THEATER – 8 p.m. Performance of Woody Allen’s “Don’t Drink The Water.” Cost, $10-$15. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org
POETRY FESTIVAL – 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free reading open to the public features nationally recognized poets; Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Robert Pinsky. Auditorium, Sharon Springs Central School. Call 518-284-3426 or visit www.klinkhart.org/poetry
COOPERSTOWN – Richard James Bachand, 58, a resident of Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 30, 2017, at Bassett Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
This kind, sweet and gentle man was born April 2, 1959, in Hartford, Conn., a son of Edward A. Bachand, Sr. and Kathleen A. née DiPaola Bachand. Raised in Connecticut, he attended schools there. Then, in the late 1970s, he and his parents moved from Connecticut to Walden, Orange County, and he graduated from Valley Central High School in Montgomery.
FAMILY FARM DAY – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit local farms in Otsego and Schoharie counties and bring home a cooler of farm fresh goods. Call (518) 234-4303, ext. 119 or visit FamilyFarmDay.org
CLOSING CONCERT – 8 p.m. End the season with an exploration of feminine sovereignty through dance, song, and text by Laura Carelss, dancer, choreographer, and actress, in the World Premier of “She Wolves.” Tickets, $15 adults, $12 youth, seniors, and veterans. The Church, at the decommissioned Baptist Church, 2381 St. Hwy. 205, Mount Vision. www.upsi-ny.com/upcoming-events-news/
FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Take a walk through the City of the Hills Art and Music Festival and the Sidewalk Sale. Main St., Oneonta. www.facebook.com/CANOneonta/
FISHING DERBY – 4-5 p.m. Free “catch and release” fishing competition for children. Bring your own pole, bait/lures, and a clean bucket. Includes refreshments for participants and families. Enter a raffle by the Susquehanna Bass Association. Hodges Pond, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-432-0680 or visit oneonta.ny.us/departments/parks-and-recreation/fishing-derby/
AWARDS PRESENTATION – 4:30 p.m. Features the presentation of the Ford C. Frick award for baseball broadcasting excellence and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Gates open 3 p.m. Followed immediately by the Parade of Legends Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. baseballhall.org/events/Awards-Presentation-2017?date=0
DEOWONGO ISLAND DAY – Noon-3 p.m. Paddle to the island for a picnic that includes live music, food, and a kayak raffle. Or ride the ferry from Bakers Beach, 8114 State Highway 28, Richfield Springs. www.facebook.com/OtsegoLandTrust/
PLAINS PET DAY – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your 4 legged friends for a day of fun. Features a pet parade, pet photography, a dog kissing booth, vendors, music, food, silent auction/raffle, pet costume contest, the Binghamton zoomobile, and adoptable pets from the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. The Plains, 163 Heritage Cir., Oneonta. www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/
MUSIC FESTIVAL – 8 p.m. Works by Mozart, Bach, Faure, De Falla, and Schumann performed by Kenneth Renshaw on violin and Yang Bao on piano. Honest Brook Music Festival, 1885 Honest Brook Rd., Delhi. Call (607)746-3770 or visit hbmf.org
DANCE DEMONSTRATION – 10 a.m. Informative demonstration in the art of dance presented by Jillian’s Dance Arts. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. foothillspac.org
ART RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. “Migration-Immigration: A Creative Depiction” opens depicting the arduous and dangerous path that has led many immigrant to the US throughout our history. Features the work of local artists working in water color, acrylics, oils, pen, ink, sculptures, and more. Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. cherrybranchgallery.com
EDMESTON – Stephen Peter Waters, 53, a swimmer, bowler and Special Olympics concenter, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at Chenango House, Pathfinder Village.
He was born Dec. 4, 1962, in Montclair, N.J., to George J. and Margaret (Ryan) Waters. Stephen was raised in Essex Fells, N.J., and moved to Pathfinder Village when he was 19.
Stephen participated in the Special Olympics, bowling and had a special interest in swimming. He loved animals, especially dogs. Stephen had a keen sense of humor and a quick wit. He was a loveable guy and if you were lucky enough to meet him you had a friend for life.
COOPERSTOWN – This year’s Chobani Foundation Tennis Classic, the seventh, reached the fundraising goal of $100,000 for Pathfinder Village, the Edmeston facility for people with Down syndrome and disabilities announced.
Sept. 6 play was organized by a volunteer committee led by co-chairs Bob and Pat Hanft of Cooperstown, who have guided the growth of the tournament since it began in 2010.
EDMESTON – Pathfinder Village has announced a $1.2 million bequest establishing the J. Couper Lord Jr. Endowment, an unrestricted gift to benefit the community for children with Down syndrome.
The announcement was made Tuesday evening at The Otesaga during Pathfinder’s annual Pro-Am and Tennis Classic Awards Banquet, part of an annual week of fund raising events that support Pathfinder scholarhips.
COOPERSTOWN – Bill Streck had every reason to be humbled by the opening of the Dr. William F. Streck Health Center at Pathfinder Village.
“I was talking to a friend about it, and he said, ‘Let me get this straight. Bassett starts a clinic in a farmhouse. Then you became president of Bassett. You retire. Dr. Vance Brown opens a clinic and they name it after you’?” he recalled during his remarks at the clinic’s opening reception Friday, Nov. 6.
EDMESTON – Just before dignitaries this morning at Pathfinder Village held a ceremonial groundbreaking on the William F. Streck Community Health Clinic, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announced he had obtained a $250,000 state grant which will largely complete the $1.2 million needed for the facility.
Among audience members were Marian Mullen, the executive director in the early 1980s who envisioned the New England-style village that has been home to the center for Down syndrome children for the past three decades.
Dr. Streck, who retired last summer after 30 years as president/CEO of the Bassett Healthcare Network, chaired the Pathfinder board for much of that time, and continues in that role today.