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Les, Janet Gray Grand Marshals Of Spring Fourth Of July Parade

Les, Janet Gray Are Grand Marshals

Of Springfield Fourth Of July Parade

Janet, 90, and Les, 91, Gray, who've lived in Syracuse for 20 years but consider the Town of Springfield home, have been named Grand Marshalls of this year's Fourth of July Parade, the nation's oldest.
Janet, 90, and Les, 91, Gray, who’ve lived in Syracuse for 20 years but consider the Town of Springfield home, have been named Grand Marshals of this year’s Fourth of July Parade, the nation’s oldest.

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Every year, Les and Janet Gray of Springfield Center can be found enjoying the Springfield Fourth of July Parade among a large crowd of family and friends on the lawn of St. Mary’s Church, but this year that’s not where they’ll be.

This year, the couple will be riding in the front of the parade as Co-Grand Marshals, in recognition of their many years of service and dedication to the Springfield community.

All five of their children and most of their 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren will come from around the country to see them in that honored role.

The gathering of family is not unusual, according to Les and Janet’s youngest daughter Laurie, “…attendance at the parade is always an expectation from mom and dad.”

In Oneonta, Santa, Other Staples Virtual

In Oneonta, Santa,

Other Staples Virtual

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

David Cyzeski is bringing the motorized window display back to downtown Oneonta. Here he is seen assembling a wooden Christmas Carousel, complete with wooden gears, that will be on display in the window of his wife’s shop Theresa’s Emporium. “Everything is wood except for the motor,” he said. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – For Common Council member Mark Drnek, it’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.

“We were in Brooklyn one time during the holidays, and all of a sudden, we heard music in the streets,” he said. “It was a game-changer.”

A similar 16-speaker system, designed by Carrie Schmidt of Bitbybit Solutions, was put in place for the downtown dining event and, come Black Friday, will fill Main Street with the sounds of holiday cheer, courtesy of the Pandora Christmas music station.

“We want to bring back that sense of community shopping downtown,” Drnek said. “We want to train people not to just go straight to Amazon.”

After Thanksgiving, downtown merchants will implement “Shop Small Weekends,” opening Saturdays and Sundays throughout the holiday shopping season.

“By not crowding it in one Small Business Saturday, we’re able to lessen the crowds and facilitate social distancing,” he said. “It’s a great downtown shopping experience.”

COVID-19 restrictions on large crowds forced Destination Oneonta to cancel the annual Santa parade, but that doesn’t mean Santa is skipping Oneonta entirely.

Instead, he will Zoom live from the North Pole to meet with kids – no bundling up or waiting in the cold required.

“Kids can sign up for a time to Zoom with Santa, and one of his helpers will let you into the chat,” said Katrina Van Zandt, Destination Oneonta’s director of membership and events. “Then you can visit one-on-one with Santa.”

Destination Oneonta is also looking for a way to record the chats so that the kids will be able to take them as a memento, Drnek said.

In addition to the Zoom chats, kids can leave letters to Santa in the mailbox at his cottage in Muller Plaza.

The annual Gingerbread House and Festival of Lights tree-decorating competitions will also be held virtually.

“This year’s theme is to build a traditional gingerbread house,” said Van Zandt. “You take a picture of yourself with it and post it on our Facebook page in each category.”

Though many categories – including Best Candy Use, Most Intricate and Tallest – are voted on by the board, there is still a chance to vote for the Viewer’s Choice, determined by who gets the most likes.

The Festival of Trees will be held much the same way, inviting homes and businesses to show off their elaborately decorated trees. “We want to see you, your pets, your families in the photo so we know it’s not one you found a picture of and submitted,” she said. “It’s hard to Photoshop yourself in!”
Both contests are live now, and winners will be announced on Dec. 10.
But there’s no Christmas without some holiday decorations, and the city will begin decorating downtown with banners and snowflakes this weekend. Destination Oneonta has purchased additional banners to promote the merchants and restaurants.

Cooperstown Readies For Virtual Christmas

Cooperstown Readies

For Virtual Christmas

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown Community Christmas Committee isn’t going to let COVID-19 be the Grinch who steals the holiday.

“It was clear by last summer that Christmas was going to be different,” said the 4C’s Peg Leon. “But we didn’t want to not decorate. It’s important to provide something for the locals and the children.”

This Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m., the village’s Christmas season starts, as families volunteer to decorate 48 Main Street light poles, as well as Santa’s cottage, with festive greenery to prepare the way for Santa’s arrival.

“Some families have been decorating the same pole for years,” Leon said. “They’re far enough apart to be socially distanced, and everyone will be wearing gloves and masks anyway.”

The committee will provide all decorations, and Tin Bin Alley will provide hot chocolate to warm up chilly hands when the decorating is done. To reserve your spot, email cooptownchristmas@gmail.com.

Santa will arrive at his Pioneer Park cottage and light the tree in a virtual parade, broadcast on the 4C’s Facebook page on Thanksgiving.

“The parade draws such a big crowd, especially from out of town,” said Leon. “So obviously, we have to
do this virtually.”

“We are so pleased that the Christmas Committee found a way to perpetuate our Christmas traditions in safe ways,” said Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, who will welcome Santa during the ceremony. “This is a wonderful way to continue our long-standing traditions amidst our current health challenges.”

And this year, Santa won’t be constrained to his tiny cottage, but will be out walking the streets to visit with families.

“Because we can’t do visits in the cottage, it’s all about Santa sightings,” said Leon.

Kids are invited to wave and “elbow-bump” Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and Rudolph, and also to take a photo to submit to the Chamber of Commerce’s website in a “Santa Spotting” spree – whether you see them window-shopping downtown, picking up fresh produce at the Farmers Market, or feeding the ducks at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

“Santa and Mrs. Claus are really pumped about making these surprise visits around town,” said Leon. “They’ll have masks on and be able to meet with people while still keeping six feet of social distancing.”

The cottage will still be in Pioneer Park, but with a new edition – a mailbox where kids can drop a letter to Santa.

But be sure to include a return address, because not only will he write back, said Leon, but his elves will include a special gift with the reply.

Letters can also be sent to P.O. Box 428, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Also new this year is story time with Mrs. Claus, who will do a virtual reading on the Christmas Committee’s Facebook page every week through the Christmas season. The schedule has not yet been announced, but will be posted on www.facebook.com/cooptownchristmas.

“We want people to know that Christmas is still here,” said Leon.

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Welcome-Home Parade Traced Back To 1997, Girls’ State Soccer Title

MAKING HISTORY

Welcome-Home Parade

Traced Back To 1997,

Girls’ State Soccer Title

Next time you’re at the Doubleday Cafe, check out this photo of that first-ever welcome-home parade, for the CCS 1999 Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team, state co-champions.

By JENNIFER HILL • The Freeman’s Journal & HOMETOWN ONEONTA

COOPERSTOWN – On Sunday, fire trucks and throngs of people up and down Main Street greeted the state champion CCS Hawkeyes’ boys’ basketball team with sirens and cheers.

It’s a given now: When a CCS team wins the Class C state championship, the fire department breaks out its fleet and people pour out onto the streets to celebrate the top athletes’ victories.

But this special ritual wasn’t always around, and how it started 20 years ago was no accident.  In 1999, CCS girls’ soccer team tied Cold Spring Harbor in the finals at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta to become a state co-champion, the first in the school’s soccer program.

That same year, Gary Kuch, now Otsego town justice and Clark Scholarship Foundation director, was both CCS’s principal and Cooperstown fire chief.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

Holiday Market Kick-Off Event

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

HOLIDAY KICK-OFF – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Enjoy historic village, holiday spirit. Includes Shoppers Rally & Raffle, artisan demos, ornament making, refreshments, tree lighting, more. Many shops participating. 192 Main St., Sharon Springs. Visit www.facebook.com/themostwonderfultimeoftheyearsharonsprings/

Here Comes Santa Claus!

Here Comes Santa Claus!

Emcee “Big Chuck” D’Imperio, right, stands high above a packed crowd that gathered on Main Street this morning to welcome Santa back to Oneonta with big cheers and happy smiles during the annual Santa Parade. Santa will spend the afternoon in his cottage in Muller Plaza, hearing good boys and girls’ Christmas wishes. And once you’ve seen Santa, you can go down to Foothills to see the Gingerbread Jubilee and join in the cookie fun. At right, Brittany Boyke, Davenport, helps her little penguin – daughter Alexis Merwin – decorate a delicious holiday treat. The fun at Foothills continues until 3 p.m.

Frigid Temperatures Mark Santa’s Arrival

Frigid Temperatures

Mark Santa’s Arrival

Santa in driven into Oneonta by Jay Chase of Chase-n-Dreams Farm, Oneonta, and his sister horses Molly and Dolly during this evening’s Santa Parade in downtown Oneonta. At right, Andrea Thies, Oneonta, walks her dog Sanabel along the parade route, wishing onlookers Merry Christmas. Temperatures in the upper teens thinned some of the crowd, but didn’t keep hundreds from turning out to welcome St. Nick. After visiting with Santa, families could walk around downtown enjoying cider, cocoa, alpacas and carriage rides as they awaited the Tree Lighting ceremony in Muller Plaza. (Ian Austin, James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Rainfall Fails To Dampen Springfield Parade Spirits

Rainfall Fails To Dampen

Springfield Parade Spirits

The 101st Springfield Fourth of July Parade happened this morning in a warm drizzle, but failed to douse smiles along the parade route. Clockwise from top, Rosie the Polka-Dotted Clown (aka Abby Koutnik) had the right sign, but Mother Nature ignored it; among those cheering on the parade route were Albert and Christine Weiss' visiting grandchildren – Claire Payne, 8, center, flanked by Maya, 6, and Ryan, 10 Squires; as usual, retired SUNY President Alan Donovan was along the parade route (his wife, Anne, was a judge) and SUNY Dean Susan Turrell. Below left is Velma Armstrong, Pierstown, who was trying something new at age 84 – she'd never ridden on a parade float, but took up the invitation of the Tanner Hill Herb Farm to promote the Pierstown Grange. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
The 101st Springfield Fourth of July Parade happened this morning in a warm drizzle, but that failed to douse smiles along the parade route. Top, Rosie the Polka-Dotted Clown (aka Abby Koutnik of Oneonta) had the right sign, but Mother Nature ignored it.  Top right, among those cheering on the parade route were Albert and Christine Weiss of Cooperstown’s visiting grandchildren – Claire Payne, 8, center, flanked by the Squires siblings, Maya, 6, and Ryan, 10.  Below right, as usual, retired SUNY President Alan Donovan was along the parade route (his wife, Anne, was a judge) with SUNY Dean Susan Turrell. Below left is Velma Armstrong, Pierstown, who was trying something new at age 84 – she’d never ridden on a parade float, but took up the invitation of the Tanner Hill Herb Farm to promote the Pierstown Grange. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
40-Foot Slide, Orchards Proposed In Huntington Park Plan

LIBRARY OUTLINES PROPOSAL

40-Ft. Slide, Orchard,

Gardens Proposed In

Huntington Park Plan

The proposal for Huntington Library Park includes gardens, an orchard and a 40-foot slide with a “rock-scramble” made of native bluestone.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – With a labyrinth, an orchard and a 40-foot slide set in the hillside, Stimson Landscape Architects, Cambridge, Mass., presented their plan for Huntington Park during a Zoom meeting this evening.

“This really is a bright spot in a difficult era,” said Huntington Memorial Library executive director Tina Winstead. “It’s a design I believe Henry Huntington would be proud of.”

Phase One was detailed during this evening’s meeting, with the plans for the Playland and the Literary Gardens.

Santa Does Stand-Up
DAH-DUM-DUM-DUM…

Santa Does Stand-Up

Who is this funny man?
Who is this masked – and funny – man?

What do you call a line of men waiting for a haircut?

A barberqueue

Why was the turkey in the pop group?

Because he was the only one with drumsticks!

What do you call a boomerang that does not come back?

A stick

Santa Claus Hears Last-Minute Wishes

Santa Claus Hears

Last-Minute Wishes

Mason Rice, 9 months, and sister Arianna, 3, were relating their last-minute Christmas wishes a few minutes ago to Santa Claus in his cottage at Pioneer Park, Cooperstown.  The children’s parents are Lindsay (Rowley) and Tim Rice, visiting the grandparents in Cooperstown from South Carolina.  With just 32 hours left to Christmas, their was much anticipation in the queue outside, too, as Phoebe Squadrito, 3, and Madison Kane, 4, and her brother Daniel, 8, in photo at right, waited their turns to see Santa with, from left, Kristin, Shari and Riley Crane, all of Richfield Springs.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in their Cooperstown cottage 1-4 p.m. Saturday for a last time this season.  In Oneonta, Santa Claus finished his season today at Southside Mall and Muller Plaza.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

Fun Ugly Sweater Holiday Run

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HOLIDAY RUN – 10 a.m. Race through Cooperstown in your ugliest holiday sweater. Runners receive free coffee/hot chocolate upon completion. Registration 8:30 – 9:30. Cost, $25/individual. Start at Santa’s house, Pioneer Park, Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com/events/2019-rockin-around-cooperstown-ugly-sweater-runwalk/

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