HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 25
OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Exhibit “Earthly Possessions” focusing on the items significant to us that can’t be taken when we die. The Smithy, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.smithyarts.org
COMMUNITY GARDEN – 4 – 6 p.m. Families plant mini-gardens to be donated to local food pantries. Large Pavilion, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-432-8006 or visit www.allforgood.org/projects/78eaBV8p
Grace LeCates, center, one of the four top scholars in the Class of 2018, poses with her dad, Dr. Bill LeCates, the Bassett Hospital president, mom Debbie and her siblings after this afternoon’s outdoor Cooperstown Central graduation on the lawn behind The Fenimore Art Museum, which was punctuated by downpours. At left, smiling grad Tre ‘Mesha Harrison, right, was joined by Emily Manzer, center, and Mae Loewenguth. Grace LeCates’ cousin, Heidi Edmonds, was another of the four top scholars, along with Kelly Mooney and Sophia Lesko. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
FLY CREEK – Dennis Alfred Tallman, a man devoted to his family and a vital part of his community, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the age of 76.
Born June 6, 1942, Dennis was the son of Harold Winfield Tallman and Francesca Louisa Krack Tallman. Dennis was a graduate of Toccoa Falls Institute in Georgia.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 24
CONCERT – 3 p.m. Oneonta Community Concert Band presents a World Tour in Music featuring the “Star Spangled Banner,” “King Cotton March,” “Marche des Parachutists Belges,” “Amparito Roca,” more. Wilber Park, Oneonta. Call 607-437-0152.
GRADUATION – 1:30 p.m. CCS Seniors receive their diplomas. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org
Leroy Williams, Jr. embraces one of his teachers, Kelly Tavarone, as the Oneonta High School Class of 2018 exits the auditorium following the 149th annual Commencement at the high school’s Belden Auditorium at this afternoon. The graduates, lauded by Principal Tom Brindley, right, for their caring and compassionate nature, had an unheard of number fights during the school year: zero. “This is a group that cares about each other, looks out for each other and cheer each other on,” Brindley remarked. “(They) are a friendly smile on a bad day. What you do does not compare to who you are.” It was also announced that Brindley is being promoted to assistant superintendent, a new position. “I consider it a privilege to graduate with you.” he said. Brindley’s successor will be his assistant principal, Anne Wolstenholme. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com
Almost 100 Cooperstown folks participated in a vigil this evening in front of Cooperstown Baptist Church on Elm Street in protest to the separation of children, perhaps as many as 2,000, from families attempting to cross the Southern border from Mexico. Participating pastors, at right, included, from right, the Rev. Joe Perdue, Cooperstown Baptist, who hosted the gathering; the Rev. Elsie Rhodes, First Presbyterian; the Rev. Tom LeBeau, Cooperstown Methodist; Randy Velez, a Roman Catholic deacon, and the Rev. Ladonna Clark, who is associated with the Presbyterian Church. In sequence, the pastors read an “Open Letter to Donald Trump” authored by a Unitarian Universalist minister in Wisconsin, the Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw. In part, it said, “There must never again be internment camps, concentration camps or forced detention camps by any other name on American soil or under American control.” While unable to attend, the Revs. Kyle Grennen, Grace Episcopal, Springfield Center, and Sharon Rankins-Burd, Fly Creek and Schuyler Lake Methodist churches, also signed the document. The gathering then marched to First Presbyterian, where a worship service followed. Some attendees contributed packages of diapers intended for the youngsters taken from their families. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 23
CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy Embi Esti, intercontinental fusion band incorporating Afrobeat, North African, Romani traditions in soulful music. The Star Theater, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley. Call 607-264-3080 or visit www.facebook.com/cherryvalleyartworks/
GRADUATION – 10:30 a.m. Seniors graduate. Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School District, 693 St. Hwy. 51, Gilbertsville. Call 607-783-2207 or visit www.gmucsd.org