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Annual Canstruction Event Yields Over 1 Ton of Food

Canstruction Construction

Yields Over Ton Of Food

Linda Drake, SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility & Community executive director, presents Abe Lippitt, Cooperstown, with the Best Meal Award for his 4H team’s pirate-ship entry in this year’s Canstruction event. The 0415 FIRST Robotics team took the Structural Integrity Prize for its rocket ship; Fox Hospital, Best Use of Labels award for its Operation board game, and SUNY took the Judge’s Favorite award with its soccer field. All in all, the event brought in 2,645 pounds of food that will be donated to area food banks. You can still place your vote for the People’s Choice Award at the Southside Mall throughout the week. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Farewell, Mrs. Claus!

Farewell, Mrs. Claus!

Mrs. Claus, aka Vera Stewart, seen at her post outside of JCPenney at the Southside Mall (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Steve Hughes, Gilbertsville, gives Mrs. Claus a big Christmas hug.

ONEONTA – The end of the Christmas season will mark the end of an era for a Southside Mall mainstay.

For over two decades, Vera Stewart, aka Mrs. Claus, has been volunteering for the Salvation Army by ringing bells and holding doors at her station outside of JCPenney, spreading cheer to holiday shoppers. Dressed in red velvet with white trim, the Southside Mrs. Claus has become a mainstay of the Christmas season to many visitors young and old.

“When they first asked me to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, I decided to try it.” said Stewart, “I began doing it only on weekends, then I went to five days a week.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 30

Independence Day Fireworks

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FIREWORKS – Dusk. Celebrate the declaration of Independence. Lake Front Park, Cooperstown. Visit cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!event/2018/6/30/fireworks-in-cooperstown

BOOK FAIR – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find rare, interesting books and ephemera the Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2800 or visit www.cooperstownantiquarianbookfair.com/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 15

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner

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SPAGHETTI DINNER – 4 – 7 p.m. Donation dinner to benefit the Milford Class of 2019. Milford Central School Cafeteria, 42 W. Main St., Milford. Call 607-286-3349 or visit www.web.milfordcentral.org

TINKERING TUESDAY – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Design and Print a custom fidget spinner. Material fee applies. Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/adult-programs/

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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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/AllOTSEGO.com)
Animal Shelter Floods, All Animals Safe

Animal Shelter Floods,

All Animals Safe

Gaylord Dillingham, Susquehanna Animal Shelter Board President watches as Executive Director Stacie Haynes pouring water out of a cat carrier after Saturday night’s rains left their isolation building flooded. While there were some wet paws, all animals were safe and were relocated to dry rooms while the building is cleaned up. A large stock of blankets and dog food were lost, and the shelter is currently seeking donations. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 23

Game Night For Whole Family

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FAMILY GAME NIIGHT – 5-10 p.m. Bring Family and Friends to Board Game Night. Serenity Hobbies, 254 Main St, Oneonta. Info, serenityhobbies.com

CHRISTMAS DINNER DONATIONS – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations of food to the Friends of Christmas Dinner should be dropped off at First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Accepting baked pies, fruit breads, Christmas cookies, fresh fruit, apple and cranberry juice. Volunteers needed as cooks, drivers, servers and cleaning. Info, Ann Steen 432-1283 or Kelly Ahlqvist 432-1871

SOUTHSDIE MALL SANTA – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Southside Mall, 5006 State Highway 23, Oneonta.

COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 1-4 p.m. Christmas Cottage, Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/santas-house-in-cooperstown/

ONEONTA SANTA – 4-6 p.m. Muller Plaza, Main St., Oneonta.

MUSIC – 6-9 p.m. Come de-stress with Dan Schilling. Timber Creek Saloon and Restaurant, 2957 ST. HWY. 23, West Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/TimberCreekLLC

KARAOKE – 8 p.m. With DJ Donna. Empire House 136 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville. Info, www.facebook.com/theempirehouse

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 11

Catskills Christmas Concert

This Afternoon At U-U Society

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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.

CONCERT – 3 p.m. “Christmas in the Catskills: Songs of the Season” the winter concert of the Catskill Chamber Singers. Unitarian Universalist Church, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, Emma Kirsch (607)433-0999, or visit www.catskillchambersingers.com

YULETIDE CELEBRATION – 1-4 p.m. Hunt for the Yule log and then settle in for an afternoon of arts and crafts for the whole family. SUNY Oneonta College Camp, off upper East St.,Oneonta. one mile from intersection of Bugbee Rd. and East St., Oneonta. Info, 436-3455

WASSAIL WEEKEND – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Demonstration on how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday drink. Savory spices blended with sweet cider at The Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Info, 1-800-505-6455, flycreekcidermill.com

Toys For Tots Still Seeking Donations For Holidays

Toys For Tots Still Seeks

Donations For Holidays

It is a chilly morning, but that didn't keep Desiree Wheeler and the Hillside Commons Bear from standing outside the annual Fill The Bus event to benefit Toys For Tots Drive at the Southside Mall this morning. The bus, provided by OPT in conjuction with Hillside Commons, will be at the mall from 9am-11am on Saturday. Toys can still be dropped off at many locations around town before they are collected on December 14th. "I didn't get a lot of toys this year." said organizer Sharron Wheeler, "I am still about 700 toys short. I hope our County can step up to help the kids this Holiday season." If you would like more information, or, to drop off toy donations, call 607.432.7052. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
It was chilly this morning, but that didn’t keep Desiree Wheeler and the Hillside Commons Bear from standing outside at the annual “Fill The Bus” event this morning at Southside Mall to benefit Toys For Tots. The bus, provided by OPT in conjunction with Hillside Commons, will be back at the mall 9-11 a.m. Sunday.  And toys can still be dropped off at many locations around the county before they are collected on Dec. 14. “I didn’t get a lot of toys this year.” said organizer Sharron Wheeler, “I am still about 700 toys short. I hope our county can step up to help the kids this Holiday season.” If you would like more information, or, to drop off toy donations, call 432-7052. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.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 TUESDAY, NOV. 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOV. 22

Giving Thanks For All Faiths

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

INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE – 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Rev. Craig Schwalenberg. Rev Randolph Palada will deliver the message. Choir to sing hymns from the Unitarian Universalist Hymnal, “Singing the Living Tradition”. Donation of money and non-perishable food requested, to be distributed to Oneonta food banks. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, Ric Chrislip Frederic.Chrislip@gmail.com or call 431-4189

KNITTING GROUP – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. For more info CLICK HERE.

 

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

CSO Concert Features

Tenor Jon Fredric West

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THEATER – 7 p.m. High School musical, “Into the Woods.” Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, cooperstowncs.org

SYMPHONY – 7:30 p.m. Catskill Symphony presents Concert II: Featuring Tenor Jon Frederic West performing Wagner and Vaughan Williams. Symphony also performs Brahms Symphony No. 2. Tickets $30, free admission for veterans, children and the adults who bring them. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Info, tickets, (607) 436-2670, www.catskillsymphony.net

CHINESE AUCTION – 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Milford Central School District 42 W. Main St., Milford. Info, web.milfordcentral.org

HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes lunch and new Children’s Ornament Build $5..The Major’s Inn, 12 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville, Info, (607)783-2393 or (607)783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com

HOLIDAY MARKET AND CRAFT SHOW – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunnycrest Orchards Cidermill Gift Shop, 7869 NY-10, Sharon Springs. For more info visit www.sunnycrestorchards.com

SUNY Donates 120 Cubic Yards Of Goods For ‘Free Sale’

SUNY Donates 120 Cubic Yards

Of Student Goods For ‘Free Sale’

The social hall of St. James Chuch was a flurry of activity this morning as Therese Adolfsen, Schnevus, Walter Fredricks, Oneonta, Bethany Washburn, Laurens and 200 others came out to look through unwanted items donated donated by SUNY students moving out of the dorms this past weekend. In order to combat the amount of refuse going into landfills, the college recently instituted the donation program, and was able to collect 120 cubic yards of materials including TV's, kitchen appliances, clothing, area rugs, food, furniture and more, all given away for free. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The social hall of St. James Episcopal Church, Oneonta, was a flurry of activity this morning at the “SUNY Free Sale,” where Therese Adolfsen, Schenevus, Walter Fredricks, Oneonta, Bethany Washburn, Laurens, and 200 others came out to look through items donated by departing SUNY Oneonta students. Last year, the college launched the donation program so the community might benefit from perfectly good items being thrown away by departing students.  Last weekend, the donations filled four dumpsters with 120 cubic yards of TVs, kitchen appliances, clothing, area rugs, food, furniture and more, all given away for free. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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