Free rapid testing set for Wednesday

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. 24, in the outpatient clinic at Bassett Medical Center at 1 Atwell Road in Cooperstown 

Appointments may be made by 607-547-7973.

Vendors wanted for June craft festival

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Vendor applications are being accepted for the 41st annual Friends Craft Festival sponsored by the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs.

According to a media release, the event is scheduled to be held, with everyone’s safety in mind, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 12, in Spring Park.

Visit www.rschurchofchristuniting.com or call Carla at 315-858-1451 or Sue at 315-858-2681 for more information and an application.

Making clay handles to be demonstrated

COOPERSTOWN — Smithy Clay Studio in Cooperstown will have its first Zoom workshop, “Hold, Grasp, Grip: Handle How-To!” from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 2. It will be instructed by Adam Jennett. The fee is $40.

According to a media release, the workshop will focus on the ins and outs of making handles whether they are hand built or thrown. Jennet will demonstrate how he uses inanimate objects like spray bottles to work out handle ideas before attaching them to his work.

Email gallery@smitharts.org for a list of supplies that will be needed and to register and pay. 

Art Garage set to change exhibit

COOPERSTOWN — Following the Feb. 24 closing of Works by Irwin Hollander, Graphic Sketches by Trevor Wilson plus other gallery artists will be included in Winter Flow No. 3, at the Art Garage at 689 Beaver Meadow Road in Cooperstown.

The exhibit may be viewed from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, after which it will be available by appointment through March. 

Call 607-547-5327, text 315-941-9607, or visit facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown for more information.

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 www.cooperstownart.com 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 gallery@cooperstownart.com.

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.

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.

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 aoliveri@oncboces.org 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 www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicatorpractices.

Visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org or email info@landtrustaccredita tion.org 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.

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 rs.mindy@4cls.org 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 www.film-coop.com for more information and tinyurl.com/y23j86oq 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 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.

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 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 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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