Blood drive planned at Bassett Hall

COOPERSTOWN — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at Bassett Hall auditorium at the intersection of Beaver and Pioneer streets in Cooperstown.

While appointments are encouraged, walk-ins will be welcomed.

Call 607-547-3701 or 800-733-2767 to make an appointment

Fly Creek dinner to have ethnic fare

FLY CREEK — Cena comunitaria, a Spanish-themed dinner of shared dishes will be held for the community at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Fly Creek United Methodist Church. Dinnerware and beverages will be provided.

Tires, white goods to be collected

MIDDLEFIELD — Tires and white goods will be collected from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8, at the Middlefield highway garage, according to Highway Superintendent Brendan Kraham. There is a limit of 10 tires and they should not have rims. No tractor tires or appliances with Freon will be accepted. Residents will be asked to sign in when they arrive.

Church to sponsor craft fest in park

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The 40th annual Friendship Craft Festival sponsored by the Church of Christ Uniting will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in Spring Park on U.S. Route 20 in Richfield Springs.

The event will feature vendors with handcrafted items suitable for gift giving, one’s home and garden.

There will also be a church bake sale, Brooks’ chicken barbecue and members of the Richfield Springs Youth Sports organization will sell hamburgers, hot dogs, hot sausage sandwiches, french fries and beverages.

Writing workshop to be in Laurens

LAURENS — How to Tell Your Story, a free writing workshop taught by author Liz Rosenberg of Binghamton, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Colonial Ridge Golf Course at 195 Bateman Road in Laurens. The golf course is sponsoring the workshop along with Poets & Writers.

According to a media release, Rosenberg is the author of five best-selling adult novels, five award-winning books of poems and more than 30 books for young readers.

Rosenberg will read from some of her works, discuss her craft and provide writing instruction. Students may then work on their own and should bring their own writing supplies.

Email Julene at jwaffle@morriscsd.org for more information and to register. Directions are available at www.colonialridgegolf.com/directions.html. The Grill will be open at Colonial Ridge, before, during and after the workshop.

Vineyard Stroll to feature tastings

BURLINGTON FLATS — A Vineyard Stroll will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Rustic Ridge Winery at 2805 State Highway 80 in Burlington Flats. Wine tastings, a farmers’ and artisans’ market, pig roast, pizza, raffles and live music with the Loose Cannon band, will be featured. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Call 607-965-0626 for more information.

Museum to feature blacksmithing trade

COOPERSTOWN — Blacksmithing Weekend at The Farmers’ Museum will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9. According to a media release, the museum’s team of blacksmiths will demonstrate traditional tool and hardware making. Five blacksmiths will operate portable forges at various locations on the museum grounds. Each will feature different artisanal skill levels showing the versatility of the craft.

Regular admission will apply for Blacksmithing Weekend. The Farmers’ Museum is at 5775 State Route 80, north of Cooperstown.

Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.

Bassett researcher to present study

COOPERSTOWN —The Friends of the Village Library Programs Committee will present “Bassett Research in Our Community: The Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers Study,” with David Strogatz at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the village meeting room at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown. The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Village Library, is free and open to the public.

According to a media release, the study identifies characteristics of older drivers and their vehicles that relate to one’s continued ability to drive safely.

Strogatz is Director of the Center for Rural Community Health at Bassett Research Institute. He also serves as an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at the University of Albany.

Dairy management tools to be addressed

The “Ins and Outs of the Dairy Margin Coverage Program” will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, at Farm Credit East at 7397 State Route 80 in Cooperstown.

Regional Dairy Specialist Dave Balbian and Farm Business Specialist Nicole Tommell will discuss the use of dairy revenue protection and livestock gross margin for dairy cattle as risk management tools in addition to the DMC program administered by the Farm Service Agency. Regional FSA executive directors will also speak about the new DMC tools.

Registration is available online at http://cnydfc.cce.cornell.edu/events or by emailing herkimer@cornell.edu.

Call 315-866-7920 for more information

Service, tenure to be recognized

COOPERSTOWN — A public reception honoring individuals for their service and tenure status will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, in the cafeteria at Cooperstown Central School on Linden Avenue in Cooperstown.

Mary Leonard, who has served on the board of education for 12 consecutive years, including 11 years as vice president, will be recognized. Jim Brophy will be honored for his service as interim administrator since 2016.

Those who will be honored for earning professional status as tenured, licensed professionals are Elementary Principal Ann Meccariello, English teacher to speakers of other languages Amanda Chase, elementary teacher Emily Huston, licensed teaching assistant Irene Kenison and licensed master social worker Mary Clare Roberts.

Contact Wendy Lansing at wlansing@cooperstowncs.org or 607-547-8181 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.

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 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 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.