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Winter

Ice Harvest

Ice, Ice, Baby!

Crowds Flood Hanford Mills

For Annual Ice Harvest

It was a perfect winter day for the festivities at the annual Ice Harvest this morning at the Hanford Mills Museum. Above, Steve Kellog, left, Watertown, a volunteer blacksmith at the event, works with Lucas Nouko, Oneonta, and Nathanien Francisco, West Oneonta, as the demonstrate making cooking forks for visitors. At right,  Erin Neal, Walton, and son Tanner, try their hand at cutting blocks of ice from the lake alongside volunteer Jim Decker, East Meredith, Tanner Matz, East Meredith, and volunteer Robert Dianieh, East Meredith. The ice was then hauled to an ice house, where it will be stored until July 4th where it will be used to make free ice cream for museum guests.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

The Snow Must Go On!

The Snow Must Go On!

OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley, right, leads Bridgette Hulbert, daughter Vivian, Jack and William Mokay, and Andrew Rock, all of Delhi, and Erin and Kathryn Dailey, both of Oneonta, on a snowshoeing hike at the annual Winter Fest at Gilbert Lake State Park this afternoon. At right, Tami-Lee Volgari, Oneonta, sleds down a hill with her daughter Eama-Lee. Visitors also enjoyed skiing, information sessions on winter camping and survival, as well as a bonfire. The event was hosted by OCCA and Five Star Subaru. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Oneonta, Pizza Enjoyed!

Oneonta, Pizza Enjoyed!

With the sudden onset of winter conditions, many squirrels can be seen gathering nuts for their winter hibernation. But this furry Oneontan seems to have hit the foraging jackpot as he is seen enjoying a slice of pizza this afternoon in Huntington Park. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Oneonta Poetry Grand Slam

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POETRY SLAM – 8 – 10:30 p.m. Grand slam features top 2 poets from each poetry slam competing for 5 slots on spring SUNY Oneonta slam team to participate in regional, national competitions. Free, open to public. Waterfront room, Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2674998

LECTURE SERIES – 6:30 p.m. Learn about Hunting, role in wildlife management/conservation from 3 speakers discussing from sportsmen’s, wildlife management, impacts of lead bullets on humans, non-target wildlife perspectives. The Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/be-informed-hunting-and-conservation/

Sub-Zero Weather On Its Way

Sub-Zero Weather On Its Way

4 year old Abram Wyckoff of Cooperstown pushes snow off of the sidewalk in front of his family’s Delaware St. home. Wyckoff worked diligently alongside his mother to clear all of the snow.

By PARKER FISH• Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

With such an eventful year coming to an end, 2017 is making sure it goes out with one last surprise. Thanks to a low pressure system swooping down from our neighbors to the north, Otsego County residents should prepare for the coldest temperatures of the season leading up to New Years.

“We should expect a prolonged period of very cold and dry air,” says local weather expert David Mattice. “It’s an arctic blast behind the cold front that came through during Christmas.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 15

Learn To Use Google Analytics

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Due to weather, events may be cancelled. Please check before hand and be careful on the roads.

CANCELLED – BUSINESS SEMINAR – 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Winter Educational Seminar Series presents “Google Analytics.” Cost, $12 per person includes lunch. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!event/2017/2/15/the-power-of-email-marketing

JEOPARDY – 7-8 p.m. Find out how much you know about Women’s History. Johnstone Science Center, rm. 201. Hartwick College, Oneonta. Info, www.hartwick.edu/campus-life/student-affairs/intercultural-affairs/ or contact Matthews at matthewsh@hartwick.edu or call (607)431-4428

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 19

Snow Date For ‘Love Letters’

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THEATER – 2 p.m. Performance of ‘Love Letters,’ by A.R. Gurney, which tells the story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner via the letters they exchanged over their lifetime. The Production Center of the Foothills Performing Arts Center, 124 Market St., Oneonta. Info, (607) 432-5407 or GEStevens17@gmail.com

HYDE HALL HISTORY – 3 p.m. John Bower, Marketing Director of Hyde Hall, presents a brief history from 1817 to 1835. Event is free and open to the public with light refreshments available. Celebrate Hyde Hall’s 200th year. Middlefield Town Hall, on Co. Rt. 25 off St. Rt. 166.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 5
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 5

Buy Bowl And Try The Chili

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CHILI BOWL FUNDRAISER – Noon-4 p.m. Opportunity for amateur and professional chefs to compete. Also a showcase for area potters and bowl decorator. Fees support the Community Arts Network of Oneonta. Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.canoneonta.org/events/chili-bowl/

BENEFIT RIDE – 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Come out and ride for 90 minutes to benefit Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care. $10 minimum donation. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Info, www.clarksportscenter.com or call Amy Porter (607)547-2800 ext. 129

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB. 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB. 3

Hot Soup Restarts Carnival

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SOUP ‘N’ CHILI – The Cooperstown Winter Carnival starts up for a second weekend 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with Chili, Beef Barley Soup, Broccoli, Bread, Dessert, and drinks.  Adults $8, Children $4 at First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Info, 547-9371

CONTRADANCE – 7:15-10:30 p.m. Otsego Dance Society hosts. Music by Eleemosynary, Robby Poulette calls. No partner or experience needed. All dances taught. Newcomers welcome at 7:15 for an introduction to some basic steps. Suggested donation $8 adults; $4 students and teenagers; kids 12 & under free. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Info, (607) 965-8232, 547-8164, www.otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 2

Design, Print 3-D Valentine’s Gift

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Check back at 5 p.m. for tomorrow’s events.

3-D PRINTING – 10-11:30 a.m. Design a keepsake heart box for someone special. Fee based on weight Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/calendar/

YPN NETWORKING – 6-8 p.m. Come meet young professionals from the Otsego area. The topic for this evening is community involvement. The Beverage Exchange, 73 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/YoungProfessionalsNetworkYPN/

FUNDRAISER – 7 p.m. Live music will be performed. The public may donate for the opportunity to perform. Donations go to the Cooperstown Lion’s Club fund to support area residents to lessen financial stress. Mel’s at 22, Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/Melsat22/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1

Play Pong With Friends, At Mel’s

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PONG TOURNAMENT – 6-9 p.m. Mel’s at 22, 22 Chestnut St, Cooperstown.

CHILDREN’S STORY HOUR – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

DISCUSSION GROUP – 3-5 p.m. Discussion of current events. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

ICE SKATING – 3-7 p.m. Badger Park, Cooperstown.

GAGA BALL – 3:30-5 p.m. Clark Sports Center, 124 Cty. Hwy. 52, Cooperstown.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JAN. 31
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JAN. 31

Run An Obstacle Course

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NINJA WARRIOR COURSE K-6 – 3:30-5 p.m. Clark Sports Center, 124 Cty. Hwy. 52, Cooperstown.

KNITTING GROUP – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

ICE SKATING – 3-7 p.m. Badger Park, Cooperstown.

NARCAN TRAINING – 3-4 p.m. Become certified to administer NARCAN in an emergency situation. Save a Life. Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties Inc., 22 Elm St., Oneonta. Info, www.friendsofrecoverydo.org

ICE HOCKEY – 6:30-9 p.m. Badger Park, Cooperstown.

DAVE’S FLICK PICKS – 6:30-8 p.m. “Sully” staring Tom hanks in the film adaptation of the events of the Miracle on the Hudson.Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

TRIVIA NIGHT – 6:30-9 p.m. Council Rock Brewery, 4861 NY-28, Cooperstown

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JAN. 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JAN. 30

Learn How To Spot Fake News

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DIGITAL LITERACY – 6:30-7:30 p.m. Is it real or is it fake? Learn how to evaluate news and information in the digital age. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/calendar/

CITRUS SALE – Last day to order California large navel oranges or Florida Pink seedless grapefruit, 21 for $10. Pickup February 15-16. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St, Oneonta. To order call (607)432-4102 or (607)431-9020

ICE SKATING – 3-7 p.m. Badger Park, Cooperstown.

DODGEBALL TOURNEY – 3:30-5 p.m. Clark Sports Center, 124 Cty. Hwy. 52, Cooperstown.

DRAWING GROUP – 7-9 p.m. Come practice drawing with a live model. $10 donation. To attend call the Cooperstown Art Association, (607)547-9777

BOARD GAME NIGHT – 7 p.m.-close. Doubleday Cafe, 93 Main St, Cooperstown

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