Talk to be about Iroquois Farm 

COOPERSTOWN — David Jackson will share photographs and his memories of growing up at Iroquois Farm at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at a Community Evening Program at Woodside Hall at 1 Main St. in Cooperstown. Jackson's father, George Jackson, was a herdsman at Iroquois Farm for 38 years. The farm was formerly owned by F. Ambrose Clark and remains a Clark property.

Woodside Hall's monthly Community Evening Programs are free and open to the public.

Call 607-547-0600, ext. 102, for more information.


Field trips set by Botanical Society

The Leatherstocking Botanical Society will three sponsor botanical field trips in the region this summer. 

Former state Environmental Conservation educator Fred Von Mechow will lead a Ninemile Swamp canoe and kayak paddle on Sunday, June 30, leaving from Hubbardsville in Madison County.

Catskill botanist Michael Kudish will lead a visit to a chestnut grove and examine the flora of a bog at Riddell State Park near Oneonta from 9:45 a.m. to late afternoon Saturday, July 13, in conjunction with the New York Flora Association.

Canadarago Lake in northern Otsego County will be explored with a stop for lunch at Deowongo Island from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 25. 

Visit for more information.

Email Connie Tedesco at for more information about the society and to be added to its mailing list.


Site suggested to view fireworks

COOPERSTOWN — Brookwood Point at 6000 State Highway 80 near Cooperstown will be available for picnicking and as a viewing location for the fireworks display over Otsego Lake on Friday, July 5. There will be music and free ice cream donated by Stewart's Shops. Snacks and beverages will also be available at the Giving Bowl food truck in the lower level parking area. Activities will begin at 7 a.m. and end following the fireworks display just after dusk.

Organizers recommend bringing blankets and lawn chairs.

The suggested donation is $5 per person. Children younger than 14 will be admitted for free.

Call 607-547-2236 or email for more information.


Museum to mark Independence Day

COOPERSTOWN — The Farmers’ Museum at 5798 State Route 80 will mark Independence Day with a celebration of historic readings, music, demonstrations and food from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 4.

Visit for more information. 


Theme revealed for annual boat parade 

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego Lake Association’s annual “We Love Our Lake” decorated boat parade will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 4. The theme is “Red, White and Blue — It’s The 4th of July.”

According to a media release, the parade will form off Lakefront Park where the judges aboard the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station’s barge, the Anondontoides, will record the theme and owner of each boat for judging.

All boats are welcome regardless of their age, or how they are powered. Decorations, while optional, are encouraged.

A grand prize and five general prizes will be awarded.

Contact Boat Parade Chairman Wayne Bunn at or 518-542-6630 for more information. Photographs of previous boat parades may be viewed at


Poster contest entries due soon

FLY CREEK — The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health will sponsor its 29th annual safety poster contest for 4-H members and area youths in the counties of Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie. The theme is Safe Animal Handling. Entries will be judged in three age groups, 8 and younger; 9 to 12 and 13 and older. 

Entries may be taken to the NYCAMH office in Fly Creek on or before July 5. 

Prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m. Monday, July 8, in the Dairy Show tent during the annual Farmers' Museum Junior Livestock Show. All who enter will receive a ribbon and small gift. 

Call 800-343-7527 or a 4-H educator in one of the participating counties for more information. 


Chair to be raffled at holiday event

SPRINGFIELD — The Cherry Valley-Springfield Endowment Foundation for Educational Excellence will sponsor the raffle of a decorated Adirondack chair at Springfield's Fourth of July Celebration.

According to a media release, Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School at student Noah Young decorated the chair. Lumber for the chair was donated by the Cherry Valley-Springfield Student Council and constructed by John Walsh.

The chair is at NBT Bank in Cherry Valley where raffle tickets may be purchased. On July 4, it will be displayed in front of the Springfield Community Center where tickets will be available. The winning ticket will be drawn at the end of the Springfield Fourth of July Celebration.

Call 607-264-3069 for information.



Dates announced for annual book sale

COOPERSTOWN — The Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown will host its annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29 through Sunday, July 7, outside the Village Library at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, selections will include hardcover fiction and nonfiction, paperbacks, arts and crafts, coffee table books, cookbooks, children’s books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs. Prices will range from $1 to $5. Proceeds will benefit the Village Library of Cooperstown.

On Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7, patrons may fill any size bag for $5.

Anyone who missed the previous book collection dates may bring book donations to the library from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 29. Donations should be brought to the tent marked “Book Collection” at the corner of Main and Fair streets. No magazines, textbooks, foreign language books, or outdated travel books should be included. Anything determined to be in poor condition will be refused.

Call 607-547-8344 for more information.


Sale of derby ducks continues by Lions

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Lions will host a duck derby at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the headwaters of the Susquehanna River in Cooperstown. The finish line will be just south of the Main Street bridge.

Ducks may be purchased at $5 per duck, five ducks for $20, or $2 per duck for Cooperstown Central School students. The top 10 ducks will earn their sponsors a $50 prize. Each entry is also eligible for a merchant raffle that includes gift certificates for the Otesaga Resort Hotel, Mel’s at 22, Alex’s World Bistro, Haggerty Ace Hardware and Upstate Bar and Grill.

Ducks are available at the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, Tin Bin Alley, Riverwood, Ellsworth and Sill; Kate’s Upstate, Church and Scott, and in Pioneer Park each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. leading up to the race. Derby entries may also be purchased through Venmo using the handle @CoopLionsDuckDerby. The purchaser's name, telephone number and number of ducks being entered should be added to all Venmo purchases.

Proceeds will help send the Cooperstown Leo Club to New York City for a day trip to the United Nations.


Parade to begin holiday program

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — The 105th annual Fourth of July Parade in Springfield Center will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 4.

According to presenters, the theme will be “Let Freedom Ring.” Patricia and Allan Pullis of Springfield have been appointed Grand Marshals.

A celebration will follow at the Springfield Community Center featuring live music, Brooks' chicken, an indoor quilt show and historical displays, Utica ZooMobile, games and raffles.

Attendees are advised to arrive early for free parking at the Springfield Community Center at 129 County Route 29A in Springfield Center.

That evening, a free concert featuring local rock/blues band “The Burners” will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Glimmerglass State Park beach, to be followed by a fireworks display at dusk.

Glimmerglass State Park is at 1527 County Highway 31, near Springfield Center.

Call 315-858-0304 for more information.


Video programming class to be taught

COOPERSTOWN — Free summer STEAM classes in video programming will be offered in two sessions by Friends of the Village Library at the Village Library of Cooperstown at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

Designed for students in fifth through 10th grade, the class will be taught by Shane Tang and will cover the basics of computer programming. The platform Construct 3 for video game creation will be used. Sessions will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 8 to 12 and July 22 to 26. There is room for eight students per session.

Registration is available at

Call 607-547-8344 for more information.


Utica Zoomobile to visit library

COOPERSTOWN — The Village Library of Cooperstown will begin a series of free evening programs for families at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. The program will feature a visit from the Utica Zoomobile.

Weather-permitting, the program will be presented on the front lawn of the Village Library at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown. The series is sponsored by Friends of the Village Library. 

Call 607-547-8344 or visit for more information.


Sharon Spa church to sponsor sale

SHARON SPRINGS — The Sharon Springs Methodist Church will sponsor its 28th annual Sharon Springs Community Garage Sale rain or shine at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 27.

Free maps with locations and details of each sale will be available at the church on U.S. Route 20, across from the school at 8 a.m. The church will also have a lawn sale and offer food and drinks.

Visit for more information. 


Display created with baseball in mind

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.


Summer programs available to youths

The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will offer three summer youth programs in July and August. Full and partial scholarships to offset the per-child registration fee are distributed on a needs basis. Liz Brown and Christina DeCesare share camp director duties.

Session 1 at the DOAS Sanctuary on Franklin Mountain in Oneonta will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 15 to 18, for children entering third and fourth grade.

Session 2 will also be at the Sanctuary from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 29 to 31 and Aug. 1, for children entering fifth and sixth grade.

Session 3 at Oneonta World of Learning at Fortin Park will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 to 23, for children entering first and second grade.

Payment is due at registration. Refunds for cancellations will not be issued after June 14. Call Education Chair Susan O’Handley at 607-643-5680 for more information. Visit to register.


Farmers' Market wants more vendors

HARTWICK — The Hartwick Farmers' Market is preparing for its fifth season.

Created by Gloria Waro as a community service, the market is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays from early August until fall.

According to a media release, about six vendors are regulars, there are sometimes as many as 11; and room exists for more. Vendors bring their own tables and displays and are not charged for the use of the space.

The market is between the post office parking lot and a building Waro is renovating to open as a store.

Growers who may be planning their gardens, crafters and others who may be interested are encouraged to call Gloria at 607-293-8087 for more information and to become a vendor.


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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