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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Motorcyclists Ride To Support

American Legion Legacy Fund

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LEGACY RUN – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Motorcycle ride to support American Legion Legacy Fund supporting children of deceased veterans through their higher education. Includes stops in Delhi, Margaretsville, Downsville, Walton. After the run enjoy music, food, Chinese auction, more. American Legion, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-0494 or visit www.alrpost259.org/legacy

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Food, Fun, & More

At Country Living Festival

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COUNTRY LIVING FEST – 1 p.m. Celebrate country life with vendors, cornhole tournament (1-6:30), pumpkin patch, farmers’ market, more. Includes demonstrations on backyard beekeeping, floral arrangements, fly fishing, cider pressing, metal detecting, more. Kallan Fields, Well’s Ave., Hartwick. 607-293-8123 or visit www.facebook.com/TownofHartwick/

How Often Can We Help Something 1st-Rate Happen?

EDITORIAL

How Often Can We Help

Something 1st-Rate Happen?

Solicitations, by phone, mail, email or in person, are a pesky part of 21st century life.

The advantages the Susquehanna SPCA’s “Shelter Us” campaign for $3 million to build a new animal shelter are: one, the people who are running it are our neighors – we know them. And, two, everything about it is first rate.

Staffworks’ President Anita Vitullo, left, with Anne Keith, “Shelter Us” campaign chair, at Saturday’s ground breaking. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO,.com)

Anita Vitullo of Clinton, Staffworks’ president and philanthropist to the pet world, underscored the many ways “Shelter Us” is top notch in her remarks Saturday, Aug. 24, at the groundbreaking on Route 28 at Index.

Smiling Stacie Haynes prepares to announce the $2 million initial goal has been met.

She talked about “dynamic leadership,” and how the shelter’s dynamo executive director, Stacie Haynes, called her and “did a good job of convincing me” to provide support. Add board chair Gaylord Dillingham and “Shelter Us” chair Anne Keith to that dynamic cadre.

Vitullo, who was announcing “Shelter Us” had raised the $250,000 needed to match her matching grant, went on to speak about commitment, and customer service, and mission – all the things that, no doubt, has made her placement company successful, too.

Add in creativity and innovation. Vitullo told how Haynes collaborated with Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. and District Attorney John Muehl in creating a county Animal Cruelty Task Force, to get ahead of some of the pet and farm-animal related fiascos of the past few years.

$2M DOWN, $1M TO GO

WATCH FOR PROGRESS AT SHELTER SITE

$2M DOWN, $1M TO GO

Resting from their labors after Saturday, Aug. 24’s groundbreaking on the new Susquehanna Animal Shelter are, from left, “Shelter Us” chair Anne Keith, two benefactresses, Anita Vitullo and Jane Forbes Clark, board chair Gaylord Dillingham, and Executive Director Stacie Haynes. Holding an artist’s rendering of the prospective facility are, front row, from left, SPCA staffers Alexis Izzo, Darla Youngs, Tania Puglia, Allison Hungerford and Kathy Chicorelli; back row, from left, Sara Haddad, Sara Lucas, Betty Steele and Susan Shepard.  At right is Pete Gould,  Gilbertsville, “Shelter Us” committee member.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Better Exchange Thrift Store Manager Sara Lucas sets up panels showing artist’s renderings of the prospective animal shelter, on view for the first time at the Saturday, Aug. 24, groundbreaking.

INDEX – So far, 100 individual contributions have been made to the new Susquehanna Animal Shelter, and more of the kind is needed to reach the new fundraising goal of $3 million, according to SSPCA Executive Director Stacie Hayes.

“It’s the individuals we have to count on,” said Haynes in the afterglow of Saturday, Aug. 24’s upbeat groundbreaking ceremony on the site across Route 28 from Kevin’s Ford.  “That’s a good thing when people make individual contributions.  It’s their shelter.  It’s the people’s shelter.”

At the groundbreaking, Anita Vitullo of Clinton, Staffworks president and a donor to animal causes, announced her $250,000 matching grant has been met by donations, netting $500,000 toward achieving the $2 million mark.

With that mark met, and a new goal of $3 million set, SSPCA board chair Gaylord Dillingham has set an easy-to-remember deadline to complete the fund drive: Christmas Day 2019.

Because of the need to lock in the prospective shelter’s design and meet construction deadlines, “by Christmas, the first of the year, we have to have it kind of nailed down,” said Dillingham.

Some key donations are still expected, he said, but he’s unsure how large they will be.  The Scriven Foundation, which focuses its philanthropy within Otsego County, has also been approached.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

Explore Area Farms

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FAMILY FARM DAY – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Explore local farms throughout Schoharie, Otsego, and Delaware Counties. Tour, try products, learn about farming from fish farming to beekeeping, more. Pick up your farm guide from participating, farms, farmer’s markets, libraries, more in the 3 counties. Call 607-547-2536 or download guide from www.familyfarmday.org 

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

Landscape Art Fest On The Lake

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ART EXHIBIT – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Art By The Lake 12th annual juried art exhibit celebrating relationship between artists and landscape. Also features artist demonstrations, food by Origins Cafe, music, more. Lake front Lawn, Fenimore Art Museum, Coopersotwn. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

With Shelter At Capacity, Cat Adoption Fees Halved

100 Kittens, Adults At Discount Thru 8/17

With Shelter At Capacity,

Cat Adoption Fees Halved

These “three amigos” are among the 100 cats available for adoption at SQSPCA.

COOPERSTOWN – With 100 cats and kittens in house, the SQSPCA is offering half-price on feline adoptions through Saturday, Aug. 17.

The shelter has been a capacity for the past two months, and a grant from Staffworks Fund Homeward Bound Program allowed a reduction of the regular fees by half.

“Whether you are looking for a ‘study buddy’ for your son or daughter for the fall semester or would simply like a companion for yourself, we can help you make the perfect match,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

Otsego Planning Board Approves SPCA Shelter Plan

Otsego Planning Board

OKs Animal Shelter Plan

Phoebe Keel, 9, stood up at the Town of Otsego Planning Board meeting this evening to voice support for the new Susquehanna Animal Shelter during a public comment on the site plan in Fly Creek. “I love the SPCA and the animals here and it needs to have a new building,” she said.  Keel is the granddaughter of SQSPCA board members Nicole and Gaylord Dillingham, who also chairs the Shelter Us fund drive.  She is visiting from California for the summer. The board unanimously approved the site plan. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
DETAILS IN THIS WEEK’S FREEMAN’S, HOMETOWN
Out With The Old, To Make Way For New Animal Shelter

SSPCA GROUNDBREAKING AUG. 24

Out With The Old,

To Make Way For

New Animal Shelter

At this hour, Don Tweedie of Tweedie Construction, Walton, is riding the backhoe tearing apart the former Judith Brown CPA office at 5082 Route 28, south of Cooperstown, to make way for the prospective Susquehanna SPCA animal shelter. Groundbreaking is planned for Aug. 24.   Click here to donate to the $3 million “Shelter Us” fund drive. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
SSPCA Fashion Show Draws Oohs, Ahs at Woodside Hall

SSPCA Fashion Show Draws

Oohs, Aahs at Woodside Hall

Woodside Hall residents admire models Marissa Zylinski and four year-old Brooklyn Mead’s outfits in the Susquehanna SPCA fashion show held this afternoon. The fashions were all from the SSPCA’s thrift shop, which   accounts for 40 percent of the income needed to operate the animal shelter. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
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