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Cooperstown

Supermarkets Assure: There’s Plenty Of Food

Supermarkets Assure:

There’s Plenty Of Food

Buy Only What You Need, Shoppers Advised

A week ago today, the meat section was pretty much picked clean at the Cooperstown Price Chopper. Since, the situation has stabilized. If you want more choice, get there earlier. (Photo contributed)

By ELIZABETH COOPER • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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First it was toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

Then chicken.

Then pasta.

Our usually full supermarkets now feature empty shelves where products we rely on used to be.

Tops, Price Chopper and Hannaford are all struggling to keep up with unprecedented demand as consumers stock up in the face of the COVID-19 virus crisis, but that doesn’t mean the food supply is in jeopardy.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, DECEMBER 23

Save A Life This Holiday Season

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BLOOD DRIVE – 1 – 6 p.m. Give Blood, save a life with American Red Cross. Walk-ins welcome. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547 2800 or visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=13326

BLOOD DRIVE – 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. Give Blood, save a life with American Red Cross. Walk-ins welcome. Community Center, Walnut St., Richfield Springs. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=13326

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

Fun Ugly Sweater Holiday Run

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HOLIDAY RUN – 10 a.m. Race through Cooperstown in your ugliest holiday sweater. Runners receive free coffee/hot chocolate upon completion. Registration 8:30 – 9:30. Cost, $25/individual. Start at Santa’s house, Pioneer Park, Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com/events/2019-rockin-around-cooperstown-ugly-sweater-runwalk/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

Fun Group Dance For The Holidays

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – From The Salvation Army and The Freeman’s Journal thank you to all the sponsors who have made this Christmas a little brighter this year for our families in need!

CONTRADANCE – 7:30 p.m. Fun group dance to music by Tailwind with caller Robby Poulette. 1st Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. 607-547-8164 or visit otsegodancesociety.weebly.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

Holiday Market Kick-Off Event

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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 KICK-OFF – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Enjoy historic village, holiday spirit. Includes Shoppers Rally & Raffle, artisan demos, ornament making, refreshments, tree lighting, more. Many shops participating. 192 Main St., Sharon Springs. Visit www.facebook.com/themostwonderfultimeoftheyearsharonsprings/

Mr. & Mrs. Claus Arrive In Renovated Pioneer Park

Mr. & Mrs. Claus Arrive

In Renovated Pioneer Park

Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, right, and the rest of the holiday crowd look in anticipation towards the Christmas tree which Santa lit with a wave of his hand this evening in Cooperstown. Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrived via horse drawn carriage at their second home in a newly renovated Pioneer Park after being led in by the Cooperstown Fire Department, The Hill City Snow Queen, members of the Cooperstown Equestrian team and the High school band. Their cottage now sits on a small raised area while small pathways built into the bricks helps with the flow of visitors. After greeting the crowd the Claus’ settled in and began hearing the Christmas wishes of the first children of the season.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Celebrate Thanksgiving On The Farm

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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.

THANKSGIVING – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walk off holiday meal on scenic stroll through historic village with your loved ones. Admission by donation. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24

Decorate Santa’s Cottage, Main Street

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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.

DECORATION – 2 p.m. Help decorate Santa’s cottage, village lamp poles for the holidays. E-mail to reserve a pole. Decorations provided, bring gloves/ladders if available. Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. cooptownchristmas@gmail.com

Labor, Dairy & Trade Top Agriculture Concerns

COMMISSIONER AT FARMERS’ MUSEUM

Top Agriculture Concerns:

Labor, Dairy, Trade, Ball Says

Labor, dairy and trade are his biggest concerns, Richard Ball, state Ag & Markets commissioner, told The Farmers’ Museum sixth annual Celebration of Our Agricultural Community this morning in the Louis C. Jones Center.  “In the old days, farmers only had to think about their cows and their towns,” said Ball.  “Now, they have to consider the value of our currency, what is China doing, what is happening in Washington, or if New Zealand had a good year. Trade effects our local farmers now more than ever.” He urged farmers to make themselves and their concerns known to their legislators, because representation of farmers has been on the decline. “They need to know who you are and that you are involved in agriculture.”  Keynote speaker Dr. Jason Evans, inset right,  SUNY Cobleskill, described farmers’ adoption of new technologies: “When industry is worried about not having enough labor, they mechanize. Agriculture adapts faster than any other area to advancing technology. We need to get properly scaled technological advancements to our small and medium farms.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com

Pumpkins Aglow At Cooperstown Village Hall

Pumpkins Aglow On

Village Hall’s Steps

Coopertown’s Frank Panzarella’s puts the finishing touches on his “Puking Pumpkin” at 14th annual Pumpkin Glow this evening on the Village Hall steps, organized by the Cooperstown Art Association. The event encourages locals to bring their own jack-o-lanterns to the Village Hall for an evening of treats, ghost stories and a radiant display of pumpkins. (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27

Costumed 5K Through Cooperstown

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COOP LOOP – 1 p.m. 19th annual 5k & 10k race through streets of Cooperstown. Registration 11:30-12:30 a.m. Cost, $30/adult for 5k, $35/adult for 10K, day of race. Win prizes for costumes with categories from scariest, to funniest, to best. Starts, ends at Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com/events/2019-coop-loop-5k-10k-race/

Small Scale,  Big Reality

OCCA LEADS ON-EARTH TOUR

Small Solar System

Shows Big Realities

Kathryn Demby, her grandson, Lukas Dolan, 10, of Worcester; Cristina Hansen, adjunct lecturer for SUNY Oneonta’s physics lab; her husband, Erik Stengler, professor in CGP’s Science Museum Studies Track; Jim Hill, OCCA vice president, and far right, Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN  – They might not look like space explorers, but the seven who met Saturday morning at the railroad tracks were just that.

Bill Ralston led a tour of the Earth’s solar system, from the sun to Pluto, by using common objects to represent the planets and walking specific numbers of paces between them to represent actual distances between them.

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