Amy Smithling of Oneonta, above, addresses crowd members gathered at the former Christopher’s Restaurant site on Southside as they prepare for a parade earlier this afternoon in support of the Oneonta Police Department. “This is about the OPD and the support they deserve,” said Smithling. “This is not about us versus them. This is not a Trump Rally. This is simply a show of force to support the OPD!” Inset, Genesis Bushnell, Laurens, and Shannon Speenburg, Unadilla, wave the “Thin Blue Line” flag in support support as they fall in line with numerous trucks and cars, including firetrucks and cement mixers, joined led the parade with flashing lights and sounding horns on their path through the city. The issue came to the fore when Oneonta Police Chief Doug Brenner removed the “Thin Blue Line” flag from the pole in front of the Oneonta Public Safety Building a few days ago. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Jeff Joyner, Fox Hospital president, waves as decorated fire trucks from 17 area departments, including police and EMS, drove by the hospital this afternoon in a parade dedicated to thanking Fox Hospital staff for their work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the fire companies, the parade also included Mayor Gary Herzig, The Red Knights Motorcycle Club and a fly-over from the LifeNet helicopter. At right, Kristy Gee and Tiffany Pickett let the drivers know their appreciation as the parade passes by them and their fellow workers lined up outside Fox Hospital. After passing the hospital, the parade continued onto the Fox Care Center to laud workers there as well. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
New Years Eve!
CELEBRATION – 5 p.m. Start a safe & sober New Years celebration with parade down Main St. followed by poetry readings, festival featuring live music, games, dancing, & special guest Anthony Eardley, Oneonta’s American Ninja Warrior. Then first ever talent show featuring $1000 prize at 7:30, then black-light after-party featuring entertainment by Cosmic Karma Fire Spinners. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit www.facebook.com/FNOneonta/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
PARADE – 5 p.m. Dress your best and show off your costume in this years Halloween parade down Main St., Cooperstown.
PUMPKIN GLOW – 6 – 7:30 p.m. Bring your carved pumpkin to enter in a contest or just to display to the trick-or-treaters. After the sun goes down stroll through the park and admire everyone’s handiwork. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 4
OLDEST PARADE – 11 a.m. The second oldest parade in the country kicks off again, with a full day of festivities to follow, including a concert and fireworks at dusk. Springfield Center Community Center, 129 Co Rd 29A, Springfield Center.
Event organizer Elayne Moser Campoli, above, Oneonta, waves as she leads hundreds of participants thought the streets of Oneonta earlier this afternoon during the parade that kicked off the third annual Pridefest on the 50th anniversary of the riots at Stonewall. At right, Ryan Harrington, Oneonta, hands out rainbow leis to onlookers along the parade route as he marches. Pridefest continued through the afternoon with live music, awards, vendors, food, drag shows, fireworks and celebrations of love, diversity and acceptance. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Hawkeyes’ Team First To Win
NY Hoop Title For Cooperstown
CCS Hawkeye Ben Tafuro, Kyle Myer, Spencer Lewis and Ryan Burns (top photo) share cheers with enthusiastic fans – there may have been up to 1,000 – who gathered around the flagpole at Main and Pioneer a half-hour ago to welcome home the team that’s won the first-ever state basketball title for Cooperstown. On the aerial ladder behind the Cooperstown Fire Department’s 1952 vintage Mack firetruck, (center photo) a gleeful Noah Lifgren is flanked by MVP Jack Lambert, left, and Kyle Santello, right, bearing trophies from their win. Coach John Lambert (lower photo) gets off the school bus from Binghamton in the Blue Lot and and hugs Fire Chief Jim Tallman, right, and Village Police Officer Terrell Silvera. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
PARADE, TRACTOR RODEO SUNDAY
An early 1900s International Stationary Baling Press, not seen at Roseboom Antique Power Days for a few years, will be cranked up tomorrow on the second day of the 18th annual happening. Down from Remsen, Bill Blair and Cindy Thompson examine the novelty. Also Sunday, the tractor parade rolls through the hamlet at 1 p.m., followed by the tractor rodeo at the nearby Van Buren farm; Jack and Norma Van Buren have been hosting the annual gathering for almost two decades now. Inset photo is Shawn Neuschel of Richfield Springs examining the offerings. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 28
PARADE – 6 p.m. Following awards presentation, Hall of Famers ride trucks down Main Street to special reception at Baseball Hall of Fame. Staging on Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org
ZUMBATHON – 1 – 4 p.m. Zumbathon, vendor fair to benefit Days For Girls, helping girls stay in school. Cost, $10/adult. Greater Plains Elementary School, 60 West End Ave., Oneonta. 607-643-8209 or visit www.facebook.com/Days-for-Girls-Unadilla-NY-Team-136991406948185/
Above, Paul Neske, Captain of the Schenevus Fire Department, begins cleaning off the front of one of their engines with head of EMS (and past Chief) Don Sperbeck in preparation for the Fireman’s Carnival parade that will kick off tonight’s festivities. At right, Heather Hunter and Rose Lombardo, Schenevus, place their tickets in bags during the Chinese Auction earlier this afternoon to benefit the Schenevus and Maryland Fire Departments. Tonight’s entertainment includesa parade at 6pm, followed by live music from Off The Record, a chicken BBQ, BINGO, and a Midway full of games and rides for the whole family. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 21
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/
Hundreds of LBGTQ and their friends, family and allies took to the streets of Oneonta on Saturday to celebrate during the second annual Pridefest. The event, hosted by the Otsego Pride Alliance, included a rally in Neahwa Park honoring Rev. Theresa Sivers and Rev. Craig Schwalenberg for their support in the movement. Above, Oneonta’s Fiona Maloney, Caroline Bagby and Kate White march along Main Street during the parade. At right, Reese Cash, Oneonta, gets her photo taken with drag queen Janyra as festivities in the park kicked off with live music, The Catskill Puppet Theater, the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus, a drag show, Cosmic Karma Fire and more. “I did not anticipate how much this event meant to people.” said event organizer Elayne Mosher Campoli, “We feel valued and respected in our identities. The reaction to Pridefest has been overwhelmingly positive.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The American Legion Color Guard – from left, Gary Walters, Gary Ballard, Tony Moore, Wayne Gregory, Terry Harkenreader and Harry Martin – marches down Main Street. during the Memorial Day parade this morning in Oneonta. They are followed by the rifle detail from Fort Drum that volunteered for the occasion, under the direction of Sgt. Ericson Brenner, son of Oneonta Police Chief Doug Brenner. Following the parade, crowds gathered at the Veterans’ Memorial in Neahwa Park for services honoring fallen soldiers, veterans and their families. At right, OHS Valedictorian Teagan Mackey recites Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address to the crowd, including Lincoln look-alike Pete Lindemann, Cobleskill, foreground, who was dressed as the former President for the occasion. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 28
CANOE REGATTA – 6 a.m. Professional, recreational paddlers race 70 miles down the Susquehanna River. Launch at Brookwood Point, 6000 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. Finish at General Clinton Park, 2507 Hinkley Ln., Bainbridge. Call 607-386-1351 or visit www.canoeregatta.org/6_00am_C4.html
PARADE – 11 a.m. Cooperstown Vets Club remembers the fallen soldiers. Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8282.