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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCT. 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCT. 22

The Press & McCarthy

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DOCUDRAMA – 7 p.m. This month, explore the relationship between politicians and the press with a focus on Edward Murrow’s reporting of Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist activities in 1953. Free, open to the public. First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Call (607) 547-9371 or visit www.facebook.com/ctownfirstbaptist/

CCAL MEETING – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Learn about upcoming courses for Continuing Adult Education. The Otsego Grill, Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-441-7370 or e-mail ccaloneonta@stny.rr.com

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Milford Opens New Community Center

Milford Cuts Ribbon On

New Community Center

Jim Seward, R-Milford, cuts the ribbon on the new West 1566 Community Center in Milford as Pastor Sylvia Barrett, left and Mayor Brian Pokorny, right, watch. The former American Legion building was acquired for a community center earlier this year, and has already hosted several events. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCT. 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCT. 21

Halloween Festival

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SCARE FEST – 2-7 p.m. Bring the kids to a fun fall event featuring potato sack races, wheel barrow races, hayride, pumpkin painting, country music, a costume contest, more. Otsego County Fair Grounds, Mills St., Morris. Call 607-263-5289 or visit www.facebook.com/otsegocountyfair/

CONCERT SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Presenting “Friction Farm,” a modern fold duo of traveling troubadours who combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create their songs. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1812 or visit cooperstownconcertseries.org/friction-farm-102117-at-cooperstown-first-presbyterian-church/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCT. 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCT. 20

Enjoy A Farce From The Cold War

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THEATER – 8 p.m. Performance of Woody Allen’s “Don’t Drink The Water.” Cost, $10-$15. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

POETRY FESTIVAL – 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free reading open to the public features nationally recognized poets; Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Robert Pinsky. Auditorium, Sharon Springs Central School. Call 518-284-3426 or visit www.klinkhart.org/poetry

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Everything Must Go At Cooperstown General Store

Everything Must Go At

Cooperstown General Store

Gale Olin, Fly Creek, makes one of the first–and possibly her last–purchase from Pamela Born Holz, a 14-year employee, at the Cooperstown General Store during the first day of their Retirement Sale this morning. The Main Street anchor announced earlier this week that it would be closing, and faithful shoppers waited eagerly outside to get inside for a bargain and a goodbye. The sale continues through Wednesday, Oct. 25. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCT. 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCT. 19

Opening ‘Mystic Black’ Art Exhibit

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EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Reception for “MYSTIC BLACK” exhibit featuring more than 20 paintings by Ruben Salinas using black tempura and acrylic on paper and canvas. Includes artist gallery talk. Exhibit open through Nov. 21. Project Space Gallery, SUNY Oneonta. call 607-436-3456 or visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1611557

WRITERS SALON – 7:30-9 p.m. Present your writing at the open mic then listen to work by this months featured artist Brett DeLanoy whose essays and photography have won awards in national and local competitions. Open to the public, refreshments included. The Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/writers-salon-brent-delanoy/?instance_id=949

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TIME OF TRANSITION — front pages

TIME OF TRANSITION

Cooperstown General Store Closes,

Ommegang Turns 20, Much More

The Cooperstown General Store is closing as CVS is about to move out of the downtown. Tom Rathbone is retiring from SUNY Oneonta after overseeing $140 million in renovations over the Kleniewski Era. Famed Oneonta novelist George Booker wins the $66,000 Man Booker Prize. And, revisit the day America’s foremost Nazi spoke at Old Main. And much more in Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18

Developing, Improving

Communication Skills

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LECTURE – 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker Michael Burns, artistic director for the Mopco Improv Theater, presents on how communication skills can be developed, improved. Free, open to the public. Anderson Theater, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4790 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/artistic-director-burns-deliver-hartwicks-oconnor-chair-lecture/

PARENTING WORKSHOP – 6-8 p.m. 2-dy, “Kids in the Middle” workshop for single parents/caregivers, co-parenters, children involved in their lives. Includes childcare, refreshments. Continued 10/25. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Register, 607-432-2870 or visit www.facebook.com/thefamilyserviceassociation/

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Eugene R. Smith, 72; Vietnam Veteran, Longtime Firefighter

IN MEMORIAM: Eugene R. Smith, 72;

Vietnam Veteran, Longtime Firefighter

Eugene R. Smith Sr.

TODDSVILLE – Eugene R. Smith, 72, of Toddsville, a Vietnam veteran and longtime member of Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2 in Hartwick Seminary, and passed away Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2017, at home in his favorite recliner surrounded by his family.

Gene – or Bobby, as he was affectionately known by family and friends – was born June 9, 1945, in Cooperstown, a son of Richard Frederick Smith, Sr. and Dorothy Arlene Roseboom Smith.

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Smithy Tree Comes Down

Smithy Tree Comes Down

Workers from Tallman Tree Services worked this morning to cut down the maple tree in front of the Smithy Gallery in Cooperstown. The tree removal is part of the $1.2 million reconstruction of Pioneer Street. The tree will be milled locally and used by Smithy artists for their artwork. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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