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. 

Chicken barbecue set for Saturday

PIERSTOWN — Pierstown Grange will have its annual chicken barbecue on Saturday Aug. 17, at the Grange Hall at 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Road, north of Cooperstown. Take county Route 28, Pierstown Road, from state Route 80.

Serving will begin at 4:30 p.m. Adult dinners will be $12, half chickens only will be $7. Dinners for children younger than 12 will be $7. Takeout service will be available.

Call 607-264-3069 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. 

Barbecue selections to be sold Sunday

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Drive-through, takeout Brooks’ Bar-B-Q chicken and rib dinners will be available from noon until sold out Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Church of Christ Uniting at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs.

Customers will enter the church’s circular drive way, place orders from their vehicles and proceed to a pickup point.

Chicken dinners are $11 and include a chicken half, roasted potatoes, baked beans, roll with butter and cookie. Chicken halves may be purchased for $8 each. Rib dinners with the same offerings are $14. An order of ribs is $11.

Proceeds will benefit youth programming at the Richfield Springs Community Center.

Call 315-858-3200 for more information.

Walking tour set along area river

UNADILLA FORKS — Five historic buildings and sites along the Unadilla River in Otsego County will be open to the public during a walking tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.

Sponsored by the Upper Unadilla Valley Association, the tour will include Unadilla Forks Baptist Church, near the intersection of Forks Road and county Highway 18; Town of Plainfield Courthouse, a former school academy on county Highway 18A; the Dale and Jeanne Gates residence on County Highway 18B; David and Linda Denham residence at the corner of Sunset Lane and county Highway 18; and Unadilla Forks Dam on county Highway 18. A representative will be available to discuss the dam’s history, answer questions and share photos.

A tour booklet will be available at the church, where the tour will begin and parking is available. It will serve as the admission ticket to all five sites. The cost is $5. Anyone 12 and younger will be admitted for free. Signs will be posted in front of each tour location. A book about the area, “Unadilla Forks Remembered,” will be available for $40.

Celebration planned at new shelter site

COOPERSTOWN — The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will host a public celebration from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at 5088 State Highway 28 in Cooperstown to mark the groundbreaking of the future site of its planned animal shelter and adjoining campus.

Cookies and punch will be served and the event will feature pet-centered activities. All those attending are encouraged to bring their own leashed pets. Adoptable dogs and cats will also be there.

Call 607-547-8111, ext. 108, for more information.

Area writers to be featured

CHERRY VALLEY — Poets and fiction writers of the Central New York Writers Workshop will read from their works at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Windfall Dutch Barn at 2009 Clinton Road in Cherry Valley.

Area poets and writers scheduled to participate include Paul Lamar, Hilda Wilcox, Terry Berkson, Bob Bensen, Ginnah Howard, Julie Suarez Hayes, Bertha Rogers, Sue Spivack, Mary Ann Whelan, Linda Greenwald and Margaret Bryant. Each reading will last about six or seven minutes.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Contributions toward the upkeep of the Barn will be welcomed.

Email Paul Lamar at erle45@yahoo.com for more information.

Helpers needed at waste collection day

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego County Conservation Association is coordinating volunteers to assist at Otsego County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day collection in September.

Volunteers are needed to help with latex paint recycling, directing traffic; assisting with unloading cars; sorting recyclable paints from other materials; opening and stirring paints; flattening cardboard and collecting other materials.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The early shift for volunteers will be from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and the late shift will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Call Jeff O’Handley at 607-282-4087 for more information and to register, or use the online form at occainfo.org.

Exhibit created with ball season 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.

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 HMcAdams@delop.org 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 www.cooperstownfoodpantry.org. 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 directorcfp@gmail.com for more information.

  

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.