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Fortin Park

Fortin Park Becomes A Tobacco-Free Zone

Fortin Park Becomes

A Tobacco-Free Zone

Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood and Town Clerk Cheryl Shackelton, left, stand with Deyanira Cisneros and Bonnie Peck, right, from SUNY Cobleskill’s Research Foundation, who presented them with several signs this morning at Town Hall. The news signs will soon be hung in Fortin Park in Emmons, proclaiming the area a tobacco-free zone. That means no cigarettes, vaping and or chewing. The signs are part of the Advancing Tobacco Free Communities program , funded by a grant from the state Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Control. “Ten years ago I owned a grocery store that sold cigarettes,” said Wood. “If I was to own a grocery store today, I would not sell tobacco at all. (The town) is glad to get ahead of the advancing tobacco technology to protect our youth.” Although the signs throw a little bit of a misconception – vapes are to be shown as crossed out and are therefore banned from being used in these areas, even though vapes don’t contain tobacco, as you can in this Vape Starter Kit. Perhaps nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco that smokers crave, should be the slogan for the poster instead, reading ” This is a nicotine-free zone”. It is a shame to completely ban vapes, as those used with a weed e liquid that gets you high can actually have many health benefits to those using them. A blanket ban makes it easier to enforce, though. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

City of Hills Art Fest Today

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ART & MUSIC – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Outdoor street festival featuring outstanding regional artists, crafters, musicians, writers, more. Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit cityofthehillsartsfestival.com

O-COUNTY FAIR – 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. See best Otsego County has to offer. Daily shows, rides, more. Highlights include equestrian Gymkhana, bicycle giveaway, truck pull, livestock parade of champions, Supreme Champion Showmanship, talent contest, more. Otsego County Fair, Mills St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit www.otsegocountyfair.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB.9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB.9

Kick Off The Winter Carnival

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CHILI LUNCHEON – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy Homemade chili or soup to warm the soul for Winter Carnival. All you can eat with bread, drink, tasty dessert. Donations support ongoing ministries. First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Visit www.cooperstownwintercarnival.com/event-schedule

ART SHOW – 4 – 6 p.m. Opening “Art in Winter: Rural Resonance” features 3 well know local artists: Tracy Helgeson, Alice Hudson, & Lavern Kelly. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5327 or visit www.facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown/

Craig Buckbee Gives Talk To Trouts Unlimited

Craig Buckbee Gives Talk

To Trouts Unlimited

Above, Guest speaker Craig Buckbee, Burlington Flatts, international fly fisherman, gives a talk on Spey casting techniques to fellow Trouts Unlimited members Barbara Loeffer, Davenport, Mike Empey, Davenport, and Matt Tavross, Milford, and Dave plumber, Oneonta, this evening at Fortin Park where the Charlotte Creek meets the Susquehanna River.  Buckbee brought a selection of rods which he used to illustrate how to cast and recover the line with minimal effort by using ‘the snake’ and ‘D’ method of recovering and re-directing a line with minimal effort and water disruption. Right, Craig Buckbee in action, demonstrating the ‘D Spey’ cast, as it forms the shape of a ‘D’. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Roots Brewing Co. Hosts OWL Fundraiser

Roots Brewing Co.

Hosts OWL Fundraiser

The Board of The Oneonta World of Learning (OWL), Amy Pondolfino, Rachel Rissberger, Elayne Mosher-Campoli, Caitlyn Davey, Aaron Sorensen and Caroline Cooper invite you down to Roots Brewing Co. this evening for a OWL fundraiser. There is a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and lots of games for the whole family! A portion of all drinks sold will go toward finalizing OWL’s new home at the Fortin House at Fortin Park.  Auction ends at 9pm, event goes until 10pm.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
OWL Migrates To Fortin Park

OWL Migrates To Fortin Park

By LIBBY CUDMORE •  for AllOTSEGO.com

OWL is moving its "nest" from downtown Oneonta to the house at Fortin Park.
OWL is moving its “nest” from downtown Oneonta to the house at Fortin Park.

ONEONTA – OWL, the Oneonta World of Learning, will take up a permanent nest in the house at Fortin Park.

The Town of Oneonta has given OWL use of the house, starting in late August, for their play space, as well as use of the playgrounds, fields and pavilions.  With this arrangement, OWL will also be able to add outdoor activities to its offerings, which include PaintFest, Dig Dirt Day and the Ice Cream Social.

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