Nominees for senior recognition sought

The Otsego County Office for the Aging is seeking nominations for its Outstanding Senior recognition awards. Otsego County residents, 60 and older, who volunteer in their communities, are eligible. Nominees may be an individual or a couple and activities may be formal in nature such as with an organization, or informal, such as helping friends or neighbors. Anyone may submit a nomination. Those selected will receive special recognition during the Older Americans Month celebrations in May.

Nominations may be submitted until Friday.

Call the Office for the Aging at 607-547-4232 or email Tamie MacDonald at for more information and to request a nomination form. 

Education promoted by VFW Auxiliary

VFW Auxiliary Continuing Education Scholarships can help VFW Auxiliary members and their immediate family members further their educations by pursing a college or career direction at a vocational or technical school.

Scholarships are available to auxiliary members (of at least one year), their spouses, sons or daughters with financial need. Applicants must be 18 years old, complete the required application and submit an essay of 300 words or fewer.

Applications are available online at They must be received at National Headquarters at 406 W. 34th St., 10th floor, Kansas City, MO 64111, by Feb. 15.

Call 607-967-2571 for more information. 

Mardi Gras to be theme at potluck

The Fly Creek United Methodist Church basement will be the site of a Mardi Gras-themed community potluck supper at 7 p.m. Saturday. Anyone from the surrounding area is welcome to the community event. 

Polar Bear Jumpset for Feb. 16

The 24th annual Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump, benefiting area individuals and organizations, will be held on Saturday.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at Portlandville United Methodist Church. The Jump will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be followed by a celebration at 6:30 p.m. at the Oneonta Elks Lodge at 84 Chestnut St. in Oneonta.

Call 607-286-7101 or visit for more information. 

Class of ’94 award open to CCS seniors

The class of 1994 at Cooperstown Central School is seeking applicants for this year’s Christina Wayman Selan Award, named for a classmate who lost her nine-year battle with Hodgkin’s Disease on April 3, 2007. Scholarship applications are available to seniors in the guidance office.

According to a media release, the award will be presented to a Cooperstown senior who most embodies Selan’s moral character, leadership, motivation and sportsmanship. Last year’s recipient, Grace LaCates, received a $500 award as did Megan Lohan in 2017.

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.  

Community grant funds available

The application period for the 2019 Community Grant Funds in Otego County has opened.

The Community Grants Program is designed to support local events that attract visitors to Otsego County by helping organizers to fund artistic, professional and advertising costs.

The maximum grant amount to any one organization or event is $4,000. Members of the Otsego County Intergovernmental Affairs Committee will make recommendations to award grants based on specific criteria. Organizations may request funding for only one event per year. Complete details and an online application are available at Applications will be accepted through the online link until midnight Feb. 28.

For more information, call Representative Margaret Kennedy at 607-434-2407 or email her at   

Five seats vacanton BOCES board

The Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services is seeking candidates for its board of education. ONC BOCES provides 19 school districts with educational and administrative services. ONC BOCES also provides the region with adult and continuing education.

Five seats are vacant on the nine-member board. Terms are three years. The board meets monthly, alternating between the Otsego Area Occupational Center in Milford and the Northern Catskills Occupational Center in Grand Gorge. New terms begin July 1. Only one candidate per district may be elected to the board. Nominations must be approved by March 1.

Board nominations may be submitted from the school districts of Andes, Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Gilboa-Conesville, Jefferson, Laurens, Milford, Morris, Roxbury, Schenevus, Stamford and Worcester.

Those interested in serving are asked to contact their district superintendent’s office.

Call 286-7715, ext. 2224, for more information. 

Art competition open to students

Cooperstown Art Association will host “An Artistic Discovery,” a Congressional high school art competition for Otsego County high school students, from March 8 to 29.

According to a media release, the competition is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 living in Otsego County. Six students will be awarded ribbons and a digital image of their artwork will be submitted to Congressman Anthony Delgado’s office for final selection in the next phase of the competition. From there, one student’s work from the 19th congressional district will go on to be displayed in the corridor leading to the United States Capitol along with the works of 49 other high school artists from across the country.

Categories for competition include painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, mixed media, computer generated artwork and photography. The competition aspect of “An Artistic Discovery” is open only to two-dimensional artwork.

However, this particular show at CAA welcomes three-dimensional and sculptural pieces for display purposes only. No more than two, two-dimensional pieces may be submitted per student. Artwork should be delivered between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2.

A detailed list of rules has been sent to the art and guidance departments of each school. Students should see their art teachers or guidance counselors for more information or visit for entry forms.

Home-schooled students residing in Otsego County may participate and should call CAA at 607-547-9777 for more information.   

‘Bird in flight’ art class planned

The Cooperstown Art Association at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown will offer the workshop Drawing and Painting Birds in Flight in four sessions taught by Dave Kiehm, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 11, 13, 18 and 20. The cost is $90 for members and $95 for non-members.

Students will look closely at birds in flight and work to understand foreshortening of wings and how tail and head positions work together. How to create the illusion of space and make birds appear more three dimensional will be demonstrated.

A materials list is available at Call 607-547-9777 to register.  

DOAS looking for grant applications

Applications are being accepted by the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society for 2019 Environmental Education Grants. Awarded annually to classroom teachers in Delaware, Otsego, eastern Chenango and western Schoharie counties, the competitive program is also available for home school programs and student service organizations.

According to a media release, grants enable educators to add new environmental and conservation focused activities to their curriculum or to continue existing initiatives. The number of awards and grant amounts are determined based on funds available and the number of qualifying proposals received. Teachers may receive one grant per school year. Grants are competitive and will be evaluated by a DOAS committee.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, March 29. Selected recipients will be notified no later than April 3.

Educators may download the grant guidelines and application forms at The 2019 DOAS Environmental Education Grants are sponsored in part by Rod Spangle Antique Clock Repair of Unadilla.

DOAS Environmental Education Grants are provided through a special fund. Donations to the fund are accepted throughout the year. Checks may be mailed to DOAS at P.O. Box 544, Oneonta, NY 13820 with “EEGrantDonation” in the check memo.

Contact Education Committee Chair Susan O’Handley at 607-643-5680 or for more information.

Student artists may compete in contest

The Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary is open to all students, including home-schooled students, in grades 9 through 12. Students must be U.S. citizens or a U.S. Nationals with a maximum age of 18 at the time of local entry. Two-dimensional art must be on canvas or paper. Watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker or other media taught may be used. Three-dimensional art can be paper, papier-mâché, pottery, clay, metal work, fabric, etc. Digital art, photography and jewelry will not be accepted. Art will be judged on the patriotism theme and technique.

Entries must be received by a local VFW Auxiliary by March 31.

The local contest winner will compete at the state level. One state-level winning entry will be chosen to be sent to VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters. National award winners ranging from first to eighth place will receive from $500 to $15,000 in scholarships.

The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth.

Call 607-967-2571 or visit for more information.

Craft vendors sought for festival in June

Applications are being accepted for the 40th annual Friendship Craft Festival sponsored by the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in Spring Park at 27 E. Main Street in Richfield Springs.

Applications are available along with more information online at or by calling Lani King at 315-858-9451.


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.


Project Prom seeks financial support

Project Prom for the Cooperstown High School Class of 2019 will be celebrated May 10. The 30-year community tradition promotes safety and features food, fun activities and entertainment.

Community members, parents, educators and local businesses provide funding for Project Prom, which is free for students. This year’s appeal for funds has begun. Those who would like to support Project Prom may mail checks payable to CFEE, with Project Prom in the subject line, to Project Prom, c/o Ray Holohan, CPA, 211 Main St., Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Call fundraising co-chair Peg Odell at 607- 544-1123 for more information.



Vendors wanted for Rotary event

The Cooperstown Rotary Club is seeking vendor participation for its sixth annual Spring Fling scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Clark Sports Center.

Anyone Interested is requested to email Vendor Chair Vicki Gates at for an application before May 1.



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.For more information, call 432-0061.