HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 13
SESQUICENTENNIAL – Noon – 9 p.m. Celebrate 150th anniversary of Cooperstown-Charlotte Valley Railway with golden spike, speeches, music, celebratory train ride followed by cannon shoot, ice cream social, historical presentation, fireworks, more. Cost, $30/adult. Depart Milford Depot, 136 E. Main St., Milford. 607-432-2429 or visit www.facebook.com/cacvrr/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MARCH 28
TRIVIA BINGO – 7 p.m. Test your knowledge of history with the League of Women Voters in a trivia contest. Prizes, snacks available. Cooperstown Fire Hall, 24 Chestnut St., Cooperstown. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org
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200 YEARS AGO
Information Wanted. In the year 1814, a young man of the name of Carlos L. Mallory, a native of Woodbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, and then resident with David Woodward, of that place, as an apprentice to the tanning and currying and shoemaking business, left his home, and has never been heard of by his friends since that period. He is now, if living, 24 years of age, about six feet high, black eyes, and of a dark complexion. The object of this notice is to obtain information of his present situation. Any person, therefore, who can communicate anything relative to the fate of this young man, will do an act of humanity, which will be remembered with lasting gratitude by his afflicted parents and relatives, by addressing letters to Mr. Nathaniel Mallory, Newton in Fairfield County, Connecticut. January 1, 1819. Printers in the United States will sub-serve the interest of society, by giving the above one or two insertions.
January 18, 1819
175 YEARS AGO
Found Dead – A man named John B. Taylor was found dead by the
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of The Fenimore Art Museum Research Library.
150 Years Ago
On Tuesday, January 12, 1869, the great event transpired for which the people have been waiting many years. Five trains full of people were gathered between Albany and Binghamton, the last on reaching its destination at 5:30 p.m. The banquet in honor of the occasion was held at Fireman’s Hall in that live young city, and did not close its festivities until a late hour. Hon. R. Balcom of Binghamton presided and introduced the several speakers, beginning very properly after a brief welcome to Binghamton by G. Bartlett, Esq., with that of Hon. J.H. Ramsey, the President and Hero of the road. Mr. Bartlett gave the following sentiment: “The Albany and Susquehanna Railroad – May the untiring energy and perseverance which brought it into existence continue to control, guide and shape its future destiny.” President Ramsey responded following a loud and persistent outburst of applause. He said: “I am not unmindful of the honor conferred upon me. But I am conscious that that honor should fairly belong to many men other than the humble individual who now addresses you. It is a subject of great rejoicing to all the people along the line of the road that an important line of communication and traffic has been opened, and that they will enjoy its benefits.”
125 Years Ago
The Library – Friday evening the Board of Directors and the Trustees of the Oneonta Public Library met with Professor Bull at the Union School building and divided the books, of which there were above 8,000, between the school and the public library, in accordance with the library law. The school retains most of the books of reference, including two of the cyclopedias. The public library takes all the works adapted for general circulation.
100 Years Ago
The legislatures of 35 states, one less than the required three-fourths, have ratified the prohibition constitutional amendment. Several state assemblies now in session are expected to take action tomorrow with a probable race between
Editorial for December 6, 2018.
George H.W. Bush
Life Is An Example Of
Simple Courtesy To Us All
When he was first running for U.S. senator from Vermont in 1974, Patrick Leahy, now eminent ranking Democrat and erstwhile chairman of the Judiciary Committee, used to joke, “Washington D.C. you can’t get there from here.”
Whatever way you look at it, it’s a long way from here to the corridors of power and vice versa. But it’s boys from cities and towns much like Oneonta and Cooperstown all over the nation who get elected president of the United States more often than not.
On Presidents’ Day for a decade now, this newspaper has celebrated points of inspiration and guidance American presidents can provide to those of us back home.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Catskill Choral Society presents “NOEL! A Celebration of Carols Past and Present” featuring Messe de minuit pour Noel, more with artistic director/conductor Dr. G. Roberts Kolb. Tickets $22/adult at-door. Auditorium, Cooperstown High School. 607-431-6060 or visit catskillchoralsociety.com
GARDEN CLUB – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Holiday Greens Sale & Luncheon features wreaths, fresh arrangements, holiday bake sale and soups and sandwiches at the luncheon. Proceeds used to beautify downtown Oneonta. St. James Episcopal Church, 300 Main St., Oneonta. E-mail email@example.com or visit www.facebook.com/Oneonta-Federated-Garden-Club-133855897358767/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
OPENING NIGHT PARTY – 8 – 10 p.m. Traditional opening night bash for Glimmerglass film days. Features buffet, complimentary beverage, cash bar, chance to meet artists, filmmakers. Enjoy video, sculpture exhibit by Ted Lott and Yeon Jin Kim. The Smithy, Cooperstown. 607-547-8881 or visit www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org/films-events-01/opening-night-party-and-companion-exhibition
VISITING WRITERS – 7 p.m. Kick off writers series with fiction writer Stephanie King, interim coordinator of Hartwick’s Writing Center, award winning author. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4921 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/stephanie-king-kicks-off-hartwicks-2018-19-visiting-writers-series/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1
LECTURE – 7:30 p.m. Join Mick Moloney for 2018 Buckley Lecture. Learn about Percussive Dance Traditions in North America ranging from Appalachian, African American flat foot, clogging to Irish sean nos, step dance. Donations welcome. 607-547-2586.
HISTORY SERIES – 7 p.m. “Scots-Irish Immigration and Defense of the Colonial New York Frontier including the Cherry Valley Massacre, 1740 to 1778” by Terry McMaster, independent historian whose research focuses on American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley, settlement patterns, family connections, border warfare along New York’s western frontier. Suggested donation, $5. Fort Plain Museum, 389 Canal St., Fort Plain. 518-993-2527 or visit www.fortplainmuseum.com/viewevent.aspx?ID=1032
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24
HISTORY SERIES – 6 p.m. Presentation “Who Wore It Better? The Trials of Progress and the Wise “Future Face of America”” discussing efforts by DeWitt Clinton and President George Washington to make internal improvements in the young country, specifically their efforts to build the Erie Canal, Potomac Company Canal Project. Arkell Museum, 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie. 518-673-2314 or visit www.arkellmuseum.org/events-calendar
TEEN WRITERS – 4 p.m. Monthly program where teens participate in writing prompts, share ideas, work with others. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
MONSTERS & UNDEAD – 6 – 7 p.m. Presentation by Dr. Tracy Betsinger, bioarcheologist at SUNY Oneonta shares research on deviant burials, such as vampires buried in 17th-18th century Poland. Free, open to community. A. J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2011.
SPAGHETTI DINNER – 5 – 7 p.m. Support Cooperstown Boy Scouts, enjoy spaghetti with homemade sauce, sausage, meatballs, salad, dessert, more. Takeout available. Cost, $10/adult. Cooperstown Vets Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 15
HISTORY PRESENTATION – 7 – 8:30 p.m. “Working the Night Shift: Life After Dark in the Ancient World” presented by archaeologist Dr. April Nowell on how night work differed in history from blacksmiths, hunters, agriculturalists, poets, rebellion leaders, navigators, more. A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2011 or visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2839174
WRITERS EVENING – 7 p.m. Local writers present works in progress followed by moderated Q&A session. New writers welcome to supportive community. Stamford Village Library, 117 Main St., Stamford. 607-326-7908 or visit roxburyartsgroup.org/2017/03/15/october-15-writers-evening/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
KITE FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All day outdoor kite fly for all. Includes Rev Riders Team Performances, Fighter Kite Battles, more. Admission, $5/adult. Campbell Road, Cherry Valley. 607-264-3080 or visit www.facebook.com/cherryvalleyartworks/
BLOCK PARTY – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Benefit for Family Resource Network features free hot dogs, vendors, children’s activities, opportunity to dunk Pastor Paul, 3 tries/$1, Noon – 12:30 p.m. Bring friends, meet more. Atonement Lutheran Church parking lot, 1 Center St., Oneonta. 607-432-6852.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
TREES OF COOPERSTOWN – 5:30 p.m. Tour Cooperstown with Otsego County Conservation Association, learn benefits of street trees, threats to urban forests, basics of tree anatomy, identification. Free, open to public. Pre-registration preferred. Meet at Pioneer Park, Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/the-trees-of-cooperstown/
GARDEN CLUB – 6:30 p.m. Public meeting hosts Don Urtz presenting photographs of work done by the club over the years. Free, refreshments provided. Richfield Springs Village Library, 102 W. Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or visit www.facebook.com/Richfield-Springs-Public-Library-1068210423236404/