Soccer club planning Venice to Munich trip

The Cooperstown Soccer Club will hold an information meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the cafeteria of the Cooperstown Elementary School at 21 Walnut Avenue in Cooperstown. Representatives from CSC and Challenger Sports will be on hand to discuss a proposed soccer trip to Venice, Italy and Munich, Germany, which is planned for spring break 2021.

This is a preliminary meeting, and no immediate commitment is required.

The Cooperstown Soccer Club is also looking for board members and coaches for its 2020 seasons.

Contact Greg Klein at for more information.

Holiday market day planned at clinic

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Healthcare Network and the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Pop-up Holiday Market in the lobby of the Bassett Health Center Clinic at 1 Atwell Road from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. Hand-crafted items and gourmet treats suitable for gift-giving will be featured.

The event is in support of Friends of Bassett and local crafters.

Tailwind to play at next contradance 

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego Dance Society’s monthly contradance will be on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. Music will be provided by Tailwind with Robby Poulette calling.

According to a media release, Tailwind, formerly the band ‘Fancy That,’ is led by Curt Osgood, a well-known hammered dulcimer player. He performs in the New York and Pennsylvania areas at dances, workshops and festivals. Joining him will be fiddler Henry Jankiewicz and John Wobus on keyboard, contradance musicians who play with numerous groups in a wide range of styles. Together they play a mix of traditional, folk and old-timey music, including both modern, Celtic and Americana tunes and the combination of dulcimer and fiddle reportedly provides a unique sound to the dance’s music.

Poulette started calling contradances while a student at Hartwick College and is frequently seen at Pine Lake dances and other venues in the Cooperstown area.

Singles, couples and families are welcome. The style of dancing is described as lively. No experience is necessary. The caller teaches each dance.

The dance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and continue until 10:30 p.m. Those who arrive at 7:15 p.m. will receive be a short introduction to some basic steps.

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

The church is on the corner of Pioneer and Elm streets.

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

Community potluck to include movie

FLY CREEK — A celebratory potluck Christmas dinner and movie will be held for all those from the Cooperstown area at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church. Tableware and beverages will be provided. A dish to pass if requested of participants.

PTA to sponsor meal, marketplace

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown PTA’s Pancake Breakfast and Marketplace will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at Cooperstown Elementary School on Walnut Street.

Pancakes with real maple syrup, yogurt, juice and coffee will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. for $5 per person or $20 per family.

Booths will remain open until noon with jewelry, crafts, baked goods, photographs and other merchandise from more than 35 local vendors.

Festival of Trees to be in Edmeston

EDMESTON — More than a dozen Christmas trees, decorated by members of local businesses and organizations, will be displayed at the Edmeston Museum at 1 North St. in Edmeston from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 and 14; and 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18.

Call 607-547-6564, 607-293-6635, or email for more information.

Tea and cookies set at UM Church

COOPERSTOWN —  Holiday tea and homemade cookies will be served at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church’s annual Christmas Tea from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Members of the church’s unit of United Methodist Women will use their silver tea service and heirloom teacup collection.

The local choral group Ah Coopella will perform at 2 p.m. 

Baked goods for holiday gifts and dining will be available.

The annual event benefits the local and global mission programs of the United Methodist Women. The church at 66 Chestnut St. on the corner of Glen Avenue, is handicapped-accessible.

Dancers to gather for holiday party

COOPERSTOWN — The Doubleday Dancers Modern Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown will have its Christmas dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Cooperstown Elementary School on Walnut St. Ray Taylor will call Mainstream and Plus dances and Elma Taylor will Cue.

Admission is $5 per person, payable at the door.

Call 607-264-8128 for more information.

Author to read from latest book

COOPERSTOWN — Friends of the Village Library will present Cooperstown resident Marly Youmans, who will read from her latest publication, a series of connected poems called “Book of the Red King” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, in the upstairs ballroom at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, Youmans is an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Her five books of poetry and nine novels have won national awards and “best of the year” citations. Her fiction and poetry have been lauded by writers and critics.

The presentation is free and open to the public.


Holiday art show and sale underway

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Art Association will continue to host its annual Holiday Show and Sale through Monday, Dec. 23.

The show offers works for sale by local and regional artists. The CAA galleries will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays during the show.

The Cooperstown Art Association is at 22 Main St.

Call 607-547-9777 or visit for more information.

First Night talent contestants sought

ONEONTA — The theme for First Night Oneonta is “20/20 — I Can See Clearly Now!” According to a media release, it is meant to provide everyone with a clear vision of their hopes and dreams for the new year. The event is described as an all-volunteer, alcohol-free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration focused on the arts and will be held at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center on Market Street.

New this year will be a talent show and contest for which entries are sought. Finalists will compete for $1,000 in prize money. Entry information and forms will be provided by emailing

A detailed schedule of events is available at

Volunteers are needed to carry giant puppets. Email for more information and to volunteer.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the event financially, may mail tax deductible donations to First Night Oneonta Inc., P.O. Box 101, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Food pantry to get matching grant

COOPERSTOWN — The Scriven Foundation is offering a matching grant for donations made to the Cooperstown Food Pantry up to the total of $7,500 during November and December. These donations will aid the Cooperstown Food Pantry with providing emergency food assistance to families in northern Otsego County.

Donations may be sent directly the food pantry at 25 Church St. Cooperstown, NY 13326. For every $1 of cash donations, the Cooperstown Food Pantry can purchase $10 worth of food from the Regional Food Bank for the 700 to 800 people seeking assistance every month, according to a media release.

The Cooperstown Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, visit and


LWV seeks students for Albany program

The Cooperstown League of Women Voters is seeking nominations of Cherry Valley, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Laurens, Milford, Schenevus and Worcester high school students for the 20th annual Students Inside Albany conference, which is scheduled to be held May 17 to 20, in Albany.

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, according to a media release. This interactive conference will bring together high school students from across the state to learn about 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 League of Women Voters throughout New York State; all their expenses are covered, including travel and three nights at a hotel in downtown Albany. The participants will receive a student membership in the Cooperstown League of Women Voters, which includes an email newsletter and invitations to meetings on government related topics.

Contact Maria Kaltenbach at 315-525-5410 at for more information by Dec. 20.





Library displaying baseball artifacts

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 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.


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.


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