Tree-killing insect to be addressed

COOPERSTOWN — The invasive hemlock woolly adelgid will be addressed at Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

According to a media release, Catskill Regional Invasive Species Project Field Projects Manager Dan Snider will explain the insect’s life cycle and impact, how to identify the insect and how participants can contribute to scientific projects to preserve hemlocks in the region.

There will also be an outdoor component for learning and practicing techniques for conducting surveys for hemlocks and the woolly adelgid in the field.

Described as an aphid-like insect that feeds on hemlock trees, the hemlock woolly adelgid is native to Asia. HWA was first discovered in New York in 1985. HWA feed on starches stored deep within the plant. It forms distinctive white, woolly masses on the underside of hemlock branches. Once infested, a previously healthy hemlock can be killed by HWA within 10 years.

The program is offered by Otsego County Conservation Association and Mohican Farm/The Clark Foundation.

Visit www.occaino.org for more information and to register.

Pancake breakfast planned in Laurens

LAURENS — A pancake breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Presbyterian Church at 3 Main St. in Laurens. The menu will include pancakes with real maple syrup, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs and a beverage. Donations will be accepted.

Annual Chili Fest to be held Sunday

HARTWICK — The annual chili fest sponsored by the Hartwick Historical Society will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Hartwick Community Center at 450 County Road 11 in Hartwick. 

Tasters may sample the entries, select their favorite and have a bowl of it for a $5 donation. Call 607-293-7530 for more information. 

Retired professor to speak at library

COOPERSTOWN — The next program of the Friends of the Village Library will be “Cooperstown Scenery — In Geologic Time” presented by P. Jay Fleisher, Distinguished Teacher Professor Emeritus at SUNY Oneonta, from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10. It will be held in the upstairs ballroom of the library at 22 Main St. According to a media release, the geologic story of Leatherstocking County reaches deep in to geologic time, culminating in the effects of the last Ice Age. Fleisher’s talk will explain scenery around Cooperstown from a geologic perspective.

Cemetery group sets annual meeting

MIDDLEFIELD — The annual meeting of the Middlefield Cemetery Association will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the home of John and Sally Reynolds at 3640 County Highway 35 in Middlefield. Electing new officers is among the business to be conducted.

Eastern bluebird to be discussed

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego Land Trust will host New York State Bluebird Society co-founder John Rogers at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Community Room at Clark Sports Center at 124 County Road 52 in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, the presentation will encompass the life history of the Eastern Bluebird, other birds that nest in bluebird boxes, nest box management and more.

Attendees will also learn about OLT’s bluebird box monitoring volunteer opportunity and the presentation will serve as an introductory training. OLT needs help in stewarding its bluebird nesting boxes along its public access Blueway properties. Volunteers will record findings, take photos and report to OLT at the end of the season.

Rogers has maintained a trail of bluebird nest boxes in Central New York for more than four decades. He has given bluebird slide programs and workshops to hundreds of groups in 12 states and two Canadian provinces.

As a result of his Bluebird conservation work, Rogers has received numerous awards, including the John and Norah Lane Bluebird Conservation Award from the North American Bluebird Society.

The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and pie will be served. Call Becky at 607-547-2366, ext. 108, or email becky@otsegolandtrust.org to register.

Church plans dinner to celebrate spring

MIDDLEFIELD — A celebratory spring roast beef dinner by donation will be begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Middlefield Baptist Church. Reservations are required. Takeouts will be available for pick up at 5:15 p.m

Call Dorothy at 607-547-9093 or Sue at 607-264-8042 for more information and to make reservations or place an order for takeout.

Tickets go on sale for hospice event

COOPERSTOWN — The 19th annual Epicurean Food and Wine Tasting sponsored by Catskill Area Hospice will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on Lake Street in Cooperstown.

The event will begin with a sampling of wines from the Otesaga’s house collection led by Sommelier Chad Douglass. Guests will also be able to view the silent auction items.

The food tasting will begin at 4 p.m., when almost 30 restaurants, caterers and bakers will serve samples of their signature dishes. Honorary Co-Chairs Ann Wallace and Linda Evanczyk will be recognized for their efforts and many years of support. All proceeds will benefit hospice families.

Tickets are $90 and may be purchased online at http://cahpc.org/epicurean.

Call Alicia Fish at 607-432-6773 for more information.

Registration set for kindergartners

COOPERSTOWN — Parents living in the Cooperstown Central School District who have a child who will be 5 before Dec. 1, should call the Cooperstown Elementary School office at 607-547-9976 to begin the enrollment process for kindergarten no later than March 15.

Parent orientation will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the elementary school on Walnut Street in Cooperstown.

The meeting is for adults only. Children may be registered that evening. Verification of residency, an original or certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of a physical examination with the last 12 months should be brought to the meeting.

Call 607-547-9976 for more information.

All things maple to be celebrated

COOPERSTOWN — All things maple will be celebrated at Sugaring Off Sundays at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown on Sunday, March 10, 17, 24 and 31. A full pancake breakfast including scrambled eggs, sausage and home fries will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with other activities scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hot maple syrup poured over snow, known as jack wax will be available to taste. Children will learn how to tap maple trees. Maple recipes will be prepared over the wood stove in Bump Tavern. Wagon rides around the historic village will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., weather permitting. Heritage breeds of chickens, turkeys and sheep will be found in the Children’s Barnyard. Craftspeople, at work in the Blacksmith Shop, will demonstrate forge bellow repair on March 10 and 24. Otsego County Maple Producers will be available to talk about maple sugaring and offer their products for sale.

Admission is $10 for adults 13 and older; $9 for museum members; $6 for children 7 to 12 or $5 for museum members; $3 for children 3 to 6; and free for children 2 and younger.

The Farmers’ Museum is at 5775 State Route 80 in Cooperstown. Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.

Spring classes planned at studio

COOPERSTOWN — Smith Clay Studio in Cooperstown has announced its schedule of spring classes.

Monday: Advanced Wheel Throwing with Jon Stein. Eight-week series from 9 a.m. to noon. Starts March 18. Fee: $220.

Wheel 1-1.5 with Eileen Anania. Eight-week series from 6 to 9 p.m. Starts March 18. Fee: $220. No class May 6.

Tuesday: Hand Building with Ann Murdoch Geiger. Four-week series from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Starts March 19. Fee: $125.

Wednesday: Wheel 1.5 with Eileen Anania. Eight-week series from 9 a.m. to noon. Starts March 20. Fee: $220. No class May 8.

Center the Potter and the Clay with Karla Andela. Eight-week series from 6 to 9 p.m. Starts March 20. Fee: $220.

Thursday: Kids Clay Class with Katie Capra for ages 7 to 14. Two sessions, four weeks each from 3:15 to 5 p.m. First session starts March 21; second session, April 18. Fee: $85 per session.

Friday: Independent Study with Jon Stein. Eight-week session from 9 a.m. to noon. Starts March 22. Fee: $220.

Saturday: Intro to Wheel Throwing with Amelia Lee. Eight week session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Starts March 23. Fee: $220.

Open Studio hours will be offered to adults not taking classes from March 18 to May 11, for $150. For those taking an eight- week class, use of the studio during scheduled hours will be offered to adults for $40 and $75 for adults taking a four-week class. Open Studio hours are noon to 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Call Clay Studio Manager Jon Stein at 607-547-8671 or email gallery@smithyarts.org for more information and to register.

Breakfast buffet to be held at church

JORDANVILLE — Jordanville Federated Church will sponsor an “All You Can Eat” breakfast buffet from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, in the church’s Social Hall at 209 Main St. in Jordanville 

Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, ham, baking powder biscuits, sausage gravy, fruit, applesauce, juice, coffee, tea and milk will be served.

Snowmobilers are welcome. Takeouts will be available.

The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12. Children younger than 5 may eat for free. A 50-cent container fee will be added to all takeout orders.

Call 315-866-3353 or 315-858-2798 for more information.

 

 

‘Bird in flight’ art class planned

The Cooperstown Art Association at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown will offer the workshop Drawing and Painting Birds in Flight in four sessions taught by Dave Kiehm, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 11, 13, 18 and 20. The cost is $90 for members and $95 for non-members.

Students will look closely at birds in flight and work to understand foreshortening of wings and how tail and head positions work together. How to create the illusion of space and make birds appear more three dimensional will be demonstrated.

A materials list is available at http://www.cooperstownart.com/for-adults.htm. Call 607-547-9777 to register.

  

DOAS looking for grant applications

Applications are being accepted by the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society for 2019 Environmental Education Grants. Awarded annually to classroom teachers in Delaware, Otsego, eastern Chenango and western Schoharie counties, the competitive program is also available for home school programs and student service organizations.

According to a media release, grants enable educators to add new environmental and conservation focused activities to their curriculum or to continue existing initiatives. The number of awards and grant amounts are determined based on funds available and the number of qualifying proposals received. Teachers may receive one grant per school year. Grants are competitive and will be evaluated by a DOAS committee.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, March 29. Selected recipients will be notified no later than April 3.

Educators may download the grant guidelines and application forms at www.doas.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-EE-Grant-Guidelines-and-Application-Cover-Form.pdf. The 2019 DOAS Environmental Education Grants are sponsored in part by Rod Spangle Antique Clock Repair of Unadilla.

DOAS Environmental Education Grants are provided through a special fund. Donations to the fund are accepted throughout the year. Checks may be mailed to DOAS at P.O. Box 544, Oneonta, NY 13820 with “EEGrantDonation” in the check memo.

Contact Education Committee Chair Susan O’Handley at 607-643-5680 or sjohandley@gmail.com for more information.

 

Student artists may compete in contest

The Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary is open to all students, including home-schooled students, in grades 9 through 12. Students must be U.S. citizens or a U.S. Nationals with a maximum age of 18 at the time of local entry. Two-dimensional art must be on canvas or paper. Watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker or other media taught may be used. Three-dimensional art can be paper, papier-mâché, pottery, clay, metal work, fabric, etc. Digital art, photography and jewelry will not be accepted. Art will be judged on the patriotism theme and technique.

Entries must be received by a local VFW Auxiliary by March 31. The local contest winner will compete at the state level. One state-level winning entry will be chosen to be sent to VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters. National award winners ranging from first to eighth place will receive from $500 to $15,000 in scholarships.

The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth.

Call 607-967-2571 or visit www.vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships/young-american-creative-patriotic-art-contest/ for more information.

   

Route 20 Assn. announces grants

The Route 20 Association of New York State recently announced a mini-grant program for municipalities. The program will recognize projects that help their communities and enhance the Route 20 Scenic Byway.

Qualifying projects must be completed within 2019. These may include projects that benefit residents and/or attract visitors through physical improvements or improved services provided. Municipalities should have at least a portion of U.S. Route 20 running through them.

Municipalities may apply for the competitive mini-grant by submitting a one-page narrative on letterhead describing the work done and benefits derived. A contact person along with contact information should also be provided. Submissions must be received by April 1. The winner will be notified around June 1.

The special “One for the Road” award will be presented at the association’s annual dinner meeting in November 2019. The amount of this year’s award will be $600. Included will be two reservations for the dinner to the municipality honored.

Applications may be sent to the Route 20 Association, P.O. Box 20, Richfield Springs, NY 13459 or emailed to kwazworks@gmail.com. Questions may be directed to email above or calling Bill Kwasniewski, Route 20 Association administrator, at 315-271-8111.

 

Project Prom seeks support

Project Prom for the Cooperstown High School Class of 2019 will be celebrated May 10. The 30-year community tradition promotes safety and features food, fun activities and entertainment.

Community members, parents, educators and local businesses provide funding for Project Prom, which is free for students. This year’s appeal for funds has begun. Those who would like to support Project Prom may mail checks payable to CFEE, with Project Prom in the subject line, to Project Prom, c/o Ray Holohan, CPA, 211 Main St., Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Call fundraising co-chair Peg Odell at 607- 544-1123 for more information.

 

Vendors wanted for Rotary event

The Cooperstown Rotary Club is seeking vendor participation for its sixth annual Spring Fling scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Clark Sports Center.

Anyone Interested is requested to email Vendor Chair Vicki Gates at jvgates1982@gmail.com for an application before May 1.

 

Craft vendors wanted for festival

Applications are being accepted for the 40th annual Friendship Craft Festival sponsored by the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in Spring Park at 27 E. Main Street in Richfield Springs.

Applications are available along with more information online at www.rschurchofchristuniting.com or by calling Lani King at 315-858-9451.

 

Class of ‘94 award open to CCS seniors

The class of 1994 at Cooperstown Central School is seeking applicants for this year’s Christina Wayman Selan Award, named for a classmate who lost her nine-year battle with Hodgkin’s Disease on April 3, 2007. Scholarship applications are available to seniors in the guidance office.

According to a media release, the award will be presented to a Cooperstown senior who most embodies Selan’s moral character, leadership, motivation and sportsmanship. Last year’s recipient, Grace LaCates, received a $500 award as did Megan Lohan in 2017.

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.

 

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. For more information, call 432-0061.