Area ghost stories to be shared

HARTWICK — The Otsego County Historical Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick.

Local historian and ghost tour operator Bruce Markusen will present “The Ghosts of Cooperstown and Otsego County.” According to a media release, Markusen will tell area ghost stories based on history and research at local libraries and interviews with homeowners and community members.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Call 607-547-8070 or email for more information.

Library to hold annual book sale 

HARTWICK — The 25th annual Kinney Memorial Library book sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Hartwick Community Center at 450 County Road 11 in Hartwick.

Call 607-293-6600 for more information.

Potluck planned for Aug. 10

COOPERSTOWN — A community summer potluck dinner will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church. Bringing a dish to pass is optional Drinks and dinnerware will be provided.

Golf tournament set for Saturday

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — A four-man scramble golf tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Otsego Golf Club in Springfield Center. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The $50 per player or $15 per non-player fee includes a meal.

There will also be a Chinese auction, casino hole, 50/50 raffle and face painting for kids.

Proceeds will benefit club member Kevin Fassett of East Springfield.

Email for more information.

Nature trail walk offered by OCCA

VAN HORNESVILLE — Otsego County Conservation Association has rescheduled the walk, “Otsquago Creek: Geology in Action.” Originally set for July 20, it will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11 on the nature trail at Robert D. Woodruff Outdoor Learning Center at Owen D. Young Central School in Van Hornesville. It will be led by Dr. Les Hasbargen who teaches geology and geomorphology at SUNY Oneonta.

Suitable for all ages, participants will, according to a media release, learn some basic geology and explore terraces, waterfalls and limestone caves formed over time.

Participants should meet at the parking area to the Robert D. Woodruff Outdoor Learning Center at 2316 State Highway 80 in Van Hornesville.

The program is free. Preregistration is requested.

Visit for more information.

Talk to center on South Worcester 

WORCESTER — Larry DeLong will tell the story of South Worcester, a National Historic District, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, when the Worcester Historical Society meets at 144 Main St. in Worcester. DeLong is a trustee of the society. According to a media release, South Worcester, called Adaquitangie by the Indians and Charlotte Country during Colonial times in honor of the Queen of England, is said to be one of the earliest settlements on the American frontier when a German family appeared there, perhaps in 1740, establishing homes, farms, a trading post, mill and potashery. The public is welcome to attend DeLong’s presentation. 

Flower arranging to be discussed

COOPERSTOWN — Carol Bateman Waller, owner of Mohican Flowers on Main Street in Cooperstown, will present “The Joy of Flower Arranging” at Woodside Hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Refreshments will follow. 

Monthly evening programs are free for community members. Woodside Hall is at 1 Main St. in Cooperstown. 

Contact Janet Sylvester at 607-547-0600, ext. 102, for more information. 

Fly-in breakfast to include pancakes

COOPERSTOWN — The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department will have a fly-in pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Cooperstown/Westville Airport on state Route 166, outside Cooperstown. 

All-you-can-eat pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, sausage and beverages will be available to adults for $7.50 and $5 to children younger than 12. 

Exhibit created with baseball in mind

WORCESTER — The Worcester-Schenevus Library in conjunction with the Worcester Historical Society, is displaying original memorabilia and artifacts from the sports career of Worcester resident Jim Konstanty, a Major League relief pitcher for more than a decade and National League Most Valuable Player of 1950. The exhibit, for the public, was purposefully timed with baseball season in mind.

The library at 168 Main St. in Worcester, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Call 607-397-7309 for more information.

Farmers’ market wants vendors

HARTWICK — The Hartwick Farmers’ Market is preparing for its fifth season.

Created by Gloria Waro as a community service, the market will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays from early August until fall.

Vendors bring their own tables and displays and are not charged for the use of the space.

The market is between the post office parking lot and a building Waro is renovating to open as a store.

Growers who may be planning their gardens, crafters and others who may be interested are encouraged to call Gloria at 607-293-8087 for more information and to become a vendor.

Fitting station available locally

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center offers a nationally-certified car seat fitting station overseen by the State of New York. Car seat technicians at Bassett Medical Center work in collaboration with its Trauma Services Program to bring the service to residents to improve their child’s safety and to protect them in the event of a car accident.

According to information provided in a media release from Bassett citing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. In 2016, 38% of children killed in car crashes were unrestrained; further, 74 to 90% of all car seats are used incorrectly.

A child unrestrained could be ejected from the vehicle if involved in a collision, or a child not properly restrained could end up tangled or stuck in their car seat. Proper car seat use reportedly reduces the risk of injury or death to a child in the event of a car accident.

The car seat fitting station is open seven days a week by appointment only.

Volunteers needed by Big Buddy group

The Big Buddy program is seeking 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 serves as their big buddy.

Big buddies spend at least four hours each month with their little buddy for a minimum of one year engaging in mutually agreed upon activities.

The program also includes group activities from eight to 10 times a year where big and little buddies may go to the movies, sporting events, museums, or bowling, hiking, etc., or perform a type of community service.

Activities are structured to encompass at least one educational, one cultural, one community service and one recreational event.

Contact Heather McAdams at 607-746-1746 or for more information and to volunteer.

Backpack Program sponsors needed

The Cooperstown Food Pantry is seeking sponsors for its Backpack Program that benefits children in the Cooperstown Central School District. According to a media release, a monthly sponsorship of $20 will provide a student with a backpack full of food each Friday for the weekend. Backpacks are filled with kid-friendly meals and snacks and fresh fruit.

Each year, the Backpack Program serves about 50 children who attend Cooperstown’s elementary and junior-senior high schools. Donations may be made online at Checks may be mailed to Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church St., Cooperstown, NY 13326. Write Backpack Program in the subject line of the check.

Contact Cooperstown Food Pantry executive director Stacey Smith at 547-8902 or for more information.


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.