Food distribution set for the month

LAURENS — St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Laurens will sponsor its monthly free drive-thru food distribution for area families in need of a helping hand at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19.

Motorists should enter the church parking lot along the driveway next to the Laurens Post Office on Brook Street.

Masked and gloved church members will continue to pass bagged food through vehicle windows until the supply is gone.

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. 

Folk music duo to perform Saturday

SPRINGFIELD — The sounds of rural America will be explored when Robin & Linda Williams perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Hyde Hall at Glimmerglass State Park in Springfield.

According to a media release, the audience will hear the vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar driven arrangements of the Virginia-based husband-and-wife duo whose past appearances include the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and weekly radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion.

The folk musicians will also be celebrating their latest album, Better Day A-Coming, released on July 30.

Tickets, at $20 for adults and $15 for youths 10 to 17, are available at www.eventbrite.com/o/hyde-hall-33317264655.

Grange to sponsor chicken barbecue

PIERSTOWN — Pierstown Grange will have its annual summer chicken barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 21. The takeout only event will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Grange at 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Road.

The $12 dinners will include a half chicken, macaroni salad, coleslaw, corn on the cob, roll, and cupcake. Half chickens will be $8 each. Patrons are requested to pay the exact amount. Proceeds will benefit the Grange Hall Improvement Fund.

Call 607-264-3069 for information.

Volunteers needed for creek work day

MORRIS — The Butternut Valley Alliance will sponsor a community cleanup of Calhoun Creek in Morris on Saturday, Aug. 21.

According to a media release, recent flooding left yards of plastic hay-bale covering in the creek. The clean up is an effort to mitigate the environmental hazard posed by plastic.

Interested volunteers should report to the Morris Central School parking lot at 9:30 a.m.

BVA recommends participants wear sturdy shoes, preferably waterproof, gloves, sunscreen and bug repellent. Equipment such as dirt rakes and clippers would be helpful.

Water will be provided for participants, who are asked to bring their own refillable water bottles.

Contact Maggie Brenner at brenner_maggie@yahoo.com or 607-263-5218 for more information.

Music Festival postpones concerts

COOPERSTOWN — The recent spike in COVID-19 cases has resulted in a decision by the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival to postpone its August and September concerts.

Ticket holders may receive refunds or donate the cost of their tickets to fund future initiatives.

Festival Founder and Artistic Director Linda Chesis said in a media release that she and the festival artists were heartbroken about the development and were looking forward to rescheduling the concerts when it is deemed safe to gather indoors.

Visit Cooperstownmusicfest.org for more information.

Area church to sell barbecued chicken

BURLINGTON — The First Baptist Church of Burlington will sell barbecued chicken halves for $8 each from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, or until sold out. Proceeds will support the church’s general fund.

Masks will be required for patrons who aren’t fully vaccinated along with social distancing for all.

The church is at 2225 County Highway 16 in Burlington at the corner of county Highway 16 and state Route 80.

Family Farm Day set for Aug. 28

The ninth annual Family Farm Day will provide a view into family farm communities in the county of Schoharie, Otsego and Delaware as 40 farms open their facilities for tours, rides and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.

According to a media release, the behind-the-scenes adventure will allow participants to experience farm life firsthand as well as see where their food comes from and participate in free hands-on activities.

Farm-to-table producers specializing in maple sugaring, fruit and vegetable production, bee keeping, cider pressing, wool processing and dairy production including bottling milk and making cheese will all be included.

Pets will not be not allowed on farms. Coolers and insulated grocery bags are encouraged for those who plan to purchase products. Visitors are to remain in designated areas while on farms and respect any COVID health and safety protocols that may be in place.

Family Farm Day is produced by CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties and CCE Delaware County. It is made possible in part by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Great Western Catskills, Destination Marketing for Otsego County Tourism and Schoharie County Tourism, Otsego County Government, and participating sponsors and farms.

More information about Family Farm Day is available in the 2021 Farm Guide and online at FamilyFarmDay.org. The print version of the Farm Guide is available from Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in Cobleskill, Cooperstown or Hamden, as well as at participating farms, farmers’ markets, libraries and visitor centers.

Event to showcase region’s writers

CHERRY VALLEY — Members of the Central NY Writers Workshop will read from their works at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at Windfall Dutch Barn at 2009 Clinton Road in Cherry Valley.

Invited readers include Terry Berkson, Robert Bensen, Hilda Wilcox, Ginnah Howard, Bertha Rogers, Julia Suarez, Mary Anne Whelan,

Ann Posanzer, Susan Fantl Spivack and Margaret Bryant.

Masks are required. The event is free. Donations will be accepted and used for the upkeep of the barn.

Visit windfalldutchbarn.com or call Paul Lamar at 518-992-2976 for more information.

Art by the Lake moved to October

COOPERSTOWN — Fenimore Art Museum has postponed its annual Art by the Lake event from Saturday, Aug. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 2.

According to a media release, the decision to postpone was made because of the current resurgence of COVID-19 in the region.

Visit FenimoreArt.org for updates.

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.

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.

Wednesday concerts continue in park

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Concerts in the Park will continue 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. 18: New Horizons Barbershop Chorus and Quartets

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 in July and August.

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

Remaining concerts include:

Aug. 24: Eileen and Shirley with Tom Burr

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.

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 their website at www.cullenpumpkinfarm.com.

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

Ommegang Fridays fill air with music

MIDDLEFIELD — 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 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., 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.

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