NAACP to honor King at holiday celebration

ONEONTA — The 2020 birthday celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be sponsored by the Oneonta Area Branch of the NAACP from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the First United Methodist Church at 66 Chestnut St. in Oneonta.

Open to all, the event will include birthday cake, music, songs and refreshments.

Programs scheduled for Cooperstown seniors

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

At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, a presentation will be given on Otsego County Office for Aging programs and services; and at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, “Travels in Saudi Arabia” with Kathleen O’Donnell is scheduled.

Hours at the center unless otherwise designated are from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 11:30 to 3 p.m. Thursdays.

Email for more information.

Lecture on TM is scheduled at Clark

COOPERSTOWN — There will be an introductory talk on the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown.

Transcendental Meditation, or TM, is described as an easily learned mental technique, usually practiced for 15 to 20 minutes each morning and evening. 

According to lecturer Bill Schaeffer, “With TM we say, if you can think, you can meditate. It doesn’t take years to master or powers of concentration.” Schaeffer said he has taught people of all backgrounds, in ages ranging from 5 to 70+ years old.

More information on TM is at or by contacting Schaeffer at

Kids 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 for more information.

Ball teams to host pancake breakfast

COOPERSTOWN — A pancake breakfast will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Cooperstown Fire Department on Chestnut Street in Cooperstown.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Cooperstown Central School junior varsity and varsity baseball teams for their April spring training trip to the Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12.

Call Mark Kirkby at 607-437-6494 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 6 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 any of their 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 for more information.

Day to swap seeds scheduled in Oneonta

The Master Gardeners of Schoharie and Otsego Counties will host the annual Master Gardener Seed Swap from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in both counties.

According to a media release, Schoharie Master Gardeners will be at Middleburgh Library at 323 Main St. in Middleburgh and the Otsego Master Gardeners will be at Huntington Memorial Library at 62 Chestnut St. in Oneonta.

Participation is free. One does not have to donate seeds or have seeds to share to attend.

National Seed Swap Day is observed on the last Saturday in January. Its purpose, as stated in the release, is to conserve and promote crop diversity in local communities. Neighbors gather to exchange seeds and chat about plans for the upcoming season. A small selection of 2019 seeds will be available.

Email the Otsego Master Gardeners at or the Schoharie Master Gardeners at 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 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. 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 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.

Tickets available for Grilled Cheese event

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.

Calendar proceeds to support animal 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 Sale proceeds will go to the SQSPCA.

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 will benefit the SQSPCA.

Those wishing to deliver donations by appointment should contact New Leash on Life Manager 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 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 607-547-8902 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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