Scheduled paving to close cemetery

HARTWICK — Hartwick Cemetery at 3664 State Highway 205 in Hartwick will be closed for paving for five days from Saturday, Aug. 29 to Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Call Cemetery Superintendent Gerald Gage at 607-293-7334 or Secretary Ina Phillips at 607-293-7783 for more information.

Society won’t host Garage Sale Day 

FLY CREEK — Members of the Fly Creek Area Historical Society regret they will not be able to host the annual Fly Creek Garage Sale Day scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29 this year. The decision was made because of restrictions and health and safety concerns for community members and visitors related to COVID-19. 

According to a media release, Fly Creek area residents who planned to have sales on that date are encouraged to still do so. Orange FCAHS sale signs will be available outside its building at 210 Cemetery Road in Fly Creek on a picnic table. 

Cooperstown church to sponsor dinner

COOPERSTOWN — The First Baptist Church of Cooperstown at 21 Elm St. in Cooperstown will offer takeout chicken dinners from Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

Dinners will include a chicken half, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, cookie and bottled water for $12 payable by cash or check.A $1 convenience fee will be added for payment by PayPal to cover processing fees.

Preorders, strongly encouraged by Thursday, Sept. 10, may be placed by calling 607-547-9371 or emailing baptistcooperstown@gmail.com. A name, number of dinners and telephone number is required for all preorders.

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 runsignup.com/rsccmud is Aug. 27. Hard copy registration must be postmarked by Aug. 19 and may be downloaded at www.richfieldspringscommunitycenter.org. 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. 

Studio to be closed through Labor Day

COOPERSTOWN — The Smithy Clay Studio at 55 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown will be closed from Aug. 29 until after Labor Day.

According to a media release, new dates for September are posted at smithyarts.org/the-clay-studio- along with information on kiln rentals and private lessons. Bags of clay are also for sale.

Call 607-547-8671 or email Clay Studio Manager Adam Jennett at gallery@smithyarts.org for more information.

League updates guide for voters

COOPERSTOWN — The League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area has released an updated online voter guide for September’s village election. It is available at www.VOTE411.org

According to a media release, issues brought up at the March candidates forum and topics related to COVID-19 and its impact on Cooperstown are reflected in the updated guide. The guide serves as a reminder to voters regarding concerns expressed early in 2020 while candidates were allowed to respond to life in the village today and describe their visions for Cooperstown’s future. 

Three candidates are running for two trustee seats. Incumbent Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh is unopposed. 

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

Normally held in March and rescheduled because of COVID-19, 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 otsegocounty.com.

Absentee ballots will be provided by Village Clerk Teri Barown at the village office at 22 Main St. by calling 607-547-2411 or visiting cooperstownny.org. Those choosing 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.

Call for entries issued for exhibit

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association has issued a call for entries for its 2020 Essential Art, a regional juried art show.

According to a media release, all eligible artists 18 and older residing in New York state are encouraged to apply.

Works may be in any media. Single entries must be delivered to CAA between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, or Saturday, Sept. 26. Nancy Callahan and June Tyler will be the jurors.

Monetary prizes, possibly as much as $2,400, will be awarded.

Essential Art will be displayed from Oct. 2 to 30 in CAA’s galleries at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

Entry rules and the complete prospectus are available online at www.cooperstownart.com.

An annual exhibit, Essential Art was originally planned to be held earlier this year. Because of COVID-19, it was rescheduled for the fall.

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 https://tinyurl.com/ybspx3ev until Aug. 22.

Contact 607-547-1770, purdys@otsegocounty.com, 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 accommodates 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 schoharie@cornell.edu for more information.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/y6ruye2w for a position description and application.

Online food source features local items

COOPERSTOWN — SourceWhatsGood is an online farmers market available to consumers, 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.

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.

Bassett Convenient Care 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.

Juried photo contest to focus on nature

The deadline to submit entries in the third annual Delaware Highlands Conservancy juried photo contest is Aug. 31. 

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.

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 kate@delawarehighlands.org or visit https://delawarehighlands.org/photo-contest/ for more information.

Grief counseling available locally

Helios Care in Oneonta is offering free bereavement counseling to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one during the ongoing 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 alisha.rule@helioscare.org or visit www.helioscare.org/grief for more information.

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 coopseniorcenter@gmail.com. Volunteers from the Cooperstown Senior Community Center and/or Cooperstown Lions Club will assist them with their needs.

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 www.otsegoruralhousing.org.

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 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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