Rummage sale to be fall event

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The spring rummage sale set for Friday, May 15, at Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs has been postponed until fall.

The Friendship Craft Festival scheduled for Saturday, June 13, has been canceled. 

Club to reunite when safe to do so

COOPERSTOWN — The UPBEAT Kids Club, designed for students in first through eighth grade, is planning a Back to UPBEAT reunion event as soon as it deemed safe for groups to congregate, according to a media release.

Before the outbreak of COVID-19,  the club met when school was closed for holidays, conference days and breaks. Activities incorporated the themes of courage, kindness and manners and included baking, board games, art, music and drama. Meetings were held at Christ Church Parish Hall at 69 Fair St. in Cooperstown.

Email gmeeter@gmail.com for more information including projects and activities that students may engage in while learning from home.

Shelter to provide free rabies clinics

HYDE PARK — Registration is underway at the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for free rabies vaccination clinics in conjunction with the Otsego County Health Department.

According to a media release, the shelter will schedule 10 appointments from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and six appointments from 9 a.m. until noon Thursdays for pet dogs, cats and ferrets. Scheduling will be done in 30-minute increments to allow for social distancing.

Previous rabies vaccination certificates must be presented to receive a three-year booster. Dogs must be on a leash and under proper control. Cats and ferrets should be in a pillow case or carrying case.

Call 607-547-8111, ext. 108, for more information and to schedule appointments,

which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until all available slots have been filled. There is a limit of 15 pets per person.

The shelter is at 4841 state Highway 28 outside Cooperstown.

Limited opening set for area park

MILFORD — Wilber Park in Milford opened Tuesday, April 21, on a limited basis to walkers, joggers, dog walkers and bike riders, according to a media release issued by Mayor Brian Pokorny.

The park gate will remain closed to vehicular traffic until further notice. Once state and federal officials begin to ease social distancing requirements and recommendations, the village will re-evaluate its decision.

The limited opening comes with conditions for all park users. Practice social distancing, wear a face covering when appropriate, do not congregate in large groups, stay off playground equipment, stay off the basketball court, stay out of the pavilion, make sure rules are explained to all family members and adhere to all Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive orders associated with combating COVID-19.

Contact 607-286-7331 or Village@MilfordNewYork.com for more information. 

Four blood drives to be held

The American Red Cross will have a blood drive from from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Laurens Fire Department at 34 Main St. in Laurens. 

Blood drives have also been scheduled from noon until 5 p.m. Monday, April 27, at Community Bible Chapel at 577 Greenough Road in Toddsville; 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 redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 to schedule appointments. 

Canyon Country trip 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 info@OneontaHistory.org or call Bill and Marge Pietraface at 607-432-1385 for more information.

Annual run, walk moved 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 www.richfieldspringscommunitycenter.org or www.runsignup.com/RSCC. 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.

Run and Walk Coordinator Bill Kosina may be reached at 315-749-3286 or bill@richfieldzone.org.

Grief counseling available locally

Helios Care in Oneonta will offer free bereavement counseling to anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a media release, counseling will be 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.

The free telephone and video grief counseling service available during the pandemic will transition to a sliding fee scale and sessions where counselors and individuals will meet together once normalcy resumes.

Contact Alisha Rule at 607-432-5525 or alisha.rule@helioscare.org or visit www.helioscare.org/grief for more information.

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, cooperstownfoodpantry.org, 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 cooperstownfoodpantry.org and the Pantry’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CooperstownFoodPantry for more information.

 

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 hmcadams@delop.org 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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