School to be closed May 23 & 24

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

Documents may be shredded at event

HARTWICK SEMINARY — A free document shredding event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Barnyard Swing and Mini Golf at 4604 State Highway 28 in Hartwick Seminary. Sponsored by Melissa Manikas of State Farm Insurance, documents may be brought for secure and confidential destruction. Participants may also support the Cooperstown Food Pantry by donating personal hygiene items.

Master Gardeners to have plant sale

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego County Master Gardeners will have its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 25, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center at 123 Lake St. in Cooperstown. Proceeds will support the educational and outreach efforts of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

According to presenters, the potential spread of the invasive jumping worm limits the ability to provide a wide variety of perennial divisions. Although there have not been officially recorded occurrences in Otsego County, sightings are expected and have been recorded in nearby counties, causing concern and a change in propagation methods.

More information is available by calling 607-547-2536, emailing, or visiting or www.facebook/cceschoharieotsegomg.

Two-day sale set at Lutheran church

HARTWICK SEMINARY — A rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church on state Route 28 North in Hartwick Seminary. 

Annual plant sale to benefit gardens

COOPERSTOWN — The annual Heritage Plant Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown. More than 500 plants will be available. Gardeners may purchase plants as well as cuttings, kits, seeds, books and gardening equipment.

The annual event takes place outside the museum’s main entrance. Proceeds will benefit the museum gardens.The Farmers’ Museum is at 5775 Route 80,near Cooperstown. Visit for more information.

Annual Garden Party set over two days 

SHARON SPRINGS — The ninth annual Sharon Springs Garden Party will be sponsored from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, by the Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce. Nearly 80 vendors and crafters are expected. There will also be a garden shop, seed and plant exchange at the public library.

More festival information, including a schedule of events and vendor information is available online at or by calling 518-860-5513.

Gift basket event to be held Sunday

CHERRY VALLEY — The 12th annual Gift Basket Bonanza will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Cherry Valley Community Center at 2 Genesee St. in Cherry Valley. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. There will be free refreshments and door prizes. One need not be present to win.

Proceeds will benefit St. Thomas the Apostle Church.

Call 518-588-4108 for more information.

Brooks' chicken to be sold Monday

WORCESTER — The Worcester United Church at 111 Main St. in Worcester will sell takeout Brooks' barbecued chicken and chicken dinners from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until sold out on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Dinners will include a baked potato, coleslaw, roll and brownie. Dinners will be $10, chicken halves will be $6.

Watershed impacts to be discussed

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego County Conservation Association Executive Director Leslie Orzetti will talk about the Chesapeake Watershed and OCCA at The Gathering Place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Woodside Hall at 1 Main St. in Cooperstown. According to a media release, Orzetti's research interests are in aquatic ecology and the impacts the watershed can have on the water environment.

The Gathering Place is held monthly on a Tuesday and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the program.

Call 607-547-0600, ext. 102, for more information.

Tickets available for Smithy Fest 

COOPERSTOWN — The Smithy's annual fundraiser, The Triple Crown InField Fest, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the gallery at 55 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown. The event will feature small plates and drinks inspired by the Preakness, Kentucky Derby and Belmont races, a silent auction, fancy hat contest and screening of the Belmont Stakes.

Ticket sales will be limited to the first 100 adults guests and may be purchased during gallery hours at either the Smithy Gallery or Cooperstown Art Association. Tickets purchased in advance will be $55. Tickets at the door will be $65. Guests will receive a hand-crafted ceramic cocktail cup made by Smithy Clay Studio artists. 

Call 607-547-8671 or visit for more information.

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 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 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.

Garden Club plans sales, tours, demo

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Garden Club of Richfield Springs will sponsor a plant sale on the grounds of the public library on at 102 W. Main St. in Richfield Springs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 1. Perennial and annual plants, a bake sale, free garden tours, raffles and a container plant demonstration at 10 a.m. will be available. The sale will be held rain or shine.

Call 607-547-5648 for more information.

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.

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. Call 607-432-0061 for more information.

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