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Street Fair Enjoyed At OHFest XIII

OH-Fest Concert Out,

But Street Fair Enjoyed

Tonight’s Rapper Sean Kingston concert in Neahwa Park was cancelled over gang-rape allegations from nine years ago, but despite warnings of rain, the 13th annual OH-Fest Street Carnival went off without a hitch today as Main Street was filled with throngs of locals and students alike gathered to enjoy music, food and festivities. Above, Oneonta’s Yussef Romeo and Fay Pikul, played one of the carnival games, while Paige Stewart, right, hugs Tiny Tim, a pygmy goat from New York Goat Yoga in Gilbertsville. OH-Fest is an annual joint celebration of spring by Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta students.  (Ian Austin/


Pony Palooza!


PONY PALOOZA – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Horse rescue opens doors for family friendly celebration. Includes pony hugs, tours, games, local vendors, rides, food, face painting, more. Rosemary Farm, 1646 Roses Brook Road, South Kortright. 607-538-1200 or visit

HOPS FOR HISTORY – 2 – 8 p.m. Downtown venues offer food pairings with local beers. Tickets, $30 day-of. Available only at Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit


Community Potluck Dinner


HARVEST SUPPER – 4 – 7 p.m. Community potluck supper to celebrate autumn. Bring a dish to pass, tableware, beverages, enjoy meal with friends. Features live music by Stoddard Hollow String Band, games for kids on library lawn. Main St. between River & Fair St., Cooperstown. E-mail kristen or visit

BENEFIT BREAKFAST – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pancake breakfast, raffles to support Corena Martin, who has worked as Laurens School Nurse and volunteered with Laurens Fire & Emergency Departments, as she battles deals with health problems. Laurens Central School, 55 Main St., Laurens. 607-432-2050 or visit

Chamber Cuts Ribbon On Main Street Shop

Chamber Cuts Ribbon

On Main Street Shop

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce welcomed another business to Oneonta’s Main Street today, cutting the ribbon on Bargain Baby, a toddler oriented consignment shop. From left, Nica Hurlbert, 9, Otego, Katie Seamon, a representative from state Sen Jim Seward’s office, Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, owner Kaylea Cetnar, and husband Brian Cetnar, holding the couple’s one year old daughter, Kali. (Parker Fish/ 

Too Many Baseball Stores, Jane Forbes Clark Suggests

Too Many Baseball Stores,

Jane Forbes Clark Suggests

Let’s Work Together To Revive Downtown,
Cooperstown’s Benefactress Tells Chamber

Jane Forbes Clark told Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce members this morning that the village’s downtown, which lost the CVS and Cooperstown General Store in recent months, is at a crossroads, and she adopted the chamber’s 2018 of “togetherness” as a way toward a solution.  The Hall of Fame chairman said store rents – as high as $7,000 a month – are “too high” to achieve mixed retail offerings, and that there are too many baseball stores.  While suggesting no specific solutions, she detailed the hundreds of thousands of visitors Clark entities – The Hall, The Fenimore and The Otesaga among them – attract to Cooperstown annually, potential customers for downtown establishments that can figure out how to bring them in the doors.  (Parker Fish/

Local Boutique Sets Up Annual Holiday Display

Local Boutique Sets Up

Annual Holiday Display

LJ’s Sassy Boutique, owned by Wayne Alexander and Laura Jane, set up it’s annual holiday display for those passing by to enjoy. The display has been an annual tradition in the community for the past 15 years when the boutique originally opened up as the Village Cobbler in 2002. Alexander got the inspiration for the store display after seeing the Macy’s display in New York City. (Parker Fish/
New Flagpole Dedicated in Cooperstown

New Flagpole At Half-Staff

In Honor Of Pearl Harbor

The iconic flagpole on Cooperstown’s Main Street was dedicated at noon today at Main and Pioneer. The new flagpole, 15-feet taller than its predecessor, tops out at 50 feet above Main Street at Pioneer. Cooperstown VFW Post 7128 President David Sanford, pictured at right, raised Old Glory on the new pole for the first time, but only to half staff, to honor soldiers and sailors who died at Pearl Harbor, 76 years ago today.  Mayor Jeff Katz recognized donors: Jim Florczak, $5,000 toward the flagpole; Peter Deysenroth, the full-staff flag, and Patti Ashley and Dave LaDuke, the half-staff flag in honored of their father Harry A. LaDuke, Navy, and brother Robert L. LaDuke, Coast Guard.  Also, Jon McManus, McManus Engineering, for donating engineering services; The Clark Foundation’s Lyman Townsend, stonework to be added to the base, and  Coopertown Fire Department, flagpole setting.  Also, Sanford, for raising today’s flag, and DPW Superintendent Mitch Hotaling for coordinating replacement efforts. (Parker Fish/

Everything Must Go At Cooperstown General Store

Everything Must Go At

Cooperstown General Store

Gale Olin, Fly Creek, makes one of the first–and possibly her last–purchase from Pamela Born Holz, a 14-year employee, at the Cooperstown General Store during the first day of their Retirement Sale this morning. The Main Street anchor announced earlier this week that it would be closing, and faithful shoppers waited eagerly outside to get inside for a bargain and a goodbye. The sale continues through Wednesday, Oct. 25. (Parker Fish/


Decorating Underway On Coop’s Main Street

Decorating Underway

On Coop’s Main Street

4cccc-treeChihiro Katafuchi, a Rotary exchange student from Japan, assists in this afternoon’s decorating of all the lamp posts on Main Street, Cooperstown, between the courthouse and Village Hall.   The undertaking is  an annual program of the village’s 4C’s Committee (for Cooperstown Community Christmas Committee), and featured Santa and Mrs. Claus, in mufti, decorating Santa’s Cottage in Pioneer Park, preparing for St. Nick’s official arrival there at 5 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving.  (Jim Kevlin/

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