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Lobsters Return  To Downtown Dining

Lobsters Return

To Downtown Dining

Wiley Laidlaw, the cook at the Autumn Cafe, pics out lobsters for at Friday’s Lobster and Oysters on Main Street dinner event at the weekly Survive Then Thrive event. “We had lobsters last week.” explained owner Wayne Carrington, “It was so popular we brought it back and added oysters!” Today’s event also featured live music by the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble, a pig roast, Chinese Auction and a shot of Oneonta’s Architecture at GOHS. (Ian Austin/
Council Approves Main Street Closure, Dining

Common Council Approves

Main Street Closure, Dining

ONEONTA – Starting 9 a.m. next Saturday, July 18, and continuing through Sept. 5, Main Street from Elm to Chestnut will be closed to allow restaurants to expand their outdoor dining opportunities.

“It’s highly marketable,” said Council Member Mark Drnek, Eighth Ward, who chairs the Survive, Then Thrive committee. “Downtown Oneonta could become the Best Restaurant in New York.”

Restaurants will be able to place tables in front of their restaurants only, as well as determine whether to offer service or ask diners to order take-out. Patrons will still be required to wear masks where social distancing is not possible.

A Horse, Of Course, But In The CITY Of Oneonta?

A Horse, Of Course, But

In The CITY Of Oneonta?

County Rep. Adrienne Martini’s husband Scott Seger snapped this photo of a mysterious rider this afternoon at the corner of Union and Spruce in the CITY of Oneonta.  Is that even legal?  Anyhow, EVERYBODY was out (and mostly social distancing) in Oneonta and throughout Otsego County this afternoon, as the sun stayed out all day and the temperature went in to the high 60s for the first time this year.  More of the same tomorrow. 
Rain Plays Tricks, Doesn’t Deter Treaters

Rain Plays Tricks, But

Doesn’t Deter Treaters

Erratic rain throughout the evening led to the cancellation of Oneonta’s annual Halloween parade, but all manner of ghouls and ghosts made their treat-seeking rounds at local homes and businesses this afternoon and evening. Above, Devin El, Leilani El and Ziyen Giles passed City Hall on their treat-hunting mission, with Lizzette Hopkins and Edward Giles, Maryland, in tow. Inset at right, Oneonta’s Jessica and Paul Benzaleski arrive downtown with their children Adalia and Reilly ready to take home some sweets.(Ian Austin/


Prepare For The Holidays


PRE-CHRISTMAS SALE – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Find gently used holiday decorations including lights, undecorated wreaths, ornaments, tableware, more. Also enjoy goodies at bake sale. Proceeds benefit mission programs of United Methodist Women. Cooperstown United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9515 or visit

At Long Last, Bomber’s Burrito Bar Opens Its Doors!

Bomber’s Burrito Bar

Opens For Business!

With much anticipation, Bomber’s Burrito Bar on Main Street in Oneonta celebrated a soft opening this afternoon with a ribbon cutting. According to a sign on the door, the local branch of the Albany-based franchise will be open for business tomorrow, “pinky swear.” From left: Alan Sessions, CDO Workforce, Council member Dave Rissberger, third ward, Deb Marcus, president, Family Planning of South Central NY, Barbara Ann Heegan, President, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Charlie Hewitt, manager, owner John Hewitt, Jim Hewitt, manager, Mayor Gary Herzig and Jimmy Vann, owner of the Bomber’s franchise. (Ian Austin/
It’s A Wrap!

It’s A Wrap!

‘We’re Onta Something’ Merchandise

Delivered To Downtown Merchants

Karen Backus, the Green Toad Bookstore, prepares to wrap up a purchase in the new Oneonta-themed paper that Trampoline delivered as part of the “We’re Onta Something” advertising campaign that debuted last month. Downtown merchants received wrapping paper, coasters and other paper goods to help market Oneonta as a place to shop, dine and enjoy. (Ian Austin/
Cool Weather Attracts Grand, Glorious Crowd

Cool Weather Attracts

Grand, Glorious Crowd

Oneonta’s annual Grand & Glorious Garage Sale drew thousands to Main Street today in search of bargains, food, friends and music by the Oneonta Community Band. Celebrants (and buyers) included, top photo, Bradley Jones, Oneonta, who plans to hang the snowshoes he picked up on the wall of his recently purchased log cabin. In middle row, Bob Holstead, representing the League of Women Voters, was registering voters, while Neida Mita, Franklin, left, and Denise Hudson, Delhi, representing Oneonta’s Seventh Day Adventist Church, were promoting their upcoming Healthy Lifestyle Cooking Class, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the church, 634 Route 205.  Bottom row, Linda Drake booth, selling colorful women’s clothing from India to benefit her husband Ashok Malhotra’s Ninash Foundation, was among the busiest vendors. At right, Nolan Bubany, 2, of Meredith, and mom Kristin Antin, listen in admiration to Weston Hill, up from Nashville to perform last evening at the B-Side Ballroom.  He’d bought the guitar for $40 at the tag sale and “thought I’d try to make some of my money back.”  He added, “You’ve got a nice town here.” (Jim Kevlin/
Klugo Renews Interest In Stevens Hardware

Klugo Renews Interest

In Stevens Hardware

5 Apartments May Be Considered There

Stevens Hardware in downtown Oneonta is up for a possible redo.

ONEONTA – Bresee’s savior Chip Klugo it at it again.

Common Council Tuesday evening will consider seeking a Restore NY grant to redo the former Stevens Hardware Store to the west of the former department store, according to the agenda for the meeting released this afternoon.

The money “would be used to partially offset costs of rehabilitating an abandoned building at 151-153 Main St. as planned by Klugo Properties, East Corning,” the agenda states.  Word is he plans to put five apartments in the structure.

Fokine Mice Scurry Throughout Downtown

Fokine Mice Scurry

Throughout Downtown

If your were in downtown Oneonta this morning, you may have noticed a lot of mice running around, but not to worry, it is not an infestation, they were taking part in the annual Mice On Main Street event promoting the Fokine Ballet’s upcoming production of The Nutcracker on December 8-9 at Goodrich Theater! The mice hid in various stores throughout downtown and if you found them all, you Above, Jillian Lifgren, Oneonta, plays with a train set at Monkey Barrel Toys while Julia Kropp, right, was found hiding behind the Bresee’s Santa at The Greater Oneonta Hisotrical Society. If you managed to find them all you win a free ticket to the performance. (Ian Austin/


Halloween Festival


SCARE FEST – 2-7 p.m. Bring the kids to a fun fall event featuring potato sack races, wheel barrow races, hayride, pumpkin painting, country music, a costume contest, more. Otsego County Fair Grounds, Mills St., Morris. Call 607-263-5289 or visit

CONCERT SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Presenting “Friction Farm,” a modern fold duo of traveling troubadours who combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create their songs. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1812 or visit

Art, Music, & Sales Fill Oneonta Weekend

Downtown Sales Kick Off

Arts And Music Weekend

Stephanie Walls, Cherry Valley and Tom Driscoll, Roseboom, browse through the shoe sale selections at McLaughlan’s Shoes in Oneonta on Friday afternoon. Deals at this and other downtown businesses can be found throughout the weekend as part of the annual Sidewalk Sale, now partnered with The City Of The Hills Arts & Music Festival, which runs tomorrow 10am-4pm. (Ian Austin/




Latin Food Arrives With Opening Of Trendy Foods

Latin Food Arrives With

Opening Of Trendy Foods

Above, owners Deggie Monroy, husband Antonio, and mother Elvira Nieves cut the grand opening ribbon alongside their extended family and Mayor Gary Herzig as they celebrate the official opening of Trendy Foods on the corner of Muller Plaza in Oneonta this evening. At right, Elizabeth Karson, Oneonta, brings out colorful menu selections for the public to sample during following the opening.(Ian Austin/



5K Thru Downtown Oneonta


ONEONTA 5K – 5:30-6:30 p.m. Support the Oneonta YMCA and historic Damaschke field in this race through downtown Oneonta. Runners can stay for the Oneonta Outlaw game at 7 p.m. Ends at Damaschke Field, Oneonta.

MUSIC AT THE MANSION – 6:30-8 p.m. Free monthly event features open mic for solo and small ensemble musicians followed by an intermission and then the featured performance by one-man-show, Fritz Henry. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta.

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Paints Picture Of ‘Revitalized’ Oneonta

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Paints Picture Of ‘Revitalized’ Oneonta

Most of the imposing blocks from Oneonta’s Victorian heyday survive, and the Cuomo Administration is looking to bring back much of the bustle seen here when the city was a railroad hub.

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), outlined what the City of Oneonta plans to do with $14 million received so far from the Cuomo Administration to revitalize the Victorian-era downtown.  Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was at Foothills last Friday to outlined the half-dozen key projects chosen for funding.

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