Bogs, wetlands to be discussed

An in-depth look at bogs and wetlands and their habitats will be presented online at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, when the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society presents “Slogs through Bogs: Beauty, Loss and Preservation.”

Friday’s program, featuring Cranberry Bog at the Greenwoods Conservancy in Burlington, will be presented by SUNY Oneonta biology professor Donna Vogler. Vogler, who teaches courses in ecology, wetlands and ethnobotany, completed a survey of Cranberry Bog last summer.

Information regarding participation is available at

Canyon Countrytrip re-scheduled

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s trip to the Canyon Country of Arizona and Utah scheduled for May has been postponed. It will now be offered from Oct. 23 to 30.

According to a media release, the eight-day trip organized by Collette Tours will include visits to three national parks and a national forest, two nights at a lake resort and an overnight stay at a Las Vegas casino.

Round trip transportation will be provided between Oneonta and Albany. The 17 reservations for GOHS members and friends will remain available until May 31.

Email or call Bill and Marge Pietraface at 607-432-1385 for more information.

Hunt for birds set to start Saturday

The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will launch a free Birdwatching Scavenger Hunt for all ages and levels of experience on Saturday, April 18.

According to a media release, the hunt will end at 5 p.m. Friday, May 8. Prizes will be awarded based on age, self-proclaimed birding experience level and the number of species seen with honor-system based reporting.

The activity, part of Digital Earth Festival 2020, is in collaboration with the Otsego County Conservation Association. Visit for more information about Earth Fest 2020.

Visit for instructions and the form to use for the hunt as well as a link to a map with birding sites and trail descriptions and digital bird identification resources.

Email any questions to

Program to focus on self-expression

Family Resource Network has expanded its Virtual Teen Scene to include all school-aged children and will meet from 11 a.m. until noon Monday, April 20, on Zoom.

According to a media release, Youth Peer Advocate Julie Dealing will lead the group in a self-expression exercise focused on creating an art piece. A variety of media may be used including acrylic paints, watercolors, crayons, colored pencils, pens, markers and mixed media. Participants will need to pre-select their supplies and have them ready to use.

The required registration may be completed at A link to the meeting will be sent after registering and again the morning of the event to the email address provided on the registration form.

Call 607-287-6358 for more information.

CCE to address food challenges

Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties will share “Life’s Solutions” articles in the coming weeks to help families and individuals with food and food shopping challenges that may have arisen since the regional outbreak of COVID-19.

The first one, released on April 8, features a simple bread recipe made with two ingredients — flour and yogurt. The dough can also be used for pizza, calzones and breadsticks.

Tips, nutritional information and class offerings are also available from CCE. Call Nutrition Program Educator Michelle Leveski at 518-234-4303, ext. 115, or email her at for more information.

More recipes are available at

Three blood drives to be held in area

TODDSVILLE — The American Red Cross will have a blood drive from noon until 5 p.m. Monday, April 27, at Community Bible Chapel at 577 Greenough Road in Toddsville.

Blood drives have also been scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Cooperstown High School at 39 Linden Avenue in Cooperstown and from 1 to 6:30 p.m. at Cherry-Valley Springfield Central School at 597 County Highway 54 in Cherry Valley.

Visit of call 800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment. 

Annual run, walk move to July 19

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Richfield Springs Community Center’s 18th Annual Zone Run and Walk, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 11, has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 19. It is sanctioned by the Route 20 Road Challenge.

Categories include a 5K, 10K, 2-mile walk, kids “Little Loop.” New this year is the addition of the Family 2-Mile Walk category for $25. It includes one race T-shirt per family. Complete race information and pre-registration are available by going to or Participants may also register race day from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the Veterans Club at 13 Lake St.

The kids “Little Loop” will begin at 7:30 a.m.; the 10K will start at 7:45 a.m.; the 5K and 2-mile walk (including Family 2 Mile Walk); will begin at 8 a.m. The races will begin on Lower Lake Street. Participants will return to the Vet’s Club for awarding of trophies and the drawing of door prizes, special raffles and a 50/50 raffle. Free snacks for everyone and a complimentary draft beer for those registered runners/walkers 21 and older or a soda/water for those either younger than 21 or for those wishing not to have a beer.

Run and Walk Coordinator Bill Kosina may be reached at 315-749-3286 or

Pictorial postmark cancellation planned

COOPERSTOWN — The village of Cooperstown and the Friends of Doubleday, in conjunction with the Cooperstown post office, will have a pictorial postmark cancellation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23. The 100th anniversary version of the village’s Doubleday Field logo will be available either through mail-in requests or in-person at the Cooperstown post office.

All items to be canceled must have appropriate first-class postage.

Mail-in requests for this pictorial postmark should be sent to Mary Powers, Postmaster, 40 Main St., Cooperstown, NY, 13326.

Cooperstown food pantry makes changes

COOPERSTOWN — In response to the COVID 19 outbreak, Cooperstown Food Pantry has made changes to its procedures as well as its hours. The food pantry is open from 10 a. m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Only volunteers and the food pantry director may enter the pantry. Clients can wait outside, and the food will be packed up for them. People in need of food assistance may call the pantry at 607-547-8902.

No food donations will be accepted at the pantry. People may make a monetary donation via PayPal on the Pantry’s website,, or mail a check to the Food Pantry at 25 Church St. in Cooperstown. The pantry will not accept any new volunteers at this time. 

Visit and the Pantry’s Facebook page, for more information.

SQSPCA takes steps to carry on

HYDE PARK — The Susquehanna SPCA Animal Shelter will be closed to the general public and volunteers and staffing will be limited, as it continues to take steps in line with public safety recommendations regarding the corona virus. 

According to a media release, there are still animals available for adoption. Anyone interested in a pet is directed to visit online at and on Facebook. Those who find an animal they want to adopt should call 607- 547-8111 to schedule an appointment to visit that animal and to learn more about the animal and the adoption process.

Anyone needing to surrender animals may call the shelter and arrange to do so.

The shelter is still scheduling the surrender of animals by the public as needed and continues to take names for fosters in the event of an emergency. Interested fosters may call the SQSPCA  from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Also, the SQSPCA’s thrift store across from the shelter on state Route 28, A New Leash on Life, will be closed to the public until further notice although online sales will go on.

According to a media release, thrift store manager Sara Lucas will select items daily to sell on Facebook Marketplace and weather-permitting, there may be outdoor sales which will be announced. Lucas said items to be offered online will have been at the thrift store at least 72 hours and will be disinfected before being transferred to customers.

Donated merchandise will continue to be accepted. Donors are asked to call 607-547-9462 to schedule an appointment.

Class of ‘94 award open to CCS seniors

COOPERSTOWN — The class of 1994 at Cooperstown Central School is seeking applicants for its annual Christina Wayman Selan Award, named for a classmate who lost her nine-year battle with Hodgkin’s Disease on April 3, 2007.

According to a media release, last year’s award winner, Delilah Griger, received a $1,000 award during the Cooperstown High School Alumni Banquet in June. A fundraising campaign allowed the class to double the amount recipients received in 2018 and 2017.

Wayman Selan is described in the release as an involved athlete who led by example and always gave her best. Academically, she was an honors student both in high school and college. Classmates remember her most for her sincerity, sense of humor and kindness to others.

According to a media release, consideration for the award goes to the Cooperstown senior who most embodies Selan’s moral character, leadership, motivation and sportsmanship

Scholarship applications will be made available to CCS seniors in the school guidance office.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship may do so by making checks payable to Cooperstown Central School District – Christina Wayman Selan Award Fund and mailing them to Amy Kukenberger, Treasurer, CCS, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown, NY 13326

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 daycare 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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