Gardener to explain how to grow beans

Otsego Master Gardener Fiona Dejardin will present “Beans, Beans, Beans: Growing a Variety of Different Beans in Upstate New York” online at noon Wednesday, April 14.

According to a media release, designated by the National Garden Bureau as the Year of the Garden Bean, Dejardin will explain the process and challenges of growing and harvesting fresh, shell and dried beans.

Visit to register for the hour-long Lunch and Learn presentation.

Call 607-547-2536, ext. 228, or email for more information.

Food distribution set for the month

LAURENS — St. Matthew Lutheran Church at 125 County Road 11 in Laurens will sponsor its monthly free food distribution for those in the area in need at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15.

Motorists are asked to enter the church parking lot along the driveway next to the Laurens Post Office on Brook Street.

Masked and gloved church members will pass the bagged food through vehicle windows until the supply is gone.

‘Birds and Beans’ to be discussed

The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will present naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul online at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, who will talk about ways to save migratory birds.

According to a media release, migratory birds are in decline but there are simple and effective ways to preserve them. Weidensaul’s presentation will include what those are, including what to plant in one’s garden and drinking bird-friendly coffee.

The “Birds and Beans” program is free and open to the public. The required registration may be completed at

As further stated in the release, Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist “Living on the Wind.” His newest book, “A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds,” was released last month.

Weidensaul is also a contributing editor for Audubon, a columnist for Bird Watcher’s Digest and writes for other publications, including Living Bird.

A field researcher, he has been studying saw-whet owl migration for more than two decades, as well as winter hummingbirds, bird migration in Alaska, and the winter movements of snowy owls through Project SNOWstorm, which he co-founded.

Legion to serve ham dinner Friday

LAURENS — A ham dinner will be held from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Laurens American Legion at 11 Main St.

The menu will include ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, roll, vegetable and carrot cake.

The cost will be $10 for adults and $6 for children 5 to 12. Children 5 and younger may eat for free.

Seating is limited and takeout will be available.

Exhibit by siblings set to open locally

COOPERSTOWN — The Art Garage at 689 Beaver Meadow Road in Cooperstown will present artistic disciplines created by siblings Julien, Sophie and Ginger Miller in its newest exhibit, “The Sibling Show,” set to open from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 16, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, with a reservation.

According to a media release, the exhibit will include animation, painting and collage. The artists grew up in Fly Creek surrounded by art making. Their parents, Tracy Helgeson and Doug Miller, are both artists.  

Guests are encouraged to call ahead to reserve a viewing slot during opening hours. Those without reservations will be accommodated in between scheduled gallery visitors. After the opening, the show will be available daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through May 29, by calling 607-547-5327 or texting 315-941-9607.

Also featured will be new textiles by Ada Yonenaka, figurative carvings and composed photographs by Lavern Kelley and ceramics by Robert Seward and paintings by Helgeson.

Visit for more information.

Church to sponsor drive-thru barbecue

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Church of Christ United at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs will sponsor a drive-thru sale of barbecued chicken and ribs by Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q in Oneonta starting at noon until sold out Saturday, April 17. Chicken halves will be sold for $8 and ribs will be $11.  Customers are asked to wear face masks and have the exact amount for their orders. 

Food and climate to be discussed

COOPERSTOWN — SUNY Delhi Associate Professor of Culinary Arts Sean Pehrsson and School of Business & Hospitality Management Dean David Brower will discuss “What Will We Eat in a Climate Changing World” from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18.

The talk marks the sixth in the 2020-21 monthly Sunday Speakers Series hosted by Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown with assistance from the League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area. The Zoom event is free and open to the public.

According to a media release, Pehrsson and Brower will explore how climate affects the production of food, its availability, access, quality and utilization; as well as the stability of food systems. They will also discuss growing seasons, insect cycles and impacts on health. The short and long-term influences of climate on food production locally and throughout the world will also be covered.

Visit for more information and to register.

Fritters to return to Jordanville

JORDANVILLE — A drive-thru Spring Fritter Dinner will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Jordanville Federated Church of Christ at 209 Main St. in Jordanville.

Fritters will real maple syrup, scalloped potatoes with ham, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce and dessert will be $12 each.

Advance orders are required and are requested to be placed by calling 315-858-2798 no later than Monday, April 19. Dinners will be picked up in 30 minute time slots.

Pierstown Grange plans open house

PIERSTOWN — Pierstown Grange will celebrate the month of April as Grange Month as well as its 126 years of existence with an open house and membership recruitment from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday April 24, at the Grange Hall at 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Road in Pierstown.

“This is a first step in opening the Pierstown Grange Hall to members and friends after closing for extensive foundation work” Grange Vice President Gail Lewis said in a media release. Grange leaders and the general contractor will be among those present.

Masks and social distancing will be required.

Raffle tickets for a handmade afghan will be available along with membership applications.

Call 607-264-3069 for more information.

Farm Family Day plans August return

COOPERSTOWN — The ninth annual Family Farm Day will return on Saturday, Aug. 28.

“Producers are planning for 2021 to be another year of high demand for local food and farm products. One aspect of the COVID-19 shut down has been to increase public awareness of our food systems and increasing demand for locally produced food. Family Farm Day is all about building public awareness and producer clientele. We are hopeful many farmers once again will host the public on their farmsteads for FFD, if not during the season,” Cornell Cooperative Extension Ag Implementation Specialist Jim Barber said in a media release.

Otsego County farms Otsego as well as those in the counties of Delaware and Schoharie are welcome to participate. Registration will be accepted through Friday, April 23. Visit for more information and to register.

OCCA to offer program to teachers

The Otsego County Conservation Association will offer a free Summer Professional Development Institute designed to help middle school teachers create innovative lessons about local watersheds.

According to a media release, the 40-hour institute will include online lessons, hands-on field experiences and independent work for participating teachers from the New York portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Scheduled to begin on July 22, the institute will focus on training teachers how to develop and implement Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences. MWEEs include classroom learning, outdoor experiences, presentations and an action project. According to organizers, units could be developed that are appropriate for social studies, English, math and art, as well as science. 

The summer institute is part of the Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem, a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Bay Watershed Education and Training program and OCCA. The three-year partnership works to engage and educate teachers in the integration and performance of MWEEs in their classrooms. CTLE credits and Master Teacher credits will be available.

Interested teachers may visit for more details and to apply for the program.

Email OCCA at for more information.

Help available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Seniors who are unable or reluctant to go out because of COVID-19, and who need groceries or medications may call 607-547-2213 or email Volunteers from the Cooperstown Senior Community Center and/or Cooperstown Lions Club will assist them with their needs.

Call for entries issued by CAA

COOPERSTOWN — Entries are wanted by Cooperstown Art Association Galleries for the 86th annual National Juried Art Exhibition featuring juror Mary E. Murray. The exhibit is scheduled for July 9 to Aug. 13. The entry deadline is Sunday, May 16.

According to a media release, open to all United States residents, $3,000 in prizes will be awarded.

All entries are to be submitted online. An entry form and prospectus is available at

Call 607-547-9777 for more information.

Rabies vaccines available locally

HYDE PARK — Rabies vaccination clinics for pet dogs, cats and ferrets will continue to held monthly on the following Mondays at Susquehanna SPCA. From 4 to 7 p.m., July 12, and Oct. 4; and 2 to 5 p.m., May 17, June 14, Aug. 16, Sept. 13, Nov. 15. and Dec. 13.  Call 607-547-8111, ext. 11, for an appointments which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of 15 pets per person. The clinics are in conjunction with the Otsego County Department of Health. 

Dogs must be on leashes and cats and ferrets in carriers.

Proof of a previous vaccine is required to receive one good for three years.

The shelter is at 4841 State Highway 28 in Hyde Park. 

Food assistance service adds hours

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Food Pantry is now open five days a week.  The Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays; and 10 a.m. until noon Saturdays.

Residents of northern Otsego County in need of food assistance should call the Pantry at 607-547-8902 to place orders. Walk-ins will have their order taken from the porch. Clients will wait outside and the food will be packaged for them.

Support for the Food Pantry may be made by PayPal at, or personal check mailed to 25 Church St., Cooperstown, NY 13326. Food and personal hygiene supplies will also be accepted. According to a media release, last year, an average of 152 households totaling 556 people were served each month.

Visit or for more information. 

Food Pantry adds free delivery service

CHERRY VALLEY — The Daily Bread Food Pantry at 2 Genesee St. in Cherry Valley has added free home delivery in its service area.

According to a media release, the pantry serves the Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District. Patrons interested in the new service will need to register online at or by calling 607-435-6064.

The pantry is open for walk-ins from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 

Rides available to vaccination clinics

Getthere, a program of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York, will provide transportation to COVID-19 vaccination clinics to clients living in the counties of Chenango, Delaware and Otsego, as well as Broome and Tioga, unable to get there on their own.

Interested individuals may call 855-373-4040 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays to speak with a mobility and transportation advocate about scheduling rides.

Curbside service available at library

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Richfield Springs Public Library, at 102 W. Main St. in Richfield Springs,  is closed until further notice. Ceilings will be refurbished during the closure.

Patrons are instructed to call 315-858-0230 or email for appointments to pick up any needed items at curbside.

Online food source features local items

COOPERSTOWN — The SourceWhatsGood online farmers market is up and running, according to a media release from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego and Schoharie Counties.

Local meat products, eggs, mushrooms, early greens, garden plants, herbs, spices, rubs, teas, jams, pancake mix, baked goods, honey, a selection of artisanal fermented cabbage and items suitable for gift giving are among the items now available. The selection of products is expected to grow as the growing season progresses and more farms go online.

Customers interested in shopping from local farms and food producers may order products online at On the designated delivery day, customers may pick up their orders at one of six drop sites in Schoharie and Otsego counties. Visit for more information about the sites.

Call 607-547-2536, ext. 231 or email for more information about SourceWhatsGood.

Health care options available locally

Bassett Healthcare Network’s Convenient Care at 1 Atwell Road in Cooperstown is operating from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Bassett Convenient Care location at One Associate Drive in Oneonta is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

According to a media release, same and next-day appointments are available for minor illnesses and injuries including sprains, rashes, minor cuts, minor burns, colds, sore throat, vomiting/diarrhea and urinary problems.

Safe care processes in place include protective gear for staff, masks for visitors and patients, temperature checks at entrances, frequent disinfecting and cleaning, frequent hand sanitizing and social distancing measures.

Patients are also encouraged to enroll in MyBassett Health Connection, the network’s secure online patient portal, by calling 607-547-5900 or 877-498-5715.

More information is available at

Help for renters available to eligible

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego County Board of Representatives has authorized a $200,000 COVID-19 Emergency Rental Relief Program to assist eligible resident-renters facing financial hardship as a result of layoff, reduced employment, or non-retention by their seasonal employer.

According to a media release, the program will provide rental payments for three consecutive months directly to landlords on behalf of eligible households. The program will be implemented by Otsego Rural Housing Assistance Inc., in collaboration with the Otsego County Planning Department. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Criteria for eligibility will include annual household incomes as of the application date. Annual household incomes may not exceed 80% of the county median. Examples would be $43,600 for a household of two or $49,050 for a household of three.

Applicants must provide documentation of job loss arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This could include a layoff notice, notice of reduced hours or physician’s letter. The layoff or job loss must have occurred on or subsequent to March 13. Applicant-renters must also have a written lease agreement with the property owner which states the monthly rental amount – utility payments are not covered. Tenants and landlords must sign written agreements attesting to the terms and conditions of the assistance.

Full eligibility information is available along with application forms from ORHA at P.O. Box 189, Milford NY 13807, 607-286-724), or

Help available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Seniors who are unable or reluctant to go out because of COVID-19, and who need groceries or medications may call 607-547-2213 or email Volunteers from the Cooperstown Senior Community Center and/or Cooperstown Lions Club will assist them with their needs.

Grief counseling available locally 

Helios Care in Oneonta continues to offer free bereavement counseling to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one during the ongoing pandemic.

According to a media release, counseling is provided by telephone or video by licensed clinical social workers who specialize in grief counseling.

“Grief can be isolating and lonely to begin with,” said Helios Care Director of Family Support Services Alisha Rule, “There’s no need to face grief alone.”

As further stated in the release, social distancing requirements have disrupted one’s ability to be with family or friends at the end of their life. Commonly practiced mourning rituals that accompany death have had to be altered or put on hold. The added challenges can complicate one’s grief whether the death is directly related to COVID-19 or a loss during the pandemic.

Contact Alisha Rule at 607-432-5525 or or visit for more information.

Volunteers needed by Big Buddy group

The Big Buddy program for at-risk youths needs adult volunteers in Delaware and Otsego counties.

According to a media release from program sponsor Delaware Opportunities, youths between 5 and 14, are matched with an adult role model who is at least 18 to serve as their big buddy.

Big buddies, serving as mentors, generally spend at least four hours each month with their little buddy engaging in mutually agreed upon activities.

The program also includes group activities that may include community service, educational, recreational or cultural experiences.

Contact Heather McAdams at 607-746-1746 or for more information and to volunteer.

Otsego County seeks day care providers

Child Care Support Services of Catholic Charities of Delaware and Otsego Counties can help guide individuals in Otsego County through the process of becoming registered family day care providers. Once registered Child Care Support Services can help providers establish a quality child care program. Startup reimbursement funds may be available. Call 607-432-0061 for more information.

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