Town board plans end of year session

The Otsego Town Board will have a combined year-end and organizational meeting at noon Friday, Dec. 28, at the town building at 811 County Highway 26 in Fly Creek.

Any remaining 2018 bills will be approved and any necessary appointments for 2019 will be made.

Call 607-547-5631 for more information.

Blood drive setat Coop Center

A Cooperstown community blood drive will be hosted from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, by the Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing at 128 Phoenix Mills Cross Road in Phoenix Mills.

Call 607-544-2672 or 800-733-2767, email or visit to make an appointment.   

Updated edition released by FAM

Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown has released a second edition of its “Cooperstown” book featuring photographs by local photographer Richard Duncan. The revised edition expands on the sold-out first edition, published in 2007, and includes more than 30 new photos and updated text. The two editions are based on the 1948 book by the same name authored by Louis C. Jones, a former director of the New York State Historical Association.

The new edition sells for $39.95 and is available at Fenimore Art Museum in the gift shop, The Farmers’ Museum Store and online.

Visit for more information. 

Plastic recycling focused on schools

A film plastic recycling challenge for schools will begin in the new year sponsored by Otsego County Conservation Association, in conjunction with the Otsego County Department of Solid Waste and Planning and Casella Resource Solutions.

According to a media release, the program is designed to promote proper recycling of grocery bags and other film plastics, that cannot be recycled through traditional recycling programs. The challenge is open to all public and private K-12 school buildings in Otsego County.

The challenge will run from Jan. 1 to April 1. Students and teachers will collect clean, dry film plastic, including single-use grocery bags, zip-top food bags, newspaper bags, wood pellet bags and more in bins at the school. Students will weigh and record the amount of film plastic collected weekly and a volunteer will recycle the collected plastic to a participating retailer.

Schools will be divided into elementary school and middle/high school categories and have the option of being part of the national competition sponsored by Trex. Schools will compete to collect the highest amount of plastic per capita. Participating schools will receive a certificate of recognition. Prizes for winners in each category will be announced.

According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, New Yorkers use more than 23 billion plastic bags each year. Most film plastic ends up in landfills.

Schools interested in taking part in the Plastic Bag Challenge should contact OCCA at 607-547-4488.

Contradance set for Jan. 4

Otsego Dance Society will kick off the new year with a contradance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. Music will be by Eleemosynary and Casey Mullaney will call.

Eleemosynary plays traditional and new contra dance music with an emphasis on tunes composed by Blue.

All ages are welcome. No partner is needed. Callers provide instruction at all dances. Newcomers who arrive at 7:15 p.m. will be given an introduction to some basic steps.

Suggested donation is $8 for adults, $4 for students and teenagers. Free for children 12 and younger, with a maximum per family of $20.

The Presbyterian Church is on the corner of Pioneer and Elm streets.

Call 607-965-8232, 607-547-8164, or visit for more information.


OCCA to offer DEC camp scholarships

The Otsego County Conservation Association will send eight Otsego County school students to Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Education Camp next summer through a countywide competitive essay contest.

According to a media release, Otsego County students ages 11 to 14 may compete for summer camperships through an essay that answers the question “What does energy sustainability mean to you?” Contest winners will receive a weeklong stay at a state Department of Environmental Conservation Summer Camp, where they will spend their time immersed in the natural environment and receive a balance of environmental education, sportsman education and outdoor recreation.

Winning essays will be chosen from participating Otsego County schools and Otsego County applicants at large. The deadline for essay submissions is Jan. 4. Winning essays will be chosen by Jan. 11 and winners will be notified immediately. Contest winners will be given a special code by OCCA that  will be used to register for DEC camp.

The contest is open to students ages 11 to 14 (must be age 11 by Dec. 26, 2019), including students who are homeschooled. Complete contest rules and requirements are available by emailing or by calling 607-547-4488.

Teachers who plan to assign the essay to their students are asked to contact OCCA to be recognized as a participating school.

Call 607-547-4488 or visit for more information.


Students Inside Albany scholarships available

The League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area is encouraging area high school juniors to apply for a $650 scholarship to attend the Students Inside Albany conference, which will be held May 19-21.

The conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation Inc., is designed to increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in a representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility, organizers said in a media release. This interactive conference will bring together high school students from across the state to learn about New York state government and the process by which citizens can participate in the policy-making arena. As part of this program, students will also tour the Capitol and observe the Senate and Assembly in action by spending an afternoon shadowing their legislators.

Students are sponsored by one of the 50 local Leagues of Women Voters throughout the state. All their expenses, except travel to Albany, are covered by the local league, including three nights at the conference hotel in Albany.

High school juniors interested in applying for this award should request information from their school’s guidance department, which has received the application materials, or contact a Cooperstown League member, Ellen Tillapaugh at or Maria Kaltenbach at


Route 20 Association announces grant program

The Route 20 Association of New York State recently announced a mini-grant program for municipalities. The program will recognize projects that help their communities and enhance the Route 20 Scenic Byway.

Qualifying projects must be completed within 2019. These may include projects that benefit residents and/or attract visitors through physical improvements or improved services provided. Municipalities should have at least a portion of U.S. Route 20 running through them.

Municipalities may apply for the competitive mini-grant by submitting a one-page narrative on letterhead describing the work done and benefits derived. A contact person along with contact information should also be provided. Submissions must be received by April 1. The winner will be notified around June 1.

The special “One for the Road” award will be presented at the association’s annual dinner meeting in November 2019. The amount of this year’s award will be $600. Included will be two reservations for the dinner to the municipality honored.

Applications may be sent to the Route 20 Association, PO Box 20, Richfield Springs, NY 13459 or emailed to Questions may be directed to email above or calling Bill Kwasniewski, Route 20 Association administrator, at 315-271-8111.


Agency for farmers issues loan details

Otsego County has been declared eligible for Farm Service Agency emergency loans due to damages and losses caused by storms and flooding from Aug. 13 to 15. Farm Service Agency was formerly Farmers Home.

According to a media release, family farmers who suffered qualifying severe physical and production losses due to the storms and flooding on those days may be eligible for FSA loans.

Insurance and any other compensation will be taken into account when determining eligibility for physical and production losses. Losses must be supported with documented records.

Under FSA Emergency Loan Programs, farmers may be eligible for physical and production loss loans up to $500,000 with a maximum principal balance outstanding of $500,000. Physical and production loss loans are available to farmers suffering losses to property essential to their operation. Farmers must be unable to obtain credit from private commercial lenders. The interest rate on emergency loans is 3.75 percent.

The application deadline for emergency loans is June 3. The FSA office is at 9025 River Road in Marcy. Call 315-736-3316, ext. 2, for more information.


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.


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.For more information, call 432-0061.


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