Church to sponsor annual fall dinner

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Guild in Springfield Center will sponsor its annual harvest pork dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Parish Hall at 112 Public Landing Road.

Mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, applesauce, vegetables, salad, rolls and apple desserts will complete the menu.

The suggested donation is $8 per person.

Proceeds will benefit food pantries in northern Otsego and southern Herkimer counties.

Those planning to attend are asked to bring their own place settings.

Takeout dinners will also be available. 

CAA show and sale to kick off Friday

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Art Association will host its annual Holiday Show and Sale from Friday, Nov. 15 to Monday, Dec. 23.

There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. The show will offer works for sale by local and regional artists. The CAA galleries will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays during the show.

During the reception, tickets for the Adorn-a-Door Raffle and “Dinner’s On Us” will be available for sale. The drawings will be at the Adorn-a-Door Wreath Festival on Saturday, Nov. 30.

The Cooperstown Art Association is at 22 Main St in the Village Hall. For more information, call 607-547-9777 or visit

Students to host dinner for seniors

CHERRY VALLEY — The Student Council at Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School will host its annual Senior Citizen Dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Reservations are requested and may be made calling Laura Carson at 607-264-9332, ext. 501, by Friday, Nov. 15. 

Soup buffet lunch set in Mount Vision

MOUNT VISION — A serve-yourself soup buffet lunch will be held at the Mount Vision United Methodist Church from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. The lunch will include crock pots of homemade soups, chili and chowders with homemade rolls, crackers, bread, desserts and beverage. The price is by donation and the proceeds will be used for local pastoral and church expenses and worldwide projects through the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. The church is state Route 205 in the village of Mount Vision.

Richfield Springs church to hold fundraiser

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs will hold a luncheon, bake sale and craft corner from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday, Nov. 16.

The luncheon, which will be from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., will include a choice from a variety of soups and sandwiches, potato chips, choice of beverage and homemade dessert. Donations will be accepted.

The bake sale will include pies, breads, cookies and other homemade confections.  The craft corner will be in the winter chapel and will consist of select artisans from the area offering a variety of handcrafted items.

The Church of Christ Uniting is at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs. Visit or call Carol Simpson, guild president, at 315-868-0319 for more information.

Craft, bake sale set in Hartwick Seminary 

HARTWICK SEMINARY — Hartwick Seminary Fire Department Co. 2 will host its November Fling craft sale and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.

The bake sale is sponsored by the Hartwick Seminary Fire Department Support Committee. Tables are available.

Contact Mary Balcom at 607-547-8554 or for details.    

Hamilton-Burr history to be topic of talk

COOPERSTOWN — “Hamilton’s Final Act,” a lecture and book signing with Douglas Ambrose, will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Fenimore Art Museum at 5798 State Highway 80 just outside Cooperstown.

Attendees will discover what led up to the fatal duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in 1804.

After the lecture, Ambrose, a teaching professor of history at Hamilton College, will sign copies of his book, “Your Obedient Servant: The Letters of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr,” the companion book to Fenimore’s exhibit, “Hamilton’s Final Act: Enemies and Allies.” The talk is included with regular museum admission.

The Fenimore is home to a collection of 35 letters exchanged between Hamilton and Burr. The documents, although familiar to historians, have remained largely unknown to the public until they were brought to light in the song “Your Obedient Servant” from the Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

For more information, visit or call 607-547-1400. 

Church to host praise, worship service

COOPERSTOWN — First Baptist Church of Cooperstown’s Saturday night praise and worship service will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 16. The services are offered monthly, usually the third Saturday of the month, at the church at 21 Elm St. in Cooperstown.


Turkey dinner to be served at CCS

COOPERSTOWN — On Thursday, Nov. 21, the Cooperstown Lions Club will help provide local senior citizens with traditional turkey dinners with the help of the Cooperstown Leos Club, the Cooperstown PTA and the faculty and staff of the Cooperstown Central Schoos.

A dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Cooperstown High School cafeteria with a delivery option available. To receive a dinner by delivery, call Maira Senk at 607-547-2401 by Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The Cooperstown Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays, September through June at Alex’s World Bistro. For more information about Lions Club, visit or the Cooperstown Lions Club’s Facebook at


Experts to talk about invasive species

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego County Conservation Association and Mohican Farm will continue their 2019 Be Informed! Lecture Series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, with a program on the known and anticipated impacts of two invasive species.

In “A Decade of Zebra Mussels: Impacts and Challenges in Otsego Lake,” Holly Waterfield, research support specialist at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, will discuss ecological changes that have taken place in Otsego Lake since the establishment of zebra mussels around 2007, and will touch on the challenges the invader has created for those who play and work on the water.

Also on the agenda is “Emerald Ash Borer: Current Status and the Way Forward.” Jonathan Rosenthal, director of the Ecological Research Institute, will discuss the status of emerald ash borer in Otsego and adjacent counties, what can be expected in terms of its spread and impacts, and what can be done to best prepare for and respond to this pest.

The free program will take place in the community room at the Clark Sports Center at 124 County Road 52 outside of Cooperstown. For more information or to pre-register, visit, or call (607) 282-4087.


Bassett schedules flu shot clinic days

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center will have flu shot clinics for its patients from 8:30 to noon Wednesday, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4. No appointment is necessary. The shots will be administered in Primary Care on the second floor of the clinic building on River Street in Cooperstown. 

Clinics are for established Bassett patients 18 and older. 

Patients with insurance should bring their cards with them. Self-pay patients will be asked to pay $40. 

The pneumonia vaccination will not be available at the flu clinics.

According to a media release, people with serious long-term health problems such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease and blood disorders are at highest risk for flu complications. Also at high risk are those with immune system weakness from cancer treatment, long-term steroid therapy, HIV/AIDS and other immune diseases and people 50 and older. 

Patients may check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the state Department of Health website for other high-risk categories and more flu information. 

Frequent hand-washing is also recommended along with covering one’s mouth and nose when coughing. If flu symptoms present themselves, staying home from work or school is also recommended.

Call the hospital’s flu information line 607-547-7973 or 800-BASSETT for more information. 


Woodside Hall to host talk on ornaments

COOPERSTOWN — Woodside Hall’s Community Evening Programs will welcome antique hardware expert Bill Rigby at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, to share the craft of creating Zinn Brilliant Ornaments.

In the late 1980s, William and Janet Rigby purchased the historic ornament molds from an antiques dealer and began to experiment with re-creating the faceted pieces. Zinn Brilliant Ornaments were the invention of 19th-century confectioner and businessman Gustav A. Mayer, who created the process and the molds for making the highly reflective ornaments in the 1880s.

There will also be an open house from  4 to 6 p.m. where tours will be offered. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

Community Evening Programs are held each month and are free and open to the public. Woodside Hall is 1 Main Street in Cooperstown. For more information, call Karen Cadwalader at 607-547-0600, ext. 101.


Palette knife use to be taught in class

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — Artist Mary Nolan will teach a class how to use and paint with a palette knife from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Springfield Community Center at 129 County Road 29A in Springfield Center. 

Acrylic or oil paints may be used.

Students will need to bring lunch, small, pointed palette knives, watercolor or 140 lb mixed media paper, canvas boards or stretched canvas, acrylic or oil paint, brushes and landscape photos or images from a calendar.

The fee for the class will be $15 for Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club members or $25.

Call Carole Westerman at 315-858-6013, or email for more information and to register.


Burlington Flats church plans fundraiser

BURLINGTON FLATS — The First Baptist Church of Burlington will host a holiday bazaar featuring local crafters, a Chinese auction, a soup-and-sandwich luncheon and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.  

The church is at 2225 County Highway 16, at the corner of Route 80 in Burlington Flats.


CAA preparing for wreath auction

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

According to a media release, balsam wreaths will be provided by request to anyone who registers to participate. After participants have  decorated their wreaths, they will be donated to CAA where they will be sold at a silent auction.

Proceeds will benefit CAA with a portion going toward its ongoing Art Scholarship Program for high school seniors. 

Call 607-547-9777 for more information and to participate.


Library displays baseball artifacts

WORCESTER — The Worcester-Schenevus Library in conjunction with the Worcester Historical Society, is displaying original memorabilia and artifacts from the sports career of Worcester resident Jim Konstanty, a Major League relief pitcher for more than a decade and National League Most Valuable Player of 1950. The exhibit, for the public, was purposefully timed with baseball season in mind.

The library at 168 Main St. in Worcester, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Call 607-397-7309 for more information.


Fitting station available locally

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center offers a nationally-certified car seat fitting station overseen by the State of New York. Car seat technicians at Bassett Medical Center work in collaboration with its Trauma Services Program to bring the service to residents to improve their child’s safety and to protect them in the event of a car accident.

According to information provided in a media release from Bassett citing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. In 2016, 38% of children killed in car crashes were unrestrained; further, 74 to 90% of all car seats are used incorrectly.

A child unrestrained could be ejected from the vehicle if involved in a collision, or a child not properly restrained could end up tangled or stuck in their car seat. Proper car seat use reportedly reduces the risk of injury or death to a child in the event of a car accident.

The car seat fitting station is open seven days a week by appointment only.


Volunteers needed by Big Buddy group

The Big Buddy program is seeking 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 serves as their big buddy.

Big buddies spend at least four hours each month with their little buddy for a minimum of one year engaging in mutually agreed upon activities.

The program also includes group activities from eight to 10 times a year where big and little buddies may go to the movies, sporting events, museums, or bowling, hiking, etc., or perform a type of community service.

Activities are structured to encompass at least one educational, one cultural, one community service and one recreational event.

Contact Heather McAdams at 607-746-1746 or for more information and to volunteer.


Backpack Program sponsors needed

The Cooperstown Food Pantry is seeking sponsors for its Backpack Program that benefits children in the Cooperstown Central School District. According to a media release, a monthly sponsorship of $20 will provide a student with a backpack full of food each Friday for the weekend. Backpacks are filled with kid-friendly meals and snacks and fresh fruit.

Each year, the Backpack Program serves about 50 children who attend Cooperstown’s elementary and junior-senior high schools. Donations may be made online at Checks may be mailed to Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church St., Cooperstown, NY 13326. Write Backpack Program in the subject line of the check.

Contact Cooperstown Food Pantry executive director Stacey Smith at 547-8902 or for more information.


Otsego County seeks daycare 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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