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November 1, 2012

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---- — Land Trust to host Brookwood Point cleanup

On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Otsego Land Trust will host a cleanup day at Brookwood Point from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare this historic lake-front property for the coming winter season. Gardeners of all ages and experience are welcome, including children. There will be jobs for everyone.

Dress appropriately, and bring your favorite hand tools and gloves.

Lunch will be provided. Now is the time to get involved as Brookwood Point is prepared for a new phase to be enjoyed by the entire community.

Brookwood Point is located on the west side of Otsego Lake at 6000 West Lake Road (Route 80), less than a mile north of the Farmers’ Museum outside of Cooperstown. Participants are asked to let the Land Trust know you plan to participate. For further information, or to sign up for this event, call 547-2366 or email

Register now for gift workshop

Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties will be offering an interactive workshop on how to create several gift items from plants found in the garden or landscape.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, No.10, at the Extension Center, 123 Lake Street, Cooperstown. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 7. Space is limited.

To pre-register or for more information, please call Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties, 607-547-2536 extension 0, or e-mail There is a $5 fee.

Participants will be given a book of garden gift ideas and instructions, and will also have the opportunity to make a gift at the workshop to take home with them. Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties prior to the program.

Auxiliary looking for addresses

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7128 in Cooperstown is conducting its annual search for the names and addresses of service men and women stationed overseas. 

Each year, the auxiliary sends gift boxes in November to arrive in time for the holidays. Submit overseas addresses to Lyn Weir, P.O. Box 962, Cooperstown, N.Y. 13326, email or call 547-8886 by Nov. 15.

Lions to host Bassett chaplain

The Lions Club of Cooperstown will host Betsy Jay, chaplain at Bassett Medical Center, at its next regular club meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7, at the Tunnicliff Inn

She has been in the role of chaplain at Bassett for five years and co-chairs its Ethics Committee and is a member of the Palliative Care Team. 

The Cooperstown Lions Club meets

the first and third Wednesdays, September through June, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tunnicliff Inn.

Harvest Dance is Nov. 9

The Doubleday Dancers Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown will hold its Harvest Dance/Pie Night from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at the Elementary School on Walnut Street in Cooperstown.

Ray Taylor will call Mainstream and Plus dances and Elma Taylor will Cue.

Admission is $5 per person payable at the door. For more information, call 264-8128 or 547-8665.

Boy Scout benefit auction is Nov. 10

The Otschodela Council Boy Scouts of America will be holding its 20th annual benefit auction on Saturday, Nov. 10. The State University  College at Oneonta will host the event at Morris Hall with a 5 p.m. review with food, and the auction from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Auction items include getaway weekends, sports tickets, recreational programs, fitness club memberships, restaurant certificates and home and family products and services.

Call 1-800-778-6813 for an item catalogue or visit the website

Historic home to be focus of presentation

The Richfield Springs Historic Association’s November program will be “ A Glimpse of St. John Manor “ a history of the stately home of Samuel B. St. John, presented by Judie Stone.

The property is located on the corner of Butternut and Allen’s Lake roads. Current owner Judie Stone will provide historical information about the circa 1845 home that was built prior to the days of the spas and has continued to survive beyond that era. Her presentation will include information on  the families that have owned it and it’s uses over the years.

The program will be held at the Richfield Springs Library, Rt. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

 All are welcome, refreshments will be served. For information call 315-858-0027.

Ommegang to host Angel Network fundraiser

The Angel Network is a community-based organization that offers assistance to students and their families in the Cooperstown school district. The Angel Network will be collecting new or gently used winter apparel to offer to students in need.

Brewery Ommegang will host the Angel Network’s fundraiser for the second year from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the brewery. The Round House Rockers will be providing musical entertainment for the fundraiser.

There will be food and one free Ommegang beer included in the ticket price. Tickets are $20 and on sale through Kara Grady (547-2343), or online by emailing Tickets are available in advance as well as on sale at the door the night of the event. Brewery Ommegang is located at 656 County Highway 33.

Hartwick faculty to present concert

Hartwick College Department of Music faculty will present Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the college’s campus. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. 

Scored for piano, flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin/viola, cello and a female reciter, the work is a song cycle featuring 12 poems by Belgian poet, Albert Giraud. The piece is said to reflect the artistic and cultural milieu of the times, interest in Freud and his fascination with the condition of hysteria. Supertitles will be provided and shorter modern works will be shared throughout the concert as well.

For additional information on this event, contact Associate Professor of Music Diane Paige at 431-4585 or at

Women’s Club of Cooperstown to meet

The Women’s Club of Cooperstown will hold its next meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Christ Church Parish House, 69 Fair St. Following a brief business meeting, the afternoon’s program will be “Hyde Hall Happenings” presented by Jonathan Maney. Those attending the meeting are reminded that the Women’s Club is continuing to collect donations for the Cooperstown Food Bank. Both food and monetary donations will be accepted.

Kay Pierro will be chair for the afternoon’s tea.

The meeting is open to members of the club and their guests as well as

any community members who are interested in this month’s program. For

more information about the meeting, or the Women’s Club of Cooperstown,

contact Martha Grossi, president, at 282-2404.

Scout bottle drive

is Saturday

Cooperstown Boy Scout Troop 1254 will have a bottle drive Saturday, Nov. 3. Scouts ask that residents have returnable deposit bottles and cans ready for pickup at 9 a.m. Place them on the curb, sidewalk or porch steps visible from the street.

The monthly bottle drives are the troop’s main fundraiser for activities, trips and events throughout the year. Special pickup for larger numbers of returnables can be arranged by calling 547-1310.

Lions Club to offer grants

The Lions Club of Cooperstown has announced its next round of requests for funds. Twice a year, the Lions Club invites not-for-profit organizations to request funds for specific projects that result in the enrichment of the greater Cooperstown community. Funding requests, submitted on the official application, are appropriate for seed money for new innovative projects/services as well as already established projects to maintain and/or grow. These funds are the result of various community fundraising endeavors conducted by the Lions Club.

Organizations must describe their project, how the money will be used, the population served and how the community will benefit. To obtain an application, call Club President Jason Tabor at 437-8197 or email Completed applications are due Nov. 1. Completed applications for the spring round of grants are due March 1.

The Cooperstown Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Tunnicliff Inn and Restaurant in Cooperstown.

School open

for walking

The Cooperstown Middle/High School building will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. daily for walking. Those who wish to join the program may do so by signing up in the superintendent’s office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. any Monday through Friday. This program is free and open to all district residents while school is in session. The walking program is not in effect during holidays or snow days.


Coats for Kids collection starts

Bassett and First Choice Cleaners are collecting gently used winter coats during November for the Coats for Kids program at Bassett locations and at the Cooperstown, Oneonta and Delhi First Choice Cleaners locations. First Choice Cleaners is donating dry cleaning services for the garments.

Coats for Kids is a program that many organizations nationwide participate in to ensure that families who have no coats for their children can get one at no cost. 

Donations from the community will be accepted at the Bassett Clinic on River St. in Cooperstown, Herkimer Health Center at 321 E. Albany St., Oneonta Health Center at 125 Main St., Oneonta Specialty Services at 1 Associate Drive and First Choice Cleaners at 18 Main St. in Oneonta, 99 Chestnut St. in Cooperstown, and Price Chopper Plaza in Delhi.

Coats will be distributed at Oneonta Health Center from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 30,  and at the Herkimer Health Center from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1. For more information, call 547-3914.

Retiree insurance to be topic

A meeting for New York State Electric and Gas Corps. Medicare eligible retirees will be held at the Oneonta Elks Club from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

Dave Polley, the health insurance counseling and assistance program coordinator from Otsego County’s Office for the Aging, will speak about the choices for Medicare coverage. NYSEG retirees who are Medicare eligible will have their retiree insurance dropped at the end of 2012. Aon Hewitt Navigators has been contracted to transition these retirees from company provided insurance to other insurance.

These retirees can choose selected Medigap, Medicare Part D (drug coverage) and Medicare Advantage plans.

Those who wish to attend are asked to call Flo Loomis 293-6627 or Ginny Miner 433-1717 to register and have a packet prepared.


CAA holiday show, sale set

Cooperstown Art Association’s Holiday Member Show & Sale, geared to offer reasonably priced pieces of original artwork for holiday gift-giving, is being planned. Delivery dates for the show are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3.

To participate in this show all artists need is a CAA membership. Full-year memberships for individuals are $25. Signup can be done at any time. Any two-dimensional work is limited to six pieces per person. A 30 percent commission will be retained by the CAA for all sales.

The opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and will continue through Dec. 23

The CAA is at 22 Main St. For more information, call 547-9777 or visit

‘Understanding RA’ to be topic

The Arthritis Foundation of Northeastern NY will offer free educational seminar and a light breakfast for individuals who suffer from or feel they may be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, also known as RA. The “Understanding RA” seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Harrison House at the corner of Beaver and Fair streets in Cooperstown. Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the seminar will begin at 8 a.m. The program is free and open to the public.

This program will be presented by Dr. Donald Raddatz, rheumatologist at Bassett Hospital. He will talk about RA signs and symptoms, diagnosis of the disease, treatment options other resources available to those with RA. There also will be a question-and-answer session. To attend, register by Nov. 2, by calling the Arthritis Foundation at (518) 456-1203.  

Legion Auxiliary to host bazaar

Milford American Legion Auxiliary will hosting its annual Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Tables have been made available to area vendors to display and sell their Items. For more information of still available spaces, call Rosemary Aborn at 286-9884.

The auxiliary will sell refreshments throughout the day and there will be a money raffle, bake sale and door prizes.

Proceeds from this annual event are used to fund Auxiliary projects such as Empire Girls’ State local scholarship awards, community service, and Veterans’ Affairs and Rehabilitation.

‘Evening at the Tavern’ planned

Evening at the Tavern, a dining experience featuring a four-course candlelit meal, period music and games, and old-fashioned hospitality will be offered in The Farmers’ Museum’s historic Bump Tavern from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 The menu is designed and based on foods that were served in rural 19th-century New York taverns.

The fee is $55 for members of the New York State Historical Association, and $60 for nonmembers. For registration and additional information, call 547-1452 or visit

Snowmobile safety to be topic

The Milford SnowTrekkers will host a snowmobile safety course on Nov. 3 in Cooperstown.

The free class, which is limited in size, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A parent or guardian must sign in students younger than 18. Lunch and snack will be provided.

To register, call Brain Pokorny at 441-0061.

Election Day

supper set 

Tuesday, Nov. 6, is the date for the traditional Election Day Supper held in the Social Hall of Jordanville Federated Church of Christ at 209 Main St., serving from 4:30  to 7:30 p.m. Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, carrots, French kraut, pickled beets, rolls, quick breads and homemade pies make up the menu that has remained the same for decades, according to a media release. 

Now co-sponsored by Jordanville Public Library and the Federated Church, the dinner was initiated as a fundraiser for the Library 104 years ago, following the construction and opening of the new library building. It was moved to the church when the Social Hall and kitchen were added in 1961.

Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 11, and free for children younger than 5. There is a 50-cent fee for takeouts.

Maple farm tour planned 

A maple farm and sugarbush tour is planned 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Breezie Maples Farm at 2269 County Highway 34 in Westford. The public is invited.

The event will include a tour of the farm followed by a discussion on marketing opportunities for maple operations. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch. The event fee is $10 per person.

This event is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties. Breezie Maples Farm, is the largest producer of certified organic maple syrup in New York and offers a range of other specialty maple products.

For more information or to register, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 547-2536, ext. 0, or Space is limited. Pre-registration and payment are required by Wednesday, Nov. 7.

College, Career Days planned

Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services will host its annual College and Career Days on Nov. 7 at the Otsego Area Occupational Center in Milford and Nov. 8 at the Northern Catskills Occupational Center in Grand Gorge.

Organizers are expecting recruiters from colleges, the military and local businesses, according to a media release. 

Those interested in attending or for more information, contact Edward Estelle, placement coordinator for ONC BOCES, at 286-7715, ext. 122, or

OFA to host driving course

The Otsego County Office for the Aging will sponsor an AARP Driver Safety Course. It will be held at the Meadows at 140 County Highway 33 near Cooperstown. The class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Refreshments will be provided during the 10-minute breaks. There will be a half-hour break somewhere around 12:30 p.m. for a lunch, which will not be provided.

Each participant must attend all day to qualify for the certificate. Those people completing the course are entitled to a deduction on their insurance over a three-year period. If a family has more than one vehicle, then a second person must take the course for a second vehicle discount.

The cost is $17 for AARP members and $19 for nonmembers.There is also a program sponsored by AARP related to veterans of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard/Reserves, or Coast Guard. In addition to the veteran themselves, their spouses, domestic partners dependents, children and widows and widowers, regardless of age may receive the free classroom course. A coupon must be completed, and they will be available at the class.

For nonveterans to register, send a check to the instructor, Gerald Green, at P.O. Box 285, Unadilla, NY 13849. The check must be made out to AARP. If the class fills up, the OFA will contact you to make other arrangements. Veterans must call 369-9522 to register. The first 35 people to register will be accepted into the course.

For more information, call 369-9522. Those who attend must bring their driver’s license and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the class. Receipts will be mailed the following week.


Portrait sales to benefit groups

The Milford Education Foundation and Milford Booster Club are holding an Antiquities Unique Portrait fundraiser. Antiquities will photograph children from infant to 16 years, in sepia-tone portraits with vintage attire and props. Shoot dates will be Nov. 9 to 11 at Milford Central School. Coupons are $10. Those who buy a coupon will receive a 10-by-13 sepia portrait. Plus every coupon sale benefits MEF and the MCS Booster Club. For information call Gwen Mertz at 286-7212. 

Fiber animal workshop planned

The CNY Fiber Artists and Producers will host a workshop titled, “Is There a Fiber Animal in Your Future?” from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 10. Owners of sheep, goats, llamas, alpaca and Angora rabbits will discuss topics such as shelters, fencing, supplements, grazing, equipment, breeding, and fiber uses. There will be a question-and-answer period following the panel discussion. The workshop will be held at the Cooperative Extension of Madison County, at 100 Eaton St. in  Morrisville. 

Light refreshments will be available. For more information, visit

Arts and Crafts fair set

The 36th Herkimer County Arts and Crafts Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Herkimer County Community College. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

This year’s vendors will offer photography, jewelry, clothing, specialty foods and more. The fair is a juried show, allowing exhibitors to submit their work in several categories to earn first place and honorable mention recognition. 

Admission is $4. Free parking is available adjacent to the show, with easy access off the state Thruway, Exit 30. Food service is available, and the venue is handicapped accessible throughout.

All proceeds benefit the Herkimer County College Foundation to provide scholarships for Herkimer County Community College students. The Fair is sponsored by Iberdrola Renewables.


Antique dealers wanted 

Dealers are invited to participate in the annual Holiday Antique Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Holiday Inn in Oneonta, sponsored by the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. Spaces are 8-by-10-feet and rent for $50. For more information, call Loraine at 433-2452.

Church plans harvest dinner

Cooperstown United Methodist Church at 66 Chestnut St., at the corner of Glen Avenue, will host a harvest dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

Turkey, side and homemade pie will be served. Cost is $9 for adults or $5 for children. Takeouts will be available.

For information, call 547-9540. The church is handicapped-accessible.


Gift shoeboxes to be collected

The Cooperstown community is invited to join the Cooperstown United Methodist Church in participating in Operation Christmas Child to collect gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world. Pre-decorated shoeboxes and a brochure that explains the program and what gifts to include are available at the church. They may be picked up during the day and returned no later than Sunday, Nov. 11. The driveway off Glen Avenue to the Fellowship Room entrance should be used.

Since 1993, more than 94 million shoeboxes have been distributed worldwide to children in 100 countries, according to a media release. Often referred to as the “shoebox ministry,” shoeboxes from individuals, churches and communities are delivered to Main Street Baptist Church in Oneonta, the local drop-off site.

For general information, visit or call CUMC coordinator Mary Beekman at 547-1162. The church is at 66 Chestnut St. in Cooperstown.

Military members’ addresses sought

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7128 in Cooperstown is seeking names and addresses of local servicemen and servicewomen stationed overseas. Each year, the Auxiliary sends gift boxes in November to arrive in time for the holidays. Current overseas addresses may be sent to Lyn Weir at P.O. Box 962, Cooperstown NY 13326, email, or call 547-8886 by Nov. 15.


Harvest Festival Bazaar set 

  A Harvest Festival Bazaar will be held at the Cooperstown Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 17. There will be gifts for children, quilts, stuffed toys, cloth books, gifts for the home, and great ideas for Christmas decorations.

Photo contest under way

Otsego Land Trust and Otsego Lake Association are accepting applications for its 2012 photo contest “Water, Water Everywhere.” The contest is open to residents of Otsego County and neighboring towns. The theme is designed to emphasize the importance of water in the lives of people, plants and animals. Photos of streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, springs and wetlands from all over the Otsego County region are encouraged. Outdoor photos that depict the abundance of water in our region are eligible.

All entries must be received or postmarked by Dec. 31. Up to three photos may be submitted in one of three categories: Professional, Amateur, or Youth (age 16 or younger on Dec.). Only digital photographs in .jpg format will be accepted. Photographs may be sent electronically to, or disks may be mailed to Otsego Land Trust Water Photos, P.O. Box 173, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or dropped off at the Land Trust offices at Pioneer Alley, 101 Main St., Cooperstown, NY 13326.

An entry form must be completed for each photo submitted.

To receive contest guidelines and entry forms, visit or contact or call 547-2366.


Lions collecting eye glasses

The Cooperstown Lions Club, through Lions Club International, is continuing to collect used eye glasses as part of its effort to the conservation of eyesight throughout the world.

Lions clubs collect millions of eyeglasses each year to address the need for glasses. Recently, the Cooperstown Club collected 2,400 pairs of glasses and sent them to one of the 18 recycling centers around the world.

Glasses can be donated in a Lions collection box in Cooperstown at Bruce Hall on Main Street, Cooperstown Optical on state Route 28 or at the Bassett Medical Center Eyeglass Clinic or they can be given to any Lions Club member.

For more information, contact Lions Sight Conservation Chair John Rowley at or call 547-8505.


Downloadable books available

The Village Library of Cooperstown announced that e-books and downloadable audiobooks are now available to its patrons. To access these materials, visit the Four County Library System website at and click on the Download Zone. The site includes all information on how to retrieve downloadable items, what devices are compatible, and a list of frequency asked questions. Patrons will need a Cooperstown library card and pin number. For more information, call the library at 547-8344.


Clothing accepted at shed

The First Baptist Church in Cooperstown has a clothing drop-off shed behind the church building where used clothes can be dropped off. The clothing will be distributed all over the United States and World to those who can use it. This program keeps clothing out of the landfill, and helps out those in need. Usable clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, linens, blankets and drapes. For more information call the Rev. Douglas Deer at 547-9371.


‘Great Courses’ lectures available

The Village Library of Cooperstown has announced the acquisition of a collection of DVDs from “The Great Courses” lecture series on a variety of subjects by experts in those areas. Topics in the library collection include history, art, music, mathematics, astronomy, healthy living and effective communication skills. This collection was donated by the Friends of the Village Library.

Info on gas leases available

At the July 9 town of Hartwick Board meeting, the Hartwick Conservation Advisory Committee was tasked with collecting information for anyone interested in learning what their options are when their gas lease expires. Town attorney Lynn Green provided documents for this packet. As of Oct. 10, the information is available at the Town Hall and on the town’s website.

For more information, call Martha Clarvoe, chairwoman of the Hartwick Conservation Advisory Committee at 293-6654.