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Oneonta High School

Oneonta, CCS Students Join National School Walkout

Oneonta, CCS Students

Join National Walkout

Maya Rouggly, Dandre Thomas and Raven Sunderland joined two dozen students outside OHS this morning to hold signs and protest gun violence as part of the National Walkout Day in support of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO,com)


From left, CCS seniors Emily Manzer, Mary Iversen, and junior Nicole Lionetti console each other as they honor the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Fla. (Parker Fisher/

Abbey Goulding didn’t mince words this morning when it came to telling her fellow Oneonta High School students how she felt about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on the one-month anniversary of the shooting that left 17 dead.

“Kids who should have been standing up on stage like this one in the spring, wearing the cap and gown are now lying in caskets under the ground because our government couldn’t control the weapons in America or the people getting a hold of them,” said Goulding. “So now it’s our time to be their voices that they lost too soon.”

Oneonta and Cooperstown high school students joined thousands of students across the United States in demonstrations to supporting the victims of the school gun violence.

‘A Christmas Carol’ This Weekend At OHS

‘A Christmas Carol’

This Weekend At OHS

The Ghosts of Christmas Past (Ella Pawkett) Future (David Lincoln) and Present (Mikhail Griffiths) loom over Scrooge (Katie Capra) in hopes of saving her soul in Oneonta High School’s production of Charles Dickens’ immortal tale, “A Christmas Carol,” adapted for the stage by Lynn Stevens. The show runs 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in the Belden Auditorium. (Ian Austin/
13 Teams Run, Jump, Throw Discus At Don Howard Meet

13 Teams Run, Jump, Throw

Discus At Don Howard Meet

OHS’ Jon Miller, top, gets a congratulatory hug from mom Jean after breezing through the 2-mile (3200 meter) event in 10:33 at this afternoon’s Don Howard Track & Field Invitational Meet, which brought teams from 13 schools – from Delaware Academy To GMU – to the Cooperstown Central campus. Winds gusted, but the rains held off; the event is just finishing up now. At right, CCS Hawkeye standout Isaiah Johnson takes to the air for his team. (Jim Kevlin/


Oneonta Student Art Show


ART SHOW – 5-6:30 p.m. Art exhibit featuring works by students of the Oneonta City School District opens at Fox Care Center, Oneonta. Info,

DEBATE – 7 p.m. The Candidates for the CCS Board of Education will debate each other and answer questions from the audience. Hosted by the League of Women Voters. Jr./Sr. Library, Cooperstown High School. Info,

CLIMATE CHANGE LECTURE – 7 p.m. “US Energy Transition: The Plight of Fossil Fuels and the Rise of Renewables.” A talk by Village Trustee Lou Alstadt on the urgent need to confront climate change by adopting a national carbon tax and dividend policy. Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Info, Adrian Kuzminski, moderator, Sustainable Otsego,

Disney’s ‘High School Musical’ Opens at OHS

Disney’s ‘High School Musical’

Opens at Oneonta High School

Ella Pawkett as Taylor McKenzie and Josette LaRocca as Gabriella Montez lead the rest of the cast in the opening number to Disney’s “High School Musical” at Belden Auditorium this evening. The play is presented by the Oneonta High School Blue and Gold Guild and has shows Friday and Saturday at 7pm. Attendees can bring school supplies to benefit The Family Service Association. Tickets are $5 seniors and students, $10 adults. (Ian Austin/



Disney’s ‘High School Musical’ At OHS


MUSICAL – 7 p.m. Bring the family out for this presentation of Disney’s “High School Musical.” Bring school supplies to donate and half the proceeds of the show go to the Family Service Association “Back to School” drive. Oneonta High School Auditorium, 31 Center Street, Oneonta. Info,

ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 5-8 p.m. Exhibits “Within The Happy Crowd,” by Kate Shannon and “Icelandic Images,” by Bret Delanoy opens at the Community Arts Network of Oneonta. Includes music by Wendy Slicer. Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info,


Professional Networking Event


YOUNG PROFESSIONALS –  6-8 p.m. Come meet young professionals from the Otsego area in this networking event. J&D’s Wagon Wheel, Main St., Oneonta. Info,

OPEN HOUSE – 5-7 p.m. The Otsego Area Occupational Center open house includes display’s games, open enrollment for adult education classes, child fingerprinting, and demonstrations from the CTE programs. Otsego Nothern Catskills BOCES, 1914 Co. Hwy. 35, Milford. Info,

ALDEN SCHOLAR SERIES – 7 p.m. “Rethinking Clutter: An Anthropological Take on the Stuff that’s Hard to Let Go” presented by Dr. Sallie Han. Free reception to follow. Alden Room, Milne Library, SUNY Oneonta. Info, E.K Lee, (607)436-2159

Great Weather For SADD Race

Great Weather

For SADD Race

With temperatures nearing 60s, blue skies and a pleasant wind at their backs, over 300 runners hit the streets this afternoon for the 19th annual SADD 5K run at the Oneonta High School. Above, Liberty Dutcher, Wendy Slicer, Kelly Rogers and Nick Mykyntyn, members of Ainsley’s Angels, take off up the hill on East Street during the first leg of the race. Right, Zac Godfrey, Oneonta, crosses the finish line with the best overall time of 17:43. He was followed by John Miller, Oneonta with a time of 18:06. (Ian Austin/


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