Water pollution to be addressed

COOPERSTOWN — Antoinette Kuzminski will address “Emerging Contaminants in Lake Otsego and the Susquehanna River” from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, on Zoom.

According to a media release, the talk is the third in the 2020-21 Sunday Speakers Series hosted by Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown.

It was as a general internist that Kuzminski became aware in the 1990s of the concept of endocrine disruption because of emerging contaminants and their impact on human health. She joined with SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station and the U.S. Geological Survey to study the presence of emerging contaminants in Lake Otsego and the Susquehanna River. Her talk will review recent investigations, particularly the potential for endocrine disruption in aquatic and human life.

The term “emerging contaminants” refers to a group of thousands of previously unrecognized substances, almost all man made, that are being found in small amounts in fresh waters worldwide.

Kuzminski served as attending physician and associate professor of medicine at Bassett Hospital from 1976 to 2016.

The free event is open to the public. The League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area is assisting FOVL with the program.

Visit fovl.eventbrite.com for more information and to register.

Program on zoning to be presented

The program “Why Zoning Shouldn’t Be Taboo” will be presented from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, using Zoom.

According to a media release, Otsego County Conservation Association Environmental Planner Danny Lapin will discuss how zoning can be utilized to design communities that promote density without compromising public health.

Registration is available at tinyurl.com/yyjoovcl

Email Lapin at planner@occainfo.org for more information. 

Annual caucus set in Laurens village

LAURENS — Registered Democrats and Republicans in the village of Laurens will meet to decide on candidates for mayor and trustee at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the village hall at 37 Brook St. in Laurens.  Each office carries a two-year term. 

Email LaurensVillageClerk@stny.rr.com for more information.

Lions Club seeks posters from youths

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Lions Club will sponsor a youth “Peace Poster Contest” in conjunction with the 2021 Cooperstown Winter Carnival. Participants must be 11, 12 or 13 years old by Nov. 15.

According to a media release, the winner will receive $250 and his or her poster will be submitted for judging by Lions District 20-Y.

The theme for the contest is, “We are All Connected.” Expression of the theme, artistic merit and originality will be considered when evaluating the posters at all judging levels.

Photographs of the entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 1, by email to cooperstownwintercarnival@gmail.com.

Complete rules, including size and materials allowed for the poster, are available at cooperstownwintercarnival.com.

 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 while ceilings are refurbished.

Patrons are instructed to call 315-858-0230 or email rs.mindy@4cls.org for appointments to pick up any needed items at curbside.

Area school creates district newsletter

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Central School recently launched an online district newsletter as it continues to navigate changes in education with regard to the district’s response to the ongoing pandemic.

According to a media release, the weekly newsletter provides news and highlights from classrooms, teachers, administrators and other educational and community resources.

The Hawkeyes Express is emailed to district students, parents and guardians. Issues are also available at www.cooperstowncs.org.

Contact wlansing@cooperstowncs.org or call 607-547-8181 for more information.

Nominees sought for service awards

MILFORD — The Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services is seeking nominees for its 40th annual BOCES Service Awards.

Awards will be presented to an individual and organization or firm. Both will be judged on personal activities in support of BOCES programs, concepts and/or students; activities in support of recent BOCES graduates; personal service on advisory committees or boards and leadership of any kind pertaining to BOCES programs and personnel.

Any resident of the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES service area is eligible to be nominated with the exception of current BOCES Board members or employees.

Nomination packets may be requested by emailing aoliveri@oncboces.org or calling 607-286-7715, ext. 2224.

The awards will be presented at the BOCES annual meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 1.

Film enthusiasts launch fundraiser

Film Cooperstown, Oneonta, Otsego County Film Partnership Inc., known as Film COOP, is sponsoring a 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, who is also a reporter for The Daily Star and Cooperstown Crier, 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. Funds 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.

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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