Artwork sought to show and sell

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Art Association is seeking participation from its members for this year’s Holiday Show and Sale Nov. 13 to Dec. 23.

According to organizers, original artwork suitable for holiday gift-giving may be delivered to CAA at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7.

A 30% commission will be retained by CAA for all sales. Participants are advised to price their work accordingly.

Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com for more information including how to become a member.

Day of the Dead to be celebrated

The Cooperstown Graduate Program and the Village Library of Cooperstown will sponsor a local version of the 2020 Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration virtually at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. The event will include a story, two activities and closing remarks. 

An altar will also remain available at the library at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown until Nov. 14, where copies of photographs of departed loved ones may be placed. 

More information is available at www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org and http://diademuertoscgp.wordpress.com. Go to tinyurl.com/y4qwt4re to access the celebration on Zoom.

Fundraiser features property of OLT

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego Land Trust will sell 2021 calendars that feature Brookwood Point and Gardens at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market at 101 Main St. in Pioneer Alley on Saturday, Nov. 7, 21, and Dec. 5. They will also be available at the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce at 31 Chestnut St. and at Woodland Cycles at 24 S. Main St. in Milford or by calling the Land Trust office at 101 Main St. at 607-547-2366, ext. 106.

Proceeds will support OLT’s management efforts at Brookwood Point.

State recognizes Bassett’s focus 

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Healthcare Network has achieved Level 4 Medicaid Health Home status, a designation maintained by Bassett for six years. Medicaid is described as a federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. It also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, including nursing home care and personal care services.

According to a media release, the state Department of Health first awarded Bassett Health Home status in 2014 for its focus on the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable members of the communities it serves. 

Bassett’s Medicaid Health Home has agreements with six agencies and more than 1,200 enrolled individuals in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie and Herkimer counties. As further stated in the release, the overall goal is to improve the health of enrolled individuals, reduce unnecessary emergency department visits and inpatient hospitalizations and help individuals achieve independence by learning to navigate community services on their own.

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.

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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