Masons to host takeout dinner

LAURENS — A takeout chicken and biscuit dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at the Masonic Lodge at 7 Brook St. in Laurens.

Chicken with biscuits, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and ice cream with strawberries will be included for $10 per dinner.

COVID guidelines will be followed. Patrons should arrive wearing masks.

Proceeds will support college scholarships, community assistance, Scout troops and lodge maintenance.

Blood drive set in area community

WORCESTER — A blood drive will be held from noon until 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at the Worcester Municipal building at 19 Katie Lane in Worcester.

Appointments may be made by calling 607-397-8119 or 800-733-2767. On the day of the drive, visit redcrossblood.org/rapid pass for a speedier check-in time.

Living Waters team to sponsor dinner

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Living Waters for the World team will sponsor a Mexican-themed takeout dinner from 4 p.m. Friday, May 7, until sold out. Pick up will be available at the First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Church and Pioneer streets in Cooperstown and Origins Café at 558 Beaver Meadow Road.

The dinner will include a 10-pack of prepared green chile queso, chicken, or pork filled tamales. Customers may choose their own combinations to make up their 10-pack.

Proceeds will go toward maintenance and supplies for existing clean water installations in the team's partner villages in Honduras, which have reportedly been severely impacted by recent hurricanes and the pandemic.

Call 607-547-8401 for more information.* 

Seniors may apply for college award

COOPERSTOWN — Graduating high school seniors are encouraged to apply for Cooperstown Art Association's annual art scholarship for students planning to study art at the college level.

According to a media release, CAA will provide up to $1,400 in awards this year and will use proceeds from its annual Adorn-a-Door fundraiser and donations from CAA members and patrons to help fund them.

Eligible schools are Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, Laurens, Milford, Milford BOCES, Morris, Mount Markham, Owen D. Young, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Worcester. Home-schooled students living within those school districts are also eligible to apply.

Applications are to be submitted online. The application form is available at www.cooperstownart.com/art-scholarship.html.

Students will be asked to provide a portfolio of five pieces that best represent their work and artistic abilities. Images may be uploaded directly in the form. Applicants will also upload a document that includes the titles and mediums for each piece entered. Entries must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12.

Portfolios will be juried by a local artist/art professional to be determined by CAA.

Call 607-547-9777 or email gallery@cooperstownart.com for more information. 

Cooperstown church plans monthly dinners

COOPERSTOWN — The First Baptist Church at 21 Elm St. in Cooperstown will offer monthly takeout Brooks' chicken dinners from 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, and Oct. 15.

Dinners will include a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw and roll. The $12 per dinner cost may be paid in cash or by check. A $1 convenience fee will be added for payment by PayPal to cover processing fees.

Advance ordering is strongly encouraged and should be done no later than the Wednesday preceding a dinner. Orders may be placed by emailing baptistcooperstown@gmail.com. Orders should include a name, number of dinners and phone number for confirmation.

Regional art show open to state artists

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Art Association at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown is looking for participants for its 30th annual Regional Juried Art Show.

According to a media release, only artists 18 and older that reside in New York State may enter something from any arts media.

A single entry may be submitted for jurying and must be hand-delivered to CAA from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 or 15.

Jurors will be Jane Carr and Bruce Goddard and $2,400 in prizes and awards will be available.

CAA will display the show in an exhibit from May 21 to June 23.

A prospectus is available at www.cooperstownart.com.

Call 607-547-9777 for more information. 

Tires, white goods may be dropped off

MIDDLEFIELD — A tire and white goods day will be held from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 8, at  Middlefield highway garage.

According to a media release, tires will be limited to 10 and may not be tractor tires or have their rims. Any appliances need to be free of freon.

Registration will be required upon arrival and participants will be asked to unload and load their items. 

Call 607-547-8800 for more information.

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 occainfo.org/BWET for more details and to apply for the program.

Email OCCA at nywen@occainfo.org for more information.

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 www.cooperstownart.com.

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 www.cooperstownfoodpantry.org, 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 cooperstownfoodpantry.org or www.facebook.com/CooperstownFoodPantry 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 www.tinyurl.com/dailybreaddelivery 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.

Library posts hours following reopening

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Richfield Springs Public Library, at 102 W. Main St. in Richfield Springs, has reopened. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday as well as Wednesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday; and 10 a.m. until noon Saturday.

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 https://sourcewhatsgood.com/. On the designated delivery day, customers may pick up their orders at one of six drop sites in Schoharie and Otsego counties. Visit https://tinyurl.com/ybazv3ym for more information about the sites.

Call 607-547-2536, ext. 231 or email otsego@cornell.edu 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 BassettConvenientCare.org.

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 www.otsegoruralhousing.org.

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 coopseniorcenter@gmail.com. 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 alisha.rule@helioscare.org or visit www.helioscare.org/grief 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 hmcadams@delop.org 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.

*changed at 4:21 p.m. April 28 to correct that advance orders will not be taken.

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