Museum director to address society

HARTWICK — Liz Callahan will be the guest speaker at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Otsego County Historical Association monthly educational program at Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick. Callahan is executive director at Hanford Mills Museum and will present a virtual behind-the-scenes tour highlighting the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation activities that have been undertaken to keep the Mill complex stable and operational. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Fly-in breakfast to feature pancakes

COOPERSTOWN — An all-you-can eat fly-in pancake breakfast will be sponsored by the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Cooperstown/Westville Airport on state Route 166 outside of Cooperstown. Pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, sausage and beverages will be available for $7.50 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12.

Call 607-547-9007 for more information.

Railroad to mark sesquicentennial

MILFORD — The Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad at 136 E. Main St. in Milford, a 16-mile tourist railroad operating between Milford and Cooperstown, will celebratie its sesquicentennial on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, with several events.

The featured event of the celebration with will be the operation of 1924 0-4-0 Baldwin Steam Locomotive #6, being trucked in from Dunkirk. This will be the first operating steam locomotive on the Cooperstown line in almost 50 years, according to a media release. Several special trains will be operated behind this locomotive over the two days, including the Sesquicentennial Express to Cooperstown on Saturday.

Other events planned for the Sesquicentennial Weekend include a golden spike ceremony, track car rides south of Milford, a special postal cancellation, history presentations and ice cream social, special equipment demonstrations, live entertainment and fireworks Saturday evening in Milford’s Wilber Park.

For more information and to make reservations, visit lrhs.com or call 607-432-2429.

Deowongo Island Day, picnic planned

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Otsego Land Trust and Canadarago Lake Improvement Association will co-hosting Deowongo Island Day and CLIA’s annual picnic from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13.

There will be food, music and raffles on Baker’s Beach. There will also be free rides to Deowongo by party barge from the beach, where OLT will host a guided tour of the only island in Otsego County. Attendees may also travel by their own canoe or kayak.

Free parking is available at Baker’s Beach at 8114 State Highway 28 in Richfield Springs. The rain date will be Saturday, July 27.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Becky at 607-547-2366 or becky@otsegolandtrust.org.

Talk on Scots-Irish set in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — the Springfield Historical Society will host Terry McMaster who will provide a talk on the “Scots-Irish on the Old New York Frontier and the Cherry Valley Massacre,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14.

The community center is on county Route 29A in Springfield Center. This talk is free and open to the public. Donations to the society are welcome. For more information, call Maureen Culbert at 607-264-3375.

Museum to host book activities

EDMESTON — The Edmeston Museum at 1 North St. in Edmeston will host a book activity for the interested fourth through eighth grade students. The club will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 and 24, at the museum.

According to a media release, participants will be given a free copy of “Farmer Boy” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Activities, highlighting different events from the book, will include a scavenger hunt. Participants will also take part in crafts, a pie eating contest and make ice cream by hand. Preregistration is requested and may completed at edmestonmuseum@gmail.com or by calling 607-293-6635.

Puppet show planned at library

COOPERSTOWN — The Village Library will host a puppet show at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. The Dancing Bear Puppet Theater, with Melanie Zimmer, will perform “Race to the Moon.”

The program will be on the front lawn of the Village Hall at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

In the event of bad weather, the program will be held in the Library’s Children’s area. The show is sponsored by the Friends of the Village Library

For more information on this or other family evening programs, call 607-547-8344 or visit www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org.

 

Otsego LEICC to meet July 18

PHOENIX MILLS — The Otsego County Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Meadows Office Building at 140 County Highway 33W outside of Cooperstown.

  

Businesswoman to speak in Worcester

WORCESTER — The Worcester Historical Society will host local businesswoman and antiquarian Christine G. Althiser for a program on “Period Clothing, Hats and Photographs, and her beautician business,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the society at 144 Main St. in Worcester

Althiser is a member of a family that has been prominent in the area for more than two centuries. A 1968 graduate of Worcester Central School, she was been the owner of Chris’ Beauty Salon for 47 years. She also collects original period cloying and hats dating from the late 19th century. She will display and describe many of her items, answer questions about them and offer the audience the opportunity to model some of them. She will also display photographs of several local people in classic and period settings and will discuss aspects of operating her business.

The public is welcome to attend.

 

Annual barbecue set for HOF Weekend 

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown United Methodist Church at 66 Chestnut St. will host its annual Hall of Fame chicken barbecue from noon to 4 p.m.. Brooks’ chicken, homemade salads and dessert will be served. Dinner will cost between $8.50 to $13. Diners may eat under the tent or take their food out. For information, call 607-547-5782 or 607-547-9540. 

 

Audrustown Massacre to be topic July 21

JORDANVILLE — Gene and Mary Doromus and Donna Rubin will be the speakers at the annual memorial service at Hoyer Hill Cemetery set for 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Their talk will include a history of the Palatines and a biography of Joseph Brant and Adam Helmer. Their combined talk will place the Andrustown Massacre in its historical context. All three of the speakers are history buffs, and frequent lecturers who are well informed about local history.

The service commemorates the 241st anniversary of the Andrustown Massacre, which occurred July 18, 1778. Josephine Hoyer Orton, a descendant of one of the seven families forming the first settlement of Andrustown, provided funds in her will for the restoration of the Hoyer Cemetery. The first memorial service was held there July 18, 1971, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Henderson and General Nicholas Herkimer Chapter. The seven families forming the first settlement of Andrustown were Bell, Crim, Frank, Hoyer, Lepper, Osterhout and Starring.

The service will take place at the Hoyer Hill Cemetery, which is off state Route 167 two miles east of Jordanville. The event is open to the public, and those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In the event of rain, the service will be held at the Jordanville Federated Church. For more information, call Lura Provost at 617-462-6401.

  

Smithy Clay Studio to offer classes

COOPERTOWN — The Smithy Clay Studio will offer four-week summer classes and open studio dates.

On Mondays, Aug. 5 to 26, advanced wheel throwing, beyond the wheel, with Adam Jennett will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon at a cost of $125. The class will explore ways to create tools on the wheel and then use those tools to explore methods of making off of the wheel.

Wheel 1-1.5 with Eileen Anania will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays July 29 to Aug. 26, with no class Aug. 6, at a cost of $125. The class is geared toward those who are new or relatively new to the wheel.

There will be open studio dates from July 22 to Aug. 31. The cost for those not taking a class will be $125, which includes use of the studio, one bag of clay, use of glazes and firing. The cost for those taking a four-week class is $40. No instruction is provided, and the open studio is open only to adults. The studio will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

To sign up for classes, call Clay Studio Managers Jon Stein and Adam Jennett at 607-547-8671 or email gallery@smithyarts.org. The Smithy Clay Studio is at 1 Otsego Court. in Cooperstown, with the entrance is down the alley next to Cooley’s Tavern off of Pioneer Street.

 

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 www.sharonspringsgaragesale.com 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 http://doas.us/2019-audubon-day-camp/ 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 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 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.