ALBANY – Driving to the PearlPalooza festival Saturday, Sept. 14, in downtown Albany, members of alt-funk band Hanzolo heard a familiar song come over the radio.
“WEQX was playing ‘Not Easy’,” said guitarist Carl Loewenguth. “I got chills. I turned and high-fived Nick” – Nick Summers, keyboardist and trumpet player. “It was a big moment for us.”
In August, the Cooperstown-based alt-funk band won two Battle of the Bands contests at the Skyloft nightclub at the Crossgates Mall – that won them the prestigious opening spot at PearlPalooza, last weekend’s annual Albany music festival.
“I was intimidated because the other bands were crazy-good,” said Loewenguth.
ONEONTA – After the packed Foothills Wedding Expo 2020 Sunday, Jan. 12, Linda Hover arrived at Rainbow’s End Weddings & More to find more than two dozen brides waiting for her in the parking lot.
“We didn’t know how many people would be here,” she said. “But there were a lot of people waiting!”
And it was worth the wait.
The bridal shop was offering its first “Bag O’Bargains” sale as part of Marry Mingle After-Party to the Foothills event.
The rules were simple – buy a tote bag for $5 at the annual Wedding Expo, and at the party everything you can fit inside is $99.
“If you can get a wedding dress in there, it’s yours!” said Rainbow End’s owner Norah Doyle. “The bags are big, so you really can fit a lot in there.”
Seventy-five wedding dresses were placed on the bag-eligible rack, as well as dresses for bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-bride. There were also prom and other formal gowns, and tuxedos, shoes, veils, and jewelry.
“I was inspired by other bridal shops in my network,” said Doyle. “Someone had done it as a Black Friday special, but I thought it would be perfect for after the wedding show, and I asked if I could steal her idea!”
Additionally, more than 100 gowns not eligible for the bag sale were marked down to $99-$199. “It’s a great way to clear out inventory and make room for the new designs,” she said.
Within the first half-hour of the Wedding Expo, Doyle had already sold a dozen bags, and by the end of the show, had almost sold out. “We had such a positive reaction at Foothills,” she said. “I didn’t know how many bags to bring, but I only came back with five.”
The annual Wedding Expo drew more than 200 registered brides and their wedding parties to the atrium. “There were a whole bunch of new vendors and venues,” said Geoff Doyle, operations manager. “Ailish Floral, August Lodge, Stonewall Events and Creekside Station were all new this year.”
And some vendors were even looking ahead to after the Big Day. “Keller Williams called and asked if it made sense for them to set up a table,” he said. “They said that after you get married, the next big step is to buy a house and have a baby, and they wanted to be the buy-the-house part!”
And the brides were all-too-happy to show off their packing skills in an unspoken contest to see who could get the most for their money.
“I found five bridesmaid’s dresses, a rehearsal dinner dress, a tiara, jewelry, a cake cutter and a ring bearer pillow!” said Emily West, a bride-to-be from Franklin. “I had ordered a ring bearer pillow online, but the order got cancelled.”
Though she had already purchased her wedding dress from Rainbow’s End, Missy White still had a few things to pick up for her big day. “I got a veil, a headband and a cake cutter, as well as my rehearsal dress, three dresses for other weddings and events,” she said. “I’m planning ahead!”
Other brides, who had already bought their wedding gowns, stocked up on accessories. “I bought a party dress, padded hangers for my bridesmaids’ dresses, slippers and necklaces,” said Marisa Gray. “We went to the expo first, and it’s a really nice chance to spend time with my future mother-in-law.”
“This is such a great shop,” added her future Mother-in-Law, Ann Marie Deforest.
And some brides didn’t stop at one bag. “I’ve got six dresses over two bags,” said Caitlin Cole. “Plus my veil and a belt.”
The event also featured food, games, a selfie station and models showing off some of this year’s new gowns – in case you didn’t find your dress on the racks.
But if you missed out, worry not – Doyle plans to hold another one. “People had a really good time,” she said.
“It takes awhile to restock, but who knows – maybe I’ll have the next one on Black Friday!”
MOUNT VISION – Esa T. Eramo, 54, of Mount Vision, retired SUNY Delhi power plant engineer and a black belt in karate, passed away Sunday, April 10, at Bassett Hospital, after a 13-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Esa was born in Inkeroinen, Finland, the son of Martti and Anja Eramo. Esa was the second of three sons.
He moved to Oneonta with his parents and older brother Kari at a young age where he attended Greater Plains Elementary School. After graduating from Delhi with an associate’s degree in industrial engineering, he worked at various companies before retiring from his alma mater.
OTEGO – Christina “Tina” Nichols, 68, a lifetime resident of Otego and retiree of the Unatego Central School District, passed away on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at Bassett Hospital with her loving family by her side.
She was born on Jan. 29, 1951, at Fox Hospital. She graduated from Unatego Central School in 1970. She married the love of her life, George W. Nichols, on Feb. 3, 1973.
Tina enjoyed living on her family farm, gardening, feeding birds, ordering from QVC and spending summers at East Sidney Lake, where she was known as Granny by many.
QUEENSBURY – Dirck Dey Harrison, 93, a retired business executive who was raised in Cooperstown and, an avid skier all his life, volunteered on the Mount Otsego Ski Patrol, passed away on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Granville, Washington County. He lived in Queensbury.
He was born March 10, 1927, in New York City, the son of the late Dr. Francis F. and Carlotta (Creevey) Harrison; his family moved to Cooperstown the following year. He graduated from Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., in 1944 and attended Yale through his sophomore year, when he joined the Navy and served from 1945 to 1946 before returning and graduating from Yale in 1948.
ONEONTA – Oneonta native Gwendolyn Anne Laing, 78, of Bristol, Inc., who retired after 25 years with Coachmen Industries in Middlebury, Inc., passed away Thursday, Sept 26. 2019, at Hospice House in Elkhart, Inc.
Gwen was born on April 10, 1941, in Oneonta, to Marius M. And Lena Jorgensen.
CHERRY VALLEY – Linda Marie Schechter, 60, a social worker for much of her life, passed away at her home in Cherry Valley on Thursday, April 14. She had battled health problems with determination, good humor and class that inspired everyone she met.
Linda was born on Sept. 27, 1955, in Troy, the daughter of Walter Hayner and Vera (Robinson) Hayner. She attended Mechanicville High School and the College of Saint Rose, where she earned an M.A. in Social Work. She spent most of her career as a social worker and directed volunteer programs for Saratoga County.
BIRD COUNT – All Day. Get out, while maintaining social distance, to see how many different bird you can spot to report to the Delaware-Otsego Audubon society. All experience levels welcome. Visit www.facebook.com/DelawareOtsegoAudubonSociety/ for info.
As the season changes from summer to fall, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is asking the public to help raise consumer awareness and push for changes that will lead to the eventual “fall” of puppy mills.
“September is National Puppy Mill Awareness Month, and there is no better time to remind folks that there are hundreds of thousands of dogs living in cruel and inhumane conditions all across the United States, including right here in our own backyard,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.
A year ago, knowing there were several such businesses operating in and around Otsego County, the SQSPCA launched its “PAWS Before You Pay” initiative. PAWS stands for Puppy Mill Awareness With Shelters.
ONEONTA – Paul Raymond Robinson, 79, a Marine, retired teacher and two-term Oneonta alderman, died peacefully on Oct. 22, 2020, at Bassett Hospital, after years of struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.
An engaged community leader, driven by a sense of fairness and a steadfast commitment to helping those in need, Paul was a lifelong Yankees fan, an adventurous pilot, a curious hobbyist and a collector of coins with a soft spot for dogs and children.
Many people will remember him walking his Boston terriers, Beacon and Sugar Bear, through downtown Oneonta.
ONEONTA – Frank Emerson Mullet, loving husband and father, and retired 18-year superintendent at Edmeston Central School, passed away peacefully on Sept. 14, 2020, at the age of 99.
Raised in Spencer, Mass., he received a sports scholarship to catch for the Bates College baseball team in Lewiston, Maine, where he majored in physics. During college, Frank traveled to California and worked at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank.
After World War II began, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a signalman on destroyers protecting convoys traveling to and from Europe and North Africa. He received several medals and an honorable discharge in 1945.