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Oneontans Turn Out In Support of Mueller

90 Oneontans Rally

To Save Mueller Probe

Some 90 Oneontans – including, above, Ad Van Buren, Oneonta, Bill Van Buren of Sidney and his wife Julie, and Bruce Van Buren, Oneonta – rallied in Oneonta’s Muller Plaza this evening in solidarity with the Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller investigations into 2016 campaign irregularies. At right, as passing cars honk in support – and a few against, Betsy Holland, Oneonta, stands with fellow protesters along Main Street with her sign that states “Trump is not above the law!”   The Defend The Mueller Investigation protest, started by Moveon.org and organized locally by Amy Pondolfino, began in response to suspicions that President Trump will be firing Robert Mueller, who is currently investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential election, or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who overseers Mueller’s work. Mueller’s  efforts have already garnered 20 indictments and several guilty pleas. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Rally to Protect Mueller Probe Planned At 5 In Muller Plaza

Rally to Protect Mueller Probe

Planned At 5 In Muller Plaza

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker

ONEONTA – As part of a nationwide protest of the president’s new acting attorney general, a Rally to Protect Mueller Investigation is planned at 5 p.m. today in Muller Plaza, downtown Oneonta, organized by Butternut Valley Indivisible.   “Everyone who loves their country” is invited.

“The Mueller investigation was expected to wrap up quickly as soon as the general election was over,” an invitation emailed overnight says.  “BUT WAIT – The very day after the election, Donald Trump has fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed a partisan loyalist, Matt Whitaker, to take his place.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JUNE 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JUNE 15

Lumberjack Competition, Festival

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OUTDOOR GAMES – 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Features lumberjack competition, BBQ contest, open obstacle course, more. Alden Field, 2 Genesee St., Cherry Valley. E-mail cwatbeau@gmail.com or visit cherryvalleyoutdoorgames.com

ART IN BLOOM – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening reception for show featuring flower arrangements by the Oneonta Garden Club interpreting works from the Mansion Show. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/art-in-bloom-2018-floral-exhibit/?instance_id=1031

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JUNE 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JUNE 1

Art Shows Opening Nights

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OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Exhibits featuring works by Lilian Vorhees, paintng, Robert Seward, glazed clay sculpture, and David C.T. Wilson, stained & painted glass will launch the gallery’s summer season. On view thru 7/8. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5327 or visit www.facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown/

MANSION SHOW – 5 – 8 p.m. Artists present works interpreting “Conceal/Reveal.” Prizes awarded for Best, second, third places. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/art-exhibit-2018-mansion-show/?instance_id=1029

ONEONTA BLOOMS

ONEONTA BLOOMS

Two weeks after the last snowfall, the pear trees are in bloom in Oneonta’s Muller Plaza. Andrew Winters Bell plays his guitar against a backdrop of white flowers. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
400 Join March For Our Lives

400 Rally, Supporting

‘March For Our Lives’

Over 400 people marched from Oneonta High School to Muller Plaza this morning as they took part in the national March For Our Lives protest for tougher gun legislation. Above, Caroline Bagby, a OHS senior and recent recipient of the Women’s Trailblazer Award, delivers an impassioned speech to those gathered in the plaza. Numerous people spoke including Mayor Gary Herzig, Assembly candidate Daniel Buttermann, Abbey Koutnik and others. At right, county Representative Danny Lapin, D-City of Oneonta, holds his sign high as the crowd marches down East Street during the first leg of the march. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneonta Rallies In Solidarity With Charlottesville

 Oneonta In Solidarity

With Charlottesville

Over 100 people gathered in Muller Plaza this evening to rally in solidarity in response to the violence in Charlottesville, VA. and to denounce white supremacy.   The gathering was organized by Craig Schwalenburg of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta. After an invocation by Schwalenburg, the mic was available for anyone to use to share their thoughts and experiences. Above, Christina Hunt Wood, above, Delhi, tells the crowd of her recent experiences at the Delaware County Fair when her protest group approached the Fair Board about banning the sale of Confederate flags, they were barred from the fairgrounds. The crowd closed the evening by singing “This Little Light of Mine.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

 

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Latin Food Arrives With Opening Of Trendy Foods

Latin Food Arrives With

Opening Of Trendy Foods

Above, owners Deggie Monroy, husband Antonio, and mother Elvira Nieves cut the grand opening ribbon alongside their extended family and Mayor Gary Herzig as they celebrate the official opening of Trendy Foods on the corner of Muller Plaza in Oneonta this evening. At right, Elizabeth Karson, Oneonta, brings out colorful menu selections for the public to sample during following the opening.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 6

Professional Networking Event

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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS –  6-8 p.m. Come meet young professionals from the Otsego area in this networking event. J&D’s Wagon Wheel, Main St., Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/YoungProfessionalsNetworkYPN/

OPEN HOUSE – 5-7 p.m. The Otsego Area Occupational Center open house includes display’s games, open enrollment for adult education classes, child fingerprinting, and demonstrations from the CTE programs. Otsego Nothern Catskills BOCES, 1914 Co. Hwy. 35, Milford. Info, www.facebook.com/ONCBOCES/

ALDEN SCHOLAR SERIES – 7 p.m. “Rethinking Clutter: An Anthropological Take on the Stuff that’s Hard to Let Go” presented by Dr. Sallie Han. Free reception to follow. Alden Room, Milne Library, SUNY Oneonta. Info, E.K Lee, (607)436-2159

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 23

Game Night For Whole Family

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FAMILY GAME NIIGHT – 5-10 p.m. Bring Family and Friends to Board Game Night. Serenity Hobbies, 254 Main St, Oneonta. Info, serenityhobbies.com

CHRISTMAS DINNER DONATIONS – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations of food to the Friends of Christmas Dinner should be dropped off at First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Accepting baked pies, fruit breads, Christmas cookies, fresh fruit, apple and cranberry juice. Volunteers needed as cooks, drivers, servers and cleaning. Info, Ann Steen 432-1283 or Kelly Ahlqvist 432-1871

SOUTHSDIE MALL SANTA – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Southside Mall, 5006 State Highway 23, Oneonta.

COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 1-4 p.m. Christmas Cottage, Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/santas-house-in-cooperstown/

ONEONTA SANTA – 4-6 p.m. Muller Plaza, Main St., Oneonta.

MUSIC – 6-9 p.m. Come de-stress with Dan Schilling. Timber Creek Saloon and Restaurant, 2957 ST. HWY. 23, West Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/TimberCreekLLC

KARAOKE – 8 p.m. With DJ Donna. Empire House 136 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville. Info, www.facebook.com/theempirehouse

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 10

Live Christmas Tradition

At Candlelight Evening

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We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.

CANDLELIGHT EVENING – 3-7 p.m. Participate in a beloved holiday tradition. The museum is decorated with greenery and candles with wagon rides, a dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol”, arts & crafts for the kids, visits with Saint Nicholas, complimentary wassail, a bonfire on the Tavern Green, and Caroling by the Catskill Chamber Singers. The Farmers Museum, 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, www.farmersmuseum.org/Candlelight-Evening

WASSAIL WEEKEND – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Demonstration on how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday dring. Savory spices blended with sweet cider at The Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Info, 1-800-505-6455, flycreekcidermill.com

OPERA – 12:55 p.m. “L’Amour de Loin.” The Met streaming live in HD. Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Cost $18/seniors, $20/adults, 10/students. Season pass $200. Box Office: (607) 431-2080, foothillspac.org/index.php/shows/metropolitan-opera-in-hd

Treelighting Brings Throngs Downtown

ONEONTA TRADITION LIVES!

Treelighting Brings

Throngs Downtown

Hundreds turned out again this evening for the community treelighting in downtown Oneonta, a highlight of the season in the City of the Hills.  In top photo, posing in front of the just-lit tree are, from left, Santa's elf Allison Green, Mayor Gary Herzig (just back from last night's tree lighting at Rockefeller Center), You Know Who and Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood.  The four soloists in the upcoming Fokine Ballet "Nutcracker" – from left, Hannah Reynolds, Rose Wake, Gabriella Basdekis and Siarra Goodhue – flashing winning smiles at passing fans.  Lower left, Keegan Head, 16 months, of Oneonta, peers from his dad Kevin's shoulders at the tree-lighting fun. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Hundreds packed Muller Plaza this evening for the community treelighting in downtown Oneonta, a highlight of the season in the City of the Hills. In top photo, posing in front of the just-lit tree are, from left, Santa’s elf Allison Green, Mayor Gary Herzig (just back from last night’s treelighting at Rockefeller Center), You Know Who, and Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood.  Lower right, the four soloists in the upcoming Fokine Ballet “Nutcracker” – from left, Hannah Reynolds, Rose Wake, Gabriella Basdekis and Siarra Goodhue – flashing winning smiles at passing fans. Lower left, Keegan Head, 16 months, of Oneonta, peers from his dad Kevin’s shoulders at the tree-lighting fun. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Desserts, Cars, Music Highlight Fab Friday

Desserts, Cars, Music

Highlight Fab Friday

Kim Snyder, Oneonta, and her son Nathan, dance to the classic rock sounds of Off The Record, who was preforming in Muller Plaza during the Cruise In at this evening's First Friday. Main st. was closed off and filled with classic cars and food, including brownie sundaes at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. (Ian Ausin/AllOTSEGO.com
Kim Snyder, Oneonta, and her son Nathan, dance to the classic rock sounds of Off The Record, who was preforming in Muller Plaza during the Cruise In at this evening’s First Friday. Main st. was closed off and filled with classic cars and food, including brownie sundaes at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. (Ian Ausin/AllOTSEGO.com

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Community Vigil Planned To Honor Victims Of Gun Violence

Vigil To Honor Gun-Violence Victims

ONEONTA – A candlelight vigil to honor victims in the latest acts of gun violence, including Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and Dallas police officers, is planned at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in Muller Plaza.

“The focus of the vigil will be to mourn the recent unnecessary loss of lives of police officers and young black men and to respect their memory,” said NAACP leader Regina Betts. “We stand with loved ones, friends and colleagues affected by violence.  We decry social injustices, especially racism, and seek  reconciliation and understand with those we somehow fear, resent or threaten.”

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