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‘Gimme Four’ Group Joins  ‘Sweet Adelines’ At Concert

‘Gimme Four’ Group Joins

‘Sweet Adelines’ At Concert

The City of the Hills Chorus Sweet Adelines, under the conduction of Terry Hait, front, preform “Seasons Of Love” during their Say It With Music concert at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday. The concert featured “Gimme Four”, a NYC based four part barbershop quartet and A Capella 2018 International semi-finalist as their special guests. Front row: Jo Melmer, Elaine Mattice, Sue Dana-LeViness, Joanne Burdick, Colleen Keenan. Second row: Pat Ashe, Robin Medina, Connie Herzig, Liz Moeller, Jan McGrath and Donna Fornito. Third row: Dorcas Ross, Cathy Rooney, Mary Johnson-Butler, Jean Giuda, Kathy Polley, Ane Green and Flora Beth Cunningham. Back row: Bettie Bennett, Cindy Heaney, Jennifer Withington, Karen Adolfson, Carol Wood, Carrie Huestis and Naomi Graham. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Early Shoppers Flock To Holiday Bazaars

Early Shoppers Flock

To Holiday Bazaars

Whether you went to the Foxcare Center, The Unitarian Universalist Church, or first United Methodist, the place to be today was shopping at many of the holiday bazaars throughout town for that special gift. Above, at the Mandy’s Tees booth, Arlene and Watty George, Arkville present Mary Knapp, Oneonta, with her freshly made heat-press sweater at the craft fair at the Foxcare Center. At right, Janet Frankl and Mary Konstantine stand at the First United Methodist Holiday Bazaar with a table full of cookies they were selling to raise money for the 1st United Methodist Women’s missions locally and abroad. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Pride Community Holds Vigil

Pride Community Holds

Vigil For Trans Lives

Above: Dr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould, head of the Gender Wellness Center in Oneonta, leans her head against that of Dakota Davis, Oneonta, during a candle lit vigil at First United Methodist Church in Oneontathis evening. The vigil was held in memory of Kendra Adams, a trans woman who was found murdered at a construction site in Ithaca on June 13th. “Her family has asked that she not be remembered as a person murdered, but remember her as the girl who accepted everyone.” said event organizer Elayne Mosher Campoli, right, with daughter Amelia. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 13 trans women of color murdered in the U.S. The names of the victims and the circumstances of their deaths were read aloud before candles were lit in their memory. Rev. Rebecca Drebert of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bainbridge, a trans woman herself, spoke on the importance of rejecting messages of hate and violence and believing love will win out. “I reject the idea that this type of violence is part of God’s plan.” she said, “The relationship that God wants with us is with our deepest, truest identity. We have all been wounded, and we need healing.” Other speakers included Rev. Teressa Sivers of First United Methodist in Oneonta,  Council member Michelle Osterhoudt, Oneonta, 10th grader Sadie Lincoln, Laurens, who read a piece she wrote called ’15 Lessons I Learned Before 15′, and musical performance by Leah Echstein, Oneonta, and others. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Season Ending Sock Hop Biggest Success To Date

Season Ending Sock Hop

Biggest Success To Date

Oneonta's Tiffany Gardner, Casey Daum, Isabella Gracias, Emily Morell and Emily Thompson dance the night away at the final Sock Hop of the year at the First United Methodist Church this evening. Songs of yesteryear were alive and well for 123 attendees who raised over $2500 at the event, making it the most successful Sock Hop to date. Proceeds go to First United Methodist and Hospice. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta’s Tiffany Gardner, Casey Daum, Isabella Gracias, Emily Morell and Emily Thompson dance the night away at the final Sock Hop of the year at the First United Methodist Church this evening. Songs of yesteryear were alive and well for 123 attendees who raised over $2500 at the event, making it the most successful Sock Hop to date. Proceeds go to First United Methodist and Hospice. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Handbell Concert Resonates At First United Methodist

Handbell Concert Resonates

At First United Methodist

The First United Methodist Church was alive with the sounds of bells this afternoon as four area English handbell choirs preformed preformed everything from Wagner to Katy Perry. Here, members of the Klipnocky Klangers preform "Love So Wonderous" by Karen Thompson. From left: Mikaela Buzzy, Alex Louckes, Quinn Hanson, Dylan Sorensen, Cappagnia-Lynne Chase, Ryan Miller and Devon Louckes. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The First United Methodist Church was alive with the sounds of bells this afternoon as four area English handbell choirs preformed preformed everything from Wagner to Katy Perry. Here, members of the Klipnocky Klangers preform “Love So Wonderous” by Karen Thompson. From left: Mikaela Buzzy, Alex Louckes, Quinn Hanson, Dylan Sorensen, Cappagnia-Lynne Chase, Ryan Miller and Devon Louckes. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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SUNY Students Head Into The Streets For Day OF Service

‘Into Streets’ Helps Mulch

1st UM Garden, Much More

Joyce Powell, left, of First United Methodist Church in Oneonta, oversees SUNY volunteers Vivian Tan, Thibaud Sorci and Sarah Bradshaw who were helping mulch the front gardens as part of the annual Into The Streets event. Students worked at many locations across the town helping locals to clean, organize, landscape, paint and more as part of their day of service. Out thanks go out to them for all their work! (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Joyce Powell, left, of First United Methodist Church in Oneonta, oversees SUNY volunteers Vivian Tan, Thibaud Sorci and Sarah Bradshaw who were helping mulch the front gardens as part of the annual Into The Streets event. Students worked at many locations across the town helping locals to clean, organize, landscape, paint and more as part of their day of service. Out thanks go out to them for all their work! (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Catskill Choral Society Bids Farewell To Conductor Armstrong

Choral Society Bids Farewell

To Conductor Colin Armstrong

Conductor R. Colin Armstrong bows at the end of a number during the Bach to Bach concert presented by The Catskill Choral Society at the First United Methodist Church this afternoon. The performance marked the CCS's final direction under Armstrong, who will be moving from the area. The program also included the CCS Children's Choir, Youth Choir and Hartwick College Choir. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
Conductor R. Colin Armstrong bows at the end of a number during the “Bach to Bach” concert presented by The Catskill Choral Society at the First United Methodist Church this afternoon. The performance marked the CCS’s final direction under Armstrong, who will be moving from the area. The program also included the CCS Children’s Choir, Youth Choir and Hartwick College Choir, which he directs. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
Carols of the Bells

Carols of the Bells

John Jurgensen, director of Music Ministries at FUMC and Dean of the Oneonta chapter of the American Guild of Organists, leads the sanctuary in 'On This Day The Earth Shall Ring' by Arnold B. Sherman at the 42nd annual Community Christmas Carol at First United Methodist this afternoon. In addition to the organ, Jurgensen lead several soloists and bell choirs in holiday favorites new and old. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
John Jurgensen, director of Music Ministries at FUMC and Dean of the Oneonta chapter of the American Guild of Organists, leads the sanctuary in ‘On This Day The Earth Shall Ring’ by Arnold B. Sherman at the 42nd annual Community Christmas Carol at First United Methodist this afternoon. In addition to the organ, Jurgensen lead several soloists and bell choirs in holiday favorites new and old. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
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