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Neahwa Park

Herzig Revokes OH-Fest Permit For Park Concert

Herzig Revokes

OH-Fest Permit

For Park Concert

If Protest Breaks Out, OPD Lacks

Resources To Control It, He Says

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Rapper Sean Kingston’s UCONN concert was cancelled last week after a rape charge surfaced from 2010.

ONEONTA – City Hall revoked OH-Fest’s Neahwa Park permit this morning after Mayor Gary Herzig learned on www.AllOTSEGO.com overnight that large numbers of students might protest concert headliner Sean Kingston after learning last week he and his bodyguard were accused of a gang rape in 2010.

The city’s decision throws into doubt whether the Saturday night OH-fest concert will happen at all.

Herzig said he called SUNY President Barbara Jean Morris after SUNY students’ emotionally charged meeting last night, where they discussed whether Kingston should perform.

Two Dozen Join Frank On His Walk To Neahwa Park

Two Dozen Join Veteran

On Walk To Neahwa Park

Escorted by a fire truck and police cars, Frank Romeo walks with Bob Honey, Gary Ballard, Wayne Gregory, Gene Schmidt, John Hoek, along with other Legion members and supporters on his way to the Oneonta Vietnam Veterans’ Monument as part of his “Walk With Frank” initiative. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE  • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Romeo gave remarks about his walk at Oneonta Vietnam Monument, accompanied by Gary Ballard, American Legion Post 259 Commander.

ONEONTA – Since March 1, Frank Romeo has braved 80 mph winds, ice storms and other Upstate winter hazards on his mission to bring awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on his statewide “Walk With Frank” campaign.

“This is one of the nice days!” he said this morning in Neahwa Park, where he walked with two dozen under overcast skies, with temperatures hovering in the high 30s.

Romeo, 70, who served in the Army in Vietnam in 1968-70, arrived yesterday afternoon in Oneonta and was greeted with a fish fry dinner at the Vets Club, as well as taken for a tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. This morning, he walked into Neahwa Park to the Vietnam Veterans’ Monument.

Historian To City: Repair Scatchard Monument

ONEONTAN DIED CENTURY AGO

Historian: Repair Statue

Honoring WWI Heroine

Historian Robert Calendresa points to a slide of the Ethel Scatchard Memorial in Neahwa Park this afternoon during a lecture on her life, sponsored by the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. Scatchard, an Oneonta native, died of pneumonia on Feb. 11, 1919, at age 32 in Paris, where she was working at a Red Cross Canteen. As part of the talk, he urged the city to put aside funds to fix the monument, which has fallen into disrepair. “We owe this to Ethel,” he said. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Honoring Those Who Served

Oneonta Veterans Gather

On Memorial Walkway

With 100 years since the end of World War I, and 99 since President Woodrow Wilson commemorated the event with Armistice Day,  veterans gathered today at Veterans Memorial Walkway in Neahwa Park in observance of Veterans’ Day. Above, Wayne Gregory, Oneonta, plays ‘Taps” as a worn American Flag is ceremoniously retired and burned during the ceremony.  Inset at right, Oneonta Legion Commander Gary Ballard and Tom McMillen, front, lead the rifle detail, Jim Williams, Conesville, Bertie White, Oneonta, Terry Harkenreader, Oneonta, and Perry Martin, Hell’s Hollow, along with members of the Color Guard Gary Walters, Oneonta, and Barry Townsend, Oneonta, down the Memorial Walkway.  “A Veteran’s character is shaped by their experiences,” said Ballard, ” A veteran stands for something greater than themselves. On this day we remind ourselves how these men and women set aside their civilian pursuits to serve their nations’ cause. Defending the freedoms of mankind and preserving our precious American Heritage.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Hot Cocoa  Run, Walk, Or Roll

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END DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME – 2 a.m. Turn clocks back 1 hour. Visit www.timeanddate.com/time/change/usa

HOT COCOA RUN – 9:30 a.m. Enjoy fall day with 5K run/walk/roll followed by cup of hot cocoa. Benefit for Helping Hands Fund, assisting individuals with developmental disabilities, families meet challenges. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. 607-433-8445 or visit www.arcotsego.org/hot-cocoa-5k-run-walk-roll/

CONCERT – 4 p.m. Cooperstown Summer Music Festival concludes its 20th season with performance by celebrated Ying Quartet featuring works by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, more. Cost, $25/adult. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 800-838-3006 or visit www.cooperstownmusicfest.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7

24th Annual Quilt Festival

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FESTIVAL OF COLORS – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 24th annual quilt show features works by area quilting clubs Fenimore quilt club, “Winter Wonderland” quilt guild, “It’s A Mystery” ladies of sew nice. Includes demonstrations of various quilting skills. See 250+ examples of fine quilts, support historic, Tudor style inn. Admission, $5 donation. The Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com

PIT RUN – 10:45 a.m. Run a 10K,5K, 2 mile stroll, or sign up for virtual pit run. In memory of Ricky J. Parisian. Start at Neahwa Park, Oneonta. 607-432-8068 or visit www.facebook.com/ThePitRun

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Upstate Arts, Crafts,  & More

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ARTISAN FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Artists, Crafters, Makers from throughout the region come together to sell their works. Find handmade jewelry, textiles, soap, furniture, glass art, pottery, photography, more at Otsego County Campus, 197 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9983 or visit www.cooperstownartisanfestival.info

FAMILY SATURDAY – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Field trip for families features hands-on activities for kids, guided tours, demonstrations of the water-powered sawmill, the gristmill, and woodworking shop. Admission, $9/adult. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. Call 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 31

Festival Of Balloons

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BALLOON FEST – 4 – 9 p.m. See balloons inflate, take a ride in one, more. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. 607-432 2941 or visit www.facebook.com/BalloonFestOneonta/

OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Celebrate opening of 2018 finale art show “Poetica Obscurum.” Featuring works by Robert Grinder, S. Worcester artist Pooh Kaye (screening zany stop motion animations for dancers and objects from The Backyard Series), and Gail Peachin exhibiting compelling collages based on black & white photographs. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown. 607-547-5327 or visit www.facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 30

Community Folk Art Exhibit

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OPENING RECEPTION – 5:30 – 7 p.m. Community exhibit “Finding Our Roots” featuring works by Janet and Charles Munro. Showing thru 9/30. Free, open to public. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

AUDITIONS – 4 – 6:30 p.m. Love to Sing? Try out for the winter concert Messe de Minuit pour Noel by Marc-Antione Charpentier, a work based on French Christmas Carols. All voices welcome. Bass & Tenor always needed. Sight reading not required. First Presbyterian Church, 296 Main St., Oneonta. 607-431-6060 to schedule audition or visit catskillchoralsociety.com for more information.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

Beginnings Of Baseball

Trading Card Game

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COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 6:30 p.m. Learn how the baseball card game began with Hall of Fame librarian Jim Gates in “The Origins of Trading Cards.” Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-0600, ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/

PARK WALK – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Walk through norther portion of park with Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent. Visit historic building, fields, forests along Schenevus creek on mostly flat terrain. Riddell State Park, Davenport. 607-432-2114 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/a-walk-on-the-flat-side-riddell-state-park/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

Butternut Valley Summer Harvest Fest

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HARVEST FEST – 3 – 6 p.m. Celebrate Summer Harvest featuring Farmers Market, Live Music, kids zoomobile, more. Free admission, food. Guy Rathbun Park (behind firehouse), 117 Main St., Morris. Visit butternutvalleyalliance.org

CABARET – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Join the Guilty Pleasure Cabaret for a fun, all-levels, dance class sure to get you sweating. Combines elements of Jazz, Hip Hop, fitness, stiletto heals to bring out your inner diva, build confidence, find your fierce. Bring water, active wear, sneakers. Cost, $15/adult. THE CHURCH, 2381 NY-205, Mount Vision. 607-638-5119 or visit www.upsi-ny.com/upcoming-events-news/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, AUGUST 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, AUGUST 14

Scott Freeman Band

In Lakefront Park

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CONCERT – 7 p.m. Scott Freeman Band, quartet plays diverse repertoire of classical, jazz, oldies, Irish, more. Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5256 or visit richcooperstown.org/lakefront-concert-series/

CONCERT – 5 p.m. “Klezmer Concert With Big Galut(e)” features music from the Jewish Diaspora’s many homelands. Cost, $25/adult. Pavilion, Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-2255 or visit glimmerglass.org/calendar/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 9

Youth Opera Performs ‘Odyssey’ 

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THEATER – 2 p.m. Operatic rendition of Homer’s “Odyssey” features rollicking sailor songs, storms, siren songs, more. General admission, $20. Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School. 607-547-2255 or visit glimmerglass.org/events/odyssey/

CONCERT – 7 p.m. Performance by Sidney Community band. Bandstand, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. 607-432-7997 or visit oneonta.ny.us/departments/parks-and-recreation/summer-concert-series/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

City of Hills Art Fest Today

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ART & MUSIC – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Outdoor street festival featuring outstanding regional artists, crafters, musicians, writers, more. Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit cityofthehillsartsfestival.com

O-COUNTY FAIR – 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. See best Otsego County has to offer. Daily shows, rides, more. Highlights include equestrian Gymkhana, bicycle giveaway, truck pull, livestock parade of champions, Supreme Champion Showmanship, talent contest, more. Otsego County Fair, Mills St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit www.otsegocountyfair.org

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