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Huntington Library

Seed Swap Moves To Huntington Library

Seed Swap Moves

To Huntington Library

Mark Boshnak and Ellen Alex, both of Oneonta, and Sandi Andrews, Milford, look over some of the offerings at the 3rd annual seed swap, which was sponsored by the Otsego County Master Gardeners at Oneonta’s Huntington Memorial Library this morning. Guests could come and get a wide selection of seeds for vegetable gardens and flower beds. For the past two years the event had been held at the Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick, but it was moved to Oneonta as the  larger population center. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Swart-Wilcox House Opens Season With 1870s Diary Reading

Swart-Wilcox House Opens Season

With Reading Of 1870s Journals

Helen Rees, standing, reads from Henry Wilcox’s 1870s diaries during the first event of the Swart-Wilcox House’s annual summer series of lectures. The diaries, discovered around the bicentennial, had been given to the Huntington Library, but later returned to the Friends of Swart-Wilcox, who are currently in the process of transcribing them. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Making Faces At Library Pumpkin Glow

Making Faces At

Library Pumpkin Glow

The walkways outside of Huntington Memorial Library were aglow this evening as residents brought their creations to the pumpkin glow. Above, West Oneonta’s Kim Ferstler and Ed Keator, left, pose with their pumpkin creations, while Randy Keator, places his darling clementine jack-o-lantern made from, what else, a clementine orange! At right, Elizabeth Raphelson places a pumpkin along the walkway bearing the logo of her store The Underground Attic. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Oneonta Pauses To View Eclipse

Oneonta Pauses

To View Eclipse

Above, over 250 people gathered on the lawn of the Huntington Memorial library this afternoon for an Eclipse viewing party. Protective eyeware sold out everywhere, but the crowd shared 30+ pairs provided by the library. In addition Prof. Kevin Shultz and Dr. Lawrence Nienart were on hand with telescopes and projectors so people could view the event on a large scale. Still others opted for the DIY option and came with their own home made pinhole cameras. At right, Hannah Ransford, Delhi, looks through the telescope that was covered with aluminized mylar to safely view the eclipse. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Snow Day Oneonta

Snow Day Oneonta!

Schools, City Hall Closed As Storm Stella Blankets State

ONEONTA – With schools, the Huntington Library and City Hall closed, Oneonta has effectively taken a snow day for Winter Storm Stella.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency for all 62 counties in New York, and locally, Mayor Gary Herzig has asked all residents to avoid any unnecessary travel. “To protect the safety of all, Oneonta residents should stay home on Tuesday unless travel is essential,” he wrote in a release. “The City is prepared to clear our roads; however, conditions may be treacherous. Please stay tuned to local media for the potential of road closings. All persons should also exercise extreme care and err on the side of caution when shoveling or otherwise removing snow.”

Fabulous Friday Fun And Festivities

Huntington Library Host

For Fabulous Friday Events

Oneonta sisters Nora and Evie Sander, run through an obstacle course outside the Huntington Memorial Library this afternoon as part of Fabulous Fridays. The event was moved from downtown to the lawn of the library as a change of pace, and featured children's crafts, hula hooping, live singing and dancing and a magic show. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta sisters Nora and Evie Sander, run through an obstacle course outside Oneonta’s Huntington Memorial Library this afternoon as part of today’s Fabulous Friday. The event was moved from Muller Plaza to the lawn of the Huntington Memorial Library as a change of pace, and featured children’s crafts, hula hooping, a magic show and live singing and dancing. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Energy Level Soars As Library Opens New Children’s Room

Energy Level Soars As Library

Opens New Children’s Room

The sound of excited young voices reverberated through Oneonta's Huntington Memorial Library last evening at an open house to celebrate the opening of the new children's room. Youngsters tried their hand as Spero, littleBits, Moss Robot and other learning toys. In top photo, Jennifer Sorensen chats with a busy, busy Charlotte Wiltsey, 2. At left, Tyler Sorensen tries out one of the new offerings as dad Aaron, in background, discusses the new facility with Karen Laing. At right, Library Director Tina Winstead discusses the new facility with Karyl Sage, left, and Rachel Ashara. Rachel, raised in Oneonta (and now living in North Andover, Mass., with her husband and two children) recalled her happy experiences at the library when she was growing up. Home visiting family, she brought son Devan to the open house. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The sound of excited young voices reverberated through Oneonta’s Huntington Memorial Library last evening at an open house to celebrate the new children’s room. Youngsters tried their hand at Sphero, littleBits, Moss Robot and other learning toys. In top photo, Jennifer Sorensen chats with a busy, busy Charlotte Wiltsey, 2. At left, Tyler Sorensen tries out one of the new offerings as dad Aaron, in background, discusses the new facility with Karen Laing. At right, Library Director Tina Winstead and Karyl Sage, left, chat with mom Rachel Ashara, who was raised in Oneonta (and now lives in North Andover, Mass., with her husband and two children).  Rachel recalled her happy experiences at the library when she was growing up. Home visiting family, she brought son Devan to the open house. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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