Programs scheduled for area’s seniors

COOPERSTOWN — The following programs are scheduled at the Cooperstown Senior Community Center 31 Elm St. behind St. Mary’s Church.

At 1:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, “Be Empowered to Save Energy” will be presented by Jackie Burke and Bennett Sandler and “Anything Goes” will be the theme from 1 to 3 p.m.  Wednesday, Feb. 12. At 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, “Adventures in United Arab Emirates” will be presented by Kathleen O’Donnell.

Cards, games, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, painting and socializing with friends are among the activities offered at the center which is now open three days a week from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Email for more information.

Local trio to play contradance music

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego Dance Society will have its next contradance on Friday, Feb. 7, at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. Music will be by Eleemosynary and Robby Poulette will be the caller.

Contradancing is described as a lively style of dance done to live music. All ages are welcome and no dance partner is needed. Callers teach all dances and more experienced dancers are ready to help. Newcomers who arrive at 7:15 p.m. will receive an introduction to some basic steps.

Dancing will begin at 7:30 p.m. and continue until 10:30 p.m., with a short break for refreshments. The suggested donation is $8 for adults, $4 for students and teenagers and 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 or 607-547-8164 for more information.

Chicken dinner to benefit SQSPCA

COOPERSTOWN — Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals volunteers will host a Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q barbecued chicken dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Christ Episcopal Church at 69 Fair St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, the event is part of the 2020 Cooperstown Winter Carnival, with proceeds going to the shelter.

Dinners may be eaten there or taken out and will include a chicken half, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, butter, dessert and cider for the suggested donation of $10.

Meals may be reserved in advance by calling 607- 547-8111, ext. 100. Tickets will be sold in advance at the shelter at 4841 State Highway 28, or at the door until sold out. 

Hospital soirée to honor director

COOPERSTOWN — The Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network will have its annual Valentine’s Soirée on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on Lake Street in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, the event will pay tribute to Medical Education Director James Dalton, who retired from clinical practice last year after serving as an attending physician at Bassett Medical Center for more than 30 years.

The soirée will feature food, beverages, raffle, live auction and entertainment by Glimmerglass Festival young artists, Council Rock Band and Cooperstown Escape Games.

Contributions to Friends of Bassett will honor Dalton.

Reservations are $150 per person. Proceeds will be designated to the medical education program.

Auction items for may be viewed at A raffle ticket may be purchased for $100 for a pre-selected auction item. The winning ticket will be drawn before the live auction begins and that item will be removed from the live auction line-up.

Contact the Friends of Bassett office at 607-547-3928, or for more information, purchase a raffle ticket or make a donation or reservation. Reservations may also be made online.

Lions and Leos to sell pancakes

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Lions Club will host its annual Winter Carnival pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9, at the Cooperstown Veterans Club at 60 Main St. with the assistance of the Cooperstown Leo Club.

Included will be pancakes, sausage, applesauce, a variety of toppings, coffee and tea. Maple syrup will be provided by the Otsego County Maple Producers.

The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children 5 and younger may eat for free.

Potluck dinner to feature movie

FLY CREEK — A community potluck dinner with a movie to follow will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church. A dish to pass is requested of those who attend. Dinnerware and beverages will be provided. 

Tickets available for ‘Good Cause’

COOPERSTOWN — The ninth annual Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Farmers’ Market in Pioneer Alley at 101 Main St. in Cooperstown.

Tickets are available at $30 for adults and $15 for children 6 to 15. Children younger than 6 may eat for free.

Music will be provided by the Stoddard Hollow String band.

Proceeds will benefit Otsego 2000’s Environmental Stewardship Program.

Visit or call 607-547-6195 for more information.

Winter Book Sale scheduled at library

COOPERSTOWN — The Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown Winter Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9, as part of Cooperstown’s annual Winter Carnival.

The sale will be in the village board meeting room downstairs at the Village Hall at 22 Main St. Patrons are asked to use the Fair Street entrance.

According to a media release, the sale will feature hardcover and paperback books, including fiction, nonfiction, arts and crafts, cooking and children’s literature. Assorted media, including audiobooks, will also be available.

Most items will be priced at $1 to $2.

Patrons may fill any size bag with books for $5 on Sunday, Feb. 9.

Proceeds will benefit the Village Library of Cooperstown.

Fenimore quilt show to be 30th annual

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association will present the 30th annual Fenimore Quilt Club Show Saturday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 23, in three of its galleries.  Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

According to a media release, the exhibit will showcase about 100 quilts and other quilted items.

A raffle quilt made by members of the club will be included. It will be on display for the duration of the show and the winning raffle ticket will be drawn Sunday, Feb. 23. Tickets will be sold for $1 each or six for $5 with proceeds benefiting the Fenimore Quilt Club and local food pantries.

Donated fabric scraps, pieces, yardage, discontinued quilt books and magazines will be available for sale throughout the show while supplies last. All proceeds will benefit the local food pantries.

CAA’s galleries are in the Village Hall at 22 Main St. on the corner of Main and Fair streets.

Call the CAA at 607-547-9777, Jean Lyon at 607-547-2709, or visit for more information.

Chorus to perform singing valentines

The Sweet Adelines City of the Hills Chorus will perform singing valentines from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14.

Chorus members will deliver musical tributes to workplaces, homes, restaurants, health care facilities, etc., within a 25-mile radius of Oneonta for $30.

Contact Elaine Mattice at 607-267-5540 or for more information and to schedule a performance.

Painting workshop to cover landscapes

COOPERSTOWN — “Oil Painting Basics,” a winter painting workshop, will be held with Mary Nolan at the Cooperstown Art Association from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 16, 23 and March 1.

According to a media release, primarily geared toward beginning painting and those who want to explore painting, the focus will be on observing and painting the landscape. The color, value, design and layout of a simple landscape structure will be explored. Images will be provided, but students may bring appropriate photos or ideas of their own to work from.

Other painters are also welcome to attend, to work in other mediums, on personal projects or to refresh their painting skills.

Class will meet in the upstairs classroom space at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

The fee will be $145 for CAA members or $155.

Call Nolan at 607-435-5314 or email her at mnolanarts@hotmailcom for more information including a materials list.

Preregistration may be completed by calling 607-547-9777.

Class of ‘94 award open to CCS seniors

COOPERSTOWN — The class of 1994 at Cooperstown Central School is seeking applicants for its annual Christina Wayman Selan Award, named for a classmate who lost her nine-year battle with Hodgkin’s Disease on April 3, 2007.

According to a media release, last year’s award winner, Delilah Griger, received a $1,000 award during the Cooperstown High School Alumni Banquet in June. A fundraising campaign allowed the class to double the amount recipients received in 2018 and 2017.

Wayman Selan is described in the release as an involved athlete who led by example and always gave her best. Academically, she was an honors student both in high school and college. Classmates remember her most for her sincerity, sense of humor and kindness to others.

According to a media release, consideration for the award goes to the Cooperstown senior who most embodies Selan’s moral character, leadership, motivation and sportsmanship

Scholarship applications will be made available to CCS seniors in the school guidance office.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship may do so by making checks payable to Cooperstown Central School District – Christina Wayman Selan Award Fund and mailing them to Amy Kukenberger, Treasurer, CCS, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown, NY 13326.


Scholarship process underway locally

COOPERSTOWN — Leatherstocking Credit Union is accepting applications from local high school seniors for its annual scholarship.

According to a media release, the credit union awarded $10,000 in scholarships to young credit union members, ranging from $400 to $1,000 per student last year The same amount will be awarded in 2020. Selection is based on community and/or school involvement, and being a well-rounded individual.

Applicants may print the online form at or pick one up at Leatherstocking Credit Union at 24 Glen Ave. in Cooperstown. The deadline to apply is March 25. Applicants must be members of Leatherstocking Credit Union. Membership packets will be made available upon request.




New Leash on Life makes policy change

HARTWICK SEMINARY — The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals New Leash on Life Thrift Shop has changed its drop-off policy for donations.

According to a media release, donations will be accepted during thrift store business hours only, or by appointment. The change will better regulate the flow of donations and protect them from the elements.

The shop at 4841 State Highway 28 in Hartwick Seminary, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Proceeds  benefit SQSPCA.

Those wishing to deliver donations by appointment should contact Sara Lucas at 607-547-9462 or

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 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.

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.

Call 607-547-8902 or email 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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