Square dance club plans winter event

COOPERSTOWN — The Doubleday Dancers Modern Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown will have its winter dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Cooperstown Elementary School on Walnut Street. Ray Taylor will call mainstream and plus dances and Elma Taylor will cue.

Admission is $5 per person, payable at the door.Call 607-264-8128 or 607-547-8665 for more information.

Potluck dinner set with movie to follow

FLY CREEK  — The Fly Creek United Methodist Church will host a community potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 11. The meal will be followed by a movie. Drinks and dinnerware will be provided. All are welcome to participate. The church is at 852 County Road 26 in Fly Creek. 

Library seeks books for February sale

COOPERSTOWN — The Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown will have a book collection from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, Jan. 11. Donations of used books in good condition will be collected for use in a book sale to be held in February in conjunction with the Cooperstown Winter Carnival.

According to a media release, the book collection will take place inside the Fair Street entrance to the Village Hall at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

Hardcover and paperback books of all types, including fiction, nonfiction, arts and crafts, cooking and children’s literature are wanted. Assorted media, including audiobooks, will also be accepted. No magazines, textbooks, foreign language books, outdated travel books, or any books in poor or dirty condition should be included. Organizers reserve the right to refuse donations considered by them to be in poor condition. 

Screening coach headed to Laurens

LAURENS — Bassett Healthcare’s Medical Mobile Screening Coach will be at Laurens Central School at 55 Main St. in Laurens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, for the school’s Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Tournament. 

Free mammograms, breast exams, pap tests and pelvic exams will be offered to those who are uninsured or underinsured and age 40 or older.

Colorectal cancer screening kits will also be available for men and women age 50 or older who are uninsured or underinsured.

Call 888-345-0225 for more information and appointments.

Presentation set on energy mandate

COOPERSTOWN — Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown will present “Bennett Sandler: New York’s New Climate Bill” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, in the ballroom at 22 Main St. 

Sandler is the director of Heat Smart Otsego, a community outreach project of the Otsego County Conservation Association, created in 2018.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act into law last July, putting the state on a path to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 and net zero emissions in all sectors of the economy.

According to a media release, Heat Smart Otsego was designed to educate home and business owners about renewable, clean heating and cooling technologies, including air and ground source heat pumps, and to connect building owners with pre-vetted, local installers.

Sandler’s presentation will cover heat pumps and modern wood burning appliance basics; how those systems work, how much they may save, how safe they are in homes and the environmental benefits. He will also present data on energy savings based on local clean heating and cooling system installations.

Attendees may register for a free energy audit or to have a Heat Smart Otsego installer partner visit their homes/businesses for a free site visit to determine costs for conversion to clean thermal.

The program is free, open to the public and sponsored by Friends of the Village Library. 

Visit www.heatsmartotsego.org or email Sandler at campaigndirector@occainfo.org for more information.

Eastern Star plans meeting for Monday

LAURENS — The Freedom Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star will meet in regular session at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Masonic Temple at 7 Brook St. in Laurens.

Refreshments will be served. 

Call Babrara Aldrich at 607-433-5242 for more information.

Registration day set for quilt show

COOPERSTOWN — Registration for the Fenimore Quilt Club’s 2020 show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

According to a media release, quilted items should be brought to the Cooperstown Art Association Galleries at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown. Exhibitors may enter two items. All quilts and wall hangings must have a six-inch sleeve or other suitable method for hanging. The only exception would be for antique quilts which should not be hung because of their condition.

Insurance coverage for exhibited works is the responsibility of the owner. If anyone is interested in selling displayed works, information will be available during registration.

The show will be held Feb. 8 through 23. During the show, the galleries will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Call Jean Lyon at 607-547-2709 or the Cooperstown Art Association at 607-547-9777, or visit www.cooperstownart.com for more information.

Club schedules January meeting

COOPERSTOWN — The UPBEAT Kids Club, designed for students in first through eighth grade, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 20, at Christ Church Parish Hall at 69 Fair St. in Cooperstown.

The free club is in its second year of meeting monthly when school is closed for holidays, conference days and during school breaks. Activities incorporate the themes of courage, kindness and manners and include baking, board games, art, music and drama. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored at the January meeting.

Email gmeeter@gmail.com for more information.


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 event 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. Donor names will be listed along with those of other well-wishers in the Valentine’s Soirée program book, which will serve as a memento to him.

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

Auction items may be viewed at www.friendsofbassett.org. 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 friends.office@bassett.org for more information, purchase a raffle ticket or make a donation or reservation. Reservations may also be made online.

Calendar proceeds to support shelter

HARTWICK SEMINARY — A calendar, “Pets Dance Too,” has been released by the Wharton Valley Dance Theatre, in association with the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

According to a media release, the 15-month calendar is the culmination of two photo shoots orchestrated by Wharton Valley Dance Theatre photographer Micaelina Velardi at the animal shelter earlier this year. Each month features student dancers interacting with SQSPCA adoptable cats and dogs.

“Pets Dance Too” calendars are available for purchase at $18 each online at www.micaelinavelardi.com/pets-dance-too. Sale proceeds will go to the SQSPCA.

Thrift store 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.

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, according to a media release.

The shop at 4841 State Route 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 slucas@sqspca.org.


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 HMcAdams@delop.org 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 www.cooperstownfoodpantry.org. 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 607-547-8902 or directorcfp@gmail.com 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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