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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Art Exhibit Opening Reception 09-19-20

Art Exhibit Opening Reception


OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 8 p.m. Celebrate exhibit opening featuring Eileen Crowell’s ‘Plant Portraits,’ Ruben and Damian Salinas’s ‘The Spirit of Gesture,’ and Pooh Kaye. Free, open to public, masks required. Displayed through 9/27, by appointment only. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Oneonta History Exhibit 08-01-20

Oneonta History Exhibit


ARCHITECTURE EXHIBIT – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. New exhibit ‘Building Blocks of a City: 100 Years of Architecture in Oneonta’ opens to public highlighting significant buildings, structures that represent the development, transformation of the city. Greater Oneonta Historical Society, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Visit for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Voices Of The Game To Honor Hall of Fame Inductee Ted Simmons 07-25-20

Voices Of The Game To Honor

Hall of Fame Inductee Ted Simmons


BASEBALL – Noon. Virtual Voices of the Game to honor Hall of Fame 2020 inductee Ted Simmons who played alongside hall of famers Paul Molitor and Robin Yount for the Milwaukee Brewers. Join them as they reminisce about the Brewers team and their journey to the Hall of Fame. Visit for details.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Pull Invasive Plants On Silver Lake 07-18-20

Pull Invasive Plants On Silver Lake

14-19eventspagePADDLE & PULL – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Enjoy fun day on the lake to help pull up Water Chestnut & European Frog Bit from scenic lake. Canoes & Kayaks will be provided, outside craft not permitted. Registration required by 7/17. Silver Lake, Silver Lake Rd., New Berlin. 607-547-4488 or visit

Leaving Nature Behind, Earth Fest Goes Digital

Leaving Nature Behind,

Earth Fest Goes Digital

5 Days Of Virtual Events Planned

COOPERSTOWN – Due to the coronavirus threat, Otsego County Conservation Association is taking the annual Earth Festival online, the OCCA announced this afternoon.

The event, originally scheduled for April 18, will instead be a five-day event taking place online. This is the 15th year the Earth Festival is showcasing local environmentally themed organizations and businesses.

“We wanted to find a way to help people celebrate the earth, learn about new earth-focused groups and products and connect with like-minded people,” said OCCA Executive Director Amy Wyant.


Learn To Ice Fish

On Canadarago Lake


FISHING CLINIC – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. All ages are welcome to come learn basics of ice fishing with DEC. Bait & tackle provided. Experienced anglers encouraged to bring your own. Dress warmly. Free. Relocated to Canadarago Boat Launch, 135 Dennison Rd., Richfield Springs. 607-547-8662 or visit

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

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.”


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