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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 24

Wilber Pool Opens, Oneonta

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WILBER POOL OPENING – 1-5 p.m. The Wilber outdoor pool opens for the season. Featuring open swim, family swim from 5-7:30, and lap swimming. A great way to spend a hot day. Cost, free for Oneonta residents, $1 per child, $3 adult, $8 family. Wilber Pool, 1 Wilber Park Dr., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaymca.org/upcoming-events.html

COMEDY – 8 p.m. Presenting the hysterical words of Kevin Johnson and his guests, local funk reggae ensemble, Hanzolo. Tickets, $15 adults, $12 youth, seniors, and veterans. The Church, at the decommissioned Baptist Church, 2381 St. Hwy. 205, Mount Vision. www.upsi-ny.com/upcoming-events-news/

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Kids Get Down And Dirty At Dig Dirt Day

Getting Down And Dirty

At OWL’s Dig Dirt Day

SUNY Archaeology student Megan Shannon, left, digs with Juliana Militello, Worchester, Jackson Kirbey, Oneonta and his sister Ava at the Hartwick College Pine Lake excavation as pat of OWL’s Dig Dirt Day. The site is believed to be a Native American site and has yielded a high density of fire pits and camping sites and even some arrow points, pottery shards and other artifacts. Visitors got to tour the live excavation site and ask questions of the students, and they try their hands at digging themselves. They also learned how to shift soil for artifacts, worked on crafts and even hone their skills at throwing an Atlatl. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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For Second Year In Row, Bassett Receives Statewide Quality Award

For Second Year In Row, Bassett

Receives Statewide Quality Award

BOLTON LANDING – For a second year in a row, Bassett Hospital received a Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety from HANYS, the Healthcare Association of New York State, meeting at The Sagamore resort here.

“This year, Bassett was recognized for its highly successful work to improve outcomes of patients living with diabetes and hypertension,” President/CEO Vance Brown and COO Ronette Wiley said in a statement.

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Class of ’17 Enjoys Prom In Foothills Atrium

Class of ’17 Enjoys Prom

In Foothills Atrium

Thanks to an anonymous donation, the OHS Class of 2017 were able to enjoy their senior prom in the Atrium of Foothills, where they enjoyed dinner, dancing, daiquiris and a candy bar before heading to the after-prom party in the High School cafeteria for a chance to win prizes at casino games and  raffles. Above, the dance floor was hopping throughout the night to tunes spun by DJ Hectic. At right, Nick Giacomelli and Maria Farrell enjoy a slow dance together as the evening winds to a close.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JUNE 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JUNE 23

Kids Day For Archaeology

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ARCHAEOLOGY DAY – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Get the kids out for a day learning about pre-history, fossils, artifacts, and more while having fun in the dirt with the Oneonta World of Learning. Pine Lake Environmental Campus, 1894 Charlotte Creek Rd., Oneonta. www.digdirtday.com

BLOOD DRIVE – 2 p.m. Oneonta YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaymca.org/upcoming-events.html

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Leonard Dabreau, 79; Retired To Family Farm In Hartwick

IN MEMORIAM: Leonard Dabreau, 79;

Retired To Family Farm In Hartwick

Leonard Dabreau Jr.

HARTWICK – Leonard D. Dabreau Jr, 79, of Davenport, Fla., who formerly had retired to the family farm in Hartwick, passed away on Saturday June 17, 2017, at his home in Florida.

Leonard was born in Bronx, NY on June 14, 1938, the son of the late Leonard D.  Sr and Anna Phillipavage Dabreau. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School before attending Alfred State University. Leonard spent the next 30 plus years building what was the largest independent elevator service and repair company in New York City, Archer Elevator. He operated the company until his retirement in 2000.

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Inside, Outside The Otesaga, Roger Stone Stirs Reactions

Inside, Outside The Otesaga,

Roger Stone Stirs Reactions

Veteran Republican consultant Roger Stone, top photo, left, shares insights with, from right, Otsego County Republican chairman Vince Casale, Lynne Krogh and Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. last evening at the annual county Republican Dinner at The Otesaga.  Stone, who has recently published “The Making of The American President 2016,” said the Netflix movie based on the book has caused a spike in sales.  Controversial dating back to his days as an operative for President Richard M. Nixon, as well as his friendship with President Trump, Stone’s appearance also stirred a protest across Lake Street from the resort hotel, led by Maguire Benton, president of the Otsego County Young Democrats, in photo at left.  With him are Toni McGrath, right, and Anita Pratt, both of Delmar, where they belong to a “huddle,” a group seeking to apply lessons learned at the Women’s March in Washington in January.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JUNE 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JUNE 22

Swimming Lesson

Around The World

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SWIMMING LESSON – 3:45 p.m. Kids all around the world gather at their local pools to learn to swim. Give your kids the tools to save their lives. Oneonta YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaymca.org/upcoming-events.html

CONVERSATIONS ON HOME – 7 p.m. Lecture and discussion exploring ideas about “home.” Topics include: what defines home, homeland?, How do we understand identity? And more. All sessions free. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown.

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Common Council Approves Naming Finn Terminal

Common Council Approves

Naming Terminal For Dennis Finn

Mayor Gary Herzig hugs Ruth Allen, life partner of Dennis Finn, following the Common Council vote to name the “Finn Terminal” at the Oneonta Municipal Airport. “Dennis was a true friend of the city,” said Herzig. “But the airport was his true passion. It’s an honor for us to be able to memorialize Dennis this way.” During Finn’s memorial service on Saturday, June 24, Mayor Herzig will read a proclamation and a memorial tree will be planted at the site. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21

Learn About Baseball’s

Greatest Heroes & Moments

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BASEBALL AUTHOR – 1 p.m. Stephen Wong, author of “Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game’s Greatest Heroes and Moments,” comes to the Baseball Hall of Fame to discuss the book and take questions from the audience, followed by a book signing in the atrium. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame. Info, baseballhall.org/events/author-series-stephen-wong?date=0

ART DISCUSSION – 12:30-2:30 p.m. Join President and CEO Paul D’Ambrosio for this weeks Food for Thought discussion “Spirit of the Ice: The Art of Figure Skating Through the Ages” exploring the new Dick Button exhibit. Registration required. Cost, $25 members, $30 non-members. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/fenimore/programs/special_events or call (607) 547-1461

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