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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 01-14-23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JANUARY 14

‘Fedora’ Streams Live
From The Met Operahouse

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OPERA—12:55-4:30 p.m. View live performance of the Metropolitan Opera, streaming live in Oneonta. This week the Met presents “Fedora” by Umberto Giordano, about a 19th-century Russian princess who falls in love with her fiancé’s murderer. Cost, $20/adult. Lunch available for purchase separately from Soda Jerks. Showing at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, Oneonta. (607) 431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

Oneonta Couple Sets Milestone in ‘Otsego Outdoors’ Challenges

Oneonta Couple Sets Milestone
in ‘Otsego Outdoors’ Challenges

The Texas School House State Forest is one of the Myers’ favorite hikes.

ONEONTA
Lee Ann and Rick Myers of Oneonta recently completed the Otsego Outdoors Fall Octet Challenge, marking the 5,000th trek made by participants in the Otsego 2000, Otsego Land Trust and Otsego County Conservation Association-led activity. Since the Octet Challenges began in February 2021, Otsego Outdoors’ mission has been to provide a comprehensive and searchable listing of every publicly accessible trail in Otsego County, helping residents and visitors enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 12-09-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9

Cabaret at Foothills

CABARET—6:30-9 p.m. Enjoy an evening of fun, music, dancing and holiday cheer with the Stan Fox Trio. The FUNdraiser is to support the community activities held at Foothills. Party is in the Production Center of The Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, Oneonta. (607) 431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

BE AN ANGEL – The community is invited to adopt a family and then find Christmas gifts for each of the children listed. Gifts are due unwrapped and without tags to either the office of The Freeman’s Journal at 21 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown, or at the Salvation Army Church at 25 River St. in Oneonta. Visit allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details

Film Plastic Recycling Challenge Returns

Film Plastic Recycling
Challenge Returns

OTSEGO COUNTY—The Otsego County Solid Waste Department and the Otsego County Conservation Association are teaming up once again to promote the Otsego County Schools Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. The challenge promotes recycling of film plastics and is open to all public and private K-12 school buildings located in Otsego County.

The challenge kicks off on America Recycles Day, November 15, and runs through April 14, 2023. During the challenge, students are encouraged to collect clean, dry film plastic, including single-use grocery bags, Ziploc-style food bags, wood pellet bags and more, and bring them to their school. A volunteer weighs the film plastic, submits the weight collected, and delivers the collected plastic to a participating retailer for recycling. Each week, the weight of material collected is reported to OCCA. The school that collects the most film plastic by weight per capita will win.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 11-12-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Find Fun Holiday Gifts

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HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Get ready for the holidays. Many vendors will be selling cookies, Jewelry, Antiques, Collectibles, Crafts, Natural Products and more. Also, stop at the Book Nook for your next read or at the snack bar. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Oneonta. (607) 432-4102 or visit firstumc-oneonta.org

BE AN ANGEL – The Angel Tree Program has returned. The community is invited to adopt a family and then find Christmas gifts for each of the children listed. Gifts are due unwrapped and without tags to either the office of The Freeman’s Journal at 21 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown, or at the Salvation Army Church at 25 River St. in Oneonta. Visit allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details

TAYLOR: Yes, Virginia, Our Recyclables Really DO Get Recycled
Column from Deboah J. Taylor

Yes, Virginia, Our Recyclables
Really DO Get Recycled

Photo by Martha Clarvoe.

A group of Otsego County residents toured Sierra Processing in Albany to find out exactly what happens to the items we place in our local recycling bins. Where does it all go? Does it really get recycled? How do they sort it?

When Otsego County’s official hauler, Casella Waste, empties our recycling bins at the Northern and Southern transfer stations, as well as the towns of Hartwick and Cherry Valley, the drivers haul it, unsorted, to Sierra Processing. Located across from the Port of Albany, Sierra processes—sorts and readies for sale—mixed recyclables for more than a dozen counties in the Capital District, as well as three in Massachusetts.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 10-07-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

Explore the Wetlands With OCCA

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WETLAND EXPLORATION – 10:30 a.m. – Noon. Join the Otsego County Conservation Association for a fun outing on the kids day off from school. Explore the edges of a beaver pond, identify tree and plants on the way, and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the end of the hike in the Pavilion. Free, open to all. Held at the The Forest of a Dozen Dads, 325 Blacks Road, Cooperstown. (607) 547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/get-the-kids-out-wetland-exploration/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Celebrate Our Earth 04-23-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 23

Celebrate Our Earth

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CLEAN UP – 9 a.m. – Noon. Morris residents are invited to join the Butternut Valley Alliance, others, to show your love for our Earth and help clean up the local roadways and streams, donate to the food bank, more. Parking Lot, Morris Central School, 65 W. Main St., Morris. Visit www.butternutvalleyalliance.org

RECYCLING – Noon – 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day and recycle responsibly. Bring your hard to recycle items including rigid expanded polystyrene containers and packing material, natural wine corks, paper shredding for residents, a clothing and textile collection, and more. Participants will receive a coupon for 10% off at the Ommegang Tap House. Pre-registration required to avoid congestion. Brewery Ommegang, 656 Co. Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/earth-festival-drive-through-drop-off-recycling/

RECRUITNY – Local fire stations open their doors to the public to recruit community members to the local volunteer fire department. Visit with the:
• West Oneonta Fire Department, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. featuring tours, demos, Q&A. 2865 Co. Hwy. 8, West Oneonta. 607-432-1310
• Wells Bridge Vol. Fire Department, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Open House. 114 Co. Hwy. 4, Wells Bridge. 607-988-2542.
• Richfield Springs Vol. Fire Department, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. open house. 3026 St. Hwy. 20, Richfield Springs. 315-858-0863.
• Unadilla Fire Department, Hours TBD. Open house, come meet the members, see the equipment, more. 77 Clifton St., Unadilla. 607-369-9150.
• Worcester Hose Company Inc., 1 – 3 p.m. Open house with equipment displays, demonstration, and refreshments. 36 Church St., Worcester. 607-397-8032.
• Morris Fire Department, Noon – 4 p.m. Open house. 117 Main St., Morris. 607-263-5500.

BLOOD DRIVE – 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Burlington Flats Baptist Church, 101 Arnold Rd., Burlington Flats. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Springfield Library Celebrates Valentines Day & Chinese New Year 02-23-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Springfield Library Celebrates
Valentines Day & Chinese New Year

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SPRINGFIELD READS – 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Chinese New Year and Valentines Day together with stories, snacks, and crafts with members of the Springfield community. Sponsored by Hyde Hall. Springfield Community Library, 129 Co. Rd. 29A, Springfield Center. 315-858-5802 or visit hydehall.org/springfield-reads-feb-23-2022/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Walk Through Winter Wonderland 02-21-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Walk Through Winter Wonderland

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WINTER WALK – 10 – 11:30 a.m. (Rescheduled from 1/17 due to winter storm Izzy) Enjoy the beauty of winter on this tree ID walk while you stretch your legs, get some fresh air. Dress appropriately for weather on this , bring your own water. Free, registration required. Presented by Otsego County Conservation Association at Robert V. Riddell State Park, Davenport. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/winter-walk/

Invasive insects make a meal out of county’s hemlocks

An infested Hemlock tree. (Photo by Steve Kinne)

Invasive insects make a meal out of county’s hemlocks

By Kevin Limiti

An invasive species with an odd name is causing concern in Otsego County after conservationists discovered the destructive insect at parks in Cooperstown and around Oneonta.

The Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA) is a tiny bug that infests hemlock trees, which experts warn could cause catastrophic environmental damage.

The insect in question came from the Far East in the 1920s and was discovered in New York State in the 1980s, and gets it name from the wool-like mask it generates around itself and looks like a cotton ball in the trees when an infestation is bad enough.

Now, it has been found ravaging hemlock in Fairy Springs Park in Cooperstown and Robert V. Riddell Park in Davenport.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Learn About Invasive Species with Otsego County Conservation Association 01-27-2022
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JANUARY 27

Learn About Invasive Species with
Otsego County Conservation Association

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CONSERVATION WEBINAR – 7 – 8 p.m. Learn about the Woolly Adelgid, an invasive insect which targets hemlock trees which are an important part of our ecosystem. Seminar will cover the biology & impact of this insect as well as surveying and management options. Learn how you can volunteer to spot this invader and help protect our local forests. Presented by the Otsego County Conservation Association. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/hemlock-woolly-adelgid-spotters/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Tree Identification Walk With OCCA 01-17-2022
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JANUARY 17

Tree Identification Walk With OCCA

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

WINTER WALK – 10 – 11:30 a.m. Enjoy the beauty of winter on this tree ID walk while you stretch your legs, get some fresh air. Dress appropriately for weather on this , bring your own water. Free, registration required. Presented by Otsego County Conservation Association at Robert V. Riddell State Park, Davenport. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/winter-walk/

Octet challenge underway

Octet challenge underway

Otsego Outdoors presents a winter challenge to all adventure seekers looking for fun and exercise this winter.

The Winter Octet Challenge, the fourth of its kind, consists of cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, and hiking to highlight accessible trails for those seeking outdoor activities.

Participants choose 8 of 13 trails to complete at state parks, state forests, town parks, Otsego Land Trust properties, and private properties open to the public. A “Choose Your Own” option opens the door to different activities such as sledding, tubing, ice fishing, and more.

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