TREE LIGHTING – 4:30 – 6 p.m. Inaugural ceremony with Otego Mayor Ernie Kroll followed by Christmas tree lighting at the library, then caroling. Bring non-perishable food for Otego Food Bank. Begins at Otego Firehouse, 5 River St., Otego. 607-988-6661 or visit www.facebook.com/harrislibrary/
ONEONTA – David F. Mattice, 89, of Oneonta, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Jan. 8, 1929, in North Franklin, the son of the late Kenneth W. and Violet (Loreman) Mattice Sr.
Dave was the owner/operator of Tiny’s Inn from 1978 to 1989, where he loved to spend time on the dance floor.
In his younger years he was a dairy farmer, but left the farm to go to work as a tool man at Bendix/Scintilla for 34 years. His heart was always in farming, and following his retirement Dave helped his son Ron out with his farm.
FUNDRAISER – 5:30 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a train ride, live music to support The Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Meet the dogs. Cost, $40/person. Cooperstown Charlotte Valley Railroad, 136 Main St., Milford. 607-547-8111 or visit susquehannaanimalshelter.org/on-the-rails-for-tails/
ANNIVERSARY – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Celebrate 80th anniversary of Fairy Spring Park. Features local funk band Hanzolo, Stewarts’ ice cream floats, silent auction of painting of the park by local painter, May-Britt Joyce. Free admission, donations welcome. Fairy Springs Park, 136 Co. Rd. 31, Cooperstown.
Editor’s Note: The column, Money Talk, by Tom Morgan of Franklin, the retired Oneonta investment counselor, is syndicated nationally. Here is this week’s column.
The national mood has set me thinking. About bi-sexuality. You know, AC/DC. Also about pouting in the back seat of the car.
First, the sex thing. I know, you were hoping sex would come first.
Woody Allen reckoned that bi-sexuality doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night. I reckon that being bi-politic doubles your chances for satisfactions with the Trump administration. Just as being bi-social doubles your chances for solid friendships.
My suggestion is simple: If you take an extreme stance you will miss a lot. You will be like the kid who does not want to go to his sister’s birthday party. He pouts in the back seat. Arms pressed against his chest. Lips clamped. “I am not, not, not going to enjoy this party.”
With that attitude he misses out on all the games. And the delights of ice cream and cake.
We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.
CANDLELIGHT EVENING – 3-7 p.m. Participate in a beloved holiday tradition. The museum is decorated with greenery and candles with wagon rides, a dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol”, arts & crafts for the kids, visits with Saint Nicholas, complimentary wassail, a bonfire on the Tavern Green, and Caroling by the Catskill Chamber Singers. The Farmers Museum, 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, www.farmersmuseum.org/Candlelight-Evening
WASSAIL WEEKEND – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Demonstration on how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday dring. Savory spices blended with sweet cider at The Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Info, 1-800-505-6455, flycreekcidermill.com
FRANKLIN – Michael Raymond Donnell, Sr., who for 30 was a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, serving the faithful in Franklin and Sidney, died peacefully at home on July 9, 2016.
He was born in Springfield, Mass., on June 12, 1931, son of Raymond F. and Alma (Kreiger) Donnell. He was raised in Darien, Conn., and graduated from Darien High School in 1949 and Suffield Academy in 1950.
ALBANY – The state Senate has passed legislation renaming a portion of State Route 357 in Delaware County in honor of Marine Corps Cpl. Nicholas K. Uzenski. The bill (S.6955), sponsored by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, pays tribute to the decorated young patriot who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
“Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life,” said Seward. “Corporal Uzenski made the ultimate sacrifice and we owe it to him and his family to keep his memory alive.”