First Night talent contestants sought

ONEONTA — The theme for First Night Oneonta is “20/20 — I Can See Clearly Now!” According to a media release, it is meant to provide everyone "with a clear vision of their hopes and dreams for the new year." The event is described as an all-volunteer, alcohol-free, family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration focused on the arts. It will be held at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center on Market Street.

New this year will be a talent show and contest for which entries are sought. Finalists will compete for $1,000 in prize money. Entry information and forms will be provided by emailing

A detailed schedule of events is available at

Volunteers are needed to carry giant puppets. Email for more information and to volunteer.

Anyone wishing to contribute money to the event may mail tax-deductible donations to First Night Oneonta Inc., P.O. Box 101, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Santa Claus set to arrive Friday

COOPERSTOWN — Santa will make his arrival in a horse-drawn wagon at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and will appear at his cottage in Pioneer Park until Christmas Eve.

There will be refreshments and music, sponsored by the Cooperstown Community Christmas Committee. 

From 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Santa will be available for photos with pets and from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, Mrs. Claus will join Santa at the cottage. 

Thanksgiving events at The Farm planned

COOPERSTOWN — The Farmers’ Museum at 5775 State Highway 80 outside in 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 avilable.

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

Admission is by donation.

Festival of Trees to be in Edmeston

EDMESTON — More than a dozen Christmas trees, decorated by members of local businesses and organizations, will be displayed at the Edmeston Museum at 1 North St. in Edmeston from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 7 and 14; and 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18.

Call 607-547-6564, 607-293-6635, or email for more information.

CAA wreath auction set for Saturday

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.

Ag business workshop to be presented

COBLESKILL — A free workshop on "Access to Capital" and resource expo for agricultural and food and beverage businesses will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the ballroom of Bouck Hall on the SUNY Cobleskill campus. Refreshments and lunch will be included.

According to a media release, the event will be co-hosted by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship and SUNY Cobleskill.

Potential funding sources will be presented during panel presentations covering traditional funding sources and newer, alternative models.

Another panel will address institutional procurement of local foods and how local producers can build relationships with potential buyers.

CADE will conduct a survey of the funding needs of local farm and food businesses in preparation for the workshop. Any farm, food or beverage business operator in the region may participate in the survey at CADE will share the results of the survey at the event.

Visit www.cadefarmsorg/event-1 for more information and to register.

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 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. 

Holiday market day planned at clinic

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Healthcare Network and the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Pop-up Holiday Market in the lobby of the Bassett Health Center Clinic at 1 Atwell Road from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. Hand-crafted items and gourmet treats suitable for gift-giving will be featured.

The event is in support of Friends of Bassett and local crafters.

Tailwind to play at next contradance 

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego Dance Society's monthly contradance will be on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. Music will be provided by Tailwind with Robby Poulette calling.

According to a media release, Tailwind, formerly the band 'Fancy That,' is led by Curt Osgood, a well-known hammered dulcimer player. He performs in the New York and Pennsylvania areas at dances, workshops and festivals. Joining him will be fiddler Henry Jankiewicz and John Wobus on keyboard. Both are contradance musicians who play with numerous groups in a wide range of styles. Together they play a mix of traditional, folk and old-time music, including modern, Celtic and Americana tunes.

Poulette started calling contradances while a student at Hartwick College and is frequently seen at Pine Lake dances and other venues in the Cooperstown area, the release said.

Singles, couples and families are welcome. The style of dancing is described as lively. No experience is necessary. The caller teaches each dance.

The dance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and continue until 10:30 p.m. Those who arrive at 7:15 p.m. will receive be a short introduction to some basic steps.

There is a suggested donation of $8 for adults, $4 for students and teenagers and free for children 12 and younger, with a maximum of $20 per family.

The church is on the corner of Pioneer and Elm streets.

Call 607-965-8232 or 607-547-8164, or visit for more information.

Holiday art show and sale underway

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Art Association will continue to host 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.

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 the total of $7,500 during November and December. These donations will aid the Cooperstown Food Pantry with 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 Saturday. 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. This 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 this 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 a 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.

Library displaying 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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