Alumni to gather for dinner

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Central School Alumni Association will have its annual dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in the middle school/high school cafeteria at 39 Linden Ave. in Cooperstown. The $15 per person dinner will be provided by Mel's at 22.  

Donations to help sustain the group's two annual $1,500 scholarships along with the $5 annual dues from members, will be accepted at the dinner or they may be mailed to the association at P.O. Box 1122, Cooperstown, NY 13326. 

Alumni are asked to confirm their attendance by June 19, and may do so by emailing coopalums@gmail.com, on the Facebook event page, or by mail. 

Call 607-267-8623 for more information.

 

Dancers to host ice cream social

COOPERSTOWN — The Doubleday Dancers Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown will have its ice cream social dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Cooperstown Elementary School on Walnut Street. Ray Taylor will call Mainstream and Plus dances and Elma Taylor will Cue.

Admission is $5 per person, payable at the door.

Call 607-264-8128 for more information.

 

Grange to sponsor Country Fair day

PIERSTOWN — A Country Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Pierstown Grange at 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Road in Cooperstown.

The event will feature sales of plants, baked goods and white elephant items. Chili and hot dogs will be available. Proceeds will benefit the Pierstown Grange building fund.

Call Kathryn Mollach at 607-547-8261 for more information.

 

Museums to admit dads free

COOPERSTOWN — Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown will offer free admission to all fathers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 16.

 

Fly-in breakfast set for Saturday

COOPERSTOWN — The Middlefield Fire Department will host an all-you-can-eat fly-in pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Cooperstown/Westville Airport on state Route 166 outside Cooperstown. The menu will include pancakes with real maple syrup, sausage, eggs and beverages. The cost will be $7.50 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Call 607-547-9007 for more information.

 

Strawberry shortcake to be served

WORCESTER — The First Presbyterian Church at 174 Main St. in Worcester will host its 47th annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 15. The event will begin at 8 a.m. and will include a town-wide tag sale, plant sale, vendors, raffles for four chain saw art objects, music and food.

At 11 a.m., the Worcester Central School jazz band will play. At 1 p.m., the Worcester Community Chorale will sing in the church.

Food will include a Brooks’ chicken dinner with potato, coleslaw and dinner roll and the star of the festival, strawberry shortcake.

 

Pancake breakfast set for Sunday

GARRATTVILLE — A donation pancake breakfast will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, June 16, at Garrattsville Fire Company at 4418 State Route 51 in Garrattsville.

The menu will include pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, sausage gravy on biscuits, real maple syrup, applesauce, orange juice and other beverages.

 

Trees earmarked for safe placement

HARTWICK — A planting event will be hosted for the public at the Parlsow Road Conservation Area by Otsego Land Trust and NYSEG at 6 p.m. Monday, June 17, in celebration of National Pollinator Week. The site is at 127 Parslow Road in Hartwick.

NYSEG will provide several pollinator and wildlife species to be planted in and around the power line right-of-way on the property. According to a media release, trees can cause power outages and may present unsafe conditions when growing near electric wires. The use of integrated vegetation management is NYSEG's long-term approach to creating and maintaining desirable conditions within power line rights-of-way. Selective cutting, spraying, pruning, mowing, hazard tree removal, invasive species removal, native habitat restoration and seeding may also be performed. 

Call Becky at 607-547-2366, ext. 108 or email becky@otsegolandtrust.org for for information and to register. 

 

 

Show of fashions to benefit SPCA

COOPERSTOWN — A fashion show will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at The Gathering Place at Woodside Hall at 1 Main St. in Cooperstown. Clothing from the Susquehanna SPCA's New Leash on Life thrift store will be modeled. Free-will donations will be accepted for the organization's building fund. Call 607-547-0600, ext. 102, for more information. 

 

Dates announced for annual book sale

COOPERSTOWN — The Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown will host its annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29 through Sunday, July 7, outside the Village Library at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, selections will include hardcover fiction and nonfiction, paperbacks, arts and crafts, coffee table books, cookbooks, children’s books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs. Prices will range from $1 to $5. Proceeds will benefit the Village Library of Cooperstown.

On Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7, patrons may fill any size bag for $5.

Anyone who missed the previous book collection dates may bring book donations to the library from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 29. Donations should be brought to the tent marked “Book Collection” at the corner of Main and Fair streets. No magazines, textbooks, foreign language books, or outdated travel books should be included. Anything determined to be in poor condition will be refused.

Call 607-547-8344 for more information.

 

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 beginning 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 a selection of food and drinks.

Visit www.sharonspringsgaragesale.com for more information. 

 

Display timed 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.