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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Food, Fun, & More

At Country Living Festival

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COUNTRY LIVING FEST – 1 p.m. Celebrate country life with vendors, cornhole tournament (1-6:30), pumpkin patch, farmers’ market, more. Includes demonstrations on backyard beekeeping, floral arrangements, fly fishing, cider pressing, metal detecting, more. Kallan Fields, Well’s Ave., Hartwick. 607-293-8123 or visit www.facebook.com/TownofHartwick/

In Memoriam: William Van Wieren, 88; Farmed in West Winfield

IN MEMORIAM: William Van Wieren, 88;

Dutch Immigrant Farmed in West Winfield

William Van Wieren

NORWICH – William “Bill” Van Wieren, 88, a former truck driver who farmed in West Winfield for a time, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018.

Bill was born in Kommerzijl, the Netherlands on March 27, 1930,  to the late John and Anna (Snip) Van Wieren.  He immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1947 at the age of 17 after the end of WWII.  He married Alice DeVries in 1952 and together had 12 children.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Bike Ride For Safe Streets

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BENEFIT BIKE RIDE – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Multi-distance bike ride for cyclists of all ages, abilities to promote safe streets for everyone. Richfield Central School, 93 W. Main St., Richfield Springs. 607-547-8881 or visit www.otsego2000.org/2018/07/12/orcas-ride-on-complete-streets/

COLORSCAPES FESTIVAL – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Juried exhibition of arts, fine crafts in interactive atmosphere featuring demonstration, literature, dance, music, more. Rain or Shine, free admission. Downtown Norwich. 607-336-3378 or visit www.facebook.com/Colorscape-Chenango-Arts-Festival-133325240064166/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

9/11 Memorial Event

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HERO RUN/WALK – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Memorial run/walk for all the heroes who lost their lives on 9/11/01 and honoring the heroes who still answer the call. Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company., 832 Co. Hwy. 26, Fly Creek. Visit hero5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=6181

RODEO – 4 – 11 p.m. Support your hometown baseball team at Saturday Night Showdown. Pre-rodeo features games, food, music. Rodeo kicks off at 7, followed at 9 by party with music, cash bar, snacks. Tickets, $20/adult. Available at SFCU locations, ISD, The Shipping Room, or Online. Oneonta Outlaws, Damaschke Field, 15 James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. 607-432-6326 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontaoutlawsbaseball/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPT. 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPT. 10

Remembering The Markets

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EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 2-4 p.m. Opening “Oneonta’s Neighborhood Markets” exhibit. Free admission, refreshments available. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Call (607)432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

RIDE ON! – 8 a.m. Cyclists are invited to a multi-distance bike ride to promote the communities effort to reduce the carbon footprint and promote healthy lifestyles. Rides start throughout the day. Cost, $35/person. Starts at Richfield Springs Central School. Call (607) 547-8881 or visit www.otsego2000.org/2017/07/13/join-orcas-ride-on/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 9

Bull Riding,

Barrel Racing, More

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RODEO – 7 p.m. Features Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Bronco Riding, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling. Pre-rodeo fun starts at 4 with games, food, music. Tickets, $20. Damaschke Field, Oneonta. Visit www.oneontaoutlaws.com/teams/default.asp?u=ONEONTAOUTLAWS&s=baseball&p=home

HERO 5K – 10 a.m. Support your local heroes at 9/11 heroes 5K. Registration, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Fee, $35. Proceeds benefit Fly Creek Fire & EMS Depts. Fly Creek Fire Dept., 832 Co. Hwy. 26, Fly Creek. Call 6075472800

Demolition Begins On Site Of CVS’ Future Pharmacy

Demolition Begins On Site

Of CVS’ Future Pharmacy

Jake Brown from Burrell’s Excavating, Norwich, smooths over the parking lot of the former Cooperstown Motel a few minutes ago after knocking down a fence and removing utilities from the ground. A small bulldozer is also on site, pushing hundreds of items – from furniture to appliances – from the motel’s basement; already, the bed of one dump truck has been filled and hauled from the property, and more material is being piled up in the property’s southwest corner. Brown said demolition of the building itself will probably begin Monday, and take two days. The hotel burned last Aug. 9, the result of what has been ruled an arson, although no suspects have been arrested. CVS is planning a full-service pharmacy there, to open next March. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Two Killed in Norwich Crash

Driver, Passenger Die In Crash

That Prompted ‘Yellow Alert’

NORWICH – A driver and his passenger were killed in an early-morning crash after attempting to pass a tractor trailer on Route 8 in the Town of Norwich, State police investigators reported today after sorting out the deadly episode that had Bassett Hospital on “yellow alert,” anticipating the worst.

At around 7:19 a.m. Thursday, troopers from Sidney and Norwich responded to a Chenango County 911 report of a two-vehicle collision with injuries. Investigation revealed that Yae Yar, 43, of Utica, was operating a 2009 Honda CRV northbound on State Highway 8 when he entered the southbound lane to pass an un-involved tractor trailer. 

His Honda then struck a 2013 Subaru Outback, driven by Joanna L. Stanimer, 27, of West Edmeston, that was traveling southbound. Mr. Yar was pronounced dead at the scene from internal injuries. 

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