Group to celebrate 30th anniversary

GARRATTSVILLE — Leatherstocking Shepherds will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18. The group, established to support and help with issues concerning the health, marketing and nutrition of sheep, will celebrate its 30th anniversary. All present and past members may join the celebration at the New Lisbon Town Hall in Garrattsville. There will be a covered dish supper followed by a program on the history of the group.

Call Doug Dutcher at 607-263-5073 for more information.

SPCA volunteers to have orientation

HYDE PARK — Volunteer orientation will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 19 and May 17, at the Susquehanna SPCA at 4841 State Highway 28 in Hyde Park.

Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Attendees will receive a guided tour of the facility, learn about shelter operations and explore the different types of volunteer positions available.

Call 607-547-8881 of visit for information.

Session scheduled on fostering kittens

HYDE PARK — An online kitten foster orientation and information session will be presented at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, by the Susquehanna SPCA. Register at

Call 607-547-8881 for more information.

Easter event set at Tunnicliff Inn

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Lions Club, in partnership with the Tunnicliff Inn, will host the annual Easter in the Village from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Tunnicliff Inn at 34 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown. The event will include souvenir photos with the Easter Bunny, snacks, Easter bingo and treats to take home.

Contact Rich McCaffery at 547-5256 or for more information.

Hospice grief camp geared to children 

DELHI — Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care will host its annual Camp Forget-Me-Not at Camp Shankitunk in Delhi on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28. The camp provides an outlet for children and teens who have experienced the loss of a loved one to grieve in a healthy environment.

According to a media release, campers do not need to be having a difficult time at home or school to attend.

The camp is open to all school-aged children and teens in Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties who have experienced the loss of a loved one. All associated camp services including lunch and snacks are provided.

Registration is required by April 21. Call Camp Director Rod Roberts at 607-432-5525 for more information and an application form.

Earth Day project to involve cleaning

OAKS CREEK — An Earth Day project will be held by Otsego Land Trust at 2 p.m. Monday, April 22. The Greenough Road Conservation Area at 289 Greenough Road at the DEC Public Access sign will be prepared for the upcoming season.

Tools and light refreshments will be supplied to registered volunteers.

Greenough Road Conservation Area is part of OLT’s “The Blueway,” a series of OLT protected lands that are open for public access and offer outdoor recreations, including hiking, fishing, paddling and birding.

Register by calling Becky at 607-547-2366, ext. 108, or emailing her at

Unused snow days to be taken by MCS

MILFORD — Milford Central School will use its four unused snow days and will not have school on Monday and Tuesday, April 22 and 23 and Thursday and Friday, May 23 and 24. 

Independence Day plans moving ahead

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — The committee planning the annual Fourth of July parade and celebration in Springfield Center will meet at 7 p.m. April 23, at the Springfield Center Community Center at 129 County Road 29A.

Local nonprofit organizations wishing to participate with fundraising activities or displays are asked to have two representatives attend committee meetings.

The 105th annual parade will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 4, in Springfield Center. Individuals, families, groups, businesses and organizations may participate.

Parade entry forms and more information will be made available by emailing or calling committee chair Debra Miller at 315-858-0304.

Church to sponsor rummage, bake sale

FLY CREEK — A rummage and bake sale will be held at the Fly Creek Methodist Church on county Route 26 from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, April 26. A $2 bag sale will follow from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27.

UM Church to host roast pork dinner

COOPERSTOWN — A roast pork dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Cooperstown United Methodist Church. In addition to roast pork, the menu will include, southern potato casserole, buttered carrots, spinach salad, coleslaw, applesauce, Heidelberg dinner rolls, apple pie and pumpkin upside-down cake. Dinners will be $12 for adults and $6 for children. Takeout orders will be available anytime during dinner. The church is at 66 Chestnut St. at the corner of Glen Avenue in Cooperstown. The building is handicapped-accessible


Book collection planned at library

COOPERSTOWN — The Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown will collect used books from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27. Book donations may be taken to the Fair Street entrance of the village office building during those hours and those hours only. The collection will take place in the hallway.

Donated books should be in good, usable condition. Reference books, textbooks, moldy and crumbling books, used coloring books, and outdated travel books will not be accepted.

Books should not be left at the entrance to the library.

The book collection is in preparation for the annual outdoor summer book sale scheduled for June 29 to July 7. Proceeds will benefit the Village Library of Cooperstown.


Workshop for voters to be presented

PORTLANDVILLE — The Leagues of Women Voters of the Cooperstown and Oneonta Areas will present the workshop “A User’s Guide for Local Democracy: Skill-Building for Active Organizations and Individuals” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 pm. Saturday, April 27, at Springbrook’s Family Engagement Center at its Portlandville campus on state Route 28.

Designed to build one’s skills and confidence when planning and hosting meetings and events for the public and members of organizations, speakers and panelists will cover moderating debates and public events and managing diverse perspectives and building consensus.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken at the door for refreshments.

Complete the required preregistration by downloading the form at

Contact Maureen Murray at 607-547-2853 or for more information.


Head count wanted for awards ceremony

COOPERSTOWN — This year’s Scholastic Awards Ceremony at Cooperstown High School will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in Sterling Auditorium. Proper attire is requested. Anyone planning to attend the event that honors students for their scholastic achievements is asked to register by calling the office at 607-547-8181, by Monday, April 29.


Springfield Sprouts to begin April 30

PORTLANDVILLE — Springbrook Sprouts, a free program for children of all abilities ages 2 to 7, will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Springbrook’s main campus on state Route 28 in Portlandville. The group will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks.

According to a media release, the program will introduce basic athletic skills to children while creating opportunities to make new friends and learn about key aspects of athletics including sportsmanship and teamwork. As further stated in the release, the program is presented in a safe, supportive environment and instruction will emphasize acceptance and inclusion.

Contact Springbrook Athletics Coordinator Nicole Sokolowski at for more information and to register.


Vendors wanted for Rotary event

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Rotary Club is seeking vendor participation for its sixth annual Spring Fling scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Clark Sports Center.

Anyone Interested is requested to email Vendor Chair Vicki Gates at for an application before May 1.


Mexican cuisine to be served May 4

COOPERSTOWN — The Living Waters for the World team at Cooperstown First Presbyterian Church at 25 Church St. in Cooperstown, will sponsor a Mexican-themed fundraising dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

“Plato tipico,” a set plate including chips and salsa, tamale, taco, rice, re-fried beans, salad, dessert and a beverage will be available to adults for $15 and $10 for children 10 and younger.

Gabrielle Bailey will provide Mexican desserts. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available.

All proceeds will go to the Living Waters next service trip to Honduras in January, 2020.

Call 607-547-8401 for more information.


Rabies clinic set at animal shelter

HYDE PARK — The Otsego County Department of Public Health will sponsor a rabies clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Susquehanna SPCA at 4841 State Highway 28 in Hyde Park for dogs, cats and fettets. Call 607-547-4230 for more information and to register.


Fitting station available locally

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center offers a nationally-certified car seat fitting station overseen by the State of New York. Car seat technicians at Bassett Medical Center work in collaboration with its Trauma Services Program to bring the service to residents to improve their child’s safety and to protect them in the event of a car accident.

According to information provided in a media release from Bassett citing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. In 2016, 38% of children killed in car crashes were unrestrained; further, 74 to 90% of all car seats are used incorrectly.

A child unrestrained could be ejected from the vehicle if involved in a collision, or a child not properly restrained could end up tangled or stuck in their car seat. Proper car seat use reportedly reduces the risk of injury or death to a child in the event of a car accident.

The car seat fitting station is open seven days a week by appointment only.


Donations sought for spring art bazaar

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association is accepting fine art and craft donations for its upcoming “Spring Cleaning Art Bazaar,” a yard sale style fundraiser.

According to a media release, the event is designed to make artwork affordable for everyone. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from May 11 to 15.

Proceeds will benefit CAA and its prize fund for artists.

Donations are being accepted through May 1. Anyone interested in donating is asked to call the CAA at 607-547-9777.

CAA galleries are at 22 Main St. on the corner of Main and Fair streets in Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9777 or visit for more information.


Yard Sale Day set for June 1

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Community Yard Sale Day will be Saturday, June 1.

According to a media release, village residents may participate for a $15 fee. Participants will be listed on a map for distribution, receive a yard sale sign, be included in any promotions and automatically registered with the village clerk’s office.

Applications are available online at or may be requested by emailing or calling 607-547-5256. The deadline for inclusion on the map listing and in any promotions is Friday, May 17. The application is also available on Facebook at Cooperstown Yard Sale Day where participants may complete and submit it online or download a form to print and mail.

Checks should be made payable to Cooperstown Yard Sale Day and mailed to Rich McCaffery at P.O. Box 483, Cooperstown, NY 13326. The $15 fee covers expenses and ensures continuation of the sale.

Signs may be picked up from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home parking lot at 82 Chestnut St.


Art scholarships open to students

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Art Association art scholarships are available to students planning to pursue art at the college level who will graduate from any Clark Scholarship-eligible school districts in 2019. Up to $1,400 in awards will be provided.

Eligible schools include Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, Laurens, Milford, Milford BOCES, Morris, Mount Markham, Owen D. Young, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Worcester. Homeschooled students living within those school districts are also eligible for the scholarship.

There is no application fee. Applicants should provide a five-piece portfolio that represents their work. Artwork may be delivered, provided on a flash drive, or emailed to

Entries must include a numbered list that corresponds to the images in portfolios with titles and mediums, as well as the application form. All submissions must be at the CAA before the 4 p.m. June 4 deadline. Portfolios will be juried by Martha Greenbank Sharer, a local artist and former art instructor.

Applications have been sent to participating schools. Students should check with their art teacher or guidance counselor, or call CAA at 607-547-9777 for more information.

Applications are available online at and may be emailed to the CAA at The Cooperstown Art Association is at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.


Project Prom seeks financial support

Project Prom for the Cooperstown High School Class of 2019 will be celebrated May 10. The 30-year community tradition promotes safety and features food, fun activities and entertainment.

Community members, parents, educators and local businesses provide funding for Project Prom, which is free for students. This year’s appeal for funds has begun. Those who would like to support Project Prom may mail checks payable to CFEE, with Project Prom in the subject line, to Project Prom, c/o Ray Holohan, CPA, 211 Main St., Cooperstown, NY 13326.


Call fundraising co-chair Peg Odell at 607- 544-1123 for more information.


Craft vendors wanted for festival in June

Applications are being accepted for the 40th annual Friendship Craft Festival sponsored by the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in Spring Park at 27 E. Main Street in Richfield Springs.

Applications are available along with more information online at or by calling Lani King at 315-858-9451.


Class of ‘94 award open to CCS seniors

The class of 1994 at Cooperstown Central School is seeking applicants for this year’s Christina Wayman Selan Award, named for a classmate who lost her nine-year battle with Hodgkin’s Disease on April 3, 2007. Scholarship applications are available to seniors in the guidance office.

According to a media release, the award will be presented to a Cooperstown senior who most embodies Selan’s moral character, leadership, motivation and sportsmanship. Last year’s recipient, Grace LaCates, received a $500 award as did Megan Lohan in 2017.

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 is seeking 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 serves as their big buddy.

Big buddies spend at least four hours each month with their little buddy for a minimum of one year engaging in mutually agreed upon activities.

The program also includes group activities from eight to 10 times a year where big and little buddies may go to the movies, sporting events, museums, or bowling, hiking, etc., or perform a type of community service.

Activities are structured to encompass at least one educational, one cultural, one community service and one recreational event.

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.

Contact Cooperstown Food Pantry executive director Stacey Smith at 547-8902 or for more information.


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. For more information, call 607-432-0061.