Vendors sought for upcoming bazaar

LAURENS — Vendors and crafters are being sought for the holiday bazaar scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Laurens Fire Department at 34 Main St. in Laurens.

The event is sponsored by the LFD Auxiliary. Call Sandy Vandey 607-988-0057 for more information and to reserve vendor space.

CAA show and sale underway

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Art Association is hosting its annual Holiday Show and Sale through Monday, Dec. 23.

The show offers 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.

The Cooperstown Art Association is at 22 Main St.

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

Turkey dinner to be served at CCS

COOPERSTOWN — 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 School on Thursday, Nov. 21.

A dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Cooperstown High School cafeteria.

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

Bassett schedules flu shot clinic

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center will have a flu shot clinic for its patients from 8:30 to noon Wednesday, 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 websites 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 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 as after her presentation.

Community Evening Programs are held each month and are free and open to the public. Woodside Hall is 1 Main St. in Cooperstown, and is a state-certified adult home and has a certified respite care and a social day program.

Call Karen Cadwalader at 607-547-0600, ext. 101 for more information.

Church to host free community meal

CATTOWN — Cooperstown Assembly of God at 4354 State Highway 80 will host an “Everything but the Turkey” free community dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Attendees may bring a favorite side dish to share.

Palette knife use to be taught in class

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — Artist Mary Nolan will teach a class on 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 for non-members.

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

Church sets bazaar, auction, meal, sale

BURLINGTON FLATS — The First Baptist Church of Burlington will host a holiday bazaar, featuring local crafters, a Chinese auction, soup and sandwich lunch 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.

Thanksgiving at The Farm planned

COOPERSTOWN — The Farmers’ Museum at 5775 State Highway 80 outside Cooperstown will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30, for Thanksgiving at The Farm.

A traditional mid-19th century Thanksgiving dinner will be prepared over the open hearth at Lippitt Farmhouse, blacksmiths will forge cooking utensils throughout the day in the Peleg Field blacksmith shop and printed recipes will be available in the Middlefield Print Shop.

Free coffee and hot cocoa will be available in Bump Tavern. The museum’s Crossroads Café will also be open.

Visitors will see heritage-breed turkeys and farm animals. Rides on the Empire State Carousel, decorated for the season, will be available.

The Farmers’ Museum Store and Todd’s General Store will also be open.

Admission is by donation.

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.

Food pantry to get matching grant

COOPERSTOWN — The Scriven Foundation is offering a matching grant for donations made to the Cooperstown Food Pantry up to a total of $7,500 during November and December. The donations will aid the Cooperstown Food Pantry in providing emergency food assistance to families in northern Otsego County.

Donations may be sent directly the food pantry at 25 Church St., Cooperstown, NY 13326. For every $1 of cash donations, the Cooperstown Food Pantry can purchase $10 worth of food from the Regional Food Bank for the 700 to 800 people seeking assistance every month, according to a media release.

The Cooperstown Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information, visit and

LWV seeks students for Albany program

The Cooperstown League of Women Voters is seeking nominations of Cherry Valley, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Laurens, Milford, Schenevus and Worcester high school students for the 20th annual Students Inside Albany conference, which is scheduled to be held May 17 to 20, in Albany.

The conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation Inc., is designed to increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in a representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility, according to a media release. The interactive conference will bring together high school students from across the state to learn about state government and the process by which citizens can participate in the policy making arena. As part of the program, students will also tour the Capitol and observe the Senate and Assembly in action by spending an afternoon shadowing their legislators.

Students are sponsored by one of the 50 local League of Women Voters chapters throughout New York State; all their expenses are covered, including travel and three nights at a hotel in downtown Albany. The participants will receive student membership in the Cooperstown League of Women Voters, which includes an email newsletter and invitations to meetings on government-related topics.

Contact Maria Kaltenbach at 315-525-5410 at for more information by Dec. 20.

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

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