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Christmas

Add a chicken in a cherry tree! Life Sketches by Terry Berkson

Add a chicken in a cherry tree!
Life Sketches by Terry Berkson

Late one afternoon several Christmases ago at the height of a driving snowstorm, I left my typewriter and looked out the kitchen window. There was a large bird roosting in our cherry tree. It wasn’t a crow or a pigeon or a morning dove. I knew those Brooklyn birds well. This was something much bigger.
The tree stood at the back of the yard against the fence, which was about fifty feet from the house. With the failing light and blowing snow, it was difficult to make out just what kind of bird it was. I didn’t have binoculars, but someone had once left a pair of pearl-covered opera glasses in my father’s taxi, and with those I could make out that the big bird in the tree looked like a chicken, one with those dark black and gray feathers.

My pregnant wife hadn’t talked to me for two days. Something I said or did had aroused her temper. It looked like it was going to be a heavy Christmas. I called, “Hey Alice, there’s a chicken in our cherry tree!”

“Yeah, sure,” she said from the next room. “And a partridge in our pear.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Protect The People Around You, Get Vaccinated 12-29-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29

Protect The People
Around You, Get Vaccinated

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VACCINE CLINIC – 2 – 7 p.m. Basset to offer chance to receive COVID-19 vaccination (includes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shots of Pfizer, Moderna), the flu shot for this year, and the pediatric Pfizer vaccination. Free, open to the public, walk-ins welcome. Please bring vaccination & prescription cards. FoxCare Center, 1 FoxCare Dr., Oneonta. Visit www.bassett.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Donate to Save A Life 12-27-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28

Donate to Save A Life

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BLOOD DRIVE – Noon – 5 p.m. Quality Inn, 5206 St. Hwy. 23, Oneonta. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS – 5 – 10 p.m. Drive through a winter wonderland featuring light displays created by local businesses, individuals, and organizations. Admission is Free. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/FNOneonta

News from the Noteworthy: Tell them you’re grateful

News from the Noteworthy:
Tell them you’re grateful

With Christmas only two days away, I am filled with thoughts of family, friendship, and community. But, what is family? How do we define community? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a family is “a social group made up of parents and their children,” and a community is “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.” While these definitions are technically correct, what they fail to include is the joy, the pain, the triumph, the fear, the frustration, and the excitement that we share with the people who we consider our family. Or the many
families and family members who we choose.

Lucky pooches spend a Sunday with kids as Susquehanna SPCA, RIF join forces
Matteo Basile, top left, reads “One Starry Night” to Petunia while Declan Artale keeps her calm. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego.com)

Lucky pooches spend a Sunday with kids
as Susquehanna SPCA, RIF join forces

By Kevin Limiti

It was organized chaos at the Susquehanna SPCA (SQSPCA) animal shelter on Sunday as children came to read Christmas stories to the dogs in the kennels.

Children hung stockings and ornaments on the dog homes as the excitable canines vied for their attention. The kids excitedly bounced around from dog to dog, all as part of an effort to socialize the furry friends while simultaneously helping the children with their reading skills.

Three young boys climbed right inside the kennels with the dogs to read the stories. Amber the bulldog cuddled up next to Vincent Moscatello, 9, as he read “All the Colors of Christmas” to her. Matteo Basile, 9, read “One Starry Night” to Petunia, a heavyset bulldog, while Declan Artale, 9, sat inside the kennel to pet her. The bulldogs seemed to relax and settle into the stories.

State Police: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

State Police: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Fair warning for Christmas week drivers – the New York State Police plan to step up enforcement to crack down on impaired and reckless driving during the upcoming busy season.

It’s a part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative running Friday, December 17 through New Year’s Day. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during the two-week campaign.

New Habitat lumber comes from Rocky’s old habitat
Rocky, the saw-whet owl transported accidentally to midtown Manhattan in November 2020, then purposefully to a Saugerties wildlife refuge, which released the owl into the wild.

New Habitat lumber comes from Rocky’s old habitat

Perhaps no one knows Rocky’s exact location these days, but at least his tree has come home.

Of course you remember the little bird who last year at this time unwittingly hitched a ride from his home in a tree in West Oneonta all the way to Manhattan’s Rockefeller Plaza, where that same tree stood to herald the holiday season in Midtown. Fans quickly dubbed the little guy “Rocky” as a result, and he attracted plenty of attention from visitors, media, and at least a dozen children’s book authors.

His temporary celebrity status affirmed, Rocky made it back into the wild through the good work of Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, New York. Ravensbeard did not attach a tracking device to the owl and, when they set Rocky free, Rocky was free forever.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: ‘A Christmas Carol’ Returns to the stage at The Farmers’ Museum 12-16-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16

‘A Christmas Carol’ Returns to
the stage at The Farmers’ Museum

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CHRISTMAS CAROL – 7 – 9 p.m. Enjoy the annual performance of Christmas classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ following the journey of Ebenezer Scrooge one Christmas Eve to learn the error of his greedy ways and discover the meaning of Christmas. Masks, proof of vaccination required. Cost, $15/adult. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/event/charles-dickens-a-christmas-carol/2021-12-16/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Holiday Stories with the Springfield Library 12-15-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15

Holiday Stories with
the Springfield Library

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SPRINGFIELD READS – 4:30 p.m. Springfield community members present stories about Christmas, Hanukkah, and more winter celebrations for the young people of Springfield. In collaboration with Hyde Hall. Springfield Library, 129 Co. Rd. 29A, Springfield Center. 315-858-5802 or visit libraries.4cls.org/springfield/

Readers give Christmas to families in need for the 100th year

Readers give Christmas
to families in need
for the 100th year

L to Right, Larissa Ryan, The Freeman’s Journal and Salvation Army representatives Captain Selah Bender, Kyanne Clark and Kenny Clark.

For 100 years now, The Freeman’s Journal has worked with the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree initiative to provide gifts for families less fortunate. This year the newspaper sponsored 13 families, and because of the generosity of our readers, we were able to fill the back of the van with gifts. Many thanks to our readers and our communities, and many thanks to the Salvation Army for doing this event year after year.

 

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