Lake organization sets annual meeting

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego Lake Association will have its annual gathering at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, on Zoom.* 

Among the items to be discussed will be invasive species in Otsego Lake and scientific updates including one on Otsego’s fully-automated research buoy north of Five Mile Point.

A talk titled “When Natty Bumppo and the Mohican Traversed Otsego Lake” will be presented by Cooperstown Graduate Program Professor of Material Culture Cindy Falk.

All lake lovers are welcome to attend.

Visit www.otsegolakeassociation.org for more information and a link to the video conference.

Drive-thru event to benefit youths

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — A drive-thru, takeout only sale of Brooks’ chicken and ribs will be held from noon until sold out Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Church of Christ Uniting, 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs.

Proceeds will benefit youth programming at Richfield Springs Community Center.

Chicken halves will be sold for $8 and an order of ribs will be $11.

Customers are instructed to enter the circular drive way, place an order from their vehicle and then proceed to the pickup point.

Area library to hear thoughts on internet

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — Springfield Library, was recently awarded a $3,000 national grant for its participation in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association initiative in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

According to a media release, the money will be used to help host an upcoming meeting to discuss broadband internet access in the Springfield community, something that 21% of the residents in the community reportedly don’t have. Conversation will focus on how internet access is perceived and how it may be improved.

Staff will first take an online course in how to lead conversations. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20.

The library is at 129 County Road 29A in Springfield Center. An agenda is available at https://tinyurl.com/5davut4b. Call 315-858-5802 for more information and to register to attend. 

Falling Footsteps run/walk to be held

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Falling Footsteps Road Edition 5K and 1 Mile Walk to be held Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Richfield Springs Community Center at 6 Ann St. in Richfield Springs, is taking early registrations.

According to a media release, the event, part of the 22nd annual Route 20 Road Challenge, will feature a 5K run on country roads.

The run will start at 9 a.m. The walk will start at 9:05 a.m. 

Advance registration fees will be $15 for the 5K and $12 for the walk. Those interested in participating may visit www.runsignup.com/RSCCroads to register by Aug. 26. A form is also available for printing at www.richfieldspringscommunitycenter.org. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Aug. 18. 

Registration on race day, will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and the fees will increase to $20 for the 5K and $15 for the walk. 

Post-event hot dogs, chips and water will be available by donation.

The latest CDC guidelines will be followed with regard to COVID-19.

All registered runners and walkers will receive a commemorative beverage glass.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three 5K finishers in a number of age groups. 

Proceeds will benefit programming at the Richfield Springs Community Center.

Trip to Lancaster offered in October

Susquehanna Valley Seniors will sponsor a trip to the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area on Friday, Oct. 22, that will include shopping, dining and a matinee performance of the Biblical production “Queen Esther” at Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre.

A motorcoach will leave the American Legion in Milford at 6 a.m. and will pick-up passengers at Price Chopper Plaza in Oneonta at 6:30 a.m. Lunch, at 11:30 a.m. at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl featuring Pennsylvania Dutch specialties, will be followed by the matinee in Strasburg.

The motorcoach will depart for the return trip around 5:30 p.m. and is expected to be in Oneonta at 11 p.m. and Milford at 11:30 p.m.

The cost of the trip is $175 per person. Reservations may be made with Linda Martinez at 607-434-1054. Checks payable to SVSC are to be received by her at 131 Dorr Edison Road, Oneonta, NY 13820 no later than Sept. 17.

Native Daughters to meet for lunch

COOPERSTOWN — The Native Daughters of Cooperstown will have its annual meeting and luncheon at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on Lake Street in Cooperstown from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. Seating will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The cost of the luncheon is $26. Annual dues are $5.

Eligibility requires that women were born in Cooperstown or within a 10 mile radius and are at least 50 years old or have lived in Cooperstown or within a 10 mile radius for at least 50 years. Those who know of anyone interested in attending are asked to call a committee member at 607-547-2612 or 607-547-9334.

Wednesday concerts continue in park

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Concerts in the Park will continue to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in Spring Park on U.S. Route 20 in Richfield Springs until Aug. 25.

According to a media release, sponsored by the Richfield Springs Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Village of Richfield Springs, the free concerts will be held in the park’s historic bandstand. Attendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket. In the event of inclement weather, every effort will be made to reschedule the concert and when repairs to the park pavilion are completed, concerts will be held there.

Following is a schedule for the remaining concerts: Aug. 11: Double Chase with Matt and Thelma; Aug. 18: New Horizons Barbershop Chorus and Quartets; and Aug. 25: Jon Liebing

Call Judie Stone at 315-858-0964 for more information.

Summer concerts set at Lakefront

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Lakefront Concert Series has returned with free live music from the bandstand at Lakefront Park at 1 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through August.

Concert goers are encouraged to bring folding chairs, blankets and picnic suppers.

Remaining concerts are Aug. 17: Barn Paint Blue; Aug. 24: Eileen and Shirley with Tom Burr; and Aug. 31: Rickety Fence

Themed train rides to resume in Milford

MILFORD — The Spirit of the Old West Robbery Train will depart from Milford Depot at 136 E. Main St. in Milford at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, and Oct. 9, on the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad.

Fall Foliage excursions will be offered at 1 p.m. Sept. 19, 25 and 26; and Oct. 2, 3, 10 and 11.

A Pumpkin Patch train is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24.

The Santa Express will run at 1 p.m. Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; and the North Pole Express will depart at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. 11, and 18.

Passengers will be required to wear masks all times while on board for their protection and that of the crew.

Reservations and prepayment are required and may be made online at www.cooperstowntrain.com.

Call 607-432-2429 for more information.

Center benefits from bass tourney

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The annual Bass Fishing Tournament sponsored recently on Canadarago Lake by the Richfield Springs Community Center drew 66 anglers and 32 boats, some from as far as the Carolinas and New Jersey. According to event organizer and Community Center Director Bill Kosina, the event raised $1,200 for the center. Next year’s tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 16. 

Events for seniors held twice weekly

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Senior Community Center is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the red building behind St. Mary’s Church at 31 Elm St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, offerings include exercises classes, card games, Mahjong, trivia, conversation and speakers on Thursdays.

A calendar of events is posted at Tops, Price Chopper and the Village Library. All COVID safety measures are followed including air filters.

Find the Center on Facebook or email coopseniorcenter@gmail.com for more information.

Vendors sought for fall craft fair

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Applications are being accepted for a craft fair to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Cullen Pumpkin Farm at 587 Cullen Road, just outside the village of Richfield Springs. The craft fair is being coordinated by the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs and will benefit its annual fundraising efforts.

According to a media release, Cullen Pumpkin Farm, a longtime family-owned business, is described as a popular fall destination that attracts visitors from a wide area. More information is available on its website at www.cullenpumpkinfarm.com.

Visit www.rschurchofchristuniting.com, email friendshipcraftfestival@yahoo.com, or call Carla at 315-858-1451 for more information and an application.

Ommegang Fridays fill air with music

MIDDLEFIELD — When it isn’t raining, Brewery Ommegang’s Fire Pit Fridays continue to fill the air with music from 7 to 10 p.m. outside its Tap House. Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets if they intend to sit on the lawn. The Tap House café will provide table service on its patio for diners. There will also be an outdoor bar and food truck available. Purchases are not required to attend.

Performing next weather permitting will be the Woodshed Prophets on Aug. 6; Gridline on Aug. 13; Without a Net on Aug. 20; and Glass Pony on Aug. 27.

COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

Brewery Ommegang is at 656 County Highway 33 in Middlefield.

Visit ommegang.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. 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

Rabies vaccines available locally

INDEX — 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., Oct. 4; and 2 to 5 p.m., 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 5082-5088 State Highway 28 in Index.

Free delivery service offered to pantry patrons

CHERRY VALLEY — The Daily Bread Food Pantry at 2 Genesee St. in Cherry Valley offers 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 free home deliver service 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. 

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 available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Homebound seniors 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 1:02 p.m. Aug. 11 to correct day of the week.

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