Free rapid testing to continue locally

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Healthcare Network, in partnership with the New York State Department of Health, will offer free COVID-19 rapid testing for asymptomatic individuals from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 and 24, in the outpatient clinic at Bassett Medical Center at 1 Atwell Road in Cooperstown.

Appointments may be made by 607-547-7973 in advance of the testing dates.

Food distribution set for Thursday

LAURENS — St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Laurens will sponsor its monthly free food distribution for those in the area needing a helping hand at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

Motorists are asked to enter the church parking lot along the driveway next to the Laurens Post Office on Brook Street. Masked and gloved church members will distribute the food until the supply is gone.

Poor weather conditions will not interfere with the food distribution.

Legion to present full turkey dinner

LAURENS — A full turkey dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. or until sold out Friday, Feb. 19, at the American Legion on Main Street in Laurens.

The menu will include turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, vegetable, roll and dessert. Seating is limited. Takeout will be available. The dinner will be $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 may eat for free. 

Women artists to be discussed by panel

COOPERSTOWN — Friends of the Village Library will present a panel discussion featuring several area women artists and the impacts they have had on their communities at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

According to a media release, artists Christine Heller and Janet Wentworth and gallerist Sydney Waller will discuss their personal connections with Lisa Rodewald, Susan Cooper Weil, Sondra Freckleton and Marguerite Standish Cockett, as well as the art works they created.

The discussion will be moderated by Carrie Mae Smith, an artist and instructor at SUNY Oneonta.

The free program, part of the Sunday Speaker Series sponsored by FOVL with assistance from the League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area, will be presented to the public on Zoom. Visit for more information and to register.

Cancer facts to be presented online

A free “Get the Facts about Cancer” Zoom presentation will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

According to a media release, information will be provided on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, how to reduce the risks related to them and the importance of screening. The availability of free cancer screenings through the Cancer Services Program of the Central Region will also be discussed.

Register to receive the Zoom link at Visit for more information about the program.

Student art entries wanted for exhibit

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego County high school art students are encouraged to enter artwork online for the virtual exhibit “An Artistic Discovery” scheduled for March 5 to 26, by the Cooperstown Art Association.

According to a media release, an entry form is available at along with a questionnaire and guidelines. The entry deadline is Friday, Feb. 26.

Six pieces will be selected by CAA jurors to receive Awards of Merit.

The selected works will also be submitted to the official Congressional Art Competition for a chance to represent the 19th Congressional District and the artwork displayed at the Capitol building.

For more information, call 607-547-9777 or email

Donations sought for art fundraiser

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown is collecting donations of original works of fine art and crafts for its Spring Cleaning Art Bazaar.

Donations will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Friday, March 5.

According to a media release, the event, designed to make artwork affordable for everyone, is scheduled to take place March 12 and 13 and March 16 to 20, when CAA will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the CAA and its prize fund for artists. Call 607-547-9777 for more information.

BOCES board of ed has vacancies to fill

The Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services is seeking candidates to fill five vacancies on its board of education.

According to a media release, BOCES districts provide shared services to school districts. ONC BOCES provides its 19 component school districts with a variety of educational and administrative services. ONC BOCES also provides the region with adult and continuing education.

The nine-member board meets monthly at either the Otsego Area Occupational Center in Milford, Northern Catskills Occupational Center in Grand Gorge or the ONC BOCES Instructional Support Services Center in Oneonta.

New board members will begin serving on July 1.

School districts eligible to nominate a resident to the board include Andes, Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Hunter-Tannersville, Jefferson, Laurens, Milford, Morris, Oneonta, Schenevus, Stamford, Roxbury, South Kortright, Windham-Ashland-Jewett and Worcester.

Anyone who lives in any of the aforementioned districts who is interested in serving on the ONC BOCES Board of Education or would like more information, is asked to contact the ONC BOCES District superintendent’s office at 607-286-7715, ext. 2224, or as soon as possible.

Land Trust seeks input from public

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego Land Trust is in the process of applying for accreditation renewal and has announced that the public comment period phase of the application process will remain open until March 17.

According to a media release, the land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards established for the protection of certain natural places and working lands forever.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, reviews each applicant’s policies and programs.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications.

Comments must relate to how Otsego Land Trust complies with national quality standards that address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust.

A list of the standards is available at

Visit or email info@landtrustaccredita for more information and to provide comments.

Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 518-587-3183; 36 Phila St., Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Sugaring Off event canceled at museum

COOPERSTOWN — The Farmers’ Museum has canceled this year’s Sugaring Off Sundays event that has traditionally been held annually in March. It is scheduled to resume in 2022.

According to a media release, the precautionary measure was made in response to state COVID-19 restriction guidelines and in the best interests of everyone involved including guests, staff, volunteers and community members.

Last March, the museum hosted two Sugaring Off Sundays before canceling the remaining three, also because of COVID-19.

The Farmers’ Museum is scheduled to reopen on April 1. The same safety protocols followed in 2020 will continue. Until then, virtual programming is available at

Rides available to vaccination clinics

Getthere, a program of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York, will provide transportation to COVID-19 vaccination clinics to clients living in the counties of Chenango, Delaware and Otsego, as well as Broome and Tioga, unable to get there on their own.

Interested individuals may call 855-373-4040 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays to speak with a mobility and transportation advocate about scheduling rides.

CAA Daily Draw underway on Facebook

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association continues to feature CAA Daily Draw on its Facebook page at

According to a media release, the activity is designed to help develop one’s creativity by drawing something new every day.

A new subject will be provided by CAA each day. Works may be posted to share with and inspire others.

The activity is open to all ages and skill levels. Any arts media may be used.

Used book sale planned at library

COOPERSTOWN — A used book sale will take place downstairs in the village board room at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown during this year’s Around the World But Safe at Home Winter Carnival.

According to a media release, donations of used books in good condition will be accepted throughout the sale.

The sale will be held from noon until 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 17 and 18; noon until 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

Masks and social distancing will be required.

Proceeds will benefit the Village Library of Cooperstown.

Church to continue carnival tradition

COOPERSTOWN — The First Baptist Church at 21 Elm St. in Cooperstown, will continue its traditional soup and chili lunch during this year’s Cooperstown Winter Carnival, but with changes. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20.

Chili, beef barley soup and broccoli chowder will be offered to-go in pints and quarts with oyster crackers. There is a minimum suggested donation of $5 for a pint, or $10 for a quart. Advanced orders are encouraged and may be made by emailing or leaving a message at 607-547-9371. It should be noted if the order is for chili, soup or chowder, what quantities are wanted and the pick up day and time. Orders are for takeout only. No seating will be provided this year.

Curbside service available at library

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Richfield Springs Public Library, at 102 W. Main St. in Richfield Springs,  is closed until further notice. Ceilings will be refurbished during the closure.

Patrons are instructed to call 315-858-0230 or email for appointments to pick up any needed items at curbside.


Actor to match funds raised by film group

Film Cooperstown, Oneonta, Otsego County Film Partnership Inc., known as Film COOP, is continuing its 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 of 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, also a reporter for The Daily Star, 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.

As further stated by Klein in the release, funds raised will be used to hire a film commissioner, buy marketing materials and outreach efforts with industry professionals.

Visit for more information and to donate.

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 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

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.

Grief counseling available locally 

Helios Care in Oneonta continues to offer free bereavement counseling to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one during the ongoing pandemic.

According to a media release, counseling is 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.

Contact Alisha Rule at 607-432-5525 or or visit 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 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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