CAA set to host Wreath Festival 

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association’s Adorn-a-Door Wreath Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, in the upstairs ballroom gallery at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, the event will feature upwards of 100 decorated wreaths available for silent auction.

After receiving a bidding number, bids may be placed on as many wreaths as one wishes. Bids may be increased as the day progresses The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $2.

“Dinner’s on Us,” a week’s worth of gift certificates to local area restaurants valued at $400, will be raffled off at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at CAA for $10 each and will also be sold at the event.

Proceeds will support the Cooperstown Art Association and its scholarship fund for area high school seniors.

Call 607-547-9777 or www.cooperstownart.com for more information. 

Trains scheduled with holiday themes

MILFORD — The Santa Express will leave Milford depot at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, and the weekends of Dec. 4 and 5, 11 and 12, 18 and 19; and the North Pole Express will depart at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 11, and 18. The themed-rides are sponsored by the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad. The depot is at 136 E. Main St. in Milford. 

Passengers will be required to wear masks all times while on board for their protection and that of the crew.

Reservations and prepayment are required and may be made online at www.cooperstowntrain.com.

Call 607-432-2429 for more information.

Alzheimer’s to be addressed at event

COOPERSTOWN — A free program focused on research updates in the Alzheimer’s and dementia field will be held at The Otesaga Resort Hotel at 60 Lake St. in Cooperstown on Tuesday, Nov. 30. A presentation of the Northeastern New York chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the program has the sponsorship of New York Central Mutual Insurance Company of Edmeston.

According to a media release, following a breakfast buffet at 9 a.m. AANNY Executive Director Beth Smith-Boivin will provide an update on the progress that has been made in 2021 to identify better diagnostic tools and disease-changing treatments for Alzheimer’s.

She will also discuss how Alzheimer’s, described as a a complex brain disease, may need multiple treatment strategies that address the disease in several different ways along the length of its course.

Concerns about diagnosis, research, treatment and support may be addressed during the questions and answer period that will follow.

Visit alz.org/crf or call 518-675-7214 for more information and to register.

Program to focus on evergreen trees 

Evergreen trees will be the focus of a program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties and led by Agriculture and Horticulture Educator Jessica Holmes.

According to a media release, along with providing information on the numerous varieties of evergreen trees, their needle retention and scent will also be part of the program.

The event will be presented in a hybrid format with a choice of in-person or online participation. For those who attend in-person, cuttings from different trees will be provided for examination.

The required registration may be completed by contacting Holmes at 518-234-4303, ext. 119, or jmh452@cornell.edu.

LWV seeks students for Albany program

The Cooperstown League of Women Voters is seeking student nominations from Cherry Valley, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Laurens, Milford, Schenevus and Worcester high schools for the 20th annual Students Inside Albany conference, scheduled for May 22-25, in Albany.

According to a media release, the conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, is designed to provide high school students from across the state with the opportunity to learn first-hand about representative government and how citizens can become involved in the policy making process.

Students will tour the Capitol and observe Senate and Assembly sessions by spending an afternoon shadowing their legislators.

Sponsored by one of the 46 League of Women Voters throughout New York, all expenses will be covered, including travel and three nights at a hotel in downtown Albany.

Email Maria Kaltenbach at margirlic@yahoo.com no later than Dec. 3, for more information.

Museum to offer lantern lit tours

COOPERSTOWN — Holiday Lantern Tours will take the place of Candlelight Evening at The Farmers’ Museum on Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18.

According to a media release, guides will lead warmly dressed visitors through the museum’s grounds by lantern light while they relate the history of December holidays, including Christmas, and how the holidays were celebrated in Upstate New York in years past.

A total of 16 tours will be held each night and will be limited to 12 people.

Tours will begin at 3 p.m. and repeat every 20 minutes. The last tour wilThe tours are mainly outdoors and will take about an hour.

Face masks are required indoors.

Visitors with potential mobility issues should contact the museum in advance. l depart at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com. Reservations are required. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Call 607-547-1456 or email d.anderson@farmersmuseum.org for more information.

The Farmers’ Museum is at 5775 State Highway 80, just outside the village of Cooperstown.

Holiday Market set for Dec. 21

COOPERSTOWN — There will be a Holiday Market at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market at 101 Main St. in Pioneer Alley.

from noon until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21.

According to a media release, more than 20 vendors are expected to be there.

Farmers and food producers will provide their meats, poultry, trout, mushrooms, baked goods, cheese, jams, jellies, mustard, honey, granola and coffee.

Artisans and specialty items will include plants, CBD and herbal remedies, pottery, woodworking, jewelry, birdhouses, yarn and chocolate.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/ctv39ndm for more information.

Scriven Foundation to match donations

COOPERSTOWN — The Scriven Foundation will match donations made to the Cooperstown Food Pantry from now through December up to $7,500, to benefit those facing food insecurity in northern Otsego County.

According to a media release, the Pantry can purchase $10 worth of food for every dollar spent as a member of the Regional Food Bank in Latham.

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

“We are grateful to the Scriven Foundation for doubling the impact of our community’s generosity during this holiday season” Executive Director Mary Kate Kenney said in the release.

Last year the Food Pantry served an average of 152 households or 556 people per month.

The Cooperstown Food Pantry operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays; 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.

Vaccinations to be weekly at Bassett

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center Prime Care will continue to have COVID-19 and flu vaccine clinics every Wednesday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. until further notice

All three types of the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to individuals getting their first, second, third and booster shots.

The clinics are open to all eligible established patients 18 and older. Visit www.bassett.org/covid-19 for eligibility criteria.

The required appointments may be made by calling 1-607-547-4625.

Town committee needs new members

HARTWICK — The Hartwick Conservation Advisory Committee is in need of new members. The committee meets monthly at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday at the Hartwick Town Hall.

According to a media release, Hartwick has increased its efforts to become a Clean Energy Community and Climate Smart Community sponsored by NYSERDA and NYSDEC respectively. The programs encourage all to fight climate change at the local level, reduce energy use and protect environmental resources.

Any individuals interested in the town’s efforts who are willing to do research and make phone calls are requested to email martha.clarvoe@gmail.com or call and leave a message at 607-293-6654. 

Events for seniors held twice weekly

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Senior Community Center is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the red building behind St. Mary’s Church at 31 Elm St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, offerings include exercises classes, card games, Mahjong, trivia, conversation and speakers on Thursdays.

A calendar of events is routinely posted at Tops, Price Chopper and the Village Library of Cooperstown.

All COVID safety measures are followed including air filters.

Find the Center on Facebook or email coopseniorcenter@gmail.com for more information.

Rabies vaccines available locally

INDEX — The final rabies vaccination clinic of the year for pet dogs, cats and ferrets will be held at Susquehanna SPCA from  2 to 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 13. 

Call 607-547-8111, ext. 11, for an appointment which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of 15 pets per person. The clinics are in conjunction with the Otsego County Department of Health. 

Dogs must be on leashes and cats and ferrets in carriers.

Proof of a previous vaccine is required to receive one good for three years.

The shelter is at 5082-5088 State Highway 28 in Index.

Free delivery service offered to pantry patrons

CHERRY VALLEY — The Daily Bread Food Pantry at 2 Genesee St. in Cherry Valley offers free home delivery in its service area. 

According to a media release, the pantry serves the Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District. Patrons interested in free home deliver service need to register online at www.tinyurl.com/dailybreaddelivery or by calling 607-435-6064.

The pantry is open for walk-ins from 9 a.m. until noon Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 

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.

 

Help available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Homebound seniors 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 continues to offer free bereavement counseling to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one during the ongoing pandemic.

According to a media release, counseling is 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.

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

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.

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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