Voters may register at upcoming drives

COOPERSTOWN — The League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area will host two voter registration drives on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Voters may register from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market at 101 Main St. in Pioneer Alley and from noon until 7 p.m. at Hartwick Fire Department Company No. 2 at 4877 State Route 28 in Hartwick Seminary.

Information will also be available on how to vote by absentee ballot, early in-person voting which begins Oct. 24, or on Election Day, Nov. 3. The last day voters may register or update their registration in time for the Nov. 3 election is Oct. 9.

Visit VoteOtsego.com, www.LWVCooperstownArea.org. or call 607-547-4247 for more information.

Fun Day Out set for Saturday

WORCESTER — A Fun Day Out will be held outdoors from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Hidden Memories at 143 Main St. in Worcester.

According to a media release, there will be an outdoor flea market with antiques and crafts, a farmers’ market, sale of baked goods and a cruise-in car show will be sponsored by JEMS Customs.

Masks and social distancing will be required.

Interested vendors may call Michael at 607-386-0825 for more information.

Cruise-in participants are asked to register with Joe Marsh at 518-598-6523.

The rain date for the event will be Sunday, Oct. 4.

Used book sale to span nine days

COOPERSTOWN — A used book sale began in Cooperstown on Saturday, Sept. 26, and will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sunday, Oct. 4. The event is sponsored by Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown.

According to a media release, the sale is located on the porch of the Village Hall that houses the library at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown. A $5 bag sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4.

Hardcover books will be priced at $2. Paperbacks will be $1, with some exceptions for art and coffee table books. New books will be added to the sale each day, to allow for a rotating selection.

Because of COVID-19, social distancing will be required and the number of people will be limited if necessary.

Call Lynne Mebust at 607-544-1418 for more information.

Hyde Hall tours focused on ghosts

SPRINGFIELD — Hyde & Shriek candlelight ghost tours will be be held at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 and 3, 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 30 and 31, at Hyde Hall at 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road in Springfield.

According to presenters, the guided tours will explore eerie places where ghostly apparitions have reportedly dwelt for more than two centuries.

Masks are required. Limited to six people per tour, anyone planning to take the tour should be able to walk for extended periods and climb stairs without difficulty. 

Reservations are required. Tickets are $20 and are available onlne at hyde-hall.square.site/.

Visit hydehall.org for more information.

Masons to serve takeout chicken meal

LAURENS — The regular monthly all-you-can-eat chicken and biscuit dinner hosted by the Laurens Masonic Lodge will be held as a takeout-only dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Masonic Lodge at 7 Brook St. in Laurens. Included will be mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and strawberries and ice cream.

COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Proceeds will be used to fund lodge functions such as college scholarships, community assistance and Scout troops, as well as maintenance of the lodge.

Screening coach to be at area grill

HARTWICK — Bassett Healthcare’s Medical Mobile Screening Coach will be at Jerry’s Place at 6635 State Highway 28 in Hartwick from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.

Mammograms and pap tests will be offered to those who are uninsured or underinsured and age 40 or older.

Colorectal cancer screening kits will also be available for men and women 50 or older who are uninsured or underinsured.

Call 888-345-0225 or visit www.Bassett.org/CSP for more information and an appointment, which is required.

Food distribution set for Wednesday

HARTWICK — The Hartwick/Mount Vision Food Pantry and the Regional Food Bank of NE New York will sponsor a drive-through food distribution from 10 a.m. until the food is gone Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The event is for Cooperstown and Milford school district residents. Drivers should enter no earlier than 9:45 a.m. from Hatchery Road off of County Highway 11 in Hartwick and proceed to the ball field at 48 Wells Ave. 

Panel to discuss non-toxic ammunition

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will present a panel discussion via Zoom on ammunition alternatives for hunters at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.

According to a media release, panelists will explain how hunters can and why they should choose to use non-toxic ammunition. The program will include an overview of how the lead in ammunition can impact human health and wildlife. Comparisons of lead and non-lead bullet fragmentation and technical performance of non-lead ammunition will also be reviewed.

A question-and-answer session will follow.

Preregister at tinyurl.com/y2h5rve8. Visit www.doas.us for more information.

Count needed for roast pork dinner 

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Pre-ordering is required by Oct. 11 for the drive-through roast pork dinner scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Church of Christ Uniting at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs.

The $11 dinner will include roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetable casserole, roll with butter, and apple crisp.

Call 315-858-1451 or 315-858-2357 to place orders and designate a pickup time.

Customers are asked to provide exact payment, wear face masks and should not arrive more than five minutes before their scheduled appointment.

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 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 release said

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.

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.

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