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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Stories Of Revolution

From The Yager Museum

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SUNDAY PROGRAM – 3 – 4 p.m. “Massacres & Memories of the American Revolution: Stories from the Yager Museum of Art & Culture, Hartwick College” presented by Chad Anderson, assistant visiting professor of history, Hartwick College. Village Ballroom, Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit libraries.4cls.org/cooperstown/upcoming-events/

CRAFT FAIR – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Holiday fair featuring quality crafts, many vendors. FoxCare Center, Oneonta. Visit festivalnet.com/28923/Oneonta-New-York/Holiday-Celebrations/Fox-Care-Christmas-Show

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Holiday Workshop Festival

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HOLIDAYS ON THE FARM – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Workshop festival features opportunity to learn skills with resident experts. Create bottle of fragrant waters & essences, crochet a snowflake coaster, discover cold-process soap making, print custom holiday cards, bake traditional holiday treats, or make a holiday gift broom. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Holiday-Workshop-Festival

NATIVE AMERICAN STORIES – 2 – 4:30 p.m. Celebrate “Native American Month” with Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan and elder JT Taylor of El Nu Abenaki tribe as they share culture, perspective through traditional stories, music, drumming. Free, open to public. SUNY College Camp, 119 Hoffman Rd., Oneonta. 607 435-3455 or visit connect.oneonta.edu/event/2842816

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

Remembering The First

World War In Otsego County

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PRESENTATION – 6:30 p.m. “Remembering World War 1” with Mark Simonson discussing impact on our area. Followed by open discussion with audience. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/calendar/

TURKEY DINNER – 5 – 8 p.m. Senior Citizen Turkey Dinner. Free, open to all senior citizens. Take-out/delivery available. Cafeteria, Cooperstown High School. 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org

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‘Knowledge’ Is Our Future

Editorial for November 9, 2018

‘Knowledge’ Is Our Future

The Freeman’s Journal – Al Cleinman at Workforce Summit: a “knowledge economy” is our future.

This week’s Tom Morgan column on the facing page, and former DEC Commissioner Mike Zagata’s column last week capture the Upstate dilemma: Upstate is rebounding more slowly than any other area of the country.
First, let’s look at local bright spots.
• Custom Electronics in Oneonta is planning a futuristic 250-job production line making self-recharging batteries.
Andela Products, the Richfield Springs glass recycler, is likewise looking to expand. And Corning’s Oneonta plant is investing $11 million to ensure 150 jobs for the next 15 years.
• As or more important, as Spectrum dithers, Hartwick-based Otsego Electric Cooperative keeps expanding its broad-band ambitions, as the county Board of Representatives was told last month. The PT boat may outmaneuver the aircraft carrier.
• Even today, as the Otsego Chamber of Commerce and Senator Seward’s Workforce Summit was told last week, the challenge isn’t so much new jobs as finding people to fill existing jobs. RNs, code writers and CDL drivers can start tomorrow.

• What’s more, Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta, Bassett and Fox Hospital, plus thriving Springbrook provide a solid economic base.
• To top it off, county Treasurer Allen Ruffles reports the county’s tax rate, thanks to vibrant tourism, is the lowest among the state’s 67 counties. It’s been low – but THE lowest!

All this is good. What’s lacking is a future: new and better kinds of jobs and salaries to keep our young people here and bring in new ones, and
a vision to get us there.
At that Workforce Summit – 80 people packed The Otesaga’s Fenimore Room Wednesday, Oct. 31 – the indefatigable Alan Cleinman, the Oneonta-based consultant to the national optometry sector, provided that vision:
“The future is knowledge-based industry” Cleinman declared. “The future is not industry.”
Knowledge workers: “software engineers, physicians, pharmacists, architects, engineers, scientists, design thinkers, public accountants, lawyers, and academics, and any other white-collar workers whose line of work requires the one to ‘think for a living,’” is how Wikepedia defines it.
In constant national travels, Cleinman has visited such boomtowns as Boise, Idaho, and Bozeman, Mont. – places truly in the middle of nowhere that embraced “knowledge-based industry” and are thriving.
He estimated Hartwick and SUNY Oneonta have 75,000 living graduates and create 1,500 new ones a year, many of whom would no doubt love to relive positive college experiences here and, while at it, make a living.
Cleinman’s idea is to collaborate with the colleges on a marketing campaign to bring some of these people back – a one-percent return is 750 professionals. And to raise
a $1 million venture-capital fund to help them do so.
Senator Seward immediately pledged to form a task force to pursue the “Come Home to Otsego County” campaign, plus a “Stay Home” campaign. Contacted later, Hartwick President Margaret Drugovich also expressed support.

In recent weeks, we’ve seen the deepening of a county rift that could stop any forward movement short: economic developers versus no-gas, no-way, no-how adherents.
Otsego 2000, the formidable and well-funded Cooperstown-based environmental group, has laid the groundwork to sue Otsego Now’s economic developers and the City of Oneonta if plans for a gas-compression station goes forward.
A “knowledge economy” requires some energy – a million-square-foot office building would require 5,800 gallons of propane a day to heat, Otsego Now’s Jody Zakrevsky estimated – but considerably less than manufacturing.
No-gas, no-how may not be feasible. But a “knowledge economy” may allow a balanced energy strategy that is palatable all around.
Otsego 2000 President Nicole Dillingham herself expressed considerable interest in Cleinman’s idea.
If it and other environmental groups could move from always “no” to occasionally “yes,” that would be good all around.

In short, Cleinman’s right on.
Bozeman, Boise and other knowledge economies got where they are by embracing four qualities: ingenuity, educational resources, money and
quality of life, he said.
“We have them all in Otsego County,” the proud native son from Gilbertsville declared. “What better place to live than in this amazing county?”
What better place indeed? Fingers crossed. Let’s see where it goes.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Black Bears Of New York State

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COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 2 p.m. The Gathering Place welcomes Wildlife Biologist Larry Bifaro presenting “New York’s Black Bears: Biology, Behavior & Management.” Bring questions, learn best practice when encountering a bear. Followed by refreshments. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-0600 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/

CRAFT PROGRAM – 6 – 7 p.m. “Nailed It: A Crafts-Gone-Wrong Program” for teens to try online crafting challenges. Includes awards for best copy, best fail. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/

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Hartwick Sculptor Wins Prestigious Art Grant

Hartwick Sculptor Wins

Prestigious Arts Grant

Sculptor Stefanie Rocknak carves “Gut Check,” a statue of Edgar Allen Poe that went on display at the Sculptor’s Guild in Brooklyn in April 2015. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Sculptor Dr. Stefanie Rocknak, the Hartwick College professor of philosopher,  was awarded the $5,000 Alex J. Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society.

The annual award is presented to a figurative or realist sculptor who has demonstrated a commitment to sculpting and outstanding ability in his or her body of work.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10

Thompson Square

Veteran Tribute Concert

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VETERANS TRIBUTE – 6 p.m. Tribute Concert featuring Thompson Square. Free to Veterans, Active Duty military personnel with IDs. Cost, $20/adult. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

POKER TOURNAMENT – 6 – 8 p.m. Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament featuring trophies, non-cash prizes. Benefit for Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Game entry, $40. Participants must be aged 18+. New York Pizzeria, 75 Chestnut St., Cooperstown. 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9

Holiday Shows & Sales

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HOLIDAY MARKET – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening reception for holiday show & sale featuring opportunity to find unique gifts by local, regional member artists. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find beautiful gifts from jewelry, handmade ornaments, glassware, more. Support historic Tudor style Gilbertsville Inn. The Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8

Glimmerglass Film Days

Opening Night Party

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OPENING NIGHT PARTY – 8 – 10 p.m. Traditional opening night bash for Glimmerglass film days. Features buffet, complimentary beverage, cash bar, chance to meet artists, filmmakers. Enjoy video, sculpture exhibit by Ted Lott and Yeon Jin Kim. The Smithy, Cooperstown. 607-547-8881 or visit www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org/films-events-01/opening-night-party-and-companion-exhibition

VISITING WRITERS – 7 p.m. Kick off writers series with fiction writer Stephanie King, interim coordinator of Hartwick’s Writing Center, award winning author. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4921 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/stephanie-king-kicks-off-hartwicks-2018-19-visiting-writers-series/

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Quality, Quality, Quality Will Lure Customers, Brewers Say
5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FOOD, FARMING

Quality, Quality, Quality Will

Lure Customers, Brewers Say

“The absolute best” is what local breweries must shoot for to achieve continued success, declares the Red Shed’s David Olson, right. With him are, from left, Ommegang’s Phil Leinhart, Hartwick College’s Aaron MacLeod and Council Rock’s Roger Davidson. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Drink beer from a glass “to produce its full aromatic potential,” MacLeod tells the audience at the Louis Jones Center.

COOPERSTOWN – Asked today for “key factors to success,” four panelists from the local brewing industry spoke as one:  Quality, quality, quality and quality.

Ommegang President Campbell keynoted.

“It all starts with quality,” said Roger Davidson, Council Rock Brewery founder.  “It is fun … (but) I try to do the best I can every single day for consistent quality.”

“If quality isn’t the top of mind, you shouldn’t be a brewer,” said Ommegang’s Phil Leinhart, who has been cited in international competition as the “best in the world” of brewmasters at mid-size operations.

Aaron MacLeod, director of Hartwick College’s Center for Craft Food & Beverage, expanded that to include “the value chain” — hops, barley, malt, all the products that go into beer making.

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