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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/

New Store Joins Mall And Mall-o-ween Festivities

Newest Store Joins Mall,

Mall-O-Ween Festivities

All manner of spooks, ghouls and goblins invaded the halls of Oneonta’s Southside Mall this afternoon for the annual Mall-O-Ween for children and their families. Above, Keith Gray, owner of Luncheons & Dragons game store, the mall’s newest tenant, hands out candy alongside Jessi Wiertz, to Madison Orozco, Alliya Leggett, Skyla Orozco and Rakem Browne. The store is set to open Nov. 1 – Friday – in the former FYE. (Ian  Austin/
Small Scale,  Big Reality


Small Solar System

Shows Big Realities

Kathryn Demby, her grandson, Lukas Dolan, 10, of Worcester; Cristina Hansen, adjunct lecturer for SUNY Oneonta’s physics lab; her husband, Erik Stengler, professor in CGP’s Science Museum Studies Track; Jim Hill, OCCA vice president, and far right, Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

COOPERSTOWN  – They might not look like space explorers, but the seven who met Saturday morning at the railroad tracks were just that.

Bill Ralston led a tour of the Earth’s solar system, from the sun to Pluto, by using common objects to represent the planets and walking specific numbers of paces between them to represent actual distances between them.

Kids Enjoy Day Off At Upbeat Club

Kids Spend Day Off At Upbeat Club

With county schools closed for superintendent conference days,  Cooperstown area children in grades 1-8 spent a day of activity at Upbeat Club at the Christ Church. Above, Diane Koffer, Cooperstown, oversees Molly Murphy,  Allie Nagleschmidt and Zola Palmer in the kitchen baking cookies. At right, Elias Vazquez, Hartwick, and Elainie Nelan and Alana Feury, both of Cooperstown, make inspiration blocks. The program operates on days children are off from school, and focuses on faith-based crafts, games, cooking and promoting character growth. It is sponsored by the Ecumenical  Council of Churches in Cooperstown. (Ian Austin/


Learn To Fish On Ice


Last Day to reserve for Chicken & Biscuit Dinner Theater, First United Methodist Church of Oneonta. 432-4102.

ICE FISHING WORKSHOP – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn to ice-fish with instructors from NYS Parks and the NYS DEC “I Fish NY” Program. Includes Gear and bait, a chance to win your own tackly, fish filleting demonstration, and a chance to learn about winter lake ecology. Glimmerglass State park, Cooperstown. Info,

LIFEGUARDING – 1-3:30 p.m. Have fun in the pool and learn about water safety and lifeguarding. 11-14 year olds. Members $35, non-members $50. Oneonta YMCA, 20 – 26 Ford Avenue, Oneonta. Info,

CLUBHOUSE – 6-8 p.m.  Includes free food and give-aways. A judgement free zone where teens can relax with their friends. Richfield Springs Community Center, 6 Ann St., Richfield Springs. Info, Blake Stensland @ or Jon Ramirez @ or call the Family Resource Network @ (607)432-0001 or

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