ONEONTA – The season of giving may have officially ended, but United Way of Delaware & Otsego Counties is continuing it with a “Keeping You Warm Inside and Out!” donation drive.
“The holidays when people donate a lot are over,” United Way Volunteer Coordinator Valerie Adams, who is overseeing the drive, said. “But there are still people who are hungry and need warm clothing, and the end of January, beginning of February is our coldest time of the year.”
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, volunteers will tie ribbons around packets of food and warm clothing and hang them from trees in Huntington Park, inviting community members to take what they need.
COOPERSTOWN – Just in time for Martin Luther King Day, two state Historical Markers commemorating the United States’ march toward freedom – and Otsego County’s – have arrived at First Presbyterian Church here.
One marks Susan B. Anthony’s Feb. 9, 1855, appearance in a building where the church’s chapel is now. During her visit, she formed a local committee to advocate for the women’s right to vote.
The second commemorates July 4, 1827, when about 60 blacks gathered in the church, “with music and banners flying,” to celebrate the end of slavery in New York State.
The markers will be unveiled to the public at the church’s MLK Day celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at 25 Church St. and erected on the front lawn in the spring.
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CELEBRATION – 9 a.m. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the museum. Features guided tours, opportunity to learn about Jackie Robinson & Roberto Clemente. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/node/15910?date=0
ONEONTA – The Oneonta Area Branch of the NAACP has announced that a $500 scholarship will be awarded this year. All high school seniors and entering first-year college students living in the Oneonta area are encouraged to submit their application and essay entitled “Saluting Greatness: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”.
This scholarship program began in 1995. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize students who have demonstrated the ideals and principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in their schools and communities. The Scholarship committee seeks students with exemplary leadership skills who have championed the cause of cultural awareness, diversity and harmony. All students, regardless of ethnic origin and gender, will be considered during this competitive process.
ONEONTA – Everyone will be welcome to sing along with the MLK Choir at this year’s commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Regina Betts, vice president of the NAACP, Oneonta Branch, announced today.
The only requirement is that people intending to sing with the choir should arrive at 1 p.m. for a rehearsal, according to Robin Seletsky, the choir’s leader.
The afternoon will also feature entertainment, readings from Dr. King and a performance by a jazz ensemble, ending with sharing of a birthday cake.
The event is co-sponsored by the NAACP and the city Commission on Human Rights.