HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18
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/
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.
Twenty years ago today, Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield began production at Brewery Ommegang, the Belgian-style brewery that has become a Cooperstown and Otsego County tourism, entertainment and community centerpiece over the past two decades. Top photo, from Ommegang files, shows construction underway on the unique plant (right photo), modeled after a Belgian farmhouse. To celebrate the anniversary, the brewery has created a 20th Anniversary Ale, which is selling well, according to company President Doug Campbell, in its outlets in 48 states and the District of Columbia. (AllOTSEGO.com)
DETAILS ON OMMEGANG’S SUCCESS STORY
IN THIS WEEKEND FREEMAN’S, HOMETOWN
ONEONTA – Dr. Ronald Brzenk, Ph.D., 68, who retired after 41 years as a Hartwick College mathematics professor, passed away Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loved ones, following a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Ron was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Karen Brzenk.
MILFORD – Cameron “Cam” B. Walters, 37, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
Born Oct. 14, 1979, he was the son of Bernard and Katherine (Hill) Walters of Milford.
He grew up in Nashville, Tenn., and moved to Oneonta before his senior year. He attended Oneonta High School and Mohawk Valley Community College.
Cameron was charismatic, fun to be around and loved by all who knew him. He was an easy-going gentle spirit and made friends easily.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCT. 17
THE GATHERING PLACE – 2 p.m. Hear Joseph VanSteenberg play his hand organ for presentation “Playing the Happiest Music on Earth.” Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-0600 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/
COMMUNITY POTLUCK – 6:30 p.m. Supper and time for remembering Marian Rathbun. All welcome. Pierstown Grange hall, 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Rd., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2025.