Shelter to host holiday event

HYDE PARK — The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has designed an event to bring families together in celebration of the holidays.

According to a media release, Holiday Treats will feature sugar cookie house decorating kits with sections to build a house or animal shelter; a cat, dog and trees; frosting, colored sugar and sprinkles.

The kits must be reserved by Monday, Dec. 7 and will be ready for pick-up from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. SQSPCA mascots Sylvester and Max will deliver the kits car-side.

“We really wanted to do something special this holiday season that would not only help create awareness of our adoptable animals but would also feature an activity that was fun and a little bit different for families,” SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes said in the release. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the shelter.

The event has been made possible in part by Vincent and Rebekah Hopkins, the husband and wife baking team of Freestyle Confections in Worcester.

Decorating kits may be reserved by calling 607-547-8111, ext. 111. The shelter is at 4841 State Highway 28, south of Cooperstown.

Decking the Halls to open Saturday

COOPERSTOWN — Fenimore Art Museum will present Decking the Halls, a holiday exhibit featuring objects and images from its collections. According to a media release, Decking the Halls will be open from Saturday, Dec. 5 through Dec. 31.

Holiday ornaments, cards, music and photographs will be included designed to illustrate the history of favorite wintertime traditions. The museum will also look at Cooperstown’s local traditions, including the writings of Susan Fenimore Cooper which tell of villagers decorating for the holidays as far back as the 1840s.

Fenimore Art Museum is at 5798 State Route 80, near Cooperstown. Visit FenimoreArt.org for more information.

Museum to feature lantern-lit tours

COOPERSTOWN — Holiday Lantern Tours will be offered the first three Fridays and Saturdays in December at The Farmers’ Museum.

According to a media release, the hour-long walks throughout the museum’s grounds will start at 3 p.m. and repeat every 20 minutes until the last tour begins at 8 p.m.

Guides will talk about the history of Christmas and how it was celebrated in Upstate New York in years past. The origins of Christmas trees, cards and carols will be discussed. What foods were prepared and how homes were decorated will be described. Hearing the history of Santa Claus will prepare walkers for his reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”

Tours will be limited to eight people to accommodate proper social distancing. A single, larger family unit may reserve one of the limited time slots. If a family group numbers more than eight, or for those with mobility issues, call 607-547-1534 or email TFMPrograms@farmersmuseum.org for booking guidance.

Face masks will be required and dressing warmly is strongly suggested.

Reservations are required.

Visit eventbrite.com or FarmersMuseum.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Film enthusiasts launch fundraiser

Film Cooperstown, Oneonta, Otsego County Film Partnership Inc., known as Film COOP, is sponsoring a fundraiser that includes a challenge from Oneonta native and actor Cuyle Carvin.

According to a media release, Carvin will match the next $1,000 raised by the local film commission and donate signed photos to give to contributors to the fundraiser.

After graduating from Hartwick College with a degree in film production in 2003, Carvin moved first to New York City and then Los Angeles. Carvin, 39, has reportedly appeared in dozens of television shows. His first film role was in Tom Cruise’s “American Made.” He also appeared in Kevin Wilmott’s “The 24th.” Carvin recently returned to his roots to appear in the feature “Asteroid,” which was filmed in Oneonta by Otsego Media, a company owned by Film COOP board member Korey Rowe.

Now living in Atlanta, Carvin has appeared in several movies and television shows, including “The Walking Dead.”

Film COOP Board President Greg Klein commented in the release, “Cuyle has been a huge backer of a local film commission in Otsego County and we are grateful to him for his help. Through his donations, he is helping to build an industry in his hometown and asking his fans to chip in, too. With partners like Cuyle Carvin, we know we will be successful in meeting our goals.”

Established in September, bringing film production to Cooperstown, Oneonta and all of Otsego County’s hamlets, town and villages is Film COOP’s mission.

Klein said funds raised will be used to hire a film commissioner, buy marketing materials and for outreach efforts with industry professionals.

Visit www.film-coop.com for more information and tinyurl.com/y23j86oq to donate. 

Scriven Foundation to match donations

COOPERSTOWN — The Scriven Foundation will match donations made to the Cooperstown Food Pantry in November and December up to $7,500.

According to a media release, a $1 donation allows the pantry to purchase $10 worth of food as a member of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham. “We are grateful to the Scriven Foundation for doubling the impact of the community’s generosity during November and December, Cooperstown Food Pantry Executive Director Julia Perdue said.

As further stated in the release, last year the pantry served an average of 201 households or 764 people per month.

Donations may be mailed to the food pantry at 25 Church St. Cooperstown, NY 13326 or made online using PayPal at cooperstownfoodpantry.org.

The Cooperstown Food Pantry operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays; and 10 a.m. until noon Saturdays. Those from the northern Otsego County region in need of food assistance may call the pantry at 607-547-8902.

Visit www.cooperstownfoodpantry.org or www.facebook.com/cooperstownfoodpantry/ for more information.

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 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.

Nominees sought for service awards

MILFORD — The Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services is seeking nominees for its 40th annual BOCES Service Awards.

Awards will be presented to an individual and organization or firm. Both will be judged on personal activities in support of BOCES programs, concepts and/or students; activities in support of recent BOCES graduates; personal service on advisory committees or boards and leadership of any kind pertaining to BOCES programs and personnel.

Any resident of the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES service area is eligible to be nominated with the exception of current BOCES Board members or employees.

Nomination packets may be requested by emailing aoliveri@oncboces.org or calling 607-286-7715, ext. 2224.

The awards will be presented at the BOCES annual meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 1.

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 BassettConvenientCare.org.

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.

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.

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 alisha.rule@helioscare.org or visit www.helioscare.org/grief 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 hmcadams@delop.org 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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