News of Otsego County


Glimmerglass Festival Guild Contributes $25,000

Glimmerglass Festival Guild
Contributes $25,000

Robert Ainsley, Laura Tansey Wetzel

The Glimmerglass Festival Guild held its Annual Meeting on September 19 at the Farm Credit East, where members of the volunteer organization voted to donate $25,000 to The Glimmerglass Festival, the summer opera and musical theater company known for its innovative productions.

Through volunteer services, community engagement and educational programs, the Guild provides both acts of service and financial support for the world-renowned company. The Guild raises money through the annual gala in August at The Otesaga.

Musket Donations Find Home At Greater Oneonta Historical Society

Musket Donations Find Home At
Greater Oneonta Historical Society

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Fred Hickein signs his heirloom muskets over to the Greater Oneonta Historical Society on Wednesday, April 21, as his wife, Eleanor, and from left, Wayne Gregory, Terry Harkenreader and George Sluti, from Oneonta American Legion Post 259, look on.

Fred Hickein wanted to make sure his heirloom muskets stayed in good hands, so the 93-year-old Oneonta resident made a major donation to the Greater Historical Society of Oneonta on Wednesday, April 21.

Hickein and his wife, Eleanor, and several of his colleagues from the Oneonta American Legion Post 259, presented GOHS with two family treasures Wednesday,: an English smooth bore rifle, circa 1800, which Hickein believes was brought to the area by an ancestor of his, Solomon Yager; and a Civil War training musket owned and used by another relative, Edward Brewer.

An Oneonta High School and Hartwick College graduate and a Navy veteran, who served in both World War II and Korea, although never overseas or at sea, Hickein said he wanted the heirlooms to be in good hands and he trusted GOHS to honor his family’s history.

“I wanted to do it before I died,” he said. “I wanted to make sure they were in a good place.”

GOHS Executive Director Marcela Micucci said the group’s history center at 181 Main St. will soon have a permanent display and it will include one or both of the musket donations.

LaCHANCE: Rotary Helps Fight Social Isolation

Rotary Helps Fight Social Isolation

Rotarians Katherine Dina, right, and Cathy Raddatz, left, flank the first ultrafine air filter donated by Cooperstown Rotary to the village’s Senior Community Center. Others, in back, from left, are Bev Hence, Rae Consigli, Christine McNaughton, Patricia Dilorenzo, Betty McNeil and Marti Jax. Front, from left, are Sue Straub, Enid Hinkes, Carole Lachance and Linda (Jim Kevlin/

To the Editor:

Social isolation among seniors is a reality that has become an even greater concern since the onset of COVID-19.

To minimize its effects on our older population, Cooperstown Senior Community Center, CSCC, took full advantage of the sunshine and warm temperatures summer and early autumn provided.

Seniors, living in and outside of Cooperstown, have been gathering 1 – 3 p.m. Thursdays since the end of July on the lawn and parking lot of St. Mary’s at 31 Elm St.

Hand sanitizing, mask wearing and maintaining distance while outdoors provided the safe and healthy social environment much needed by seniors during this time of uncertainty.

Now thanks to the warm generosity of the Rotary Club of Cooperstown, the arrival of colder weather has not brought CSCC gatherings to an end.

Rotary President Richard Sternberg, members Cathy Raddatz and Katherine Dina received $4,000 from two grants they wrote on behalf of CSCC. This grant money has purchased three Healthway Intellipure air purifiers which utilize the ultrafine 468 air filters strongly recommended by Governor Cuomo for use in schools and hospitals.

These air purifiers, along with other precautions, create a safe and healthy environment inside the large brick building behind St. Mary’s where seniors now meet. We are so grateful to Rotary for this generous donation.

On behalf of the many who enjoy coming to CSCC, I thank Rotary Club of Cooperstown for its service and commitment to addressing the needs of our seniors within the community, as well as surrounding areas.

Carole L. LaChance
Acting CSCC Executive Director

Stewart’s Shops Donates To First Night Oneonta

Stewart’s Shops Donates

$1,000 To First Night

Andrew Zeh, manager of the Oneonta’s Stewart’s Shops, presents Carol Mandigo,  First Night Oneonta chair, with a $1,000 check in support of annual Hometown Fourth of July celebration and New Year’s Eve events. “They have been one of our signature supporters for these events.” said Mandigo, “God bless them.” Zeh, who has been manager for the last three years, said they have been giving ever since he took the position. “As a company, we give as much as we get.” said Zeh, “It keeps us local and keeps our areas running. We have to take care of our communities, kids and adults.” (Ian Austin/

Susquehanna Valley Animal Shelter Receives 5 Star Donation

Susquehanna Animal Shelter

Receives ‘Share Love’ Grant

As part of Subaru’s Share The Love program of community giving, Five Star Subaru today donated $9,822 to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, which serves the county from Hartwick Seminary. Here, Five Star proprietor Ben Guenther presents a check to SAS board member Peter Gould, Executive Director Stacie Haynes, and board members Jill Basile and Merilyn Gould at the Oneonta car dealership. (Ian Austin/



Cherry Valley Outdoor Games


TIMBERSPORTS COMPETITION – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Athletes from around the NE compete with tools not used commercially since the invention of the Chain saw. Watch the STHIL Timbersports Women’s Division qualifying rounds. Alden Field, Cherry Valley Community Center. Info,

SUNNY MOMENTS EXHIBIT – 5-7 p.m. The opening reception of the “Sunny Moments” exhibition. This is a chance to meet the artists, purchase the art, and enter to win a quilt. The Arc Otsego’s Main View Gallery & Studio, 73 Main St., Oneonta.

Cycles of Generosity

Cycles of Generosity

Cyclists Donate Winnings To Girls On The Run

Members of the CNYC/NYCM Insurance Bicycle team Marc Kingsley, center, and Taylor Brose, left, present Jill Feury, Council Director with Girls On The Run with a donation of $250 the team won from a first place finish in the Cazenovia Hill Bender last Saturday. The program, which encompass five counties, is a 10 week after school program that helps girls in third to eighth grade build self esteem and with the goal of running a 5K race. “A lot of girls would be unable to participate if it wasn’t for donations like this to help subsidize costs,” said Feury. “It’s a really great cause,” said Kingsley. “We are glad to support an event like this that gets girls outside and builds confidence.” (Ian Austin/

A&D Transport Gives $500 In Free Ride Vouchers To United Way

A&D Transportation Donates

$500 In Vouchers To United Way

Al Rubin, owner of A&D Transportation Services, this morning donated $500 in ride vouchers to United Way of Delaware & Otsego Counties.   With him are United Way Executive Director Sue Kurkowski, left, Teri Basdekis, secretary of the board.   “Transportation is a huge issue in rural areas like ours.” said Kurkowski. “I have had a dozen calls in the last several days from people needing rides to hospitals or the Department of Social services. This program allows us to coordinate rides and save money.”  Said Rubin, “$500 can help a lot of people. This is not a one time donation. I want this to be a continuing program and I encourage other organizations to donate as well. This is just one more dimension of assisting in this sharing economy.”  Anyone in need of a ride can call 211, or, the United Way office at 607-432-8006. (Ian Austin/


Run Of The Ugly Sweaters

At 3 p.m. In Cooperstown


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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,

CONCERT – 7 p.m. Juice Newton performs her greatest hits. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St. Oneonta. Info,  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,


Memorial Basketball Game,

Celebrating Coach Patt Grasso


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MEMORIAL BASKETBALL GAME – 6 p.m. In memory of Coach Patt Grasso, Laurens Girls Varsity vs. Milford followed by Laurens Boys Varisty vs. Worcester. Admission by donation. Proceeds go to Patt Grasso scholarship fund. Laurens Central School, 55 Main St, Laurens. Info,

HOLIDAY SHOW & SALE – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. browse and buy original arts and crafts by local and regional artists. Help us celebrate giving tuesday at the Coopertown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info,

Five Star Subaru Donates to Family Services

5 Star ‘Shares Love’ With Family Services

Blaine Jennings and Ben Guenther of Five Star Subaru present a check fo $14, 564 to Kim DeFalco, Rudy Ballard, Vicki Salmon and Fred Albrecht of Family services. The donation comes from Five Star Subaru's Share the Love Event back in Dec. where anyone buying a car could donate part of the purchase cost to the cause. This is the first year that they have been able to donate to a local charity. (Ian Austin/
Blaine Jennings, Ben Guenther and the rest of the staff at Five Star Subaru present a check for $14, 564 to Kim DeFalco, Rudy Ballard, Vicki Salmon and Fred Albrecht of Family Services Association of Oneonta. The donation comes from Five Star Subaru’s “Share the Love” promotion last December, where anyone buying a car could donate part of the purchase cost toward a charitable purpose. (Ian Austin/

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