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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 11

Catskills Christmas Concert

This Afternoon At U-U Society

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We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.

CONCERT – 3 p.m. “Christmas in the Catskills: Songs of the Season” the winter concert of the Catskill Chamber Singers. Unitarian Universalist Church, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, Emma Kirsch (607)433-0999, or visit www.catskillchambersingers.com

YULETIDE CELEBRATION – 1-4 p.m. Hunt for the Yule log and then settle in for an afternoon of arts and crafts for the whole family. SUNY Oneonta College Camp, off upper East St.,Oneonta. one mile from intersection of Bugbee Rd. and East St., Oneonta. Info, 436-3455

WASSAIL WEEKEND – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Demonstration on how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday drink. Savory spices blended with sweet cider at The Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Info, 1-800-505-6455, flycreekcidermill.com

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Just Freezing, Inch Of Snow – Perfect Candlelight Evening
FARMERS’ MUSEUM TRADITION THRIVES

 Temps in 20s, Inch Of Snow

– Perfect Candlelight Evening

Nini Brackett, 2, of Fort Plain, experience the awe of the Empire State Carousel at today's Candlelight Evening at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown. With her is mom Cassy. Compare to last year's 40s temperature, everyone seemed to agree that this year's inch of fresh snow and temperatures in the 20s were just right. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Nini Brackett, 2, of Fort Plain, experiences the awe of the Empire State Carousel at today’s Candlelight Evening at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown. With her is mom Cassy. Compared to last year’s 40s temperature, everyone seemed to agree that this year’s inch of fresh snow and temperatures in the 20s were just right. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Santa Delights Youngsters During Breakfast At Otesaga

Santa Delights Youngsters

During Breakfast At Otesaga

Santa and Mrs. Claus walked down from their cottage at Coopestown's Pioneer Park this morning for breakfast at The Otesaga, where they were greeted with delight by lines of children, including sisters Brianna and Jillian Harris of Roseboom.  The Clauses had so much fun, they're returning for breaking Sunday, where youngsters can chat with them 8-11 a.m. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Santa and Mrs. Claus walked down from their cottage at Cooperstown’s Pioneer Park this morning for breakfast at The Otesaga, where they were greeted with delight by lines of children, including sisters Brianna and Jillian Harris of Roseboom. The Clauses had so much fun, they’re returning for breakfast Sunday, where youngsters can chat with them 8-11 a.m. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Spirit Of Christmas At JMOC Holiday Party

Spirit Of Christmas Lives

At JMOC Holiday Party

Jaden Lee, Oneonta, gets help with making a Christmas card from Pat Murphy, Oneonta, at the 2nd annual Angel Tree Party at St. Mary's this afternoon. The event, hosted by Jail Ministries of Otsego County, provided an afternoon of activities and food for children which included card making, face painting, cookie decorating, making center pieces and other Holiday crafts. There was even a shop where kids could pick out gifts free of charge to send to their incarcerated parents. At the end of the party, each child goes home with several wrapped presents for themselves to open on Christmas day. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Jaden Lee, Oneonta, gets help with making a Christmas card from Pat Murphy, Oneonta, at the second annual Angel Tree Party at St. Mary’s this afternoon. The event, hosted by Jail Ministries of Otsego County, provided an afternoon of activities and food for children that included card making, face painting, cookie decorating and making center pieces. There was even a shop where kids could pick out gifts free of charge to send to parents. At the end of the party, each child goes home with several wrapped presents for themselves to open on Christmas Day. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Toys For Tots Still Seeking Donations For Holidays

Toys For Tots Still Seeks

Donations For Holidays

It is a chilly morning, but that didn't keep Desiree Wheeler and the Hillside Commons Bear from standing outside the annual Fill The Bus event to benefit Toys For Tots Drive at the Southside Mall this morning. The bus, provided by OPT in conjuction with Hillside Commons, will be at the mall from 9am-11am on Saturday. Toys can still be dropped off at many locations around town before they are collected on December 14th. "I didn't get a lot of toys this year." said organizer Sharron Wheeler, "I am still about 700 toys short. I hope our County can step up to help the kids this Holiday season." If you would like more information, or, to drop off toy donations, call 607.432.7052. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
It was chilly this morning, but that didn’t keep Desiree Wheeler and the Hillside Commons Bear from standing outside at the annual “Fill The Bus” event this morning at Southside Mall to benefit Toys For Tots. The bus, provided by OPT in conjunction with Hillside Commons, will be back at the mall 9-11 a.m. Sunday.  And toys can still be dropped off at many locations around the county before they are collected on Dec. 14. “I didn’t get a lot of toys this year.” said organizer Sharron Wheeler, “I am still about 700 toys short. I hope our county can step up to help the kids this Holiday season.” If you would like more information, or, to drop off toy donations, call 432-7052. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 10

Live Christmas Tradition

At Candlelight Evening

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We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.

CANDLELIGHT EVENING – 3-7 p.m. Participate in a beloved holiday tradition. The museum is decorated with greenery and candles with wagon rides, a dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol”, arts & crafts for the kids, visits with Saint Nicholas, complimentary wassail, a bonfire on the Tavern Green, and Caroling by the Catskill Chamber Singers. The Farmers Museum, 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, www.farmersmuseum.org/Candlelight-Evening

WASSAIL WEEKEND – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Demonstration on how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday dring. Savory spices blended with sweet cider at The Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Info, 1-800-505-6455, flycreekcidermill.com

OPERA – 12:55 p.m. “L’Amour de Loin.” The Met streaming live in HD. Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Cost $18/seniors, $20/adults, 10/students. Season pass $200. Box Office: (607) 431-2080, foothillspac.org/index.php/shows/metropolitan-opera-in-hd

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Russell A. Southard Sr., 96; WWII Vet Supervised Major Construction Projects
IN MEMORIAM

Russell A. Southard Sr., 96; WWII Vet

Supervised Major Construction Projects

Russell A. Southard Sr.
Russell A. Southard Sr.

OTEGO – Services are planned later this month for Russell Anderson Southard Sr., 96, a WWII veteran who helped build the Downsville Dam and supervised other major construction projects while raising six daughters and a son in Otego.  He died Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at the Oxford Veterans Home.

He was born Sept. 11, 1920, one of four sons of Lou and Bethel (Anderson) Southard. He married Marguerite Smith on Oct. 22, 1942, in the Otego Presbyterian Church. Together they raised a family of seven. She died Aug. 28, 1986.

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Road Dedicated In Honor Of Fallen Franklin Marine
‘Corporal Uzenski Memorial Highway’ Named

Road Dedicated In Honor

Of Fallen Franklin Marine

Honor guards, state legislators, family and friends gathered on Route 357 in northern Delaware County this morning to dedicate the "Corporal Nikolas Uzenski Memorial Highway." (Jeff Bishop photo)
Honor guards, state legislators, family and friends gathered on Route 357 in northern Delaware County this morning to dedicate the “Corporal Nicholas Uzenski Memorial Highway.” (Jeff Bishop photo)
Senator Seward meets with family members, from left, the corporal's grandparents, xxx Archibald, his sister xxx and his mother, Liza Uzenski.
Senator Seward presents the state Liberty Medal to the Marine’s family: from left, grandparents James and Audrey Archibald, sister Cassidy Uzenski and mother Lisa Uzenski.

FRANKLIN – A portion of Route 357 in northern Delaware County today was dedicated in memory of the Marine Corps corporal from Franklin who was killed Jan. 11, 2010, in an ambush in Helmond Province, Afghanistan.

The corporal’s family, mother Lisa Uzenski, sister Cassidy Uzenski and grandparents James and Audrey Archibald, joined state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, R-Bainbridge, at a ceremony designating the road “Corporal Nicholas K. Uzenski Memorial Highway.”

“As motorists travel through Franklin and see the signs commemorating Corporal Uzenski. I hope they are reminded of his valor, courage, and service to our nation,” said Seward.

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Community Bank Completes FoxCare Cancer Center Pledge

Community Bank’s $20,000

Assists Cancer Fight At Fox

Mark Tryniski, left, Community Bank president/CEO, and Radiation Therapist Roy Doremus, right, look into the eye of the Foxcare Cancer Treatment Center's linear accelerator.  Tryniski was at FoxCare today to deliver the final $20,000 payment of a $100,000 pledge the bank made toward the 2012 purchase of the advanced apparatus, which more accurately pinpoints tumors and treats them, avoiding the need for more intense radiation.  Behind them are, from left, Jeff Lord, Commercial Banking team leader, Joe Sutaris, bank vice president, and Jeff Joyner, Fox Hospital president.   "These cutting-edge treatments are changing the landscape of cancer treatment, making radiation therapy an open for many more patients than ever before," said Joyner.   He also thanked the Dewar and Robinson Broadhurst foundation for helping cover the accelerator's price.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Mark Tryniski, left, Community Bank president/CEO, and Radiation Therapist Roy Doremus, right, look into the eye of the Foxcare Cancer Treatment Center’s linear accelerator.  Tryniski was at FoxCare today to deliver the final $20,000 payment of a $100,000 pledge the bank made toward the 2012 purchase of the advanced apparatus, which more accurately pinpoints tumors and treats them, avoiding the need for more intense radiation.  Behind them are, from left, Jeff Lord, Commercial Banking team leader, Joe Sutaris, bank vice president, and Jeff Joyner, Fox Hospital president.   “These cutting-edge treatments are changing the landscape of cancer treatment, making radiation therapy an opportunity for many more patients than ever before,” said Joyner.   He also thanked the Dewar and Robinson Broadhurst foundation for helping cover the accelerator’s price.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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New Jersey Man Charged In Oneonta Burglary

Manager Charged

In Apartment Burglary

Nir Dhan
Nir Dhan

ONEONTA – An building manager was arrested and charged with taking items from a Hill Street apartment in mid-November, Oneonta police reported today.

Nir Dhan, 41, of Closter, N.J., was arrested for allegedly entering an apartment and removing items in lieu of payment for rent.  He allegedly hid the items in the basement of the building, and they were subsequently recovered and returned to the owners.

He was charged with the felonies of Burglary in the second degree, class C felony and Grand Larceny in the third degree, class D felony.  If convicted, he faces 22 years incarceration.

 

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