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Inspired By Dad, Grandmother, Matthew Hulse Achieves Eagle Scout Ranking

Inspired By Great-Grandmother, Dad

Matthew Hulse Awarded

Eagle Scout Ranking

In Ceremony At Centers

Rick and Christine Hulse stand with their son Matthew Hulse as he is presented with a citation from the NYS Assembly, delivered during Matthew’s Eagle Scout ceremony by Assemblyman John Salka, R-121, at Cooperstown Center this morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

by LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To AllOTSEGO.com

Following the ceremony, Matthew speaks with his great-grandmother Louise Hulse, 102, who was among the many family gathered at the ceremony.

COOPERSTOWN – When Matthew Hulse was given his Eagle Scout award, he wanted to make sure his great-grandmother, Louise Hulse, 102, was there to be a part of the ceremony.

“She was so enthusiastic when my uncle Alan (Lotito) got his Eagle Scout award,” said Matthew. “It was important for me to have her there to witness it.”

Hulse, now a freshman at SUNY Poly Technic and a member of Troop 1254, held his Eagle Scout ceremony at Cooperstown Center, where his grandmother resides, this morning.

“I’ve very proud of him,” said Louise. “He’s a wonderful boy.”

Oneonta Honors Our Servicemen and Women

With 2 Eagles Overhead,

Oneonta Honors Veterans

As two eagles circled, Oneonta’s Memorial Day celebration was conducted this morning at the memorial at the end of Veterans’ Memorial Walkway before the start of the parade. American Legion Commander Gary Ballard, top photo, oversees Troop 23 Boy Scouts Giovanni Hromada, Ben Casola, Kaleb Bergeron, Andrew Pierce, Caneb Casey and Noah Miller as they place wreaths at stations marking the different branches of the military. At right, OHS Valedictorian Aben Carrington recites Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address alongside Master of Ceremonies Les Grummons, to the crowds gathered in the park. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

As Burr Truck Opens, 50ft Flag Soars Again

As Burr Truck Opens,

50ft Flag Soars Again

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Burr Truck at 6180 Rt. 23 on Southside in Oneonta this afternoon at the former sight of Flagpole Nissan. Above, Bob Wood, Supervisor of the Town of Oneonta, Karen Lang, Otsego County Chamber, Jody Zakrevsky, Otsego Now, Mayor Gary Herzig, Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber, Mike Burr, Chuck Burr, owners of Burr Truck, Sandy Eighmey, Sidney Federal Credit Union, and Lillian McPhillips, Constituent Services representative, pause for a photo of the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Behind them are members of Boy Scout Troop 23, who were tasked with hoisting the 50’x 20′ American flag up the landmark flagpole. At right, scout leaders David Morell, Paul Van Der Kruk, and Pete Miller salute at the flag rises into the afternoon wind.

“The flag was right in the building!” said Chuck Burr. “I guess the former owners bought it before they left and they left it in there. We figured we would have it fly again to let people know we are here and open for business!”

Chuck Burr, who co-owns the Southside location with his cousin Mike Burr, are third generation owners of Burr Truck, which started in 1967 in Vestal. “We have a lot of customers here and we wanted to be able to service them better.” explained Burr, “We drove by, saw this building and thought ‘we can do something with that.’ One year later, here we are!” They currently offer truck parts for sale, but plan to expand in the next 3-6 months to include truck sales and leasing. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 24

Chicken & Biscuits For The Scouts

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CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER – 5 – 7 p.m. Support the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts program in Morris. Enjoy a delicious dinner or get takeout. Cost, $9/adult. Morris United Methodist Church, 17 Church St., Morris. Call 607-316-8239.

BLOOD DRIVE – 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Give Blood, Save Lives. Edmeston School, 11 North St., Edmeston. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearchList.jsp?zipSponsor=13335

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPT. 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPT. 21

The Life Of Bees

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HONEY BEES – 6:30 p.m. “Insight into the Life of the Honey Bee” by John and Diana Armstrong of Richfield Springs hosted by the Garden Club of Richfield Springs at Lighthouse Fellowship Center, Richfield Springs Bible Church, 19 Church St., Richfield Springs. Call (607)547-5648.

ORAL HISTORY – 7 p.m. Members of the Pittsfield Historical Society present and discuss collecting oral histories. Cooperstown Graduate program ends the night with the oral histories of Hartwick residents. Kinney Memorial Library, Hartwick. Visit www.facebook.com/Kinney-Memorial-Library-826941007399746/

Maple Street Park Celebrates 25 Years

Maple Street Park

Celebrates 25 Years

Holding his newborn son Levi, Brian Arenella tells the story of how, as a 15 year old Boy Scout, helped turn an abandoned lot into the Maple Street Park for his Eagle Scout project. With help from the Oneonta Federated Garden Club and the city, the park has flourished over 25 years and was celebrated with a dedication this afternoon. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 5
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 5

Art and Music In

The City Of The Hills

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FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Take a walk through the City of the Hills Art and Music Festival and the Sidewalk Sale. Main St., Oneonta. www.facebook.com/CANOneonta/

FISHING DERBY – 4-5 p.m. Free “catch and release” fishing competition for children. Bring your own pole, bait/lures, and a clean bucket. Includes refreshments for participants and families. Enter a raffle by the Susquehanna Bass Association. Hodges Pond, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-432-0680 or visit oneonta.ny.us/departments/parks-and-recreation/fishing-derby/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 8

See The Art Of Dance

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DANCE DEMONSTRATION – 10 a.m. Informative demonstration in the art of dance presented by Jillian’s Dance Arts. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. foothillspac.org

ART RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. “Migration-Immigration: A Creative Depiction” opens depicting the arduous and dangerous path that has led many immigrant to the US throughout our history. Features the work of local artists working in water color, acrylics, oils, pen, ink, sculptures, and more. Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. cherrybranchgallery.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 15

‘Abstraction’ At The Smithy

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OPENING RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. The first exhibit of the season, “Abstraction” – emerging images and interpretations. The Smithy, Cooperstown. Info, www.smithyarts.org

SPAGHETTI DINNER – 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a dinner with homemade sauch, sausage and meatballs, bread, salad, drinks, and dessert. Take out available. Support the Boy Scouts. Cooperstown Vets Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, Maria Deysenroth, mariadeysenroth@yahoo.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 6

Festival In The Park

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SPRING FEST – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Features music and events including the Ross Park Zoomobile and a Fishing Derby by Trout Unlimited. Copes Corner Park, on Rte. 51 between Gilbertsville and Mt. Upton. Info, www.townofbutternuts.org/copes-corners-park/

FLOWER SHOW – 5-7 p.m. Opening reception of The Cherry Valley Flower Show on display to June 4. The Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. Info, call (607)264-9530 or email info@cherrybranchgallery.com or visit cherrybranchgallery.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 25

Support The Scouts

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CHICKEN DINNER – 5-7 p.m. Boy and Girl Scouts serve a chicken and biscuit dinner. Price, $9 adult, $5 children. Morris United Methodist Church, 17 Church St., Morris. Info, Harry Graves (607)316-8239

3-D DESIGN WORKSHOP – 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Come tinker with your designs for 3-D printing. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/calendar/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAR. 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAR. 20

Eat Spaghetti, Support Scouts 

14-19eventspageSPAGHETTI DINNER – 5-7 p.m. Homemade dinner to support the Boy Scouts. Cost, $10 adults, $8 children. Cooperstown Vets Club, 60 Main St, Cooperstown. Info, Maria Deysenroth mariadeysenroth@yahoo.com

OPEN PLAY – 3:30-7:30 p.m. Work on your 3-D Print designs. NY Room, Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/calendar/

Scouts, Start Your Engines!

Scouts, Start Your Engines!

Where else can you see Batman racing the guys from Minecraft? At the annual Pinewood Derby, of course! Here, local Boy Scouts cheer as the first cars start down the race track at the this afternoon’s derby at Oneonta’s Greater Plains Elementary School. Forty Scouts competed with their customized cars at this highlight of the Scouting year. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 4

Enjoy Final Day-Long Celebration

Of Coop’s  50th Winter Carnival

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FUN IN THE SNOW! Final day of the 50th anniversary Cooperstown Winter Carnival features snowman building, soup’n’ chili, soccer slushing in Pioneer Park,  the “Fatty Bumppo” bike race ghost tours, wine tasting, a chicken wing competition, the Fire & Ice Bar at The Otesaga, Annie & The Hedonists concert, and the carnival closer.  For full schedule of events, see  www.cooperstownwintercarnival.com/event-schedule

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JAN. 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JAN. 23

Scouts Plan Spaghetti Dinner

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SPAGHETTI DINNER – 5-7 p.m. Enjoy homemade sauce, sausage and meatballs, and more. Take out available. Adults $10, Children 12 and under $8. Support Boy Scout Troop 1254. Cooperstown Vets Club, 60 Main St, Cooperstown.

ART EXHIBIT – “Celestial/Terrestrial” featuring the works of Alexandra Davis and Jill Parisi opens. Runs thru March 17. Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, Fine Arts Gallery, 106 Fine Arts, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine pkwy, Oneonta. Info, www.oneonta.edu/academics/art/gallery/gallery.html

STRESSBUSTERS – 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monthly class giving you the tools for self-care and empowerment. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/calendar/

DRAWING GROUP – 7-9 p.m. Come practice drawing with a live model. $10 donation. To attend call the Cooperstown Art Association, (607)547-9777

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