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Chuck D’Imperio

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Holiday Market In

Heated Green House

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

HOLIDAY MARKET – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find holiday gifts from 50+ vendors selling textiles, herbal products, jewelry, wreaths, more in heated greenhouse. Includes food/wine tasting, hot apple cider donuts, pies more. Sunnycrest Orchards, 7869 St. Rt. 10, Sharon Springs. 518-284-2256 or visit www.sunnycrestorchards.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15

Chuck D’Imperio Presents

 ‘Taste Of New York’ Stories

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UPSTATE STORIES – 1:30 p.m. Local radio host Chuck D’Imperio will be sharing stories from best selling book “A Taste of Upstate New York,” which features 40 food favorites from across the upstate. Free, public welcome. St. James Manor, 9 St. James Place, Oneonta. 607-436-9974 or visit www.stjamesmanor.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6

Pit Run Through Oneonta

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PIT RUN – 10:45 a.m. Run or walk 6.2 miles through scenic Oneonta, passing through SUNY Oneonta campus, ending at Neahwa Park. Also includes 5k race, 2 mile stroll, or kids fun run. In memory of Ricky J. “Pit” Parisian NYS Police Investigator killed in Line of Duty. Start at Main Street Bridge, Oneonta. 607-432-8068 or visit pitrun.org

COLUMN: Of Many Oneonta Greats, Joe Left A Big Footprint

IN APPRECIATION • Joe Campbell Sr.

Of Many Oneonta Greats,

Joe  Left A Big Footprint

Editor’s Note: “Big Chuck” D’Imperio, radio personality and author, assess Joe Campbell’s impact on Oneonta at the “Voice of Oneonta’s” memorial service Saturday.  This is an excerpt.

By CHUCK D’IMPERIO • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

When I joined WDOS in 1989 I was a fairly young guy, not even 40-years-old yet.

And the station was filled with young people, from sales to administrative to on-air and to management. But there were two old guys at the station that many of us will never forget. One of them was Bob Whittemore, the crusty cigar chewing sports guy who talked a mile a minute and knew many of the great baseball players on a first name basis.

Chuck D’Imperio recalls the guidance he was provided as fledgling broadcaster. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

And the other “old guy” was Joe Campbell. Having been around both of these legendary figures in radio, and me having never spent a minute in a broadcast booth, well, let’s just say that I learned at the feet of giants.

Joe Campbell was a one-of-a kind in this or any other community of its size.

Everybody knew Joe, liked him, respected him and enjoyed his many talents. I remember when I started out more than 30 years ago I was nervous and not very confident of really what to do. I would stand in the studio behind Joe and watch him through the glass partition.

He was definitely old school, that is for sure. He cupped his ear when he spoke, he had a story about every singer, song and big band that he played and he had a magical rapport with all of his listeners. I watched Joe and learned from him. We all did.

Joe was one of the last true gentlemen. I never knew Joe to wear a hat, but if he did he would certainly have tipped it when greeting a lady on the street. His handshake was hearty, his laugh was infectious and his pure joy for the art of broadcasting was unlike I have ever seen before or since.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 24

Tour The World In Music

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CONCERT – 3 p.m. Oneonta Community Concert Band presents a World Tour in Music featuring the “Star Spangled Banner,” “King Cotton March,” “Marche des Parachutists Belges,” “Amparito Roca,” more. Wilber Park, Oneonta. Call 607-437-0152.

GRADUATION – 1:30 p.m. CCS Seniors receive their diplomas. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOV. 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOV. 12

Final Glimmerglass Film Day:

More Movies, Wrap-Up Party

MORE FILM FESTIVAL:  The Wrap Party and Live Auction  at the of the fifth annual Glimmerglass Film Days will take place on Sunday at 7:30 pm at the Cooperstown Distillery. Enjoy Turkish mezza prepared by the Empire House, talk about your favorite films, and take part in a live auction.  But there are plenty of films left view; click here for Sunday’s schedule.

MUSICAL – 2 p.m. CCS presents “Little Women” about Jo March and her 3 sisters during the Civil War as they grow up. Cooperstown High school Auditorium. Call 607.547.8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org/4460-2/#.WfjUrltSyUk

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JUNE 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JUNE 6

Upstate Uncovered’

With Chuck D’Imperio

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BOOK READING & SIGNING – 5-7 p.m. Featuring acclaimed local radio host and and Author Chuck D’Imperio with his newest book “Upstate Uncovered.” The Green Toad Bookstore, 198 Main St., Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/

HOME GAME – 7 p.m. The Oneonta Outlaws vs. Saugerties Stallions. Damaschke Field, Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaoutlaws.com/teams/default.asp?u=ONEONTAOUTLAWS&s=baseball&p=home

MERCURY HITS 63 AT SANTA ARRIVES

ONEONTA YULE TURNOUT Y-UGE

MERCURY HITS 63

AT SANTA ARRIVES

The balmy weather must have brought out close to a record crowd, and indeed a roar went up on Main Street, Oneonta, as Santa Claus arrived for the season this morning. Halfway through the calvalcade, emcee Chuck D'Imperio announced the temperature had just reached 63. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.come)
The balmy weather must have brought out close to a record crowd, and indeed a roar went up on Main Street, Oneonta, as Santa Claus arrived for the season this morning, the culmination of the City of the Hills’ annual Santa Parade. Halfway through the cavalcade, emcee Chuck D’Imperio announced the temperature had just reached 63.  The next big holiday event in Oneonta is the tree lighting and opening of Santa’s Cottage n Muller Plaza, on Thursday, Dec. 1.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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GOHS Honors Chuck D’Imperio With 20th Albert Morris Award

GOHS Honors Chuck D’Imperio

With 20th Albert Morris Award

Chuck D'Imperio, left, author of seven books on Upstate history and WDOS-FM host, receives the 20th Albert E. Morris Award for contributions to local history from Bob Brzozowski, executive director Greater Oneonta Historical Society, at a reception at the Oneonta History Center. In his remarks, D'Imperio recounted the close race between the Republican Morris, the city's first mayor, and Democrat George Gibbs. After a campaign that featured huge rallies and torch-light parade, Morris eked out a two-vote victory, "or I would be receiving the George Gibbs Award." Other recipients include Norma Hutman, longtime historical society president; Swart-Wilcox House mainstay Helen Reese, former Mayor "Big Jim" Lettis, Railroad Historian Jim Loudon, former Mayor Sam Nader and railroad buff Tony Mongillo, whose railroad lithographs will be features in a show that will open Feb. 1. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Chuck D’Imperio, left, author of seven books on Upstate history and WDOS-AM host, receives the 20th Albert E. Morris Award for contributions to local history from Bob Brzozowski, executive director Greater Oneonta Historical Society, at a reception at the Oneonta History Center this afternoon. In his remarks, D’Imperio recounted the close race in 1908 between the Republican Morris, the city’s first mayor, and Democrat George Gibbs. After a campaign that featured huge rallies and torch-light parades, Morris eked out a two-vote victory, “or I would be receiving the George Gibbs Award,” the honoree said.  Other recipients over the years include Norma Hutman, longtime historical society president; Swart-Wilcox House mainstay Helen Reese, former Mayor “Big Jim” Lettis, Railroad Historian Jim Loudon, longtime GOHS Board Member Angie Neilsen, former Mayor Sam Nader and railroad buff Tony Mongillo, whose railroad lithographs will be features in a show that will open Feb. 1. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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