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Letter to the Editor: LEGAL POT? NY Should Beware Of Pitfalls

LEGAL POT?

NY Should Beware Of Pitfalls

Editor’s Note: This appeared in YourAAA, the Jan./Feb. edition of the Automobile Association of America/Northeast. Our state Legislature may legalize recreational marijuana as soon as this month.

The legalization of marijuana is gaining popularity within the U.S. A recent Gallup poll found that 66 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization. More than half the states have legalized marijuana use to some extent.
Of the six states in the AAA Northeast footprint, only Massachusetts has legalized the recreational use of marijuana. But there have been recent pushes to legalize it in both New York and New Jersey.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 14

History Of New York Frontier

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FRONTIER HISTORY – 6:30 p.m. Terry McMaster presents “Ethnicity, Alliance, Family & War – Defenders of the NY Frontier & The Andrustown, Springfield, and Cherry Valley Attack of 1778.” Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 ext. 6 or visit hydehall.org/event/ethnicity-alliance-family-war/

CARNIVAL – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sales day features village wide lawn sales, vendors of antiques, arts, crafts, food, entertainment, activities for all ages. Chicken BBQ by Unadilla Fire Dept. Main St., Unadilla. Call 607-369-2614 or visit festivalnet.com/53360/Unadilla-New-York/Festivals/Forty-Second-Unadilla-Carnival-of-Sales

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, FEB. 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, FEB. 14

Visit The Era Of Summer Camps

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Valentine’s Day

Last day to enter your design in the Library Lovers 3-D design Contest. Info, hmloneonta.org/3d-printing

LOCAL HISTORY – 2 p.m. Learn the story of the overnight summer camps for boys and girls on Otsego Lake with Suzan Friedlander, local historian, at Woodside hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, Call (607)547-0600

SINGING VALENTINES – 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sweet Adelines City of the Hills Chorus to deliver musical valentines to significant others in any location requested withing 25 miles of Oneonta. To order, call Elaine Mattice (607)432-0462 or email emattice160@gmail.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEB. 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEB. 13

How To Catch An Otsego Bass

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WITH THE SNOW EMERGENCY CONTINUING MONDAY, BE SURE TO CHECK TO SEE IF AN EVENT IS CANCELLED BEFORE YOU VENTURE FORTH

FISHING TIPS – 7 p.m. Meeting of the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited where Tom Trelease presents “All the Secrets you need to catch bass on Otsego & Canadarago Lakes.” Inlcudes demonstrations of best rigs, lures, and baits. Includes spin and fly fishing. The Plains, 163 Heritage Circle, Oneonta. Info, dplummer@stny.rr.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 12

Cancellations Possible

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DUE TO 10-14 INCHES OF SNOW BEING FORECAST SUNDAY AND MONDAY, BE SURE TO CHECK TO SEE IF AN EVENT IS CANCELLED BEFORE YOU VENTURE FORTH

CANCELLED!! TREP$ MARKETPLACE – 1-3 p.m. Come support CCS students bring their businesses alive. Cooperstown High School. Info, www.facebook.com/Cooperstown-TREP-1508685209401557/

CONCERT – 3 p.m. Oneonta Community Concert band presents its annual “Summertime in Winter” concert featuring numbers like “Hail to the Spirit of Liberty”, “I’ve Made My Plans for the Summer”, and “Our Flirtations.” Free and open to the public. Fox Care Center, Oneonta. Info, 437-1052

TOURNAMENT – 4 p.m. Valentine “Hearts” Tournament to benefit Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Trophies and door prizes awarded, with beverages and food available. Cooperstown Beverage Exchange, 73 Main St, Cooperstown. Info, susquehannaanimalshelter.org/category/events/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 11

Performance of ‘Love Letters’

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THEATER – 2 p.m. Performance of ‘Love Letters,’ by A.R. Gurney, which tells the story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner via the letters they exchanged over their lifetime. The Production Center of the Foothills Performing Arts Center, 124 Market St., Oneonta. Info, (607) 432-5407 or GEStevens17@gmail.com

QUILT SHOW – 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. Thru Sunday Feb. 26. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstownart.com

PLAY READING – 6:30 p.m. Reading of “Lord of the Wilderness” by local playwright Ron Nash. Telling the story of William Cooper and the founding of Cooperstown. Based on Alan Taylor’s book “William Cooper’s Town.”Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, 5798 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB. 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB. 10

‘Not Too Far From Home’

Local Comedians Return

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Last day to register for the Farmers Conference on Corn. Info, cceschoharie-otsego.org/events/2017/02/14/2017-corn-day

COMEDY SHOW – 8 p.m. “Not Too Far From Home “ returns to the foothills staring Aaron David Ward and his team of homegrown comedians. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info, foothillspac.org

KISSING BOOTH – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet the adoptable pooches of the Susquehanna Animal shelter. Dewar Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Info, susquehannaanimalshelter.org/category/events/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 9

Learn, Discuss Civil Rights History

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FILM SERIES – 7-9 p.m. Celebrate Black History Month with a showing of “Palante, Siempre Palante.” Includes a presentation and a Q&A session. Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Info, oneonta.collegiatelink.net/organization/oneonta/calendar/details/1206852

TOASTMASTERS – 6:15-7:30 p.m. Speech contest with free refreshments. Come practice your public speaking in a supportive environment. The Green Earth, 4 Market St., Oneonta. Info, oneonta.toastmastersclubs.org or call (607)873-2070

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8

What To Do In A Disaster

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DISASTER UNIVERSITY – 4:30-8:30 p.m. The Red Cross holds a training course for disaster relief. House fires to hurricanes, learn how you can aid your community in times of their greatest need. Registration preferred, walk-ins welcome. Alumni Hall, SUNY Oneonta. Info, Taylor Fanelli at (315)733-4666 or email taylor.fanelli@redcross.org.

CLUBHOUSE – 6-8 p.m. Baking night for teens 7-12th grade. Includes free food, give-aways, and, a judgement free zone where teens can relax with their friends. Unadilla Teen Center, 16 Watson St., Unadilla. Info, Blake Stensland @ bstensland@familyrn.org or Jon Ramirez @ jramirez@familyrn.org or call the Family Resource Network @ (607)432-0001

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, FEB. 7
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, FEB. 7

It’s Yappy Hour At Mel’s

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YAPPY HOUR – 5:30-8 p.m. Susquehanna Animal Shelter reveals their 100th Anniversary Logo, 2017 events calendar, and previewing the March 25th documentary. Includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a special gifts for anyone donating $10.  Mel’s at 22, Cooperstown. Info, susquehannaanimalshelter.org/category/events/

CITY MEETING – 1-3 p.m. Oneonta Downtown Revitalization Initiative Planning Committee. Meeting is open to the public with an opportunity for public comment. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 2nd Floor, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info, (607)432-6450

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEB. 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEB. 6

Learn CPR, Save A Life

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CPR/AED COURSE – 6-9:30 p.m. Red Cross community level first aid course. Members $55, Public $65. Oneonta YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaymca.org

STRESSBUSTERS – 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monthly class giving you the tools for self-care and empowerment. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/calendar/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 5
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 5

Buy Bowl And Try The Chili

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CHILI BOWL FUNDRAISER – Noon-4 p.m. Opportunity for amateur and professional chefs to compete. Also a showcase for area potters and bowl decorator. Fees support the Community Arts Network of Oneonta. Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.canoneonta.org/events/chili-bowl/

BENEFIT RIDE – 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Come out and ride for 90 minutes to benefit Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care. $10 minimum donation. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Info, www.clarksportscenter.com or call Amy Porter (607)547-2800 ext. 129

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 4

Enjoy Final Day-Long Celebration

Of Coop’s  50th Winter Carnival

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FUN IN THE SNOW! Final day of the 50th anniversary Cooperstown Winter Carnival features snowman building, soup’n’ chili, soccer slushing in Pioneer Park,  the “Fatty Bumppo” bike race ghost tours, wine tasting, a chicken wing competition, the Fire & Ice Bar at The Otesaga, Annie & The Hedonists concert, and the carnival closer.  For full schedule of events, see  www.cooperstownwintercarnival.com/event-schedule

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB. 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB. 3

Hot Soup Restarts Carnival

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SOUP ‘N’ CHILI – The Cooperstown Winter Carnival starts up for a second weekend 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with Chili, Beef Barley Soup, Broccoli, Bread, Dessert, and drinks.  Adults $8, Children $4 at First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Info, 547-9371

CONTRADANCE – 7:15-10:30 p.m. Otsego Dance Society hosts. Music by Eleemosynary, Robby Poulette calls. No partner or experience needed. All dances taught. Newcomers welcome at 7:15 for an introduction to some basic steps. Suggested donation $8 adults; $4 students and teenagers; kids 12 & under free. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Info, (607) 965-8232, 547-8164, www.otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com

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