YMCA to offer summer care/camp

ONEONTA — The Oneonta Family YMCA will register children from 6 to 8 Thursday, June 25, for six weeks of summer childcare or camp to be held from July 6 through Aug. 14.

According to a media release, a summer preschool childcare program will be available at 31 Center St. in Oneonta from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, for children 3 to 5 years old for $150 per week. Weekly themes will be featured.

Summer Adventure Camp for school-age children in the greenspace at the YMCA at 20-26 Ford Ave. in Oneonta will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Children must have completed kindergarten and not yet completed fifth grade. Weekly themes will be featured.

There are 25 places reserved for city of Oneonta residents for the school-age program. A fee of $10 per week will be required in advance. Residents will need to provide photo identification along with proof of residency such as a utility bill, driver’s license, voter registration card or copy of residential rental lease. Up to 25 non-city children may also register for the school-age program at $150 per week.

Registration will take place in the green space at the Y from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 25. Physical distancing requirements will be in effect and masks will be required.

Registration forms are available online at www.oneontaymca.org.

Contact Childcare Director Colleen Erbe at cerbe@oneontaymca.org for more information.

Shelter cuts fees through Saturday

HYDE PARK — The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will celebrate its dogs and cats as they, along with area graduates, prepare for the next phase of their lives.

According to a media release, adoption fees for all dogs and cats 6 years old or younger will be $20.20, through Saturday, June 27. Also, adoption fees for SQSPCA senior cats age 6 and older, will continue to be waived through June 30.

Adoptable dogs and cats may be viewed on the SQSPCA website or Facebook page. Adoptions and meet-and-greet appointments will be scheduled daily from noon until 4:30 p.m. through Saturday

SQSPCA is at 4841 state Route 28 in Hyde Park.

Call 607-547-8111 for more information.

Virtual Teen Scene to be pizza party

Family Resource Network of Oneonta will host a Virtual Teen Scene Pizza Party from 11 a.m. until noon Monday, June 29, in a Zoom room.

According to a media release, recipes will be shared featuring ways to make pizza for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

Parents, caregivers and other family members are encouraged to participate with any school-aged youths.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/yad5rpuz to register. An email will follow with the Zoom link needed to access the program along with a list of recipes that will be shared

Call 607-432-0001 for more information. 

Fundraiser planned for Fourth of July

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — Chicken halves and dinners by Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q in Oneonta will be available for drive-through pickup from noon until sold out on Saturday, July 4, at Springfield Community Center at 129 County Road 29A in Springfield Center. 

According to a media release, proceeds will help fund the 2021 Springfield Fourth of July parade and celebration.

Advance orders are recommended and may be made by calling 315- 858-0304. Orders may be paid by credit card over the phone or at the point of pickup with the exact amount in cash or check.

Half-chickens will be sold for $7 each and chicken dinners with baked potato, coleslaw and a roll, will be $11 each.

Whole homemade pies from the First Presbyterian Church of East Springfield will also be available for $15 each.

Patrons will be required to stay in their vehicles and follow signs to the payment and pickup tables.

Measures will be taken to ensure safe handling of food. Face masks should also be worn when interacting with volunteers.

Older shelter cats available at SQSPCA

HYDE PARK — The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will waive adoption fees for all cats six years and older through June 30, in celebration of national Adopt a Shelter Cat month.

“Senior cats end up in our shelter for a variety of reasons,” SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes stated in a media release, adding “Sometimes it’s because of chronic medical issues or behaviors caused by those conditions. Other times, they are surrendered to us by an elderly owner who has no other option because their own health is deteriorating or their living situation has changed.”

Cats are available to see at sqspca.org. Appointments may be made to meet them by calling 607-547-8111.

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 programdirector@occainfo.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 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.

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.

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.

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.

 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.

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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