Artwork sought to show and sell

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association is seeking participation from its members for this year’s Holiday Show & Sale scheduled from Nov. 13 to Dec. 23.

According to a media release, original artwork suitable for holiday gift-giving may be delivered to CAA at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7.

A 30% commission will be retained by the CAA for all sales therefore participants are advised to price their work accordingly.

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

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, requested by Oct. 28, may still be placed at 607-547-9371 or baptistcooperstown@gmail.com. Needed are the customer’s name, number of dinners and a telephone number for order confirmation.

Shelter to waive fees for adoptions

HYDE PARK — Adoption fees at the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be waived during a two-day adoption event Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, with donations of cat, dog or kitten food.

The “Howl’oween Pet Adoption Event” will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the shelter at 4841 State Highway 28 in Hyde Park. Because of COVID-19, adoptions will be by appointment only. Scheduling by phone will begin Friday, Oct. 23, at 607-547-8111.

According to a media release, the 2019 Howl’oween event resulted in new homes for 48 animals, with two cats and eight dogs remaining at the end of the day.

Animals will be spayed or neutered (unless delayed for health reasons), microchipped, tested for Heartworm/Lyme or FeLV/FIV, dewormed; and will receive flea treatment and basic grooming.

Suggested donations for the adoption event include dry kitten and cat food, canned dog food, meaty dog treats and canned cat pâté.

Five Star Subaru is sponsoring the event as part of its Subaru Loves Pets intitiative. Grant funding has also been provided by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Dogs and cats available for adoption may be viewed at sqspca.org/available-animals/ and on Facebook.

Call 607-547-8111 for more information.

Families welcome at Trunktoberfest

HARTWICK — Cooperstown Assembly of God church at 4354 State Highway 80 in Hartwick will sponsor a Trunktoberfest for area families from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

Youngsters dressed in Halloween costumes are welcome to check out the decorated trunks, participate in a number of activities and programs including a scavenger hunt and bubble show, eat popcorn and drink hot apple cider.

The first 115 children at the event will each receive a free pumpkin. Various prizes will also be awarded.

Halloween nixed in Laurens village

LAURENS — Halloween will not be celebrated in the village of Laurens this year because of COVID-19.  A 9 p.m. curfew has also been set for Saturday, Oct. 31.

Masons set to host dinner in Laurens

LAURENS — A takeout chicken and biscuit dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Masonic Lodge at 7 Brook St. in Laurens. Chicken, biscuits, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and ice cream with strawberries will be included for $10 per dinner.

COVID-19 health and safety guidelines will be followed by the Masons and customers are asked to arrive wearing masks.

Proceeds will be used to fund college scholarships, community assistance, Scout troops, as well as lodge maintenance.

Farewell reception planned for retiree

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Village Board will host a reception for the community to honor Village Administrator Teri L. Barown who is retiring after 15 years.

The reception, with social distancing and masks required, will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, on the front lawn of the Village Hall at 22 Main St.

According to a media release, remarks and presentations from village trustees and community members will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Barown’s last day on the job will be Friday, Oct. 30. Initially employed as village clerk in 2005, she has been administrator since 2015.

Any mail for Barown may be addressed to 22 Main St., Cooperstown, NY 13326, and will be forwarded.

Ghostly tours set at local museum

COOPERSTOWN, — The last three 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. 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 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 — The last Hyde & Shriek candlelight ghost tours will be held at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 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.

Turkey Trot to be 10-day virtual race

The 2020 Turkey Trot for Hospice sponsored by Helios Care in Oneonta will be held virtually from Nov. 20 to 30. Participants who register by Monday, Nov. 2, will receive a long-sleeved race T-shirt

According to a media release, the event will honor the memory of the late John Hayen, a founding member of the Turkey Trot for Hospice committee, who passed away Oct. 7.

Participants may download a virtual mobile app which will track pace, distance, overall time and the option of automatically uploading results. 

Runners will run their selected miles at any time and place over the 10-day span which includes Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26.

Runners and walkers are encouraged to share pictures and results on the event website and Facebook page. All posts will be entered into prize drawings.

Visit www.hospice5k.com or call 607-432-6773 for more information and to register.

Legion Auxiliary to sponsor dinner

LAURENS — The American Legion Auxiliary at 176 Main St. in Laurens will sponsor an Election Day takeout turkey dinner from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The menu will include roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, roll and apple or pumpkin pie.

The price will be $10 for adults and $6 for children 6 to 12. Children younger than 5 may eat for free.

Proceeds will benefit the Girls State program.

Call 607-293-7356 for more information.

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.

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.

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 said. “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.”

According to 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.

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 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.

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