Red Cross to have blood drive Tuesday

COOPERSTOWN — A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, at St. Mary’s Parish Center at 31 Elm St. in Cooperstown. The Red Cross will return to St. Mary’s from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, for another blood drive.

Visit for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Fly Creek Historical to elect officers

FLY CREEK— The Fly Creek Area Historical Society will have its annual election of officers on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at its building on Cemetery Road. Because of coronavirus pandemic-related restrictions, there will be no covered dish dinner and the time will be moved from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m.

All who attend are asked to wear a mask and keep socially distant.

A business meeting and election of officers will be held. The building is not open and the meeting will be held outside. Call 607-547-9334 for more information.

Falling Footsteps set for Aug. 29

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Falling Footsteps, a fun in the mud 5K and one-mile walk, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, at Richfield Springs Sportsmen’s Club at 1497 County Highway 25 in Richfield Springs.

According to a media release, part of the 21st annual Route 20 Road Challenge, the event will include a 5k cross country trail run with water, mud and hills. A scenic one-mile walk will also be offered. The run will start at 9 a.m. The walk will start at 9:05 a.m.

Preregistration is $15 and registration on Aug. 29 will be $20.

The deadline to register online at is Aug. 27. Hard copy registration must be postmarked by Aug. 19 and may be downloaded at Registration on Aug. 29, will be from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.

All safety guidelines will be strictly followed according to event organizers. Participants in each category will be limited to the first 50 registered runners/walkers. Those younger than 18 must have guardian-signed permission to participate.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group. All registrants will receive a beverage glass.

Proceeds will benefit programming at the Richfield Springs Community Center. 

League updates its guide for voters

COOPERSTOWN — The League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area has released an updated online voter guide. It is available at

According to a media release, the guide is based on candidate responses to two questionnaires, one sent in the beginning of 2020, and one sent last month. The new questionnaire included issues brought up at the March candidates forum as well as topics related to COVID-19 and its impact on Cooperstown. Questionnaires were sent to each trustee candidate and Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh.

VOTE411 is described as a one-stop-shop for election information and provides tools to help people navigate the voting process. VOTE411 also includes voter registration tools, polling place locations and other Election Day information.

The election is open to all village residents who are registered to vote. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 4. Voters may register at the Otsego County Board of Elections in Suite 2 of Meadows office building at 140 County Highway 33W in Phoenix Mills. Registration information is also available at

Absentee ballots are available from Village Clerk Teri Barown at the village office at 22 Main St. by calling 607-547-2411 or visiting Those who want to vote absentee because of concerns about COVID 19, should check “illness” and write “COVID” as the reason for absentee voting. Absentee ballot applications must be mailed no later than Sept. 8 or delivered no later than Sept. 14. The ballot must be delivered no later than the close of polls on the day of election.

Polls will be open from noon until 9 p.m. at the Cooperstown Fire Hall at 24 Chestnut St. on Election Day, Sept. 15.

Library enters first phase of reopening

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — Springfield Library, at 129 County Road 29A in Springfield Center, has entered the first phase of a planned reopening and is offering a contactless check-out procedure. Patrons who order books online will go to the library from 10 a.m. until noon Thursday or Saturday to get them. The book drop is also open for returns.

Visit or call at 315-858-5082 for more information.

Spa library fully operational again

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Richfield Springs Public Library at 102 W. Main St. in Richfield Springs is fully operational again. Appointments are no longer needed to visit the library.

The library is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. until noon Saturdays.

Call 315-858-0230 or visit for more information. 

Virtual run/walk to benefit center

COOPERSTOWN — The “One Too Many NY 5K,” a virtual run/walk, will be sponsored by the Otsego County Child Advocacy Center from Sept. 17 to 20.

According to a media release, the event was created to provide a safe way for individuals to get moving by jogging, walking, skipping or even dancing, while staying apart and practicing social distancing; all in support of the Otsego County Child Advocacy Center.

The $35 entry fee includes an event T-shirt, bib and a chance to win prizes.

The availability to register will be at until Aug. 22.

Contact 607-547-1770,, or #OneTooManyNY5K for more information.

Gardeners wanted for CCE program

Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Delaware, Herkimer, Schoharie and Otsego Counties are seeking applicants to participate in the Master Gardener volunteer program.

According to a media release, the Master Gardener Volunteer Program is open to anyone with a genuine interest in flora and food gardening and a willingness to share their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm with constituents in his/her local communities.

Classes that accommodate Zoom conferencing will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays from Sept. 21 to March 15.

Trainees may participate from home or from respective CCE county offices while observing C-19 safety protocols. Participants will need access to a computer with audio and camera components for interactive discussions. The cost is $150 per person, including all materials. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 21, and will be followed by a personal interview.

Contact David Cox at 518-234-4303, ext.111, or for more information.

Visit for a position description and application.

Volunteers needed for plant removal

SPRINGFIELD — The Otsego County Conservation Association is looking for volunteers to help with the removal of European frog-bit, an invasive aquatic plant said to have the capability of disrupting local ecosystems.

According to a media release, last year a small population was discovered on Clarke Pond in Springfield.

Volunteers are needed who don’t mind getting wet, muddy and possibly a few leech bites as they search for and remove the plant before it can spread to Otsego Lake or other water bodies. Training will be provided.

Contact Jeff O’Handley at for information and to volunteer.

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 On the designated delivery day, customers may pick up their orders at one of six drop sites in Schoharie and Otsego counties. Visit for more informtion about the sites.

Call 607-547-2536, ext. 231 or email for more information about SourceWhatsGood.

Operations resume at Convenient Care

COOPERSTOWN — 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

Juried photo contest to focus on nature

The third annual juried photo contest for the Upper Delaware River region, open to professional and amateur photographers, is underway by Delaware Highlands Conservancy.

According to a media release, “Nature Heals: Restore, Renew, Reconnect” invites photographers to capture nature-inspired photos in landscape, wildlife, macro or water. New this year is a youth category for photographers younger than 18. Without disturbing or harming any creature or its habitat, photographers are challenged to be creative in showcasing the diverse wildlife, plants and places of the region.

Photos will be judged on creativity, originality, composition, clarity, quality and impact.

Photographers may submit entries until Aug. 31. Winning photos will be chosen by a panel of judges, along with one People’s Choice, and will be hung at the ARTery gallery in Milford, Pennsylvania.

Photographers may submit no more than two photos to the contest. Entrants must agree to the official rules and submit a $10 entry fee to be eligible. Youth entries are free.

Email or visit for more information.

Help for renters available to eligible

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego County Board of Representatives has authorized a $200,000 COVID-19 Emergency Rental Relief Program to assist eligible resident-renters facing financial hardship as a result of layoff, reduced employment, or non-retention by their seasonal employer.

According to a media release, the program will provide rental payments for three consecutive months directly to landlords on behalf of eligible households. The program will be implemented by Otsego Rural Housing Assistance Inc., in collaboration with the Otsego County Planning Department. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Criteria for eligibility will include annual household incomes as of the application date. Annual household incomes may not exceed 80% of the county median. Examples would be $43,600 for a household of two or $49,050 for a household of three.

Applicants must provide documentation of job loss arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This could include a layoff notice, notice of reduced hours or physician’s letter. The layoff or job loss must have occurred on or subsequent to March 13. Applicant-renters must also have a written lease agreement with the property owner which states the monthly rental amount – utility payments are not covered. Tenants and landlords must sign written agreements attesting to the terms and conditions of the assistance.

Full eligibility information is available along with application forms from ORHA at P.O. Box 189, Milford NY 13807, 607-286-724), or

Help available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Seniors who are unable or reluctant to go out because of COVID-19, and who need groceries or medications may call 607-547-2213 or email 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 is offering free bereavement counseling to anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a media release, counseling will be 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.

The free telephone and video grief counseling service available during the pandemic will transition to a sliding fee scale and sessions where counselors and individuals will meet together once normalcy resumes.

Contact Alisha Rule at 607-432-5525 or or visit 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 for more information and to volunteer.

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. Call 607-432-0061 for more information.

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