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Cherry Valley

Emory A. Oeser Jr., 83; Served In Airborne, Highway Department

IN MEMORIAM: Emory A. Oeser Jr., 83;

Served In Airborne, Highway Department

CHERRY VALLEY – Emory A. Oeser Jr., 83, who served as a paratrooper in the elite 82nd Airborne Division and later spent his career with the county Highway Department, passed away peacefully at home on May 12, 2017, with his family at his side.

A life-long Cherry Valley resident, Emory was born Jan. 18, 1934, to Emory and Bertha Oeser.  He married Ruth Snyder on July 5, 1958.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 15

‘Abstraction’ At The Smithy

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OPENING RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. The first exhibit of the season, “Abstraction” – emerging images and interpretations. The Smithy, Cooperstown. Info, www.smithyarts.org

SPAGHETTI DINNER – 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a dinner with homemade sauch, sausage and meatballs, bread, salad, drinks, and dessert. Take out available. Support the Boy Scouts. Cooperstown Vets Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, Maria Deysenroth, mariadeysenroth@yahoo.com

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 6

Festival In The Park

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SPRING FEST – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Features music and events including the Ross Park Zoomobile and a Fishing Derby by Trout Unlimited. Copes Corner Park, on Rte. 51 between Gilbertsville and Mt. Upton. Info, www.townofbutternuts.org/copes-corners-park/

FLOWER SHOW – 5-7 p.m. Opening reception of The Cherry Valley Flower Show on display to June 4. The Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. Info, call (607)264-9530 or email info@cherrybranchgallery.com or visit cherrybranchgallery.com

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120 March In Cherry Valley To Focus On Climate Change

120 March In Cherry Valley

To Focus On Climate Change

Angelica Palmer leads one of the giant puppets, centerpieces of Saturday’s parade in Cherry Valley to dramatize the plight of the planet.

CHERRY VALLEY – More than 120 people, from babies to senior citizens, turned out Saturday for the Peoples’ Climate March in Cherry Valley.

Marchers and walkers headed through the village bearing colorful banners, signs, and giant, handmade puppets (including Gaia, a butterfly, and a colorful banner of the sun).

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 29

Mozart Concert For 

Hans & Edith Wilk

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MEMORIAL CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. The Oneonta community remembers “Hans & Edith Wilk.” Features the combined voices of the Hartwick College Chorus and SUNY Oneonta Concert Choir performing Mozart’s Symphony #35 Haffner and Requiem with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Info, catskillsymphony.net/news-events/upcoming-events.html

SPIRITUAL ARTS & PSYCHIC FAIR – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2 day fair featuring reading by psychics, vendors, and workshops to help you heal, and find direction in your life. Oneonta Holiday Inn, 5206 State Highway 23, Oneonta. Info, www.shiftnewyork.com

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, APRIL 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, APRIL 24

History Day Presentations

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HISTORY DAY – All Day. Students from the Catskill region of NYS compete to see who has created the best History Day Project and continue on to the Statewide competition. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. Info, nyshistoryday.org

SPRING DINNER – 6 p.m. Roast Pork dinner. Individual seating only, reservations required. Take-out available, ready for pick-up by 5:45 p.m. Middlefield Baptist Church. Info, call Dorothy @ (607)547-9093 or Sue @ (607)264-8042

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Larry M. Thompson, 66, Barber; Shop Center Of Community Life
IN MEMORIAM

Larry M. Thompson, 66, Barber;

Shop Center Of Community Life

Larry Thompson

CHERRY VALLEY – Larry M. Thompson, 66, whose Larry’s Barber Shop was a center of community life for decades, passed away unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his home.

Larry was the son of the late Edward Thompson and is survived by his mother, Helen Thompson.

He graduated from Cherry Valley Central School in 1969, and attended Royal Barber & Beauty School in Schenectady, where he obtained his barber license. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Navy where he served honorably.

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Farmers Reach Out After Barn Collapse

20 HOLSTEINS KILLED

Farmers Reach Out

After Barn Collapse

Cherry Valley farmer Howard Young this morning examines his Coverall barn, most of which collapsed during Winter Storm Stella. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Howard Young Aims To Rebuild

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Howard Young calms his herd. “Cows are creatures of habit,” he said. “But they bounce back quickly.”

CHERRY VALLEY – Still reeling from the collapse of 320 feet of his 620-foot Coverall barn – and the death of 20 cows – in Tuesday’s “Storm of the Century,” farmer Howard Young is starting to look ahead.

He’d been working again since 1 a.m. when he was interviewed on site at 11:30 today, but he was particularly thankful to the farming community for reaching out to him in his crisis.

Roy and Ray Dykeman, who lease the Richard Kersmanc farm on Route 36, Worcester, are boarding 200 of the surviving 350 cows, mostly Holsteins, and Kevin Olivera is boarding another 50 in Little Falls.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 18

Support This Years

Polar Bear Jumpers

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POLAR BEAR JUMP – 12:30 p.m. Come spectate on people jumping in a freezing lake to support local children, individuals, and organizations in need. Goodyear Lake, Outside Portlandville, St. Hwy. 28, Oneonta. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/goodyear-lake-22nd-annual-polar-bear-jump

FROZEN TOE RACE – 10:30 a.m. 5 Mile race held regardless of weather conditions. Entry, $35. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Info, www.clarksportscenter.com

PERFORMANCE – 7:30 p.m. Local and regional talent perform Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” Ballroom Gallery of the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown Village Library. Info, www.cooperstownart.com/special-events.html or call (607)547-9777

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One Killed In Cherry Valley House Fire

Man Believed Dead

In Cherry Valley  Fire

A screenshot of this morning’s fatal fire in Cherry Valley, taken by the Time Warner Cable news crew.

CHERRY VALLEY – An elderly man was killed when he couldn’t escape a house fire on Lancaster Street in Cherry Valley early this morning.

The call came into Otsego County 911 at 5 a.m. and crews were dispatched to the house, where the second floor was fully engulfed.

According to Cherry Valley Fire Chief Martin Field, the adult granddaughter escaped the fire and said that she believed her grandfather was on the second floor and unable to escape. Officials are currently attempting to recover and identify him.

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