Film festival set to begin Thursday

COOPERSTOWN — Glimmerglass Film Days, a program of Otsego 2000, will present a virtual film festival and in-person screenings and events from Nov. 4 to 11.

Curated by Artistic Director Margaret Parsons and Programmer Joey Katz, the slate of independent documentaries and narrative features and short reflects the theme “Rise.”

According to a media release, the films tell stories of people around the world connecting with nature, food and traditions. Some films address racism, climate change and environmental threats, while other films portray individuals creating art, community and connection. The films include selections from 15 different countries as well as works by indigenous filmmakers.

A Glimmerglass Pass is $75 and provides online access to 26 feature-length films and two shorts programs, plus online filmmaker talks. All films may be viewed at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 through Nov. 11. Tickets to individual online films are $5.

Tickets to the in-person screenings are $10 per person and are not included with the Glimmerglass Pass. To attend in-person events, proof of vaccination (NY Excelsior Pass or CDC vaccination card) and photo ID are required. Face masks will be required while watching films. Visit glimmerglassfilmdays.org for more information, including a list of films.

Star gazing event organized by group

SPRINGFIELD — The Otsego County Conservation Association will sponsor an evening of star gazing at Mohican Farm at 7207 State Highway 80, not far from Cooperstown, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5.

According to a media release, star gazers at “Naked Eye Astronomy: The Autumn Sky” will see the Milky Way, Jupiter, Saturn and maybe the Andromeda Galaxy.

Attendees are advised to dress warmly, bring a blanket and/or chair and binoculars, if desired.

The required registration for the free program may be completed at https://tinyurl.com/2bxzv35t.

Call 607-282-4087 or visit www.occainfo.org for more information. 

Exhibitors wanted for holiday show

COOPERSTOWN — Original works by its member artists are wanted for this year’s Holiday Member Show & Sale hosted by Cooperstown Art Association.

Entries will be delivered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 and 6, at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

The event will be open to the public from Nov. 12 to Dec. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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

Film prompts walk for birdwatchers

COOPERSTOWN — Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society trip leaders Becky Gretton, Sandy Bright, Charlie Scheim and Rob Katz will lead a local bird walk to complement the documentary feature Film, “The Falconer,” by Glimmerglass Film Days.

Participants will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, outside the entrance to Fenimore Art Museum on state Route 80, not far from Cooperstown.

The walk will take participants through the Fenimore grounds, along the shores of Otsego Lake and will loop around back to the starting point. Walkers should bring binoculars and dress for the weather conditions. The program is free and open to the public. Birdwatchers of all levels, from novice to expert, are welcome to attend.

Visit www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org/ and www.doas.us for the more information.

CAA to provide wreaths to adorn

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association’s 20th annual Adorn-A-Door Wreath Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27.

According to a media release, CAA will provide up to 100 plain balsam wreaths to those who register to decorate and donate them for CAA’s silent auction.

CAA is at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com/adorn-a-door.html for more information.

Church schedules lunch and two sales

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs will sponsor a luncheon, bake sale and craft corner from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.

Lunch customers may choose from a variety of soups and sandwiches. Potato chips, a beverage and homemade dessert will be included for a suggested $7 donation.

The bake sale will include pies, breads and cookies.

The craft corner, in the winter chapel, will feature the sale of handcrafted items made by area artisans.

The Church of Christ Uniting is at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs.

Visit www.rschurchofchristuniting.com or find them on Facebook for more information.

LWV seeks students for Albany program

The Cooperstown League of Women Voters is seeking students 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 are 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.

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. 

Trains scheduled with holiday themes

MILFORD — The Santa Express will leave the Milford depot at 1 p.m. Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; and the North Pole Express will depart at 6:30 p.m. 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.

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 — Rabies vaccination clinics for pet dogs, cats and ferrets will be held at Susquehanna SPCA from  2 to 5 p.m., Nov. 15. and Dec. 13. 

Call 607-547-8111, ext. 11, for an appointments 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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