By CASPAR EWIG
It was a sellout crowd last Friday, January 20, as the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual “State of the State” networking breakfast. The conference, which took place in the Otsego Grille of SUNY Oneonta’s Morris Hall, was introduced by Sean Lewis, president and chief executive officer of the chamber, as a vehicle to “allow the panelists a chance to express their view of where we are and their vision of where we are heading.”
The panel of eight public figures included New York State Senator Peter Oberacker and Assemblymen Brian Miller, Chris Tague and Brian Maher, whose constituents reside in various portions of Otsego County.
The county itself was represented by County Administrator Steve Wilson and Treasurer Allen Ruffles. Oneonta Mayor Mark Drnek and Village of Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh rounded out the panel.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JANUARY 1
FIRST DAY HIKE—9 a.m. to noon. Start the new year right with a guided hike around a beautiful lake, then warm up by the fire at Briggs Pavilion. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Road, Laurens. (607) 432-2114 or visit otsegooutdoors.org/event/first-day-hike-at-gilbert-lake-state-park-2/
FIRST DAY HIKE—10 a.m. to 5 p.m. First day of 2023, enjoy a self-guided hike through the woods and on the shoreline of Otsego Lake. First 100 hikers will receive a First Day Hike giveaway. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for trail conditions this winter. Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 County Highway 31, Cooperstown. (607) 547 8662 or visit otsegooutdoors.org/event/first-day-hike-at-glimmerglass-state-park-3/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31
FROSTBITE 5K—Noon. Get out on the last day of the 2022 for this fun run, walk, or stroll through frost-biting temperatures. This year will be held in honor of John Haven, who was the area ugly sweater fashionista and a fixture at the Oneonta YMCA. Race will begin from the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center and finish in front of the Oneonta YMCA at 20-26 Ford Avenue, Oneonta. (607) 432-0010 ext. 207 or visit oneontafamilyymcafrostbite5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=9985
FIRST NIGHT —5 to 8 p.m. Don’t miss the return of First Night Oneonta. Celebrate the coming new year with an evening of fun for the whole family, featuring a talent show with 1000+ in prize money. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Visit hillcitycelebrations.org for the full schedule of events.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY—7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Join the Super Heroes Humane Society to ring in the new year with an evening of dancing, music from the Roundhouse Rockers, raffles, door prizes, appetizers, and a champagne toast at midnight. Music begins at 8:30. Tickets are $25/person. Party held at the 6th Ward Athletic Club, 22 West Broadway, Oneonta. (607) 441-3227 or visit facebook.com/superheroeshs/
With the New Year comes the tradition of setting resolutions. About 40 percent of U.S. adults set New Year’s resolutions every year. The largest demographic, at 59 percent, is young adults aged 18-34. Research shows that 95 percent of our New Year’s resolutions are fitness-related, inspired by the desire to “look better.” Despite those good intentions, after one month 43 percent will have given up their goal; after three months only 10 percent are still at it.
Fitness also makes you feel better and even the fittest of the fit want to be more fit. But if we are to improve the longevity of our resolutions and how they make us feel better rather than how they might—or might not—make us look better, perhaps we should be focusing on finding new passions, new routines and new thinking that are easier and certainly more fun to stick with through the new year and even the years that follow.
The Cooperstown Lions Club wants to bring back the Winter Carnival in 2023 and is looking for the public’s input on how best to do it.
The Club will host a public interest meeting for the Cooperstown Winter Carnival at Upstate Bar and Grill, 5418 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, Saturday, April 2, at 2:00 pm. Club members will discuss the recent history of the Winter Carnival and the challenges and experiences of previous committees, with an end goal of constructing a committee for the 2023 Cooperstown Winter Carnival.
The Cooperstown Lions Club welcomes all stakeholders and community members to participate in this meeting to help shape the vision of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival for the future. Please sign up with Lions Club President Peter Deysenroth by calling 607-547-8231 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, March 31.
The Cooperstown Lions Club meets the first and third Wednesdays, September through June, 6:30 pm at Upstate Bar and Grill. The Club conducts many fund development endeavors to enhance life in the Cooperstown area for various groups, families and individuals. The mission of Lions Clubs International is to create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation. For more information about Lions Club, visit www.lionsclubs.org or the Cooperstown Lions Club’s Facebook at facebook.com/CooperstownLionsClub/.