Area land bank sets annual meeting

The annual board meeting of the Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank will be held in a Zoom room from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 7.

Anyone wishing to participate will need to email info@gmvlb.org for more information.

A copy of the agenda will be available Thursday at www.gmvlb.org.

GMVLB assists municipalities with demolition and restoration projects. Headquartered in Little Falls, two members of the Otsego County Board of Representatives as well as an individual from Schoharie County serve on its board along with residents fHerkimer, Montgomery and Oneida counties.

Help for renters is available

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. The proof could include a layoff notice, notice of reduced hours or physician’s letter. The layoff or job loss must have occurred on or after 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, 607-286-7240, or www.otsegoruralhousing.org.

Forms available for art scholarship 

COOPERSTOWN — Students planning to pursue art at the college level who, and will graduate from a Clark Scholarship-eligible school district in 2020, may apply for an art scholarship from the Cooperstown Art Association. The organization has $1,400 in its scholarship fund.

Eligible schools include Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, Laurens, Milford, Milford BOCES, Morris, Mount Markham, Owen D. Young, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Worcester. Homeschooled students living within those school districts are also eligible.

There is no application fee. Each applicant should provide a portfolio of five pieces that represent his or her work. Entries must include a numbered list that corresponds to the images in each portfolio with titles and mediums, as well as the application form. 

Application forms are available online at www.cooperstownart.com and should be emailed with portfolios to gallery@cooperstownart.com before 4 p.m. Friday, June 12.

Portfolios will be judged by Martha Greenbank Sharer, a local artist and former art instructor.

CAA is housed in the village office and library building at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

Help available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Seniors who are unable or reluctant to go out because of COVID-19, who need groceries or medications may call 607-547-2213 or email coopseniorcenter@gmail.com. Volunteers from the Cooperstown Senior Community Center and/or Cooperstown Lions Club will assist them with their needs.

Article provides food alternatives

Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties has shared another of its “Life’s Solutions” articles to help families and individuals cope with food shortages that, because of the regional outbreak of COVID-19, reportedly continue to present food shopping challenges.

According to a media release, “Making the Most of What You Have” encourages eating a combination of foods from the five food groups that include vegetables, fruits, grains, lean protein and dairy. The article focuses on eating healthy while trying to stretch the food budget by making meals with readily available ingredients including leftovers. Creating something new with those available ingredients, such as a grain bowl, is also encouraged.

Using frozen and canned fruits and vegetables in muffins, smoothies, soups, stews and stir-fries is suggested along with making potato pancakes with leftover mashed potatoes and using beans high in protein and fiber in place of meat. A burger recipe using beans is available at http://cceschoharie-otsego.org/garbanzo-bean-burgers.

Contact Nutrition Program Educator Michelle Leveski at 518-234-4303, ext. 115, or mml39@cornell.edu for more food tips and nutritional information, including recipes for a grain bowl and potato pancakes.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/y85n6f9u to read the article in its entirety.

Club will reunite when safe to do so

COOPERSTOWN — The UPBEAT Kids Club, designed for students in first through eighth grades, is planning a Back to UPBEAT reunion event as soon as it deemed safe for groups to congregate, according to a media release.

Before the outbreak of COVID-19, the club met when school was closed for holidays, conference days and breaks. Activities incorporated the themes of courage, kindness and manners and included baking, board games, art, music and drama. Meetings were held at Christ Church Parish Hall at 69 Fair St. in Cooperstown.

Email gmeeter@gmail.com for more information including projects and activities that students may engage in while learning from home.

Shelter to provide free rabies clinics

HYDE PARK — Registration is underway at the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for free rabies vaccination clinics in conjunction with the Otsego County Health Department.

According to a media release, the shelter will schedule 10 appointments from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and six appointments from 9 a.m. until noon Thursdays for pet dogs, cats and ferrets. Scheduling will be done in 30-minute increments to allow for social distancing.

Previous rabies vaccination certificates must be presented to receive a three-year booster. Dogs must be on a leash and under proper control. Cats and ferrets should be in a pillow case or carrying case.

Call 607-547-8111, ext. 108, for more information and to schedule appointments which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until all available slots have been filled. There is a limit of 15 pets per person.

The shelter is at 4841 State Highway 28 outside Cooperstown.

Grief counseling available locally

Helios Care in Oneonta is offering free bereavement counseling to anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a media release, counseling will be 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.

The free telephone and video grief counseling service available during the pandemic will transition to a sliding fee scale and sessions where counselors and individuals will meet together once normalcy resumes.

Contact Rule at 607-432-5525 or alisha.rule@helioscare.org or visit www.helioscare.org/grief for more information.

Canyon Country trip re-scheduled

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s trip to the Canyon Country of Arizona and Utah scheduled for May has been postponed. It will now be offered from Oct. 23 to 30.

According to a media release, organized by Collette Tours, the eight-day trip will include visits to three national parks and a national forest, two nights at a lake resort and an overnight stay at a Las Vegas casino.

Round trip transportation will be provided between Oneonta and Albany.

The 17 reservations for GOHS members and friends will remain available until May 31.

Email info@OneontaHistory.org or call Bill and Marge Pietraface at 607-432-1385 for more information.

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 www.richfieldspringscommunitycenter.org or www.runsignup.com/RSCC. Participants may also register race day from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the Veterans 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 Vet’s Club for awarding of trophies and the drawing of door prizes, special raffles and a 50/50 raffle. 

Contact Run and Walk Coordinator Bill Kosina at 315-749-3286 or bill@richfieldzone.org for more information.

Pictorial 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 this 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 has made changes to its procedures as well as its hours. The food pantry is 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, cooperstownfoodpantry.org, 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. 

Visit cooperstownfoodpantry.org and the Pantry’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CooperstownFoodPantry for more information.

SQSPCA 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 corona virus. 

According to a media release, there are still animals available for adoption. Anyone interested in a pet is directed to visit online at www.sqspca.org and on Facebook. Those who find an animal they want to adopt should call 607- 547-8111 to schedule an appointment to visit that 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.

Also, 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 and although it won’t be business as usual, business will go on.

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 the customer.

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

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

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 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.

Call 607-547-8902 or email directorcfp@gmail.com 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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