HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JUNE 18
FASHION SHOW – 2 p.m. Children and adults will model the fashions available at the Susquehanna SPCA Thrift Store at Woodside Hall’s Gathering Place. Donations will benefit the organization. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St, Cooperstown, NY. Info, 607-547-0600 Ext. 102 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 1
AUTHOR’S TALK – 2 p.m. In “Rock Music & Memory – An Exploration with Author Libby Cudmore,” the local author shares her personal stories as both a music fan and music critic. Part of Fenimore Art Museum’s Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits. Members free; nonmembers, price included with admission. Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 Route 80, Cooperstown. Info, 607-547-1400, www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 31
RECEPTION – 5-7PM, Post Nature two-person show w/constructions by James Herman, Hartwick and Sarah Draney, Woodstock, w/refreshments. Free. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. Info, 607-547-5327, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 17
PLAY – 8 p.m. Yasmina Reza’s savage comedy, “God of Carnage ,” Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info, 607-434-6606 or visit www.facebook.com/Bigger-Boat-Productions-579829205527065/
HARTWICK SEMINARY – It was a scene Stacie Haynes has seen play out before.
Two pigs, skinny and without food, water or hay, trying to eat the corpses of two dead pigs in a trash pile at a farm on County Route 18, Town of Pittsfield. “They were shivering and cold,” she said. “We got called out there at night in a rainstorm, and we seized them.”
Now playfully dubbed “Sonny and Cher,” the two pigs – one male, one female, approximately five months old – are at the SPCA with plenty of clean hay and shelter.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 10
FILM – 6:30p.m.“Desperately Seeking Susan” (PG-13) with the Herb Ritts photography exhibit. $5 members, $7 non-members. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Info, www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – PETS, Stacie Haynes said, are the county’s tools for combating animal cruelty.
“PETS stands for Prevention, Education, Training and Systems,” said Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director. “That is the new name we have given the Animal Cruelty Task Force.”
The group, which formed in February, met this morning at the county Sheriff’s Department offices to agree on goals.
Most cases of animal cruelty, said Haynes, are people who find themselves overwhelmed. “They’re not intentionally torturing an animal, they just end up in unfortunate circumstances.”
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
HARTWICK SEMINARY – When it comes to taking care of animals, Stacie Haynes never gives up.
“Stacie approached me multiple times about fundraising,” said Anita Vitullo, Staffworks president and Susquehanna SPCA benefactress. “She was tenacious! But I was happy to help.”
On Tuesday, April 30, Vitullo and Haynes announced a $250,000 gift to the $2 million “Shelter Us” campaign to build a new expanded shelter building on the lot across from Smith Ford on Route 28, south of Cooperstown.
But there’s a catch.
“This gift is a challenge grant,” said Haynes. “Through Oct. 1, any grant given to us will be matched. If you give $5, she’ll give $5, and we get $10. And if we can generate $250,000 in donations, we get $500,000 towards our capital campaign.”
Donations can be made online, by mail or, ideally, in person. “We love when people stop in to bring a donation and tell their stories,” said Haynes. “And then when they come visit in our new building, they can see the difference their donation made.”
The new shelter will have a surgical suite, separate entrances for adoptions and surrenders, and rooms where potential families can meet and play with animals to find the best fit for their pet.
Public Share Would Put $2 Million
‘Shelter Us’ Target Within Reach
Susquehanna SPCA benefactor and Staffworks President Anita Vitullo, Clinton, above center, poses with SSPCA board members after announcing a few minutes ago that, dollar-for-dollar, she will match forthcoming donations to the “Shelter Us” fund drive up to $250,000. If fully realized, Vitullo’s contribution will bring the $2 million drive to build a new animal shelter to $1.75 million, only $250,000 short of its $2 million. Posing with her after the announcement at the current shelter in Hartwick Seminary are, from left, Jill Basile, Oneonta; Shannon Stockdale, Maryland; board Chairman Gaylord Dillingham, Springfield; Merilyn Gould, Morris; Executive Director Stacie Haynes, and Peter Gould, Morris. Inset, after introducing Vitullo, Haynes hugs her as the benefactor prepares to make the announcement. The new state-of-the-art shelter will be located on Route 28 next to St. Mary’s Cemetery. More details in this week’s Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta, on newsstand tomorrow afternoon. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 27
WORKSHOP – 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. The League of Women Voters hosts a “User’s Guide for Local Democracy” workshop. Free, pre-registration required. Springbrook Family Engagement Center, Rt 28, Milford. Info, registration, (607) 547-2853, www.LWVoneonta.org.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 20
EGG HUNT – 10 a.m. Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn of Hyde Hall. Prizes, raffles, visits with the Easter Bunny. Free. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-5098.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 13
EARTH FEST – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Annual Earth Festival features a clothing swap, an art contest, free paper shredding, workshops and more. Milford Central School, 42 West Main St., Milford. Info, (607) 547-4488. occainfo.org/earth-festival/