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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Open Mic & Writers Salon 06-17-21

Open Mic & Writers Salon


WRITERS SALON – 7:30 p.m. Open mic followed by presentation by Marly Youmans, author of eight novels, 2 Southern fantasies, an adventure in blank verse, and 4 collections of poetry. Free, open to public. Presented through Zoom by the Community Arts Network of Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: ‘Going Out’ Concert in Neahwa Park 07-22-21

‘Going Out’ Concert in Neahwa Park


COMMUNITY CONCERT – 7 p.m. Oneonta Community Band presents ‘Going Out’ concert exploring some of the activities we’ve missed and will soon be possible. Selections include ‘American Patrol’ by F.W. Meacham’s, ‘Liberty Bell’ by John Philip Sousa, and more. Birng the lawn chairs and get comfortable in the Park. Bandstand, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. 607-432-7085 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Beginning Bird Watching 06-22-21

Beginning Bird Watching


PRIMARY ELECTIONS – 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. Come vote in the primary elections. 607-547-4247 or visit

BIRDING – 8 – 9 a.m. Learn about beginner bird watching. Registration required. $1 donation requested. Presented by the Cooperstown Senior Community Center. Brookwood Gardens, 6000 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-8471 or e-mail

Douglas Stratton Fielder July 22, 1940 – April 28, 2021

In Memoriam

Douglas Stratton Fielder

July 22, 1940 – April 28, 2021

Douglas S. Fielder

Oneonta – A celebration of life service with military honors for Douglas Stratton Fielder will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Marti Swords-Horrell officiating.  The interment will follow at the church columbarium.  For the zoom link please contact the church at 607-432-4102.

In lieu of flowers, gifts should be given to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, PO Box 6003, Albert Lea MN 56007 or to the Douglas and Dorothy Scott Fielder Scholarship, c/o Ellen M. Blaisdell, 308 Netzer Administration Building, State University College, Oneonta NY  13820.

Online condolences may be made at,  Arrangements are with Oneonta’s only family-owned funeral home, Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono at 51 Dietz Street.

City of the Hills: July 8, 2021

City of the Hills

Concert series to begin Thursday at Neahwa Park

A summer concert series will begin Thursday, July 8, in Neahwa Park in Oneonta.
The series will feature performances every Thursday between 7 and 8 p.m.
The first event will feature the Driftwoods.

Common Council accepts grain grant

Oneonta’s Common Council passed a motion Tuesday, July 6, to accept a state grant of $180,000 for the Hartwick College Grain Innovation Center. The city’s plan is for the center to become part of the eventual Lofts on Dietz Street.
The council met in person at City Hall for the first time since March 2020, at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Meetings had been taking place via Zoom and were broadcast on YouTube. However, the July change in state COVID laws opened the meetings up again.

Otsego County opts into youth hunting extension

Otsego County opts into
youth hunting extension

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

MIDDLEFIELD — Otsego County will opt into a pilot state program to allow children ages 12 and 13 to take part in more forms of hunting, including with a firearm.

The county’s Board of Representatives approved the trial program at their meeting Wednesday, July 7.

The program was approved in the 2021 state budget and offered by the state Department of  Environmental Conservation on a county-by-county basis.

According to a media release from the DEC, the program:

  • allows 12- and 13-year-old licensed hunters to hunt deer with a rifle, shotgun or muzzleloading firearm in areas where and during the hunting seasons in which such firearms may be used, including during the Youth Firearms Big Game Hunt over Columbus Day weekend;
  • allows 12- and 13-year-old licensed hunters to hunt deer with a crossbow during the times when other hunters may use crossbows;
  • requires supervision of a licensed adult hunter (aged 21 years or older) with at least three years of experience hunting deer who maintains physical control over the youth hunter at all times;
  • requires the youth hunter and adult mentor to wear fluorescent orange or pink clothing and to remain at ground level while hunting deer with a crossbow, rifle, shotgun, or muzzleloader.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Vintage & Classic cars on show 07-10-21

Vintage & Classic cars on show


CAR SHOW – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Support the Friends of the Oneonta theater at benefit car show featuring 100 custom and vintage cars, bucket & silent auctions, live rockabilly music by Mark Pawkett & the Mopar Cams, and breakfast/lunch available for purchase as Soda Jerks. Free admission & parking. Rain date 7/11. Action Lube Car Repair, 458 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-287-8483.

Junior Livestock Show is cow-a-bunga
A cow enjoys The Farmers’ Museum Junior Livestock Show on Monday, July 12. (Kevin Limiti/

Junior Livestock Show
is cow-a-bunga

By KEVIN LIMITI• Special to

MIDDLEFIELD — The first thing noticeable at The 73rd Farmers’ Museum Junior Livestock Show is the noise.

Monday, July 12, there was loud mooing from all angles, a result of the cow show going on all morning.

Community Advisory Board document on OPD best practices set to be reviewed

Community Advisory Board
document on OPD best practices
set to be reviewed

By KEVIN LIMITI• Special to

ONEONTA — A committee including mayoral candidates Mark Drnek and Len Carson approved final changes to the Community Advisory Board police review document, which will sent back to the original CAB members followed by a public hearing.

The process should take about a month to complete, according to city officials.

The Community Advisory Board met Tuesday, July 13, at City Hall to follow up on the document, which was prepared in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order for police departments to recommend “best practices” that align with community values. That order and a review Herzig had ordered before Cuomo’s order, were in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020. A Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, was found guilty of Floyd’s murder in April.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Tour Presidential Exhibit Virtually 11-19-20

Tour Presidential Exhibit Virtually


VIRTUAL TOUR – 2 p.m. Zoom meeting featuring walk through of exhibit ‘Pete Souza: Two Presidents, One Photographer’ with photographer Kevin Gray featuring in-depth discussion and Q&A session. Free, registration required. Suggested donation $5. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit

ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit to learn how.

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