A Team of Saving Angels

-By Kaler Carpenter



On a brisk Saturday morning in November, around 2am, I spotted a girl on Center Street by herself, crying, and wearing a halter top in 30-degree weather. I immediately pulled over and offered assistance. She was shivering so I invited her inside my warm car. She accepted and I recognized her as someone I tried helping earlier that night, but was unable to because her friend led her away from the Kindness Station.

The distraught girl shared with me her dilemma; she got separated from her friend, she lost her phone, her friends weren’t home, her car was dead, and more. Most of all, she was worried about her friend (the same friend from earlier). I promised I would help and I began by driving slowly through the neighborhood, trying to locate her friend. Neither of us saw her so I drove to her dead car in the parking garage. I then gave her my phone so she could contact her friend, but there was no answer. This made her cry even more.

At this time, Tammy Miller from the Kindness Team arrived and we jumped her car. As soon as the engine started I tested her BAC with the breathalyzer, it was 0.12. I showed her this and she parked her car and gave the keys to Tammy. I then left her with Tammy so I could drive a group to campus. Before leaving, I prayed with her that she would find her friend. Later, I knocked on the door of the apartment that I found her in front of. Thankfully, a girl answered who was the roommate of the missing friend, and she knew where she was at! I told her we have her friend safe at the Kindness Station and she asked to come along. I then reunited two friends and took them both home.

All the next day, Tammy felt compelled to pray for the young lady. On Saturday night, she sent me a nice thank you message.

tammy and the kindness team

Artist of the Month

Ward Davis: Wooden Toy Maker

This month’s artist of the month is Ward Davis, our wooden toy maker. If you haven’t seen his
things yet, you are going to want to stop in and take a look. He has trains, planes, and automobiles. An ark with lots of animals. Giraffes and dogs you can pull behind you on a string just like in the good old days. And because they’re sturdily made of child-safe materials, they will last into the next generation and beyond.

Not looking for a toy? We have lots of other fun things for the young at heart. Anthony
Ferrerese’s whimsical animals will make you laugh. (A chicken on roller skates, anyone?) Pretty
jewelry, amusing pictures, even pillows with cats on them. Come by and see!


Artist of the Month

Ward Davis: Wooden Toy Maker

This month’s artist of the month is Ward Davis, our wooden toy maker. If you haven’t seen his
things yet, you are going to want to stop in and take a look. He has trains, planes, and automobiles. An ark with lots of animals. Giraffes and dogs you can pull behind you on a string just like in the good old days. And because they’re sturdily made of child-safe materials, they will last into the next generation and beyond.

Not looking for a toy? We have lots of other fun things for the young at heart. Anthony
Ferrerese’s whimsical animals will make you laugh. (A chicken on roller skates, anyone?) Pretty
jewelry, amusing pictures, even pillows with cats on them. Come by and see!



 by Personal Computer Services


Its Monday, 9:30am and you sit down with the morning’s second cup of coffee and push the start button on your computer, your window into the world and all its goings-on. You open your favorite browser where your usual news site is bookmarked, inwardly anticipating what catastrophe will await its front page and BLAM! Everything freezes, and a blood-red screen is before you…it’s from “Microsoft”! “DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER! CALL US IMMEDIATELY! WARNING! WARNING! YOUR COMPUTER IS IN DANGER! THE END IS NEAR! CALL US! CALL US NOW!” Scary stuff! Human nature and kindergarten training tells us to follow these instructions, so without further ado you reach for the phone and call the number that “Microsoft” has given. Within minutes, access to your computer is in a stranger’s hands. Even before the stranger talks about how much it will cost to fix the problem and suspicion sets in, it is already too late. 

It’s not just “Microsoft”. It’s not just a red screen. There are many ways scammers will attempt to scare you into speaking with them. Phone calls, screen-freezes, messages that appear anywhere on your screen and never go away until you “click” on it. No matter how you are notified, the sole purpose of the message is to scare you into taking action. And unfortunately, most of us do just that.

Please, spread the word: Any entity that attempts to frighten you into action should be treated as SCAM-WAREMicrosoft will never call you to inform you that something is wrong with your computer. Never, ever! Scammers use an association with Microsoft, or other respected leaders of the computer world to make you think they are legitimate. They will use big names like Paypal, Amazon, Facebook, your bank name, any familiar association you may do business with online. They will use tech-names like “SecurityBreach.com”, “Win-Techhelp.com”, anything that sounds legitimate enough to make you think they are contacting you with best intentions of “fixing” your computer, protecting you. Locking up your computer and shouting BIG SCARY WORDS in your face should be met with defiance, not fear.    

If this happens to you, here’s what you do:

  1. STAY CALM. Scammers are counting on your “freak out” in which hasty decisions are made and credit card numbers given. 
  2. Write down as much information as possible, names, phone numbers, and the messages given (DO NOT PRINT THIS SCREEN!). Here at PCS we keep a “Scam Alert” file and report all scammers to the appropriate federal agencies.
  3. Do not move your mouse or click anything* – Immediately shut down your computer with the POWER BUTTON – NOT THE START (OR WINDOWS) ICON. Push in the power button and count to 5 using IEEE Industry standards of seconds – i.e., “one thousand one, one thousand two…”. Your power light should go off. (Do not assume that because your screen went black that the power is off – be assured your computer is shut down by noting when the power light goes off!) *Important:  Do not click anything. Do not move your mouse across the screen – any of these actions can activate potential embedding of malware! 

Doing this does not guarantee that the scammers haven’t placed some nasty, sneaky malware on your hard drive. After all, how did they get in in the first place? We don’t mean to scare you (LOL), but It is imperative that you bring your computer to a professional who has the tools and knowledge to find what “bugs” have been placed secretly in the depths of your computer’s memory. Therefore:

  1. Call Personal Computer Services at (607) 433-7272. (Please, even if not us, be sure to bring your Computer to a professional!)

We hope you choose Personal Computers Services at 387 Chestnut Street, Oneonta (607) 433-7272 for this or any of your computer needs (repairs & sales). We have the experience and forensic tools that will get rid of anything those Scary Scammers may have left behind. Your Computer’s Security and Safety is our Number One Concern! It is our hope that with everyone’s knowledge and participation, someday soon we will Scare the Scammers right out of business!

Downtown Oneonta Over 100 Years Ago

Downtown Oneonta Over 100 Years Ago


A recent visitor to the History Center brought in this postcard of Main Street. Postmarked 1910, the message on the reverse mentions a plane crash, probably during an air show at the Oneonta Fair. The Bissell Block, the oldest brick building on Main Street, is at the right of the card. That’s Walter Brown’s Hardware at the corner in what is now the History Center. Note the wall ad for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West & Rough Riders’ appearance in Oneonta. There’s still a bulkhead for deliveries at the front of the hardware store. The building to the west of the Bissell Block has a blade sign of a pair of eyeglasses. At the corner of Chestnut and Main is a trolley. Across the street from Brown’s is a sign on the sidewalk for Laskaris Delicious Ice Cream & Cream Soda. John Laskaris opened his shop on the south side of Main Street in 1898. When Walter Brown retired in 1916 he would move into the hardware store’s space.

From Capone to the Spanish-American War

Written by Bob Brzozowski

Chauncey Herrick was born in Laurens in 1876. His family moved to Oneonta when he was 10. After working in cigar making, plumbing, and other jobs, he became a special agent for the IRS. His work took him all over the country. In the 1920s he was appointed head of the IRS’ Chicago field office. His testimony that Al Capone offered him a million dollar bribe was a critical part of the 1931 trial in which Capone was found guilty of tax evasion and sent to prison.

He served in the Spanish-American War and became national commander of the United Spanish-American War Veterans. He was also active in both the Masons and Elks in Oneonta. Herrick died in San Francisco in 1937 and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Oneonta.

These images are found in Herrick’s personal scrapbook, which is part of the collections of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society.


The Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS)  has announced that the Oneonta History Center’s hours have been extended. The History Center at 183 Main Street is now open 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday and from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, as well as for special events or by prior arrangement. GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski states that “We are pleased to be able to increase the History Center’s hours. Now more residents and visitors may learn about the rich history of the town and city of Oneonta through our exhibitions, displays, and programs, as well as to purchase unique local history items in our shop.”

For more information, contact info@OneontaHistory.org  or (607) 432-0960, or visit www.OneontaHistory.org




By Nick Ellis Lmt

I started volunteering at the Y in August, 2005. My sister was taking Gymnastics and was a level 3. I used to come in and watch her classes. Susan Rowland, gymnastics coordinator at that time, asked me if I wanted to help out.

I volunteered for about a month or so and was hired on as gymnastics coach. I came from a competitive martial arts background and am pretty good at body awareness, mechanics, rhythm and flow. I feel that it gave me an edge into spotting for more difficult skills. I absolutely love being able to aide children and young adults to perform awesome skills and routines. I love having the platform to impact their lives as a positive and encouraging role model to guide them towards a happy and fulfilling future.

Outside of the y, I own three businesses. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, which is also a huge plus into helping my kids. I do all aspects of construction, with the only exception of foundation work.

Lastly, I am a DJ. I learned at a very young age; “do not learn to like the job you have. Instead, do what it is that you love to do and find a way to make money at it. You will never work a day in your life!” Therefore, I am incredibly blessed in that I am doing all the things that I love to do and none of it seems like work to me. When I was young, my mom took my brother and I to Mexico for a week each year. We built houses for less fortunate people than ourselves. It was awesome!! My life mission is to build and operate a high-end resort. When it is self sufficient and making profit, I am taking the profit and building a mission of my own.


Getting Back to the Basics

Written by Jill Morgan-Meek

Jill_Morgan_MeekPondering the direction of further columns I decided in this column we should take us back to the basics. Before we talk about shopping and adding to your closet, let’s talk about what’s there and how to make room for new treasures.

When I moved to Rochester, NY, in the mid 80’s, I had all my clothing in an old army duffel bag. When I looked at my closet before my last move I asked myself, “how did I go from a single duffel of clothes to garbage bags full of clothes”? Like many, I can justify that with many reasons – weight gain, weight loss, and sentimental attachment. Even I liked how it looked on the hanger, but not on me. I also couldn’t bare to part with an item because it was such a good find. Moving was the best motivation for me to really assess what I had and get back to the basics.

There are many ways to do this and one way isn’t better than another. This is what I did and continue to do a couple of times a year. First, take everything out of the closet. Next, get out the vacuum and a dust rag and make a clean that closet. If your closet needs some minor repairs this is the time to do it. When was the last time your closet got some TLC?

Alright, now are let’s focus on the task at hand, building a manageable closet. Let’s start by making 4 areas in your room. One is going for consignment, one for donations, one for storage and one for rags or sadly the garbage. Use extra storage bins, laundry baskets, and cardboard boxes. Whatever will hold your items and make it easy to get them out of the house.

Now it’s time to do a quick sort. Take each article one-by-one, give it a quick look over and put it in one of the piles. If it takes you more than 30 seconds to make a decision on which pile, just put it to the side and deal with it at the end of the quick sort. Items you are absolutely going to keep are going to go right back into the closet. Don’t forget to throw out those broken hangers too.

While we are at it, you might as well organize the closet when putting items back. You then can take a step back and see what you’ve accomplished.
Quick tips for organizing your closet:

-organize it by type

-sleeve length

-finally color

In my closet you first find pants, then tanks, dressy t-shirts, long sleeved blouses, collared, sweaters, blazers and finally dresses. If you are like me you will take it a step further and organize each category by color. I just love a color coordinated closet. Those who shop in my Boutique have come to expect it there, too.
Hey, don’t forget the piles. Take the clothes off the hanger and place them in the bin or bag. Also there is that dreaded I will deal with it later pile. Take a 2nd look and when it doubt put it in storage. Keep in mind the next time you clean out your closet you will need to go through your storage bin/bag FIRST.

GOHS Spring 2018


The Greater Oneonta Historical Society presents the following Spring 2018 events:

Sunday March 25 – 2 PM
Panel discussion on trends in urban renewal policy with Hartwick economics professor Carli Ficano, SUNY Oneonta president Nancy Kleniewski, and City of Oneonta mayor Gary Herzig.

Sunday April 8 – 2 PM
Edison Gramophone talk & demonstration with collector Charles King. Bring in your cylinders to hear them played!

Saturday April 15 – 10 AM to 3:30 PM
GOHS’ 14th annual Postcard & Ephemera Show and Sale at Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut Street.

Wednesday April 25 – 6 to 8:30 PM
Annual Dinner at Toscana Northern Italian Grill. $45 price includes appetizers, salad, choose from five entrees, dessert, plus tax and tip. Registration deadline April 17th

Friday May 4 – 5 to 8 PM
6th annual Cakewalk on 2018’s first Fabulous Friday

Saturday May 5
Last day of “Envisioning Downtown Oneonta Then & Now”, an exhibition on urban renewal in 1950s through 1970s, including 50+ photos of downtown in 1973

Tuesday May 15
Full day bus trip in a Hale Transportation coach to the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning. $90. Registration deadline April 24th. All events free, except where noted, and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.OneontaHistory.org or GOHS’ Facebook page. Registration forms available at the Oneonta History Center and online above.

Got Yer Summertime Blues


Here’s some much-anticipated news for local fans of the blues, and a good time in general. The Chenango Blues Festival has announced their lineup for their 26th annual extravaganza, slated for Friday the 17th and Saturday, the 18th of August at the fairgrounds in Norwich.

On Friday (which, by the way, is a free show) it’s New Orleans keyboardist, John “Papa” Gros, and an act to be announced, opening for acclaimed Chicago bluesman, Toronzo Cannon.
Saturday features acts in two venues on the fairgrounds; the Nelson & Flanagan/Grouse Ridge Kennel Tent Stage and the Kerry Infield Stage.

Among the talents performing in the tent are the Nate Gross Band, Brooklyn’s own Hubby Jenkins, the Prestage Brothers, A J Ghent (sacred steel) , and the incomparable Samantha Fish!
And on the big stage… Harpman Brandon Santini, the Keeshea Pratt Band (a must see for us), the electrifying, steamrollin’, knock your socks off bluesabilly of the Cashbox Kings.

Wrapping up with the personification of a rockin’ blues, with a resume that extends from the 60’s Chicago blues scene (The Butterfield Blues Band, etc.) to Clapton, BB King, Buddy Guy and the (in)famous Filmore Blues Jams, to some of the most enjoyable, party blues being recorded today – it’s Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio!
What a festival this promises to be.

Check out the web site at www.chenangobluesfest.org, grab your tickets, and no doubt, we’ll see you there.—For information about the Blue Light Central, including this week’s program, visit www.BlueLightCentral.com


Homer Folks Tuberculosis Hospital

Homer Folks Tuberculosis Hospital (HFTH) was one of several New York hospitals dedicated to serving TB patients. The hospital operated from 1935 to 1973 on its West Street grounds. The state-owned property today includes the Oneonta Job Corps Academy (OJCA). For several years OJCA has worked with the Greater Oneonta Historical Society to remember the site’s history with displays of photos, facts, and memorabilia of the hospital.

By every indication, HFTH was a caring institution. Patients of all ages led active lives, with fresh air being encouraged, as shown in the photo of patients in the solaria or open sun porches. Many of the patients also made arts and crafts, including pottery. Former hospital patients and staff and their families remember the vases and other items made by the patients at Homer Folks. Few of these historical artifacts have been identified. If you have items – or photos of items – made by HFTH patients, please contact the Greater Oneonta Historical Society: Info@OneontaHistory.org or (607) 432-0960.


How Do You Find a Good Mechanic?

frog-1672974_960_720You can’t overstate the importance of a reliable vehicle. It’s how you get to work, buy your groceries, and visit your loved ones. But, every car and truck will eventually need maintenance (or more) so finding a good mechanic is one of the first priorities for every automobile owner.

Begin your search locally. There are many advantages in working with a “hometown” mechanic, not the least being the ability to develop a relationship. It’s important that you are able to speak with the person who actually does the work on your car so that they get to know you, your needs, and expectations. They will also benefit from the intimate knowledge that only a driver can have of the vehicle.

In turn, you will develop an appreciation and trust for the skill set of the mechanic, how busy the shop is at any given time, and the average timeframes for various basic repairs; all of which will make your car’s maintenance a more certain and pleasurable experience.

Begin your relationship with something simple, like an oil change. Afterwards, ask yourself if you are happy with the work done, the customer service, and the price. If you’re satisfied with the oil change then you can feel more comfortable moving onto larger jobs. This is also a great way to get to know your mechanic. Above all, do your research and shop around, because the effort is worth it.


It’s The Right Thing To Do


It’s The Right Thing To Do

More than a month ago we presented a petition to the Mayor and Common Council, signed by 168 members of the community, seeking a reconsideration of the current practice for the award of Downtown Investment Funds as contracts. In the interim, nothing appears to have changed as the Herzig administration continues on its previous trajectory. It is our shared opinion that the DRI funds can and should be used to engage local businesses and services in the planned reconstruction of Market Street, the Parking Garage and other Downtown improvements.

Our proposal is simple: As with most Requests for Proposals (RFPs) there is a weight given to women-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses, and the like. We ask that a similar weight is given to the use of a fixed percentage of LOCAL businesses and services in any DRI funded contract. As an example, a weight of 20 percent for 50% of Oneonta-specific sub-contract and employment would guarantee that local excavators, painters, plumbers, landscapers, carpenters, masons, pavers, etc. would be engaged in the construction. If we do this, we keep money in the community, and potentially circulated among those (retail, restaurants, etc.) that can certainly use the additional business.

We can and should target the bulk of the DRI money locally, even as we cast a wide net of applicants to upgrade the downtown infrastructure for the future. To many of us, this seems like common sense – and the right thing to do. There is a Common Council meeting on October 2nd. THIS IS THE TIME to let your representative know how you feel about this.
Here is a link to e-mail: www.everythingoneonta.com/government

Local Woman Publishes Christian Romance Novel

Written by Rev. Frank Westcott

Beth Westcott

Beth (Martin) Westcott was raised in Otego and graduated from Unatego High School in 1969. She graduated from Hartwick College in 1973. She is the daughter of Rhoda Martin and the late Earl J. Martin, Sr.

After college she married Frank Westcott, a native of Stamford, N.Y. They have three married, adult children and six grandchildren. Through the years, Beth had assisted her husband in ministry, first with Child Evangelism Fellowship and then in church ministry. She also homeschooled her children for twelve years. She and Frank returned to the area in 2014, after over 40 years away, so her husband could pastor the River Street Baptist Church in Oneonta.

When she began her writing journey, Beth wanted to write children’s books. She loved reading as a child. She enjoyed teaching and being with children. As in life, her writing has taken unexpected turns. She used her skills as a writer by writing church programs, some of which were published by Lillenas Drama in their program builders. Several devotionals have also been published. In 2012 her short story, “Sadie and the Princess” appeared in Heartwarming Horse Stories, published on Amazon.

Along with writing, Beth enjoys reading, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family.

In November she will have her first novel, Medowsong, published by Mantle Rock Publishing. The Christian romance novel will be out on November 20, and an e-book version should be available on October 23.

Kate and Jack are fictional characters in her book, but through them you will learn about life, love, and loss. Most importantly, you will see that God can take our brokenness and turn it into good.

So watch for her novel on November 20, 2018, and enjoy reading her first, but hopefully not last, published novel.

Making Saves #1

handKindness Team volunteers Pat Raczkowski and Rakesh Gonsalves literally saved a woman’s life while serving at the downtown Kindness Station on Friday night, 9-27-17. At the end of the night a very intoxicated young lady thought it was a good idea to climb the iron fence separating the elevated Water Street from the parking garage. On the other side of the fence is a 20-foot drop off.

This was taking place directly across the street from the Kindness Station and Rakesh was the first to notice the situation unfolding, and the danger that the girl was putting herself in. Right away, Rakesh turned to Pat, pointed to the girl, and said, “Pat, we gotta move.” They both ran up to the girl and Pat made it to her just in the nick of time. Right as she slipped, Pat reached over the fence and caught her with his right arm while grasping the fence with his left, preventing her from plummeting 20 feet. The girl seemed thankful, but too intoxicated to fully grasp what just happened. Meanwhile, Pat’s arm was in pain for the next week, but that’s a small price to pay for saving a life.

Crazy as this story sounds, a similar incident actually happened last semester when someone fell from the second story of the parking garage while we were doing the Kindness Station. I’m unsure how that incident turned out, but I remember seeing several emergency vehicles respond. It’s reasons like this why I tell volunteers, “The more help we have, the more good we can do.” That night, having more help meant saving a life. Last semester, we couldn’t prevent the person from falling. This semester, the Kindness Team happened to be at the right place at the right time–something we pray for each night we go out!

parking garage drop off kindness team 9-29-17

Mt Fuji Review

Mt Fuji Japanese Steak House
Mt FujiMonday-Thursday 11 AM-10 PM
Friday-Saturday 11 AM-10:30 PM
Sunday 12 PM – 9 PM

Food in this review:

“Hibachi Chicken”
“Hibachi Steak”
“Miso Soup”
“Sushi Lunch”

Mt Fuji-4Mt Fuji is located on Southside in Oneonta. I’ve been many times and had generally good experiences. The staff has always been kind and attentive, and the food is good. On this visit, I started with the Miso Soup, which was very flavorful and with the included salad (with the meals) was a nice start. Everything is served neatly and professionally and adds to the experience. The sushi lunch was well plated and fresh; fish was smooth and tasted good. The included small dishes are great for dipping the sushi in soy sauce if you like that.

Mt Fuji-3The noodles in the main dish were good and the meat wasn’t overcooked. Both dishes had great flavor, but the chicken probably stands out a bit more in flavor because of the sauce. Both were served with sauces on the side as well in case you enjoy using them. Vegetables were also cooked well, which was especially important because of the added onions. And of course presentation was well done also.

Mt Fuji-2My only complaint would be some aesthetics, the menu was torn (as were others) and old looking. The water feature on the entry table looked a bit gross when walking in. Either than that the experience was great, and will return in the future.

A tip for visitors, lunch generally doesn’t seem super busy, and the dishes for lunch are far cheaper than those for dinner.”

Mt Fuji-5

Nina’s Customer Review

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Customer review:

“Nina’s has changed quite a few times over the years, so experiences have changed over time. On this visit I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and people. The food was great, the staff was attentive and the (owner?) seemed very passionate about the restaurant.

The chicken parmigiana was really good, well made, and made properly (some people make it with parmesan melted cheese). The chicken was juicy, the breading stuck to it well, and the sauce was thick over the pasta and chicken with just a bit of watery-ness on the bottom of the plate. It all seemed very fresh and well made. The bread was crunchy outside and soft inside, served with soft butter that worked great with it. The salad was simple but also great. While my opinion over time has gone back and forth, currently the experience here was great and I would definitely recommend it. While the “newer” sign was meant to refresh the place, it’s really about the food and staff.

Pros- Food was great, well made, and fresh. Staff was polite and attentive. Drinks were good, city water is still city water however, if that is important to you for water/tea. Place seemed clean and well laid out.

Cons- Waiters in shorts.

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ONE of a Kind

By the Greater Oneonta Historical Society

ONEstickerONE stickers are seen on vehicles in Oneonta and far afield. The stickers originated with the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, which introduced them in Spring 2015. ONE magnets followed. The stickers and magnets are sold at the Oneonta History Center as well as several other Oneonta venues.

What does ONE mean? Of course, it’s the first three letters of Oneonta. It might also mean that the town and city of Oneonta are one community. Or that we in Oneonta are all part of one community, regardless of whether we are college students or not, and regardless of our religion, politics, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other differences. Or that we Oneontans are unique, ONE of a kind! Choose your preference!

Get yours at 183 Main Street, or check them out here!


One of a kind gifts

One of a Kind Gifts


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One of the best things about shopping at The Artisans’ Guild is that everything in the store is handcrafted by somebody local or regional. This is especially important during the summer, when wedding time is upon us and people are looking for the perfect gift for the bride and groom.

After all, nobody wants to be the one who brings the third toaster… When you buy something handmade, it is much more likely to be one-of-a-kind, reducing the likelihood that Uncle Bob is going to bring the same exact thing, only in green. Plus it gives you the opportunity to really tailor the gift to the couple’s tastes.

Are they foodies who love to cook? Get them a wooden peppermill, a large wooden bowl, or a set of pottery dishes. If they are decorating a new home, there is artwork for every taste and budget, not to mention the tradition “new house” gift, a handcrafted broom.

Whether it is impressive blown glass, cozy pillows or quilts, or a beautiful watercolor,The Artisans’ Guild has the perfect gift that will tell the happy couple how much thought you put into picking out something that reflects your love. And that’s the best gift of all.

Oneonta Chronicles (Submissions from our on-line community)


We got the new dog from the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. “Some kind of terrier” they say. The wife and I got the new dog booties. “Muttluks”. She doesn’t seem to mind snow, but the salt is hard on her feet. I’ve never tried to make a dog wear clothes before, but that’s OK because she has probably never worn clothes, so we’re even. They are complicated things of black leather, suede and elastic, little bits of velcro and reflective safety straps.

I have the TV on while I try to figure them out. They shut down the federal government last night. I am rather taken by this. I like the idea of a little less government. Perhaps we could make this a yearly event? A man in a suit and a tie is explaining why This Is Bad. I don’t care, I’m just trying to figure out how to slip a half inch tube over a two inch leg without ripping off all the fur. The Muttluk people have videos showing that this is not just possible, but that dogs like it. I believe them just slightly more than the man with the tie.

Experimenting, I find that if I put my hand in the bootie and make a fist, it will briefly loosen up enough to let me slip it on the dog. She has a little history of learning bizarre new things from me and puts up with having her legs manhandled surprisingly well. The man on the TV is explaining that Coast Guard ships will rust at their docks, planes will stop flying, cities will burn, and when NASA closes down, GPS satellites will fall in a cold steel rain. I decide this is probably a good time to take a walk, now, before the sidewalks stop working.

One thing it doesn’t mention in the videos is that the new booties make a whapping noise when she walks. I guess I would write it as *FLUP* *FLUP* *FLUP*. The dog in the video doesn’t do that. Maybe mine is just an enthusiastic walker. It is in the single digits today so I add the red saddle blanket before we head out. It is icy too, so I put on my own black overshoes. Now she can see that I’m doing it too. So long as you are dressed properly, there really is no bad weather in Oneonta.

The sidewalks are still working. The dog is going *FLUP*? (pause) *FLUP?* *FLUP*FLUP*? *FLUP*FLUP*FLUP*! The booties are working. I look both ways, but no satellites are coming down on my block. We are somewhere up on the next street when it hits me. She is wearing a red coat. I am wearing a red coat. She is wearing black boots fore and aft. I am wearing black gloves and boots forward and aft. She has a short, neatly trimmed beard. I have a short, neatly trimmed beard. *I* have somehow become one of those ridiculous people who dress like their dog! The horror! The horror! I pray briefly for a rogue GPS satellite to come and free me from my shame, but apparently that is shut down too.

The dog gives me a big terrier grin. There is an improbable amount of snow on her. *FLUP*! she says, *FLUP*! I recall that in a small town one is responsible for ones own entertainment. Clearly, there is only one thing to do. I pick up a boot, whap it down. *flupp* No, that’s not it. *Flup* Almost. *FLUP*FLUP*! Yes! Got it! Off we go, flupping madly. Let the satellites fall. *FLUP*! I say, *FLUP*!

By: Ken M.

Oneonta’s Own

Oneonta's National Guard in 1918
Oneonta’s G Company aboard the troop transport ship USS Antigone departing from Newport News, Virginia for France, May 10, 1918. During World War I

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society opens a new exhibition at the Oneonta History Center on Friday May 25 that explores the history of the state militia and Army National Guard in Oneonta. Entitled “Oneonta’s Own: The State Militia & National Guard in Oneonta, 1812-2003,” the exhibition features artifacts and images drawn from the collection of the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, many of which were previously displayed in the Oneonta Armory and transferred to the Military Museum when the National Guard vacated that building in 2003. The exhibition curator is Oneonta native Courtney Burns, director of military history for the NYS Division of Military & Naval Affairs.

For nearly two hundred years, Oneonta had a military presence from the first militia company formed in 1812 through a detachment of D Company, 204th Engineer Battalion, which left the city in 2003. Oneonta’s National Guard served in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. During the Cold War, Oneonta’s National Guard remained on alert as part of the primary reserve force for the Active Army, and as part of an engineer battalion in the 1970s through the 1990s was an invaluable resource for numerous public works projects and snow and flood emergencies throughout Otsego County.

GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski says, “We are pleased that some of the historical objects once displayed at the Armory are returning to Oneonta, even if only for a few months.”

The Oneonta History Center is located at 183 Main Street and is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 PM to 4:00 PM, as well as for special events and by prior arrangement. For more information, contact (607) 432-0960 or info@OneontaHistory.org or visit www.OneontaHistory.org.

Photos from the exhibition are available upon request. Written by Courtney Burns; distributed by Bob Brzozowski.

Pairing Wines


White wine. Red wine. Fish, pork, chicken, or beef? Pasta? Fruits? Chocolates?

Pairing Wine with food is one of mankind’s oldest traditions. Fermented grapes and delicious food can combine to turn a good meal into a great meal, and all that’s needed to make that happen is a little knowledge and a good bottle of wine.

Sugar, fruit, tannin, acid, and of course, alcohol provide wine with its distinctive and wide range of flavors. Similarly, food has its palette of flavors. It can be bitter, salty or sweet, fatty or acidic.

Food and wine pairings that feature complementary components, richness, and textures are typically the most successful. But, a complementary pairing can also be a contrasting one.

For example, you could pair a pasta in rich cream sauce with a crisp, dry wine, or you could double down on the richness of the sauce by choosing a big, ripe, soft Chardonnay.

Generally though, you’ll want to match the weight of the food with the weight of the wine, ideally matching the wine with the most prominent aspect of the dish. A perfect wine pairing will achieve balance between the wine and the food. Fatty foods balance well with acidic wines. Salty foods complement sweet wines.

Pairing wines with your meal can be a fun and delicious undertaking, but for even the most experienced, it’s nice to have a resource for an opinion or direction. At Dietz & Wall Wines in Oneonta, they love to share their knowledge on the subject and will happily point you toward a wine that will make your meal memorable. You can view their 3D tour Here


Selling Your Silver & Gold

stock_coinsHave you reached a point in your life or your personal finances where you’ve begun to consider parting with Grandma’s “heirlooms”or otherwise accumulated gold, silver, and jewelry? No doubt you’ve seen the TV commercials hawking money for gold and silver and wondered about the legitimacies of the deals being offered. Skepticism is an appropriate first instinct in such cases, and rather than blindly trusting the honesty of a pitchman, it makes sense to be prudent.

Before you put your valuables in an envelope and send them anywhere, it’s a good strategy to have them appraised by a professional. And, just as you would if you were selling a car, you should consider having your older pieces cleaned before appraisal.

If you’re selling gold or silver jewelry, make sure you’re receiving current market prices. (At the Silversmith-Goldsmith, for example, you’ll find those marked and updated daily on a wall-mounted chalkboard.)

Here’s a tip: Some gold buyers will offer to pay for weight in gold, without taking into account craftsmanship, the designer, or the year it was made. Especially in the case of estate jewelry, you should seek out a skilled jeweler with knowledge, experience, and an appreciation of fine craftsmanship.

If it’s your first time selling your inherited or collected valuables, you owe it to yourself to make the exchange as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. We suggest paying a visit to Bill, the Silversmith-Goldsmith in Otego. We guarantee you’ll profit by the experience.


Shop Your Size

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What does that mean? To me you shop “your” size.  That doesn’t mean you try on a pair of pants and they are a size 6 so every pair of pants you try on must-read size 6.  Doesn’t mean you try on a top that reads medium and every medium top will fit.

Since owning Transition’s Consignment Boutique, I can’t tell you how many women come to the shoppe with only a certain size in mind.  I suggest a top and they become apprehensive because they never wanted to wear “that” size.

These days depending on brand, manufacturing, or style, your size may vary.  When you walk into my boutique the first thing I will say is  “Welcome”.  Next, I will let you know the shoppe is arranged by style and color.  My hope is to get you to start thinking outside your size!
Yes, you must try items on, irrelevant of size.  Who is reading the size label?  No one is sneaking into your closet in the middle of the night and reporting to the world what size you are wearing.  Time to get over it!  Yes, that may be tough love, but I want you to feel beautiful in everything you are wearing. The only way that is going to happen is if you wear the correct fit!  Don’t try to squeeze into something too small, it will show everything you want to hide.  Don’t try to wear something too big, it will look like you are wearing a sack of potatoes.  Take your time.  Try the items on.  Open your eyes to the color and the style, size comes last!  There is something out there for you.  You will look amazing in your new outfit.  I promise.

For those who are in-between sizes, choose a few items that fit you properly.  Make them interchangeable for multiple outfits.  Once you’ve reached your new goal you can always choose a sustainable way to pass these gems on.

Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans

SHRJkittenSuper Heroes in Ripped Jeans is a dedicated group of volunteers that provides affordable veterinary care, free food and flea medications for animals in need. The group came together in September 2017 and since then they have worked with over 500 animals.

Terra Butler is the kind of person who doesn’t wait for someone else to solve problems. She figures out what needs to be done and then finds the resources and invites others to join together to make things better. This is exactly what she has done to improve the life of animals and their caretakers in our community. Out of her concern for the welfare of colonies of feral cats, families who are experiencing difficulty caring for their pets, and animals in need of homes, Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans was born.

Since September of 2017, this dedicated group of volunteers has provided a food bank for pet owners in need, arranged foster home care for pets whose owners are in need of temporary placement and for animals who are waiting for a chance at adoption, a low cost spay/neuter program and affordable veterinary care. Since their beginning, over 500 animals have been helped.

Of special concern for Terra, are the growing feral cat colonies in the community. Terra knows that the life of a feral cat is hard. Rarely dying of old age, most of these cats die of disease, untreated injuries, and infections that cause slow, excruciating deaths. While these cats appear to be wild, they are still dependent on humans for food; either by being fed or eating out of trash containers. Very few are able to survive by hunting alone. Large feral cat colonies can spread parasites that affect humans and other animals.

Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans operates a trap, neuter, vaccinate, and release program for feral cats in the community. By keeping the population under control, this problem is addressed in a humane manner.

For more information please check out their web site: www.superheroesirj.org to find how you can help this great group of volunteers.

Three New Creatives


By Deborah Blake

One of the great things about this time of year at The Artisans’ Guild is that we always get a few new artists. (We always seem to get a bunch of new people coming into the shop to be juried in the spring, and right before the holidays, although a few folks wander in at other times.) Although we hate to say goodbye to any of our existing members, it is always great to have something fresh and different to spice the place up. Last month, we were joined by three new members, all of them with very different crafts.

Katrina Boest does bright and colorful crochet. You might not think of yarn as a summer craft,but she has fun, lightweight vests and cover-ups, halter tops, and great kid’s gifts.

Anthony Ferrarese creates adorable and humorous whimsical wooden animals. Wait until you see the chicken on roller skates! He also has some fabulous walking sticks, which is something our customers have been asking about for some time.

Last but not least, Steve Hapanowicz brought us his novelty candles. Made of poured and paraffin wax, he not only has jar candles in lots of different scents, he also has candles that look (and smell!) like beer in mugs, wine in glasses,popcorn in tins, and more. Come on in and have a sniff—you won’t believe it.
We are so pleased to welcome them all to the Artisans’ Guild family.
Anthony is our Artist of the Month for June, so his wonderful handcrafted treasures will be in the small front window all month. Be sure to take a peek the next time you wander by. And if you’ve been thinking about joining the Guild yourself, don’t despair. We’re going to have one opening at the beginning of June, as we bid a fond farewell to our Button Jewelry folks, as they go on to different endeavors. But this means we’ll have a rare jewelry spot available, although it would have to be something very different from the gemstone and silver jewelry made by our existing artists. So if you do fused glass or enamel, or something else unusual, be sure to stop by and talk to the manager. Happy summer!

Undercover Eggplant Review

Undercover Eggplant-2Oneonta, NY
Mon-Sat 11am-7pm

Food in this review:

“The One Stop”
Breaded chicken cutlet with melted mozzarella, red onion, artichoke hearts and pesto mayonnaise

“Vegetable Pizza”
Green peppers, onion, mushrooms and broccoli

“Original Pizza”
Cheese pizza

The Undercover Eggplant is a great place to get a good sandwich, salad, or small pizza. While I’ve been several times, I still have yet to try all of their sandwiches and other foods they server. Included in this review are the most recent items tried and pictured for viewing.

Undercover Eggplant“The One Stop” comes with pasta salad side, which I’ve always enjoyed with the sandwiches. The sandwich however was dry and turned out not to be the meat ordered. Rather than a breaded chicken cutlet as listed, turkey was put on the sandwich. While that is something that can be looked past and still enjoyed generally speaking, the wrong meat ended up being dry and lacking flavor anyway. The sandwich overall was still decent, but getting the meat wrong on a sandwich is a definitely negative experience.

The Vegetable and Original pizza were both good. Thecrust was crispy, cheese melted well, and flavors were great. The size of the pizza makes them perfect for one person (a very hungry person), or great to split between 2 people or friends as well.

The prices are decent, at $8 for a sandwich (with pasta) and $8.95 – 10.95 for a pizza, it is definitely an easy lunch choice. While the food was mostly enjoyable, I hope to see more accuracy on a simpler order like a sandwich in the future.

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Urban Renewal &

Main Street Oneonta in 1973

The current exhibition at the Oneonta History Center, Envisioning Downtown Oneonta Then & Now, takes a look at the urban renewal program of the 1960s and 1970s as the City’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) becomes reality in 2018 with the greatest changes to downtown since those efforts.

At the core of the exhibition are more than 50 photos of downtown Oneonta taken in 1973 and the various iterations of that project. Did you know, for example, that the early plans included the demolition of every building on the south side of Main Street from today’s City Hall to Chestnut Street?

The exhibition will run into early May 2018. There will be two special programs: On March 25, a panel discussion on changes in urban renewal policy, locally and nationally, over the decades, and, on April 15, an oral history session on the Oneonta’s past urban renewal efforts.

Visit www.OneontaHistory.org for hours and events.

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Urban Renewal Trends
& Oneonta

Written by GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski
(607)432-0960,  director@OneontaHistory.org

On Sunday March 25 at 2:00 PM, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society at 183 Main Street will host a panel discussion on past and current trends in urban renewal policy and how they have affected Oneonta. The panelists will be

Carli Ficano, professor of economics at Hartwick College, who is especially interested in the impact of “big box” stores on both local entrepreneurial activity and local business closings.

Gary Herzig, Mayor of the City of Oneonta; and

Nancy Kleniewski, president of SUNY Oneonta and an urban sociologist who has written several books and articles about urban policy.

The discussion will be moderated by Gary Wickham, with a question and answer period to follow.

Prof. Ficano says that “Oneonta is poised to occupy a sweet spot in the urban renewal landscape by drawing upon its rural agricultural roots, providing just enough proximate culture to feed the mind, and enabling authentic community-building to satisfy the soul. As large urban centers suffer the downsides of their own revitalization success in the form of high rents, overcrowding, and inaccessible schools, small cities can and should step up to fill the void. Oneonta offers ‘life enjoyed’ in the ‘City of the Hills to those seeking to escape the super-cities of decades past.'”

From Mayor Herzig: “More than ever, downtowns are the heart of any community. Today’s generation of entrepreneurs and families are looking for sustainable lifestyles with downtowns that provide quality living and working space along with opportunities to network and share cultural and artistic experiences. Oneonta is well situated to become a leading upstate urban center for the future if we make the right decisions now.”

From President Kleniewski: As we think about Oneonta’s future, it is good to reflect on past policy decisions that interacted with the market to shape the present city and its environs.”

Free and open to the public, the program is in conjunction with the History Center’s current exhibition on urban renewal, “Envisioning Downtown Oneonta Then & Now”. For more information, contact (607)432-0960 or info@OneontaHistory.org.

We’re a “Y” Family

By Teri Ann, an Oneonta Family YMCA member

YMCA No Wires 300Our kids Briegha, Shayla & Declan have all had individual Oneonta YMCA memberships since before they could even walk!

My kids all took swim lessons for as long as they could….when the girls seemed to learn all they could in lessons, they started on the Orcas swim team! Briegha and Shayla just completed their 5th year with the team!

I was looking for a gym to join myself. I kept hearing about the new perks of having a family membership at the Y. So after talking to the amazing Jason Card we decided to do a family membership for us all!

The perks are awesome! We get a $50 coupon each quarter, which basically covers almost all of Declan’s swim lessons! This has also led us to participate in more of the youth leagues, because they are now FREE with the family membership! Family Memberhsip cost only $69 per month! I just met with one of the great trainers and got the fit for me app! Which will give me some guidance to help with my workouts!

One of the nice things has been all of us being at the Y at the same time! The girls at practice, Declan at soccer or swim lesson, then I hit the gym or one of the many fitness classes offered again for FREE, since we have a family membership!

The Y has been a part of our children’s lives since they were babies! It’s so nice to be a part of it now myself! There are so many opportunities for families here! One of the most important…making happy, healthy memories together as a family here at the Y!! If you have been thinking about it…. now is the time!


We’re a Y Family

Published by Vanessa J Pellegrino

Jamie Privitera talks about why her family has a family membership at the #oneontaYMCA !

“My family and I joined the Oneonta Family YMCA so that the kids and I could be involved in physical activities and have a #safe environment to play, exercise, and learn new skills. I believe we have been members for about 5 years now. I am not sure exactly.

We bought the family membership so that I could use the fitness facilities, but also so that we could have access to the pool, swim lessons, sports teams, and extra activities that keep the family moving.

I am absolutely loving the $50 quarterly coupons – they help so much to offset the cost of swim team, swim lessons! I love the free family events and my family is especially looking forward to the Pet Day on May 30. (Susquehanna Animal Shelter Event at the Oneonta Y)

With summer approaching, I cannot wait to try out some more fitness classes as my schedule opens up, and it is a great bonus that a lot of them are free! I also love that the Y offers diversity with assorted classes – #SUPyoga is on my to-do list!

There are often times that the entire family can enjoy the#Oneonta Y. While the kids are Swimming, I can sneak in a quick, uninterrupted workout!

We have so many memories at the Oneonta YMCA. We have watched all of our children learn to swim, and we have seen them all attempt various sports starting at the age of 3 – Soccer, Tee Ball , and even Basketball.

The Oneonta Family Y has brought our family closer for sure. As my oldest daughter started to feel the stresses of being the oldest of 6 children, it became apparent that she was craving some “alone” time with mom. We worked around this by having Saturday morning trips to the Y together – where she taught me how to swim! Those were some of the best Mom/Daughter moments ever, and it helped us bond without the distractions of electronics or noisy siblings!

Everyone at the #OneontaFamilyYMCA is so friendly and accepting, It is such a welcoming environment to walk into, it almost feels like a second home.”


We’re a Y Family

ymcaToday’s #MyYStory goes out to the Truesdell family. They use our NEW more valued FAMILY MEMBERSHIP, TeriAnn speaks about their #OneontaY experience below:

“Our kids Briegha, Shayla & Declan have all had individual memberships since before they could even walk!
My kids all took swim lessons for as long as they could….when the girls seemed to learn all they could in lessons, they started on the Orcas swim team! Briegha and Shayla just completed their 5th year with the team!

I was looking for a gym to join myself. I kept hearing about the new perks of having a family membership at the Y. So after talking to the amazing Jason Card we decided to do a family membership for us all!

The perks are awesome! We get a $50 coupon each quarter, which basically covers almost all of Declan’s swim lessons! This has also led us to participate in more of the youth leagues, because they are now FREE with the family membership! Family Memberhsip cost only $69 per month! I just met with one of the great trainers and got the fit for me app! Which will give me some guidance to help with my workouts!

One of the nice things has been all of us being at the Y at the same time! The girls at practice, Declan at soccer or swim lesson, then I hit the gym or one of the many fitness classes offered again for FREE, since we have a family membership!

The Y has been a part of our children’s lives since they were babies! It’s so nice to be a part of it now myself! There are so many opportunities for families here! One of the most important…making happy, healthy memories together as a family here at the Y!! If you have been thinking about it…. now is the time! ”


Welcoming Spring

By Deborah Blake

Artistian_RobinB_Apr2018-002It is finally starting to feel like spring at last! At the Artisans’ Guild, a not-for-profit artists’ cooperative located at 148 Main Street in Oneonta, that means a couple of fun things.

For one, our Artist of the Month, Robin Briguglio, has a great assortment of beautiful items that she covers with gorgeous and exotic papers. Especially for spring, she has decorated eggs, some of them displayed in little nests she makes herself from the grapevines that grow wild in her yard. There are also vases for your spring flowers and other cool decorative items, so be sure to stop by and peek in the window.

Artistian_RobinB_Apr2018Spring also means that our almost fifty artists are slowly coming out of hibernation. New soaps and pottery and jewelry are appearing almost every day as people venture out of their houses and back into their studios. (And of course, Laura Haney has brought in fresh chocolate!)

As with all other parts of life, spring also means change. We are bidding a sad farewell to a few of our artists, but that means we have room for something new and different. At the moment, we have three spaces open, so if you have create something handcrafted and local, be sure to stop in and ask about joining.

If nothing else, stop by and see what’s new for spring and celebrate finally being able to leave the house and stroll around downtown again!


What Are They Building Up There?



Have you driven past the Southside McDonald’s and wondered about the construction at the top of the hill?  What are they building?

The Courtyard by Marriott is getting a new neighbor; The same owners are currently building a brand new Holiday Inn Express! Set to open in the early fall, it’ll have 91 guestrooms, an indoor heated pool, a meeting room for small events and a beautifully landscaped patio with a fire pit!

As residents of the area for more than 20 years, Rainbow Enterprises Inc. are already the proud owners of the Courtyard by Marriott as well as the Holiday Inn Express in Cooperstown. They are excited to further invest in their own community by adding an additional and affordable lodging option to the area. The new hotel is expected to provide 25-30 new jobs to local residents. Interviews and hiring is scheduled to begin in the summer, as they prepare to open.

If you’d like to take a closer look at the Courtyard by Marriott, you can take a 3D virtual tour by clicking here: www.oneonta3d.com/courtyard-marriott. 

Or stop in and enjoy breakfast or dinner at The Bistro, which has a brand new menu for 2018.

Keep your eyes on the hill as this brand new hotel will be here before you know it!

Photographer: Corey Stovin Photographer: Corey Stovin Photographer: Corey Stovin Photographer: Corey Stovin Photographer: Corey Stovin

Photographer: Corey Stovin

What is a Therapeutic Massage?

A massage can be a relaxing and invigorating treat, a gift you give yourself or a loved one.

But, when practiced by a licensed massage therapist with training and skills that address many of the body’s specific and often painful ailments, massage can be a therapeutic treatment.

By incorporating a number of advanced modalities, therapeutic massage assists the body in its natural restorative functioning. Muscles are relaxed and tension released; blood and lymph circulation is enhanced, soft tissue is aided in repair, the body is calmed and made more receptive to healing, and the body is generally rejuvenated.

Plantar fasciitis, carpel tunnel, TMJ, and sciatica are among the many other conditions that can be relieved through therapeutic massage. Injuries to the joints, shoulders, back, and more are often addressed as an addition to conventional medical treatment

Whether to mitigate stress, anxiety, or depression; to assist in pain control, respiratory or digestive issues; or promote the healing of injuries, therapeutic massage offers an impressive range of life enhancing benefits.

In Oneonta, Louise Fish offers relaxing and therapeutic massage in a comfortable and private office at 31 Main Street. She is currently accepting new clients.

Visit her online at www.louisefish.com



Who Doesn’t Like Shopping?

Jill_Morgan_MeekOver the course of the next several weeks we are going to talk shopping, clothes shopping.  Who doesn’t love to shop? 

Shopping has become a social outing.  We shop for fun.   We shop when we are bored. Of course we still shop when we need something. 

With all that shopping what does your closet look like?  Is it overstuffed with clothes you don’t wear?  Clothes that still have tags?  Are you feeling like you have thrown money away?  Do you want to become of a savvy shopper and still have fun?  Grab your friends and lets talk consignment shopping, relax it’s not a dirty word. 

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Next week:  Brand Names For Less