Timely exhibit set to open Friday

COOPERSTOWN — The exhibit “Legacy Artists: Figures Plus” will debut from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday Oct. 23, at the Art Garage at 689 Beaver Meadow Road in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, in step with the season, the exhibit and sale will include a witch, ghosts, goblins and folks in coffins. It will feature figurative art from the estates of Alice Hudson (1922-2013) and Lavern Kelley (1928-1998), both native New Yorkers. Hudson created figures from scraps of fabric and Kelley from carved and painted pine.

The show also features “haints” or ghosts by Mississippi self-taught artist Sulton Rogers (1922-2003).

The “plus” part of the show will feature the paintings of Tracy Helgeson and birdhouse sculptures of Louis Sherry.

Visitors may schedule 15-minute viewing slots or wait until the gallery is clear. The show will also be available daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through November by text or phone call.

Usual COVID-cautious guidelines will apply.

Visit facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown, text 315-941-9607 or call 607-547-5327 for more information and to schedule a time to view the exhibit.

Roast turkey dinner to be by donation

MIDDLEFIELD — A takeout fall roast turkey dinner set for 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Middlefield Baptist Church at 121 Rezen Road in Middlefield, will be by donation.

The meal will include all the traditional trimmings including homemade pies.

A limit of 100 orders has been set for the dinner. Call Dorothy at 607-547-9093 or Sue at 607-264-8042 for order availability no later than Thursday, Oct. 22.

Ghostly tours set at local museum

COOPERSTOWN — Things That Go Bump in the Night Ghost Tours at The Farmers’ Museum will be held every half-hour from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23, 24, 29, 30, and 31, for those 10 and older.

According to a media release, groups of eight or a single, larger family unit, will tour the lantern-lit shadowy museum grounds while guides recount ghostly happenings reported to have taken place in the 19th-century historic village. Michael Henrici will also read from Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

Individuals with mobility issues and family groups that number more than eight are instructed to contact John Ferguson at 607-547-1534 or j.ferguson@farmersmuseum.org for guidance. Face masks are required.

Reservations are required. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com.

Call 607-547-1534 or visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.

Hyde Hall tours focused on ghosts

SPRINGFIELD — Hyde & Shriek candlelight ghost tours began earlier this month and will continue to be held at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 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 online at hyde-hall.square.site.

Visit hydehall.org for more information.

Book donation date announced by group

COOPERSTOWN — The Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown will sponsor a book donation event from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, Oct. 24, downstairs at the Fair Street entrance to the Village Library at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, used books in good to excellent condition will be accepted as donations for the next community book sale in support of the library.

All donations will be reviewed before being accepted. Encyclopedias, textbooks and outdated travel books will not be accepted. Donations should not be mildewed, tattered or damaged.

Masks and social distancing will be enforced at the collection site.

Call 607-434-3418 for more information.

Pumpkins sought for glowing event

COOPERSTOWN — An all-outdoor Pumpkin Glow, from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in Cooperstown, is being organized by the Cooperstown Art Association.

According to a media release, carved or decorated lighted pumpkins will be displayed on the porch of the Village Hall at 22 Main St.

Attendees should dress accordingly and are reminded to wear their masks.

Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com for more information.

Assembly candidates to debate Monday

COOPERSTOWN — Challengers Daniel Buttermann and Jake Cornell will join incumbent John Salka in an online debate from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. All are running for the 121st state Assembly District seat.

According to a media release, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area and League of Women Voters of the Oneonta Area, using the Zoom webinar platform, standard debate formats will be followed. Candidates will make introductory statements and answer questions. Questions for candidates may be emailed to forumquestions@lwvcooperstownarea.org. Senders must include their names, where they live, and to which candidate(s) their question is directed. Questions will be reviewed and vetted by the league before being posed by the debate moderator.

Up to 500 viewers may connect to the debate using the link provided at www.lwvcooperstownarea.org and www.lwvoneonta.org.

Buttermann, of Oneonta, is running on the Democratic Party line. Cornell, of Oneida, is running on the Libertarian Party line. Salka, of Brookfield, is running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence Party lines.

Only the candidates, media representatives and moderator will be seen and heard on the screen.

Contact Cooperstown Area League of Women Voters Voter Services Chair Tom Pullyblank at tompullyblank@gmail.com for more information.

Flu shot clinic to be at Bassett

COOPERSTOWN — Flu shot clinics will be offered from 8:20 to 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown to established Bassett patients only 18 and older.

Appointments are required and may be made by calling 607-547-7973.

According to a media release, those with insurance should bring their insurance card with them.

All participants are required to wear masks and maintain proper social distancing.

More information is available at bassett.org/2020fluclinics, www.cdc.gov and healthny.gov.

Dinner by Brooks’ available locally

COOPERSTOWN — The First Baptist Church of Cooperstown at 21 Elm St. will offer takeout Brooks’ chicken dinners from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

The meals include a chicken half, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, cookie and bottled water. The $12 cost may be paid by cash or check.

Pre-orders, encouraged by Wednesday, Oct. 28, may be placed by calling 607-547-9371 or emailing baptistcooperstown@gmail.com. Needed are the customer’s name, number of dinners and a telephone number for order confirmation.

Scriven Foundation to match donations

COOPERSTOWN — The Scriven Foundation will match donations made to the Cooperstown Food Pantry in November and December up to $7,500.

According to a media release, a $1 donation allows the pantry to purchase $10 worth of food as a member of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham. “We are grateful to the Scriven Foundation for doubling the impact of the community’s generosity during November and December, Cooperstown Food Pantry Executive Director Julia Perdue said.

As further stated in the release, last year the pantry served an average of 201 households or 764 people per month.

Donations may be mailed to the food pantry at 25 Church St. Cooperstown, NY 13326 or made online using PayPal at cooperstownfoodpantry.org.

The Cooperstown Food Pantry operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays; and 10 a.m. until noon Saturdays. Those from the northern Otsego County region in need of food assistance may call the pantry at 607-547-8902.

Visit www.cooperstownfoodpantry.org or www.facebook.com/cooperstownfoodpantry/ for more information.

Volunteers needed to socialize dogs

HYDE PARK — Following the reported success of its recent ‘Feral to Friendly’ initiative for unsocialized cats and kittens, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has initiated a similar program for dogs who appear fearful of humans.

According to a media release, the shelter’s “Fearful to Fearless” program needs assistance from the community to help turn extremely shy dogs into confident, loving pets through positive association and experiences.

“These dogs are terrified,” SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes explained. “Our Fearful to Fearless program will enable volunteers to come spend quality time with the dogs — sit outside their kennels, talk to them, maybe even read a book out loud — to help them overcome their fear of people.”

As further stated in the release, five dogs from Clayton County, Georgia, are the first to participate in the program. A rescue network that saves dogs from high intake shelters and high-risk situations in both Georgia and Texas, paid for their transport as well as their shelter stay. Bacon, Benedict, Omelette, Waffles and Nici arrived at the SQSPCA on Oct. 2. All were strays estimated to be around 2 years old.

Interested volunteers may call 607-547-8111, ext. 111, for more information and to schedule times to help out.

Animal shelters join awareness program 

HYDE PARK — An education program designed to help consumers distinguish puppy mills from responsible breeders launched nationally last month has local participants as well. 

According to a media release from the Susquehanna SPCA, the program, “PAWS Before You Pay,” encourages people who are planning to buy a puppy to do their research first and empowers them with the information and resources necessary to do so. PAWS stands for Puppy Mill Awareness With Shelters.

“Puppy mills are cruel and inhumane,” Haynes said in the release, adding “Our shelter receives complaint calls and inquiries all the time about several puppy mills operating in and around Otsego County.”

The Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley in Howes Cave, Delaware Valley Humane Society in Delhi, Herkimer County Humane Society in Mohawk and Oneonta’s Superheroes in Ripped Jeans are also participating in the program. 

Visit www.sqspca.org or another participating shelter’s website, click on the PAWS tab for more information from the Humane Society of the United States.

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 informtion 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 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.

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 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.

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