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Jersey’s Warriors To Visit in February

Jersey’s Warriors To Visit in February

By TED MEBUST

COOPERSTOWN – The New Jersey Warriors, a hockey team composed of disabled U.S. military veterans, are set to visit Cooperstown from February 17-19. Hosted by the American Legion, a benefit will be held on the team’s behalf at VFW Post 7128, 60 Main Street, on that Friday evening. After a police escort from their hotel, the team will enjoy catering from area businesses including Council Rock Brewery, Brewery Ommegang, and Chobani, and an auction will take place with the proceeds going to the Warriors. On Saturday, the group will get a tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and then play a game at Badger Park at noon, inviting all community members to join them on the ice.

“It should be a fantastic event,” said Barry Shelley, the team’s local contact who has been a longtime hockey fan, even setting up a small ice rink in the attic of his Fly Creek home.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 12-25-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25

Merry Christmas!

CHRISTMAS DINNER—Noon- to 3 p.m. The St. Mary’s Friends of Christmas, in partnership with the Bandera Family and Community Alliance, have teamed up to provide free Christmas dinners to those in need. Home delivery is available with a sit-down dinner being held at the American Legion, 279 Chestnut Street, Oneonta. (607) 226-1785 or visit hunthalloween.com/event/friends-of-christmas-dinner-2022-eid4a7bjm4cjg

Friends Group Seeks To Serve Those In Need on Christmas
Home Alone…Not!

Friends Group Seeks To Serve
Those In Need on Christmas

By CASPAR EWIG

ONEONTA – No one should be without a Christmas dinner and, consistent with this sentiment, the St. Mary’s Friends of Christmas Dinner is continuing its 35-year tradition of providing meals to those who would otherwise go without or eat alone. Approximately 1,200 meals will either be delivered on Christmas Day from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church to locations that have registered with the Friends of Christmas, or they will be available for pickup at the Lord’s Table, which is operated by St. James Episcopal Church. For those who would like to eat in fellowship, the meal will be served as a sit-down dinner between noon and 3 p.m. at the American Legion on 279 Chestnut Street, Oneonta.

STRAUB: Last Week’s Letter Clarified
Letter from Sue Straub

Last Week’s Letter Clarified

Hello again. I am so sorry that my original comment implied that people over 70 cannot do as much. What I meant is that our local American Legion/VFW needs more retired veterans of all ages to get involved, take on leadership roles and plan projects.

Please forgive any negativity that may have resulted from previous comments.

Sue Straub
Fly Creek

In Memoriam John Poole Briggs, 85 August 9, 1937 – September 16, 2022
In Memoriam

John Poole Briggs, 85

August 9, 1937 – September 16, 2022

John Briggs

COOPERSTOWN – John Poole Briggs, 85, died peacefully at his home in Ormond Beach, Florida, on September 16, 2022, with his fiancé at his side. 

He was born on August 9, 1937, to Harold John Poole and Edna Martha (Fredericks) Briggs of Northport. As a young boy, he spent summers on his father’s boat, the “Silver Fox,” where he developed a love for the ocean. A businessman at heart, John would sell batteries and T.V. tubes to fishermen and boaters on the dock in Northport. At 15, he opened his first T.V. repair shop behind the Midway, a newspaper & soda shop. He then proceeded to help his lifelong friend, Elsa Posey, who was also 15, open her school of dance.

In 1954, he drove his 1934 wood-side Ford across the country to Alaska. After his funds were exhausted, he returned home. The young businessman continued his T.V. repair business as he rented a shop on Main Street in Northport. One lesson he would reflect on often was when his father borrowed $1,000.00 from him and used it as a down payment to purchase a building for the business. His father’s opinion was, in business, if you have to make payments, “it is better to own than rent.” 

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 09-02-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Fun Social Dance

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CONTRADANCE – 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Enjoy a fun social dance with the Otsego Dance Society. Will feature music by the Mandigo Blue band with Robby Poulette calling the dances. Suggested donation, $8/adult. New location at Cornfield Hall, 655 Co. Rd. 26, Fly Creek. Visit otsegodancesociety.weebly.com

BLOOD DRIVE – 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. American Legion Post 259, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org

In Memoriam Carl F. Hecker, 86 April 22, 1935 – January 25, 2022

In Memoriam

Carl F. Hecker, 86

April 22, 1935 – January 25, 2022

Carl F. Hecker

WEST EDMESTON – Carl F. Hecker, 86, of West Edmeston, passed away on Tuesday January 25, 2022 at his home, with his Godson and nurses at his side.

Carl was born on April 22, 1935 in Queens, NY the son of the late Curt and Wilma Germann Hecker, and predeceased by his brother Kurt A.Hecker. He is survived by many nephews and nieces throughout the Hecker family.

Carl was employed in the construction trade for many years with the Grumman Corporation on Long Island. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving from 1953 to 1957. He was a life member of the VFW and a 38 year member of the American Legion.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Tree Identification Walk With OCCA 01-17-2022
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JANUARY 17

Tree Identification Walk With OCCA

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

WINTER WALK – 10 – 11:30 a.m. Enjoy the beauty of winter on this tree ID walk while you stretch your legs, get some fresh air. Dress appropriately for weather on this , bring your own water. Free, registration required. Presented by Otsego County Conservation Association at Robert V. Riddell State Park, Davenport. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/winter-walk/

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