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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 21

Elvis Costello At Ommegang

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CONCERT – 5 p.m. Elvis Costello & The Imposters perform live. Show starts at 7 p.m. Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. www.ommegang.com/#!events

HISTORY READING – 7:30 p.m. Hear the letters of soldiers of the Civil War as ready by Wanda Burch, accompanied by original music written and performed by John Kenosian. Experience their loneliness, homesickness, and hope for survival. Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Rd., Cherry Valley. www.windfalldutchbarn.com

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Joan W. Atkins, 81; Teacher In Richfield, Schuyler Lake

IN MEMORIAM: Joan W. Atkins, 81;

Teacher In Richfield, Schuyler Lake

Joan W. Atkins

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Joan Willard Atkins, 81, a former teacher in Richfield Springs, passed away Monday July 17, 2017, in Cortland Regional Medical Center, with her family by her side.

She was born on Dec. 4, 1935, in Orchard Park, daughter of the late George E. and Florence Fisher Willard. Joan was raised in Orchard Park and was a graduate of Orchard Park High School. She received a bachelor’s in education at SUNY Cortland.

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Drug Court Graduates 6

6 Celebrate Graduation

From Anti-Drug Program

Friends, families and supporters filled the City Courtroom to celebrate the graduation of six from the Otsego County Drug Treatment Court program.  County Judge Brian Burns presided, with state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma as the commencement speaker.  As deputy chief administrative judge of court outside New York City, Coccoma was involved in the program’s founding.  After receiving their completion certificates, graduates described their journeys away from addition. Above, Julie Dostal, LEAF executive director, congratulates graduate Kindell Worley, Oneonta, at the conclusion of this afternoon’s celebration. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 20

‘Seussical,’

The Broadway Musical

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SEUSSICAL – 7 p.m. Sing a Song of Broadway presents the award winning musical based on the Dr. Seuss stories and characters. Admission, $15 adults, $10 students, $7 children 7 and under. First Presbyterian Church, 296 Main St., Oneonta. www.facebook.com/Sing-a-Song-of-Broadway-679324148783927/

WRITERS SALON – 7:30-9 p.m. Presentation from a panel of authors on entering the publishing world. Includes local authors such as our own Libby Cudmore, Jennifer Donohue, April Benson, and April Ford. Community Arts Network of Oneonta. Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. www.canoneonta.org/calendar/

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Crash Claims Life Of Unadilla Man

VAN DRIFTS INTO ONCOMING LANE

Crash Kills Unadilla Man;

4th Local Fatality In 4 Days

SIDNEY – A Unadilla man died in a car crash early today on River Road here, the fourth fatal crash involving local people in as many days.

Troopers report Jason R. Cunningham, 39, of Unadilla, was driving a van west on River Road when he entered a sharp curve, drifted into the eastbound lane and collided with an eastbound pickup truck, driven by Matthias J. Wesner, 35, also of Unadilla.

Yesterday, a Cooperstown man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Route 11, Hartwick, and Sunday a husband and wife riding a motorcycle died in a crash in Warren, just across the Herkimer County line; a Cooperstown man was injured in that three-car chain reaction.

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Relive ‘Fenimore On Ice’, Weekend With Olympians

Revisit ‘Fenimore On Ice’

With Dorothy Hamill, More

Skating fans and the curious from around Otsego County were drawn to The Fenimore and Farmers’ museums over the weekend to meet Olympic Gold Medalists Dorothy Hamill, Dick Button and JoJo Starbuck, and watch Ice Dance International perform on Glice, an artificial rink. The weekend was a highpoint of the museum’s season, which features “The Art of Figure Skating Through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection,” a first-time display that runs through Dec. 31. If you missed it, numerous photos and Libby Cudmore’s report in this week’s Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta – on newsstands this afternoon – will take you there.
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Cooperstown Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Cooperstown Man Dies

As Motorcycle Crashes

HARTWICK – A 28-year-old Cooperstown man was killed yesterday in a mid-morning motorcycle crash  with a pickup truck in the Town of Hartwick.

He was identified as Kyle W. Bronson.  He was a 2007 graduate of Cooperstown Central, where he played football.

State Police said Bronson was eastbound on Route 11 heading toward Hartwick hamlet when he lost control of his 2010 Kawasaki and crossed into the westbound lane, striking a 2015 GMC Denali pickup truck.

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City To Seek Demolition For Damaschke Grandstand
80-YEAR-STRUCTURE CLOSED

Damaschke Grandstand

Heading For Demolition

Common Council last evening approved an application for funding to demolish the 80-year-old Damaschke Field grandstand.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta Outlaws owner Gary Laing has been concerned for a few years about the safety of seating in the grandstand.

ONEONTA – With Damaschke Field’s box seats condemned and its supports rusting, Common Council voted tonight to apply for a grant to demolish the 80-year-old city landmark.

“It’s a touchy thing, but the building is old and it needs to come down,” said Gary Laing, Oneonta Outlaws owner. “We’ve been talking about it for a few years now, but it’s reached a critical stage.”

“It’s beyond repair,” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “It needs to be completely replaced.”

The grandstand was built in 1939 and seats 500. Earlier this season, the entire set of top boxes was condemned by the city. “That’s when it really came to the forefront,” said Laing. “It’s decrepit.”

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 19

Kids Day In The Woods

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GET THE KIDS OUT! – 10-11:30 a.m. Help the kids beat the Summer doldrums. Bring them for a fun day exploring the woods. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd., Laurens. occainfo.org/calendar/save-date-get-kids-gilbert-lake-state-park/

WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP – 1-3 p.m. Try a new craft in a small group setting with a knowledgeable instructor. This week its Origami with instructor Pat Follett. Reservations required. The Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Wilcox ave., Oneonta. Call (607)287-7011 or visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/wednesday-workshops-2017/

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