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SUNY MOURNS

SUNY MOURNS

Friends Gather In Memory

Of Student Who Passed Away

Hundreds of students gathered in the President’s Garden outside of SUNY Oneonta’s Milne Library this evening to share their memories of Nicholas Stagnitta, 20, of Patchogue, who died by suicide on Saturday, Aug 25. Above, two of his ZBT fraternity brothers Kevin Middleton and Sam Campolo comfort each other after speaking about Nick. “He encouraged me to feel worthy in my own life.” said Middleton. “I couldn’t have asked for a better friend.” Speakers all remarked on his compassion, love and his ability to lift up and bring out the best in those around him. Rabbi Meir Rubashkin, right, also offered words of comfort: “If you are not forgotten, you are not gone. We speak about his spirit, his smile; that is his soul. His impact and his life will live on through us all.” Students and staff will be wearing blue and yellow ribbons on Friday in support of Nicholas’ family and friends. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

Sing A Song Of Broadway 

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THEATER CONCERT – 7 p.m. Sing A Song of Broadway presents “Wishes, Lies, & Dreams” featuring music from My Fair Lady, Seussical, Les Miserable, 1776, Into The Woods, many more. Don’t miss one night only show. Admission, $18/adult. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-4102 or visit firstumc-oneonta.org

Remembering Lives Lived And Lost

At Hospice Tree Lighting,

Loved Ones Remembered

Family and friends of those who have passed away gathered at Catskill Area Hospice in  Oneonta this afternoon to remember loved ones whose names were written on ornaments decorating trees along River Street Extension as part of the annual Tree of Lights event. Above, Joan Shackleton, Oneonta, shows her granddaughter Allie Bruno, Albany, the ornament bearing the name of late husband Raymond Shackleton. At right, Sharon Wheeler, Oneonta, takes a photo of the ornament bearing the name of her late husband Rev. Jim Wheeler, who passed in 2015. Following remarks by President/CEO Dan Ayers, Hospice Chaplain Bruce Helstrom, board chair Connie Jastremski and others, the trees were lit as the crowd sang “Peace on Earth.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Animal Shelter Fundraiser

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MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER – 6 – 8 p.m. Celebrate wonderful life of Dr. Gahleb with wife Jill, Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Cost, $100/person includes 2 drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction. RSVP by 9/20. Veranda, The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 607-547-8111 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

BENEFIT 5K/MILE – 9 a.m. Run/walk in Mindful Mile & Fight Hunger 5K to benefit the Riverside Back Pack Program, providing Oneonta school children food over the weekend. Registration from 8-8:45 a.m. Cost day-of, $25 for 5K, $15 for Mile. Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-3337 or visit oneonta.sodexomyway.com/explore/mindful_mile

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 26

9th Annual Hall Of Fame Classic

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HOF CLASSIC – Noon. Get hyped for the game with the Home Run Contest then enjoy the 9th Hall of Fame Classic Game. First pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events/classic-18?date=0

LIVE AUCTION – 3 p.m. Find beautifully painted tables, chairs, and paddles for auction. General Clinton Park, 2507 Hinkley Ln., Bainbridge. Call 914-262-3216 or visit www.jerichoarts.com

Shane Smith’s Legacy Honored At Job Corps

Shane Smith’s Legacy

Honored At Job Corps

Wife Debbie Smith and son Sean lift the cover on a memorial marker today in honor of the late Shane Smith, who started the overhead line program at the Oneonta Job Corps.  At right is Job Corps Director Chris Kuhn. In honor of his contribution to the school and his students, the all-weather training dome, located in the Sweeney Smart Grid Training Complex, was christened the Shane Smith Memorial Dome. A memorial area around was created in-house by the Underground Residential Distribution Advanced Training Class, while the plaque and stone were made by the tile setters.  Smith died at age 69 April 10 in Norwich.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, AUG. 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, AUG. 14

Concert At Pierstown Grange

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CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to the annual Florence High Memorial Chamber Music Concert arranged by Glimmerglass Festival Violinist Ubaldo Valli. Pierstown Grange Hall, 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Rd., Cooperstown. Call (607)264-3069 or (607)547-1347.

WATER SAFETY – 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Children aged 11-14 have fun in the pool while learning about water safety and lifeguarding with the Oneonta YMCA. Cost, $35 members, $50 public. Briggs Pool, Wilber Park, Oneonta. Call (607)432-6939 or visit www.oneontaymca.org/upcoming-events.html

Oneonta Municipal Airport Christens Finn Terminal

Oneonta Municipal Airport

Christens Finn Terminal

Above, Mayor Gary Herzig officially announces the renaming of the Oneonta Municiple Airport terminal Finn Terminal, in honor of the late Dennis Finn during a celebrations of his life at the airport this afternoon. Family, friends gathered to recount fond memories of Dennis, whose civic involvement, kindly manner and passion for life touched so many. At right: Ruth Allen, Oneonta,  Dennis’ life partner, receives a folded flag in honor of his military service. She stands next to his daughter Kelly Lynch and son Kevin Finn. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 20

Spring Street Fair & Market

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SPRING FLING – Noon-5 p.m. 2-day event featuring farmers, crafts-people, food vendors, and live music. Doubleday field parking lot, 1 Doubleday Ct., Cooperstown. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/spring-fling-street-fair

RELAY FOR LIFE – 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Support the search for a cure to cancer, remember the dead, and support the living. Wilber park, 1-19 S. Main St., St. Hwy. 28, Milford. Info, Lauren.Ferraro@cancer.org

BROOKWOOD POINT REOPENING – Noon-5 p.m. Enjoy food, lawn games, music, kayaking, demonstrations, and more at Brookwood Point, 6000 State Highway 80, West Lake Rd., Cooperstown. Info, otsegolandtrust.org

HISTORY REMEMBERED – 1 p.m. Unveiling Cato Freedom historical marker. In memory of Cato Freedom who gained his freedom due to his service in the Revolutionary War. Butternut Valley Cemetery, Co. Hwy. 16, Burlington Flats. Info, Deb Mackenzie, President Otsego County Historical Association, (607) 293-6635.

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 FRIDAY, APRIL 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 28

Rebuilding Schools

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‘LOST BOYS’ LECTURE – 5 p.m. Cousins Sebastian Maroundit and Mathon Noi present “Building Minds in South Sudan” discussing their efforts to rebuild schools in their homeland. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Info, Dr. Elizabeth Bloom @ (607)431-4945 or email bloome@hartwick.edu or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-host-lecture-sudanese-lost-boys/

ART & POETRY CONTEST – 6-9 p.m. This years theme is Blue Skies, Smilin’ At Me: Exploring the Beauty of living a life free of the negative impacts of addiction. Opening gala features the exhibit, poetry reading, awards ceremony, & music. Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.canoneonta.org/event/opening-reception-leaf-art-poetry-contest-2/?instance_id=752

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 MONDAY, JAN. 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JAN. 16

Observance, Lecture Honor

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. – 7 p.m. First ever observance in Cooperstown of the Birth Day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St, Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/First-Presbyterian-Church-Cooperstown-NY-42793051908/

LECTURE – 9-11 a.m. Lecture “Race, Justice, and the Death Penalty: A Martin Luther King Day Commemoration” hosted by guest speaker Francis D. Landrey, Esq. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel house, Hartwcik College, Hartwick Dr., Oneonta. Info, www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-college-celebrates-king-jr-civil-rights-heritage-month/

DINNER DISCUSSION – 5-7 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. discussions hosted by Pluralism Associates League for Students. Chesebro Room, Dewar Hall, Hartwick College, Harwick Dr., Oneonta. Info, www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-college-celebrates-king-jr-civil-rights-heritage-month/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOV. 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOV. 29

Memorial Basketball Game,

Celebrating Coach Patt Grasso

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GIVING TUESDAY

MEMORIAL BASKETBALL GAME – 6 p.m. In memory of Coach Patt Grasso, Laurens Girls Varsity vs. Milford followed by Laurens Boys Varisty vs. Worcester. Admission by donation. Proceeds go to Patt Grasso scholarship fund. Laurens Central School, 55 Main St, Laurens. Info, www.laurenscs.org

HOLIDAY SHOW & SALE – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. browse and buy original arts and crafts by local and regional artists. Help us celebrate giving tuesday at the Coopertown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstownart.com

Friends, Family Remember Kellie Place

Friends, Family Remember Kellie Place

Friends and family of the late Kellie Place gathered in the Foothills Atrium where a memorial service was held Sunday afternoon. Here, after writing memories of Kellie for the family, Johnna Peachin embraces her friend Rachel Jessup in mourning.
Friends, family and co-workers of the late Kellie Place gathered in the Foothills Performing Arts Center Atrium where a memorial service was held Sunday afternoon. Here, after writing memories of Kellie for the family, Johnna Peachin embraces fellow mourner Rachel Jessup. After an introduction by friend JoAnne Callahan, attendees took turns telling stories about Kellie’s impact on their lives and her community. (Ian  Austin/allotsego.com)

 

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