Food distribution set for the month

LAURENS — St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Laurens will sponsor its monthly free drive-thru food distribution for area residents in need of a helping hand at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 17.

Motorists should enter the church parking lot along the driveway next to the Laurens Post Office on Brook Street. Masked and gloved church members will pass the bagged food through vehicle windows until the supply is gone.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church plans to host a community get-together in August to celebrate the first anniversary of its food distribution program. The date and time will be announced.

All are welcome to both the June food distribution and the anniversary celebration.

Bands listed for Fire Pit Fridays

MIDDLEFIELD — Brewery Ommegang has released a list of performers for its free Fire Pit Friday summer concert series that debuted on June 5, following the cancellation of the May 28 concert because of inclement weather. According to a media release, the stone fire pit measures 20 feet in diameter and is described as a sight to be seen.

Concerts will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. outside the Tap House on a new permanent stage. Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets if they intend to sit on the lawn. The Tap House café will provide table service on its patio for diners. There will also be an outdoor bar and food truck available. Purchases are not required to attend.

Performing next will be the Beadle Brothers on Friday, June 18; followed by Annie in the Water on June 25; Wyld Blue on July 2; Charlie and the Roomers on July 9; Tailor Made on July 16; the Nate Gross Band on July 23; Hop City Hellcats on July 30; Woodshed Prophets on Aug. 6; Gridline on Aug. 13; Without a Net on Aug. 20; and Glass Pony on July 27.

COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

Brewery Ommegang is at 656 County Highway 33 in Middlefield.


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Friends to sponsor book donation day

COOPERSTOWN — Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown will accept book donations from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, June 19, in preparation for the annual Summer Book Sale.

According to a media release, used books in good condition, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks may be dropped off at the Fair Street entrance to the library building at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

Donated items will be included in June 26 to July 4 sale.

Proceeds will benefit the Village Library of Cooperstown.


Strawberry festival set for Saturday

WORCESTER — The Worcester-Schenevus Library in collaboration with the First Presbyterian Church will host the annual strawberry festival on Saturday, June 19. The event will be held on the church grounds at 174 Main St. in Worcester.

According to a media release, this will be the 49th year of the festival. Homemade strawberry shortcake with biscuits and whipped cream will be served beginning at 11 a.m. 

There will also be chicken barbecue dinners prepared by Brooks' House of Bar-B-Q. The $11 dinners will include a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw and a roll. Half chickens only will be $6.50 each. 

Yard sales will coincide with the festival. The library will provide maps of sales locations. Maps will also be available in advance at the library at 170 Main St., Worcester, on its website and at the event beginning at 9 a.m.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Big Fish Trio. The band, which boasts two members from Worcester, plays tunes from swing and jazz to rock and country. They have been frequent featured performers at The Otesaga in Cooperstown. To hear a clip of their music, visit https//

There will also be a farmers' market in the town parking lot behind Hidden Treasures antique store on Main Street and a plant sale by the Worcester Women's Club across the street from the church. There will also be a porch sale at Worcester-Schenevus Library's used bookshop, on Main Street next to the library.

Call the library at 607-397-7309, or email for more information.



First meeting set following shutdown

FLY CREEK — The Fly Creek Area Historical Society will meet for the first time in nearly 18 months at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at its headquarters in the old Grange Hall at 210 Cemetery Road in Fly Creek.

Building and museum improvements made during the COVID shutdown will be discussed. Refreshments will be served. Masks are optional. The doors will be open for circulation and social distancing will be acknowledged.

The meeting is open to the public.

Anglers sought for bass tournament

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Richfield Springs Community Center’s annual Bass Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 17, rain or shine, at the Canadarago Lake Boat Launch on 135 Dennison Road in Richfield Springs.

Participants will check in from 5:30 to 7 a.m. Fishing will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Weigh in will be at 1:30 p.m. A free lunch will follow weigh in. The fees are $20 for adults and $10 for those 12 and younger.

Cash prizes total $800 plus 25% of registration fees and will go to the top three boats (total bag weight) and heaviest lunker. There is a limit of three bass per boat.

There will also be 50/50 and beer basket raffles and door prizes.

The event has the cooperation of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation — Central Region. The Canadarago Lake Improvement Association will perform mandatory boat inspections to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Proceeds will benefit the Community Center.

Contact Tournament Coordinator Bill Kosina at 315-749-3286 or for registration information.

Parade for fourth changed to drive-by

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — The annual Fourth of July Parade in Springfield Center will not take place this year in its usual form. Instead, the Springfield Fourth of July Committee invites all individuals, families and groups in the town of Springfield to participate in a Fourth of July drive-by parade.

The parade will be held from Thursday, July 1, through Monday, July 5. Judging will take place Saturday, July 3.

The theme is "Essential America."

Parade maps will be available at the Convenience Corner store at the intersection of U.S. Route 20 and state Route 80 in Springfield Center. Names and descriptions of entries will be included with the map.

The first place winner will receive $125; followed by $75 for second place; $50 for third place; and $25 for honorable mention.

An online registration form is available on the Springfield Fourth of July Parade and Celebration Facebook page and at

Participants must be registered to be eligible for prizes. Registration is free. The deadline for entries is June 20.

Call 315-858-0304 for more information.

Springfield to offer food for Fourth

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — A takeout drive-thru chicken barbecue will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out Sunday, July 4, at Springfield Community Center at 129 County Road 29A in Springfield Center.

Sponsored by the Springfield Fourth of July Committee, Brooks’ barbecued chicken halves and dinners along with whole homemade pies from the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield and T-shirts featuring this year's “Essential America” parade theme, will be available for purchase.

Cash or checks will be accepted. No advance orders will be taken this year.

Chicken halves will be $7 each. Dinners, to include a baked potato, coleslaw and roll, will be $11 each. Strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry, pecan, apple, raspberry and cherry pies will be $15 each.

T-shirts will be $10 each.

Proceeds will benefit next year’s Fourth of July parade and celebration in Springfield.

Cooperstown church plans monthly dinners

COOPERSTOWN — The First Baptist Church at 21 Elm St. in Cooperstown will offer monthly takeout Brooks' chicken dinners from 4:30 to 6 p.m. June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, and Oct. 15.

Dinners will include a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw and roll. The $12 per dinner cost may be paid in cash or by check. A $1 convenience fee will be added for payment by PayPal to cover processing fees.

Advance ordering is strongly encouraged and should be done no later than the Wednesday preceding a dinner. Orders may be placed by emailing Orders should include a name, number of dinners and phone number for confirmation

OCCA to offer program to teachers

The Otsego County Conservation Association will offer a free Summer Professional Development Institute designed to help middle school teachers create innovative lessons about local watersheds.

According to a media release, the 40-hour institute will include online lessons, hands-on field experiences and independent work for participating teachers from the New York portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Scheduled to begin on July 22, the institute will focus on training teachers how to develop and implement Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences. MWEEs include classroom learning, outdoor experiences, presentations and an action project. According to organizers, units could be developed that are appropriate for social studies, English, math and art, as well as science. 

The summer institute is part of the Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem, a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Bay Watershed Education and Training program and OCCA. The three-year partnership works to engage and educate teachers in the integration and performance of MWEEs in their classrooms.

CTLE credits and Master Teacher credits will be available.

Interested teachers may visit for more details and to apply for the program.

Email OCCA at for more information.

Rabies vaccines available locally

HYDE PARK — Rabies vaccination clinics for pet dogs, cats and ferrets will continue to held monthly on the following Mondays at Susquehanna SPCA. From 4 to 7 p.m., July 12, and Oct. 4; and 2 to 5 p.m., May 17, June 14, Aug. 16, Sept. 13, Nov. 15. and Dec. 13.  Call 607-547-8111, ext. 11, for an appointments which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of 15 pets per person. The clinics are in conjunction with the Otsego County Department of Health. 

Dogs must be on leashes and cats and ferrets in carriers.

Proof of a previous vaccine is required to receive one good for three years.

The shelter is at 4841 State Highway 28 in Hyde Park.

Free delivery service offered to pantry patrons

CHERRY VALLEY — The Daily Bread Food Pantry at 2 Genesee St. in Cherry Valley offers free home delivery in its service area. The next delivery date will be Tuesday, June 15.

According to a media release, the pantry serves the Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District. Patrons interested in free home deliver service need to register online at or by calling 607-435-6064.

The pantry is open for walk-ins from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 

Rides available to vaccination clinics

Getthere, a program of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York, will provide transportation to COVID-19 vaccination clinics to clients living in the counties of Chenango, Delaware and Otsego, as well as Broome and Tioga, unable to get there on their own.

Interested individuals may call 855-373-4040 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays to speak with a mobility and transportation advocate about scheduling rides.

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 On the designated delivery day, customers may pick up their orders at one of six drop sites in Schoharie and Otsego counties. Visit for more information about the sites.

Call 607-547-2536, ext. 231 or email for more information about SourceWhatsGood.

Health care options available locally

Bassett Healthcare Network’s Convenient Care at 1 Atwell Road in Cooperstown is operating 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

Help available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Homebound seniors who need groceries or medications may call 607-547-2213 or email Volunteers from the Cooperstown Senior Community Center and/or Cooperstown Lions Club will assist them with their needs.

Grief counseling available locally 

Helios Care in Oneonta continues to offer free bereavement counseling to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one during the ongoing pandemic.

According to a media release, counseling is 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.

Contact Alisha Rule at 607-432-5525 or or visit for more information.

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 for more information and to volunteer.

Otsego County seeks day care 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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