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EMTS SALUTE BEST OF BEST

HUNDREDS PACK BASSETT HALL

EMTS SALUTE

BEST OF BEST

Everyone who was anyone in the world of Otsego County EMTs – hundreds of them, past and present – gathered at Bassett Hall in Cooperstown for four hours this afternoon and evening to celebrate Fred Lemister, primer inter pares in the local EMS world, who recently stepped down after 48 years of service to Cooperstown’s emergency squad, where he responded to 9,600 ambulance calls.  Even more significant, a top-notch instructor, he trained nearly every EMT serving in Otsego County over many years.  In top photo, Brinton Muller, Bassett Healthcare’s network director for emergency preparedness, announces the EMS Room in the ambulance bay at the Cooperstown hospital’s emergency room will be renamed in Lemister’s honor.  As Muller congratulates Fred, wife Karen examines a souvenir aerial photo of the hospital presented to the honoree.  At the podium is Cooperstown EMS Captain Eric Pierce, who helped organize today’s testimonial and emceed the event.   Inset right, David Butler, former Hartwick town supervisor and EMS mainstay there, pours 100 M&Ms into bowl that, by evening’s end, contained one M&M for every call Fred made over a half-century of service.  In concluding remarks, Lemister, inset left, praised his EMS colleagues, comparing them to the Biblical Good Samaritan.  “Life is a gift, people,” he said.  “And we need to give back for that gift.  You people here have given back for that gift.”  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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THIS WEEK’S FREEMAN’S, HOMETOWN
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 8

Meet Adoptable Cats & Dogs

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ADOPTION DAY – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come meet some adorable cats, kittens, & dogs, learn about volunteer & adoption opportunities. Bassett Hall Auditorium, 31 Beaver St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

FILM SCREENING – 6 – 8 p.m. Showing of “Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age,” introduced by filmaker & pediatrician Delaney Ruston, M.D. who will moderate a thoughtful and considerate discussion following. Belden Auditorium, Oneonta Senior High School, 130 East St., Oneonta. Call 607-433-8200 or visit www.oneontacsd.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JAN. 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JAN. 20

Explore The Taste Of Wine

With Sommelier Chad Douglas

14-19eventspageWINE TASTING – 6 p.m. Join Sommelier Chad Douglass for this monthly class. This month’s theme is the Year of the Rooster and will be ringing in the Chinese new year. The Otesaga, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown. Info, www.otesaga.com/events

BLOOD DRIVE – 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Bassett Hall Auditorium, intersection of Beaver and Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Appointments, RedCrossBlood.org or call (607)547-3701

OPEN MIC – 5-9 p.m. Come perform yourself or support those who do. Sing up for a time slot on facebook. Club Odyssey, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/ClubOdysseyOneonta/

FILM – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Showing “Arrival.” Cost $3. Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Info, oneonta.collegiatelink.net/events

THEATER – 8 p.m. Stuff of Dreams presents “Never Too Late.” Tickets @ Green Toad Book store or by calling (607)432-5407. Cost $15 adult, $12 senior and students, and $10 children 12 and under. Production Center of Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta.

FILM – 9-11 p.m. Showing “Arrival.” Cost $3. Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Info, oneonta.collegiatelink.net/events

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