CHERRY VALLEY – Stephen Wyatt Tompkins, 44, who had been fighting Cystic Fibrosis since infancy, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at New York Presbyterian Hospital with loving family by his side.
Born in Cooperstown, Oct. 28, 1974, Stephen’s Cystic Fibrosis led to other challenges. He was a 10+ year survivor of a double lung transplant received at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He passed away after a hard fought battle with cancer.
Stephen graduated from Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School in 1995. He attended the RIT National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He was most recently employed by the Town of Middlefield Highway Department.
MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER – 6 – 8 p.m. Celebrate wonderful life of Dr. Gahleb with wife Jill, Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Cost, $100/person includes 2 drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction. RSVP by 9/20. Veranda, The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 607-547-8111 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/
BENEFIT 5K/MILE – 9 a.m. Run/walk in Mindful Mile & Fight Hunger 5K to benefit the Riverside Back Pack Program, providing Oneonta school children food over the weekend. Registration from 8-8:45 a.m. Cost day-of, $25 for 5K, $15 for Mile. Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-3337 or visit oneonta.sodexomyway.com/explore/mindful_mile
KITE FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All day outdoor kite fly for all. Includes Rev Riders Team Performances, Fighter Kite Battles, more. Admission, $5/adult. Campbell Road, Cherry Valley. 607-264-3080 or visit www.facebook.com/cherryvalleyartworks/
BLOCK PARTY – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Benefit for Family Resource Network features free hot dogs, vendors, children’s activities, opportunity to dunk Pastor Paul, 3 tries/$1, Noon – 12:30 p.m. Bring friends, meet more. Atonement Lutheran Church parking lot, 1 Center St., Oneonta. 607-432-6852.
BOOK SIGNING – 5 – 7 p.m. Reading of “Riko: Seduction of an Artist” a biography of a Czech artist from the ‘30s thru the ‘80s. Written by Denise B. Dailey. Signing to follow. The Green Toad Book Store, 198 Main St., Oneonta. 607-433-8898 or visit www.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/
HERO RUN/WALK – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Memorial run/walk for all the heroes who lost their lives on 9/11/01 and honoring the heroes who still answer the call. Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company., 832 Co. Hwy. 26, Fly Creek. Visit hero5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=6181
RODEO – 4 – 11 p.m. Support your hometown baseball team at Saturday Night Showdown. Pre-rodeo features games, food, music. Rodeo kicks off at 7, followed at 9 by party with music, cash bar, snacks. Tickets, $20/adult. Available at SFCU locations, ISD, The Shipping Room, or Online. Oneonta Outlaws, Damaschke Field, 15 James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. 607-432-6326 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontaoutlawsbaseball/
MUSIC FESTIVAL – 7:30 p.m. Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee, Piano, present selections by Mozart, Debussy, Stravinsky, Granados, others. Includes works for solo piano, four-hand piano. Cost, $25 general admission. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 877-666-7421 or visit www.cooperstownmusicfest.org
RENAISSANCE FAIR – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Medieval Ren fair features crafters, vendors, games for kids & adults, auctions, performances by variety of musical groups. All welcome to come in period costume. Windfall Dutch barn, 2009 Clinton Road, Cherry Valley. 518-993-2239 or visit www.windfalldutchbarn.com/renaissance-fair.html
CHERRY VALLEY – Virginia Mae (Oliver) Ethington, 95, who rose from a one-room schoolhouse to Syracuse University and a nursing career, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Centers Health Care in Cooperstown.
Born on Feb. 13, 1923, in Summit, she was the daughter of James and Hilda (Sperbeck) Oliver.
COOPERSTOWN – Dana Spiotta, whose novel “Eat the Document” was a National Book Award finalist while she was co-proprietor the Rose & Kettle restaurant in Cherry Valley, will be back in Otsego County at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, to give a talk at the Village Library of Cooperstown.
Spiotta is the author of three other novels, “Innocents and Others” (2016), winner of the St. Francis College Literary Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; “Stone Arabia” (2011), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and her first, “Lightning Field” (2001).
CHERRY VALLEY – A memorial service for Thomas Krietsch will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, followed by a gathering of family and friends at Sherman’s Tavery, The Hotel Pratt, Cooperstown.