HOLIDAY FUN – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Begin the day with Home for the Holidays Parade down Main St., followed by 3rd annual Gingerbread Jubilee, 2nd annual Festival of Trees, Community Cookie Swap 11:30-3, photo opportunity with Anna & Elsa of Arendelle in Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-432-2941 or visit www.facebook.com/DestinationOneonta/
Family and friends of those who have passed away gathered at Catskill Area Hospice in Oneonta this afternoon to remember loved ones whose names were written on ornaments decorating trees along River Street Extension as part of the annual Tree of Lights event. Above, Joan Shackleton, Oneonta, shows her granddaughter Allie Bruno, Albany, the ornament bearing the name of late husband Raymond Shackleton. At right, Sharon Wheeler, Oneonta, takes a photo of the ornament bearing the name of her late husband Rev. Jim Wheeler, who passed in 2015. Following remarks by President/CEO Dan Ayers, Hospice Chaplain Bruce Helstrom, board chair Connie Jastremski and others, the trees were lit as the crowd sang “Peace on Earth.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Fans are already streaming into the Sixth Ward Booster Club field to sample goodies at the food truck festival and claim their spot for tonight’s ZZ Top concert to benefit Catskill Area Hospice. Above, Bob Deeb, Franklin, gets his tickets at the gate from event volunteer Craig Gelbsman and Ellen Shufelt, both of Oneonta, before entering the event area. At right, Emily and Sam Ackerman show off their salt and vinegar fries and “sin burger” from one of the many food trucks on site. Many craft brews from the area are also on site in the tasting tent. The evening’s events include a food demonstration from BBQ Pitmaster Myron Mixon, Magic by Jim Snack, and music by The Summit before ZZ Top hits the stage at 9 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA– With new offices, grief counseling, new nurses and early intervention, after just one year at Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, Dan Ayres is already looking to steer the at-home care provider toward new heights.
“We currently serve roughly 120 patients across Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties, but really, we’d like to reach at least 130 to 140 patients,” said Ayres.
Succeeding 25 year president and CEO Lola Rathbone, Ayres took over the position in Jan. 2017. Ayres first order of business was to create one central location for Catskill Area Hospice to operate out of.