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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 10

Holiday Open House & Food Drive

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OPEN HOUSE – 3-5 p.m. Holiday event featuring baked goods, refreshments, a performance by Gerry Falco, Steve Fabrizio & Friends. Also collecting non-perishable items for the food pantry & Susquehanna Animal Shelter. St. James Manor, 9 St. James Pl., Oneonta. Call 607-436-9974 or visit www.facebook.com/St-James-Manor-Retirement-Community-394485027409541/

MEET & GREET – 3-5 p.m. Congressional Candidate Patrick Ryan presents a brief outline of his positions, followed by Q&A session, followed by a meet&greet with the public. Free, space limited. Village Hall Ballroom, Cooperstown. RSVP, 607-547-7011 or e-mail melindaghardin@gmail.com

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Snow Falls as Santa Lights Oneonta Tree

Hundreds Brave Snow As

Santa Lights Oneonta Tree

With Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood to his left, and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig to his right, Santa Claus admires the City of Oneonta’s Christmas Tree just after it was lit this evening in Muller Plaza.  As if scripted in a movie, snow began to fall just as the tree’s lights came on for the very first time.  Christopher Brashear, pictured at right, and the Klipnocky Clangers handbell choir played holiday tunes to help get everyone in the holiday spirit.  After the lighting, Santa occupied his cottage and began hearing youngsters’ Christmas wishes.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

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VFW Auxiliary Packs Boxes for Soldiers Overseas

VFW Auxiliary Packs Boxes

For Soldiers Overseas

Mary Welch, Fran Novak,, and Martha Sherwood, from left, pack boxes with gifts for local soldiers who are spending this year’s Christmas season overseas. While the Cooperstown VFW Auxiliary has been shipping gift boxes to soldiers since the Vietnam War, these three have been involved in the project for the past 10 years. This year, the women are filling nine boxes with candy, local news papers, and other assorted mementos, including copies of The Freeman’s Journal, to remind the soldiers of home. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com).
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 2

Design, Print 3-D Valentine’s Gift

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Check back at 5 p.m. for tomorrow’s events.

3-D PRINTING – 10-11:30 a.m. Design a keepsake heart box for someone special. Fee based on weight Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/calendar/

YPN NETWORKING – 6-8 p.m. Come meet young professionals from the Otsego area. The topic for this evening is community involvement. The Beverage Exchange, 73 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/YoungProfessionalsNetworkYPN/

FUNDRAISER – 7 p.m. Live music will be performed. The public may donate for the opportunity to perform. Donations go to the Cooperstown Lion’s Club fund to support area residents to lessen financial stress. Mel’s at 22, Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/Melsat22/

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Holiday Cheer By The Bus Load

Holiday Cheer By Bus Load

If you saw a packed OPT bus making it's way around residential streets this evening, rest assured they weren't lost! The bus, driven by Paul Patterson, was taking residents of Nader Towers on a city-wide tour of Christmas lights. D.J. Wooden and Julie Pitell, seen in the foreground, lent their vocal talents by singing Christmas songs with the riders to get everyone in the spirit. The event, organized by Carla Balnis, was so popular that she intends to expand it for next year to include rides for Academy Arms and Peaceful Flatts. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
If you saw a packed OPT bus making its way around Oneonta’s residential streets this evening, rest assured they weren’t lost! The bus, driven by OPT Director Paul Patterson, was taking Nader Towers residents on a city-wide tour of Christmas lights. D.J. Wooden and Julie Pitell, seen in the foreground, lent their vocal talents to singing Christmas songs with the riders to get everyone in the spirit. The event, organized by Carla Balnis, was so popular that she intends to expand it for next year to include rides for Academy Arms and Peaceful Flats. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 11

Catskills Christmas Concert

This Afternoon At U-U Society

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We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.

CONCERT – 3 p.m. “Christmas in the Catskills: Songs of the Season” the winter concert of the Catskill Chamber Singers. Unitarian Universalist Church, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, Emma Kirsch (607)433-0999, or visit www.catskillchambersingers.com

YULETIDE CELEBRATION – 1-4 p.m. Hunt for the Yule log and then settle in for an afternoon of arts and crafts for the whole family. SUNY Oneonta College Camp, off upper East St.,Oneonta. one mile from intersection of Bugbee Rd. and East St., Oneonta. Info, 436-3455

WASSAIL WEEKEND – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Demonstration on how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday drink. Savory spices blended with sweet cider at The Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Info, 1-800-505-6455, flycreekcidermill.com

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 10

Live Christmas Tradition

At Candlelight Evening

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We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.

CANDLELIGHT EVENING – 3-7 p.m. Participate in a beloved holiday tradition. The museum is decorated with greenery and candles with wagon rides, a dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol”, arts & crafts for the kids, visits with Saint Nicholas, complimentary wassail, a bonfire on the Tavern Green, and Caroling by the Catskill Chamber Singers. The Farmers Museum, 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, www.farmersmuseum.org/Candlelight-Evening

WASSAIL WEEKEND – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Demonstration on how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday dring. Savory spices blended with sweet cider at The Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Info, 1-800-505-6455, flycreekcidermill.com

OPERA – 12:55 p.m. “L’Amour de Loin.” The Met streaming live in HD. Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Cost $18/seniors, $20/adults, 10/students. Season pass $200. Box Office: (607) 431-2080, foothillspac.org/index.php/shows/metropolitan-opera-in-hd

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 8

CCS Winter Concert

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We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.

JR. HIGH WINTER CONCERT – 7:30-9 p.m. Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org

TOASTMASTERS – 6-7 p.m. Improve speaking and leadership skills and have fun in supportive Toastmasters club. Green Earth Natural Foods, 4 Market St., Oneonta. Info, oneonta.toastmastersclubs.org

BOOK PRESENTATION – 7-8 p.m. John S. Davis, M. D., former director of edication at Bassett Healthcare, discusses his book “Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY: 200 Years of Healthcare in Rural America.” Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7

Protecting Your Four Legged Family

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We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.

RABIES CLINIC – 4-6 p.m. Free rabies vaccination for cats, dogs, ferrets. Previous certificate must be presented for 3-year booster. Dogs on leash; cats and ferrets in pillow case or carrier. Limit of 15 pets per person. Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 NY 28, Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-4230 or CLICK HERE to visit the susquehanna animal shelter website.

HOLIDAY MARKET – 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Open house, art display, and handmade gifts. Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. Info, cherrybranchgallery.com

WINE TASTING – 6 p.m. Sampling of fine wines paired with a plate of food to compliment. Stella Luna Ristorante. 58-60 Market St, Oneonta. Info, www.stellalunas.com

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DEC. 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DEC. 6

Meeting To Discuss Career

Politicians In State Legislature

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To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

LWVNY MEETING – 7-9 p.m. League of Women Voters plans consensus study on issues in state legislature of outside income and full vs part time legislature. Presbyterian Church House, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Info, Maureen Murray, President, (607)547-2853 or email coopmurray@msn.com or Martha Clarvoe, Membership Chair, (607)293-6654 or email martha.clarvoe@gmail.com

ELEMENTARY WINTER CONCERT – 7 p.m. Milford Central School, 42 W. Main St., Milford. Info, web.milfordcentral.org

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