Church taking orders for Friday dinner

COOPERSTOWN — The First Baptist Church at 21 Elm St. in Cooperstown will sponsor its final takeout Brooks’ chicken dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.

Dinners will include a barbecued chicken half, baked potato, coleslaw and roll. The $12 per dinner cost may be paid in cash or by check. A $1 convenience fee will be added for payment by PayPal to cover processing fees.

Advance ordering is encouraged and should be done no later than Wednesday, Oct. 13. Orders may be placed by emailing Orders should include a name, number of dinners and phone number for confirmation.

Speaker Series set to begin Sunday

COOPERSTOWN — Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown will present its first program of the 2021-22 Sunday Speaker Series online from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17.

“Long COVID Syndrome and Other Post-COVID Complications” will be presented by Bassett Healthcare Network doctor Richard Loftus.

According to a media release, Loftus will explain what “long COVID” is as well as other complications seen in survivors of mild or asymptomatic COVID infections. His talk will cover how common the problems are, what causes them and if they are preventable.

Loftus recently joined the Department of Medicine at Bassett Medical Center as a Prime Care attending physician. His prior work in Southern California includes bench research and clinical experience in HIV management, medical education and community medicine.

The monthly Sunday Speaker programs are at 3 p.m. via Zoom and are free and open to the public.

Visit for more information and to register.

Hyde Hall to have weekend ghost tours

SPRINGFIELD — Hyde & Shriek Candlelight Ghost Tours will be held on the half hour from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16, 22 and 23, and 29, 30 and 31, at Hyde Hall at 1527 County Road 31 in Springfield.

Reservations are required.

Visit for more information and tickets.

Raffle underway to benefit DOAS

The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is hosting online raffle sales for six donated items in celebration of the organization’s 54th anniversary in October.

According to a media release, the raffle is being promoted because the loss of fall bird seed sale proceeds will impact the organization’s income. The decision was made in late summer to hold off on the annual bird seed sale fundraiser because of a mystery disease found in many regions in the eastern flyway. Since then bird feeding is now considered safe with regular feeder maintenance and cleaning. 

Raffle sales will continue until 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, and winners will be announced at 8:30 p.m., following the keynote presentation by Scott Weidensaul. Winners need not be present to win.

Raffle items and a purchase form are available online at

Patrons who do not use the internet may have the raffle information mailed to them by calling DOAS at 607-397-3815 or mailing them at P.O. Box 544, Oneonta, 13820.

This year’s raffle items include a saw-whet owl silhouette (crafted and donated by Joel Kazmierski); owl-themed quilted tote bag (crafted and donated by Julie Wexler); Duncraft Eco-Delight oriole feeder and a 30 ounce jar of grape jelly (donated by Kathryn Davino); 52 by 62 inch flannel-backed nature quilt (crafted and donated by Gretchen Adams); loon photo (donated by Nina Schoch with framing donated by Charlie Scheim); and Great Egret photo canvas print donated by Rob Katz.

Screening Coach to be in Richfield 

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Bassett Healthcare’s Medical Mobile Screening Coach will be at Cullen Pumpkin Farm at 587 Cullen Road in Richfield Springs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.

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 for more information and to schedule the required  appointment.

Milestone anniversaries to be marked

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce wants to know about any businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries so they may be commemorated at the group’s upcoming annual meeting.

Businesses with anniversary years of 25, 50, 75, 100, etc., are encouraged to contact the chamber at or call 607-547-9983 for more information.

The annual membership meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, on the outdoor patio at Brewery Ommegang.

Class in welding available to adults

MILFORD — Otsego Northern Catskill Board of Cooperative Educational Services will launch an adult education welding course next month. Tuition is $450. Classes will begin on Nov. 30. 

The continuing education program includes hands-on training, basic welding theory, safety in welding, an introduction to oxygen and plasma cutting theory and an introduction to weld symbols.

Students will leave the course with a number of practical skills, including the ability to perform stringer beads with electrodes, operate oxyfuel and plasma equipment and the ability to adjust and equipment and visually identify basic welding symbols and rods, according to a media release.

The 30-hour, five-week course will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Otsego Area Occupational Center in Milford. 

Contact Ryan DeMars at or 607-286-7715 for more information and to register.

Town committee needs new members

HARTWICK — The Hartwick Conservation Advisory Committee is in need of new members. The committee meets monthly at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday at the Hartwick Town Hall.

According to a media release, Hartwick has increased its efforts to become a Clean Energy Community and Climate Smart Community sponsored by NYSERDA and NYSDEC respectively. The programs encourage all to fight climate change at the local level, reduce energy use and protect environmental resources.

Any individuals interested in the town’s efforts who are willing to do research and make phone calls are requested to email or call and leave a message at 607-293-6654. 

Events for seniors held twice weekly

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Senior Community Center is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the red building behind St. Mary’s Church at 31 Elm St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, offerings include exercises classes, card games, Mahjong, trivia, conversation and speakers on Thursdays.

A calendar of events is posted at Tops, Price Chopper and the Village Library.

All COVID safety measures are followed including air filters.

Find the Center on Facebook or email for more information.

Themed train rides to feature pumpkins 

MILFORD — Pumpkin Patch train rides are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24, on the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad and will depart from the depot at 136 E. Main St. in Milford. 

The Santa Express will run at 1 p.m. Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; and the North Pole Express will depart at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. 11, and 18.

Passengers will be required to wear masks all times while on board for their protection and that of the crew.

Reservations and prepayment are required and may be made online at

Call 607-432-2429 for more information.

Rabies vaccines available locally

INDEX — Rabies vaccination clinics for pet dogs, cats and ferrets will be held at Susquehanna SPCA from  2 to 5 p.m., Nov. 15. and Dec. 13. 

Call 607-547-8111, ext. 11, for an appointments which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of 15 pets per person.

The clinics are in conjunction with the Otsego County Department of Health. 

Dogs must be on leashes and cats and ferrets in carriers.

Proof of a previous vaccine is required to receive one good for three years.

The shelter is at 5082-5088 State Highway 28 in Index.

Delivery service offered to pantry patrons

CHERRY VALLEY — The Daily Bread Food Pantry at 2 Genesee St. in Cherry Valley offers free home delivery in its service area. 

According to a media release, the pantry serves the Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District. Patrons interested in free home deliver service need to register online at or by calling 607-435-6064.

The pantry is open for walk-ins from 9 a.m. until noon Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 

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 On the designated delivery day, customers may pick up their orders at one of six drop sites in Schoharie and Otsego counties. Visit for more information about the sites.

Call 607-547-2536, ext. 231 or email for more information about SourceWhatsGood.

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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

Help available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Homebound seniors who need groceries or medications may call 607-547-2213 or email 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 continues to offer free bereavement counseling to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one during the ongoing pandemic.

According to a media release, counseling is 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.

Contact Alisha Rule at 607-432-5525 or or visit 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 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.

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