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September 18, 2012

Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To the 33rd annual Grand and Glorious Garage Sale, which drew more than 100 vendors and countless shoppers to downtown Oneonta.

The event, the main fundraiser for Catskill Choral Society, is much more than a garage sale. There are food and craft vendors and music and performances on Main Street and surrounding streets.

Buyers and sellers could find all types of goods. 

Before the sale, Lynn Price of Oneonta said she and her husband would set up to sell knickknacks, household items and other things from “buttons to zippers.”

“I have a tendency to gather more than I use,” Price said. The sale gives her an opportunity to make room for more.

Many vendors are local, said Kathy Tobiassen, a coordinator of the sale, but some come from outside the immediate area to set up shop for the day.

Threatening and stormy weather put a damper of the shopping for some. Regardless, it’s a wonderful event that draws folks to Oneonta while helping out a local organization.

To the second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Sept. 8 sponsored by the Oneonta chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Nearly 200 walkers took part in the event, according to organizer Donna Lange. The AFSP funds national and local prevention programs and research. More than 36,000 children, teens and adults die as a result of suicide each year.

The chapter was closing in on its goal of $15,000, she said in an email Thursday. Donations are being accepted through Dec. 31 at http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1672.

Lange started the local walk last year after she lost her son to suicide. “I felt there wasn’t a lot of awareness or help (for herself or her son).”

We applaud Lange for turning such a personal tragedy into a positive and using her experience to help others.

To the Adirondack Chapter of Safari Club International for sponsoring Otego Youth Day on Sept. 8.

The day started with a laser rifle target shoot, and crossbow, compound bow and air rifle shooting, overseen by state safety instructors. There was also a fishing clinic and turkey calling.

The day is an effort to get youths involved in outdoor activities, local Safari Club board member Kurt Carman said before the event.

Safari Club works to protect the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. 

Our area has a strong tradition of outdoor sports. It’s good to have events that recognize traditions, and encouraging children and teens to get out from behind their computer and television screens and enjoy outdoor activities is a bonus.