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U.S. Men’s National Team Watch Party

U.S. Men’s National Team Watch Party

Photo by Sean Mebust.

COOPERSTOWN—Local soccer fans gathered at Upstate Bar & Grill to watch the U.S. Men’s National Team’s long-awaited Group Stage showdown against England at the 2022 World Cup in Al Khor, Qatar on Friday, November 25.

Though the fixture proved scoreless in the end, watchers were treated to a fast-paced, physical match-up between one of the tournament favorites in England and a scrappy, youthful U.S. squad. With their 1-0 win against Iran on Tuesday, November 29, the U.S. team finished second in Group B, advancing to the Final 16 knockout round for the first time since 2014. They play next on Saturday, December 3 against the Netherlands.

Following Father’s Footsteps, Noted Sitarist Returns to Oneonta

Following Father’s Footsteps,
Noted Sitarist Returns to Oneonta

Photo from arjun-verma.com

By IAN KENYON

ONEONTA – At the early age of 5, a young Arjun Verma embarked on the tutelage that would ultimately shape his life. Verma, son of world-renown sitarist Roop Verma, fondly recalled the initial experiences that impressed upon him not only a curiosity but an affection for the sitar—that quickly advanced him from young enthusiast to joining his father on stage before the Yoga Society of New York in 1992 at a mere 7 years old.

Arjun recalled. “The sitar has always been part of the fabric of my life and really took off when a student of my father’s had conveniently gifted a child-size sitar to him at just the opportune moment.”

City Receives Grant For Theatre Restoration

City Receives Grant For Theatre Restoration

The City of Oneonta has secured a $500,000.00 grant from New York State toward improvements to the historic Oneonta Theatre. The theatre’s pre-urban renewal marquee is pictured above. (Photo provided)

ONEONTA – The City of Oneonta has been awarded a $500,000.00 grant to assist in the stabilization of the historic Oneonta Theatre by Governor Kathy Hochul and the Housing Trust Fund Corporation.

The Oneonta Theatre opened in 1897 as a vaudeville house, and later as a cinema. Recently, the New York State Preservation League listed the Downtown Oneonta Historic District, including the Oneonta Theatre, on its 2022/23 list of “Seven to Save” historic resources.

Organization Changes Name, Prepares for Holiday Events

Organization Changes Name,
Prepares for Holiday Events

ONEONTA – First Night Oneonta has announced a name change to Hill City Celebrations and a new collaboration with the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. This expansion and re-branding better reflects the year-round events and activities First Night organizes for the community.

The mission of First Night has always been to provide healthy, alcohol-free activities and events for families, the announcement reads. Community partners include LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Five Star Subaru and dozens of generous local foundations, individuals, and businesses. Hill City Celebrations also works closely with the City of Oneonta, SUNY Oneonta, Hartwick College and Bassett Healthcare Network to produce events such as the Oneonta Festival of Lights, First Night at the Foothills, and the Hometown 4th of July.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 12-02-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, December 2

Cherry Valley Marks
Beginning Of Holiday Season

HOLIDAY WEEKEND—10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit the shops of Cherry Valley throughout the day with a tree lighting from 5-8 attended by Santa, The Happy Haggs, a fire juggler, as well as live music and entertainment at various locations throughout the village. Cherry Valley. Visit cherryvalley.com/events/cherry-valley-holiday-weekend

HOLIDAY MARKET—5-8 p.m. The holiday season has arrived and the gallery at 25 Main is celebrating the opening of the Holiday Marketplace (open through 12/24). Open house includes refreshments, tree and business light-up, and a kick-off for the Cherry Valley Holiday Weekend. 25 Main Collective, 25 Main Street, Cherry Valley. (607) 264-5340 or visit facebook.com/25maincollective

HOLIDAY OPEN MIC—6 p.m. Stop in for the first Friday open mic featuring local artists sharing original poems, song, dance, short story and much more. Children present first, followed by adults. The theme this month “Family Traditions.” Admission is by donation. Enjoy this vibrant evening and stop at the other art, shops, and more this first Friday. The Telegraph School, 83 Alden Street, Cherry Valley. Visit thetelegraphschool.org

BLOOD DRIVE—1:30-6:30 p.m. Save up to three lives with the American Red Cross. Unadilla Community, 77 Clifton Street, Unadilla. Register at redcrossblood.org

BE AN ANGEL – The community is invited to adopt a family and then find Christmas gifts for each of the children listed. Gifts are due unwrapped and without tags to either the office of The Freeman’s Journal at 21 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown, or at the Salvation Army Church at 25 River St. in Oneonta. Visit allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details

‘Promise for Parkie’ Matching Challenge Is Now Underway

‘Promise for Parkie’ Matching
Challenge Is Now Underway

By DARLA M. YOUNGS

COOPERSTOWN – Thirty-one days. That’s how long the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) has to raise $100,000.00 in order to earn an additional $25,000.00.

“Promise for Parkie,” the SQSPCA’s special year-end annual fund campaign, kicked off on Giving Tuesday, November 29. Traditionally the Tuesday after Thanksgiving since its inception in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a national day of giving back to good causes.

Now through December 31, shelter supporters Beth and Gary Glynn will donate an additional $5,000.00 to the SQSPCA for every $20,000.00 raised, up to $100,000.00.

County Admin Reflects on First Months

County Admin
Reflects on First Months

Otsego County Administrator Steve Wilson is embracing his new role. (Photo by Ted Mebust)

By TED MEBUST

COOPERSTOWN – Steve Wilson, having assumed the appointed role of county administrator in August of this year, has had a rather quiet transition into Otsego County government. Having previously done the same job in Schoharie County, he’s applied learned lessons to the situation here.

CGP, Golden Artist Planning Art Exhibit Exploring Voting Rights

CGP, Golden Artist Planning
Art Exhibit Exploring Voting Rights

By SOPHIA HALL

COOPERTOWN – As this election cycle ends, it has become clearer that the fight for the right to vote did not end with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Claims of fraud, polling place closures and gerrymandering are rampant. Access to voting continues to depend on who we are, how we look and where we live. In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in Shelby County v Holder that it was no longer necessary for states and local governments with a history of voter suppression to submit changes in their election laws for review; other outstanding Supreme Court cases threaten to erode voting rights even further. While New York itself has recently passed laws to protect the right to vote, de facto barriers, growing political animosity, and a feeling that one’s vote will not count continue to threaten voting in the state, clearly evidenced by the drop in voter turnout in this recent election cycle.

Camera Policy on Hold for Now

Camera Policy on Hold for Now

COOPERSTOWN – At the November meeting of the Cooperstown Village Board of Trustees, a public hearing was held on a proposed policy for the installation and operation of cameras to monitor activity occurring in public places within the village. The policy was discussed at length and, following public comments, the board took a vote which failed to pass. A committee comprised of Trustees Cindy Falk, Richard Sternberg and Joe Membrino has been tasked to rework the policy, which will then be presented again at public hearing in two months, on January 23.

Volunteers Needed this Weekend for Ice Rink Prep

Volunteers Needed This
Weekend for Ice Rink Prep

COOPERSTOWN—On Sunday, December 4, starting at 1 pm, Badger Park in the Village of Cooperstown will come alive with volunteers laying down a new liner for the ice-skating rink. “We are so excited that we were able to buy a new liner for the rink,” said Tom Hohensee, president of the Cooperstown Friends of the Parks.

“We are a non-profit organization that supports all of Cooperstown’s unique public parks; we depend on volunteers and donations.” Volunteers are needed all of the time, but particularly this weekend when the group lays down the rink lining. “It’s a big job, many hands are needed,” Hohensee said. “Plus it’s a lot of fun to get out and volunteer with your neighbors.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 11-30-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Make Origami Snowflakes

CRAFT—6 p.m. Enjoy cookies, hot cocoa and Christmas music while you learn to make an origami snowflake. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. (607) 432-1980 or visit facebook.com/hmloneonta/

BE AN ANGEL – The community is invited to adopt a family and then find Christmas gifts for each of the children listed. Gifts are due unwrapped and without tags to either the office of The Freeman’s Journal at 21 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown, or at the Salvation Army Church at 25 River St. in Oneonta. Visit allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details

BLOOD DRIVE—12:30 – 5:30 p.m. Save up to 3 lives with the American Red Cross. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 31 Elm Street, Cooperstown. Register at redcrossblood.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 11-29-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’
Discussion at The Fenimore Art Museum

A CHRISTMAS STORY—11:30 a.m. Join author Pamela McColl for a reading of the famous poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas” and to learn the history of the poem from the first time it was read in 1822, to the many modern publishers, the artists who have been inspired by the poem, the life of the author and the connections between Mr. Clement C. Moore and other American authors like James Fenimore Cooper. Included with museum admission. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. (607) 547-1400 or visit fenimoreartmuseum.org

BE AN ANGEL – The community is invited to adopt a family and then find Christmas gifts for each of the children listed. Gifts are due unwrapped and without tags to either the office of The Freeman’s Journal at 21 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown, or at the Salvation Army Church at 25 River St. in Oneonta. Visit allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details

In Memoriam Mary J. Hoose, 91 October 27, 1931 – November 21, 2022
In Memoriam

Mary J. Hoose, 91

October 27, 1931 – November 21, 2022

PORTLANDVILLE – Mary J. Hoose, of Portlandville, passed away Monday morning, November 21, 2022, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. She was 91.

Born at home in Hartwick on October 27, 1931, Mary was one of five children of J. Paul and Elenor (Bradley) Jones.  Raised on her family farm in Hartwick, she graduated from Hartwick High School with the Class of 1949.

At a local dance, Mary met Cecil E. Hoose, a native of Mount Vision, and on August 5, 1951, they were married in a ceremony at the Hartwick Methodist Episcopal Church. Mary then devoted her life to raising and caring for her family and home, as well as helping her husband own and operate Ce-Ran Farm in Mount Vision, which the Hoose family owned for four generations, starting in 1850.

In Memoriam Dwaine R. Sharratt, 67 October 6, 1955 – November 19, 2022
In Memoriam

Dwaine R. Sharratt, 67

October 6, 1955 – November 19, 2022

HARTWICK – Dwaine R. Sharratt, who owned and operated Beaver Valley Campground with his wife, Juli, and their children, passed away Saturday morning, November 19, 2022, at his home in the Town of Hartwick from the neurodegenerative disorder Multiple System Atrophy. At the age of 67, he has now completed the final pages of the book of his life.

Born October 6, 1955, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dwaine was the son of Lloyd Donald Sharratt and Veronica “Ronnie” Louise (Justin) Sharratt.

He was raised in Richfield, Minnesota, and graduated from Richfield High School in 1974. He captained his high school gymnastics team, played football from peewee through high school, and played baseball from tee-ball well into adulthood.

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