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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 16

Hanford Mills Opening Day!!!

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OPENING DAY – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kick of the 45th season the museum with guided tours of the water-powered sawmill, gristmill, woodworking workshop. Admission $9/adult. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. Call 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org

BE INFORMED! – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Learn about food gardens, including what plants are best for our climate, when to start planting and how to care for your garden. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Call 607-282-4087 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/be-informed-lecture-series-food-gardens/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

Author On Ecology

& Human Rights

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READING SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Sandra Steingraber, acclaimed ecologist & author exploring links between human rights & the environment, shares her writings for the Red Dragon Reading series. Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3446 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/english/reddragonreading/reddragonreadingseries.asp

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tour the exhibit “Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist” with Arts in Education coordinator and photographer Kevin Gray. Cost, $30 non-members. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/event/weston

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17

Speed Painting Performance

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SPEED PAINTING – 3-5 p.m. Tom Varano wows students with unique art and tales of his experiences. Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1746145

INTERNATIONAL NIGHT – 5:30-9 p.m. Enjoy food from around the world. This week it’s from Norway. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9931 or visit www.otesaga.com

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Pro, Cons Aired Over XNG Trucks

Pro, Cons Aired

Over XNG Trucks

Activist Craig Stevens of Silver Lake, Pa., speaks over a sea of 106 heads at an SRO meeting on XNG’s “virtual pipeline” this evening in the Richfield Springs Community Center. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Attendees Urged, Write Sen. Seward;

Responder Says Crash ‘Handled Well’

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

A surprise speaker was Fly Creek Fire Chief Michael Thayer, who said he thinks XNG “acted responsibly” in preparing emergency responders in case of a crash.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Sometimes with apocalyptic descriptions, activists Bill Huston from Binghamton and Craig Stevens from Silver Lake, Pa., held sway for much of this evening’s informational meeting on XNG’s “virtual pipeline” of trucks bearing compressed natural gas across Otsego County.

For instance, if a “fully loaded” Titan, one brand of truck the two said XNG is using, exploded, it would be the equivalent of 92 tons of TNT, Huston said at one point.

But the evening ended with a reassuring note, as Fly Creek Fire Chief Mike Thayer, in full uniform, went to the front of the room and said of the XNG truck rollover on Route 205 Sept. 5 in the Town of Otsego, “I think it was handled very well.”

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Richfield Chamber Presidency Up For Challenge Next Week

Richfield Chamber Presidency

Up For Challenge Next Week

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – It looks like a rare contest is shaping up for president of a local chamber of commerce, in Richfield Springs.

When the notice went out in recent days for the chamber’s annual meeting, planned at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Lake House Restaurant on Canadarago Lake, it listed  Christine Corrigan, Lake House proprietor with her husband, Gene, as proposed president.

Today, though, Karen Collins of Hidden Gems & Treasures circulated an e-mail stating her interest and saying, “If I am elected, I will be very active in the community and available when needed.”  The wife of Chester “Skip” Collins, she has been in the village seven years and was recently active in the Winter Wonderlands committee.

Other officers on the official slate are Joann Christman, vice president, and board members Carole Bayzon, Randy Christian, Paul Palumbo, Onalee Sanford, Judie Stone and Daniel Sullivan, as well as Karen Collins.  The vote will occur at the annual meeting.

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