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Lanternfly, Other Invasives, Explored In OCCA Programs

Lanternfly, Other Invasives,

Explored In OCCA Programs

The spotted lanternfly is the latest invasive creating concern locally.

Three programs – one specifically on the lanternfly, another specifically on Japanese knotweed – are planned locally in the next few days to mark Invasive Species Awareness Week, the OCCA announced today.

They are:

  • Spotting the Lanternfly: Early Detection Training for our Newest Invader, 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Mohican Farm 7207 Route 80 (West Lake Road)
  • Chop and Cheese, Japanese Knotweed Removal, 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, also at at Mohican Farm
  • Invasive Species Teach-In, 11 a.m. Saturday July 13, large pavilion, Wilber Park, Oneonta. Bring suspicious plants for identification.

Lions, Rotary Collaborate On Susquehanna Cleanup

Lions, Rotary Collaborate

On Susquehanna Cleanup

Lions, Rotarians, the OCCA and SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station are collaborating today in the annual cleanup of the Susquehanna River between Council Rock and the Mill Street bridge at Cooperstown.  Conferring at the outset are, from left, Rotarian Mike Jerome, OCCA’s Jeff O’Handley, Lion John Rowley and Chris Maier of the BFS diving team.  At right is Rev. Elsie Rhodes, a Rotarian.  Inset, a crew begins by retrieving a tire and other material.  (Photos by Judith Steiner-Grin, Ed Rowley.

HOMETOWN People Jan 30 2019

HOMETOWN People
Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2019

Winter Fest At Gilbert Lake Means Winter Fun

With snow left over from Winter Storm Harper, there was plenty of winter to be enjoyed at the annual Winterfest at Glibert Lake on Saturday, Oct. 26. Above, OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley, left, talks with Kathryn Daily, Oneonta, as he leads a snowshoeing tour around Gilbert Lake. Below, Tami-Lee Volgari, Oneonta, sleds down a hill with her daughter Eama-Lee

 

 

OFO Selects 2019 Board of Directors

ONEONTA – Sita Fey has been named as the president of the Opportunities for Otsego Board of Directors for 2019.
In addition to Fey, Bryce Fredrick was elected vice president, Dr. Benjamin Friedell was elected secretary and David Merzig was elected treasurer.
Members at Large include Katie Bottger, Dan Butterman, Fanny Clements, Alan Donovan, Catarinna Ferrara, Lynn Kent, Melinda Murdock, Tim Parsons, Lisa Samols, Erin Seeley, Ana Vendemmia, and Lorrie Wolverton.
The Board of Directors sets policy for the organization and gives guidance to senior staff in assisting low income people in Otsego County.

THREE ON TOP: Mary Catella, Oneonta, was named to the Dean’s List at Cazenovia College.
Also on the list were:
• Gloria Banks, Oneonta
• Eliya Pickwick, Maryland.
WHEELER LAUDED: Kyla Wheeler, Oneonta, has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester.

 

Jim Kevlin/HOMETOWN ONEONTA – Jeff Wanke of Oneonta, a popular and helpful manager at Cooperstown’s Price Chopper, is back on the job Wednesday, Jan. 23 receiving congratulations from well wishers after a medical leave.

 

Security-Guard’s Death Prompts Bassett To Give Away CO Detectors

COOPERSTOWN – Having lost one of their own – Wade Bostwick, a Milford resident and well-liked security guard who died Saturday, Nov. 24, a victim of carbon-monoxide poison – the Bassett Hospital community is taking steps to prevent it from happening again.
Working with Kidde, the fire-safety products manufacturer, the healthcare network has arranged to provide carbon-monoxide detectors free to anyone who might need one, Executive Vice President & COO Ronette Wiley announced.
Department heads will be coordinating distribution in the next few weeks.
Since Bostwick’s passing, “We have had a number of patients who have required treatment for this,” said Wiley in a message to employees. “With our bitter cold and snow, this is the time of the year where there is an increased danger.”
She pointed out carbon monoxide “is an odorless and colorless gas that can build up indoors and poison people and animals who unknowingly breathe it in. This gas comes from fumes produced when fuel is burned in lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces.”

 

The Snow Must Go On!

The Snow Must Go On!

OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley, right, leads Bridgette Hulbert, daughter Vivian, Jack and William Mokay, and Andrew Rock, all of Delhi, and Erin and Kathryn Dailey, both of Oneonta, on a snowshoeing hike at the annual Winter Fest at Gilbert Lake State Park this afternoon. At right, Tami-Lee Volgari, Oneonta, sleds down a hill with her daughter Eama-Lee. Visitors also enjoyed skiing, information sessions on winter camping and survival, as well as a bonfire. The event was hosted by OCCA and Five Star Subaru. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 8

Kids Day At The Farm

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COLUMBUS DAY!

GET KIDS OUT – 10 – 11:30 a.m. Bring kids out for Columbus day, explore world of trees. Kids explore property, learn tree identification, understand trees roles in world, have fun. Mohican Farm, 7207 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/get-the-kids-out-trees/

GARDEN CLUB – 7 p.m. Presentation by Dr. Robinson, curator of The Jewell and Arline Moss Settle Herbarium containing specimens from the North East spanning 1898-2015. Learn about history, function of teaching herbariums, their importance to past, future of plants. Club also offering free bags of daffodil bulbs. Includes refreshments, free, open to public. St. James Episcopal Church, 305 Main St., Oneonta. E-mail Wendy at millerwillis3@gmail.com

Lions Club Service Project Clears River Of Debris

Lions’ Service Project

Clears River Of Debris

Butch Weir, Cooperstown, left, looks on as Matt Chisdock and Doug Perry haul an old 50-gallon drums aboard the Otsego Sailing Club work barge this morning during a Susquehanna River clean-up behind Bassett Hospital. The clean-up was a community service project headed by the Cooperstown Lions Club with help from the OCCA and the SUNY Biological Field Station volunteer dive team. At right, event organizer John Rowley brings ashore the first of over 25 tires retrieved. Teams also brought up scores of bottles, barrels, pipes, a feeding trough and other refuse from the floor of the river. Neighbors who use the waterway applauded their work and even helped in the effort. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

Civil War Camp, Battle, Concert

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REENACTMENT – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Civil War encampment featuring soldiers in authentic uniforms drilling, performing maneuvers, singing period songs, more. Battle reenactment planned for afternoon followed by concert. Free, open to public. Lawn, Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 or visit hydehall.org/event/civil-war-weekend-saturday/

ART FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 11th annual juried art fest celebrating the relationship between artist, landscape. Fest features contest between local artists, food, vendors, music, demonstrations, more on expansive lawn. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a

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

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 21

Deowongo Island Day

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SUMMER PICNIC – Noon – 3 p.m. Day of summer fun featuring food, party barge rides to Deowongo Island, live music. Bakers Beach, St. Hwy. 28, Richfield Springs. 607-547-2366 or visit www.otsegolandtrust.org/the-news/programs-a-events/420-deowongo-island-day-clia-picnic-july-21

DANCE PARTY – 6 – 10 p.m. Back to the 80’s with cover band “Flux Capacitor.” Includes snacks, beer, wine, soft drinks. Cost, $25. Proceeds to Greater Oneonta Historical Society building fund. Deer Haven Campground, 180 Deer Haven Ln., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaHistory/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 11

Concert From Across The Pond

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MUSIC – 6:30 p.m. An evening of music, poetry & prose from Across the Pond by artists of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra. Cost, $20/adult. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 or visit hydehall.org

WORKSHOP – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Learn the craft of glassblowing by making your own paperweight. Cost, $210/student. Bobby Sharp Glassworks, 736 St. Rt. 28, Oneonta. 607-432-2322 or visit www.bobbysharpglassworks.com/#!/classes

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 8

Kick Off Junior Livestock Show

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LIVESTOCK SHOW – 5 p.m. Open the 4-H Junior Livestock show with a chicken BBQ for public & exhibitors followed by an ice cream social at 7:30 p.m. Cost, $10 for the BBQ. Iroquois Farm Showgrounds, 1659 Co. Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1452 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Junior-Livestock-Show

PADDLE & PULL – 1 – 4 p.m. Bring your canoe/kayak, or reserve one of OCCA’s, and help pull invasive water chestnuts from the stump portion of Goodyear Lake. Bring water, sunscreen, & a hat. Registration requested. Meet at Portlandville Fishing Access, St. Hwy. 28, Portlandville. Call 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/paddle-and-pull-goodyear-lake/

Chamber To Honor Job Corps, OCCA

Chamber To Honor

Job Corps, OCCA

Awards Planned At ‘Summer Soiree’

ONEONTA – Oneonta Job Corps and the OCCA (Otsego County Conservation Association) are recipients of the Otsego Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 “Sustainable Success” Awards, it was announced today.

The award winners will be honored at the chamber’s Summer Soiree Thursday, July 19, at Oneonta Municipal Airport, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 9

Otsego Lake Marathon

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RACE THE LAKE – 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Race around the lake includes classes for 26.2 mile, 13.1 mile, 5K races. All races end together at Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2800 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com/events/2018-race-the-lake-marathon-half-marathon/

KNIT DAY – 1:30 – 3 p.m. Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day with the HML Yarn Club. Knitters, Crocheters of all skill levels welcome. Huntington Park, Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/adult-programs/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 2

Great Retirement Rumpus

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COMMUNITY CELEBRATION – 3 – 9 p.m. Great Retirement Rumpus celebrating the career of Martha Van Burek, Executive Director of West Kortright Center. Includes pet parade, Shakespeare retrospective performances, Brooks BBQ dinner, dancing. Admission by donation, RSVP appreciated. West Kortright Center, 49 West Kortright Church Rd., East Meredith. Call 607-278-5454 or visit westkc.org/event/community-celebration-marthas-retirement/

PRIDEFEST – Noon – 8 p.m. Celebrate human diversity, raise awareness in the community. Gather at Noon, rally at 1, parade thru downtown Oneonta at 2, family friendly festival 3-8 p.m. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-386-1508 or visit www.facebook.com/otsegopride/

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