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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 18

Practice Drawing

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FIGURE DRAWING – 6:30 – 9 p.m. Non-instructional drawing with live model. Poses chosen by consensus. Cost $12/class. The Carriage House Art Studio, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-435-8718 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/figure-drawing-open-studio/?instance_id=993

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Nation’s Best Lumberjacks Qualify In Cherry Valley

Nation’s Best Lumberjacks

Qualify In Cherry Valley

Local Timbersport duo Nathan and Holly Waterfield saw through a log during the semi-finals of the Jack-and-Jill two person saw competition during the second annual Cherry Valley Outdoor Games. Nathan serves as the president of Cherry Valley Outdoor Games Inc. and organized this year’s event. Waterfield also participated in the Men’s Springboard competition, where he advanced to the finals, winning his qualifying heat handedly. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 17

Tractor Festival

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FATHERS DAY

TRACTOR SHOW – 7 a.m. Tractor Road Run followed by pancake breakfast. Tractor pull at 10 a.m. Then Tractor Soccer with a 6’ ball. Sunnycrest Orchards, 7869 St. Rt. 10, Sharon Springs. Call 518-231-8080 or visit www.facebook.com/Northeast-Antique-Power-Assoc-Branch-101-413124412060126/

FISHING CLINIC – 11 a.m. Families celebrate Father’s day with the Dave Brandt chapter of Trout Unlimited. Includes educational assembly in the skate house, and non-competitive fishing events. Hodges Skating Pond, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-563-1978.

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ARC Otsego Opens Otsego ReUse Center

ARC Otsego Opens

Otsego ReUse Center

PAt Knuth, Executive director of the ARC, Liz Shannon, Otsego County District 14 representative, Karen Sullivan, Otsego County, Bill Hardy, manager of Otsego ReUse Center, Ryan Eldred, assistant and Otsego ReUse Center, Barbara Ann Hegan, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Wolf, Otsego Chamber board member, and Darcy Dibble, CFO of the ARC, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of their location on Duane Street in Oneonta this morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

The ARC Otsego celebrated the grand opening of their Otsego ReUse Center on Duane Street in Oneonta this morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of their location. At right, Betty LiSet up in the old Bresees’ warehouse, ReUse acts as a collection station for usable items that were destined for the landfill.

“Since our soft opening in November, we have already kept over fourteen tons of usable items out of our landfills.” remarked executive Director of the ARC Pat Knuth, seen at right looking through bins of housing hardware.

“We have lots of people drop off great stuff!” said Bill Hardy, manager of the location, “Local contractors, Carpet Plus, Scholet furniture, Lowes, G&I Homes, SUNY Oneonta, they have all donated things here which we sell at a fraction of their original cost!”

The ARC plans to purchase the building from Mark Bresee in the fall and are currently looking for support to help with the purchase.The Otsego ReUse Center is open Tuesday through Saturday 9-5pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Running Colors

Running Colors

Kayleigh Butler, 10, Cooperstown, leads her friends, Evie Baldo, 10, and Alexis Wolfell, 11, both of Cooperstown, through a cloud of colored powder at the finish of the 3rd annual Cooperstown 5k Color Run. 70 runners participated in the 5k color run, with all of the proceeds going toward the American Heart Association. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Ommegang Pops Cork On Renovated Cafe

Ommegang Pops Cork

On Renovated Cafe

Ommegang employee Christian Jenne sprays beer over fellow employees Brett Smith, Dillon Anderson, and Carie Huntington during the Brewery Ommegang opening celebration, marking the opening of the newly renovated cafe. The $2 million project, which began in Jan. 2018, completely re-vamped the cafe, adding a beer cellar, an expanded gift shop, and a large outdoor pavilion. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 16

Join The Choir

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PERFORMANCE – 8 p.m. Sing an original arrangement with Toronto based group “Choir! Choir! Choir!” Cost, $23/adult at-the-door. West Kortright Center, 49 West Kortright Church Rd., East Meredith. Call 607-278-5454 or visit westkc.org/event/choir-choir-choir/

COLOR RUN – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Run/walk through several color stations with friends/family to support the American Heart Association. Registration 7:30-8:30. Start & End at Cooperstown High School. Call 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org

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Remains Found In Florida Confirmed As Missing Laurens Man

Wife Considered Suspect In Death

Remains Found In Florida

Confirmed As Missing Laurens Man

Michael Shaver

CLERMONT, Fla. – The human remains found buried beneath a fire pit in the backyard of a Lake County home have been positively identified as belonging to Michael Shaver, a Laurens man missing since 2015.

According to Lieutenant John Herrell, Office of Professional Standards with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, detectives positively identified the remains found on Laurie Shaver’s property at 9850 Sandy Pines Road in Clermont, Fla., following testing. Those results were released by Herrell this morning.

Police are treating Shaver’s death as suspicious and Laurie remains the sole suspect. According to Herrell, she has retained an attorney, but has not been interviewed by detectives. “Detectives are confident she’s the last person to see him alive,” said Herrell.

In February, a friend told sheriff’s deputies that he had not heard from Shaver since October 2015.  When deputies went to the Shavers’ home on Feb. 16, his wife, Laurie Shaver, 35, also told them she had not had contact with him since 2015.  She allegedly allowed deputies to search the home, but as they walked with her to the backyard, they noticed a large depression in the back yard and noted that there was a fresh layer of concrete. 

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As Burr Truck Opens, 50ft Flag Soars Again

As Burr Truck Opens,

50ft Flag Soars Again

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Burr Truck at 6180 Rt. 23 on Southside in Oneonta this afternoon at the former sight of Flagpole Nissan. Above, Bob Wood, Supervisor of the Town of Oneonta, Karen Lang, Otsego County Chamber, Jody Zakrevsky, Otsego Now, Mayor Gary Herzig, Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber , Mike Burr, Chuck Burr, owners of Burr Truck, Sandy Eighmey, Sidney Federal Credit Union, and Lillian McPhillips, Constituent Services representative, pause for a photo of the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Behind them are members of Boy Scout Troop 23, who were tasked with hoisting the 50’x 20′ American flag up the landmark flagpole. At right, scout leaders David Morell, Paul Van Der Kruk, and Pete Miller salute at the flag rises into the afternoon wind.

“The flag was right in the building!” said Chuck Burr. “I guess the former owners bought it before they left and they left it in there. We figured we would have it fly again to let people know we are here and open for business!”

Chuck Burr, who co-owns the Southside location with his cousin Chuck Burr, are third generation owners of Burr Truck, which started in 1967 in Vestal. “We have a lot of customers here and we wanted to be able to service them better.” explained Burr, “We drove by, saw this building and thought ‘we can do something with that.’ One year later, here we are!” They currently offer truck parts for sale, but plan to expand in the next 3-6 months to include truck sales and leasing. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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$230,000 Grant Possible To Reopen Nick’s Diner

$230,000 Grant Possible

To Reopen Nick’s Diner

Public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Oneonta City Hall on possibly seeking a $230,000 grant for Nick’s Diner, which has been undergoing renovations for the past three years.  The money would come from the federal Community Development Block Grant program. It is estimated that, reopened, Nick’s would create the equivalent of 15.5 fulltime jobs.  The former diner closed after its owner, Nick Formaikis, passed away in 2013.  The local investor, Ed May, acquired it in 2015 and extensive renovations followed, although the local institution – it has been at Chestnut Street and Fonda Avenue since the 1920s – never reopened.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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