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Sorin’s ‘Driving While Black’ Packs Fenimore Auditorium

Sorin’s ‘Driving While Black’

Packs Fenimore Auditorium

Cooperstown Graduate Program Director Gretchen Sorin briefs a packed house a few minutes ago on “Driving While Black,” portions of which are being screened for the first time at Glimmerglass Film Days, which began last evening and runs through Monday.  With her is Ric Burns, Ken Burns’ brother, who is producing the film for PBS.  It is based on Sorin’s 2009 thesis on “The Green Book,” a guide for black tourists and travelers during the Jim Crow Era.   At right in inset photo is Otsego 2000 Executive Director Ellen Pope, an organizer of the annual event.  Today’s crowd filled all 126 seats in The Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, and folding chairs lined the aisles and across the front of the room.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com

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Oneontans Turn Out In Support of Mueller

90 Oneontans Rally

To Save Mueller Probe

Some 90 Oneontans – including, above, Ad Van Buren, Oneonta, Bill Van Buren of Sidney and his wife Julie, and Bruce Van Buren, Oneonta – rallied in Oneonta’s Muller Plaza this evening in solidarity with the Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller investigations into 2016 campaign irregularies. At right, as passing cars honk in support – and a few against, Betsy Holland, Oneonta, stands with fellow protesters along Main Street with her sign that states “Trump is not above the law!”   The Defend The Mueller Investigation protest, started by Moveon.org and organized locally by Amy Pondolfino, began in response to suspicions that President Trump will be firing Robert Mueller, who is currently investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential election, or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who overseers Mueller’s work. Mueller’s  efforts have already garnered 20 indictments and several guilty pleas. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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GOP – And One Democrat Gather For Pancake Feast

GOP, And One Democrat, 

Gather For Pancake Feast

Dave Bliss, Republican chair of the Otsego County Board and a Rotarian, pours coffee for state Sen. – and candidate – Jim Seward, R-Milford, a few minutes ago at the traditional Cooperstown Rotary Club Election Day pancake breakfast at the Vets’ Club. With the senator are, from his left, daughter-in-law of two months Kelly Ann, daughter Lauren, wife Cindy and son Ryan. Seward is being challenged today by Democrat Joyce St. George, Margaretville area. Inset, Democratic kingmaker Richard Sternberg joined the Republican table that includes, at left, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr. and County Clerk Kathy Sinnott Gardner; at right is Republican County Chair Vince Casale, who is also a top adviser to Republican Marc Molinaro’s campaign against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Devlin is being challenged by Republican Bob Fernandez, a retired state trooper who appears on the Democrat line.  Sinnott Gardner is unopposed.  “I like these people,” said Sternberg.   The polls are open across Otsego County until 9 p.m.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Election Day Bustling With Voter Turn Out

With Multiple Candidates,

Election Day ’18 A Busy One

Voting was brisk at the City of Oneonta’s polling place at Foothills Performing Arts Center as the midterms got underway.  A voter there at 7:45 a.m. said she was the 142nd to cast ballots, a lot for that early.  A Cooperstown voter said 79 ballots had been cast by 7:20 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, also higher than usual.  Above, Election Inspector Judy Staruck, Schenevus, hands Michele Clapperton an “I Voted” sticker after she cast a ballot. “This is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Clapperton. “I love seeing everyone here exercising their Constitutional right.” Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Justice Ginsburg To Return To Glimmerglass Festival

Justice Ginsburg To Return

To ’19 Glimmerglass Festival

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is surrounded by the Glimmerglass Festival’s Young Artists after addressing a near-capacity crowd at the Alice Busch Opera Theatre in 2016. (Karli Cadel/Glimmerglass Festival)

COOPERSTOWN – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will once again be on hand to speak about her passion for opera and her perspective on law in the arts at The Glimmerglass Festival next July.

This is Justice Ginsburg’s sixth time presenting at The Glimmerglass Festival. She last appeared in 2017, when she spoke following a performance of Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg. Her talk will also feature members of the Glimmerglass Young Artists Program enacting selected scenes that deal with law and justice.

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‘Little Mermaid’ Staged As CCS Fall Production

‘Little Mermaid’ Staged

As CCS Fall Production

The CCS Thespian fall musical is “The Little Mermaid,” and will be staged at 7 p. m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-10, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the high school’s Sterling Auditorium. Above left, Emma Panzarella (sophomore) will play Jetsam and Emily Amore (sophomore), Flotsam. Above right, senior William Friedman practices the role of Prince Eric.  (Photos courtesy Tim Iversen)
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Catskill Symphony Honors Vets With Concert At SUNY

Catskill Symphony Honors

Vets With Concert At SUNY

The Catskill Symphony Orchestra held a Veterans  Day performance this afternoon in the Hunt Union Ballroom at SUNY Oneonta. Above, guest Conductor Timothy Perry, Binghamton, leads the orchestra and the audience in “The Star Spangled Banner” as a salute to upcoming Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11.  At right, Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, right, and Beth Steele, the college’s director of Advancement Communications, watch Dave Irvin, East Meredith, play the double bass during the opening number. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Mall’s Holiday Show Heads Into 2nd Day

Mall’s Holiday Show

Heads Into 2nd Day

In addition to getting a jump on your Christmas gifts, the Southside Mall’s annual Craft & Vendor Show seemed to be a great way to run into people you haven’t seen in awhile, evident in the big hug, top photo, that Jan Hendrickson of Oneonta gives to Laurens’ Genesis Bushnell, 14, who was there with mom Amie Bushnell.  They were in front of the bright lights of the K&C Crafts booth, tended by Oneonta’s Katrina Van Zandt.   Inset at right, sisters Barbara Ungerland and Anne Marrie Winchester of Oneonta offer a surprising array of Christmas decorations made from the most usual things at the CBEUsedBlues booth.  They and other vendors reported steady business.  The fair continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Fifth History Center Mural Unveiled, Completing Cycle

Fifth History Center Mural

Unveiled, Completing Cycle

Young Felix Palmer of Cooperstown mimics the pose he took for the photo that became the basis of the fifth of five murals for the Dietz Street side of the Oneonta History Center, unveiled this afternoon. The photo was taken when he was 7; next week, he turns 13. Also depicted in the mural are Felix’ mom, Angelica, and Gary Aney, Jordanville, a Farmers’ Museum docent who appears as David Wilber himself.   The mural’s subject is Wilber National Bank, one of the History Center building’s occupants over the 150-year history of the first brick building in Oneonta’s downtown. At left is artist Carol Mandigo, who created the murals with the help of a NYSCA grant under the sponsorship of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society.  Murals already completed are of Laskaris’ candy store, Gallin’s Jewelry, Brown Hardware and Joann Dress Shop.  Wilber National Bank merged into Community Bank five years ago,  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Otsego Rural Housing Celebrates Moving Into New Headquarters

Otsego Rural Housing Celebrates

Moving Into New Headquarters

The Otsego Rural Housing Assistance (ORHA) is hosting an opening house until 6 p.m. at its new headquarters at 709 Route 33, Town of Middlefield, in the building that includes Revolution Solar and the Red Shed. Above, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, congratulates Greg Crowell of Phoenix Mills, ORHA board president. Others, from, left, are Executive Director Tim Peters, board board Treasurer Erik Scrivener, who is senior planner in the county Planning Department,  board Secretary Karen Walker, Cherry Valley, and board Vice President, Jessica Baker, Cherry Valley.  ORHA administers program to assist rural, low-income residents, the elderly, and residents with disabilities to meet their housing needs.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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