Annual run, walk moved 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 or Participants may also register race day from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the Vet’s 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 Vets’ Club for awarding of trophies and the drawing of door prizes, special raffles and a 50/50 raffle. Free snacks for everyone and a complimentary draft beer for those registered runners/walkers 21 and older or a soda/water for those either younger than 21 or for those wishing not to have a beer.

The Run and Walk’s coordinator is Bill Kosina. He can be reached by calling 315-749-3286 or emailing

For more information regarding the Richfield Springs Community Center and its programs, contact the center at 315-858-3200, visit or find Richfield Springs Community Center on Facebook.

ONC BOCES seeks board members

The Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services is seeking members for its board of education. BOCES districts were developed by the state Legislature in the 1950s to 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. ONC BOCES serves Andes, Charlotte Valley, Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Gilboa-Conesville, Hunter-Tannersville, Jefferson, Laurens, Margaretville, Milford, Morris, Oneonta, Roxbury, Schenevus, South Kortright, Stamford, Windham-Ashland-Jewett and Worcester school districts.

The Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES has a nine-member Board of Education. The board meets once per month, with meeting locations alternating between the Otsego Area Occupational Center in Milford, the Northern Catskills Occupational Center in Grand Gorge and the ONC BOCES Instructional Support Services Center in Oneonta. During the coronavirus closures, meetings are being held via video conference. Those who live in any of the aforementioned districts and are interested in serving on the ONC BOCES Board of Education or would like additional information, are asked to contact the ONC BOCES District Superintendent’s Office at 607-286-7715, ext. 2224, or by Wednesday, April 8. By law, preference must be given to interested individuals residing in districts not already represented on the board.

Easter Bunny Express rides, event canceled

MILFORD —  Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, officials with the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society and Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad have decided to cancel the 2020 Easter Bunny Express trains scheduled for April 4, 5 and 11, according to a media release.

Those with confirmed reservations for one of the Easter Trains will be contacted and refunded for their purchase. 

Doubleday postmark cancellation planned

COOPERSTOWN — The village of Cooperstown and the Friends of Doubleday, in conjunction with the Cooperstown post office, will have a pictorial postmark cancellation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23. The 100th Anniversary version of the village’s Doubleday Field logo will be available either through mail-in requests or in person at the Cooperstown post office.

All items to be canceled must have appropriate first-class postage.

Mail-in requests for the pictorial postmark should be sent to Mary Powers, Postmaster, 40 Main St., Cooperstown, NY, 13326.

Cooperstown food pantry makes changes

COOPERSTOWN — In response to the COVID 19 outbreak, Cooperstown Food Pantry is making changes to its procedures as well as its hours. Beginning Monday, March 23, the food pantry will be open from 10 a. m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Only volunteers and the Food pantry director may enter the pantry. Clients can wait outside, and the food will be packed up for them. People in need of food assistance may call the pantry at 607-547-8902.

No food donations will be accepted at the pantry. People may make a monetary donation via PayPal on the Pantry’s website,, or mail a check to the Food Pantry at 25 Church St. in Cooperstown. The pantry will not accept any new volunteers at this time. 

For more information, see and the Pantry’s Facebook page,

All area libraries closed to public

VESTAL —  Public libraries have closed in Cherry Valley, Cooperstown, Hartwick, Richfield Springs and Springfield. Four County Library System delivery service to member libraries was suspended on March 17 because of the arrival of COVID-19 in the 4CLS service area and out of an abundance of caution.The ability to place holds has been suspended until further notice. Re-opening dates range from the end of March to mid-April. 

Animal shelter takes steps to carry on

HYDE PARK — The Susquehanna SPCA Animal Shelter will be closed to the general public and volunteers and staffing will be limited, as it continues to take steps in line with public safety recommendations regarding the coronavirus. 

According to a media release, there are still animals available for adoption. Anyone interested in a pet is directed to visit or the shelter’s page on Facebook. Those who find an animal they want to adopt should call 607- 547-8111 to schedule an appointment to visit the animal and to learn more about the animal and the adoption process.

Anyone needing to surrender animals may call the shelter and arrange to do so.

The shelter is still scheduling the surrender of animals by the public as needed and continues to take names for fosters in the event of an emergency. Interested fosters may call the SQSPCA  from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The SQSPCA’s thrift store across from the shelter on state Route 28, A New Leash on Life, will be closed to the public until further notice although online sales will continue.

According to a media release, Thrift Sore Manager Sara Lucas will select items daily to sell on Facebook Marketplace and, weather-permitting, there may be outdoor sales which will be announced. Lucas said that items to be offered online will have been at the thrift store at least 72 hours and will be disinfected before being transferred to customers.

Donated merchandise will continue to be accepted. Donors are asked to call 607-547-9462 to schedule an appointment.

Town to conduct only vital business

GARRATTSVILLE — The New Lisbon Town Hall at 908 County Highway 16 in Garrattsville is closed except for the conduct of essential government business because of health and safety concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a media release issued by Town Supervisor Edward Lentz, the next town board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. The form it takes will be announced as it may be necessary to conduct it by teleconference or videoconference.

Court will not be held.

The highway department will continue its work as usual, unless otherwise directed by the highway superintendent.

All business with the assessor and town clerk will need to be conducted by mail, email or telephone.

All reservations for use of the community hall have been canceled.

The procedural changes will be discussed by the board at its April meeting and any updates will be announced.

All elected officials, employees and residents are urged to take precautions with regard to COVID-19, including practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing followed by the use of hand sanitizer.

Call 607-263-5425 or email for more information.

Planning underway for summer parade

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — Planning is underway for the 106th annual Springfield Fourth of July parade and celebration scheduled Saturday, July 4, in Springfield Center. According to organizers, individuals, families, musical groups, businesses and organizations may participate. The parade theme is “Red, White, and Blue Forever.”

A celebration following the parade at Springfield Community Center will feature music, a Brooks’ chicken barbecue, quilt show and historical displays. An evening concert and fireworks display at Glimmerglass State Park will mark the end of the celebration.

Local nonprofit organizations interested in participating in fundraising activities and/or displays at the Community Center are asked to send two representatives to monthly meetings of the Fourth of July Committee. Community volunteers are also encouraged to attend. The committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, April 21, at Springfield Community Center at 129 County Route 29A in Springfield Center.

Email for more information.

Projects sought along Route 20

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Route 20 Association is looking for qualifying projects for its 2020 mini-grant program.

According to a media release, the program recognizes projects designed to better communities and enhance the Route 20 Scenic Byway corridor. Qualifying projects must be completed by this September.

Municipalities may apply for the competitive mini-grant by submitting a one page narrative on their letterhead describing the work involved with the project and its intended benefits. A contact person along with corresponding contact information should also be provided. Submissions must be received by April 1.

The winner will be announced by early June and the award will be presented at the association’s annual dinner meeting. The amount of the award will be $600. Included will be two reservations for the dinner.

Applications may be mailed to the Route 20 Association, P.O. Box 20, Richfield Springs, NY 13459 or emailed to

Class of ‘94 award open to CCS seniors

COOPERSTOWN — The class of 1994 at Cooperstown Central School is seeking applicants for its annual Christina Wayman Selan Award, named for a classmate who lost her nine-year battle with Hodgkin’s Disease on April 3, 2007.

According to a media release, last year’s award winner, Delilah Griger, received a $1,000 award during the Cooperstown High School Alumni Banquet in June. A fundraising campaign allowed the class to double the amount recipients received in 2018 and 2017.

Wayman Selan is described in the release as an involved athlete who led by example and always gave her best. Academically, she was an honors student both in high school and college. Classmates remember her most for her sincerity, sense of humor and kindness to others.

According to a media release, consideration for the award goes to the Cooperstown senior who most embodies Selan’s moral character, leadership, motivation and sportsmanship

Scholarship applications will be made available to CCS seniors in the school guidance office.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship may do so by making checks payable to Cooperstown Central School District – Christina Wayman Selan Award Fund and mailing them to Amy Kukenberger, Treasurer, CCS, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Scholarship process underway locally

COOPERSTOWN — Leatherstocking Credit Union is accepting applications from local high school seniors for its annual scholarship.

According to a media release, the Credit Union awarded $10,000 in scholarships to young Credit Union members, ranging from $400 to $1,000 per student last year The same amount will be awarded in 2020. Selection is based on community and/or school involvement, and being a well-rounded individual.

Applicants may print the online form at or pick one up at Leatherstocking Credit Union at 24 Glen Ave. in Cooperstown. The deadline to apply is March 25. Applicants must be a member of Leatherstocking Credit Union. Membership packets will be made available upon request.

New Leash on Life makes policy change

HYDE PARK — The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals New Leash on Life Thrift Shop has changed its drop-off policy for donations.

According to a media release, donations will be accepted during thrift store business hours only, or by appointment. The change will better regulate the flow of donations and protect them from the elements.

The shop at 4841 State Highway 28 in Hartwick Seminary, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Proceeds  benefit SQSPCA.

Those wishing to deliver donations by appointment should contact New Leash on Life Manager Sara Lucas at 607-547-9462 or

The car seat fitting station is open seven days a week by appointment only.

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.

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 Checks may be mailed to Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church St., Cooperstown, NY 13326. Write Backpack Program in the subject line of the check.

Call 607-547-8902 or email 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.

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