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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 10

Cooperstown Community

Band At The Lakefront

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CONCERT – 7 p.m. Cooperstown Community Band celebrates 157 years performing patriotic marches, Broadway show tunes, dixieland, more. Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5256 or visit richcooperstown.org/lakefront-concert-series/

SOLAR PRESENTATION – 6 – 7:30 p.m. Learn about Community Solar with Southern Tier Solar Works. Bushel, 84 Main St., Delhi. Call 607-873-9220 or visit www.facebook.com/STSWNY/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 1

Easter Sunday

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SUNRISE SERVICE – 6:30 a.m. Ecumenical service. Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9555 or visit www.christchurchcooperstown.org

EASTER SUNDAY – 8:30 a.m. Festival Easter Sunday Service with Holy Communion. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 98 W. Main St., Richfield Springs. Call 315-858-1121 or visit www.stjohnsrichfield.org

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Alex, Barbara Shields Renew Vows On 40th Year Of Marriage

Alex, Barbara Shields Renew

Vows On 40th Year Of Marriage

Renewing their vows after 40 years of marriage, Alex and Barbara Shields receive the blessing this morning from Father Dane Boston, rector, Christ Episcopal Church, Cooperstown, during Sunday mass.  The husband is a retired county representative from Richfield Springs, representing the towns of Richfield and Springfield. His wife, a retired teacher, was a longtime member of the Republican County Committee. After today’s mass, the Shieldses hosted a reception in the parish hall that included a performance by Irish stepdancers, plus a traditional corn beef and cabbage lunch. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Big Crowd, Bowls Aplenty At Annual Benefit Luncheon

Big Crowd, Bowls Aplenty

At Annual Benefit Luncheon

Cooperstown Art Association President Cheryl Wright, flanked by Mary Ann Dietz, left, and Cindy Hill, presides over distribution of the original pottery at today’s annual Empty Bowls Luncheon, underway until 2 p.m. at the Christ Church Hall, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown, to benefit the Cooperstown Food Bank.  For $15, participants buy bowls (many created in Smithy Pioneer Gallery pottery classes), then fill them from a selection soups in the nearby hall, where there’s also fellowship aplenty.   At left, Margaret Savoie of Cooperstown nears the end of the process: she’s about to sit down with a bowl of tomato soup.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 4

Discover The Outdoors

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OTSEGO OUTDOORS – 4:30 p.m. Learn how you can connect with nature year round. The go on a bike ride, hike, or do some paddling on Gilbert Lake. Includes refreshments. Glibert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd., Laurens. Info, www.otsego2000.org/2017/04/27/launching-otsego-outdoors/

LOCAL HISTORY – 7 p.m. “Lose the Battle, Win the War: Women’s Fight to Vote in Cooperstown,” a presentation with the League of Women Voters exploring the movement in Otsego County that lead to women gaining the right to vote across New York State 100 years ago. Christ Church Parish Hall, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/LWVoftheCooperstownArea/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 1

‘Empty Bowls’ Benefit Today

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EMPTY BOWLS – Noon-2 p.m. Serving homemade soup in your choice of bowl crafted and donated by local potters. Cost, $15 to benefit the local food pantry. Christ Church Parish Hall on Fair Street, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!event/2017/4/1/empty-bowls. To volunteer or donate call (607)547-2627

SOUTH AFRICAN BANQUET – 6-9 p.m. The Mali Education project presents a South African benefit bazaar, dinner and documentary fill titled “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” about the founder of the Green belt Movement in Kenya and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Tickets, $15 adults, $10 children over 5. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave, Oneonta. Reservation, call (607)434-3303 or email cswolfgould@gmail.com. Info, uuso.org

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IN MEMORIAM: John Andrew Cannon, 39; Organist At Christ Church

IN MEMORIAM

John Andrew Cannon, 39;

Organist At Christ Church

John Andrew Cannon

COOPERSTOWN – John Andrew Cannon, 39, the organist and choir director at Christ Episcopal Church, died in the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 10, after a massive heart attack while visiting his brother in Charlottesville, Va. An autopsy found the heart attack was caused by undiagnosed atherosclerosis.

Born at Huntsville Hospital in Alabama on Jan. 3, 1978, John grew up in Scottsboro until age 15. He loved playing sports: baseball and basketball, tennis and golf, among others. Sidelined after breaking his arm in third grade, he redirected his energies to learning to play the organ.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 9

Learn, Discuss Civil Rights History

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FILM SERIES – 7-9 p.m. Celebrate Black History Month with a showing of “Palante, Siempre Palante.” Includes a presentation and a Q&A session. Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Info, oneonta.collegiatelink.net/organization/oneonta/calendar/details/1206852

TOASTMASTERS – 6:15-7:30 p.m. Speech contest with free refreshments. Come practice your public speaking in a supportive environment. The Green Earth, 4 Market St., Oneonta. Info, oneonta.toastmastersclubs.org or call (607)873-2070

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Rev. Dane E. Boston Joining Christ Church As New Rector

Rev. Dane E. Boston Joining

Christ Church As New Rector

Rev. Dane E. Boston
Rev. Dane E. Boston

COOPERSTOWN – The Rev. Canon Dane E. Boston will join Christ Episcopal Church as its 23rd rector, the church’s vestry and wardens announced today.  He succeeds the Rev. Mark Michael, who last year accepted a rector position at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Herndon, Va.

His arrival will leave one pastor vacancy among the village’s five churches, at First Baptist Church, where the Rev. Douglas Deer retired to Cortland in 2014.   Last month, the Rev. Tom LeBeau of Lancaster, near Buffalo, joined Cooperstown United Methodist Church last month

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At Christ Church, ALL Hear The Word

At Christ Church, ALL Hear The Word

By JIM KEVLIN

In the beginning was The Word, but not everybody could hear it.

Until now.

At Christ Episcopal Church over the past few days, a futuristic – in the U.S. if not in Europe – magnetic loop has been installed under the floorboards, allowing hearing-impaired parishioners with “T-coils” in their hearing aids to hear The Word with “incredible clarity.”

Those are the words of Angela Plowden-Wardlaw, who convinced the vestry to undertake installing “the absolutely best system for people who are hard of hearing.” It is the only system between Albany – one church in Delmar has it – and Binghamton, she said.

Friday, July 25, Tom Chapman, a technician from Shanahan Sound in Lowell, Mass. – the company has installed 50 systems in New England and New York in the past two years, including Boston’s Symphony Hall – was in the church, consecrated in 1810, hooking up the system.

In preparation for Chapman, the Rev. Mark Michael, the rector; sexton Michael Page and volunteers from the congregation, Antoine Bourbon-Parme, Kai Mebust and John Odell and his son, Jack, had squeezed through the crawl space under the sanctuary – there is a full cellar only under the altar – stringing the required cable.

Plowden-Wardlaw – she is hearing impaired herself, and she and her husband, James, are parishioners – proposed the idea to the vestry two years ago. In recent months, she found an ally in Heather Dickey, a Bassett Hospital audiologist who spoke to the congregation about the benefits of the new system.

The final step was the funding, and a gift to cover the installation was offered in memory of the three Cooper siblings who passed away since December 2012, Katherine L.F.C. Cary, Susan F.C. Weil of Cooperstown, and James F. Cooper.

Father Michael, who pointed out the Cooper family has been associated with Christ Church since its founding – the village’s founder, William, and famed novelist James Fenimore are buried in the churchyard – said the new system may allow the church to connect with its roots in another way: “This means more community groups can use this space. Churches were not just spaces for worship, but for community gatherings.”

The common type of hearing aid used in the U.S. is described by hearingloop.org as “in-the-ear loudspeakers.” These new “induction-loop systems” transmit a signal directly to “T Coils,” or “telecoils” contained in the most up-to-date hearing aids and cochlear implants. “It gives incredible clarity,” said Plowden-Wardlaw. “It’s like being blind and regaining your sight.”

Europe, where governments provide hearing aids to hearing-impaired citizens through their health plans, is much farther ahead in adopting the new technology, she continued. In London, taxicabs are looped, Michael said. “In Europe, it’s everywhere,” added Chapman. “If you go to a McDonald’s, it’s in the drive-thru.”

The U.S. has lagged because, given hearing aids cost $7,000, fewer people buy them. Plus, “a lot of people with hearing loss are older: They are resigned to not hearing,” Plowden-Wardlaw said.

Still, the Hearing Loss Association of America is determined to “loop America,” and the Albany chapter is particularly active, so the technology, novel today, may soon be much more available, she said.

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