Church to repeat takeout barbecue

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — A drive-through, takeout only, Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q chicken and ribs fundraiser will take place from noon until sold out Saturday, June 20, at Church of Christ Uniting, at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs.

There will be no advance sales. Chicken halves will be sold for $8 each and ribs will be $11 each.

According to a media release, because of an overwhelming response at the Memorial Day barbecue, organizers have increased their order of chicken and ribs for the June 20 sale.

Patrons will enter the circular driveway, place orders and pay from their vehicles, then proceed to the outside pickup point. Patrons are requested to have the exact amount of money for their orders for additional safety precautions and are required to wear masks.

All mandated safety procedures will be followed by church volunteers working during the event.

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, a small population was discovered last year 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 programdirector@occainfo.org for information and to volunteer.

Red Cross plans area blood drives

The constant and at times emergency need for blood products has prompted an increase in the number of blood drives in the area. According to information provided by the American Red Cross, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter-in-place declarations.

Blood drives will also be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the firehouse at 34 Main St. in Laurens, noon until 5 p.m. Friday, June 12, at St. Mary’s Parish Center at 31 Elm St. and from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at Bassett Hall at 1 Atwell Road in Cooperstown.

Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 to schedule appointments. Worcester residents may also make appointments with Norma at 607-397-8119.

Town to allow for disposal of items

MIDDLEFIELD — Tires and white goods may be disposed of from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, June 13, at the town of Middlefield highway garage.

There will be a limit of 10 tires. No rims or tractor tires will be accepted. Appliances must not contain freon.

Participants must register upon arrival and unload and load items themselves.

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 release said. 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 otsego@cornell.edu 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.

Email kate@delawarehighlands.org or visit https://delawarehighlands.org/photo-contest/ for more information.

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.

Forms available for art scholarship 

COOPERSTOWN — Students planning to pursue art at the college level who will graduate from a Clark Scholarship-eligible school district in 2020, may apply for an art scholarship from the Cooperstown Art Association. The organization has $1,400 in its scholarship fund.

Eligible schools include Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, Laurens, Milford, Milford BOCES, Morris, Mount Markham, Owen D. Young, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Worcester. Homeschooled students living within those school districts are also eligible.

There is no application fee. Each applicant should provide a portfolio of five pieces that represent their work. Entries must include a numbered list that corresponds to the images in each portfolio with titles and mediums, as well as the application form. 

Application forms are available online at www.cooperstownart.com and should be emailed with portfolios to gallery@cooperstownart.com before 4 p.m. Friday, June 12.

Portfolios will be juried by Martha Greenbank Sharer, a local artist and former art instructor.

CAA is housed in the village office/library building at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

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.

Club will reunite when safe to do so

COOPERSTOWN — The UPBEAT Kids Club, designed for students in first through eighth grade, is planning a Back to UPBEAT reunion event as soon as it deemed safe for groups to congregate, according to a media release.

Before the outbreak of COVID-19, the club met when school was closed for holidays, conference days and breaks. Activities incorporated the themes of courage, kindness and manners and included baking, board games, art, music and drama. Meetings were held at Christ Church Parish Hall at 69 Fair St. in Cooperstown.

Email gmeeter@gmail.com for more information including projects and activities that students may engage in while learning from home.

Shelter to provide free rabies clinics

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 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.

Contact Alisha Rule at 607-432-5525 or alisha.rule@helioscare.org or visit www.helioscare.org/grief for more information.

Annual run, walk move to July 19

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Richfield Springs Community Center’s 18th Annual Zone Run and Walk, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 11, has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 19. It is sanctioned by the Route 20 Road Challenge.

Categories include a 5K, 10K, 2-mile walk, kids “Little Loop.” New this year is the addition of the Family 2-Mile Walk category for $25. It includes one race T-shirt per family. Complete race information and pre-registration are available by going to www.richfieldspringscommunitycenter.org or www.runsignup.com/RSCC. Participants may also register race day from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the Veterans Club at 13 Lake St.

The kids “Little Loop” will begin at 7:30 a.m.; the 10K will start at 7:45 a.m.; the 5K and 2-mile walk (including Family 2 Mile Walk); will begin at 8 a.m. The races will begin on Lower Lake Street. Participants will return to the Vet’s Club for awarding of trophies and the drawing of door prizes, special raffles and a 50/50 raffle. 

Contact Run and Walk Coordinator Bill Kosina at 315-749-3286 or bill@richfieldzone.org for more information.

SQSPCA takes steps to carry on

HYDE PARK — The Susquehanna SPCA Animal Shelter remains closed to the general public and volunteers and staffing are limited, as it continues to follow public safety recommendations regarding the corona virus. 

According to a media release, there are still animals available for adoption. Anyone interested in a pet is directed to visit online at www.sqspca.org and on Facebook. Those who find an animal they want to adopt should call 607- 547-8111 to schedule an appointment to visit that animal and to learn more about the animal and the adoption process.

Anyone needing to surrender animals may call the shelter and arrange to do so.

The shelter is still scheduling the surrender of animals by the public as needed and continues to take names for fosters in the event of an emergency. Interested fosters may call the SQSPCA  from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Also, the SQSPCA’s thrift store across from the shelter on state Route 28, A New Leash on Life, will be closed to the public until further notice and although it won’t be business as usual, business will go on.

According to a media release, Thrift Sore Manager Sara Lucas will select items daily to sell on Facebook Marketplace and weather-permitting, there may be outdoor sales which will be announced. Lucas said that items to be offered online will have been at the thrift store at least 72 hours and will be disinfected before being transferred to the customer.

Donated merchandise will continue to be accepted. Donors are asked to call 607-547-9462 to schedule an appointment.

Class of ‘94 award open to CCS seniors

COOPERSTOWN — The Class of 1994 at Cooperstown Central School is seeking applicants for its annual Christina Wayman Selan Award, named for a classmate who lost her nine-year battle with Hodgkin’s Disease on April 3, 2007.

According to a media release, last year’s award winner, Delilah Griger, received a $1,000 award during the Cooperstown High School Alumni Banquet in June. A fundraising campaign allowed the class to double the amount recipients received in 2018 and 2017.

Wayman Selan is described in the release as an involved athlete who led by example and always gave her best. Academically, she was an honors student both in high school and college. Classmates remember her most for her sincerity, sense of humor and kindness to others.

According to a media release, consideration for the award goes to the Cooperstown senior who most embodies Selan’s moral character, leadership, motivation and sportsmanship

Scholarship applications will be made available to CCS seniors in the school guidance office.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship may do so by making checks payable to Cooperstown Central School District – Christina Wayman Selan Award Fund and mailing them to Amy Kukenberger, Treasurer, CCS, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown, NY 13326

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.

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.

Call 607-547-8902 or email 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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