Blood drive to be held at area church

WEST WINFIELD — A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at St. Joseph’s Church at 303 Main St. in West Winfield.

Visit, call 800-733-2767 or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device for more information and to make an appointment.

Doubleday Dancers to mark harvest 

COOPERSTOWN — The Doubleday Dancers Modern Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown will have its Harvest Dance and Pie Night from 7:30 to 10 pm. Friday, Nov. 8, at Cooperstown Elementary School on Walnut Street.

Ray Taylor will call mainstream and plus dances. Elma Taylor will cue.

Admission is $5 per person, payable at the door.

Call 607-264-8128 for more information.

Area school to host veterans and guests

CHERRY VALLEY — Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District will present its sixth annual Veterans Day program and breakfast starting at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8. 

A short program  in the school gymnasium will precede the breakfast. All those who plan to attend are asked to call Laura Carson at the school at 607-264-9332, ext. 501.

Smithy Clay Studio to throw and sip

COOPERSTOWN — The final Throw and Sip with Justin Mastrangelo will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Smithy Clay Studio.

The class, described as fun and casual, will explore the basics of wheel throwing. Wine, beer and snacks will be provided by the studio.

All materials, glazes and firing will be provided. Clothes should be worn that students won’t mind getting muddy.

The fee for the class is $40 and may be paid upon registration. Students are asked to call ahead if they need to cancel.

Visit for more information. Call Clay Studio Manager Adam Jennett at 607-547-8671 or email to register.

The Smithy Clay Studio is at 1 Otsego Court in Cooperstown.

Community dinner to be in Fly Creek

FLY CREEK — A community Thanksgiving dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church.

Dishes to pass are requested. Dinnerware and beverages will be provided.

Dinner patrons asked to RSVP

PORTLANDVILLE — The annual turkey dinner will be hosted by the Portlandville United Methodist Church on Sunday, Nov. 10.  

The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12.  Servings will be at 1, 2:30 and 5 p.m.  

Reservations are required by both eat-in and takeout patrons and must be made by Friday, Nov. 8, by calling Sue at 607-286-7582.

Mid-week blood drive set at Bassett

COOPERSTOWN — A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Bassett Hall at the intersection of Beaver and Pioneer streets in Cooperstown.

Visit, call 800-733-2767 or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device for more information and to make an appointment.

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 holiday show to open mid-month

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association’s Holiday Show and Sale will open with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

According to a media release, work in the show is geared toward holiday gift giving and includes cards, ornaments, sculpture, jewelry, apparel, wood work, paintings, prints, stained glass, photos, fiber arts, furniture and pottery. It will remain on display through Dec. 23.

CAA is at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

Call 607-547-9777 or visit for more information.

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.

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.

Bassett schedules flu shot clinic days

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center will offer 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. 

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.

Otsego 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.

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.


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