Contradance to feature Ramblers

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego Dance Society’s monthly contradance will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Presbyterian Church Chapel in Cooperstown.

Music will be by Uncle Joe and the Rosebud Ramblers, and the caller will be Casey Carr.

The band, from Ithaca, is led by fiddler Renee Baum. She is joined by Joe Chicone on banjo, Robin Ploss on bass, Alice Ploss providing rhythm and Mike Charnoky playng guitar. They play a mix New England fiddle tunes, old time tunes and traditional folk songs.

Carr has been a caller at dances and festivals for many years.

The suggested donation is $8 for adults and $4 for students and teenagers. Children 12 and younger may attend for free. A maximum of $20 will be charged per family The Presbyterian Church Chapel is on the corner of Pioneer and Elm streets.

Call 607-965-8232 or 607- 547-8164 visit or find the group on Facebook for more information.

Square dance to be held Friday

COOPERSTOWN — The Doubleday Dancers Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown will have its spring dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Cooperstown Elementary School on Walnut Street.

Ray Taylor will call Mainstream and Elma Taylor will Cue. Admissions is $5 per person, payable at the door.

Call 607-264-8128 or 607-547-8665 for more information.

Theme for event to be foolishness

JORDANVILLE — The Jordanville Federated Church will host the last in the series of Literary Teas at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in the social hall at 209 Main St. in Jordanville.

A traditional three-course high tea and short story readings will take place. According to a media release, foolishness is the usual theme for the tea with an annual visit to  “Tales from Le Roy, New York,” by Lynne Belluscio. The two Steve Pauls will also honor the passing of author Patrick McManus by reading his stories, “Silent But Deadly” and “The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw.”

Those who plan to attend area asked to call 315-866-3353 or 315-858-2798 so organizers know how many pots of tea and tables will be needed. A free-will offering will be taken and divided between the church and the Jordanville Public Library. The suggested donation is $9.

A new series of Literary Teas is scheduled to begin Oct. 26.

Barbecue set for Sunday afternoon

HARTWICK — The Hartwick Fire Department will sponsor a spring barbecue at its firehouse on County Route 11 from noon until sold out Sunday, April 7. Dinners will be $12 for adults and $6 for children.

Call 607-293-7530 for more information.

Masons schedule dinner for Sunday

LAURENS — An all-you-can-eat chicken-and-biscuit dinner hosted by the Laurens Masonic Lodge will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Masonic Lodge on Brook Street. The meal will include mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, jellied cranberry sauce, pickles, drinks and strawberries and ice cream. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children.

Proceeds will fund lodge functions and maintenance.

Blood drive to be held at Bassett Hall

COOPERSTOWN — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Bassett Hall auditorium at the intersection of Beaver and Pioneer streets in Cooperstown.

Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Call 607-547-3701 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointme

Mediator to speak at Woodside Hall

COOPERSTOWN — The Gathering Place at Woodside Hall at 1 Main St. in Cooperstown, will feature “What Everyone Needs to Know About Conflict Resolution” by Tom Pullyblank at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9.

Pullyblank is director of Programming at Catholic Charities Dispute Resolution Center, which serves seven counties in Upstate New York. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Pullyblank served churches in Fly Creek, Schuyler Lake and Sidney before becoming a full-time mediator. He also taught history at SUNY Oneonta and is a published author. He lives in Fly Creek with his wife and son.

Call 607-547-0600, ext. 101 for more information.

Dinners to feature chicken or ribs

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Church of Christ Uniting at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs will offer eat in or takeout barbecued chicken and rib dinners from 4 p.m. until sold out Saturday, April 13.

Chicken dinners will be $11 and rib dinners, will be $14. Half chickens will be sold for $8 and ribs only will be $11. Dinners will include scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, roll, dessert and a beverage.

Breakfast to benefit transplant patient

FLY CREEK — A pancake breakfast benefit for Mike Covert will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Fly Creek Fire Company at 832 County Highway 26 in Fly Creek.

According to presenters, Covert has been dealing with some serious health issues and is the final pre-transplant testing stage for a kidney transplant at Albany Medical Center.

Those unable to attend who wish to make a donation may make checks payable to Mike Covert and mail them to Fly Creek Fire Company, c/o Mike Covert Benefit, P.O. Box 218, Fly Creek, NY 13337.

Proceeds from the breakfast will go directly to Covert and his family.

Festival to have new, repeat events

MILFORD — Organizers of the 14th annual Earth Festival have announced the return of Movie Night, the Community Clothes Swap and document shredding along with the addition glass recycling.

Earth Festival will be held from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Milford Central School.

Movie Night, sponsored by Otsego 2000 and Glimmerglass Film Days will feature “Paris to Pittsburgh” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the upstairs ballroom at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

The Clothing Swap will be Saturday in the school cafeteria. Lightly used clothing of all kinds, without stains, tears or strong scents will displayed in the school cafeteria and anyone may take what they want. Clothing donations are being accepted and may be left at the school cafeteria.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the clothing swap may contact OCCA at 607-547-4488.

Otsego County residents may also leave glass, porcelain and ceramic products this year which will be collected in a roll-off container provided by Casella Resource Solutions. Casella will transport the material to Ruby Lake Glass in Richfield Springs, where it will be converted into sand and gravel.

Empire Recycling will provide its Confidata truck service for those who want to shred household documents from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sponsorship and exhibitor/vendor opportunities may still be available.

Visit for more information.

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.

Photographs wanted for poster contest

COOPERSTOWN — A Glimmerglass Film Days Poster Image Contest has been announced by Otsego 2000.

According to a media release, the photograph that best conveys the 2019 theme “Adaptations” will be featured in Film Days materials, including the poster, program and website.

The winning photographer will receive a cash prize of $250 and special recognition in the Film Days program.

The competition is open to professional and fine arts photographers. Submissions are limited to three per photographer.

An image taken in or near Otsego County is preferred, but not required. All photographs must be approximately 8 by 10, have a resolution of 300 dots per inch for jurying purposes and must be submitted electronically as a jpg or png file or pdf by midnight, April 9.

Entry form and submission information is available at

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.

Vendors wanted for Rotary event

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.

Craft vendors wanted for festival

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.