THEATER – 7 p.m. Classic metatheatrical play “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder portrays everyday live of residents of the fictional Grover’s Corner. Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
CONCERT – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Local band The Butternut Valley Boys perform mix of country, gospel, bluegrass, more to benefit inn’s restoration. Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com
Miriam Fonjweng is embraced by her brother Elvin Fonjweng as she exits the front of Oneonta High School following the 150th annual commencement this morning. Friends and family filled the Belden Auditorium to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of ’19. The event also marked the last graduation for Superintendent Joseph Yelich, right, who is retiring. “These are tumultuous times tor education,” said Yelich in his remarks, “But we have no such worry. The district is in better shape than it has been in years. We are financially solid and our facilities are improving.” He went on to assure the students that there is no one way to reach success: “If you are worried, don’t be. It all plays out. Today, after you graduate, both you and I will figure out what we will do next.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – Tennis is far from over for sophomore Chris Catan, Oneonta’s ace player. He qualified for the State Tournament, which begins Thursday, May 30 at USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens. He is the STAC and Section IV champion.
Golf also has a qualifier for the State Tournament in Oneonta’s Evan Sitts. The senior, who is heading to York College (PA) to play golf this fall, is a 2-time STAC champion and will play in the state competition on June 2 & 3 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University. Cooperstown’s team won its third consecutive Section III small school title on May 21.
They will play in the CSC Tournament on May 30 after winning another CSC regular season crown.
LECTURE – 7:30 p.m. George Ward presents 2019 Bruce Buckley lecture “‘MY Little Mohee’ – Lawrence Older: The Songs, Tunes, Tales and Life Journey of an Adirondack Singer.” Featuring a night of music celebrating history, traditions of Upstate New York. Free, open to public. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown.
“In our first game against them, we beat Seton Catholic,” said OHS Yellowjackets coach Jerry Mackey. “Then they came back and beat us by 10 points.”
And on Wednesday, the two teams will square off in a deciding game to see who moves ahead to the Class
B Section IV finals. “Last year, we lost to Seton Catholic at this round,” said Mackey.
“But this year, we’re the only team who has beaten them in a game.”
ANNUAL LECTURE – 7 p.m. Annual Richard Siegfried Lecture featuring Andrew Bottomley presenting “Voices From Below: Audio Storytelling and the Politics of Experience.” Free, open to public. Followed by dessert reception. Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2902174
PARADE – 5 p.m. Showcase your Halloween best with Cooperstown Central School band leading the way. Followed by cider and treats at Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, then trick-or-treating at around Cooperstown. Start at Cooper Park, Cooperstown. 607-547-9983 or visit cooperstownchamber.org/halloween-2/
PARADE – 7 p.m. Celebrate Halloween. Costumes encouraged, includes Oneonta High School Bands. Line-up at 6:15. Main St., Oneonta.
Friends an families gathered at Oneonta High School’s Belden Auditorium this afternoon for the 2018 Induction Ceremony to the Wall of Distinction and the Athletic Hall of Fame. Above, Wall of Distinction inductees Mary-Ann Corrao Ferree , ’72, and Harold Anderson, ’48, unveil their plaques at the conclusion of the ceremony. At right, Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Geoffrey Bean, ’03, who was honored for his achievements in football, basketball and track & field, enters the auditorium to fanfare and applause. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Leroy Williams, Jr. embraces one of his teachers, Kelly Tavarone, as the Oneonta High School Class of 2018 exits the auditorium following the 149th annual Commencement at the high school’s Belden Auditorium at this afternoon. The graduates, lauded by Principal Tom Brindley, right, for their caring and compassionate nature, had an unheard of number fights during the school year: zero. “This is a group that cares about each other, looks out for each other and cheer each other on,” Brindley remarked. “(They) are a friendly smile on a bad day. What you do does not compare to who you are.” It was also announced that Brindley is being promoted to assistant superintendent, a new position. “I consider it a privilege to graduate with you.” he said. Brindley’s successor will be his assistant principal, Anne Wolstenholme. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com
FILM SCREENING – 6 – 8 p.m. Showing of “Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age,” introduced by filmaker & pediatrician Delaney Ruston, M.D. who will moderate a thoughtful and considerate discussion following. Belden Auditorium, Oneonta Senior High School, 130 East St., Oneonta. Call 607-433-8200 or visit www.oneontacsd.org
ONEONTA – Frank Gallucci, 86, a 33-year Oneonta High School history teacher, and one of the last people to have taught both at Academy Street and the new campus on East Street, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
Frank was born on Jan. 13, 1932, in Oneonta to John and Raffaella Gallucci. He attended city schools and graduated from Oneonta High School in 1950.
Upon graduation, Frank went to work for the Delaware & Hudson Railroad as an agent telegrapher. In 1952, during the Korean War, Frank joined the Army and served in the 8174th Army Signal Corp in Sendai and Tokyo, Japan. Frank was honorably discharged in 1954 with the rank of corporal.