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Oneonta Wedding Expo Fills Foothills

Oneonta Wedding Expo

Fills Foothills’ Atrium

With friend Tracy Ross of Sidney Center looking on, Milford’s Deanie Lord, left, models a wedding gown on the runway during Oneonta’s annual Bridal Expo at the Foothills  Performing Arts Center. The center was filled with the area’s top wedding vendors, including catering services, venues, photographers, DJs and florists, which attracted dozens of soon-to-be brides and their bridesmaids, as they planned for the big day. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Above, members of OHS’s Uncle John and the Turtle Ella Pawkett, Ben Airhart and Gabe House belt out classic rock tunes in the Foothills atrium to close out the evening. Right: fireworks light up the night sky as Jessie Morville, spins fire with Cosmic Karma Fire outside of Foothills Preforming Arts Center as Otsego County heads into 2018. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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First Night 2018 Underway At Foothills

First Night 2018

Underway At Foothills

Above, Sensei Brooke Chilson, Oneonta, center, helps two of her students Oneonta’s Ethan Risley and Noah Harding, prepare for their demonstration this evening as they represent Harmony Martial Arts as part of the entertainment line-up at the 2018 First Night celebration at Foothills. At right, Raelyn Sinstack, Oneonta, dances with The Hill City Ice Queen to the sounds of the Realtime Dixieland Band in the mezzanine.  Entertainment is ongoing throughout the building until the stroke of midnight, with a fireworks show at 10:18pm.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneonta Polls See Good Turn Out

Oneonta Polls

See Good Turnout

Abbey Koutnik, Oneonta, right, gets her voting ballot from Election Inspectors Louise Sandoli and Marty Becker at Foothills this afternoon for County and Town races. Polls will remain open until 9 p.m. this evening. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Gilbert Gottfried Headlines Taste Of Foothills Event

Gilbert Gottfried Headlines

Taste Of Foothills Fundraiser

Comic legend Gilbert Gottfried drew plenty of laughs as he headlined the annual Taste of Foothills fundraiser, held earlier this evening. Gottfried, who performed on “Saturday Night Live” and “Hollywood Squares,” as well as the films “Beverly Hills Cop 2,” “Aladdin” and “Problem Child,” did a wide selection of his classic material as part of the dinner-and-show fundraiser for the performing arts center. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Faso, LeCates Discuss Doing More For Veterans At Bassett

Faso, LeCates Discuss Doing

More For Veterans At Bassett

Congressman John Faso, R-19, center left, and Dr. William LeCates, Bassett Hospital medical director, center right, discuss ways the Cooperstown hospital might better serve veterans when they met this morning at a veterans’ resource fair organized by the congressman’s office at Foothills in Oneonta.  With them are the county board’s chair, Kathy Clark, R-Otego, and vice chair Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla. Shortterm, LeCates, a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard who has served in the Middle East, agreed to be a point of contact at Bassett for county Veterans Director Jack Henson. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Otsego Democrats Gather At Foothills Dinner

Otsego County Democrats

Gather For Foothills Dinner

Above, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, along side Rich Abbate, Otsego County Democratic Chairman, addresses the democrats gathered at the annual Henry Nichols Democratic Dinner held at Foothills on Saturday evening. Local representatives were able to network and meet upcoming candidates while enjoying a prime rib dinner from Mel’s at 22 in Cooperstown. At left, guest of honor Jeff Katz, Mayor of Cooperstown, was the recognized for his work and leadership as an Otsego County Democrat. He is seated next to guest speaker Sabrina Ty, the president and CEO of the New York State Environmental Corporation. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Back To The 80’s At Foothills Dance Party

Back To The 1980s

At Foothills Dance Party

James Straney, Oneonta Front, pulls out his Michael Jackson moves on the dace floor at the Back To The 80’s Dance Party on Friday night at Foothills where Steve Dillon kept the crowd hopping to their favorite songs of the decade. He is joined by Deanie Lord, Milford, Elma Rosario, Cooperstown, Dody Lindberg, Worchester, and James Hill, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Class of ’17 Enjoys Prom In Foothills Atrium

Class of ’17 Enjoys Prom

In Foothills Atrium

Thanks to an anonymous donation, the OHS Class of 2017 were able to enjoy their senior prom in the Atrium of Foothills, where they enjoyed dinner, dancing, daiquiris and a candy bar before heading to the after-prom party in the High School cafeteria for a chance to win prizes at casino games and  raffles. Above, the dance floor was hopping throughout the night to tunes spun by DJ Hectic. At right, Nick Giacomelli and Maria Farrell enjoy a slow dance together as the evening winds to a close.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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‘Transformation’ Near, Hochul Says

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‘Transformation’

Near, Hochul Says

Cuomo Administration Approves

All Of Oneonta’s $10M Proposal

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul greets state Sen. Jim Seward, right, and other VIPs on entering Foothills’ upstairs theater early this afternoon. When she thinks of Oneonta, she said, she envisions how her hometown, Hamburg, was able to revitalize its downtown after the steel mills left Buffalo in the early 1980s, devastating Western NY. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Mayor Herzig welcomes Lieutenant Governor Hochul to the podium. At left is SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski; at right, county Democratic chair Richard Abbate.

ONEONTA – The whole thing.

Pretty much everything the Oneonta DRI Planning Committee asked for will be funded through $10 million pledged by the Cuomo Administration, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul told an upbeat gathering at 12:30 today in Foothills’ upstair theater.

“At the end of the day, this community will be transformed,” Hochul said of the DRI, (which stands for downtown redevelopment initiative).

The $10 million did not include an additional $4 million already received for the Food & Beverage Innovation Center planned on the Twelve Tribes’ site at the foot of Chestnut Street.

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