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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 28

Rebuilding Schools

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‘LOST BOYS’ LECUTRE – 5 p.m. Cousins Sebastian Maroundit and Mathon Noi present “Building Minds in South Sudan” discussing their efforts to rebuild schools in their homeland. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Info, Dr. Elizabeth Bloom @ (607)431-4945 or email bloome@hartwick.edu or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-host-lecture-sudanese-lost-boys/

ART & POETRY CONTEST – 6-9 p.m. This years theme is Blue Skies, Smilin’ At Me: Exploring the Beauty of living a life free of the negative impacts of addiction. Opening gala features the exhibit, poetry reading, awards ceremony, & music. Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.canoneonta.org/event/opening-reception-leaf-art-poetry-contest-2/?instance_id=752

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 27

Get Inspired

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INSPIRATION WORKSHOP – 6:30 p.m. Work with Linda Foote to create your own Inspiration/Vision Board to help you visualize your path to your ideal life. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, Karen Cadwalader, LCSW @ (607)547-0600 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall

BLOOD DRIVE – Noon-5 p.m. Celebration Room, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Info, www.redcross.org

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Classified 4-28-17

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YMCA Sparklers Dazzle At Gymnastics Competition

YMCA Sparklers Dazzle

At Gymnastics Competition

Lily Stalter, member of the Oneonta Family YMCA Sparklers gymnastics team, preforms her routine on the beam for in front of her team, coaches and judges this morning at the New York State YMCA Gymnastics Championships at the SUNY Alumni Field House. The competition continues through the day as well at Sunday. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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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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Classifieds 4-21-17

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Fire Chief: Christopher’s Fire Started In Dining Room

Fire Chief: Christopher’s Blaze

Started In Front Dining Room

Oneonta Assistant Fire Chief Jim Maloney, front, confers with fire investigators, while Don Tubia, left, helps sift through the rubble of the front right corner, where the early-morning fire that destroyed Christopher’s Restaurant is believed to have started. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – The overnight fire that destroyed Christopher’s Restaurant on Southside started in the front right corner of the building, a dining area, according to Oneonta Fire Chief Patrick Pigeon.

A passerby called the fire in at 2:20 a.m. and crews arrived less than five minutes later to find the fire fully involved. “We started an aggressive attack through the front doors, but after 10 minutes, we realized it wasn’t going to work,” said Pigeon. “The fire was already up in the roof system.”

According to Pigeon, they spent another 20 minutes inside trying to battle the blaze, but with so many rooms, the fire was impossible to contain. “We would douse one room, and the fire would just be pushed to the next,” he said.

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Red Cross Installs Smoke Alarms In Oneonta Homes

Red Cross Installing

Smoke Alarms In City

Twenty crews from the Red Cross Disaster Action Team went door to door this morning in Oneonta, installing free smoke alarms as part of a nationwide program. Each team – an educator, an installer and a recorder – spoke with homeowners and occupants about proper installation and the importance of having a planned escape route. Here, at Carol Quackenbush’s home, Americorps member Juli Ersfeld, Utica, hands Oneonta Firefighter Kevin Sweeney a fire alarm.  Steven Yearly, Oneonta code enforcement officer, looks on. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Watch Nationally Ranked Water Polo Teams Locally

Watch Nationally Ranked

Water-Polo Teams Locally

ONEONTA – Four nationally-ranked water-polo teams – #7 Michigan, #10 Princeton, #14 Indiana, and #20 Harvard – will join the #17 Hartwick Hawks this weekend for 13 Collegiate Water Polo Association conference matches in Moyer Pool.

Bucknell, Brown, and George Washington also make the trip. All 13 games will be streamed live free of charge at: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/hartwick/.

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Classifieds 04-07-17

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