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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 22

Music Of West Africa

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WORLD MUSIC – 8 p.m. – Contemporary West African music performed by world-renowned vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Sona Jobarteh at West Kortright Center. $28 Non-members($32 day of); $24 Members ($28 day of); $10 under 19; free 8 and under. 49 W Kortright Church Rd, East Meredith. Info, (607) 278-5454, www.westkc.org

Legal Marijuana Will Enslave Many

EDITORIAL

Legal Marijuana

Will Enslave Many

Marijuana is many times more powerful than it used to be and a danger – particularly to our children, Ben Cort, a substance-abuse and marijuana-commercializatoin expert from Colorado told a LEAF-sponsored forum locally. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

A visitor to Otsego County from Vermont a few days ago described what seems to be a sensible end to marijuana prosecutions in the Green Mountain State.

Smoking pot has been decriminalized, not legalized.  Folks who smoke it are allowed to grow enough for their own use.  End of discussion.  Live and let live.

Alas, poor New York State, where we’re focused, not on live and let live, but on extracting the maximum in revenues from a prospective $3 billion industry and spreading it around among our partisan friends.

After months of smoke and fiery rhetoric over marijuana legalization, Governor Cuomo Monday, June 3, doused hopes, saying it probably won’t happen this year.

Marijuana Stronger Today, Expert Says At Workshop

Marijuana Stronger Today,

Expert Warns At Workshop

Ben Cort, a Substance Use Disorder treatment expert from Colorado, shows a chart depicting the sharp increase in the average level of THC in marijuana over the past 40 years, from 2.5 to 10 percent, during his presentation,“Marijuana 2019: Commercialization, Community, and the New Normal,” at the Quality Inn today. With the state set to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the next year, LEAF sponsored the event so local business and political leaders, human services and health professionals, and educators could learn about the impact of legalization on cannabis use, both recreational and medicinal, and abuse. “We need to understand the big differences between how marijuana was used 40 years ago and how it’s used now,” Cort said. “Not understanding that and not taking cannabis use seriously is doing a disservice to those calling for help with their addiction.” (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
Sobriety Celebrated at LEAF Poetry & Art Show

Sobriety Celebrated at

LEAF Poetry & Art Show

Sam Judd, Oneonta, shows some personal photographs before singing the poem he wrote for LEAF’s 2019 Art & Poetry Contest on the theme, “Home Is Where The Heart Is,” at CANO’s headquarters in the Wilber Mansion Friday evening.   The poem, which took third place in the Adult category, celebrates an adventure he went on with his wife and new dog, Jasper.  Attendees packed the venue, examining art that filled and walls of four rooms, and packing the main room to hear poet read their original works.  (Jennifer Hill/ AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Thanksgiving 5K Run

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THANKSGIVING

TURKEY TROT – 9 a.m. Start Thanksgiving day with a 5K run or 2.5K walk to support Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care. Registration, $35 day-of. Oneonta Boys & Girls Club, 70 River St., Oneonta. 607-432-5525 or visit www.Hospice5k.com

COMMUNITY DINNER – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Celebrate Thanksgiving with the community. Transportation or takeout available. All welcome, no charge. Oneonta Elks Lodge, 84 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-433-0356 or visit www.facebook.com/LEAFinc/

Brenner, Burns Honored For Work With Recovery Community

Brenner, Burns Honored For

Work With Recovery Community

Julie Dostal, Executive Director of LEAF, left, and Deborah Berrios, Director of FOR-DO, right, presented awards to Oneonta Police Chief Doug Brenner, and Otsego County Judge Brian Burns (award accepted by Court Attorney Nathan Getman) at the 9th annual Here Comes The Sun Recovery Awards Dinner on Friday evening. Chief Brenner received the Robert S. Sioussat Appreciation Award for outstanding contribution and service to alcohol, tobacco and other drug problem prevention, while Judge Burns received the FOR-DO Amethyst Award in recognition of his efforts to support the local recovery community. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 24

Music, Literature, Bill Murray

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SPECIAL PERFORMANCE – 8 p.m. One night program featuring chamber music and literature with cellist Jan Vogler, pianist Vanessa Perez, and violinist Mira Wang performing selections from Bach, Schubert, and readings from Walt Whitman and James Fenimore Cooper. Also including Bill Murray (Ghost Busters, Lost in Translation, Moonlight Kingdom, etc.). Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-2255 or visit glimmerglass.org/events/bill-murray-jan-vogler-and-friends-new-worlds/

CONCERT – 7 p.m. Dyer Switch Band performs traditional tunes from 1st-generation bluegrass giants, as well as originals. Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5256 or visit richcooperstown.org/lakefront-concert-series/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 29

Workshop On Aromatherapy

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PROGRAM – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Learn to make your own oil diffuser and about the benefits of aromatherapy. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/calendar/

FILM SCREENING – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Showing “Smacked: Addiction & Recovery in Rural America” showing how/why people become addicted to heroin and what the medical, law, education systems are doing to combat it. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-432-0090 or visit www.facebook.com/LEAFinc/

LEAF Art & Poetry Contest Brings Community Together

LEAF Art & Poetry Contest

Brings Community Together

Observing an art piece titled “Flash-Fast” by Richard Birkett, Meaghan Mariano, Oneonta, holds her curious 1 year old son, Paul, and enjoys the art piece with friend, Shane Howell, Oneonta. The group were just part of the large crowd that filled the Wilber Mansion this evening for the LEAF Art & Poetry contest. The walls of the mansion were filled with work from local artists, with several poems also being read. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 13

Continuing The Battle

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FIGHT WALK – 6 p.m. – Midnight. Enter to raise awareness and money for local families battling cancer. Features food, activities, music. Entry, $15. Field House, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3310 or visit suny.oneonta.edu/csrc/oh-fight-walk

OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Celebrate the opening of exhibits “In Motion,” featuring works by Christopher Murray and Akira Nitsu, and the solo exhibit “Possum’s Persimmon Picnic” by Mary Lou Ganio. Cooperstown Art Association. Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

Day 1 of Otsego Health Fair Already ‘A Phenomenal Success’
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Day 1, And Otsego Health Fair

Already ‘Phenomenal Success’

At the first Otsego County Healthy Living Expo today, organizer Mathew Johnson, left, and Julie Dostal, right, look on as Bassett physician Richard Brown briefs state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, on National Take Back Week, an initiative to collect outdated prescriptions. Inset photo, Allistair, left, and Alex Scorzafava, center, present Michael Gardner, Milford, with a brand new bicycle provided by New York Central Mutual; the company will be giving out another 25 bike tomorrow (Saturday), when the Expo resumes from 10 to 4 in Foothills’ Atrium.  The event features 40 local organizations providing information on healthy living. Visitors can get information and resources, plus fresh produce courtesy of Pathfinder village.  You can pet animals from the Utica Zoo, listen to guest speakers, or have your feet checked for weight distribution.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 25

Student & Faculty

Cabaret Performance

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CABARET NIGHT – 5 p.m. Enjoy an evenings entertainment with FOMA. Features Brooks BBQ, auction, 50/50 raffle, and the student, faculty, & family bands performing. Tickets, $15/adult. Cooperstown High School. Call 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org

GALLERY RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening reception for “Cotton: The soft dangerous beauty of the past.” Exhibit explores both the beauty of cotton and how it prolonged slavery in the US. Reception features gallery talk and dance performance “Cotton in Motion.” Exhibit on display thru 3/16. Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3456 or visit suny.oneonta.edu/art-department/art-galleries

 Esther C. Brooks, 88, Dietician; Husband Director Of Clark Gym
IN MEMORIAM

 Esther C. Brooks, 88, Dietician;

Husband Director Of Clark Gym 

Esther C. Brooks

COOPERSTOWN – Esther C. Brooks, 88, former CCS cafeteria manager whose late husband was Clark Sports Center director, died early Sunday morning, Sept. 10, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Otsego.

Born Esther Claire Kent on Aug. 24, 1929, in Lawrence, Mass., she was a daughter of Charles Francis Kent and Clara Mary née Balfour Kent.

After graduating from high school, Esther attended Simmons College in Boston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics. She then attended Russell Sage College in Troy, earning a master’s Community Health Education.

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