Nominees sought for service awards

MILFORD — The Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services is seeking nominees for its 40th annual BOCES Service Awards.

Awards will be presented to an individual and an organization or firm. Both will be judged on personal activities in support of BOCES programs, concepts and/or students; activities in support of recent BOCES graduates; personal service on advisory committees or boards and leadership of any kind pertaining to BOCES programs and personnel.

Any resident of the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES service area is eligible to be nominated with the exception of current BOCES Board members or employees.

Nomination packets may be requested by emailing aoliveri@oncboces.org or calling 607-286-7715, ext. 2224.

The awards will be presented at the BOCES annual meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 1.

Museum to offer step back in time

COOPERSTOWN — The Farmers’ Museum will celebrate Thanksgiving at the Farm from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28.

According to a media release, blacksmiths will forge cooking utensils inside Peleg Field Blacksmith Shop. At the Print Shop, historic recipes will be printed using a 19th-century printing press. Those and other recipes will be used along with the traditional 1840’s cooking methods at Bump Tavern. Heritage-breed turkeys and farm animals will also be visible on the grounds. The Farmers’ Museum Store will be open and items will also be sold in the Main Barn.

Registration is not required. A donation of $10 per family or $5 per individual is suggested to benefit museum education programs.

The Crossroads Café will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Visitors are required to wear face masks. Visit FarmersMuseum.org/safety to review its safety guidelines. The Farmers’ Museum is at 5775 State Highway 80, near Cooperstown. Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.

Shoebox donation collection site named

TODDSVILLE — Community Bible Chapel in Toddsville is a drop off location for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. The campaign began Monday, Nov. 16 and will end Monday, Nov. 23.

From 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 19 and 20; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21; 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22; and 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, shoebox gift donors will be greeted at curbside by volunteers.

According to a media release, gifts may include toys, hygiene items and school supplies.

More information is available at operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box and samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Film enthusiasts launch fundraiser

Film Cooperstown, Oneonta, Otsego County Film Partnership Inc., known as Film COOP, is sponsoring a fundraiser that includes a challenge from Oneonta native and actor Cuyle Carvin.

According to a media release, Carvin will match the next $1,000 raised by the local film commission and donate signed photos to give to contributors of the fundraiser.

After moving to Los Angeles, Carvin, 39, reportedly appeared in dozens of television shows. His first film role was in Tom Cruise’s “American Made.” He also appeared in Kevin Wilmott’s “The 24th.” Carvin recently returned to his roots to appear in the feature “Asteroid,” which was filmed in Oneonta by Otsego Media, a company owned by Film COOP board member Korey Rowe.

Now living in Georgia, Carvin has appeared in several movies and television shows, including “The Walking Dead.”

Film COOP Board President Greg Klein commented in the release, “Cuyle has been a huge backer of a local film commission in Otsego County and we are grateful to him for his help. Through his donations, he is helping to build an industry in his hometown and asking his fans to chip in, too. With partners like Cuyle Carvin, we know we will be successful in meeting our goals.”

Established in September, bringing film production to Cooperstown, Oneonta and all of Otsego County’s hamlets, town and villages is Film COOP’s mission.

Visit www.film-coop.com for more information and tinyurl.com/y23j86oq to donate.

Donations sought for holiday lunch

MILFORD — The Social and Emotional Learning Committee of Otsego Northern Catskill BOCES will host its second annual holiday luncheon on Monday, Nov. 23, at its OCED centers in Grand Gorge and Milford.

According to a media release, Chef Brian Wrubleski of Mel’s at 22 Restaurant in Cooperstown will prepare  turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and rolls.

Milk products have been donated by Saputo Dairy Foods of Delhi, Chobani donated its Flip yogurt snacks and the Mount Vision Fire Department donated individual serving containers for each lunch.

All health and safety precautions will be followed. Students will maintain proper social distancing, receive an individual meal and return to their classrooms.

Monetary and product donations are being accepted to cover the cost of the lunch. Call OAOC in Milford at 607-286-7715 for more information and to donate.

Wreath fundraiser to be silent auction

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association’s annual Adorn-A-Door Wreath Festival will be presented online as a silent auction this year.

According to a media release, the contactless delivery of live wreaths will be Friday, Nov. 20. Participants will drop off their completed wreaths from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25.

CAA will auction the wreaths at 32auctions.com, where bidders will be able to create a free account and cast their bids anonymously for any of the 75 available wreaths. It is suggested that bidders visit www.32auctions.com/adorn2020 and create an account before the fundraiser begins.

The auction will begin at noon Friday, Nov. 27 and end at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

Payments may be made online or when wreaths are picked up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, in the ballroom gallery.

Call 607-547-9777 or email gallery@cooperstownart.com for more information.

Turkey Trot to be 10-day virtual race

The 2020 Turkey Trot for Hospice sponsored by Helios Care in Oneonta will be held virtually from Nov. 20 to 30. 

According to a media release the event will honor the memory of the late John Hayen, a founding member of the Turkey Trot for Hospice committee, who passed away Oct. 7.

Participants may download a virtual mobile app which will track pace, distance, overall time and the option of automatically uploading results. 

Runners will run their selected miles at any time and place over the 10-day span which includes Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26.

Runners and walkers are encouraged to share pictures and results on the event website and Facebook page. All posts will be entered into prize drawings.

Visit www.hospice5k.com or call 607-432-6773 for more information and to register.

Scriven Foundation to match donations

COOPERSTOWN — The Scriven Foundation will match donations made to the Cooperstown Food Pantry in November and December up to $7,500.

According to a media release, a $1 donation allows the pantry to purchase $10 worth of food as a member of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham. “We are grateful to the Scriven Foundation for doubling the impact of the community’s generosity during November and December, Cooperstown Food Pantry Executive Director Julia Perdue said.

As further stated in the release, last year the pantry served an average of 201 households or 764 people per month.

Donations may be mailed to the food pantry at 25 Church St. Cooperstown, NY 13326 or made online using PayPal at cooperstownfoodpantry.org.

The Cooperstown Food Pantry operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays; and 10 a.m. until noon Saturdays. Those from the northern Otsego County region in need of food assistance may call the pantry at 607-547-8902.

Visit www.cooperstownfoodpantry.org or www.facebook.com/cooperstownfoodpantry/ for more information.

Online food source features local items

COOPERSTOWN — The SourceWhatsGood online farmers market is up and running, according to a media release from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego and Schoharie Counties.

Local meat products, eggs, mushrooms, early greens, garden plants, herbs, spices, rubs, teas, jams, pancake mix, baked goods, honey, a selection of artisanal fermented cabbage and items suitable for gift giving are among the items now available. The selection of products is expected to grow as the growing season progresses and more farms go online.

Customers interested in shopping from local farms and food producers may order products online at https://sourcewhatsgood.com/. On the designated delivery day, customers may pick up their orders at one of six drop sites in Schoharie and Otsego counties. Visit https://tinyurl.com/ybazv3ym for more information about the sites.

Call 607-547-2536, ext. 231 or email otsego@cornell.edu for more information about SourceWhatsGood.

Health care options available locally

Bassett Healthcare Network’s Convenient Care at 1 Atwell Road in Cooperstown is operating from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

According to a media release, same and next-day appointments are available for minor illnesses and injuries including sprains, rashes, minor cuts, minor burns, colds, sore throat, vomiting/diarrhea and urinary problems.

Safe care processes in place include protective gear for staff, masks for visitors and patients, temperature checks at entrances, frequent disinfecting and cleaning, frequent hand sanitizing and social distancing measures.

Patients are also encouraged to enroll in MyBassett Health Connection, the network’s secure online patient portal, by calling 607-547-5900 or 877-498-5715.

More information is available at BassettConvenientCare.org.

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.

Help for renters available to eligible

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. This could include a layoff notice, notice of reduced hours or physician’s letter. The layoff or job loss must have occurred on or subsequent to 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, 607-286-724), or www.otsegoruralhousing.org.

Help available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Seniors who are unable or reluctant to go out because of COVID-19, and 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.

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

Otsego County seeks day care 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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