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.

Rummage sale set over two days

COOPERSTOWN — A rummage sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church at 66 Chestnut St. in Cooperstown. From 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, there will be a bag sale. Featured will be clothing, housewares, books and toys.

The church is handicapped-accessible.

Lenten fish dinner to be offered 

COOPERSTOWN — A Lenten fish dinner catered by Mel’s at 22 will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, at St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 31 Elm St. in Cooperstown. Stations of the Cross will begin at 6:30 p.m. Free-will donations will be accepted for the dinner.

Audubon Society plans waterfowl trip

COOPERSTOWN — The annual Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society spring waterfowl trip around Lake Otsego and environs will leave from Cooperstown’s Lake Front docks at the foot of Fair Street at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30.

Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather. Cars will be pooled and radio connected and the trip will last until around noon. Contact or 607-264-8156 for more information.

Tickets go on sale for hospice event

COOPERSTOWN — The 19th annual Epicurean Food and Wine Tasting and silent auction 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

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

School schedules parent orientation

COOPERSTOWN — Orientation for parents of children eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall 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.

Sugaring Off days to end soon

COOPERSTOWN — Two Sugaring Off Sundays remain at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown. They will be held Sunday, March 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 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 for more information.

Last breakfast buffet to be held 

JORDANVILLE — Jordanville Federated Church will sponsor its last “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.

Teaching computer to be demonstrated

CHERRY VALLEY — A Patriot Pi Raspberry Jam will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in the library of Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School.

According to presenters, at a Raspberry Jam people get-together to learn about the Raspberry Pi, a small, open-source, $35 teaching computer. Computing and coding opportunities with the Raspberry Pi include controlling lights, creating a retro-game emulator, building a robot and more.

The event is free and for all ages and ability levels.

Visit 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 for more information.

Breakfast to benefit transplant patient

FLY CREEK — A pancake breakfast benefit for local resident Mike Covert will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Fly Creek Fire Company at 832 County Highway 26 in Fly Creek.

According to presenters, Covert has been dealing with some serious health issues and is the final pre-transplant testing stage for a kidney transplant at Albany Medical Center.

Those unable to attend who still wish to donate may make checks payable to Mike Covert and mail them to Fly Creek Fire Company, c/o Mike Covert Benefit, P.O. Box 218, Fly Creek, NY 13337.

Proceeds from the breakfast will go directly to Covert and his family.

Route 20 Association announces grant program

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 Questions may be directed to email above or calling Bill Kwasniewski, Route 20 Association administrator, at 315-271-8111.

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 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 for more information.

Photographs wanted for poster contest

COOPERSTOWN — A Glimmerglass Film Days Poster Image Contest has been announced by Otsego 2000.

According to a media release, the photograph that best conveys the 2019 theme “Adaptations” will be featured in Film Days materials, including the poster, program and website.

The winning photographer will receive a cash prize of $250 and special recognition in the Film Days program.

The competition is open to professional and fine arts photographers. Submissions are limited to three per photographer.

An image taken in or near Otsego County is preferred, but not required. All photographs must be approximately 8 by 10, have a resolution of 300 dots per inch for jurying purposes and must be submitted electronically as a jpg or png file or pdf by midnight, April 9.

Entry form and submission information is available at

Project Prom seeks financial 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 for an application before May 1.

Craft vendors wanted for festival in June

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 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 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.

Contact Cooperstown Food Pantry executive director Stacey Smith at 547-8902 or 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. For more information, call 607-432-0061.