Community News: Oct. 27, 2021

ContributedThis dinner dress from around 1900, designed by M.E. Clancy, is part of “Elegant New York,” an exhibit at the Fenimore Art Museum.

Fashions featured in museum exhibit

COOPERSTOWN — The exhibit Elegant New York opened Saturday, Oct. 23, at Fenimore Art Museum and will remain through Dec. 31.

According to a media release, the exhibit features 23 garments drawn from the museum’s collections that reportedly display the taste and elegance of denizens and dressmakers of New York City and upstate through the 19th and early 20th centuries.

New York City, described as home to many of the wealthiest families in 19th and early 20th century America, had high-end dressmaking establishments that could compete with the internationally famous houses of couture. Even small cities and towns across the state supported dozens of small-time dressmakers, whose work often met a very high standard.

Visit for more information.

Museum to darken for ‘unique’ tours

COOPERSTOWN — Fenimore Art Museum will offer what it describes as a moody and unique way of viewing art later this month with the return of its Art in the Dark tours.

According to a media release, museum guides will lead guests through the galleries of the American folk and fine art collections by lantern light, stopping along the way to share mysterious, melancholy and untold stories within the artworks. Hidden secrets within the paintings will be illuminated by ultraviolet light.

The 45-minute tours will be offered twice per night and will be limited to up to 10 guests each. Tours will be held at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 27 and 28. Reservations are required. Tickets are available at $12.50 for members or $15. Visit or for more information and tickets.

The museum is at 5798 State Route 80, outside of Cooperstown.

Fall rummage sale to be held Friday

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The annual fall rummage sale will take place from a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the Church of Christ Uniting,at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs. A bag sale will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Two large rooms will be filled with clothes for men, women, children and infants as well as housewares, books and toys.

The fundraiser is coordinated by the Christian Fellowship and Service Guild.

Visit or call 315-858-1553 for more information.

Election Day dinner to feature turkey

LAURENS — The American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor an  Election Day dinner, Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The menu will include turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, roll and a dessert choice of pumpkin or apple pie.

The dine-in or takeout meal will be $12.

The Legion is at 11 Main St. in Laurens. Proceeds will benefit the Girls State program.

Residents called on to lobby for internet

SPRINGFIELD — As a follow up to several meetings held on the quality of local internet access by the public library in Springfield, a phone and email campaign directed at elected representatives, is being suggested for Springfield area residents who who lack internet access appropriate for their needs. A list of names that should be contacted is accessible at or at the library  Call the library at 315-858-5802 to request the information by email or phone.

Residents may also convey their concerns to the state’s Broadband Program Office and be added to a database of under-served residents. A Broadband Assessment Project survey is also available to take at

The library is advocating for all residents in its service area to have quality access to the internet for its research, educational, income, medical care, and (as COVID-19 has shown) purchasing resources.

The library plans to host another meeting with elected representatives on internet access early in 2022.

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. 

Trains scheduled with holiday themes

MILFORD — The Santa Express will leave the Milford depot 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. The themed-rides are sponsored by the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad. The depot is at 136 E. Main St. in Milford. 

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.

Hyde Hall to have weekend ghost tours

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

Reservations are required.

Visit for more information and tickets.

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 routinely posted at Tops, Price Chopper and the Village Library of Cooperstown.

All COVID safety measures are followed including air filters.

Find the Center on Facebook or email 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.

Pantry offers free delivery service

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.

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.

Contact Alisha Rule at 607-432-5525 or or visit for more information.

Big Buddies seek vols

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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