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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 is set to be named as the headline act at Oneonta’s OH Fest XIII this year.

The 22 year old Bronx born rapper burst on the Hip-Hop scene in 2016 and quickly rose through the ranks, eventually releasing his debut album “The Bigger Artist” in September of 2017, with his lead single “Drowning” peaking at 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Previous headliners include Jesse McCartney, Pitbull, and Sammy Adams.

No date has been formally announced for this year’s festivities.

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Hall Of Fame Honors Black Inductees On MLK Day

Black Inductees Honored

By Hall On MLK Jr. Day

Standing next to a statue of Buck O’Neil, Cooperstown resident John Rankin explains why O’Neil was an important figure in baseball:  Hel was a star first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues, and eventually went on to become the first African-American coach in Major League Baseball. After his death in 2006, The Hall Of Fame created the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award to honor those that have made a significant impact on the game. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Spirit Of MLK Lives On At St. Mary’s Celebration

Spirit Of MLK Lives On

At St. Mary’s Celebration

Reginald Brunson, Hobart, delivers his rendering of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech at this afternoon’s MLK Day commemoration organized by the NAACP, Oneonta Chapter, at the St. Mary’s Church this afternoon. At Right, Mayor Gary Herzig takes to the podium to read a Oneonta City Proclamation, remarking “Fifty years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we find ourselves withe a President who is a racist. I feel that this is the time where every community, no matter how small, needs to speak out and do what is right.”  The annual celebration featured a large selection of talents with music from LadyJam, DJ Wooden, St. Mary’s Choir, Eight Is Enough, and the Steve Fabrizio Jazz Ensemble as well as keynote speaker Dr. Luvelle Brown, superintendent of Ithaca Public Schools, Gary Stevens,  and remarks from NYS Attory General Eric Schneiderman to name a few. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Ruffles Sworn In As County Treasurer

Ruffles Sworn In

As County Treasurer

With his wife Amy, and his two children Mia, 9, and Cooper, 4, by his side, Allen Ruffles takes the oath of office on this morning, marking the beginning of his tenure as Otsego County treasurer. Ruffles is succeeding Dan Crowell, who opted to step down at the end of 2017. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Above, members of OHS’s Uncle John and the Turtle Ella Pawkett, Ben Airhart and Gabe House belt out classic rock tunes in the Foothills atrium to close out the evening. Right: fireworks light up the night sky as Jessie Morville, spins fire with Cosmic Karma Fire outside of Foothills Preforming Arts Center as Otsego County heads into 2018. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Cooperstown Rocks Into The New Year

Cooperstown Rocks

Into The New Year

Performing at Mel’s At 22 on Main Street in Cooperstown, Carl Loewenguth and his band Hanzolo are currently ringing in the new year with covers and original songs written by the band. Mel’s was filled with locals ready to celebrate the beginning of 2018 with good music and even better company. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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First Night 2018 Underway At Foothills

First Night 2018

Underway At Foothills

Above, Sensei Brooke Chilson, Oneonta, center, helps two of her students Oneonta’s Ethan Risley and Noah Harding, prepare for their demonstration this evening as they represent Harmony Martial Arts as part of the entertainment line-up at the 2018 First Night celebration at Foothills. At right, Raelyn Sinstack, Oneonta, dances with The Hill City Ice Queen to the sounds of the Realtime Dixieland Band in the mezzanine.  Entertainment is ongoing throughout the building until the stroke of midnight, with a fireworks show at 10:18pm.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Sub-Zero Weather On Its Way

Sub-Zero Weather On Its Way

4 year old Abram Wyckoff of Cooperstown pushes snow off of the sidewalk in front of his family’s Delaware St. home. Wyckoff worked diligently alongside his mother to clear all of the snow.

By PARKER FISH• Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

With such an eventful year coming to an end, 2017 is making sure it goes out with one last surprise. Thanks to a low pressure system swooping down from our neighbors to the north, Otsego County residents should prepare for the coldest temperatures of the season leading up to New Years.

“We should expect a prolonged period of very cold and dry air,” says local weather expert David Mattice. “It’s an arctic blast behind the cold front that came through during Christmas.”

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Local Boutique Sets Up Annual Holiday Display

Local Boutique Sets Up

Annual Holiday Display

LJ’s Sassy Boutique, owned by Wayne Alexander and Laura Jane, set up it’s annual holiday display for those passing by to enjoy. The display has been an annual tradition in the community for the past 15 years when the boutique originally opened up as the Village Cobbler in 2002. Alexander got the inspiration for the store display after seeing the Macy’s display in New York City. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Local Resident Celebrates A Century Plus A Few

At Focus, Resident

Marks 102nd Birthday

Local resident Asa Skaloud, who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1915, celebrated her 102nd birthday this afternoon at the Focus Nursing Home in the town of Otsego. Residents of the nursing home gathered in the auditorium to celebrate the milestone with cake and music.  Dressed in purple to her left is her friend Louise Puylara, Activity Director Amy Rose, and to Asa’s right is her friend Claire Cardinale.

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