The sanctuary at First United Methodist Church in Oneonta was filled with inspiring words, social commentary and song this afternoon as crowds gathered to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 91st birthday. The event, hosted by the Oneonta NAACP, featured over a dozen speakers and performers including Yolanda Bush, seen above with Rich Mollen, as she sings “Rise Above,” written by Robin Seletsky and dedicated to the Oneonta NAACP. Mayor Gary Herzig, inset right, was also among the speakers, where he praised the NAACP and the Oneonta Police Department for their leadership in civil rights issues. He continued, encouraging vigilance, saying there was still work to do even in a “progressive and diverse” City like Oneonta: “Here in Oneonta, an individual visited our DMV and was told, ‘We cannot serve you,’ and was told to go to Cooperstown. In the year 2020 we are hearing this! As Dr. King said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Oneonta must be open and welcome all persons.” Herzig’s reference was to the “Green Light” Law, where the state Legislature directed the issuance of driver’s licenses to illegal aliens; because of the special equipment and training required, county Clerk Kathy Sinnott Gardner has centralized processing those license applications at the main office in Cooperstown. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16
CELEBRATION – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Celebrate 150th birthday of Cardiff Giant. Pay $0.50 to see the giant, enjoy a GIANT cake, hear the stories of the hoax, enjoy a performance of the show, party like its 1869. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/stec_event/birthday/0
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION – 9 a.m. Learn about the historic events in 1939 while celebrating the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 80th birthday. Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.baseballhall.org/, 607-547-7200.
The Iroquois chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met this afternoon at the Weiting Building in Worcester for two special events; celebrating the 103rd birthday of Shirley Skinner, their oldest member, and presenting her with a pin commemorating her 75 years with the Otsego County chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Above, after being presented with a carrot cupcake from Chapter Regent Lauren Milavee, left, Shirley blows a kiss to the crowd, who sang her “Happy Birthday.” She is joined by the youngest member of their chapter, Callen Little, Jefferson, State Chaplain Nancy Zwetsch, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. At right, Zwetsch presents Skinner with her 75-year pin. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JUNE 12
BIRTHDAY – 9 a.m. Celebrate the 79th anniversary of the Hall of Fame, enjoy special programs throughout the day and sign the card in the Museum Lobby. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events/HOF-79th-birthday?date=0
TINKERING TUESDAY – 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Design, print a custom object. Material fee applies. Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/adult-programs/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 25
EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 2 p.m. “Oneonta’s Own: The State Militia & the National Guard in Oneonta, 1812 – 2003” features Oneonta-related items on loan from NYS Military Museum, & from the collections of GOHS, Hartwick College. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org
JURIED ART SHOW – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening reception of the 27th annual regional show, the exhibit “A Singularity of Vision,” by E.A. Pilbeam, and The Leatherstocking Brush & Pallette Club Fine Arts Exhibit. Awards at 6 p.m. Cooperstown Art Association. Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JAN. 14
MLK BIRTHDAY – 2 – 4 p.m. Celebrate the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. with Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-431-4428 or visit www.hartwick.edu/campus-life/intercultural-affairs/
WRITING LETTERS – 4 – 5:30 p.m. Create an avalanche of letters to rise above hate speech in our community with the Tri-County Women’s Coalition and Otsego Pride Alliance. Roots brewing Company, 175 Main St., Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/1837352163146400/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Local resident Asa Skaloud, who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1915, celebrated her 102nd birthday this afternoon at the Focus Nursing Home in the town of Otsego. Residents of the nursing home gathered in the auditorium to celebrate the milestone with cake and music. Dressed in purple to her left is her friend Louise Puylara, Activity Director Amy Rose, and to Asa’s right is her friend Claire Cardinale.