Project underway for county seniors

The fourth annual Shoeboxes for Seniors, a holiday, county-wide collection effort, will come to a close Monday, Dec. 14, in Otsego County. It began Nov. 14.

According to organizer Lisa Nunez, Shoeboxes for Seniors has partnered with the Otsego County Office for the Aging and Meals on Wheels to distribute the donated gifts to area seniors in need. Nunez noted in a media release that more than 250 meals are delivered weekly to homebound seniors in the county.

It is requested that the gift-wrapped boxes be labeled male, female or non-gender. Suggested items include calendars, stamps, slippers, socks, scarves, gloves, magazines, puzzle books, lotions, personal hygiene products and gift cards.

The gift boxes may be left at Green Earth on Market Street, New York Skin & Vein Center on Country Club Road or the Southside Mall, all in Oneonta.

Boxes may also be brought to the holiday collection party scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Green Earth.

“Lets give back to those who have humbly taken care of us and taught us so much for so many years. Make Shoeboxes for Seniors part of your family’s annual holiday tradition,” Nunez said in her release.

Any offices, teams, schools or groups that need to schedule a pick-up or drop-off, may message Nunez at Shoeboxes for Seniors, Otsego County NY on Facebook, where more information is also provided.

Area school creates district newsletter

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Central School recently launched an online district newsletter as it continues to navigate changes in education in response to the district’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a media release, the newsletter, published weekly, provides news and highlights from classrooms, teachers, administrators and other educational and community resources.

The Hawkeyes Express is emailed to district students, parents and guardians. Issues are also available at

Contact or call 607-547-8181 for more information.

Art in the Dark event canceled by museum

COOPERSTOWN — The Art in the Dark event scheduled for December at Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown has been canceled. 

Visit for more information. 

Blood drive to be held at area school

WORCESTER — A Red Cross blood drive will be sponsored by Worcester Central School from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the municipal building at 19 Katie Lane.  

Call Norma Ralph at 607-397-8119 or visit to make an appointment. 

Garage to host holiday open house

COOPERSTOWN — The Art Garage will host Winter Show Flow #1: Holidays! with an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at 689 Beaver Meadow Road, near Cooperstown. The gallery will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 12, and seven days a week for those who call or text. The gallery will also be open Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to a media release, the featured artist in the show is Ursula Bower, originally from Great Britain. Her watercolor paintings are inspired by her Charlotte Valley landscape. Also featured is a cameo ‘Taj Garage’ presentation of necklaces and scarves; figures created by Alice Hudson in the 1950s; ceramic boxes and other small sculptures by Robert Seward; a multi-faceted stained glass panel by David Wilson; landscape paintings by Tracy Helgeson; wool scarves by Ada Yonenaka; and carvings by Lavern Kelley.

Winter Show Flow will periodically add cameo exhibits by new artists until spring, weather-permitting. Admission is free. COVID-19 precautions are required to be observed.

Call 607-547-5327 or text 315-941-9607 for more information and to schedule a viewing appointment for the open house.

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 or calling 607-286-7715, ext. 2224.

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

Scriven Foundation to match donations

COOPERSTOWN — The Scriven Foundation will match donations made to the Cooperstown Food Pantry in 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

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 or 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 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 — 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 Volunteers from the Cooperstown Senior Community Center and/or Cooperstown Lions Club will assist them with their needs.

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