Food distribution set for Thursday
LAURENS — St. Matthew Lutheran Church at 125 County Road 11 in Laurens will sponsor its monthly free food distribution for those in the area needing a helping hand at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 18.
Motorists are asked to 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.
Speaker to address growth of internet
COOPERSTOWN — Otsego Electric Cooperative and OEConnect Chief Executive Officer Tim Johnson will give an online talk on “The Struggle to Bring Broadband to Rural America” from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 21.
According to a media release, the talk will be the fifth in the 2020-21 Sunday Speaker Series hosted by Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown with assistance from the Cooperstown Area League of Women Voters.
Johnson will address Otsego Electric’s process of establishing OEConnect to help build a broadband internet network of more than 700 miles to all of the cooperative’s members and many nonmembers in Otsego County and parts of the counties of Chenango, Madison and Herkimer.
He will also describe how state and federal broadband grants were obtained and an unexpected struggle with federal tax policy.
OEConnect provides internet services to about 2,700 customers, many who came on board after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Johnson is secretary of the NYS Rural Electric Cooperative Association and represents OEC on the executive committee of the NY Association of Public Power and the Northeast Association of Electric Cooperatives.
The event is free and open to the public.
Visit fovl.eventbrite.com for more information and to register.
Antiracism program set for Wednesday
COOPERSTOWN — The Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown, in partnership with the Cooperstown Area League of Women Voters, will continue Looking in the Mirror, its antiracism programming, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, with “Cooperstown Reflects on Racism — Looking Past the Mirror, Taking Action.”
According to a media release, Liane Hirabayashi and JoAnn Gardner will share the role of moderator.
Panelists will include Hartwick College Assistant Professor of Anthropology Namita Sugandhi, SUNY Morrisville Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer Mary Bonderoff, school administrator and Oneonta NAACP Vice President Michele Osterhoudt, The History Makers board member and Strategic Adviser for the Carbon Disclosure Project Paula DiPerna; Dr. Caridad Fuertes with Bassett Healthcare and Lynne Mebust with Friends of Village Library of Cooperstown.
The segment will focus on how to move from education about racism to taking action to address systemic racism locally.
The program is free. Registration is available at fovl.eventbrite.com. It will also be added to the FOVL YouTube channel.
Kindergarten process underway at CCS
COOPERSTOWN — Kindergarten registration is underway in the Cooperstown Central School District.
Parents of children who will be 5 on or before Dec. 1 are asked to begin the enrollment process online at http://bit.ly/CCSClass2034GoogleForm no later than March 26.
Call 607-547-9976 for more information.
Food Pantry adds free delivery service
CHERRY VALLEY — The Daily Bread Food Pantry at 2 Genesee St. in Cherry Valley has added 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 the new service will need to register online at www.tinyurl.com/dailybreaddelivery 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.
Cemetery group sets annual meeting date
MIDDLEFIELD — The annual meeting and election of officers of the Middlefield Cemetery Association will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, at the home of John and Sally Reynolds at 3640 County Highway 35 in Middlefield.
BOCES board of ed has vacancies to fill
The Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services is seeking candidates to fill five vacancies on its board of education.
According to a media release, BOCES districts provide shared services to school districts. ONC BOCES provides its 19 component school districts with a variety of educational and administrative services. ONC BOCES also provides the region with adult and continuing education.
The nine-member board meets monthly at either the Otsego Area Occupational Center in Milford, Northern Catskills Occupational Center in Grand Gorge or the ONC BOCES Instructional Support Services Center in Oneonta.
New board members will begin serving on July 1.
School districts eligible to nominate a resident to the board include Andes, Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Hunter-Tannersville, Jefferson, Laurens, Milford, Morris, Oneonta, Schenevus, Stamford, Roxbury, South Kortright, Windham-Ashland-Jewett and Worcester.
Anyone who lives in any of the aforementioned districts who is interested in serving on the ONC BOCES Board of Education or would like more information, is asked to contact the ONC BOCES District superintendent’s office at 607-286-7715, ext. 2224, or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
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.
Curbside service available at library
RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Richfield Springs Public Library, at 102 W. Main St. in Richfield Springs, is closed until further notice. Ceilings will be refurbished during the closure.
Patrons are instructed to call 315-858-0230 or email email@example.com for appointments to pick up any needed items at curbside.
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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 information about the sites.
Call 607-547-2536, ext. 231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 BassettConvenientCare.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.