Community Thanksgiving Dinner
The Oneonta Elks Club enjoyed another full house at this year’s annual community Thanksgiving dinner, serving hundreds of guests and delivering nearly 300 meals to locals! Above, Ambrose Santiago gets a laugh thanks to Ed Leone’s turkey hat as he ladles up gravy for his turkey. Whether your preference is white or dark meat, event volunteers Janet Quackenbush and Debra Berrios , right, had you covered. Guests could also enjoy selections of sweet breads, pies, as well as produce and Chobani yogurts. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com
Since A Teen, He’s Served His Community
Oneonta’s Nick Carpenter, is seen above preparing gravy base for tomorrow’s community Thanksgiving dinner at The Elk’s Club, which will mark his final night as head chef of the event. Nick has been a part of the dinner since he was twelve years old, and two years ago took over as head of the kitchen with help from sisters Molly, Maddie and father Neil. “The numbers of people have been rising every year. Last year we served around 550 people. Coming out and seeing is a mood lifter, it puts a smile on your face for sure!” Out in the ballroom 260 take-out dinner pre-orders were being assembled by volunteers including Leigh Briscoe-Dwyer, Laurens, right, seen here scooping coleslaw. Dinner will be served tomorrow with all the trimmings starting at 12:30pm – 2:30pm on Thanksgiving Day. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
GUITAR CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Headline concert of Classical Guitar Fall Festival features The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo performing de Falla, Rossini, Moravec, more. Fine Arts Building, SUNY Oneonta. 607-865-8775 or visit cgsuny.org
CONCERT SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Open 49th Cooperstown Concert series featuring Molly Tuttle, performing distinctly original works. Ballroom, Village Hall, Cooperstown. 607-547-1812 or visit cooperstownconcertseries.org/molly-tuttle-saturday-october-27/
St. Mary’s and the Lord’s Table hosted their annual community Thanksgiving dinner at the Elk’s Club, who donated their ballroom for the event this afternoon. 200 people came through to enjoy turkey with all the trimmings alongside family and friends with over 100 take-out orders and deliveries enjoyed as well. Above, volunteer Deborah Grundleger, Gilboa, offers a selection of sweetbreads to Fred Packer and Joan Wenck of Portlandville, while Juliette Bergin and Emilia Greco, visiting from long Island, cleared plates and brought them to the dishwasher. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Elks Maintain Principles At 100
To the Editor:
Saturday, Sept. 6, the Oneonta Elks Lodge #1312 had an evening celebrating a Century of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity. Our centennial – one of the most exciting times in the history of our lodge – provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tell the Elks’ story, share what we have done over 100 years and reveal our plans for the future.
A special “thank you” to the community, Oneonta Mayor Richard Miller, Jr. and to the Elk members for attending the dinner and making it a memorable evening.
Today, Oneonta Lodge #1312 is 430-members strong and growing, with programs that give back to the community. The cumulative value of our local lodge’s contributions in terms of cash, donated items, hours of services and miles driven exceed on a national level $30 million yearly, bringing comfort, cheer and necessities to veterans and active personnel throughout the United States and abroad. In so doing, we fulfill our solemn pledge: So long as there are veterans, the benevolent and protective order of Elks will never forget them.
A highlight of our history was receiving, through the assistance of then-officers Maria Kelso and Debra Crampton, the state grant from state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. This grant has helped us in numerous ways to enhance the structural integrity of this building that serves as a location for community events such as Red Cross blood drives, Wednesday night dinners open to the public, Thanksgiving dinners and fundraisers for school events and sporting teams.
Therefore, it was my honor – in this our 100th year – to present a community service award to Senator Seward for his dedication to community and for modeling the principles of the Elks.
BARBARA ANN HEEGAN