydia with a time of 21:41. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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7 HOMELESS AS 60 BATTLE ROUTE 28 FIRE

7 HOMELESS

AS 60 BATTLE

ROUTE 28 FIRE

Firefighter Derek West, in top photo, pours water on the remains of 4703 Route 28, Hartwick Seminary, from atop a Milford Volunteer Fire Department engine, assisted by his dad Damon and Wade Thayer.  Hartwick #2 Fire Chief David Bryant, the officer in charge at the scene, walks by the apparatus.  The fire was reported at 3:30 a.m. today, and more than a half-dozen departments responded, Bryant said.  Seven people were living in the home; no one is injured, and the Red Cross assisted the family, not yet officially identified, to find temporary lodging, he said.   The home, earlier photo inset, located directly across Route 28 from NBT Bank’s Cooperstown Commons’ office, was a total ruin.  In addition to Hartwick #2 and Milford, responding departments included Hartwick #1 from the hamlet, Cooperstown, Fly Creek and Mount Vision.  Schuyler Lake sent a pumper to assist.  Bryant, who estimated 60 firefighters were at the scene at the peak, said this fire is the worst his department has dealt with since the Milford United Methodist Church burned on March 12, 2016.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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D.A.R Celebrates Milestones With Shirley Skinner

DAR Celebrates Milestones

As 75-Year Member Turns 103

The Iroquois chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met this afternoon at the Weiting Building in Worcester for two special events; celebrating the 103rd birthday of  Shirley Skinner, their oldest member, and presenting her with a pin commemorating her 75 years with the Otsego County chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Above, after being presented with a carrot cupcake from Chapter Regent Lauren Milavee, left, Shirley blows a kiss to the crowd, who sang her “Happy Birthday.” She is joined by the youngest member of their chapter, Callen Little, Jefferson, State Chaplain Nancy Zwetsch, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. At right, Zwetsch presents Skinner with her 75-year pin.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21

Luck Of The Draw Finale

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FUNDRAISER – 2 p.m. Final ticket drawing to win artwork from Luck of the Draw Exhibit. 80 tickets for $80, 80 pieces of art to win. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

TAILGATE 5K – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Walk/Run 5K to support 6th ward Athletic Association Foundation. Includes kids 100 yard dash, post race tailgate party featuring food, raffles, football viewing. 6th Ward Athletic Club, 22 W. Broadway, Oneonta. 607-436-9136 or visit www.facebook.com/6th-Ward-Athletic-Club-430579165622/

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Jon Osborn, 75; Retired Trooper, Top Oneonta Elk

IN MEMORIAM:  Jon Osborn, 75;

Retired Trooper, Top Oneonta Elk

Jon Osborn

ONEONTA – Reginald “Jon” Davis Osborn, 75, a retired state trooper and past exalted ruler of the Oneonta Elks, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, at his home in Crystal River, Fla., surrounded by his children.

Jon was born March 26, 1943, at Oneonta’s Parshall Hospital to Warren and Mildred (Reed) Osborn.

Raised in South Valley, Jon graduated from Cherry Valley Central School in 1960. He earned a degree in business administration from SUNY Cobleskill in 1962, and joined the Army Reserves in 1965, retiring in 1993 as a major.

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Charlotte Kniskern, 93; Long-Time Nurse Anesthetist At Bassett

IN MEMORIAM: Charlotte Kniskern, 93;

Long-Time Nurse Anesthetist At Bassett

COOPERSTOWN – Charlotte R. Kniskern, a native of Cooperstown and long-time resident of Lake Street, passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, 2018, at Teresian House in Albany. She was 95.

Born Sept. 18, 1923, at Bassett Hospital, Charlotte was the only child of Charles A. and Katherine R. (Tierney) Kniskern.

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Shabbat Focus:  Refugee Policy, Tonight At Oneonta Synagogue

Shabbat Focus:  Refugee Policy,

Tonight At Oneonta Synagogue

Cooperstown artist Christine Heller’s Syrian refugee portraits are hanging in the sanctuary at Oneonta’s Temple Beth El in advance of this evening’s National Refugee Shabbat at 7 p.m. at the synagogue at 38 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Mayor Gary Herzig will provide the welcome. Speakers include Dr. Brett Heindl on “Welcome the Stranger: US Immigration and Refugee Policy during the Trump Era”, and Dr. Bill Simons on “A History of Immigration.” Music will be provided by Daniel Kohler on clarinet and Michael Bauer on piano
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