Final concert set for Spring Park

RICHFIELD SPRINGS —  Jon Liebing will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, in Spring Park on U.S. Route 20 in Richfield Springs. 

Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets. Liebing’s performance will be the last in the summer series of concerts in the park. 

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

Garage Sale Day set for Saturday

FLY CREEK — The annual Fly Creek Community Day Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28. Participants are requested to sign up at the Fly Creek General Store or by calling 607-547-8321.

Participants who mail a $5 donation to the Fly Creek Area Historical Society, Box 87, Fly Creek, NY 13337, will be included in a map of sale locations.

Anyone interested in setting up on the society’s lawn at 210 Cemetery Road in Fly Creek may do so for a $10 fee.

Signs, balloons and maps may be picked up at the FCAH building on Friday, Aug. 27.

Maps will be available at the Fly Creek General Store on sale day.

Refreshments and beverages will be served at the FCAHS building starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Lunch will also be served and will include hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, cookies and drinks.

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

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

SALT SPRINGVILLE — 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 Salt Springville.

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

Auditions set for upcoming play

Bigger Dreams Productions will have open auditions for its May production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, in the production center at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center at 24 Market St. in Oneonta.

According to a media release, actresses from 12 to 50 and actors from 16 to 60 are needed.

No preparation is necessary. Sides will be provided. Video auditions will be accepted through Saturday, Aug. 28.

Email for information on submitting a video audition.

Summer concerts at Lakefront to end

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Lakefront Concert Series will close out its season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, with Rickety Fence.

Concert goers are encouraged to bring folding chairs, blankets and picnic suppers to Lakefront Park at 1 Pioneer S

Registration opens for Alzheimer’s Walk

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Northeastern New York chapter will host its 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Sept. 26, in Oneonta’s Neahwa Park.

Check in at 1 p.m. will be followed by an opening ceremony at 2 p.m.

According to a media release, Walk Day participants will honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with a Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies solidarity in the fight against the disease, presenters said in a media release.

The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent not only the human connection to Alzheimer’s but personal reasons to end the disease as well.

Each flower has a color and each color has a meaning: orange to represent support for the cause; purple to symbolize a loved one lost to the disease; yellow to denote a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia; blue to indicate someone living with it.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is reportedly the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The fundraising goal for this year’s Oneonta walk is $33,250.

As further stated in the release, plans are moving forward to host the Oneonta walk in person. Safety protocols, including physical distancing, masks (where required), contactless registration and hand sanitizing stations, will be implemented. Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.

Visit for more information and to register as an individual walker or team captain.

Vendors, volunteers sought for festival

SHARON SPRINGS — The Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce is seeking craft and food vendors for its Harvest Festival scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Sept. 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the event.

According to a media release, organizers are working closely with the Schoharie County Department of Health with regard to COVID attendance guidelines and health regulations.

Interested vendors and volunteers may visit or call 518-860-5513 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 for updates on all museum events and programs.

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.

Local author to be hosted at library

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — The Springfield Library at 129 County Highway 129A in Springfield Center will host local author Terry Berkson for a free afternoon of reading and refreshment at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18.

Call 315-858-5802 to register.

Email Hanna at for more information.

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, 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

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 for more information.

Vendors sought for fall craft fair

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Applications are still 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

Visit, e-mail, or call Carla at 315-858-1451 for more information and an application.

Fire Pit Fridays to come to an end

MIDDLEFIELD — Brewery Ommegang’s Fire Pit Fridays  will come to an end Friday, Aug. 27, with Glass Pony. The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. outside the 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.

COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

Brewery Ommegang is at 656 County Highway 33 in Middlefield.

Visit 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. 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 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 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 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 information about the sites.

Call 607-547-2536, ext. 231 or email 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

Help available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Homebound seniors 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 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 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 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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