Alumni baseball game scheduled

The first Cooperstown Central School alumni baseball game will be held  at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Doubleday Field. 

Any alumni who were members of the varsity baseball team are invited to participate. Longtime CCS baseball Frank Miosek will be involved in the event. 

For more information, call 547-6051 or email pete_henrici@yahoo.com

 

Polka Fest to be held  Oct. 12

The Cornfield Hall’s 2014 Polka Fest and Dinner Dance will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12 at the hall located on County Hwy. 26 in Fly Creek. Dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m. and will include roast turkey with all the fixings, and potica, a sweetbread and Slovenian favorite for dessert.

Dinner will be followed by Cleveland-Style polka music and dancing. The accordion players to be featured at this year’s event will include Frank Svet, Herm and Charlie Schwasnick, and Frank Albrecht.

The cost for this event is $20 per person. For reservations and information, call Frank Kukenberger at 547-8055, Evelyn Davis at 315-866-4205 or email cornfieldhall@hotmail.com. The deadline for reservations is Sept. 28.  

This event is hosted and supported by The Farmers’ Independent Benevolent Society, an Austrian/Slovenian heritage organization serving the local community and its members. 

 

Back to school fundraiser planned

The Angel Network of Cooperstown will hold a back-to-school fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Brewery Ommegang at 656 County Highway 33.

The Dropouts, “CNY’s most versatile and exciting classic rock band,” will play the event. Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance. The event is a 21-and-up event. 

The Angel Network is a community-based organization that provides assistance to students in the Cooperstown school district and their families. For more information, or to buy tickets, go to angelnetworkofcooperstown.org.  

 

Bike Otsego 2014 set for Sept. 20

Registrations are being taken for Bike Otsego 2014, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 20. There will be a choice of five bicycle rides. The “Grand Slam” event covers 75 miles with more than 5,500 feet of climbing and takes riders into the village of Cooperstown in celebration of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary. A challenging 31-mile ride offers intermediate riders scenery and challenging hills, with more than 1,700 feet of climbing

A 12-mile ride is suitable for all ages and levels and is the familiar Back River ride formerly sponsored by Opportunities for Otsego. In addition, mountain bike riders have a choice between a beginner’s route and an intermediate/advanced route through Oneonta, an estimated 1½ or 2½ hours, respectively.

All rides begin and end in Neahwa Park. Registered riders will receive a free T-shirt, full rider support including rest stops, and a post-race meal. The registration is $40. For more information and to register, email info@bikeotsego.com or visit info@bikeotsego.com.

 

Roseboom smorgasbord to be held

Roseboom Methodist Church located on Route 166 in Roseboom will be holding a Smorgasbord Supper on Thursday, Oct. 2. 

Serving will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. Take outs will be available. The smorgasbord will feature ham, turkey divan, meatballs and sauce, scalloped potatoes, baked beans, green beans, squash, tossed salad, gelatin salads, assorted quick breads, rolls, cake and beverages. 

 Tickets for adults will be $8 and for children over 5, $3. There is no charge for children under 5.

 

Gettysburg to be topic at Doubleday meeting

There will be a meeting of the Abner Doubleday Civil War Round Table on Monday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. to be held at the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center, State Highway 28, in Milford. 

John Gralinski will review a book on Gettysburg.

 

Spaghetti supper to benefit outreach

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Ministry Outreach will sponsor a church supper at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Parish Hall on Public Landing Road in Springfield Center. The menu will feature spaghetti with meat sauce, baked ziti, macaroni and cheese, tossed salad, Italian bread, Italian ices and cookies. Takeout will be available. Those attending are asked to bring a place setting. The suggested donation is $8. 

 Proceeds benefit the ministry outreach of St. Mary’s.

  

DOAS to open program season

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will open the 2014-15 monthly programs with “The Birds of Our Own Forests,” focusing on close up footage of hooded warblers and scarlet tanagers. Matt Perry, the program speaker, is the conservation director and resident naturalist of Spring Farm CARES in Clinton. He is an expert in the field of ornithology.

The program will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, and will be at The Elm Park Methodist Church at 401 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. The talk is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Eleanor Moriarty at 435-2054.   

Show to open at Art Garage

A new show will open at the Art Garage at 689 Beaver Meadow Road in Cooperstown. An opening reception will beheld from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. 

“The Tamed, The Wild & The In-Between” will present selected works by mid-career artist Roy Kortick. A common theme will be the use of animal imagery in a selection of his recent tiles and paintings, which also reference animals in art over the centuries and in different cultures, The show will also present works by 10 other artists, many local: Ashley Norwood Cooper, Joe Dezzi, Judy Ellers, Alice Hudson, Megan Irving, Lavern Kelley, Donna DeMatteo, Alex O’Neal, Marc Pelletier and Lilian Voorhees.

  

’Big Chuck’ to speak in Fly Creek

The September meeting of the Fly Creek Area Historical Society will host speaker “Big Chuck” D’Imperio, author of “Unknown Museums of Upstate New York,” He will tell stories and have copies of his book available at the meeting, which will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the FCAHS Museum, the former Grange, in Fly Creek. 

The public is welcome, and refreshments will be served. 

  

Discover 4-H Day planned

Discover 4-H Day will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown.

Participants will be able to learn more about 4-H by watching demonstrations, participating in activities, petting the animals and interacting with 4-H members and leaders from Otsego and Schoharie Counties.

To start a club, organizers need is five youths ages 5 to 19 from three families. Clubs can focus on numerous topics related to healthy living, STEM and civic engagement. To learn more about how you can start a club, contact a local 4-H office or visit Discover 4-H Day.

Club members and volunteer leaders are needed.

For more information about Schoharie County 4-H call (518) 234-4303 or (518) 296-8310, or email kmm427@cornell.edu. For more information about Otsego County 4-H call 547-2536, ext. 225, or email psz2@cornell.edu. Information can also be found online at cceschoharie-otsego.org/, www.facebook.com/schohariecounty4H or www.facebook.com/otsegocounty4H.  

  

Band on the Run fundraiser planned

The Worcester Central School Music Department is presenting its first Band on the Run 5k Run/walk at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Registration will open at 10.

This will start at Worcester Central School at 198 Main Street in Worcester There is a nonrefundable entry fee of $20 for adults, $10 for students 18 and younger and $55  per family, with a maximum of 6.

After Oct. 11, the price increase by $5 each. A waiver will need to be signed the day of the race. Parking is limited. 

Immediately following there will be Brooks barbecue halves and dinners for sale. Eat-in or takeout services will be available. For more information, visit bandontherun5k.weebly.com or the Facebook page: WCS Band on the Run 5k Run/walk, or call Andy Odell at 397-8785. 

  

Folk art painting class planned

This autumn, artist Susan Jones Kenyon will present a six-week painting class at the Fenimore Art Museum. “Regular Folk: Painting Folk Art with Susan Jones Kenyon.” Participants will view and learn the history behind specific paintings by Grandma Moses, then reinterpret one of her iconic pieces, as well as create their own folk art. The program is open to adults ages 18 and older. No previous painting experience is necessary.

Classes take place on Tuesdays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fenimore Art Museum, at 5798 State Highway 80 in Cooperstown. The fee for each student is $180 and includes all materials. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 547-1461.

 

Glimmerglass Guild to meet 

The annual membership meeting of the Glimmerglass Opera Guild will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Lime Kiln in Cherry Valley. In addition to reviewing activities of the past year, electing new members to the Guild Board, and updating members on plans for the 2015 Festival, Ken Haas, a new Guild member, will present a dramatic audio-visual show, “Opera in Italy,” filled with opera lore and history, as well as his backstage experiences shooting in Italy’s greatest opera houses.  Haas has photographed for magazines and corporate clients around the world for more than 45 years. He is the author of “The Location Photographer’s Handbook.” His photographic books “¡Tango!” and “¡Flamenco!”  were published by Thames and Hudson.

Lime Kiln, the principal residence for members of the Young American Artists program, is on state Route 166 at the south end of the village with its entrance adjacent to the Cherry Valley Cemetery.

 

Conservationist nominees sought

The Otsego County Conservation Association is seeking nominations for its annual Conservationist of the Year award. The award will be given to an individual, citizens’ group or grassroots organization, governmental body, nonprofit organization with 501 (c)(3) standing or a business that has made a positive difference in environmental protection, preservation or education in Otsego County.

Nominations must be submitted by Monday, Oct. 6. The award will be presented at the OCCA Annual Dinner and Meeting in November.

Preference will be given to nominees living in Otsego County. Environmental professionals are not eligible to be nominated based on achievements accomplished for their compensated employment. Businesses cannot be nominated for a profit-making enterprise. Areas of interest for nomination are water quality protection and improvement, wetland preservation, stream improvement, stream, lake or river clean-ups, riparian buffer or tree plantings, recycling efforts, non-motorized open-space recreation enhancement, land-use planning efforts, or soil conservation efforts. Other areas of environmental endeavor may also be considered.

An OCCA committee will review nominations and designate the OCCA Conservationist of the Year. No monetary award will be given to the recipient of the award.

To obtain a nomination form, call OCCA at 547-4488 or email admin@occainfo.org. Forms may also be downloaded occainfo.org/documents/COYGuidelinesandApplication.pdf.

 

PTA plans Masquerade Ball

The Cooperstown PTA is planning a new fundraiser for this school year. A Masquerade Ball will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. Unlike our other family fundraisers, this PTA fundraiser will only be for adults.

Organizers are seeking items for a silent auction, including weekends away or sports tickets or concert tickets with accommodations. For more information, contact the PTA, at cooppta@gmail.com.

    

Harman to speak on Africa trip

Barbara Harman will give a presentation at 3 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Cooperstown Library for Friends of the Village Library Sunday program series.

Harman will present a program with slides about helping to build a school, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and following wildlife on safari in Africa. She made the trip under the auspices of an organization called Edge of Seven, which arranges for volunteers to build schools in remote areas.

The event is free and open to the public.

Tree identification hike to be offered

Otsego Land Trust and forester Gary Miller will hold a tree identification hike at the Robert B. Woodruff Outdoor Learning Center in Van Hornesville at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 28. The hike will begin behind Owen D. Young Central School.

The Outdoor Learning Center has more than a mile of trails that highlight diverse plant life, historical attributes, and unique geological features that include caves and waterfalls.

The Robert B. Woodruff Outdoor Learning Center is located in the village of Van Hornesville on New York state Route 80. Access to the facility is via the driveway at the north side of the Owen D. Young Central School. To get there turn into the driveway, head down the hill and bear to the left; it is a short distance to the parking area and entrance by the bridge.

For more information contact Marcie@otsegolandtrust.org or call 547-2366.

Quilting to be topic of weekend

The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown next “Step Back in Time Weekend,” will be “Quilts and Quilting.” On Saturday and Sunday, attendees will have a chance to view a wide variety of quilts, watch demonstrations, and try quilting.

Members of local guilds will demonstrate sewing, quilting, and fiber-related skills such as felting and dyeing.

On display will be “Stitching New York: A Quilted Perspective,” the result of a contest of the Quilt Consortium of New York State. It features a variety of pieces, including one by Susquehanna Valley Quilters member Julie Pollak, who received a first-place award.

To see a complete list of activities, visit the FarmersMuseum.org/quilt.

Free blood pressure clinics offered

Volunteer services at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown will sponsor a free blood pressure clinic every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Bassett Clinic lobby.

The clinic is open to the public.

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