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Winter

Gregory: Heating Oil Users Beware
Letter from Joseph Gregory

Heating Oil Users Beware

Homeowners who heat with fuel oil, beware.

On May 24, 2021, Senator Peter Oberacker voted yes on bioheating fuel requirements. Biodiesel has solvents that are hard on older heating systems, resulting in leaks and clogs.

Many farmers use heating oil in their tractors because of the lubricant properties in it. Biodiesel is bad on older tractor injection systems.

August 23, Terry Bernardo will be getting my vote.

Joseph Gregory
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Up on Hawthorn Hill: Early Winter Musings

Up on Hawthorn Hill:
Early Winter Musings

By Richard DeRosa

A light coating of snow now blankets our hillside, snow shovels at the ready. The new snow blower waits quietly for its first call to duty.

Life is now lived more inwardly, more reflectively. Books having piled up for some months now await their turn in line. Thoughts that have incubated for some time seem riper for reflection, perhaps a temporary resolution of what have been conflicting possibilities. Few would disagree that each of us has much to think about these days. There is the media’s penchant for over-covering stories and seeming willing and eager to give us things to worry about, even fear.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Holiday Stories with the Springfield Library 12-15-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15

Holiday Stories with
the Springfield Library

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SPRINGFIELD READS – 4:30 p.m. Springfield community members present stories about Christmas, Hanukkah, and more winter celebrations for the young people of Springfield. In collaboration with Hyde Hall. Springfield Library, 129 Co. Rd. 29A, Springfield Center. 315-858-5802 or visit libraries.4cls.org/springfield/

Snowfall 2 Inches Short Of A Record

Snowfall 2 Inches

Short Of A Record

With online classes cancelled, Colin Millea, Oneonta, took the morning to go sledding on the drifts outside his home, while mom Lindsey shovels. Though only 10 inches of snow were predicted for last night’s storm, the county was buried, with 29 inches reported in the City of Oneonta. The record for county snowfall is 31 inches, set in March 2017. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

‘Code Blue’ Fears Spur Shelter Idea

‘Code Blue’ Fears Spur Shelter Idea

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Main Street Baptist Church has stepped up to provide a home shelter on “Code Blue” nights this winter, when temperatures are below freezing, or the wind chill makes it feel that way.

The only obstacle is $40,000-50,000 – a one-time sum needed to enable Catholic Charities to run the program. Once it gets going, the state will fund it.

So a fundraising effort was launched this week, according to Brad Feik, liaison between the Baptist church and Caring for the Homeless Collaborative, which Fox Hospital assembled two years ago on discovering its Emergency Room was the shelter available from wintry storms.

A letter went out Monday, Dec. 7, to the county’s “faith community,” signed by the Rev. Cynthia Walton-Leavitt, pastor of Oneonta’s “Red Door” Presbyterian Church, and Jennifer Schuman, of Fox’s Homeless Collaborative.

“Any donation of any amount is welcome to make this heartfelt dream of a Community Warming Station come true,” said the letter.

A member of Main Street Baptist provided 189 Main St., a former optical store, for the warming station, according to Feik, who with his wife Noel operate Otego’s Crossroads Inn, providing sober-living housing for people released from rehab and jail, and for the homeless.

Renovations began over the weekend, said Feik, and should be completed in the next few days. The hope is to open the warming station in mid-January, at the time it’s most needed.

He estimated there are 50-60 homeless people in Oneonta at any one time, and when “Code Blue” weather arrives, 3-7 people may sleep from 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. In some cases, people whose furnaces runs out of oil during cold snaps will use the facility as well.

The “warming station” concept emerged two years ago from Fox Hospital’s Ethics Committee, which was concerned about removing homeless people from the Emergency Room where they congregated on cold nights because they had nowhere else to go, according to Schuman.

She called Dr. Reggie Knight, who last month was named chief physician executive for Bassett Healthcare Network, the “administrative champion” of the concept. Feik also credited Jeff Joyner,

Fox Hospital president who was recently promoted to Network COO.

“We’ve been speaking with funding sources and asking local citizens for contributions,” said Schuman.

“Code Blue” was defined a few years ago by an executive order from Governor Cuomo. Currently, on cold nights people in need of shelter must go to the Opportunity for Otsego shelter and use the term “Code Blue” to receive a voucher a night’s lodging, Schuman said.

The warming station, she said, “would be a very low barrier” for people seeking shelter, some of who are “people who have difficulty with authority.”

According to Feik, the demand for the “warming station” might actually be less than usual this winter, since COVID-19 regulations have prevented banks from foreclosing and landlords from evicting tenants.

He emphasized that the $40,000-50,000 is a one-time amount. Once the program gets going, the state Office of Temporary Disability will pay for it, Feik said, but there’s a six-month lag, and Catholic Charities doesn’t have the reserves to run the operation in the meantime.

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)

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

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