News of Otsego County

Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.




Shop For The Holidays


HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ‘Tip Toe Through The Holiday’ features items for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day. Includes gifts, decorations, crafts, more. Lunch available. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-6552 or visit

CONTRADANCE – 7:30 p.m. Fun social dance featuring music by Tailwind, caller Hilton Baxter. Arrive at 7:15 for introduction to steps. Admission, $8/adult. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. 607-547-8164 or visit

Children Gather To Decorate Cookies For Santa

Decorating Cookies For Santa

With Grandma Corinne Fish looking over his shoulder, Alex Dowd-Fish, Springfield Center, reaches for more sprinkles for his Christmas cookies for Santa. The cookie-decorating event today at the Springfield Center Library  brought out children from all over to decorate cookies for Santa’s big trip tonight. Needless to say, St. Nick won’t be going hungry tonight, with kids frosting dozens of cookies at this afternoon’s event. (Parker Fish/
Nativities Galore At Calvary Hill

Nativities Galore

At Calvary Hill

Above, Kathy Kartwright, Oneonta, and Fran Reed, West Oneonta, look over the various Nativity scenes on display at Calvary Hill. The show, which continues to grow each year, features scenes from the last 100 years and from around the world. New additions this year include carved wise men from Puerto Rico, right, as well as the recently restored Bresee’s Nativity set that used to be show in their front windows. The Nativities will be on display at Calvary Hill until Thursday, Dec. 21. (Ian Austin/

Shoe Boxes For Seniors Donations Pile Up At Green Earth

Shoe Boxes For Seniors

 Pile Up At Green Earth

Oneonta Middle School volunteers Sarah Lawrence and Ava Nunez put two more packages on the growing pile in the back room of the Green Earth, the drop-off site for the Shoe Boxes for Seniors. Over 177 boxes have been collected with more coming in from OHS students, Oneonta Specialty Services, SUNY students, The Southside Mall, The Working Kitchen, Green Earth and more from throughout the community. Each box will be delivered to a housebound senior in Otsego County during the weekly Meals On Wheels runs starting on Wednesday. Until then, packages can still be dropped off at the Green Earth as late as Monday morning. (Ian Austin/

Christmas Oratorio Performance


CONCERT – 4:30 p.m. Enjoy the Bach Christmas Oratorio as presented by the Voices of Cooperstown. Concert begins 5 p.m. Cost, $25/adult. Christ Church, Episcopal, 46 River St., Cooperstown. Visit

DANCE PARTY – 8 p.m.-Midnight. Enjoy a night of Dancing in the 90s. Enjoy the music, & wear a costume. Cost, $3/costume, $5/no costume. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit


Ceili Dance For Christmas


CHRISTMAS CEILI – 7-9 p.m. Participate in a traditional Irish Dance performed by the Iona Troupe. Tickets, $10/adult, $5/child. Cooperstown Art Association. Call 607-547-9777 or visit

MUSICAL – 7:30-10 p.m. The Orpheus Theater presents “Annie.” Tickets, $20/adult. Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-432-9392 or visit

Royal Chrysler Gives $10,000 Of Christmas Joy To Toys For Tots

Royal Chrysler Gives $10,000

Of Holiday Joy To Toys For Tots

With help from college students, police and Royal Chrystler employees, more than $10,000 worth of toys were donated to Toys for Tots annual toy drive. “Every year, we set an increasing goal,” said manager Rob Howard. “We hope to hit $12,000 next year.” The toys will be distributed to local families. Students, on left, are Austin Hughes, Jaclyn Logotto, Natalie Longo, Caroline Roman, Kate Wood, Karlene Ziegler, Nicole Johnston, and Emma Romeo. Royal Chrystler employees, on right, Amy Williams, Jeremy Hoyt, Tony Ross, Jim Westcott, Scott Pickwick, Brandon Shelly, Lee Bartlett, Erica Utter, Rob Howard, Heather Canahan and Josh Roe. (Ian Austin/

Holiday Open House & Food Drive


OPEN HOUSE – 3-5 p.m. Holiday event featuring baked goods, refreshments, a performance by Gerry Falco, Steve Fabrizio & Friends. Also collecting non-perishable items for the food pantry & Susquehanna Animal Shelter. St. James Manor, 9 St. James Pl., Oneonta. Call 607-436-9974 or visit

MEET & GREET – 3-5 p.m. Congressional Candidate Patrick Ryan presents a brief outline of his positions, followed by Q&A session, followed by a meet&greet with the public. Free, space limited. Village Hall Ballroom, Cooperstown. RSVP, 607-547-7011 or e-mail

Angel Tree Hosts Xmas Party For Kids

Youngsters Make Crafts

For Family’s Presents

Laurie Layman, Cherry Valley, right, and Jackie Graves, Oneonta, left, helps Jaden Lee, Oneonta, front, make a star-shaped yarn ornament at the volunteer with Jail Ministries of Otsego County’s third annual Angel Tree Christmas Party at St. Mary’s in Oneonta this afternoon. The event, for children who have an incarcerated parent, features tables of crafts for youngsters to make for their families, a gift selection table, free mittens and scarves, Bible teachings and holiday cookies. Seventeen local organizations participated. Each family that attended was given a $50 food voucher for a turkey with all the trimmings. (Ian Austin/

Snow Falls as Santa Lights Oneonta Tree

Hundreds Brave Snow As

Santa Lights Oneonta Tree

With Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood to his left, and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig to his right, Santa Claus admires the City of Oneonta’s Christmas Tree just after it was lit this evening in Muller Plaza.  As if scripted in a movie, snow began to fall just as the tree’s lights came on for the very first time.  Christopher Brashear, pictured at right, and the Klipnocky Clangers handbell choir played holiday tunes to help get everyone in the holiday spirit.  After the lighting, Santa occupied his cottage and began hearing youngsters’ Christmas wishes.  (Parker Fish/


Holiday Performance

Of ‘The Nutcracker’


BALLET – 7 p.m. Enjoy a performance of “The Nutcracker” this holiday season. Tickets, $20 general admission. Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-432-6290 or visit

CHRISTMAS DANCE – 7:30-10 p.m. Have a cheery evening with the Doubleday Dancers Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown. Ray Taylor will call, Elma Talyor will cue. Admission, $5/person. Cooperstown Elementary School. Call 607-547-8665.

Santa Rides Into Town

Santa Rides Into Milford

On Charlotte Valley RR

Santa Claus rode into Milford by train at 5 this evening. He was greeted by a large crowd of good boys and girls who wanted a chance to meet St. Nick. The children followed Santa down the street to the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center for hot cocoa and cookies. The children also got the chance to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. (Parker Fish/
Angel Tree Program

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Angel Tree Program

Accepts Contributions 

Celebrate The Spirit Of Christmas!Salvation Army And AllOTSEGO Angel Tree Christmas - Celebrate The Spirit Of Christmas

The AllOTSEGO newspapers, The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, are joining with The Salvation Army to make a joyful Christmas for area families through its Angel Tree Program.

This tradition dates back to 1921 with the creation of The Freeman’s Journal Christmas Fund by Editor & Publisher Rowan D. Spraker Sr. as a way for neighbors to help others enjoy a happy holiday. This week marks the 98th year of this community tradition, partnering this year with The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army has gathered Christmas wish lists grouped by family which can be seen below.

Embrace one individual or an entire family. Every gift is appreciated. Shop by yourself or with friends and colleagues. The more the merrier! Gifts should be both new and unwrapped (price tags removed please), and received no later than Dec. 5 (to allow the elves time for wrapping and loading). Gifts may be dropped off at the newspaper offices at 21 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown, or at the Salvation Army Chapel, 25 River St., Oneonta.

  • Here are the items that are needed (crossed out families and individuals have found a benefactor):
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