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Oneonta, Pizza Enjoyed!

Oneonta, Pizza Enjoyed!

With the sudden onset of winter conditions, many squirrels can be seen gathering nuts for their winter hibernation. But this furry Oneontan seems to have hit the foraging jackpot as he is seen enjoying a slice of pizza this afternoon in Huntington Park. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Remembering Lives Lived And Lost

Remembering Lives

Lived And Lost

Family and friends of those who have passed gathered at Catskill Area Hospice this afternoon in remembrance of their loved ones whose names were written on ornaments decorating trees along River Street Extension as part of the annual Tree of Lights event. Above, Joan Shackleton, Oneonta, shows her granddaughter Allie Bruno, Albany, the ornament bearing the name of late husband Raymond Shackleton. At right, Sharon Wheeler, Oneonta, takes a photo of the ornament bearing the name of her late husband Rev. Jim Wheeler, who passed in 2015. Following remarks by Dan Ayers, President and CEO, Bruce Helstrom, Hospice Chaplain, Connie Jastremski, Chair of the Board, and others, the trees were lit as the crowd sang “Peace on Earth.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Early Shoppers Flock To Holiday Bazaars

Early Shoppers Flock

To Holiday Bazaars

Whether you went to the Foxcare Center, The Unitarian Universalist Church, or first United Methodist, the place to be today was shopping at many of the holiday bazaars throughout town for that special gift. Above, at the Mandy’s Tees booth, Arlene and Watty George, Arkville present Mary Knapp, Oneonta, with her freshly made heat-press sweater at the craft fair at the Foxcare Center. At right, Janet Frankl and Mary Konstantine stand at the First United Methodist Holiday Bazaar with a table full of cookies they were selling to raise money for the 1st United Methodist Women’s missions locally and abroad. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Honoring Those Who Served

Oneonta Veterans Gather

On Memorial Walkway

With 100 years since the end of World War I, and 99 since President Woodrow Wilson commemorated the event with Armistice Day,  veterans gathered today at Veterans Memorial Walkway in Neahwa Park in observance of Veterans’ Day. Above, Wayne Gregory, Oneonta, plays ‘Taps” as a worn American Flag is ceremoniously retired and burned during the ceremony.  Inset at right, Oneonta Legion Commander Gary Ballard and Tom McMillen, front, lead the rifle detail, Jim Williams, Conesville, Bertie White, Oneonta, Terry Harkenreader, Oneonta, and Perry Martin, Hell’s Hollow, along with members of the Color Guard Gary Walters, Oneonta, and Barry Townsend, Oneonta, down the Memorial Walkway.  “A Veteran’s character is shaped by their experiences,” said Ballard, ” A veteran stands for something greater than themselves. On this day we remind ourselves how these men and women set aside their civilian pursuits to serve their nations’ cause. Defending the freedoms of mankind and preserving our precious American Heritage.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneontans Turn Out In Support of Mueller

90 Oneontans Rally

To Save Mueller Probe

Some 90 Oneontans – including, above, Ad Van Buren, Oneonta, Bill Van Buren of Sidney and his wife Julie, and Bruce Van Buren, Oneonta – rallied in Oneonta’s Muller Plaza this evening in solidarity with the Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller investigations into 2016 campaign irregularies. At right, as passing cars honk in support – and a few against, Betsy Holland, Oneonta, stands with fellow protesters along Main Street with her sign that states “Trump is not above the law!”   The Defend The Mueller Investigation protest, started by Moveon.org and organized locally by Amy Pondolfino, began in response to suspicions that President Trump will be firing Robert Mueller, who is currently investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential election, or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who overseers Mueller’s work. Mueller’s  efforts have already garnered 20 indictments and several guilty pleas. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Election Day Bustling With Voter Turn Out

With Multiple Candidates,

Election Day ’18 A Busy One

Voting was brisk at the City of Oneonta’s polling place at Foothills Performing Arts Center as the midterms got underway.  A voter there at 7:45 a.m. said she was the 142nd to cast ballots, a lot for that early.  A Cooperstown voter said 79 ballots had been cast by 7:20 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, also higher than usual.  Above, Election Inspector Judy Staruck, Schenevus, hands Michele Clapperton an “I Voted” sticker after she cast a ballot. “This is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Clapperton. “I love seeing everyone here exercising their Constitutional right.” Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Justice Ginsburg To Return To Glimmerglass Festival

Justice Ginsburg To Return

To ’19 Glimmerglass Festival

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is surrounded by the Glimmerglass Festival’s Young Artists after addressing a near-capacity crowd at the Alice Busch Opera Theatre in 2016. (Karli Cadel/Glimmerglass Festival)

COOPERSTOWN – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will once again be on hand to speak about her passion for opera and her perspective on law in the arts at The Glimmerglass Festival next July.

This is Justice Ginsburg’s sixth time presenting at The Glimmerglass Festival. She last appeared in 2017, when she spoke following a performance of Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg. Her talk will also feature members of the Glimmerglass Young Artists Program enacting selected scenes that deal with law and justice.

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Catskill Symphony Honors Vets With Concert At SUNY

Catskill Symphony Honors

Vets With Concert At SUNY

The Catskill Symphony Orchestra held a Veterans  Day performance this afternoon in the Hunt Union Ballroom at SUNY Oneonta. Above, guest Conductor Timothy Perry, Binghamton, leads the orchestra and the audience in “The Star Spangled Banner” as a salute to upcoming Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11.  At right, Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, right, and Beth Steele, the college’s director of Advancement Communications, watch Dave Irvin, East Meredith, play the double bass during the opening number. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Cooperstown Vigil Honors Victims In Pennsylvania, Kentucky

13 Candles Lit For Victims

In Pennsylvania, Kentucky

Cooperstown faith leaders Rev. Dane Boston, Rev. LaDana Clark, Rev. Joseph Perdue, Rev. Elsie Rhodes, Pastor Sharon Rankins-Burd and Father John Rosson and Kris Gildenblatt stand in solidarity this evening at the vigil for the 11 killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue, as well as the two killed at the Kroger grocery store in Louisville, Ky, that was held at 22 Main Street this evening. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Richard Sternberg, who organized the vigil, reads his opening remarks as Kris Gildenblatt lights candles representing those lost in racist and anti-Semitic attacks last week. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – Rev. Joseph Perdue, First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, did not mince words as he read a statement from Zack Jackson, pastor, Community United Church of Christ in Reading, Penn, as part of the vigil for those killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

“This man who committed this massacre is a self-proclaimed Christian,” he said. “You will be tempted to say ‘He’s not a real Christian’ and feel no responsibility for him the way we do with Westboro Baptist, abortion clinic bombers and every other person who kills in Jesus’ name. It’s easy to walk away. But we must, instead, walk towards the problem of Christian extremism and face it head on!”

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Halloween Hurrah Hosts Happy Haunters

Halloween Hurrah

Hosts Happy Haunters

Oneonta’s Teegan Buffington, Ella Harper, Aaden Lathan, Isabella Villanti, Zyair James, Micheal Grant, Quincey Speller and Nathan Woytach sit atop the Greater Plains Elementary parade float at the start of the annual Halloween Parade this evening in Oneonta. At right, Virginia Sauter, Tanya Pledger and other member of Jillian’s Dance Arts dance down Main Street to the sounds of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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