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Cool Weather Attracts Grand, Glorious Crowd

Cool Weather Attracts

Grand, Glorious Crowd

Oneonta’s annual Grand & Glorious Garage Sale drew thousands to Main Street today in search of bargains, food, friends and music by the Oneonta Community Band. Celebrants (and buyers) included, top photo, Bradley Jones, Oneonta, who plans to hang the snowshoes he picked up on the wall of his recently purchased log cabin. In middle row, Bob Holstead, representing the League of Women Voters, was registering voters, while Neida Mita, Franklin, left, and Denise Hudson, Delhi, representing Oneonta’s Seventh Day Adventist Church, were promoting their upcoming Healthy Lifestyle Cooking Class, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the church, 634 Route 205.  Bottom row, Linda Drake booth, selling colorful women’s clothing from India to benefit her husband Ashok Malhotra’s Ninash Foundation, was among the busiest vendors. At right, Nolan Bubany, 2, of Meredith, and mom Kristin Antin, listen in admiration to Weston Hill, up from Nashville to perform last evening at the B-Side Ballroom.  He’d bought the guitar for $40 at the tag sale and “thought I’d try to make some of my money back.”  He added, “You’ve got a nice town here.” (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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 Fly Creek Methodist Quilters Fill Church With Multi-Colors

 Fly Creek Methodist Quilters

Fill Church With Multi-Colors

Shirley Rathbone of Fly Creek, right, and Joann Hubbell of Cooperstown were among a steady streams of enthusiasts who immersed themselves in a panoply of color this morning at the Fly Creek Methodist Quilters show at the Fly Creek Methodist Church. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Cooperstown Runner, 11, Claims 3rd In 9/11 Race

Cooperstown Runner, 11,

Claims 3rd In 9/11 Race

Could it be? Who crossed Honoring 9/11 Heroes 5K in third place this morning in Fly Creek but young John Luke Raymond, 11, of Cooperstown, top photo, who reports he’s been running since age 2.  His father, veteran runner John Raymond, the Bassett urologist, squeaked by in second place, some 20 seconds ahead of his son, whose time was 23:54.  Inset is Frank Wilsey, who also won the first Heroes 5K in 2015.  The goal of the annual event, sponsored by the Fly Creek Fire Department and its EMS, is “Run, Volunteer, Donate, Cheer – but most of all, Honor.”  Today’s event marked the 17th anniversary of the felling of the Twin Towers.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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To Enthusiastic Applause, ‘Empire’ Begins 2nd Run

To Enthusiastic Applause,

‘Empire’ Begins 2nd Run

Tom Morgan – seen here with a photo of himself, age 29, and his children – recounts his return from New Zealand in 1970 to Gilbertsville’s Empire Hotel, to discover his father had just committed suicide. His experiences over the next year and a half operating the 1843-vintage establishment were recaptured in the four-part “Tales From The Empire,” which – beginning this evening – is being revived each Friday this month in The Fenimore Art Museum’s auditorium.    He and his wife, Erna Morgan McReynolds, are seeking to see “The Tales” performed off-Broadway or perhaps as a TV mini-series.   Audience members, many of whom remembered the original production in 2008-2011 at Franklin Stage, greeted the new production with enthusiastic applause.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Seward Announces $1 Million In Grants For Damaschke Field

Seward Announces

 $1 Million In Grants

For Damaschke Field

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announces $1 million in funding for improvements to Damaschke Field, including replacing the grandstand at a press conference this afternoon in front of the historic Oneonta ballpark.  Behind him are Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig and Oneonta Outlaws owner Gary Laing.  “We need to preserve historic features,” said Seward, who brought home a separate $1 million grant in May for Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field.  “We also need to prepare for the future.  Some upgrades are badly needed.”  About 1/3 of the money – it was obtained through  the state’s State and Municipal Facilities Program – will be required to raze the grandstand, whose steel girder are rotting.  Laing said there are a “lot of good ideas” on how to replace it that will be coming into focus in the months ahead.    He called the grant “absolutely incredible.”  A tour of the grandstand followed, including a cramped shower room, which home and visiting teams used to share.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Parents Rejoice! It’s Back To School!

Parents Rejoice!

It’s Back To School!

There were plenty of tears and cheers this morning as children headed off to the first day of school in Oneonta. Above, Jackson Latham wears his best end of summer scowl as mom Christina gives his brother Aaden a goodbye kiss alongside sister Kay as they are dropped off at Greater Plains Elementary.  At left,  Giana Dionisio holds a sign celebrating her first day of 1st grade. At right, Ari Aiyemo helps her kids Ethan and Eden find their way to class (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Annual Balloon Fest In Full Swing

Annual Balloon Fest

In Full Swing

After last evening’s rainy start to the 10th annual Susquehanna Balloon Fest, crowds flocked to the event this afternoon for fun and games. Above, Kaler Carpenter emerges from the ever popular dunk tank thanks to Oneonta’s Melissa Schulte and Sarah Wilson. At left, Claire Smith, Oneonta, takes a spin on the mechanical bull. Visitors can also browse a wider variety of vendors, enjoy live music, magic and more. The balloons are set to glow at 8pm, with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com

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Welcome Freshman!

Welcome Freshmen!

College Presidents Greet Class of ’22

With classes set to begin Monday, freshmen at Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta gathered to take part in traditions old and new. Top left: At Hartwick College, the Class of ’22 all signed the Founders’ Way First Walk banner, carried by President Dr. Margaret Drugovich, center, Emma Dias, Swansea, Mass., left, and Toby Santoro of Calicoon, right. Founders’ Way, a cross-campus pedestrian walkway, was part of last year’s $66 million in campus improvements. The class will graduate on the college’s 225th anniversary and are ushering in this new college tradition.  Top right: Incoming SUNY President Barbara Jean Morris leads incoming freshmen in the traditional “Pass Trough The Pillars” walk with school mascot Red.  Incoming SUNY students have been welcomed by this tradition for over 125 years; the pillar are originally from Old Main, the college’s first building at the top of Maple Street that was demolished in the 1970s. The tradition is brought full circle as the seniors exit through the pillars the opposite way upon graduation, signifying the next chapter of their lives.

(Parker Fish & Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Food Trucks Delight, ZZ Top Tonight

Food Trucks Delight

As ZZ Top Awaited

Fans are already streaming into the Sixth Ward Booster Club field to sample goodies at the food truck festival and claim their spot for tonight’s ZZ Top concert to benefit Catskill Area Hospice. Above, Bob Deeb, Franklin, gets his tickets at the gate from event volunteer Craig Gelbsman and Ellen Shufelt, both of Oneonta, before entering the event area. At right, Emily and Sam Ackerman show off their salt and vinegar fries and “sin burger” from one of the many food trucks on site. Many craft brews from the area are also on site in the tasting tent. The evening’s events include a food demonstration from BBQ Pitmaster Myron Mixon, Magic by Jim Snack, and music by The Summit before ZZ Top hits the stage at 9 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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OJCA Honors Community Partner 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

OJC Adds Community Friends

To 2018 Hall of Fame Class

From right: Qimane Williams, Bob the Bulldog, and Chris Kuhn, Director of the Oneonta Job Corps Academy, stand with the 2018 inductees into the OJCA Community partner Hall of Fame Inductees Ian Austin, The Oneonta Teen Center and Hometown Oneonta, Betty Lee, NAACP and Human Rights Commission, Kaler Carpenter, Club Odyssey, Jeanette Mulford, Days For Girls, Vanessa Pellegrino, NY Goat Yoga, and Alan Donovan, Friends of Oneonta Municipal Airport and GOHS. The six were honored for their support and involvement with the OJCA students in a brief ceremony before the start of the 5th annual community softball game between Oneonta Job Corps Academy and The Family Resource Network, this evening at Damaschke Field. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

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