HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 22
CANDIDATES FORUM – 6 – 8 p.m. Democrat Congressional candidates for the 19th district, Jeff Beals, David Clegg, Erin Collier, Antonio Delgado, Brian Flynn, Gareth Rhodes, and Pat Ryan discuss issues, more. HIRC Lecture Hall 1, SUNY Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/OneontaCollegeDems/
YOUTH PROGRAM – 2:30 p.m. Workshop introducing children to methods archaeologists use to find and identify archaeological sites. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
Hops expert Al Bullard, Milford, top photo, who published “The Hops Farmer’s Year” in 2015, discusses the once-ubiquitous Otsego County crop, now being revived, with attendees – from left, Dorothy LaGasse, Sandy Chase and Donna Robinson, all of Cooperstown. The event was this morning’s “Partners In History” at Milford’s Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center, where historic displays were put on by local historians from across Otsego County. At left is Judy Kessler, president of the Milford Historical Society, which hosted today’s event in collaboration with the Otsego County Historical Association. Activities included a tour of the Sayre House and store, next door to the former Presbyterian church, conducted by Jim Havener. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
FUNDRAISER PERHAPS BIGGEST EVER
At this morning’s annual Cider Run in Fly Creek, Oneonta’s Becca Daly, a Susquehanna Animal Shelter staffer, tickles Penelope, one of the nine dogs among the 101 animals rescued from a Garrattsville farm last weekend. Also on hand at the SAS fundraiser was Lucy, another of the Collie mix canines being housed at the shelter until charges of torture and injury to animals against the farm’s owners are resolved. At right, three Oneontans, Tom Slicer, Wayne Allen II and Brandon Gardner lead off the 10K event, which is hosted by the Fly Creek Cider Mill. SAS Director Stacie Haynes said the crowd could have been a record — both the parking lots on Route 26 and across from the cider mill were filled — but the full count wasn’t in yet. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – Dr. Charles B. Ragozzine Jr., professor and chair of the SUNY Oneonta Department of Mathematics, Computer Science & Statistics, has been elected by the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America to serve a three-year term as its representative to the national Congress of the Mathematical Association of America.
Ragozzine’s duties will include representing the Seaway Section at national meetings and liaising between the section and the national organization. The section is named for the St. Lawrence Seaway, and including Upstate New York and the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario.
ONEONTA – Ricky Knapp, the man convicted of the 1977 death of SUNY Oneonta student, has died in Mohawk Correctional Facility, according to prison records.
Knapp, 66, died March 8, having served 40 years of a 25-to-life sentence for a 1978 manslaughter conviction in the death of 18-year-old Linda Velzy, a SUNY student from Long Island. According to reports, Velzy was last seen Dec. 9 1977, hitchhiking in downtown Oneonta.
UNADILLA – Walter E. Brooks, 84, a civic leader and owner of Brooks Machine Products, a custom-machined parts company here, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2018. His wife Edna, son Brad and Pastor (ret.) Kip Stratton were by his side.
Walt was born on Oct. 25, 1933, in Afton, son of (pre-deceased) Fay and Ruth (Decker) Brooks.
He served in the Air Force in 1952-56, during the Korean War, then joined GE, working in Shelbyville, Ind., and Cincinnati, Ohio.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 21
EARTH DAY FESTIVAL – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day, have fun, and learn about your environment at fun interactive exhibits, workshop, and more. Milford Central School, 42 Main St., Milford. Call 607-547-2536 Ext 0 or visit occainfo.org/earth-festival/
CIDER RUN – 10 a.m. 5K/10K run open to children and adults to benefit the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Call 607-547-9692 or visit www.flycreekcidermill.com
ONEONTA – New York State has designated the City of Oneonta’s downtown and the D&H yards as Economic Opportunity Zones, the Empire State Development Corp. announced this afternoon.
The designation is designed to channel money into neighborhoods that are considered poverty-stricken, according to Jody Zakrevsky, Otsego Now CEO.