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In Memoraim Sandra R. Cooer, 84 December 19, 1937 – October 13, 2022
In Memoraim

Sandra R. Denicore, 84

December 19, 1937 – October 13, 2022

ONEONTA – On December 19, 1937, Sandra “Sandy” Rae Cooper arrived in Elmira, New York – full of life and purpose – as the middle child of her loving parents, Beatrice and Merle Cooper.

After giving everything she had to give, Sandy left this world 84 years later on October 13, 2022, as the spouse of one, the mother of six, the grandmother of twenty, the sister of two, and a friend to hundreds.

Like everyone, Sandy arrived in this world with nothing, and she left with nothing.  What Sandy left behind on this planet, however, is immeasurable.

Sandy was a life-long New Yorker.  She was born in Elmira, raised in Dannemora, and eventually settled in Oneonta where she raised a family with her husband of 62 years.

Briggs Pool opening July 1

Briggs Pool opening July 1

Briggs Pool in Oneonta’s Wilber Park opens for the season July 1, from 1 until 6:45 p.m.

Those living within Oneonta’s city limits may enter free of charge but must have a park pass, available now at the Oneonta YMCA from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. and at the Wilber Welcoming Center beginning July 1. Residents should bring a photo ID with proof of residency, such as a utility bill, driver’s license, voter registration card, or copy of residential rental lease. The non-resident cost for admission is $1/child, $3/adult, or $8/family; a seasonal non-resident pass is also available.

The Oneonta Family YMCA will open Wilber swim lessons and SAWW registration for residents and non-residents on July 1; lesson registration will continue until all slots are full.

Contact the Oneonta Family YMCA at 607-432-0010 or visit www.oneontawmca.org for more information.

YMCA’s summer programming on track, but ‘different’ this year

YMCA’s summer programming
on track, but ‘different’ this year

Staffing challenges notwithstanding, Oneonta’s YMCA and the City of Oneonta will partner again this year to provide summer programming and services for area youth eager for activity.

“The Y’s core mission is to find solutions to community problems,” said YMCA Executive Director Frank Russo. “This summer, like every summer before it, we will work to the best of our capabilities to provide whatever services we can.”

“We will offer our summer programs in some way, shape, or form,” he said. “I like to say it will be ‘similar but different.’ We intend to have the swimming pool operating. The community is very quick to be worried that there will be nothing to do this summer, but that’s not the case. That’s not to say that we don’t need employees and volunteers — we’re just like any business facing a shortage these days.”

“This is not a money issue for us,” he said, noting the Oneonta Y’s competitive wages and opportunities. “We’re losing some of our past collaborative partners because their own programs have suffered. Everybody is feeling the pinch.”

In his online Weekly Report for April 16, Oneonta Mayor Mark Drnek addressed the need for volunteers who can keep city programs alive.

Editorial: ‘The Big Need’

Editorial

‘The Big Need’

 April 21, 2022

What better time than the middle of National Volunteer Week (April 17 – 24) to take the time to salute every person who gives their time — truly our most precious commodity — to help others.

The Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta receives a few dozen press releases each week from community groups of every stripe throughout Otsego County — organizations looking out for the environment, preserving open spaces, grooming hiking trails. Groups dedicated to keeping political discourse at a civil level, encouraging citizens to vote and participate in democracy. Programs to feed the hungry, help the homeless, save and protect animals. Perform for and promote local arts and artists, help out in the schools, decorate village streets for holidays, coach Little League and soccer and basketball.

And almost as an aside, such announcements usually include some semblance of this proud statement: “[insert name] is an all-volunteer organization governed by a volunteer board of directors.”

Board of Education, town, and village governments, too, run on volunteer steam: these board members, supervisors, mayors, trustees, legislators, committee members, and appointees aren’t in it for the big paycheck. We’re humbled when imagining the amount of time and dedication these volunteers devote to a sometimes thankless task, serving a public that can be quick to judge and criticize yet take for granted the day-to-day quality of life that these volunteers make possible.

This Week 04-21-22

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

April 21, 2022

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Just … No!

Monday night’s surprise ‘Noreaster was on no one’s wish list and it left a lot of damage throughout Otsego County leaving more than 18,000 without electricity. With outages lasting up to 72 hours, the county’s Office of Emergency Services opened two emergency shelters and prepared dry ice and water distribution centers. On Chestnut Street in the Village of Cooperstown, employees had an early start to their Tuesday morning. “We came in around 4 a.m. There was so much snow and so many trees and branches down, that’s all we’ve been dealing with,” said Lloyd Stillson, left. “It looks like we will be picking up branches and moving snow for the rest of the day,” added Tylar Thayer, right.

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BOUND VOLUMES

Bound Volumes: April 21, 2022

OBITUARIES

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CALENDAR

Happenin’ Otsego

 

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Seniors Party at the Mall 12-07-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7

Seniors Party at the Mall

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SENIOR SOCIAL – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Seniors are invited for a party featuring Chair Yoga, Silver Sneaker Classic, Lunch from Panera Bread, Bingo, and a mall walk. Free, all invited. Presented by the Oneonta YMCA. Hosted at The Community Room by JC Penny’s at The Southside Mall, Oneonta. 607-432-0010 ext. 9 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaFamilyYMCA/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Frostbite 5K Concludes 12-31-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31

Frostbite 5K Concludes

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FROSTBITE 5K – Last Chance to run, walk, or bike during the month of December. Post your results, then a picture of yourself in an ugly sweater with your race bib for the chance to win prizes. Benefit for the Oneonta YMCA. 607-432-0010 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaFamilyYMCA/

LIGHT TRAIL CONCLUDES – Last day to drive around Otsego County and view the holiday decorations. Visit www.facebook.com/GreatOtsegoLightTrail/ for directions.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Civil Rights Tour Down South 12-06-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6

Civil Rights Tour Down South

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SUNDAY SERIES – 3 – 4 p.m. Friends of the Village Library presents ‘From Antebellum to Anti-Racism: Redirecting Your Down South Tourism’ featuring Sydney Waller discussing sites to include on a Civil Rights themed trip through the American South. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Virtual Frostbite 5K 12-03-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3

Virtual Frostbite 5K

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FROSTBITE 5K – Ongoing. Run, walk, or bike anytime during the month of December. Post your results, then a picture of yourself in an ugly sweater with your race bib for the chance to win prizes. Benefit for the Oneonta YMCA. 607-432-0010 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaFamilyYMCA/

ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Ice Harvest Festival

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ICE HARVEST FEST – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Participate in traditional ice harvesting as was done 100 years ago (as long as ice is at least 8”). Also includes ice carving, fishing, hot soup buffet, exhibits by local businesses, more. Cost, $9/adult/teen. Children under 12 enter free. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org

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