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Community Gathers To Give Thanks Together

Community Gathers

To Give Thanks Together

The tables and plates were packed as people flocked to the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner this afternoon at the The Elks Club and sponsored by St. Mary’s Church and The Lord’s Table. Above, event volunteers Ambrose Santiago, Oneonta, and Emily Berrios, Oneonta, serve salad and fruit to Theodora Barber, Oneonta during the first hour of the doors opening. At right, Bill Abbott, Oneonta, goes to find his seat with a full plate. (Ian Austin/

Volunteers Do $70k In Service During Into The Streets

Volunteers Do $70k In Service

During Into The Streets

Ethan Stortecky, Treyvon Johnson, Lauren Weaver and Michelle Hansen clean up cigarette butts and other garbage from in front of Cynthia Marsh’s First People mural on Chestnut Street Extension as part of the 18th annual Into The Streets event. The event is put on by SUNY Oneonta students who, together with other volunteers from JobCORPS and citizens did over $70,000 worth of service around the city. Locations included the YMCA, Friends of Recovery, CANO, The Lord’s Table, Main Street and more. (Ian Austin/
Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

St. Mary’s and the Lord’s Table hosted their annual community Thanksgiving dinner at the Elk’s Club, who donated their ballroom for the event this afternoon. 200 people came through to enjoy turkey with all the trimmings alongside family and friends with over 100 take-out orders and deliveries enjoyed as well. Above, volunteer Deborah Grundleger, Gilboa, offers a selection of sweetbreads to Fred Packer and Joan Wenck of Portlandville, while Juliette Bergin and Emilia Greco, visiting from long Island, cleared plates and brought them to the dishwasher. (Ian Austin/


Recognizing Tom Salo,

Conservationist Of Year


CONSERVATION DINNER – 6 p.m. Otsego Co. Conservation Association Annual Dinner, recognizing Tom Salo as Conservationist of the Year for his work with Bald Eagles. Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Info & reservations, call OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti, (607) 547-4488. To learn more CLICK HERE.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – 4-6 p.m. Pack a shoebox with items that will bring joy to children as they are delivered around the world. Collection point at Main St. Baptist Church, corner of Main and Maple Sts., Oneonta. Info, @ or email or call (607)432-5712

SAFETY PROGRAM – 7-10 p.m. “Solar Power: Strategy & Tactics for 1st Responders” Worcester Volunteer Fire Department quarters. Registration at or at the Worcester Volunteer Fire Department. Worcester Hose Company, 36 Church Street, Worcester. For more info CLICK HERE.

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