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Large Turn Out As Clean-Up Falls On Earth Day

Large Turn-Out As Clean-Up

Finally Falls On Earth Day

Members of Alpha Omicron Phi and Phi Kappa Psi pose with councilman Dave Rissberger, on left in green, and their haul of trash they collected from the streets this morning during the annual Third Ward Clean Up. Student volunteers and city residents banded together to pick up garbage from OHFest XIII the night before. This year’s event featured one of it’s largest turn-outs since it’s inception.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, APRIL 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, APRIL 23

History Day Awards

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HISTORY DAY – 4 – 6:30 p.m. Award Ceremony for student history presentations. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org

TEEN SCENE – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Teens participate in alternative group exercise POUND. Teens are given weighted drum sticks which they use to pound to the beat of the music. Dress to exercise. Dinner is provided. RSVP required. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0001 or visit www.facebook.com/FamilyRN/

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Hometown Crowd Cheers Cooperstown’s Erin Collier

Hometown Crowd Cheers

Cooperstown’s Erin Collier

Erin Collier of Cooperstown, the only Otsego County candidate in the race in the 19th Congressional District Democratic primary race, pauses with family members after she was warmly applauded by a local crowd after a forum that ended a few minutes ago in the Village Hall ballroom.  Seated from right are sisters Erica and Jessica Collier, the candidate, and grandmom Shirley Banner and her friend, Leon Spicer.  Standing from right are Jessica’s fiance Lance Lowell, parents Steve and Evelyn Collier, beef farmers in the Town of Middlefield, and brother Todd Collier.  (Another brother, John Collier, and his wife, Karen, were away on vacation this week.)  During 70 minutes that included a presentation and Q&A, Erin, an economist who works for USAID, a federal famine-prevention agency, fielded questions ranging from how to expand local healthcare to how to firm up Social Security, expressed confidence her nomination petitions would withstand a challenge.   She reported her “great, great, great, great, great grandfather” moved to the county “after fighting the Revolutionary War,” and Colliersville bear her family’s name.  Milford’s Banner Hill is named after her mother’s family.  The candidate is due at a forum at 6 p.m. today in Lecture Hall One at SUNY Oneonta HIRC building, sponsored by the college’s Young Democrats.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 22

Discussion With The Candidates

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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/

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Earth Day Attendees Reduce, Reuse And Grow Mushrooms

Earth Day Attendees Reduce,

Reuse And Grow Mushrooms

Earth Day puts the fun in fungus! Here, Chris Grady of Shady Grady Shiitake, right, Cooperstown, directs Fiona Dejardin and Sandy Andrews as they innoculate logs with shiitake mushroom spores. The spores are then sealed from parasites with a wax covering and the log placed outside in shade. The yield usually appears in 4-6 months. This was one of the many activities and workshops happening at Milford Central School this afternoon during the annual Earth Day celebration. Other activities included a recycled fashion show, yoga, Styrofoam collection, clothing swap, informational tables, workshops and local food vendors. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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‘Partners In History’ Event Highlights Otsego History

‘Partners In History’ Event

Highlights Otsego History

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)

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On The Mend, Rescued Puppies At Cider Run

FUNDRAISER PERHAPS BIGGEST EVER

On The Mend, Rescued

Puppies At Cider Run

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)

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SUNY Oneonta Professor Ragozzine Elected To National Mathematics Post

SUNY Oneonta Professor Ragozzine

Elected To National Mathematics Post

Dr. Raggozine

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.

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Killer Ricky Knapp Dies In Prison

Killer Knapp Dies In Prison;

Guilty In SUNY Coed’s Death

Ricky Knapp

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.

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