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Virginia Polley, 97; Oneonta Surgeons’ Office Manager

IN MEMORIAM: Virginia Polley, 97;

Oneonta Surgeons’ Office Manager

Virginia Polley

ONEONTA – Virginia Caquelard Polley, whose husband was a surgeon locally for 30 years,  died peacefully on Oct. 14, 2018, in Centralia, Wash., home of her daughter Jennifer Polley. Her family had the privilege of tending to her during her last weeks on earth.

She born Oct. 18, 1921, in St. Louis, Mo.

Virginia and her husband, Virgil B. Polley, M.D., who died Oct. 25, 2010, moved to Oneonta in 1957 and established a surgical practice that became known as the Oneonta Surgical Associates; Virginia was office manager from its inception until her retirement in 1987.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAR. 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAR. 30

Dunking For Easter Eggs

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EGG DUNK – 7 – 8 p.m. Bring the kids to hunt through the small pool for Easter eggs. Some will float, some will sink and the kids swim and dunk to collect them. Cost, $5/child. Oneonta YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0010 or visit www.oneontaymca.org

SPAGHETTI DINNER – 4:30 – 7 p.m. Enjoy Spaghetti & meatballs, a 50/50 lotto raffle, more with the Women of the Moose, 87 W. Broadway, Oneonta. Call 607-441-4007.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 16

Christmas Oratorio Performance

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CONCERT – 4:30 p.m. Enjoy the Bach Christmas Oratorio as presented by the Voices of Cooperstown. Concert begins 5 p.m. Cost, $25/adult. Christ Church, Episcopal, 46 River St., Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/events/909332185899869/

DANCE PARTY – 8 p.m.-Midnight. Enjoy a night of Dancing in the 90s. Enjoy the music, & wear a costume. Cost, $3/costume, $5/no costume. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 4

Future Of Farming Conference

14-19eventspageFOOD & FARMING – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Conference “Careers and New Ventures,” features knowledgeable speakers, vendors, breakout sessions, panel discussion to inform and inspire NYS farmers and the public. Free, open to all. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/food-farm

VETERANS TRIBUTE – 5-9 p.m. Concert in tribute to our Veterans featuring Joe Diffie. Cost, $25/adult, Veterans/active duty enter free. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 9

Bull Riding,

Barrel Racing, More

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RODEO – 7 p.m. Features Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Bronco Riding, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling. Pre-rodeo fun starts at 4 with games, food, music. Tickets, $20. Damaschke Field, Oneonta. Visit www.oneontaoutlaws.com/teams/default.asp?u=ONEONTAOUTLAWS&s=baseball&p=home

HERO 5K – 10 a.m. Support your local heroes at 9/11 heroes 5K. Registration, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Fee, $35. Proceeds benefit Fly Creek Fire & EMS Depts. Fly Creek Fire Dept., 832 Co. Hwy. 26, Fly Creek. Call 6075472800

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 8

See The Art Of Dance

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DANCE DEMONSTRATION – 10 a.m. Informative demonstration in the art of dance presented by Jillian’s Dance Arts. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. foothillspac.org

ART RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. “Migration-Immigration: A Creative Depiction” opens depicting the arduous and dangerous path that has led many immigrant to the US throughout our history. Features the work of local artists working in water color, acrylics, oils, pen, ink, sculptures, and more. Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. cherrybranchgallery.com

Ronald Luettger, 58; Retired 25-Year Teacher At Unatego

IN MEMORIAM: Ronald Luettger, 58;

Retired 25-Year Teacher At Unatego

Ronald Luettger

ONEONTA – Ronald Luettger, 58, retired 25-year teacher in the Unatego Central School District, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017.

Ronald was born on Dec. 29, 1958 in Brooklyn, the son of Franz and Elke (Schumacher) Luettger. He grew up on Long Island, graduating from North Babylon Senior High School, where he was active in jazz bands and track, holding the half-mile track record for many years. Outside of school he was active in boy scouts and church youth group. Following high school, Ronald attended SUNY Oneonta.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 6

Festival In The Park

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SPRING FEST – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Features music and events including the Ross Park Zoomobile and a Fishing Derby by Trout Unlimited. Copes Corner Park, on Rte. 51 between Gilbertsville and Mt. Upton. Info, www.townofbutternuts.org/copes-corners-park/

FLOWER SHOW – 5-7 p.m. Opening reception of The Cherry Valley Flower Show on display to June 4. The Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. Info, call (607)264-9530 or email info@cherrybranchgallery.com or visit cherrybranchgallery.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 29

Mozart Concert For 

Hans & Edith Wilk

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MEMORIAL CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. The Oneonta community remembers “Hans & Edith Wilk.” Features the combined voices of the Hartwick College Chorus and SUNY Oneonta Concert Choir performing Mozart’s Symphony #35 Haffner and Requiem with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Info, catskillsymphony.net/news-events/upcoming-events.html

SPIRITUAL ARTS & PSYCHIC FAIR – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2 day fair featuring reading by psychics, vendors, and workshops to help you heal, and find direction in your life. Oneonta Holiday Inn, 5206 State Highway 23, Oneonta. Info, www.shiftnewyork.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 24

Celebrate This Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve

Chanukah begins at sundown.
CHRISTMAS DINNER – 12:30-2:30 p.m. Annual Friends of Christmas dinner. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Onoenta. Info, Ann Steen 432-1283 or Kelly Ahlqvist 432-1871

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – 6:45 p.m. Includes a Living Nativity scene. Main St. Baptist Church, 333 Main St., Oneonta. Info, msbchurch.org/ or call 607-432-5712

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – 7 p.m. Family Service with Childrens pageant followed by Christmas Tea and Candlelight service at 10. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Onoenta. Info, firstumc-oneonta.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, NOV. 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, NOV. 21

SUNY Oneonta Festival

Celebrates Global Cultures

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To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT FESTIVAL – 6:45 p.m. promoting cross-cultural understanding, tolerance, and global connectedness through the education and presentation of music, dance, poetry, art, food, and culture. Suggested $3 donation benefits Ninash Foundation. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine pkwy, Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/globalmovementfestival/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, NOV. 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, NOV. 14

Give A Shoebox Of

Smiles For The Holidays

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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – 4-6 p.m. Pack a shoebox with items that will bring joy to children as they are delivered around the world. Collection point at Main St. Baptist Church, corner of Main and Maple Sts., Oneonta. Info, @ www.msbchurch.org/occ or email msbc@msbchurch.org or call (607)432-5712

READING CIRCLE – 6:30-8 p.m. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State. Discussing “Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York” by Marge Piercy. 5838 NY-80, Cooperstown. For info email hartj35@oneonta.edu or call (607)547-2586

GARDEN CLUB – 7 p.m. Ideas for Holiday arrangements will be presented by Gary Burman and Bob Opalecky, formerly of Gary’s Flowers. St. James Episcopal Church, 305 Main St, Oneonta. For Info email Angie Eichler at Angie.Eichler@oneonta.edu

Baptists Build Playground As Part of Community Outreach

Baptists Build Playground

As Part of Community Outreach

Dallas Gedney, Chip Scheiner, Casandra Decker and other members of the Baptist Church are constructing a children's playground at Lantern Hill in Oneonta as part of their first Community Outreach Project. 34 volunteers from the church are helping paint fire hydrants, build retaining walls and other projects throughout Oneonta over the weekend. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Dallas Gedney, Chip Scheiner, Casandra Decker and other members of the Main Street Baptist Church are constructing a playground for the children of Lantern Hill as part of their first Community Outreach Project.  In all, 34 volunteers from the church are helping paint fire hydrants, build retaining walls and other projects throughout Oneonta over the weekend. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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