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Daffodil Giveaway Returns To Farmer’s Market Saturday

Daffodil Giveaway Returns

To Farmer’s Market Saturday

Oneonta Garden Club members Phyllis Gunther and Laurie Zimniewicz pack up 4,500 daffodil bulbs for their annual giveaway at the Oneonta Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Oct. 10. For the third year in a row, the club will give way bags of 25 bulbs for free on a first-come, first-serve basis to help brighten Oneonta come spring. (Ian Austin/
‘Hop On Books’ Aims To Bring Books To Kids


‘Hop On Books’ Brings

675 To Kids At Home

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

ONEONTA – With schools and libraries closed, Laurie Zimniewicz was worried that kids stuck at home wouldn’t have access to other worlds.

“Books help you go on an adventure in your mind,” she said. “It opens us to places we can’t be, and that’s so important when you’re sheltering-in-place.”

Inspired by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who put together a program with his local non-profits to distribute books with free lunch pickups, Zimniewicz partnered with Jim Havener, Green Toad Books, to raised money for and distribute books to Oneonta students.

‘Prayer For Peace” Premiered At Temple Beth El Concert

‘Prayer For Peace’ Begins

At Temple Beth El Concert

Above, members of Eight is Eneuf sing “Prayer for Peace”, written by Robin Eletsky, Milford, in it’s first public performance at Temple Beth El in Oneonta this afternoon during the Music From Around The World concert to celebrate our shared humanity. Musical guests included Rabbi George Hirschfeld, Ana Laura Gonzalez, Stan Fox and Andy Puritz. Among the audience was Maciej Żółtowski, newly chosen conductor of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, seen at right, applauding alongside Laurie Zimniewicz, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/

Garden Club To Give Away 4,000 Daffodil Bulbs

Oneonta Garden Club

Giving Away 4,000 Bulbs

Phyllis Gunther, left, and Laurie Zimniewicz sort and package 4,000 daffodil bulbs as part of the Oneonta Garden Club’s second annual daffodil giveaway at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Oneonta Farmers Market. A grant from the Future for Oneonta Foundation allowed them to buy the bulbs and give them away for free in bags of 25 each in hopes of beautifying Oneonta with flowers. But get there early; last year, all 3,000 bulbs were gone in less than two hours.  (Ian Austin/
What Now? ‘Activism 101’ Aims To Show New Way In Trump Era

What Now?  ‘Activism 101’ Aims

To Show New Way In Trump Era

A panel discussion wraps up “Activism 101,” featuring consultant Leslie Berliant of Savor the Success, a consultancy for women entrepreneurs.  The workshop this afternoon at Oneonta’s Unitarian Universalist Church sought to help participants channel energies released by the Jan. 21 Women’s March in Washington D.C. (and related local marches in Oneonta and Cooperstown).    Jessica Carroll, a Standing Rock anti-pipeline activist, right, makes a point as other panelists prepare to add their inputs.  From left are Berliant, Laurie Zimniewicz, a community leader; Deb Marcus, executive director, Family Planning of South Central New York; Colleen Blalock, who helped organize the local march; and Shinique Smith and Jordan Skeete of SUNY Oneonta’s Divine Leaders, an organization that seeks self-empowerment and social justice.  More than 100 community members participated.    (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.c0m)


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