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Voices Of Cooperstown Sing Bach ‘Oratorio’ To Full House

Voices Of Cooperstown Sing

Bach ‘Oratorio’ To Full House

As an appreciative public has learned to expect, a full house at this hour is listening to maestro Dan Foster conduct the Voices of Cooperstown’s annual Christmas concert at Christ Church, Episcopal, on River Street.  This year’s work is Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio,” with Handel’s “Messiah” rotating back next Christmas season.  At right, mezzo-soprano Helen Karloski sings “Sleep Now, My Dearest,” leading up to tenor Quinn Bernegger’s “And suddenly there was with the angel.”  Bernegger, who will be joining Opera Saratoga this summer, was the one soloist with local ties this year.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Local Literacy Center Celebrates Milestone

Local Literacy Center

Marks 25th Anniversary

Bright Hill Press founder Bertha Rogers addresses a crowd gathered at the literacy center’s library to celebrate Bright Hill Center’s 25th anniversary and to hear readings from the press’s new anthology, “Like Light” (Parker Fish/ AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Bertha Rogers accepts a framed copy of U.S. Rep. John Faso’s remarks, which will be entered into the Congressional record.

TREADWELL – Celebrating 25 years of existence, the Bright Hill Press & Literary Center made several announcements about the current state and the future of the Treadwell-based literary center at a special event today.

Founder and Executive Director Bertha Rogers was on hand to debut Bright Hill Press’s newest anthology “Like Light,” published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Bright Hill with poetry and prose from 220 poets and writers.

Rogers also announced the dedication of Bright Hill’s reading room in honor of her late husband, Ernest Fishman, who served as the literary center’s president until his death in 2016.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 17

Presenting ‘A Christmas Carol’

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PERFORMANCE– 3-5 p.m. Enjoy this production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets, $15/adult. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1453 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org

CHRISTMAS CONCERT – 2 p.m. “Our Lady of the Lake” presented by St. Mary’s Church. Features traditional Christmas carols sung by the congregation. St. Mary’s Church, 31 Elm St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2213 or visit www.stmaryscoop.org

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Legion, Kiwanis Club Host Christmas Party

Legion, Kiwanis Club

Host Christmas Party

The American Legion and Kiwanis Club held their second annual Christmas Party this afternoon in the ballroom of the American Legion in Oneonta. Children and their families were treated lunch, cookies, and of course free photos with Santa Claus by Jamie Novick Photography. Above, Santa made sure each child he met with received a present. Here, Zachary Stall, Oneonta, receives his gift, while Cindy Cecil, Oneonta keeps a grip on her grandson Michael Phillips, who is enamored with the jolly old Elf upon his arrival. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Shoe Boxes For Seniors Donations Pile Up At Green Earth

Shoe Boxes For Seniors

 Pile Up At Green Earth

Oneonta Middle School volunteers Sarah Lawrence and Ava Nunez put two more packages on the growing pile in the back room of the Green Earth, the drop-off site for the Shoe Boxes for Seniors. Over 177 boxes have been collected with more coming in from OHS students, Oneonta Specialty Services, SUNY students, The Southside Mall, The Working Kitchen, Green Earth and more from throughout the community. Each box will be delivered to a housebound senior in Otsego County during the weekly Meals On Wheels runs starting on Wednesday. Until then, packages can still be dropped off at the Green Earth as late as Monday morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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No Injuries As Car Rolls Over Clinton Street Embankment

No Injuries As Car Rolls Over

Clinton Street Embankment

Oneonta Fire Captain Thomas DiMartin stands next to an SUV that went over the embankment behind the Bagnardi Shoe Repair shop at 128 Chestnut St., missing the building by three feet. The accident, which occurred around 9:45 a.m, was caused when the driver attempted to execute a turn on Clinton Street and he lost control, sendng the vehicle over the edge. A tree stump and some power lines were torn up, but neither of the car’s two occupants were injured. At this hour, Oneonta fire department crews are on the scene as they wait for NYSEG to arrive, but traffic has not been disrupted. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Iona Troupe Fills 22 Main With Fans Of Irish Dance

Iona Troupe Fills 22 Main

With Fans Of Irish Dance

Gillian Spencer, the CCS board member, and Brigid Watson (with daughter in arms) spin around the recently renovated ballroom on the second floor of 22 Main, Cooperstown’s Village Hall, as the Iona Troupe of Irish dancers from Otsego and Schoharie counties put on a Christmas performance for a roomful of enthusiastic fans. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Trooper Launch Campaign, Be Sober, Or Get Pulled Over

Troopers Launch Campaign:

Be Sober Or Get Pulled Over

Beginning today through New Year’s Day, Troop C and barracks around the state are participating in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, State Police headquarters announced today.

Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints and more patrols, using marked and unmarked vehicles.  Also, underage drinking enforcement details will be deployed.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 16

Christmas Oratorio Performance

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CONCERT – 4:30 p.m. Enjoy the Bach Christmas Oratorio as presented by the Voices of Cooperstown. Concert begins 5 p.m. Cost, $25/adult. Christ Church, Episcopal, 46 River St., Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/events/909332185899869/

DANCE PARTY – 8 p.m.-Midnight. Enjoy a night of Dancing in the 90s. Enjoy the music, & wear a costume. Cost, $3/costume, $5/no costume. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

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