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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 15

Ceili Dance For Christmas

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CHRISTMAS CEILI – 7-9 p.m. Participate in a traditional Irish Dance performed by the Iona Troupe. Tickets, $10/adult, $5/child. Cooperstown Art Association. Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

MUSICAL – 7:30-10 p.m. The Orpheus Theater presents “Annie.” Tickets, $20/adult. Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-432-9392 or visit www.facebook.com/OrpheusTheatre/

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Investigation Into SUNY Student Death Leads To Drug Arrest

Investigation Into Student’s

Death Leads To Drug Arrests

ONEONTA – Two people living in the house where Daniel William Michaels died were arrested and charged with drug possession, according to Police Chief Doug Brenner.

Steven A. Fleming, 20, Levittown, and Luke J. Spencer, 20, were both arrested after a search warrant issued during the investigation into Michaels’ death allegedly turned up marijuana and cocaine in the residence at 34 Academy Street, where Michaels, who was not a resident of the address, was found unconscious on Saturday, Dec. 2.

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Royal Chrysler Gives $10,000 Of Christmas Joy To Toys For Tots

Royal Chrysler Gives $10,000

Of Holiday Joy To Toys For Tots

With help from college students, police and Royal Chrystler employees, more than $10,000 worth of toys were donated to Toys for Tots annual toy drive. “Every year, we set an increasing goal,” said manager Rob Howard. “We hope to hit $12,000 next year.” The toys will be distributed to local families. Students, on left, are Austin Hughes, Jaclyn Logotto, Natalie Longo, Caroline Roman, Kate Wood, Karlene Ziegler, Nicole Johnston, and Emma Romeo. Royal Chrystler employees, on right, Amy Williams, Jeremy Hoyt, Tony Ross, Jim Westcott, Scott Pickwick, Brandon Shelly, Lee Bartlett, Erica Utter, Rob Howard, Heather Canahan and Josh Roe. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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SUNY Gathers To Mourn Loss Of Daniel William Michaels

SUNY Gathers To Mourn Loss

Of Daniel William Michaels

Above, Nearly 600 Students and staff of SUNY Oneonta gathered in the Hunt Union Ballroom this evening for a tearful Memorial Service for Daniel William Michaels, 18, who passed away in the early morning hours of Dec. 3rd. At right, friends of Daniel find in each other as they look at his photo at the close of the evening. Pastor Peter Derway of Catholic Campus Ministries led the memorial that included readings from friends and fraternity brothers.  “He will always be in each of us.” said Derway, “If you look around you can still see signs of him, and it’s okay to acknowledge he is still around.” Following the service, students wrote memories and condolences that were collected in a large cross to be given to the family at a later date. To date, more that $17,000 has been raised for a scholarship in his name. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DEC. 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DEC. 12

Advocate For Animals

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POSTPONED DUE TO WINTER WEATHER: “Take Action for Animals: Animal Legislation & Advocacy,” with Libby Post. Learn how you can be an advocate for companion animals. The Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

FUNDRAISER – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fashion in Action to benefit the Ninash foundation, promoting literacy to children around the world. Hunt Union, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1663471

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Experts Advise CGP Class On Funding Of Non-Profits

Experts Advise CGP Class

On Funding Of Non-Profits

Alan Donovan, who has helped and advised numerous non-profits since retiring as SUNY Oneonta president a decade ago, addresses the final session of Professor Bryan Morse’s Museum Management class today at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies. Other experts on the panel were Liz Callahan, left, director of the Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith, and Ellen Pope, Otsego 2000 executive director. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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SUNY Student Arrested For Attempted Murder

SUNY Student Arrested

For Attempted Murder

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www. AllOTSEGO.com

Julian Vancourt-Wels

ONEONTA – A SUNY Oneonta student is under arrest for first-degree attempted murder after police allege that he had stabbed his girlfriend in the off-campus apartment they shared.

Julian D. VanCourt-Wels, 20, Schenectady, was arrested after police responded to a 911 call of a stabbing at 30 Maple St., Apartment 2, in Oneonta. According to Police Chief Doug Brenner, police found a female victim sitting on the couch, bleeding profusely from several apparent stab wounds.

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IN MEMORIAM: Foster Lloyd Brown, 86; Author, SUNY Professor

IN MEMORIAM

Foster Lloyd Brown, 86;

Author, SUNY Professor

Foster L. Brown

ONEONTA – Foster Lloyd Brown, SUNY Oneonta professor and best-selling college textbook author, passed away Dec. 1, 2017, at Albany Medical Center, of complications following heart surgery. He was 86.

He was born May 26, 1931, in Wheeling, W.Va., the eldest of three children of Durward B. Brown, a Methodist minister, and Dorothy Rine Brown, an author. Upon graduation from Shinnston High School in 1949, he served in the Navy.

Degrees included a bachelor’s in botany from West Virginia University; a master’s in plant physiology, also from WVU; and a doctorate in statistics from Cornell University, with post-doctoral research at the Imperial College London.

His co-authored book, “Statistical Concepts,” published by Harper & Row, became the world’s best-selling paperback textbook on statistics, according to the publisher.

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Helen ‘Hedy’ Warncke, 90; Worked At Greater Plains, SUNY Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM:  Helen ‘Hedy’ Warncke, 90;

Worked At Greater Plains, SUNY Oneonta

ONEONTA – Helen “Hedy” M. Warncke, 90, a retired educator, died Dec. 8, 2017, in Oneonta.

She was born in 1927 in Stroudsburg, Pa., the daughter of Carl and Esther Ainpac.

She worked in the Media Center at Greater Plains Elementary School and at the Instructional Resource Center in the Technical Services Area at SUNY Oneonta, retiring in 1994.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 8

Holiday Performance

Of ‘The Nutcracker’

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BALLET – 7 p.m. Enjoy a performance of “The Nutcracker” this holiday season. Tickets, $20 general admission. Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-432-6290 or visit deckerschoolofballet.org/site/fokine-ballet-company/

CHRISTMAS DANCE – 7:30-10 p.m. Have a cheery evening with the Doubleday Dancers Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown. Ray Taylor will call, Elma Talyor will cue. Admission, $5/person. Cooperstown Elementary School. Call 607-547-8665.

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