Masons to sponsor chicken dinner to go
LAURENS — The Masonic Lodge at 7 Brook St. in Laurens will be the site of a $10 takeout chicken and biscuit dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 12.
The menu will include chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, coleslaw, cranberry jelly and ice cream with strawberries.
Everyone must be wearing a face mask upon arrival at the lodge.
Bass tournament canceled for 2020
RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Richfield Springs Community Center’s 18th annual Bass Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, July 18, at the Canadarago Lake Boat Launch in Richfield Springs, has been canceled.
According to a media release, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the state office of Parks and Recreation is not issuing building use permits at its parks or boat launches. Without a use permit, it would be illegal to have an official public gathering such as the bass tournament.
Contact Bill Kosina at 315-749-3286 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Scavenger Hunt focused on details
ONEONTA — A scavenger hunt with prizes for school-aged children and their families will be hosted during July and August by the Greater Oneonta Historical Society.
According to a media release, the hunt will involve searching for architectural details on Main Street between Chestnut and Grand streets and recorded on a form.
The hunt will serve an introduction to the upcoming exhibit “Building Blocks of a City:100 Years of Architecture in Oneonta” developed by the Cooperstown Graduate Program and GOHS.
Forms may be downloaded at www.OneontaHistory.org. Printed forms will be available at the History Center at 183 Main St. after it reopens.
Scavenger Hunt entries should be sent electronically to Hunt@OneontaHistory.com; mailed to GOHS at P.O. Box 814, Oneonta, NY 13820; or dropped off at the History Center when business hours resume. All forms must be received or postmarked by Sept. 1, to be eligible for prizes.
Two sets of prizes will be awarded. Three prizes will be awarded for correctly completed scavenger hunts and three prizes will be awarded from all remaining entries.
Local clay studio sets reopening day
COOPERSTOWN — Smithy Clay Studio at 55 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown is scheduled to reopen Monday, July 13, with adjusted programming and reduced numbers designed to protect studio members and staff from COVID-19.
According to a media release, studio space rentals and private studio lessons will be offered. Everyone will be required to wear masks, practice social distancing and sign in for tracing purposes. Temperature checks will also be conducted by staff.
Kilns may also be rented.
Email Adam Jennett at email@example.com for more information and to register to rent studio space, a kiln or take lessons.
Volunteers needed for plant removal
SPRINGFIELD — The Otsego County Conservation Association is looking for volunteers to help with the removal of European frog-bit, an invasive aquatic plant said to have the capability of disrupting local ecosystems.
According to a media release, last year a small population was discovered on Clarke Pond in Springfield.
Volunteers are needed who don’t mind getting wet, muddy and possibly a few leech bites as they search for and remove the plant before it can spread to Otsego Lake or other water bodies. Training will be provided.
Contact Jeff O’Handley at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and to volunteer.
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.
Local meat products, eggs, mushrooms, early greens, garden plants, herbs, spices, rubs, teas, jams, pancake mix, baked goods, honey, a selection of artisanal fermented cabbage and items suitable for gift giving are among the items now available. The selection of products is expected to grow as the growing season progresses and more farms go online.
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 informtion about the sites.
Call 607-547-2536, ext. 231 or email email@example.com for more information about SourceWhatsGood.
Operations resume at Convenient Care
COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Healthcare Network’s Convenient Care at 1 Atwell Road in Cooperstown has resumed normal operating hours. Hours are 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.
Juried photo contest to focus on nature
The third annual juried photo contest for the Upper Delaware River region, open to professional and amateur photographers, is underway by Delaware Highlands Conservancy.
According to a media release, “Nature Heals: Restore, Renew, Reconnect” invites photographers to capture nature-inspired photos in landscape, wildlife, macro or water. New this year is a youth category for photographers younger than 18. Without disturbing or harming any creature or its habitat, photographers are challenged to be creative in showcasing the diverse wildlife, plants and places of the region.
Photos will be judged on creativity, originality, composition, clarity, quality and impact.
Photographers may submit entries from Aug. 3 to Aug. 31. Winning photos will be chosen by a panel of judges, along with one People’s Choice, and will be hung at the ARTery gallery in Milford, Pennsylvania.
Photographers may submit no more than two photos to the contest. Entrants must agree to the official rules and submit a $10 entry fee to be eligible. Youth entries are free.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers from the Cooperstown Senior Community Center and/or Cooperstown Lions Club will assist them with their needs.
Free rabies clinics continue at shelter
HYDE PARK — Registration continues at the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for free rabies vaccination clinics in conjunction with the Otsego County Health Department.
According to a media release, the shelter will schedule 10 appointments from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and six appointments from 9 a.m. until noon Thursdays for pet dogs, cats and ferrets. Scheduling will be done in 30-minute increments to allow for social distancing.
Previous rabies vaccination certificates must be presented to receive a three-year booster. Dogs must be on a leash and under proper control. Cats and ferrets should be in a pillow case or carrying case.
Call 607-547-8111, ext. 108, for more information and to schedule appointments which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until all available slots have been filled. There is a limit of 15 pets per person.
The shelter is at 4841 State Highway 28 outside Cooperstown.
Limited opening set for area park
MILFORD — Wilber Park in Milford is open on to walkers, joggers, dog walkers and bike riders, according to a media release issued by Mayor Brian Pokorny.
The park gate will remain closed to vehicular traffic until further notice. Once state and federal officials begin to ease social distancing requirements and recommendations, the village will re-evaluate its decision.
Park users must practice social distancing, wear a face covering when appropriate, not congregate in large groups, stay off playground equipment, stay off the basketball court, stay out of the pavilion, make sure rules are explained to all family members and adhere to all Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive orders associated with combating COVID-19.
Contact 607-286-7331 or Village@MilfordNewYork.com for more information.
Grief counseling available locally
Helios Care in Oneonta is offering free bereavement counseling to anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a media release, counseling will be 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.
The free telephone and video grief counseling service available during the pandemic will transition to a sliding fee scale and sessions where counselors and individuals will meet together once normalcy resumes.
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 email@example.com for more information and to volunteer.
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.