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News of Otsego County

HALLOWEEN

Parade Packs Main Street Cooperstown

Halloween Parade Packs
Main Street Cooperstown

Members of the Cooperstown High School Band marched down Main Street at the front of this years parade, performing a rendition of the ‘Jaws’ Theme. Front is Band Director Kerri Hogle followed by Margaret Kaffo, Saxophone, Cate Bohler, Trumpet, Ava Lesko, Trumpet, Lily Shanker, Trombone, Elizabeth Hughes, Trombone, Tara Phillips, Saxophone, Oliver Wasson, Trumpet, Finn Morgan, Bass, Chris Savoie, Snare Drum, and Henry LeCates on the Tuba.

Trick or Treating was already underway on Main Street Cooperstown when the Halloween Parade kicked off at 5 p.m. Lead by a police car the first down the street were members of the Cooperstown High School Band performing a rendition of horror classic ‘Jaws’ theme, their first performance since winter 2019. Following them was an absolute hoard of children and parents which filled the street with everything from Princesses and goblins to post office boxes and garden soil.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Downtown Trick Or Virtual Tour 10-30-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30

Downtown Trick Or Treat & Virtual Tour

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TRICK OR TREAT – Noon. Kids are invited to join Destination Oneonta to trick or treat at participating businesses and then be wowed by the Ghoulies and Ghosties of the Halloween Parade. Main Street, Oneonta. 607-432-2941 or visit www.facebook.com/DestinationOneonta/

 

VIRTUAL TOUR – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Get the family together to explore the exhibit ‘Believe in Yourself: What We Learned From Arthur.’ See original illustrations spanning the career of Marc Brown, the creator of the Arthur Adventure Book series which became the popular television show ‘Arthur.’ See his pencil drawings, learn about the storyboarding process, and see clips from an interview. Free, registration required. Suggested donation, $10. Presented by The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Jack-O-Lanterns in Huntington Park 10-29-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29

Jack-O-Lanterns in Huntington Park

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PUMPKIN GLOW – 6 – 7:30 p.m. Take a stroll through the park, lit by Jack-O-Lanterns on the Friday before Halloween. Admire the creativity of your neighbors and vote on your favorite. Carved pumpkins must be dropped off before 5 p.m. The theme this year is ‘your favorite spooky story.’ Participants receive prizes for the People’s Choice Award and the best pumpkin that fits this the theme, and a chance to win a $50 gift card. You can also request a free pumpkin to carve and display in the park. Huntington Park, Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/

The Cooperstown Halloween parade
Photo credit: Thisiscooperstown.com

The Cooperstown Halloween parade

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Whether in person or virtual, creepy or not, Otsego County has several events lined up for Halloween weekend 2021. So, get ready to activate your inner ghost or goblin and have Halloween fun your way with these events.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Explore Folk Art After Dark 10-20-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20

Explore Folk Art After Dark

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ART IN THE DARK – 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. Tour museums galleries of folk & fine art by Lantern Light with guides. Learn some of the mysterious, melancholy, untold stories behind the pieces & discover secrets with ultra-violet light. Limited to 10/tour. Cost, $15/non-member. Masks, pre-registration required. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

Alleged Halloween party stabber appears in court

Alleged Halloween party stabber appears in court

By KEVIN LIMITI• Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Public defender Brett Cowen, left, defends Richard Gantt on Monday, May 24, in Otsego County Court in Cooperstown. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego).

COOPERSTOWN  – An Oneonta man, whose violent altercation in Unadilla ended in a stabbing and the victim having to be taken by helicopter to a medical facility, appeared in Otsego County court Monday, May 24, to face charges of assault in the first and second degree.

Richard Gantt voluntarily agreed to be interviewed by state police, according to testimony.

“I was called because it was a serious case,” Jeremy Hicks, investigator for the New York State Police, said via video in the courtroom.

The confrontation which led to the stabbing occurred on Sunday, Oct, 18, 2020, at a Halloween party, with Logan Kabana of Oneonta.

Gantt, who is Black, claimed during the police interview that Kabana had made racial remarks, leading to the fight.

However, Kabana said during the proceedings, that he had been hanging out with Gantt and did a shot with him when he made a remark that somebody who was hanging out near the fire pit was a serial killer and was going to get Gantt. This allegedly caused Gantt to fly into a rage and resulted in Kabana being assaulted and stabbed.

The next day, Kabana picked out Gantt from a photo array and police sought out Gantt’s girlfriend, who works at Springbrook, and eventually got him to come down to the state police barracks in Oneonta, where he was read his Miranda rights.

Lambert at one point warned an observer in the courtroom, who was shaking their head demonstrably in reaction to an overruled objection, to no longer do that or they would be removed from the courtroom.

There was no return court appearance set, but Lambert predicted they would convene again in about a month.

Big Crowds Turn Out For Main Street Halloween

Big Crowds Turn Out

For Oneonta Halloween

While the annual Halloween parade may not be on, that gave throngs of ghouls, ghosts, superheroes and princesses all the more reason to head downtown for the annual trick-or-treating event on this afternoon on Main street in Oneonta. Above,  Brendan DeFalco, a brother with Chi Phi fraternity, hands out candy outside Tokyo Japanese Cuisine to Oneonta’s Reese Robinson and Rowan and Wyatt Keto. At right, Benjamin Reese shows how to walk like a robot in his homemade robot costume. College students were invited downtown to help hand out the candy in front of local businesses as part of the renewed Town-Gown work groups, part of the city’s Survive, Then Thrive initiative. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Halloween Fun In Richfield Springs 10-31-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SARURDAY, OCTOBER 31

Halloween Fun In Richfield Springs

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HALLOWEEN FUN – 10 a.m. – Noon. Bring painted or carved pumpkins to enter in pumpkin contest, winners announced at 10:15, followed by costume contest. Prizes available. All ages welcome. Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or Click Here

VOTE – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Early Voting open. Meadows Office Complex, 140 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. Click Here for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Trunk Or Treat 10-30-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30

Trunk Or Treat

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TRUNK OR TREAT – 4 p.m. Decorate your cars and bring the kids for fun activities from building a spider, pumpkin carving, make a ghost, and of course collecting candy. All stations are sanitized, 6 feet apart. The Railroad Inn, 28 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown.

VOTE – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Voting open. Meadows Office Complex, 140 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. Visit www.otsegocounty.com/departments/board_of_elections/index.php for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Carved Pumpkins On Display 10-25-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

Carved Pumpkins On Display

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PUMPKIN GLOW – 6 – 7 p.m. See artistically carved/decorated pumpkins for this Halloween season. Wear a mask, social distance, be safe. There will be no indoor gathering this year. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

VOTE – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Early Voting open. Meadows Office Complex, 140 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. Visit www.otsegocounty.com/departments/board_of_elections/index.php for info.

Rain Plays Tricks, Doesn’t Deter Treaters

Rain Plays Tricks, But

Doesn’t Deter Treaters

Erratic rain throughout the evening led to the cancellation of Oneonta’s annual Halloween parade, but all manner of ghouls and ghosts made their treat-seeking rounds at local homes and businesses this afternoon and evening. Above, Devin El, Leilani El and Ziyen Giles passed City Hall on their treat-hunting mission, with Lizzette Hopkins and Edward Giles, Maryland, in tow. Inset at right, Oneonta’s Jessica and Paul Benzaleski arrive downtown with their children Adalia and Reilly ready to take home some sweets.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

On Halloween, 3-Generation Tradition Lives On At Jackie’s

On Halloween, 3-Generation

Tradition Lives On At Jackie’s

A three-generation tradition is alive and well at Jackie’s Restaurant in Milford where Jackie Folts, left,  her sisters and the next generation were in full Halloween regalia today. Right of Jackie is sister Brenda Alton, Jordyn Scott, Brooke Sisson and sister Sue Sisson. The ladies pose with Bones and his dog, No-Barc. After the photo, the mother of the family, Sandy Chase of Cooperstown, showed up and posed with Jordyn. When her daughters were kids, Sandy said, they would say “oh, mom,” whenever she would encourage them to celebrate Halloween.  Now, she said, the sisters are enthusiastic about it on their own. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31

Pumpkin Glow, Parade, More

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PARADE – 5 p.m. Dress your best and show off your costume in this years Halloween parade down Main St., Cooperstown.

PUMPKIN GLOW – 6 – 7:30 p.m. Bring your carved pumpkin to enter in a contest or just to display to the trick-or-treaters. After the sun goes down stroll through the park and admire everyone’s handiwork. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/

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