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OCCA

Saving Planet Focus Of 13th Earth Festival

Saving Planet Focus

Of 13th Earth Festival

As Usual, Attendees Pack MCS Parking Lot

Eleanor Walker, left, and Reagan Scott of Cooperstown were hard at work at today’s 13th annual Earth Festival, sponsored by OCCA (Otsego County Conservation Associaton). The girls were doing the heavy-lifting of recyclables to be carted away for processing. As usual, the Milford Central parking lot was filled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with people curious about everything from animal skeletons to heirloom seeds. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CLICK OF SLIDE SHOW OF EARTH DAY FUN

 

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 22

Honoring Our Legacy Of Inclusion

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INTERFAITH COMMUNITY GATHERING – 3 p.m. Program titled “With Malice Toward Non: Honoring America’s Legacy of Religious Inclusion.” Affirming America’s principles of democracy, religious freedom, compassion, and unity for people of all faiths. Temple Beth El, 83 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, Ken Sider, ksider@hotmail.com or visit www.templebetheloneonta.org/2017/04/with-malice-toward-none/

EARTH FESTIVAL – 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 13th annual festival featuring interactive exhibits, activities, vendors, and entertainment. Milford Central School, 42 W. Main St, Milford. Info, occainfo.org/calendar/earth-festival-2017/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 21

Inspirational Broadway Cabaret

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INSPIRATIONAL CABARET – 7:30-10 p.m. “Hope Spring Eternal” cabaret of hopeful and inspirational Broadway songs presented by Orpheus Theater. Admission, $15 and includes a dessert buffet. Oneonta Elks Club, 84 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/OrpheusTheatre/

MUSIC – 7:30 p.m. The Oneonta Concert Association presents The Todd Williams Quartet. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Info, oneontaconcertassociation.org

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

‘Peter And The Starcatcher,’ SUNY-O

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THEATER – 8 p.m. “Peter and the Starcatcher” presented by SUNY Oneonta. Tells the backstory of JM Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ as imagined by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Info, oneonta.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp

AMAZING AMPHIBIANS – 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Get your elementary aged children out and learn about the amphibians that are waking up from winter and explore Thayer farm to learn which ones live there. Meet at Upland Interpretive Center at Thayer Farm, 7027 State Highway 80, Springfield. Info, occainfo.org/calendar/get-kids-amazing-amphibians/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 8

Join Red Cross Fire

Prevention Campaign

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HOME FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN – 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Volunteer with the local Red Cross to install free smoke alarms, complete fire safety checklists, and create personalized fire escape plans with local families. Sign up @ www.redcross.org/local/new-york/eastern-new-york/home-fire-safety or call (315)733-4666

HEALTH SUMMIT – 1:30-4 p.m. Dr. Kevin P. Hill, Harvard University Medical School, presents “Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about Medical use and Legalization.” Free and open to the public. Room 202 Johnstone Science Center, SUNY Oneonta. Info, www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-college-2017-health-summit-focus-marijuana/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAR.25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAR. 25

Creating Natural Remedies

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WORKSHOP – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn about plants and how to create natural remedies from your spice rack or what’s in your backyard. Registration required. Cost, members $40, non-members $50, juniors $30. Materials included. In the Creamery Classroom, The Farmers’ Museum. Info, (607) 547-1461, www.farmersmuseum.org/programs/%5Bfield_program_type-raw%5D/americana_academy_workshop_balms_salves

PLAY READING – 6:30 p.m. Reading of “SAPE” by local playwright Karen Butler. Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, 5798 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 22

Teen Hangout

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CLUBHOUSE PROJECT – 6-8 p.m. Teens 12-17 welcome for a night of fun friends, giveaways and free food. Meet new people and enjoy a substance-free night. The discussion this time will be on “Adulting.” Richfield Springs Community Center, 6 Ann St., Richfield Springs. Info, www.facebook.com/ClubhouseProject/ or call (607)432-0001 or email Blake at bstensland@familyrn.org

FAMILY NIGHT – 6-7:30 p.m. A special night of reading fun for elementary school children and their families. Cooperstown Village Library. Info, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

PARENTING WORKSHOP – 6-8 p.m. 2 day workshop for single parents, caregivers, co-parenters, and the children in their lives. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Register, Family Service Association, (607) 432-2870.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAR. 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAR. 4

Take A Hike With OCCA

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SNOWSHOE HIKE – Noon-4 p.m. 3.5 hour hike to begin the nature hike series. Highlights include a 30-foot waterfall, the history of the park as told by your guide, Steve, and the Sphagnum bog known as Mud Lake. Riddell State Park. Info, occainfo.org/calendar/snowshoe-hike-mud-lake/ or call 607-547-4488

RE-OPENING PARTY – 9 a.m.-Noon. Enjoy a free workout, tour the training studio, and more. Healthlinks @ Foxcare, Oneonta. Info, healthlinksoneonta.com or call (607)431-5454

STREAMING COMIC-CON – Noon-8 p.m. Listen to guest speakers, find out what’s next for your favorite creative teams, and pose questions to special guests. Secret Comix Cave, 453 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/secretcomixcave/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 25

Conservation Training

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CONSERVATION TRAINING – Noon-3 p.m. Learn to map stands of Eastern Hemlock to volunteer with conservation services in the effort to counter the spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Free, registration required. Mohican Farm, 7195 State Route 80, Cooperstown. Info, occainfo.org/calendar/hemlock-woolly-adelgid-finding-hemlock-stands/ or call (607) 282-4087

OPERA – 12:55 p.m. “Rusalka.” 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/

PLAY READING – 6:30 p.m. Reading of “Memorial Night” by local playwright Jonathon Ward. Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, 5798 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

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Over Lifetime, Growing Forest Brought Conservationist Home
IN APPRECIATION • HENRY S. KERNAN

Over Lifetime, Growing Forest

Brought Conservationist Home

Editor’s Note: This appreciation of Henry S. Kernan, 2008 OCCA Conservationist of the Year and author of “The Gifts of a Forest,” was prepared by his grandson. Friends are invited to visit the family 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at 457 County Highway 40, South Worcester.  In recent years, Mr. Kernan resided at Woodside Hall, Cooperstown.

Henry S. Kernan signs copies of his book,
Henry S. Kernan signs copies of his book, “The Gifts of a Forest,” when he was honored as 2008 OCCA Conservationist of the Year.

By TED KERNAN

SOUTH WORCESTER – To Henry Sherrill Kernan, a walk through the woods was no mere stroll, but, as naturalist John Muir said, a way into understanding the universe itself. More than a simple desire to be outside motivated his epic ramblings; they were bound up in a deep commitment to learning that led him from the rocky hills of Cyprus to the tropical forests of Borneo.

Perseverance and curiosity were pronounced traits that motivated him to study the languages of the 36 countries where he worked during his long career as a forester. He and his wife raised five children in Iran, Spain, and South Korea, all the while managing a working forest in Upstate New York.

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