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Elm Park Methodist Church

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 27

Art & Poetry Opening Gala

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ART & POETRY – 6 p.m. Contest to explore the beauty of living life free from the negative impacts of addiction. Opening Gala in the CANO Gallery, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0090 Ext 106 or visit www.facebook.com/LEAFArtContest/

SPRING SUMMIT – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. Event for Youth Food Movement featuring film, school garden discussion, Disco soup, live music, seed starting, internship/job info, Community Building. Cooperstown Farmers Market, 101 Main St., Pioneer alley, Cooperstown. Call 607-437-2862 or visit www.celebrateorigins.com/yfm

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 14

Find Unique Items

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AUCTION – 5:30 p.m. Annual event with live & wall auction featuring Phish tickets, art, jewelry, vacation, antiques, more. Free child care available. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-3491 or visit www.facebook.com/UUSOneonta/

HISTORY SHOW – 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Visit the Postcard and Ephemera Show featuring a display of vintage postcards, sheet music, posters, documents, trading cards, more. Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCT. 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCT. 27

Visit The Haunted Hall Of Fame

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HALLOSCREAM TOUR – 7 p.m. Tour the ghostly galleries of the Haunted Hall of Fame. Cost $15/adult. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Call (607) 547-0397 or visit baseballhall.org/events/haunted-tour-17?date=0

OPEN MIC – 6-8 p.m. Present poetry, share stories, perform music, support local artists. Cooperstown Village Library. (607) 547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 6

Festival In The Park

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SPRING FEST – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Features music and events including the Ross Park Zoomobile and a Fishing Derby by Trout Unlimited. Copes Corner Park, on Rte. 51 between Gilbertsville and Mt. Upton. Info, www.townofbutternuts.org/copes-corners-park/

FLOWER SHOW – 5-7 p.m. Opening reception of The Cherry Valley Flower Show on display to June 4. The Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. Info, call (607)264-9530 or email info@cherrybranchgallery.com or visit cherrybranchgallery.com

Dinner is Served!

Dinner Is Served!

Elm Park Methodist Church Hosts Fall Favorite
Rev. Donna Martin, right and Dorothy Carrington smile over the packed tables in social hall at Elm Park Methodist Church during their annual Harvest Supper this evening. The popular event offers dine-in or take-out of their turkey dinner with all the fixings and desert! (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Rev. Donna Martin, right and Dorothy Carrington smile over the packed tables in social hall at Elm Park Methodist Church during their annual Harvest Supper this evening. The popular event offers dine-in or take-out of their turkey dinner with all the fixings and dessert! (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
League Of Women Voters Host Housing Visions Talk

League Of Women Voters

Hosts Housing Visions Talk

Benjamin Lockwood, Vice PResident of the Housing Visions' Business Development, speaks before the League of Women Voters at Elm Park Methodist Church this evening to provide information on the Silver Creek Apartments, set to open in late spring of 2017. A question and answer session followed where details of the companies' three Oneonta projects were discussed. Concerns raised ranged from snow removal, employment, taxes, solar possibilities and amenities. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Benjamin Lockwood, Housing Visions’ vice president/business development, speaks at aLeague of Women Voters’ briefing at Elm Park Methodist Church this evening, providing information on the Silver Creek Apartments, set to open in late spring of 2017. A Q&A followed, where details of the company’s three Oneonta projects were discussed. Concerns raised ranged from snow removal, employment, taxes, solar possibilities and amenities. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Susquehanna Valley Quilters Celebrate 30 Years of Fabric, Fun

Susquehanna Valley Quilters

Mark 30 Years of Fabric, Fun

The ladies of the Susquehanna Valley Quilters gather for a photo before cutting the cake to celebrate the group's 30th birthday this evening at Elm Park Methodist Church. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The ladies of the Susquehanna Valley Quilters gather for a photo before cutting the cake to celebrate the group’s 30th birthday this evening at Elm Park Methodist Church. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Barbara Blanchard shows off the Sunbonnet Sue quilt her class made for her. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Barbara Blanchard shows off the Sunbonnet Sue quilt her class made for her. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – In 1986, a handful of women gathered to form the Susquehanna Valley Quilters and share their love of fabric craft.

“We got together and decided there was going to be a quilting renaissance,” said Debby Clough, who helped start the original group. “I started quilting in 1976, and it didn’t matter what we were working on.  I was at a table surrounded by women, and I was happy.”

Now with 85 members, the SVQ celebrated their 30th birthday tonight with games, a slideshow of ephemera, a cake, hand-quilted caddy mugs for all the members present and plenty of memories.

“When I was president, I taught a class on Sunbonnet Sues,” said Barb Blanchard.  “At the end of my term, everyone gave me a quilt with all their Sue squares in it!”

Research, Callbacks Keys To Avoiding Senior Scams

Research, Callbacks Keys

To Avoiding Senior Scams

Aiesha Battle, Director of the Division of Consumer Protection addresses a record numbers of area seniors came out to attend an information forum on senior scam prevention held at Elm Park Methodist church this afternoon. Scams can pose as the IRS, prescription discount plans, to claims that they have kidnapped members of your family. Attendees were given information packets, numbers to call to report scams and sleeves for their chip credit cards to thwart pocket scanners. "The long and short of it is this;," said Battle, "Of someone is asing you for money through the mail it's a scam. If you have to pay money to get money, it's a scam." (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Aiesha Battle, Director of the Division of Consumer Protection, addresses a packed house of local seniors who came out to attend an information forum on senior scam prevention held this morning at Elm Park Methodist Church, Oneonta. Scammers can pose as the IRS, prescription discount plans, a foreign lottery or even a hurt grandchild in order to get personal information, and Battle recommended that in the event of such a call, get a phone number and offer to call back after researching the organization or family member’s whereabouts.  “They play on your emotions,” she said.  “If someone is asking you for money on a wire transfer or a pre-paid card, it’s a scam. If you have to pay money to get money, it’s a scam.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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