Society to sponsor May contradance

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego Dance Society will have its monthly contradance on Friday May 3, at the Presbyterian Church Chapel in Cooperstown. Music will be by Men in Black and Ted Crane will call.

Men in Black includes Robert Calandresa on accordion, John Potocnik on fiddle and bass player Tom Ives.

Dancing will be from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., with a short break for refreshments.

The suggested donation is $8 for adults and $4 for students and teenagers. Children 12 and younger are free. There is a maximum per family of $20.

The Presbyterian Church Chapel is on the corner of Pioneer and Elm streets.

Call 607-965-8232, 607-547-8164, or visit for more information.

Market prepared for opening

COOPERSTOWN — Opening day for the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market will be Saturday, May 4. The market, at 101 Main St. in Pioneer Alley in Cooperstown, will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with music provided by Doug Decker.

Visit for more information.

Mexican cuisine to be served May 4

COOPERSTOWN — The Living Waters for the World team at Cooperstown First Presbyterian Church at 25 Church St. in Cooperstown, will sponsor a Mexican-themed fundraising dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

“Plato tipico,” a set plate including chips and salsa, tamale, taco, rice, re-fried beans, salad, dessert and a beverage will be available to adults for $15 and $10 for children 10 and younger.

Gabrielle Bailey will provide Mexican desserts. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available.

All proceeds will go to the Living Waters next service trip to Honduras in January, 2020.

Call 607-547-8401 for more information.


Land Trust needs crew at Brookwood

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego Land Trust needs a crew of volunteers to help complete the annual spring garden cleanup at Brookwood Point from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at 6000 State Highway 80 in Cooperstown.

No gardening experience is necessary. There will be tasks for everyone to complete, from child to adult. OLT will provide tools, guidance and refreshments. The event will be held rain or shine.

Call Becky at 607-547-2366, ext. 108, or email for more information and to volunteer.


Potluck to be community gathering

FLY CREEK — The Fly Creek United Methodist Church will host a potluck supper for the community from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Dinnerware and beverages will be provided. 


Dinner and auction set for Sunday

LAURENS — The chicken-and-biscuit dinner scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Masonic Lodge at 7 Brook St. in Laurens will include a Chinese auction sponsored by the Laurens Order of the Eastern Star.

The meal, which is $9 for adults and $4 for children, will include mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, jellied cranberry sauce, pickles, drinks and strawberries and ice cream.


Society to present genealogy program

LAURENS — The Township of Laurens Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, May 6, at Laurens Presbyterian Church Hall at 3 Main St. in Laurens.

Wayne Wright, retired director of the New York State Historical Association Research Library in Cooperstown, will present a program for the public on family history. Wright will cover how to research and preserve family history using local resources and other methods. NYSHA Library is now known as the Research Library at Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum.

Contact Yvonne Eckert at 607-293-7356 or, or Mary-Ellen Crawford at 607-432-0277 or for more information.


Mother’s Day to be marked with dance

COOPERSTOWN — The Doubleday Dancers Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown will have its Mother’s Day dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Cooperstown Elementary School on Walnut Street. Cindy Hawley will call the Plus dance.

Admission is $5 per person, payable at the door.

Call 607-264-8128 for more information.


Hartwick to make clean sweep

HARTWICK — The 11th annual Hartwick Clean Sweep will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the town hall at 103 Town Drive in Hartwick.

Volunteers are needed. Donations are also wanted for a used goods sale. Those who are interested in volunteering or donating to the sale should call Andrea Vazquez at 607-293-8123. Any residents who cannot travel to the town hall may also call Vazquez to make arrangements to have their debris and recyclables picked up.

Sale proceeds will help offset the costs of dumpster rentals and other expenses related to the event.

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SPCA volunteers to have orientation

HYDE PARK — Volunteer orientation will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Susquehanna SPCA at 4841 State Highway 28 in Hyde Park.

Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Attendees will receive a guided tour of the facility, learn about shelter operations and explore the different types of volunteer positions available.

Call 607-547-8881 of visit for information.


CAA issues call for show entries

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association has issued a call for entries for both of its upcoming juried art exhibits and a miniature show. 

Essential Art: The 28th annual Regional Juried Art Show is open to all New York State artists and works in all media. Entries must be delivered to the CAA from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 or 18. Jurors will be Naomi and Roger DeMuth. Essential Art will be displayed from May 24 to June 26.

The 84th annual National Juried Art Exhibition is open to all United States residents and artwork in all media. All entries will be submitted online. A link to the online submission form is available at The entry deadline is midnight May 15. Christopher Murray will be the juror. The National Exhibition will be displayed from July 12 to Aug. 16. Miniature show pieces will be shown and sold for $20 each from Oct. 4 to Nov. 1. The deadline to deliver items for the miniature show is Sept. 27.

Visit or call 607-547-9777 for more information.


Rabies clinic set at animal shelter

HYDE PARK — The Otsego County Department of Public Health will sponsor a rabies clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Susquehanna SPCA at 4841 State Highway 28 in Hyde Park for dogs, cats and fettets. Call 607-547-4230 for more information and to register.


Unused snow days to be taken by MCS

MILFORD — Milford Central School will use its last unused snow days on Thursday and Friday, May 23 and 24. 


Book on Hamilton released by museum

COOPERSTOWN — Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown has released a fully illustrated book based on the museum’s collection of documents pertaining to the life and death of founding father, Alexander Hamilton.

According to a media release, “Your Obedient Servant: The Letters of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr” focuses predominantly on a collection of 35 letters exchanged between the two men leading up to the duel on July 11, 1804, that resulted in Hamilton’s death. Cooperstown philanthropist Stephen Clark acquired the letters for the museum in the 1950s. The documents, although reported to be familiar to historians, had remained largely unknown to the public until recently when they were brought to light in the song “Your Obedient Servant” from the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

The book presents correspondence in pictorial form for the first time — including 10 letters that have never been illustrated. The content of the letters has not appeared collectively in a single volume since “Interview in Weehawken” published in 1960.

As further stated in the release, the book, authored by Douglas Ambrose, the Carolyn C. and David M. Ellis ‘38 Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at Hamilton College in Clinton, provides a look at someone described as one of America’s most elusive founding fathers and perhaps a better understanding of how national democracy functioned in its infancy — enhancing awareness of how it works today.

“The documents related to the Burr-Hamilton duel housed at Fenimore Art Museum’s Research Library are a national treasure,” stated Ambrose in the release, adding, “The story will not only deepen readers’ understanding of the personal rivalry that resulted in the most famous duel in American history, but also help those readers appreciate how contentious, divisive, and volatile American public life has been. Such an appreciation will help today’s readers put into perspective our fractious political world.”

The book is available online for $29.95 at as well as in the Fenimore Art Museum Gift Shop and The Farmers’ Museum Store.

The publication was made possible by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation on Long Island.


Yard Sale Day set for June 1

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Community Yard Sale Day will be Saturday, June 1.

According to a media release, village residents may participate for a $15 fee. Participants will be listed on a map for distribution, receive a yard sale sign, be included in any promotions and automatically registered with the village clerk’s office.

Applications are available online at or may be requested by emailing or calling 607-547-5256. The deadline for inclusion on the map listing and in any promotions is Friday, May 17. The application is also available on Facebook at Cooperstown Yard Sale Day where participants may complete and submit it online or download a form to print and mail.

Checks should be made payable to Cooperstown Yard Sale Day and mailed to Rich McCaffery at P.O. Box 483, Cooperstown, NY 13326. The $15 fee covers expenses and ensures continuation of the sale.

Signs may be picked up from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home parking lot at 82 Chestnut St.


Farmers’ Market wants more vendors

HARTWICK — The Hartwick Farmers’ Market is preparing for its fifth season.

Created by Gloria Waro as a community service, the market is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays from early August until fall.

According to a media release, about six vendors are regulars, there are sometimes as many as 11; and room exists for more. Vendors bring their own tables and displays and are not charged for the use of the space.

The market is between the post office parking lot and a building Waro is renovating to open as a store.

Growers who may be planning their gardens, crafters and others who may be interested are encouraged to call Gloria at 607-293-8087 for more information and to become a vendor.


Fitting station available locally

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center offers a nationally-certified car seat fitting station overseen by the State of New York. Car seat technicians at Bassett Medical Center work in collaboration with its Trauma Services Program to bring the service to residents to improve their child’s safety and to protect them in the event of a car accident.

According to information provided in a media release from Bassett citing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. In 2016, 38% of children killed in car crashes were unrestrained; further, 74 to 90% of all car seats are used incorrectly.

A child unrestrained could be ejected from the vehicle if involved in a collision, or a child not properly restrained could end up tangled or stuck in their car seat. Proper car seat use reportedly reduces the risk of injury or death to a child in the event of a car accident.

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


Art scholarships open to students

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Art Association art scholarships are available to students planning to pursue art at the college level who will graduate from any Clark Scholarship-eligible school districts in 2019. Up to $1,400 in awards will be provided.

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 for the scholarship.

There is no application fee. Applicants should provide a five-piece portfolio that represents their work. Artwork may be delivered, provided on a flash drive, or emailed to

Entries must include a numbered list that corresponds to the images in portfolios with titles and mediums, as well as the application form. All submissions must be at the CAA before the 4 p.m. June 4 deadline. Portfolios will be juried by Martha Greenbank Sharer, a local artist and former art instructor.

Applications have been sent to participating schools. Students should check with their art teacher or guidance counselor, or call CAA at 607-547-9777 for more information.

Applications are available online at and may be emailed to the CAA at The Cooperstown Art Association is at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.


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. 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.



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.