Holiday season set with safety in mind

COOPERSTOWN — A “Cheery, COVID Careful Christmas for Cooperstown” has been organized by the Cooperstown Community Christmas Committee keeping the community’s health and safety at the forefront.

According to a organizers, lamp posts have been decorated and Santa’s traditional arrival and tree lighting in Pioneer Park will be available to watch after Thanksgiving at www.facebook.com/cooptownchristmas.

Area children are encouraged to look for sightings of Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and Rudolph leading up to Christmas.

Photos of children waving and bumping elbows with them may be uploaded to the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce website at wearecooperstown.com.

A mailbox outside Santa’s cottage in Pioneer Park awaits those all-important letters to Santa. Return addresses are needed for jolly old St. Nick to reply. Letters may also be addressed to Santa and mailed to P.O. Box 428, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus will include weekly virtual readings throughout the Christmas season. A schedule will be posted at www.facebook.com/cooptownchristmas.

The 2020 4C’s committee includes Elaine Bresee, Melissa Barry, Barbara Cannon, Sharon Chase, Andrea House, Gary Kuch, Peg Leon, Roxanne Murray, Cathy Raddatz, Claire Satriano, Bob Satriano, Carrie Thompson and Meg Tillapaugh.

Holiday events canceled by group

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The annual holiday dinner and auction sponsored by the Richfield Springs Community Center will not be held this year because of the ongoing health crisis.

According to a media release, those involved with the center’s programs and fundraisers patiently await their safe return.

The Community Center, at 6 Ann St. in Richfield Springs, is a nonprofit membership organization.

Visit www.richfieldspringscommunitycenter.org or call 315-858-3200 for more information.

Museum to feature lantern-lit tours

COOPERSTOWN — Holiday Lantern Tours will be offered the first three Fridays and Saturdays in December at The Farmers’ Museum.

According to a media release, the hourlong walks throughout the museum’s grounds will start at 3 p.m. and repeat every 20 minutes until the last tour begins at 8 p.m.

Guides will talk about the history of Christmas and how it was celebrated in Upstate New York in years past.

The origins of Christmas trees, cards and carols will be revealed.

What foods were prepared and how homes were decorated will be described.

Hearing the history of Santa Claus will prepare walkers for his reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”

Tours will be limited to eight people in order to accommodate for proper social distancing. A single, larger family unit may reserve one of the limited time slots. If a family group numbers more than eight, or for those with mobility issues, call 607-547-1534 or email TFMPrograms@farmersmuseum.org for booking guidance.

Face masks will be required and dressing warmly is strongly suggested.

Reservations are required.

Visit eventbrite.com or FarmersMuseum.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

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 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.

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 graduating from Hartwick College with a degree in film production in 2003, Carvin moved first to New York City and then Los Angeles. Carvin, 39, has 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 Atlanta, 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.

As further stated by Klein in the release, funds raised will be used to hire a film commissioner, buy marketing materials and outreach efforts with industry professionals.

Visit www.film-coop.com for more information and tinyurl.com/y23j86oq 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, completed wreaths need to be delivered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. CAA  is housed at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

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 continue virtually until Nov. 30. 

According to a media release the event honors 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.

Volunteers needed to socialize dogs

HYDE PARK — Following the reported success of its recent ‘Feral to Friendly’ initiative for unsocialized cats and kittens, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has initiated a similar program for dogs who appear fearful of humans.

According to a media release, the shelter’s “Fearful to Fearless” program needs assistance from the community to help turn extremely shy dogs into confident, loving pets through positive association and experiences.

“These dogs are terrified,” SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes explained. “Our Fearful to Fearless program will enable volunteers to come spend quality time with the dogs – sit outside their kennels, talk to them, maybe even read a book out loud – to help them overcome their fear of people.”

As further stated in the release, five dogs from Clayton County, Georgia, are the first to participate in the program. A rescue network that saves dogs from high intake shelters and high-risk situations in both Georgia and Texas, paid for their transport as well as their shelter stay. Bacon, Benedict, Omelette, Waffles and Nici arrived at the SQSPCA on Oct. 2. All were strays estimated to be around 2 years old.

Interested volunteers may call 607-547-8111, ext. 111, for more information and to schedule times to help out

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.

The Bassett Convenient Care location at One Associate Drive in Oneonta is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 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.

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.

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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