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Hello from Arizona and Jim Kevlin

A few days ago, the first edition of the Tempe Independent – Volume One, Edition One – showed up in the mailbox.

Inside, I learned local Congressman Greg Stanton presented Tempe City Council with a $500,000 check to renovate the Rodeway Inn on Apache Boulevard to accommodate up to 200 of the city’s 380 homeless people.

I learned miles-long Warner Boulevard, a major east-west road through the city, is being repaved, and made handicapped-friendly at the same time.

I learned the historic 1924 Hayden House restoration is complete and will be open for public events and self-guided tours. (Some 100 years ago, Charles Trumbull Hayden’s Saltillo River ferry and his nearby flour mill led to the development of modern Tempe.)

There were also obituaries, sports stories and people news — there’s a new principal at Marco de Niza High School, around the corner — and police blotter items.

I had barely put down the Independent, when an email arrived from Hometown Oneonta/Freeman’s Journal Publisher Tara Barnwell suggesting a column to commemorate the April 18, 2021, sale of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta to a group of citizens determined to preserve local journalism in Otsego County.

My reaction: You bet!

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Oneonta History Exhibit 08-01-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 1

Oneonta History Exhibit

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ARCHITECTURE EXHIBIT – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. New exhibit ‘Building Blocks of a City: 100 Years of Architecture in Oneonta’ opens to public highlighting significant buildings, structures that represent the development, transformation of the city. Greater Oneonta Historical Society, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Visit www.oneontahistory.org/index.htm for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Lecture On Local History 07-19-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 19

Lecture On Local History

14-19eventspageSUNDAY SERIES – 1 – 3 p.m. Learn about Ned Buntline with Karen Cuccinello. Hailing from Stamford, Ned Buntline was a fascinating figure whose many occupations inculded author, soldier, patriot, temperance lecturer, tavern customer, and was also husband to many. Learn the history at The Swart-Wilcox House Musuem, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/SwartWilcoxHouseMuseum/ for schedule updates.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17

‘Step Afrika’ Dance Performance

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PRESIDENTS DAY!

PERFORMANCE – 9 – 10:30 p.m. ‘Step Afrika’ performs dance that uses the human body as an instrument as practiced by traditionally African American fraternities, sororities and incorporates song, story telling, audience participation. Admission, $3/person. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2

Historical Society Awards Night

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AWARDS PRESENTATION – 7 p.m. Celebrate presentation of Eduard Hofbauer Outstanding Service Awards to Deb Bruce, Corine Smith. Wayne Wright will receive Albert E. Morris Award for contributions to local history followed by short business meeting. Free, open to public. Refreshments included. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAY 19

Council Rock Benefit Race

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RACE – 9 a.m. Run the 4.4 mile Council Rock to Council Rock Race sponsored by Clarks Sports Center. Proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Kid’s Camp. Registration: $25/indiv, $55/family (5 ppl max). Race starts at 11 a.m, Council Rock Park, Lake & River Sts., Cooperstown Info, www.clarksportscenter.com, 547-2800, ext 111.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MARCH 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MARCH 30

Upstate New York Music, Folklore

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LECTURE – 7:30 p.m. George Ward presents 2019 Bruce Buckley lecture “‘MY Little Mohee’  – Lawrence Older: The Songs, Tunes, Tales and Life Journey of an Adirondack Singer.” Featuring a night of music celebrating history, traditions of Upstate New York. Free, open to public. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUGUST 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUGUST 6

Fair Finale

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OTSEGO COUNTY FAIR – 8 a.m. Gates. Buildings open 10 a.m. Open to 9 p.m. Finale of the Fair. Come for the Demolition Derby, a Horse Show, a Goat Show, a Carnival, and more. Admission, $5. Fair Grounds, 469 Mill St., Morris. Visit www.otsegocountyfair.org for more information.

PADDLE & PULL – 1-3 p.m. Paddle and help OCCA pull remaining Water Chestnuts out of Goodyear Lake. Canoe/Kayaks available. Bring hat, sunscreen, water and expect to get a little wet. Registration preferred. Meet at NYS Fishing Access site, St. Rt. 28, Portlandville. Call (607) 547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/paddle-pull-goodyear-lake-3/

OCHA Reelects Mackenzie, Rathbun For Another Term,

OCHA Reelects Mackenzie,

Rathbun For Another Term

1st row -- L to R -- Virginia Schoradt (Director At Large), Deb Mackenzie (Pres), Les Rathbun (VP) Back Row -- L to R --  Sandy Tollerton (Tres) and Harriett Geywits (Secty)
President Deb Mackenzie and Vice President Les Rathbun were elected to another term at the Otsego County Historical Association annual meeting last evening at the Kinney Library in Hartwick.  The slate elected included, front row, from left, Virginia Schoradt, Hartwick, director at large; Mackenzie, Hartwick, and Rathbun, Middlefield.  Back row, from left, are Sandy Tollerton, Richfield Springs, treasurer, and Harriett Geywits, Richfield Springs, secretary.  Jim Mayne, Edmeston, and Robin Phillips, Hartwick, were also elected directors at large.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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