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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23

Red Dragon Readings Continue

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READING SERIES – 7:30 – 9 p.m. Red Dragon Reading Series presents Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, author of “Blue Talk and Love,” which tells the stories of girls, women of color navigating daily urban life. Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2761939

FILM SCREENING – 6 – 8 p.m. Join Library, MVPHP and the Otsego County Department of Health view watch SMACKED! a documentary about addiction, recovery in Otsego County. Followed by panel discussion. Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or visit www.facebook.com/Richfield-Springs-Public-Library-1068210423236404/

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4 Pigs Found In Shed On Morris Dirt Road

SHELTER TEAM TO THE RESCUE

4 Pigs Found In Shed

On Morris Dirt Road

With crushed apples, two of four pigs rescued this afternoon are tempted out of a trailer into the Susquehanna Animal Shelter Director Stacie Hayes and Alex McMillan, of the Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin. The pigs were rescued after the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department notified the shelter that the emaciated animals were being kept in a shed without food or water, covered in mud and feces. The animals will be kept at the shelter for the time being, until a pig rescue organization can pick them up. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Kitty Oliver, 92; Leaves Many Friends In Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Kitty Oliver, 92;

Leaves Many Friends In Oneonta

Kitty Oliver

ONEONTA – Kitty Oliver, 92, passed away on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at St. Margaret’s Care Home in Hawick, Scotland, leaving many friends behind in Oneonta.

She was born Jan. 6, 1925, in Hawick, Scotland.  She was an outstanding athlete in her youth and was a high school track and field champion.  Her brother, Bill McLaren, was the men’s champion the same year.  He went on to become an internationally renowned TV sports commentator.

In her later years, she became heavily involved in local arts and volunteer work.

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Faso Just 1 Point Ahead Of Delgado, Siena Poll Reports

Faso Just 1 Point

Ahead Of Delgado,

Siena Poll Reports

LOUDONVILLE – Freshman Republican Representative John Faso is ahead of his Democratic opponent Antonio Delgado by just a single point in the Siena Poll released this morning.

Forty-four percent of likely voters support Faso, 43 percent support Delgado, 6  percent are with a third-party candidate, and 7 percent are undecided, according to a new Spectrum News/Siena College poll of likely 19th Congressional District voters.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 22

Folklore & History

Of Monsters & Undead

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MONSTERS & UNDEAD – 6 – 7 p.m. Presentation by Dr. Tracy Betsinger, bioarcheologist at SUNY Oneonta shares research on deviant burials, such as vampires buried in 17th-18th century Poland. Free, open to community. A. J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2011.

SPAGHETTI DINNER – 5 – 7 p.m. Support Cooperstown Boy Scouts, enjoy spaghetti with homemade sauce, sausage, meatballs, salad, dessert, more. Takeout available. Cost, $10/adult. Cooperstown Vets Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown.

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3 Partners Open Sanctuary In Former Leesville Church

3 Partners Open Sanctuary

In Former Leesville Church

Nettie Jean Scarzafava of Oneonta, the former Otsego County judge, greets 75 wellwishers at this afternoon’s dedication of the Light of Heart Sanctuary in the former St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Leesville, just west of Sharon Springs. Scarzafava partnered with two Sharon Springs businesswomen, Cheryl Rosen and Paula Petri, in a public space that, to a degree, will be defined by demand: Today’s attendees were canvassed on whether they would be interested in variety of activities there, from low-impact exercise and dance, to jewelry making and swing dance. Sharon Town Supervisor Sandra Manko, a member of the local historical society, spoke on the church’s history, which dates back to 1745, when the first service was held. The current church building was built for $4,000 and dedicated in 1853.  The fresco above the altar was painted by Mary Fines, Cooperstown.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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First Flurries Fly At Tailgate 5k

First Flurries Fly

At Tailgate 5k

Runners of the annual Tailgate 5K had a wintery start this morning with wind and flurries filling the air of the 6th ward in Oneonta. Above:  Bryan Squires and 6th Ward Athletic Club President Bob Thomas release the tape as Tom Slicer, Oneonta, crosses the finish line after coming in 1st  with a time of 16:49. At right, Oneonta running partners Jacqueline Scanlon, left and Lydia Dillon, run through the snow on the race course near Riverside School. The two were the first two women to cross the finish line; Jacqueline took 1st with 21:39, followed closely by Lydia with a time of 21:41. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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7 HOMELESS AS 60 BATTLE ROUTE 28 FIRE

7 HOMELESS

AS 60 BATTLE

ROUTE 28 FIRE

Firefighter Derek West, in top photo, pours water on the remains of 4703 Route 28, Hartwick Seminary, from atop a Milford Volunteer Fire Department engine, assisted by his dad Damon and Wade Thayer.  Hartwick #2 Fire Chief David Bryant, the officer in charge at the scene, walks by the apparatus.  The fire was reported at 3:30 a.m. today, and more than a half-dozen departments responded, Bryant said.  Seven people were living in the home; no one is injured, and the Red Cross assisted the family, not yet officially identified, to find temporary lodging, he said.   The home, earlier photo inset, located directly across Route 28 from NBT Bank’s Cooperstown Commons’ office, was a total ruin.  In addition to Hartwick #2 and Milford, responding departments included Hartwick #1 from the hamlet, Cooperstown, Fly Creek and Mount Vision.  Schuyler Lake sent a pumper to assist.  Bryant, who estimated 60 firefighters were at the scene at the peak, said this fire is the worst his department has dealt with since the Milford United Methodist Church burned on March 12, 2016.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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D.A.R Celebrates Milestones With Shirley Skinner

DAR Celebrates Milestones

As 75-Year Member Turns 103

The Iroquois chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met this afternoon at the Weiting Building in Worcester for two special events; celebrating the 103rd birthday of  Shirley Skinner, their oldest member, and presenting her with a pin commemorating her 75 years with the Otsego County chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Above, after being presented with a carrot cupcake from Chapter Regent Lauren Milavee, left, Shirley blows a kiss to the crowd, who sang her “Happy Birthday.” She is joined by the youngest member of their chapter, Callen Little, Jefferson, State Chaplain Nancy Zwetsch, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. At right, Zwetsch presents Skinner with her 75-year pin.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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