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OH-Fest

OH Fest Dominates Yet Another City Meeting

OH Fest Dominates

City Council Meeting

OHS Sophomore Abigail Dening reads from her article, criticizing Oneonta college students for their destructive behavior. Dening’s article appeared in the latest edition of the school’s newspaper, The Echo. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

“We got here slowly,” says Council member Joe Ficano, “and I think its going to take some time to reverse this trend.”

ONEONTA – In the ongoing debate over the behavior of college students in Oneonta, specifically pertaining to OH-Fest, the annual joint college festival, Common Council members still cannot come to an agreement as to what needs to happen, or how to solve the issue of binge drinking in residential areas in the city.

Concerned citizens petitioned once again, pleading for council members to work together to solve the issue sooner rather than later.

“I’ve noticed that we have a huge problem with drinking and drugs. There is actually a store on Main St. that has t-shirts and sweatshirts that have ‘Stoneonta’ printed on them,” said Oneonta High School Sophomore Abigail Dening.

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Rissberger Apologizes But Holds Firm

Council Member Apologizes

But Holds Firm On OH-Fest

Reading from a prepared statement, 3rd Ward Council member David Rissberger apologized for his outburst at the previous Common Council meeting. (Parker fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – The topic of OH Fest – SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College’s collaborative spring event – led to a heated exchange between 3rd Ward Council member David Rissberger and 5th Ward Council member Dana Marie Levinson two weeks ago at a Common Council meeting.

Talking led to shouting between the two until Mayor Gary Herzig stepped in to bring order to the discussion. Two weeks later, Rissberger apologized at last night’s Council meeting for his conduct, yet reaffirmed his belief that OH-Fest should be held off city property.  It is currently held in Neahwa Park.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 21

Celebrate The Earth

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EARTH DAY FESTIVAL – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day, have fun, and learn about your environment at fun interactive exhibits, workshop, and more. Milford Central School, 42 Main St., Milford. Call 607-547-2536 Ext 0 or visit occainfo.org/earth-festival/

CIDER RUN – 10 a.m. 5K/10K run open to children and adults to benefit the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Call 607-547-9692 or visit www.flycreekcidermill.com

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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie To Headline OH Fest 2018

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

To Headline OH Fest 2018

(Photo Courtesy of Billboard.com)

ONEONTA – With over 1.2 million subscribers on YouTube and 8.8 Million monthly listeners on Spotify, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – his top hit is “Drowning” – is set to be named as the headline act at Oneonta’s OH Fest XIII this year.

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‘No Major’ Trouble Reported At OH-Fest

‘No Major’ Trouble

Reported At OH-Fest

Brenner Puts Event ‘On Successful Side’

The rock and roll that began on Main Street Saturday afternoon and culminated with Kid Ink in Neahwa Park in the evening resulted in nothing more than fun, the OPD reports.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The rock and roll that began on Main Street Saturday afternoon and culminated with Kid Ink in Neahwa Park in the evening resulted in nothing more than fun, the OPD reports. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – With almost 4,000 people at the Kid Ink concert that closed out OH-Fest, police reported “no major arrests” and only a handful of misdemeanor tickets issued.

“We can chalk this one up to the successful side,” said Lt. Douglas Brenner.

Three high school students were arrested for public fighting after the concert let out at 9:30 p.m., he said, and released to the custody of their parents.  In addition, five criminal mischief tickets were issued, two noise complaints, a simple possession charge of marijuana and one for public urination.

In addition to patrols the city, several police officers were station at Neahwa Park to assist EMS and security if there was a problem with the crowd.  Two patrons were taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning, and another was escorted out of the concert by EMS personnel after she injured her ankle.

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Panic! At the Disco

OH-Fest Headliner:  Panic! At The Disco

Emo superstars Panic! At the Disco are the headliners for this year's OH-Fest on April 25
Emo superstars Panic! At the Disco are the headliners for this year’s OH-Fest on April 25

ONEONTA – “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies” singers Panic! At the Disco are the headliners for the 10th annual OH-Fest, to be held April 25.

The announcement was made earlier today on the Student Association Facebook page.   Previous performers included Blues Traveler, Pitbull, The Ready Set and Sammy Adams.

No decision has been made on whether to hold the concert in Neahwa Park or at the Alumni Field House, per review of the application by Common Council.

 

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