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Hometown 4th: Oneonta to revive holiday celebration

Hometown 4th: Oneonta to revive holiday celebration

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to

ONEONTA — The Hometown 4th Festival will return to Oneonta’s Neahwa Park to celebrate the July Fourth holiday next weekend, with a theme of honoring essential workers.

The goal is to honor the workers, including grocery store staff, teachers, police officers, firefighters and healthcare workers, who took risks for the community good during the coronavirus pandemic, according to festival officials.

“We wanted to do everything we could to let them know that the First Night Board and the whole community appreciates them,” First Night Board Chair Carol Mandigo said.

The celebration will kick off at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 2, in Neahwa Park, with a free concert by country artist Michael Christopher.

At noon, Sunday, July 4, the parade will line up at Foothills Performing Arts Center on Market Street.

5-Star Subaru Donates $16.9K To ‘Shelter Us’

5-Star Subaru Donates

$16.9K To ‘Shelter Us’

Drive $1.2M Short Of $5M Target

SQSPCA Executive Director shows off the donation check from Subaru of America along with adoptable dog Tasha.

COOPERSTOWN – A $16,963.64 check this week has brought the Shelter Us drive one-third of the to its latest matching challenge grant of $100,000.

The SQSPCA is $1.2 million away from its Shelter Us campaign target of $5 million.

Ben Guenther, proprietor of Five Star Subaru, Oneonta, presented the check this week SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

Auto Dealers Bullish As Showrooms Reopen

Auto Dealers Bullish

As Showrooms Reopen

With People Avoiding Airplane Travel,

Travelers May Drive On Local Vacations

Ben Guenther surveys his Five Star Subaru lot, where 20 of 100 cars have been sold since the pandemic started. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE – Special to

Tom Armao discusses implementing the new state guidelines at Country Club Automotive.

INDEX – Kevin Harris believes that the road trip is due for a resurgence.

“There’s reluctance for people to fly or do cruises,” said the proprietor of Kevin’s Royal Automotive here. “But they still want to travel, and I think that bodes well for us in the third and fourth quarter.”

In a surprise to many, on Thursday,

May 7, Governor Cuomo lifted restrictions on auto dealerships statewide, allowing in-person sales – by appointment; sales had previously been restricted to online only.

The Snow Must Go On!

The Snow Must Go On!

OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley, right, leads Bridgette Hulbert, daughter Vivian, Jack and William Mokay, and Andrew Rock, all of Delhi, and Erin and Kathryn Dailey, both of Oneonta, on a snowshoeing hike at the annual Winter Fest at Gilbert Lake State Park this afternoon. At right, Tami-Lee Volgari, Oneonta, sleds down a hill with her daughter Eama-Lee. Visitors also enjoyed skiing, information sessions on winter camping and survival, as well as a bonfire. The event was hosted by OCCA and Five Star Subaru. (Ian Austin/

First Night Parade And Fireworks Cancelled, Festivities Still At Foothills

First Night Parade, Fireworks

Cancelled; Festivities Still On

ONEONTA – The show will go on.

Though the parade and the fireworks at Oneonta’s First Night celebration have been cancelled, the festivities at Foothills are still scheduled from 5 p.m. to midnight, according to organizer David Hayes.

“Unfortunately, in Upstate New York, we are at the mercy of the weather,” he said. “But it was just going to be a wall of rain, and out of concern for people’s safety, we decided to cancel.”

Five Star Donates To Family Services

5 Star’s $10K Helps Family Services

Five Star Subaru owners Blaine Jennings and Ben Guenther, left, present a check to Patricia Leonard, Family Services Association executive director, along with Vicki Salamon, Alex Scorzafava and Alisha Rule. The donation is part of Subaru’s “Share The Love” program, where portions of Subaru sales from November to December are donated to local not-for-profit organization. To date, Five Star has donated over $37,000 to the FSA to help families in our area. (Ian Austin/


Country Star O’Neal Graces Foothills Stage

Country Star Jamie O’Neal

Sings ‘No Arizona’ At Foothills

Country singer Jamie O’Neal, with guitarist Rodney Good, performed this evening on the Foothills stage in Oneonta.   Jamie has two back-to-back number ones hits, “There is no Arizona” and “When I think about Angels.” In addition, Jamie has 10 top 40 hits including “Trying to find Atlantis” and her smash hit “Somebody’s Hero”. This event sponsored by Five Star Subaru. (Ian Austin/


Five Star Subaru Donates to Family Services

5 Star ‘Shares Love’ With Family Services

Blaine Jennings and Ben Guenther of Five Star Subaru present a check fo $14, 564 to Kim DeFalco, Rudy Ballard, Vicki Salmon and Fred Albrecht of Family services. The donation comes from Five Star Subaru's Share the Love Event back in Dec. where anyone buying a car could donate part of the purchase cost to the cause. This is the first year that they have been able to donate to a local charity. (Ian Austin/
Blaine Jennings, Ben Guenther and the rest of the staff at Five Star Subaru present a check for $14, 564 to Kim DeFalco, Rudy Ballard, Vicki Salmon and Fred Albrecht of Family Services Association of Oneonta. The donation comes from Five Star Subaru’s “Share the Love” promotion last December, where anyone buying a car could donate part of the purchase cost toward a charitable purpose. (Ian Austin/
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