FUN PADDLE – 1 – 4 p.m. Take in the sights, sounds on beautiful creek, learn about plants, animals, history of this diverse region with Otsego County Conservation Association. Bring your own (cleaned, drained, & treated) canoe or kayak or reserve one of OCCA’s. Bring water, a snack, & sunscreen. Free, registration required. Butternut Creek. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/occa-calendar/
ONEONTA – Mayor Gary Herzig said a few minutes ago that Governor Cuomo yesterday directed municipalities to enforce a state Department of Health directive allowing localities to fine people who do not wear masks up to $1,000 per violation.
Fearful of what 7,000 college students may bring with them this fall, Herzig said, “I don’t think the state is saying local governments should decide whether to enforce it or not. The message from the Governor’s Office is that it’s a law and we’re expected to enforce it.”
COUNCIL ROCK RACE – Enjoy fun race in time of Social Distancing. Run 4.4 miles in a location, distance from Council Rock to Council Rock Brewery, at time & location of your choosing. Visit www.facebook.com/clarksportscenter for info on virtual event.
Armed with signs, banners, poems and song, 17 family members spanning four generations gathered in the parking lot at The Plains at Parish Homestead this afternoon to wish resident Freda Beach a “Happy 93rd Birthday!” Above, Angela Saggese reads a poem she wrote, as Karen Gibertson, Austin Gilbertson, McKenna Gilbertson, Joyce Beach and Scott Beach look on. At right, birthday girl Freda smiles and waves with joy from her balcony. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
There was lots of hooting, hollering and horn-blowing on Elm Street in Oneonta this afternoon as 13 cars filled with friends, family, teachers and classmates, all dressed in costumes with signs and decorations, were escorted by Oneonta police in a birthday parade for Zoey Tonner, who turned 7 today. “The invitations were ready, the treat bags were all made, then everything shut down,” explained her mother Danielle. “We had to cancel her party because of social distancing, so this is her coronavirus substitute!” The party was held at the home of Zoey’s babysitter Sarah Baden, where Zoey, seen at right with brother Rob and Dad “Fish”, waved to passersby from the lawn and porch, which were covered in decorations. As the parade passed by, Zoey took pictures with her camera as people hopped out to wish her “Happy Birthday” and leave presents and cards in a basket by the curb. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com