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Historical Signs Enshrine Church’s Role In History

Anthony, Emancipation Commemorated

Historical Signs Enshrine

Church’s Role In History

First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown this morning unveiled two state historic markers, one commemorating a celebration of the July 4, 1827, freeing of the slaves in New York State; the other a speech by Susan B. Anthony on site in 1855. The committee that worked on the project included Will Walker, Katie Boardman, both professors at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Students, and Tom Heitz, Town of Otsego co-historian.  Posing this morning after the event are, from left, Walker (and daughter Eleanor), Boardman, the Rev. Elsie Rhodes, pastor; Heitz and the Rev. Ladonna Clark, an associate at the church. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Freedom, Suffrage Signs On View At MLK Day Event

Freedom, Suffrage Signs

On View At MLK Day Event

Historical markers commemorating New York State’s freeing the slaves in 1827 and Susan B. Anthony’s visit to Cooperstown in 1855 greeted attendees at this evening’s Special Worship Service marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now underway at this hour at First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown. Inset, the Rev. LaDana Clark, Oneonta, sings out a rendering of “I’m Going To Praise My God All Over This Land.” Attendees, who read and listened to excerpts on the history of race relations in Otsego County, included Lee Fisher, NAACP/Oneonta chapter president. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)

Historic Markers Ready For MLK Jr. Day 2019

FREEDOM, SUSAN B. ANTHONY HONORED

Historic Markers Ready

For MLK Jr. Day 2019

Local historian Tom Heitz admires two state historical markers – commemorating New York State’s 1827 emancipation of slaves and Susan B. Anthony’s 1855 speech in Cooperstown. Forty CCAL students from Oneonta and Cooperstown will get a first look at the markers at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday), when Heitz lectures on slavery in Otsego County at First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown.  The markers, which will be installed in front of the church in the spring, will also be on view at the church’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration service at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.  The CCAL is the Center for Continuing Adult Learning in Oneonta.  (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)
 Ralph J. Veenema, M.D., 97; NYC Physician Retired Here
IN MEMORIAM

 Ralph J. Veenema, M.D., 97;

NYC Physician Retired Here

 COOPERSTOWN – Ralph James Veenema, M.D., former chief of urologic oncology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Covenant Village, Cromwell, Conn.  He was 97.

Dr. Veenema and his wife retired to Cooperstown in 1997.

Born Dec. 13, 1921, in Prospect Park, N.J., he was the son of Ralph and Sadie (Van Dyke) Veenema. He had three brothers and a sister.

CGP Adopts Cooperstown Family

CGP Adopts Cooperstown Family

As a community service of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, students adopted a family through the First Presbyterian Church’s Christmas Families Program, buying gifts and groceries for a local family with two children.  Involved students include, front from left, Phoebe Cos , Tashae Smith and Katrina Kowalski;back row from left, Hannah Sherman, Mary Kate Kenney, Rob Katz and Nate Samoriski.  (Melanie Bruce photo)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10

Thompson Square

Veteran Tribute Concert

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VETERANS TRIBUTE – 6 p.m. Tribute Concert featuring Thompson Square. Free to Veterans, Active Duty military personnel with IDs. Cost, $20/adult. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

POKER TOURNAMENT – 6 – 8 p.m. Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament featuring trophies, non-cash prizes. Benefit for Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Game entry, $40. Participants must be aged 18+. New York Pizzeria, 75 Chestnut St., Cooperstown. 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Shop For The Holidays

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HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ‘Tip Toe Through The Holiday’ features items for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day. Includes gifts, decorations, crafts, more. Lunch available. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-6552 or visit elmparkumconeonta.org

CONTRADANCE – 7:30 p.m. Fun social dance featuring music by Tailwind, caller Hilton Baxter. Arrive at 7:15 for introduction to steps. Admission, $8/adult. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. 607-547-8164 or visit otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

Par For Paws Golf Fundraiser

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GOLF TOURNAMENT – 8:30 a.m. Par for Paws 18-hole tournament invites players, sponsors to support the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Great for golfers who love the game, animals, historic setting. Registration, $300/team. Otsego Golf Club, 144 Pro Shop Dr., Springfield Center. 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

FESTIVAL OF COLORS – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 24th annual quilt show features works by area quilting clubs Fenimore quilt club, “Winter Wonderland” quilt guild, “It’s A Mystery” ladies of sew nice. Includes demonstrations of various quilting skills. See 250+ examples of fine quilts, support historic, tudor style inn. Admission, $5 donation. The Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Exhibit By Watercolor Society,

Art Assocaitions Luck Of The Draw

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RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening exhibit by Central New York Watercolor Society and Luck of the Draw exhibit, buy tickets, enter to win artwork, final drawing 10/21. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

RELEASE PARTY – 7 p.m. Celebrate first ever issue of The Green Zine, a collection of art & writing from local artists published by The Green Toad Book Store. Grab a copy, eat, drink, celebrate. Roots Brewing Company, 175 Main St., Oneonta. 607-433-8898 or visit www.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Upstate Arts, Crafts,  & More

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ARTISAN FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Artists, Crafters, Makers from throughout the region come together to sell their works. Find handmade jewelry, textiles, soap, furniture, glass art, pottery, photography, more at Otsego County Campus, 197 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9983 or visit www.cooperstownartisanfestival.info

FAMILY SATURDAY – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Field trip for families features hands-on activities for kids, guided tours, demonstrations of the water-powered sawmill, the gristmill, and woodworking shop. Admission, $9/adult. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. Call 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 30

Community Folk Art Exhibit

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OPENING RECEPTION – 5:30 – 7 p.m. Community exhibit “Finding Our Roots” featuring works by Janet and Charles Munro. Showing thru 9/30. Free, open to public. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

AUDITIONS – 4 – 6:30 p.m. Love to Sing? Try out for the winter concert Messe de Minuit pour Noel by Marc-Antione Charpentier, a work based on French Christmas Carols. All voices welcome. Bass & Tenor always needed. Sight reading not required. First Presbyterian Church, 296 Main St., Oneonta. 607-431-6060 to schedule audition or visit catskillchoralsociety.com for more information.

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