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Lion’s CLub

Lions’ Rubber Ducky Fundraiser Will Finance Leo’s Trip To U.N.

Lions’ Rubber Ducky Fundraiser

Will Finance Leos’ Trip To U.N.

Lion Paul Weber and other club members manned a booth in Cooperstown’s Pioneer Park this morning, lining up sponsors – $20 per duck – for the Rubber Ducky Race coming up Saturday, June 29. The fundraiser will underwrite a trip by the Leo Club, the Lions’ youth arm at CCS, to the United Nations this fall. (Unfamiliar with writing a charter, U.N. organizers drew on the Lions Club’s experience in drafting theirs, Weber said.) On the day of the race, the contesting duck will be placed in the Susquehanna River at Council Rock, and will float into a “V” of buoys. The first 10 winners will receive $50; other gifts from sponsors will also be awarded.  Ducks are also available at Ellsworth & Sill and Mel’s at 22.  Meanwhile, the Bandelions, a combo of Weber and Lions Tom Hohensee and Doug Parry, will perform Friday, June 14, at Mel’s, which will be providing drink specials and other offerings to raise money for the Leo’s trip. (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)
Laughter, Good Spirits Open Annual Seasonal Celebration

2019 COOPERSTOWN WINTER CARNIVAL

Laughter, Good Spirits Open

Annual Seasonal Celebration

“Rich McCaffrey told me there are already more people here than there were for Jeff Katz last year,” Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch said amid general hilarity as she officially opened the 2019 Winter Carnival in the warming tent in Pioneer Park a few minutes ago.  While this is her first winter carnival as mayor, having succeeded Katz last April 1, she confessed to having been present at the first carnival back in 1967.  McCaffrey, left, introduced other members of the Lions Club organizing committee, including Josh McMahon, John Saphier and Jim Donley, as well as Liz Callahan, the member from the general public.  Enjoying the coffee and mulled cider were, inset, Chris and Terry Burns, visiting from Keyport, N.J.  As it happens, the Burnses, who arrived in the village just a few hours ago, were Customer #1 to buy an online subscription to www.AllOTSEGO.com when they were first offered in early January.  Chris first visited Cooperstown with his dad in the 1960s when he was 10; Terry’s grandfather was sports editor of the Syracuse Post Standard, and she grew up surrounded by lore about the Hall of Fame.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.7
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.7

Otsego Land Trust Presents

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LIONS CLUB – 6:30 p.m. At this meeting Patricia Szarpa, Executive Director of the Otsego Land Trust, will speak. The Tunnicliff Inn, 34 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/CooperstownLionsClub/

HISTORY DISCUSSION – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Introductory Session  of 6 discussions on “Making Sense of the Civil War” facilitated by SUNY Oneonta’s Susan Goodier. Readings available for loan while supplies last. Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/adult-programs/

Lions Club Recruiting Winter Fest Volunteers
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Lions Club Recruiting

Winter Fest Volunteers

Cooperstown Lions Club members were out in force today at a public reception at the Tunnicliff Inn to recruit volunteers for the 51st Cooperstown Winter Carnival, planned Feb. 9-11 at numerous venues in and around the village.  Seated, from left, are Lions  Jason Tabor, Deirdre Donley and Georgia Hren-Saphier.  Standing, from left, Bill Senif, Claire Kepner, Jane Willis, Winter Carnival chair Rich McCaffery, John Rowley, Dennis Hascup, Tom Hohensee, Dave Pearlman and Josh McMahon.  To volunteer to help with the carnival, called any of the Lions, which is the sponsoring organization.   The first clue in the annual hunt for the Winter Carnival medallion and $500 prize will appear in the next editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands this Wednesday afternoon.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15

When Susan B.

Anthony Came To Town

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FCAHS MEETING – 7 p.m. Tom Heitz presents “The Strong-Minded Women Are Coming,” about Susan B. Anthony’s visit to Cooperstown to meet the women and male supporters interested in forming a Woman’s Rights Committee and the reaction of local citizens. Fly Creek Area Historical Society, 210 Cemetery Rd, Fly Creek. fcahs.org

LECTURE SERIES – 6:30-8 p.m. Learn the what, why, and how of reduce, reuse, recycle with featured speakers Karen Sullivan, Karey Foster, Bob Sutherland. Free, registration required. Mohican Farm, 7207 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-4488 or e-mail programdirector@occainfo.org or visit occainfo.org/calendar/be-informed-lecture-series-the-what-why-and-how-of-reduce-reuse-and-recycle/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 15

Pets At The Plains

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PLAINS PET DAY – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your 4 legged friends for a day of fun. Features a pet parade, pet photography, a dog kissing booth, vendors, music, food, silent auction/raffle, pet costume contest, the Binghamton zoomobile, and adoptable pets from the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. The Plains, 163 Heritage Cir., Oneonta. www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

MUSIC FESTIVAL – 8 p.m. Works by Mozart, Bach, Faure, De Falla, and Schumann performed by Kenneth Renshaw on violin and Yang Bao on piano. Honest Brook Music Festival, 1885 Honest Brook Rd., Delhi. Call (607)746-3770 or visit hbmf.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7

Discuss The Thaw Collection

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ART DISCUSSION – 12:30-2:30 p.m. Join Eva Fognell, Curator of the Thaw Collection, for this weeks Food for Thought discussion “Dwell with Beauty: Native Americans at Home” exploring the Thaw collection exhibit. Registration required. Cost, $25 members, $30 non-members. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Info, www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/programs/%5Bfield_program_type-raw%5D/food_for_thought_dwell_with_beauty_native_americans_at_home or call (607) 547-1461

VINYASA YOGA – 5:30-6:30 p.m. Practice a more flowing style of yoga. Open to all levels and age groups. Blocks and straps provided, mats available, wear comfortable clothing. Class is on the outdoor dance floor. Fee, $10 per class. West Kortright Centre, 49 West Kortright Church Rd., East Meredith. Info, westkc.org/event/vinyasa-flow-yoga-4/2017-06-07/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JUNE 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JUNE 1

Exhibit Of Local Art

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OPENING RECEPTION – 5:30-7 p.m. “Our Town” exhibit featuring works by the students of the Cooperstown High School. The Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/Our-Town

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS – 6-8 p.m. Come meet young professionals from the Otsego area. Allen Ruffles will host with representatives from local businesses like Bassett, NYSHA, NYCM, NY Life, and Otsego County. They will be giving resume and application tips, interviewing advice, and presenting about their businesses. Rustic Ridge Winery, 2805 St. Hwy. 80, Burlington Flats, Info, www.facebook.com/YoungProfessionalsNetworkYPN/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

Pest Management For

The Greenhouse & Garden

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GARDENING LECTURE – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn tips and tricks for keeping pests off your plants in your greenhouse and your garden. Presented by Mohican Farm Manager Bob Sutherland. Program is free, space is limited. Mohican Farm, 7207 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. Info, occainfo.org/calendar/informed-lecture-series-integrated-pest-management-home-greenhouse-garden/

BROCHURE EXCHANGE – 5 p.m. Tourism businesses and professionals are invited to annual brochure exchange and network. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. Info/registration, (607) 547-5098 ext. 6, johnbower@hydehall.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 3

Oneonta Student Art Show

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ART SHOW – 5-6:30 p.m. Art exhibit featuring works by students of the Oneonta City School District opens at Fox Care Center, Oneonta. Info, www.oneontacsd.org

DEBATE – 7 p.m. The Candidates for the CCS Board of Education will debate each other and answer questions from the audience. Hosted by the League of Women Voters. Jr./Sr. Library, Cooperstown High School. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org/league-of-women-voters-to-hose-board-of-education-candidates-debate/

CLIMATE CHANGE LECTURE – 7 p.m. “US Energy Transition: The Plight of Fossil Fuels and the Rise of Renewables.” A talk by Village Trustee Lou Alstadt on the urgent need to confront climate change by adopting a national carbon tax and dividend policy. Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Info, Adrian Kuzminski, moderator, Sustainable Otsego, adriankuzminski@gmail.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

‘Peter And The Starcatcher,’ SUNY-O

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THEATER – 8 p.m. “Peter and the Starcatcher” presented by SUNY Oneonta. Tells the backstory of JM Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ as imagined by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Info, oneonta.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp

AMAZING AMPHIBIANS – 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Get your elementary aged children out and learn about the amphibians that are waking up from winter and explore Thayer farm to learn which ones live there. Meet at Upland Interpretive Center at Thayer Farm, 7027 State Highway 80, Springfield. Info, occainfo.org/calendar/get-kids-amazing-amphibians/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5

Poetry Reading

With Ishion Hutchinson

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POETRY READING – 7 p.m. Reading by Jamaican poet Ishion Hutchinson. Author of 2 collections, “Far District” and “House of Lords and Commons.” Martha Daniel will open the event by reading her poem “On the Table.” Celebration room, Shineman Chapel Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Info, email David Lubell at lubelld@hartwick.edu

EGG DECORATING – 6:30 p.m. Pysanky, Ukranian egg decorating workshop using traditional materials and designs to create a folk patterned easter egg. Material fee, $5. Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/adult-programs/#crafts

ART DISCUSSION – 12:30-2:30 p.m. Join director of exhibitions Chris Rossi for this weeks Food for Thought discussion “50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons. Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition.” Registration required. Cost, $25 members, $30 non-members. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Info, www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/lectures or call (607) 547-1461

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 15

Learn To Use Google Analytics

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Due to weather, events may be cancelled. Please check before hand and be careful on the roads.

CANCELLED – BUSINESS SEMINAR – 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Winter Educational Seminar Series presents “Google Analytics.” Cost, $12 per person includes lunch. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!event/2017/2/15/the-power-of-email-marketing

JEOPARDY – 7-8 p.m. Find out how much you know about Women’s History. Johnstone Science Center, rm. 201. Hartwick College, Oneonta. Info, www.hartwick.edu/campus-life/student-affairs/intercultural-affairs/ or contact Matthews at matthewsh@hartwick.edu or call (607)431-4428

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 1

Museum Reopens, Features

Fun Activities For All Ages

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MUSEUM REOPENING – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center reopens to the public featuring new exhibits and activities for all ages. SUNY Oneonta. Info, www.oneonta.edu/sdc/ or email douglas.reilly@oneonta.edu

GUITAR BASICS – 5-7 p.m. Free workshop with instructor John Arlet to learn to play guitar. Bring your own instrument. Space is limited. Registration required. The Library Room at The Turning Point, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. Info, www.friendsofrecoverydo.org/events

SUNY THEATER – 8 p.m. Theater department production of “Colony Collapse.” Hamblin Theater, Fine Arts Building, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info, oneonta.edu/academics/theatre/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1

Play Pong With Friends, At Mel’s

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PONG TOURNAMENT – 6-9 p.m. Mel’s at 22, 22 Chestnut St, Cooperstown.

CHILDREN’S STORY HOUR – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

DISCUSSION GROUP – 3-5 p.m. Discussion of current events. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

ICE SKATING – 3-7 p.m. Badger Park, Cooperstown.

GAGA BALL – 3:30-5 p.m. Clark Sports Center, 124 Cty. Hwy. 52, Cooperstown.

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