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Cat-tastic Opportunity: Shelter Filled With New Pets

Cat-Tastic Opportunity!

Shelter Filled With New Pets

Peanut Butter Cup, resting under a towel, is one of many cats available for adoption at the Susquehanna SCPA.

The Susquehanna SPCA is overflowing with kittens, according to a recent media release.

“Kitten season is in full swing,” the release said. “Recently, we have had an influx of cats and kittens of all ages that need our help.”

The spring season often brings with it batches of new kittens, according to the release.

“Just before spring, unspayed cats often go into heat. Approximately 60 days later, they begin giving birth to litters of kittens. Between the months of March and October, animal shelters like the SQSPCA become overwhelmed with mother cats with their kittens and even orphaned kittens that need care around the clock. This is what we call kitten season.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Collection For Spring Cleaning Art Bazaar 02-15-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15

CAA Seeks Art Donations

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PRESIDENTS DAY!

DONATIONS – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Weekdays. Check your closets for gently used artworks to donate to the CAA Spring Cleaning Bazaar. Support the local art association, clear some space at home. Drop off weekdays through March 5. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: ‘Diversity In The Dugout’ With Baseball HoF 02-11-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11

‘Diversity In The Dugout’

With Baseball HoF

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VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP – 1:30 p.m. ‘Cultural Diversity: Diversity In The Dugout’ presentation on how the national pastime has brought together players and fans from all walks of life for the love of the sport. Free, registration required. Presented by Baseball Hall of Fame. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-field-trip-Cultural-Diversity-2021?date=0

LEVINE: Now’s Time To Invest In County
LETTER from HARRY LEVINE

Now’s Time To Invest In County

Harry Levine is president of the Community Foundation of Otsego County.

We have only one week left in 2020, a remarkable year that hit us with surprises and painful disease. We lost jobs, got sick, and even died due to COVID-19.

But the year had its bright spots too.

One of them was the extraordinary efforts by all the front-line medical professionals and other essential workers who risked their own health to serve us.

Another is the amazing generosity that poured out from members of our community to help those in need.

A third was the extraordinary efforts of our nonprofit sector that rose to meet many challenges with fewer resources.

As the year draws to a close, there are a few days remaining when you might consider gifts to those very nonprofits which performed so well for us all.

Our tax policy rewards those who make charitable donations by allowing donors to reduce their taxable income and save on taxes.

But there is a hard deadline of Dec. 31 for taking advantage of some good ideas for 2020.

Here are a few of those ideas:

• Taxpayers who do not itemize deductions are entitled to reduce their taxable income by up to $300 by simply making gifts before the end of the year to qualified charities.

• If you do itemize your deductions and want to donate at least $10,000 but are not yet ready to decide which organizations you want to support, you can establish a donor-advised fund and benefit from the tax deduction this year, while deciding later how to allocate your gift.

• Those with IRAs who are at least 70½ can make gifts to charities (up to $100,000) directly from an IRA and the distribution comes out tax-free instead of taxable. Be careful, however, as 2020 is a year in which there is no required minimum distribution and the age for starting RMDs has been extended to 72.

• For 2020 only (thanks to the CARES Act), donors are permitted to deduct charitable gifts equal to 100 percent of their adjusted gross income (compared to the usual 60 percent for cash gifts and 30 percent for gifts of appreciated stock).

• Speaking of appreciated stock, this week may be a good time to donate highly appreciated stock (owned for at least one year) and save having to pay capital gains tax. But you will need to get any transfer in motion quickly as the year is running to its end.

• A charitable gift annuity is another way to generate a tax deduction in 2020 while securing a fixed annual income. At death, the funds in the annuity go to your designated charity. The charitable deduction is relatively high right now as interest rates used to calculate the amount of the deduction are very low.

Please consult your own tax advisers for specifics on these ideas.

Regardless of whether tax considerations are important to you, this is a great time to show your appreciation for those nonprofits in our community that work tirelessly to help us and our neighbors.

Donating today and supporting those organizations would be a very nice way to say thanks for being there for us.

The Community Foundation of Otsego County is here to help you invest in your community. For additional information, contact us a contact@cfotsego.org.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Winter Art At Arkell Museum 12-15-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15

Winter Art At Arkell Museum

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ART TALK – 2 p.m. ‘Winter in the Arkell Museum Permanent Collection’ discussion with curator Mary Alexander. Learn how winter is portrayed in works by Walter Launt Palmer, Edward Redfield, many others in permanent collection. Free Zoom conference. Presented by Arkell Museum. 518-673-2314 ext. 113 or visit www.arkellmuseum.org/events-calendar

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 100th year of this community tradition, partnering 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. 10 (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):
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 2

Design, Print 3-D Valentine’s Gift

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Check back at 5 p.m. for tomorrow’s events.

3-D PRINTING – 10-11:30 a.m. Design a keepsake heart box for someone special. Fee based on weight Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/calendar/

YPN NETWORKING – 6-8 p.m. Come meet young professionals from the Otsego area. The topic for this evening is community involvement. The Beverage Exchange, 73 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/YoungProfessionalsNetworkYPN/

FUNDRAISER – 7 p.m. Live music will be performed. The public may donate for the opportunity to perform. Donations go to the Cooperstown Lion’s Club fund to support area residents to lessen financial stress. Mel’s at 22, Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/Melsat22/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, DEC. 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, DEC. 12

This Christmas, Support The Arts

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We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.

HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE – 4-6 p.m. Opening reception showcasing The Smithy Clay Studio Artists & Visiting Ceramicists. The Smithy, 1 Otsego Court, Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-8671 or visit www.smithyarts.org

MUSIC – 6-11 p.m. Featuring Vinnie Caruna. Hunt Union Waterfront, 108 Ravine Pkwy, Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/The-Music-Industry-Club-146119779808/

 

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 4

Signs Of The Season

Everywhere In County

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To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring quality, handmade crafts by local and regional crafters. Free admission. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine pkwy, Oneonta.

FESTIVAL OF TREES – Noon-4 p.m. Holiday Tree and Gift Raffles. Allso collecting Toys for Tots and non-perishable food donations. Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 Co. Hwy. 31, Cooperstown. Info, www.friendsofglimmerglass.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 3

Run Of The Ugly Sweaters

At 3 p.m. In Cooperstown

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To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

UGLY SWEATER RUN – There’s still time to take in the Ugly Sweater Run:  It departs at 3 p.m. from Pioneer Park in downtown Cooperstown.  (The listing incorrectly reported 1:30 p.m.)  Info, clarksportscenter.com/events/rockin-around-cooperstown-ugly-sweater-run-walk/index.php

CONCERT – 7 p.m. Juice Newton performs her greatest hits. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St. Oneonta. Info, foothillspac.org  List to “Angel in the Morning.”

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. featuring quality, handmade crafts by local and regional crafters. Free admission. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine pkwy, Oneonta.

PTA HOLIDAY BREAKFAST/MARKET – 8 a.m.-Noon Cooperstown Elementary School,  21 Walnut St, Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30

In Case Of Emergency,

Donate Blood

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To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

BLOOD DRIVE – 12:30-6:30 p.m. Bassett Hall Auditorium, 1 Atwell Rd, Cooperstown. To make an appointment visit www.redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-733-2767, or call the clinical lab office (607)547-3701. Walk-ins are welcome.

GIFT SALE – 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church Chapel, Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Info, Mary Dunkle mdunkle@stny.rr.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOV. 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOV. 25

1840s Thanksgiving

At Farmers’ Museum

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To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

THANKSGIVING AT THE FARM – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn about Thanksgiving Traditions of the 1840s. The Farmers’ Museum, 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, farmersmuseum.org/Thanksgiving-at-the-Farm

THANKSGIVING BOOK SALE – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 30% for books in 6 local bookshops. Hobart Book Village, Main St., St. Rte. 10, Hobart. Info, www.hobartbookvillage.com

BOOK SIGNING – 1-4 p.m. Local mystery/thriller author Adam Cornell signing his latest book “Hollow Pointe.” Mysteries and More, 688 Main Street, Hobart. Info, www.hobartbookvillage.com/mysteries–more.html

SANTA TRAIN – 2-4:30 p.m. Afternoon train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus and their helpers with holiday music, goodies and refreshments. Dress. Tickets $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 for children (3-12), under 3 free. Weekends through Dec. 17., reservations required, seating limited. Milford Depot, 136 East Main Street, Milford. Info, reservations, (607) 432-2429 or visit www.lrhs.com.

COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 5:30 p.m. Santa arrives at his Christmas Cottage in Pioneer Park, Cooperstown.

FAMILY FLOAT NIGHT – 6:45-7:30 p.m. Family fun in YMCA pool Members free, family $18, youth $5. Oneonta Family YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, oneontaymca.org

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