Summer concerts set at Lakefront

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Lakefront Concert Series will return with free live music from the bandstand at Lakefront Park at 1 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in July and August.

Concert goers are encouraged to bring folding chairs, blankets and picnic suppers.

The schedule of concerts follows:

July 6: Cooperstown Community Band

July 13: Kennesaw Mountain Boys

July 20: Council Rock Band

July 27: Hanzolo

Aug. 3: Cooperstown Community Band

Aug. 10: Becca Frame and the Tall Boys

Aug. 17: Barn Paint Blue

Aug. 24: Eileen and Shirley with Tom Burr

Aug. 31: Rickety Fence

Program set focused on incarceration

COOPERSTOWN —Personal stories of Japanese American incarcerees during World War II will be explored at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at Fenimore Art Museum.

According to a media release, some of the people Ansel Adams met and photographed at the American concentration camp at Manzanar in 1943 as depicted in the museum’s exhibit Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams, will be featured.

Cooperstown area resident Liane Hirabayashi will also discuss how her Japanese American father’s family was affected by incarceration. She will describe the different responses her family members had to incarceration, including one who remained defiant against the government’s orders, and how activism of Japanese Americans continues to this day.

Admission is free with a recommended donation of $10. The required registration may be completed at

The museum is at 5798 State Route 80 outside Cooperstown.

Visit for more information. 

Events for seniors held twice weekly

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Senior Community Center is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the red building behind St. Mary’s Church at 31 Elm St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, offerings include exercises classes, card games, Mahjong, trivia, conversation and speakers on Thursdays.

A calendar of events is posted at Tops, Price Chopper and the Village Library.

All COVID safety measures are followed including air filters.

Find the Center on Facebook or email for more information.

Summer book sale to end July 4

COOPERSTOWN — The annual summer book sale sponsored by Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown will continue through Sunday, July 4. Books will be available on the lawn at 22 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to a media release, a variety of used books will be priced at $1 or $2 each. A bag sale will be held July 3 and 4 during which customers may fill a bag of any size for $5.

Proceeds will benefit the Village Library of Cooperstown.

Grange schedules three fundraisers

PIERSTOWN — There will be a White Elephant sale, bake sale and raffle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday July 3, at Pierstown Grange Hall at 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Road in Pierstown.

Proceeds will benefit the Grange building fund.

Call 607-437-4656 or 607-237-2930 for more information.

Vendors sought for fall craft fair

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Applications are being accepted for a craft fair to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Cullen Pumpkin Farm at 587 Cullen Road, just outside the village of Richfield Springs. The craft fair is being coordinated by the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs and will benefit its annual fundraising efforts.

According to a media release, Cullen Pumpkin Farm, a longtime family-owned business, is described as a popular fall destination that attracts visitors from a wide area. More information is available on their website at

Visit, e-mail, or call Carla at 315-858-1451 for more information and an application.

Ommegang Fridays fill air with music

MIDDLEFIELD — Brewery Ommegang’s Fire Pit Fridays continue to fill the air with music from 7 to 10 p.m. outside its Tap House. 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 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 Aug. 27.

COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

Brewery Ommegang is at 656 County Highway 33 in Middlefield.

Visit for more information.

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.

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.

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. 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

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., 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.

Food pantry offers free delivery

CHERRY VALLEY — The Daily Bread Food Pantry at 2 Genesee St. in Cherry Valley offers free home delivery in its service area. 

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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