Five running for three board seats

MILFORD — There are three vacant seats on the Milford Central School District Board of Education. Each seat carries a three-year term. Candidates are Jamie Bliss, Dan Lang, Marion Mossman, Ken Stanford and William Ward. The annual vote will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the lobby of the school's theater.


Facts about sheep to be presented

GARRATTSVILLE — Sheep facts will be provided by Bill Martin at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, to the Leatherstocking Sheep Association at the New Lisbon Town Hall at 908 County Road 16 in Garrattsville.


Rummage sale day planned by church

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — A rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Church of Christ Uniting at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs. A bag sale will begin at 4 p.m.

Clothing, housewares, books, toys and more will be offered.

Proceeds will benefit the Christian Fellowship and Service Guild


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


Donation breakfast to be held Sunday

SCHENEVUS — Schenevus AMVETS will host its monthly donation buffet-breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday May 19, at 16 Main St. in Schenevus. Fruit, juice, eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, pancakes, French toast, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits will be served.


Lions to sponsor Duck Derby 2019

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Lions Club will kick off Duck Derby 2019 at the Cooperstown Rotary’s Spring Fling from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Clark Sports Center. Lions will sell chances and give away sunglasses at the event.

Chances will be sold at $5 per duck or $20 for five ducks. Cooperstown Central School students may buy ducks for $2 each.

The derby will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Council Rock Park in Cooperstown. The finish line will be just south of the Main Street bridge. Sponsors of the first 10 ducks to finish will win $50 each. Local merchants will also provided gift certificates and other items as raffle prizes to all who support the event.

Proceeds will support the Cooperstown Leo Club’s spring trip to the United Nations in New York City.


Talk on landmark to be presented

COOPERSTOWN — The Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown programs committee will present free and for the public, William Starna: “Before and After the Deluge, the Story of Clinton’s Dam, 1779” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the downstairs village meeting room at 22 Main St.

Starna is SUNY Oneonta Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and a Fellow of the New York Academy of History. He is a longtime student of the Iroquoian and Algonquian peoples of eastern North America. Along with hydrologist Leslie Hasbargen, he has been researching the design, construction and effects of Clinton’s Dam.


Pancake breakfast to be all-you-can-eat

COOPERSTOWN — An all-you-can eat fly-in pancake breakfast will be sponsored by the Middlefield Fire Department from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 19. Sponsored by the Cooperstown/Westville Airport on state Route 166, near Cooperstown, the menu will include pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, sausage and beverages. Adults will be charged $7.50 and children younger than 12 will be charged $5.

Call 607-547-9007 for more information.


Needs of district to be addressed

District caseworkers of Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, will be available to assist constituents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Kinney Memorial Library at 3140 County Highway 11 in Hartwick and from 2 to 4 p.m. at Richfield Springs Public Library at 102 Main St. in Richfield Springs.

According to a media release, the needs and concerns of constituents who are unable to travel to Delgado's offices in Kingston, Delhi and Oneonta, will be addressed during these and other mobile office hours being held throughout the Congressman's district.


Scouts to sponsor spaghetti dinner

COOPERSTOWN — Boy Scout Troop 1254 of Cooperstown will host a spaghetti dinner featuring homemade sauce from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the Veterans Club at 60 Main St. in Cooperstown.

In addition to pasta with homemade sauce, the meal will include sausage and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage.

The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger.

Takeouts will be available at the door.


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.


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.


Needs of district to be addressed 

District caseworkers of Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, will be available to assist constituents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Kinney Memorial Library at 3140 County Highway 11 in Hartwick and from 2 to 4 p.m. at Richfield Springs Public Library at 102 Main St. in Richfield Springs.

According to a media release, the needs and concerns of constituents who are unable to travel to Delgado's offices in Kingston, Delhi and Oneonta, will be addressed during these and other mobile office hours being held throughout the Congressman's district.


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. 


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. For more information, call 607-432-0061.


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