Two annual events canceled this year

COOPERSTOWN — Two annual Cooperstown events have been canceled because of public safety concerns regarding the local outbreak of COVID-19, according to event organizer Rich McCaffery. The events include Easter in the Villag,e sponsored by the Lions Club of Cooperstown and the Tunnicliff Inn, scheduled for Saturday, April 11, and the Cooperstown Village Yard Sale scheduled for Saturday, June 6.

Area blood drives set at two sites

COOPERSTOWN — A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 31 Elm St. in Cooperstown.

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

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

Otsego OFA to offer assistance to seniors

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego County Office for the Aging is available to assist seniors who are now isolated and unable to meet essential needs in response to the precautionary measures that older adults must take to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19. Services include home delivered meals, well-check calls, grocery shopping and prescription pick-up and delivery.

Those in need of assistance may call the office at 607-547-4232 or 607-432-9041

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 and a 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 Vets’ 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 will be available 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

Easter Bunny Express rides canceled

MILFORD —  Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, officials with the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society and Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad canceled the 2020 Easter Bunny Express train scheduled for April 11, according to a media release.

Those with confirmed reservations will be contacted and refunded for their purchase. 

Doubleday 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 the 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 monetary donations 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 or the pantry’s Facebook page at for more information.

All area libraries closed to public

VESTAL —  Public libraries are all closed, including those in Cherry Valley, Cooperstown, Hartwick, Richfield Springs and Springfield Center. Four County Library System delivery service to member libraries was suspended on March 17, because of the arrival of COVID-19 in the 4CLS service area and out of an abundance of caution. The ability to place holds has been suspended until further notice. 

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 andthe shelter’s page 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 fostering animals in the event of an emergency. Interested foster caretakers 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, though modified sales will go on.

According to a media release, Thrift Sore 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 still be accepted. Donors are asked to call 607-547-9462 to schedule an appointment.

Town conducting only vital business

GARRATTSVILLE — The New Lisbon Town Hall at 908 County Highway 16 in Garrattsville is closed except for the conduct of essential government business because of health and safety concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a media release issued by Town Supervisor Edward Lentz, the next town board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. The form it takes will be announced as it may be necessary to conduct it by teleconference or videoconference.

Court will not be held.

The highway department will continue its work as usual, unless otherwise directed by the highway superintendent.

All business with the assessor and town clerk will need to be conducted by mail, email or telephone.

All reservations for use of the community hall have been canceled.

The procedural changes will be discussed by the board at its April meeting and any updates will be announced.

All elected officials, employees and residents are urged to take precautions with regard to COVID-19, including practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing followed by the use of hand sanitizer.

Call 607-263-5425 or email 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 for more information and to volunteer.

Backpack Program sponsors needed

The Cooperstown Food Pantry is seeking sponsors for its Backpack Program that benefits children in the Cooperstown Central School District. According to a media release, a monthly sponsorship of $20 will provide a student with a backpack full of food each Friday for the weekend. Backpacks are filled with kid-friendly meals and snacks and fresh fruit.

Each year, the Backpack Program serves about 50 children who attend Cooperstown’s elementary and junior-senior high schools. Donations may be made online at Checks may be mailed to Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church St., Cooperstown, NY 13326. Write Backpack Program in the subject line of the check.

Call 607-547-8902 or email for more information.

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