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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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Virginia Mae Ethington, 95; From One-Room School To Nursing Career

IN MEMORIAM:  Virginia Mae Ethington, 95;

From One-Room School To Nursing Career

CHERRY VALLEY – Virginia Mae (Oliver) Ethington, 95, who rose from a one-room schoolhouse to Syracuse University and a nursing career, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Centers Health Care in Cooperstown.

Born on Feb. 13, 1923, in Summit, she was the daughter of James and Hilda (Sperbeck) Oliver.

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Richard L. Collins, 88; Retired D&H Stationmaster, Dispatcher

IN MEMORIAM: Richard L. Collins, 88;

Retired D&H Stationmaster, Dispatcher

ONEONTA – Richard L. Collins, 88, a former D&H stationmaster and dispatcher, passed away July 14, 2018, at his home.

He was born Aug. 27, 1929, and Central Bridge, the son of Leland and Frances (Neville) Collins.  He married Jean Duham on July 15, 1950, in Glen Cove.   She predeceased him on Sept. 27, 2012.

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Clean-Up Underway After Thunderstorm

Clean-Up Underway

After Thunderstorm

The whirring sound of the village’s “Bandit Intimidator” wood chipper is being heard throughout Cooperstown today, as crews, including Assistant DPW Superintendent Chris Satriano, above, finish the cleanup after Saturday’s thunderstorm.  Heavy rains and wind struck shortly before 6 p.m. for only a minute or two, but wreaked outsized damage. Among the homes narrowly escaping serious damage is Celia Lamb’s on Linden Avenue, inset. The storm knocked over an oak slightly to the north of the house, leveraged up the sidewalk, but beyond that even missed a birdhouse in its path. “We were very fortunate,” Mrs. Lamb said. “It missed the house, it missed the car and it missed the trailer” that a tenant rents. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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JoAnn K. Gravelin, 70; Office Manager At Oneonta Rent-A-Wreck

IN MEMORIAM: JoAnn K. Gravelin, 70;

Office Manager At Oneonta Rent-A-Wreck

JoAnn Gravelin

LAURENS – JoAnn Gravelin, 70, of Laurens, office manager at Rent-A-Wreck until her retirement, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.

JoAnn was born on April 7, 1948, daughter of the late Benjamin and Marian (Harris) Keator. JoAnn married her high school sweetheart, David Gravelin, on April 22, 1967, in Laurens.

JoAnn loved to cook, garden and have family gatherings during the holidays. Her family was always her first priority, and she had a deep passion caring for them.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 16

Practice Drawing From Life

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FIGURE DRAWING – 6:30 – 9 p.m. Non-instructional drawing with live model. Poses chosen by consensus. Cost $12/class. Carriage House Art Studio, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. 607-435-8718 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/figure-drawing-open-studio/?instance_id=997

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Guru, Followers Mark Retreat House’s 10th

PHAKCHOK RINPOCHE IN COUNTY

Guru, Followers Mark

Retreat House’s 10th

Phakchok Rinpoche, the direct descendant of Taklung Kagyu, founder of Tibetan Buddhism, ministers to his followers this afternoon at his Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Meditation Center on Glimmerglen Road, outside of Cooperstown, at an open house marking the 10th anniversary of the retreat house’s founding.  The guru’s wife, Khandrola, is to his right; translator Oriane LaVole, to his left. The weekend-long celebration included local followers, as well as Tibetans from a center in Brooklyn. Today’s open house also featured a buffet of Tibetan specialities, including momos, inset photo – meat, onion and garlic dumplings considered a delicacy in the Himalayan country – according to Doris Motta, one of the retreat house managers. The guru, who has visited once or twice annually over the past decade, plans to be here for three weeks. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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TREES TOPPLE AS STORM HITS

TREES TOPPLE

AS STORM HITS

An outlier in a line of strong thunderstorms winged the Cooperstown area shortly before 6 this evening, toppling trees along River Road, Route 28 (near Kevin’s Ford) and in the village itself.  Here, Lordan and Lisa Bunch smile with relief, after a maple that snapped in their front yard at Beaver and Delaware streets  narrowly missed their house.  At left, firefighters confer after pushing a pine that snapped and fell across the bridge at Bowerstown (Route 33 and Murphy Hill Road) into Susquehanna Creek.  Within minutes, the sky had cleared and the sun was shining again.  The National Weather Service was expecting the storm to follow a line between Unadilla and Sanitaria Springs in Broome County. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 15

Take Garden & Landscape Tour

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TOUR – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Travel the country roads and discover the landscape and how people have enhanced it with their garden schemes. This years tour will be through the Cooperstown area. Pre-registration required for directions to first garden. All must being tour before 1 p.m. Cost, $18. 607-278-5454 or visit westkc.org/event/2018-landscape-garden-tour/

MEET & GREET – 4 – 6 p.m. Meet Joyce St. George who is running for the State Senate. 6th Ward Athletic Club, 22 W. Broadway, Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/1837352163146400/events/?source=4&action_history=null&filter=events

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2 Millers Win Top Honors At Oneonta Country Club

2 Millers Win Top Honors

At Oneonta Country Club

Tim Miller won the Men’s Club Championship Scratch Division at the Oneonta Country Club today, and Dick Miller, right, took top honors in the Men’s Club Champion Net Division, according to Derek Walbridge, assistant pro.  Click on links below for complete results.

 

MEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SCRATCH
MEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP NET
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