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Cold Can’t Stop OH-Fest Fun

Cold Can’t Stop OH-Fest Fun

Justin Babbino, front man for the band Secret Beaches at SUNY, sings to the crowds filling downtown Oneonta streets for OHFest XII this afternoon. The festivities continue tonight in Neahwa Park with The Throwback Time Machine, winner of the OH- Factor 2017 and headliner Jesse McCartney. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
YMCA Sparklers Dazzle At Gymnastics Competition

YMCA Sparklers Dazzle

At Gymnastics Competition

Lily Stalter, member of the Oneonta Family YMCA Sparklers gymnastics team, preforms her routine on the beam for in front of her team, coaches and judges this morning at the New York State YMCA Gymnastics Championships at the SUNY Alumni Field House. The competition continues through the day as well at Sunday. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Allstadt Lectures On Fossil Fuels Vs. Renewables At SUNY

Allstadt Lectures At SUNY:

Shift To Renewable Energy

Retired Mobil executive vice president Lou Allstadt, now a fossil-fuels foe and Cooperstown village trustee, addresses a SUNY Oneonta this afternoon during “Green Dragon Week” on the need to shift to renewable energies. Through production, transmission and final use, 60 percent of the energy in fossil fuels dissipates, he said.  Easily accessible fossil-fuel reserves are dwindling, he said, and the U.S. should follow the examples of China and India, which are accelerating the shift to more more environmentally friendly wind and solar power. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Hundreds Walk For A Cure At SUNY

Hundreds Walk For Cure

At SUNY Oneonta ‘Relay’

Cancer survivors Nelson Wells, Moira Beach and caregiver Sue Hawley, all of Oneonta, above, applaud in appreciation as over 1,100 walked at the at the ninth annual Relay For Life in the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Field House.  The event had already collected $23,000 from preregisters, and has raised over $270,000 to date for the he American Cancer Society. Participants enjoyed live music from bands and DJs, games, food and guest speakers like twice Assembly candidate John Salka, Bridgewater, left, who lost his daughter Emily to brain cancer. “It’s important to not lose hope, and to give support to those in need.” said Salka, “Sooner or later we will have a  cure for cancer.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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SUNY Hosts Dialogue Between City Leaders, Students

Jobs Corps Students Share

Instances Of Discrimination

Mayor Gary Herzig talks with Oneonta Job Corps student Iyana Pierre at Operation Safe Spaces Oneonta Thursday evening at SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Multicultural Experiences. The event was a chance for students to open dialogues with city leaders, including Acting Police Chief Douglas Brenner, Common Council members, the local NAACP chapter, the city Commission on Community Relations & Human Rights, and businesspeople on issues of feeling safe and empowerment. “I have been followed in Walmart.” said Pierre. “I have had places refuse to deliver pizza to us because we are at Job Corps. and other students I have talked to have experienced the same thing.” Fellow student Asaskia Thomas said, “We don;t know who to talk to about these things, so we go to another person of color and talk among ourselves. We even have clubs to empower us because we feel powerless.”  Local NAACP President Lee Fisher said, “We can talk among ourselves all we want, but taking action is the most important. We are all in this together. We have to feel it and know it and come together to get things done.” Herzig added “We’re not going to say there is no racism here, but we work very hard to counteract that by helping you and giving you a resource network.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JAN. 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JAN. 27

It’s Movie Night At Y Pool

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COOPERTOWN WINTER CARNIVAL BEGINS!!!

MOVIE NIGHT – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Float with you friends in the pool while enjoying a movie. Root bear floats will be served afterward. Oneonta YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaymca.org

HISTORY EXHIBITION – Noon-4 p.m.. “Oneonta’s Trolley Line: The Southern New York Railway.” Greater Oneonta Historical Society, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm#More

FUNDRAISER – 4:30-6:30 p.m. Brooks Chicken dinner to support the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Tickets $10. Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River St, Cooperstown. Info, susquehannaanimalshelter.org/brooks-chicken-dinner-fundraiser/

SUNY Opens New Physical Science Building

SUNY President Cuts Ribbon

On Renovated Science Building

SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski cut the ribbon Wednesday afternoon on the renovated, state-of-the-art Physical Science Building, assisted by Provost Jim Mackin, left, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.  “This building will help our students not only be consumers of knowledge, but producers of it,” said Kleniewski.  Behind them are, from left, Chuck Rodriguez, Vanket Sharma, Fran and Albert Read, John Hall, Nicole Pereira, Tatiana Boba,William Holt and Assistant VP for Facilities Tom Rathbone, who has been overseeing the systematic renovations of the original 1960s-era buildings.  Tours were then given of the buildings and its classrooms, many of which feature glass observation walls to fit with the “Science On Display” theme of the building. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 4

Signs Of The Season

Everywhere In County

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To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring quality, handmade crafts by local and regional crafters. Free admission. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine pkwy, Oneonta.

FESTIVAL OF TREES – Noon-4 p.m. Holiday Tree and Gift Raffles. Allso collecting Toys for Tots and non-perishable food donations. Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 Co. Hwy. 31, Cooperstown. Info, www.friendsofglimmerglass.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 12

CSO Concert Features

Tenor Jon Fredric West

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THEATER – 7 p.m. High School musical, “Into the Woods.” Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, cooperstowncs.org

SYMPHONY – 7:30 p.m. Catskill Symphony presents Concert II: Featuring Tenor Jon Frederic West performing Wagner and Vaughan Williams. Symphony also performs Brahms Symphony No. 2. Tickets $30, free admission for veterans, children and the adults who bring them. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Info, tickets, (607) 436-2670, www.catskillsymphony.net

CHINESE AUCTION – 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Milford Central School District 42 W. Main St., Milford. Info, web.milfordcentral.org

HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes lunch and new Children’s Ornament Build $5..The Major’s Inn, 12 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville, Info, (607)783-2393 or (607)783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com

HOLIDAY MARKET AND CRAFT SHOW – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunnycrest Orchards Cidermill Gift Shop, 7869 NY-10, Sharon Springs. For more info visit www.sunnycrestorchards.com

Neighbors, Volunteers Clean Up Third Ward

Neighbors, Volunteers

Clean Up Third Ward

3rd ward councilman Dave Rissberger, right, holds a bag as SUNY volunteer Jacob Perez as he picks up trash along Elm St. Behind them are 3rd ward residents Charlie and Marty Winters, and volunteers from Hartwick's Alpha Omicron Pi and SUNY's Phi Kappa Jon Corado, Dylan Alves and Nick Marcella, who all took part in the 4th annual neighborhood clean up this morning.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Third Ward Council member Dave Rissberger, right, holds a bag as SUNY volunteer Jacob Perez as he picks up trash along Elm Street during the 4th annual Third Ward cleanup. Behind them are ward residents Charlie and Marty Winters, and Jon Corado, Dylan Alves and Nick Marcella, who were volunteers from Hartwck’s Alpha Omicron Phi and SUNY’s Phi Kappa Si.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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OJC, Partners Screen Film On Bullying Consequences

OJC, Partners Screen Film

On Bullying Consequences

Oneonta Job Corps Academy last evening hosted a screening of the Netflix movie “Audrie & Daisy,” which focuses on the tragic consequences surrounding two sexual assault cases involving high school students, at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. As part of Job Corps Youth 2 Youth Partners in Peace national initiative, the screening was a joint effort with Opportunities For Otsego, SUNY Oneonta and Oneonta police. The movie asks viewers to take an honest look at how sexual assault and bullying, especially cyber-bullying on social media, can ruin lives and tear communities apart. "It was a night to take our heads out of the sand, open our eyes, and start the conversation on how we’re going to address these serious issues," said OJC Director Chris Kuhn.  Representing the participating partners are, from left, Jessica Scanlon, OFO sexual educator; Police Chief Dennis Nayor, OJB Business & Community Liaison Adina Feliu, Police Lt. Douglas Brenner; OFO Victim Resource Coordinator Danica Sessions, and OJC Residential Manager Kathleen Feeney.
Oneonta Job Corps Academy last evening hosted a screening of the Netflix movie “Audrie & Daisy,” which focuses on the tragic consequences surrounding two sexual assault cases involving high school students, at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. As part of Job Corps Youth 2 Youth Partners in Peace national initiative, the screening was a joint effort with Opportunities For Otsego, SUNY Oneonta and Oneonta police. The movie asks viewers to take an honest look at how sexual assault and bullying, especially cyber-bullying on social media, can ruin lives and tear communities apart. “It was a night to take our heads out of the sand, open our eyes, and start the conversation on how we’re going to address these serious issues,” said OJC Director Chris Kuhn.  Representing the participating partners are, from left, Jessica Scanlon, OFO sexual educator; Police Chief Dennis Nayor, OJB Business & Community Liaison Adina Feliu, Police Lt. Douglas Brenner; OFO Victim Resource Coordinator Danica Sessions, and OJC Residential Manager Kathleen Feeney.
Political Ethics, Heroin and Education Highlight Tonight’s Debates

League Of Women Voters

Hosts Candidate Debates

Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford, and his opponent Jermaine Bagnall-Graham D-Sherburne at the debate this evening at SUNY Oneonta, hosted by the league of women voters. Main topics of discussion included renewable energy, support for Presidential candidates, money for schools, ethics in Government, the NY SAFE Act, Heroin and the struggles of dairy farms. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and his opponent Jermaine Bagnall-Graham, the Sherburne Democrat, debate this evening at SUNY Oneonta, hosted by the Cooperstown and Oneonta chapters of the League of Women Voters. Main topics of discussion included renewable energy, support for Presidential candidates, money for schools, ethics in Government, the New York SAFE Act, heroin and the struggles of dairy farms. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Assemblyman Bill MaGee, D-Nelson, discusses his support of term limits alongside his opponent John Salka, R-Brookfield. The two discussed the minimum wage, supporting a medical suicide bill, attracting young professionals to the area, common core testing, legislative pay limits, the SUNY system and their opinion on Gov. Cuomo. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, discusses his support of term limits alongside his opponent John Salka, the Republican from Brookfield. The two discussed the minimum wage, supporting a medical suicide bill, attracting young professionals to the area, Common Core testing, legislative pay limits, the SUNY system and their opinion on Governor Cuomo. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Raymond Ramos Talks Recovery At SUNY Event

National Headliner Speaks

On Overcoming Addiction

Pastor Raymond Ramos, Brooklyn, speaks at the "Celebrating Unity in Recovery" talk at the Waterfront Cafe at SUNY Oneonta this evening. Ramos, who has been clean and sober for 25 years, is world renowned speaker for promoting substance free living. After a viewing of the film "The Anonymous People", Ramos spoke about his own struggles with drugs and his redemption, followed by a Q&A, food and fellowship. He was invited to speak by the Main St. Baptist Church will be speaking at the Main St. Baptist Church on Sunday morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Pastor Raymond Ramos, Brooklyn, speaks at the “Celebrating Unity in Recovery” talk at the Waterfront Cafe at SUNY Oneonta this evening. Ramos, who has been clean and sober for 25 years, is world renowned speaker for promoting substance free living. After a viewing of the film “The Anonymous People”, Ramos spoke about his own struggles with drugs and his redemption, followed by a Q&A, food and fellowship. He was invited to speak by the Main St. Baptist Church will be speaking at the Main St. Baptist Church on Sunday morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Class Of 2020 Passes Through SUNY Pillars

Class Of 2020 Passes

Through SUNY Pillars

Pass through the Pillars is a campus tradition at SUNY Oneonta, where incoming freshman gather the night before classes begin to pass through the pillars of Old Main. This evening 1500 students of the class of 2020 passes through the pillars and into their first year of college. George Kaywood, class of '70 addressed the 1,500 incoming students, telling them "to expect the unexpected." "I came here in 1967 expecting to be an athlete." said Kaywood. "Two days later I walked into the WONY radio station and I have been doing that ever since." His immensely popular radio website, www.radiogeorge.com, has 130 channels and reaches 4000 cities around the world. "The lessons you learn here, in and out of the classroom, will shape your professional and personal lives." (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Passing through “The Pillars” — the pillars from Old Main, the original college building — brought 1,500 incoming freshman from the SUNY Oneonta Class of 2020 to the quad this evening, the night before classes begin.   “Expect the unexpected,” George Kaywood, Class of ’70, Distinguished Alumnus and owner of Radio George LLC, an innovative, 130-channel,  Internet-based station in Kansas City that reaches 4,000 cities worldwide.  “I came here in 1967 expecting to be an athlete.  Two days later I walked into the WONY radio station and I have been doing that ever since.”   “The lessons you learn here, in and out of the classroom, will shape your professional and personal lives.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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SUNY Alumni Recognize General German, Others

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SUNY Alumni Recognize

General German, Others

Dr. William Pietraface, Oneonta, heads for the podium at the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Weekend brunch this morning at the Hunt Union Ballroom, where he was awarded the Emeritus Faculty Outstanding Service Award by the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Dr. William Pietraface, Oneonta, heads for the podium at the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Weekend brunch this morning at the Hunt Union Ballroom, where he was awarded the Emeritus Faculty Outstanding Service Award by the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Gen. Anthony German
Gen. Anthony German

ONEONTA – The SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association today presented an award to Maj. Gen. Anthony German, ’81, adjutant general for the State of New York, and the first general from Oneonta since the Civil War, during the college’s Alumni Weekend brunch this morning at the Hunt Union.

The Schoharie County native, SUNY Oneonta grad and Oneonta resident was appointed commander of the New York State National Guard by Governor Cuomo March 9.  He had previously commanded the state’s Air National Guard.

Also receiving 2016 Alumni Awards were:

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