Y swim team to host interest meeting, social

DOWNTOWN — An interest meeting and ice cream social will be held for the Orcas Swim Team from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Oneonta Family YMCA at 20-26 Ford Ave. in Oneonta. Registration is required. 

Email Thartshorn@oneontaymca.org, orcacoach48@gmail.com, or visit https://www.oneontaymca.org/programs_ pages/aquatics/orcas_swim_team.html for more information about the team. Call 607-432-0010 to register for the meeting. 

GOHS to open exhibit about ‘Oneonta 49’ers’

DOWNTOWN — An exhibit depicting “The Oneonta 49’ers” will open at noon Friday Aug. 16, at the Oneonta History Center at 183 Main St. in Oneonta.

According to a media release, in 1849, storekeeper Collis Huntington left Oneonta to open a branch store and find his fortune in California. He was accompanied by five local men, Leroy Chamberlin, Daniel Hammond, George Murray, Egbert Sabin and Carleton Watkins.

As further stated in the release, the exhibit illustrates life in the newly-incorporated village of Oneonta, the group’s trip to California, their intertwined lives and legacies. It also looks at how the Gold Rush changed lives in an Upstate New York village and the influence some new Californians from Oneonta had regionally and nationally. Huntington reportedly became one of the Big Four of railroading and Watkins is said to be one of the pioneers of photography of the American West.

An exhibit reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will close Saturday, Nov. 16.

Contact 607-432-0960 or info@OneontaHistory.org for more information.

Neighborhood sales day to include nursing home

WEST END — Residents of Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Home at 330 Chestnut St. in Oneonta, will sell crafts at the annual West End Oneonta Neighborhood Garage Sale from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

Sponsored by Calvary Hill Retreat Center and Oneonta’s West End, the sale will feature artisans selling T-shirts, handmade jewelry, ornaments and paintings. It will begin at Fonda Avenue and follow along Chestnut Street, its side streets and beyond.

According to a media release from Chestnut Park, proceeds will benefit its Resident Council fund for activities and outings.

Call 607-432-4926 or email calvaryhillretreat@yahoo.com for more information about Saturday’s sale.

Community blood drive to be Monday at church

DOWNTOWN —  A Red Cross Oneonta Community Blood Drive will be at Main Street Baptist Church at the corner of Main and Maple streets from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19.

Call 800-733-2767, or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.

Society to sponsor walk at Homer Folks location 

WEST STREET — The Greater Oneonta Historical Society will offer a walk around the former campus of Homer Folks Tuberculosis Hospital at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21.

According to a media release, the land is owned by the state of New York and occupied by Oneonta Job Corps Academy, the NYS Department of Health, Broome Developmental Services Transitional Center and SUNY Oneonta.

The first stop will be to see a display of the history of the hospital from 1935 to 1973 in its former administration building. GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski and GOHS members Janice Downie, who was a nurse at Homer Folks and OJCA Director Chris Kuhn will lead the tour. Past and present uses of the various buildings that made up the campus will be identified.

Parking is available in the lot just off West Street.

Participation is by donation and is limited to 30 persons. Preregistration is recommended. Register by contacting the Oneonta History Center at 607-432-0960 or info@OneontaHistory.org.