Reservations needed for turkey dinner 

MIDDLEFIELD – The Middlefield Baptist Church will host a donation roast turkey dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at the church at 121 Rezen Road in Middlefield. The dinner will include all the trimmings and homemade pies.

Takeout orders will be available at 5:15 p.m. Dinner reservations and takeout orders will be taken until Thursday, Oct. 31, by calling 607-547-9093 or 607-264-8042.

Crooked Sixpence booked for dance

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego Dance Society’s monthly contradance will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. 

Music will be provided by the band Crooked Sixpence and Hilton Baxter will be the caller.

According to a media release, Crooked Sixpence is led by fiddle player Kathy Selby. She is joined by flutist Gordon Bonnet and John Wobus on piano. They play music from New England, Québéc, England, Ireland and France.

Contradancing is described as a  lively style of dancing done to live music. The caller traditionally teaches each dance. Those who arrive at 7:15 p.m. will receive a short introduction to some basic steps.

The suggested donation is $8 for adults and $4 for students and teen-agers with a maximum of $20 per family. Children 12 and younger will be admitted for free The Presbyterian Church is on the corner of Pioneer and Elm streets.

Call 607-965-8232 or 607-547-8164 or visit at www.otsegodancesociety.weebly.com or find them on facebook for more information.

Church to present annual dinner Friday

HARTWICK SEMINARY — The Evangelical Church at 4636 State Highway 28 in Hartwick Seminary, will present its annual chicken-and-biscuit dinner with all the fixings from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the church. 

The cost will be $10 for adults and $6 for children younger than 6. Takeouts will also be available. 

Program to recognize concert series 50th season 

COOPERSTOWN — The Friends of the Village Library will present for its next Sunday program “The History of the Cooperstown Concert Series,” a panel discussion that will be moderated by Jeff Katz from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in the ballroom at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown. 

The series is entering its 50th season. Concert volunteers will discuss how shows come together, the challenges encountered and why the community has continued to support it.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Dinner in Laurens to benefit lodge

LAURENS — The regular monthly chicken-and-biscuit dinner hosted by the Laurens Masonic Lodge will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Masonic Lodge at 7 Brook St. in Laurens. In addition to the entree, the all-you-can-eat meal will include mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, jellied cranberry sauce, pickles, drinks and strawberries and ice cream. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds will fund lodge functions and maintenance.

Eastern Star plans to auction items

LAURENS — The Laurens chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star will have a Chinese Auction from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Masonic Lodge at 7 Brook St. in Laurens.

New and gently used items to be auctioned include tools, house plants, toys and gift certificates. 

The time of the event coincides with the Masons chicken-and-biscuit dinner. 

Oil painting class to be offered

COOPERSTOWN — A two-day oil painting workshop “Learning from the Masters: Reproducing a Painting at Fenimore Art Museum” will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3, with artist Allison Hill-Edgar.

The fee will be $225 for members or $250 and includes oil paints and linseed oil. Participants will need to provide all other materials. Preregistration is required.

The museum is at 5798 State Route 80 outside Cooperstown.

Call 607-547-1510 for more information and to register. 

Bassett schedules flu shot clinic days

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center will have flu shot clinics for its patients from 8:30 to noon Wednesday, Nov. 6 and 20, and Dec. 4. No appointment is necessary. The shots will be administered in Primary Care on the second floor of the clinic building on River Street in Cooperstown. 

Clinics are for established Bassett patients 18 and older.  Patients with insurance should bring their cards with them. Self-pay patients will be asked to pay $40. 

The pneumonia vaccination will not be available.

According to a media release, people with serious long-term health problems, such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease and blood disorders are at highest risk for flu complications. Also at high risk are those with immune system weakness from cancer treatment, long-term steroid therapy, HIV/AIDS and other immune diseases and people 50 and older. 

Patients may check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the state Department of Health website for more flu information. 

Call 607-547-7973 or 800-BASSETT for more information. 

Spa church to host fall rummage sale

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — A rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Church of Christ Uniting at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs. A bag sale will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. The sale will include clothes for men, women, children and infants as well as housewares, books and toys.

Blood drive to be held at area church

WEST WINFIELD — A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at St. Joseph’s Church at 303 Main St. in West Winfield.

Visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 800-733-2767 or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment.

Doubleday Dancers to mark harvest 

COOPERSTOWN — The Doubleday Dancers Modern Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown will have its Harvest Dance/Pie Night from 7:30 to 10 pm. Friday, Nov. 8, at Cooperstown Elementary School on Walnut Street.

 Ray Taylor will call mainstream and plus dances. Elma Taylor will cue.

 Admission is $5 per person, payable at the door.

 Call 607-264-8128 for more information.

 

Area school to host veterans and guests

CHERRY VALLEY — Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District will present its sixth annual Veterans Day program and breakfast starting at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8. 

 

A short program  in the school gymnasium will precede the breakfast All those who plan to attend are asked to call Laura Carson at the school at 607-264-9332, ext. 501.

Smithy Clay Studio to Throw and Sip

COOPERSTOWN — The final Throw and Sip with Justin Mastrangelo will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Smithy Clay Studio.

The class, described as fun and casual, will explore the basics of wheel throwing. Wine, beer and snacks will be provided by the studio.

All materials, glazes and firing will be provided. Clothes should be worn that students won’t mind getting a little muddy.

The fee for the class is $40 and may be paid upon registration. Students are asked to call ahead if they need to cancel.

Visit www.smithyarts.org for more information. Call Clay Studio Manager Adam Jennett at 607-547-8671 or email gallery@smithyarts.org to register.

The Smithy Clay Studio is at 1 Otsego Court in Cooperstown.

Dinner patrons asked to call in advance

PORTLANDVILLE — The annual turkey dinner will be hosted by the Portlandville United Methodist Church on Sunday, Nov. 10.  

The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12.  Servings will be at 1, 2:30 and 5 p.m.  

Reservations are required by both eat-in and takeout patrons and are to be made by Friday, Nov. 8, by calling Sue at 607-286-7582.

Mid-week blood drive set at Bassett Hall

COOPERSTOWN — A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Bassett Hall at the intersection of Beaver and Pioneer streets in Cooperstown.

Visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 800-733-2767 or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device for more information and to make an appointment.

CAA preparing for wreath auction

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association’s annual Adorn-a-Door Wreath Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. 

According to a media release, balsam wreaths will be provided by request to anyone who registers to participate. After participants have  decorated their wreaths, they will be donated to CAA where they will be sold at a silent auction.

Proceeds will benefit CAA with a portion going toward its ongoing Art Scholarship Program for high school seniors. 

Call 607-547-9777 for more information and to participate.

Volunteers needed at Brookwood Point

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego Land Trust is in need of volunteers to help complete the annual fall garden clean up at Brookwood Point from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Brookwood Point is at 6000 State Route 80, outside Cooperstown.

According to a media release, the gardens at Brookwood will be put to bed for the winter season.

Those who can spend a few minutes helping or stay the entire time are welcome.

Gardening experience isn’t necessary. There will be tasks for everyone to complete, from child to adult. OLT will provide tools, guidance and refreshments.

The event will be held rain or shine. Volunteers are asked to dress appropriately for the weather.

Call Marcie at 607-547-2366, ext. 103, or email her at marcie@otsegolandtrust.org for more information and to volunteer.

 

Library displaying baseball artifacts

WORCESTER — The Worcester-Schenevus Library in conjunction with the Worcester Historical Society, is displaying original memorabilia and artifacts from the sports career of Worcester resident Jim Konstanty, a Major League relief pitcher for more than a decade and National League Most Valuable Player of 1950. The exhibit, for the public, was purposefully timed with baseball season in mind.

The library at 168 Main St. in Worcester, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Call 607-397-7309 for more information.

Fitting station available locally

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center offers a nationally-certified car seat fitting station overseen by the State of New York. Car seat technicians at Bassett Medical Center work in collaboration with its Trauma Services Program to bring the service to residents to improve their child’s safety and to protect them in the event of a car accident.

According to information provided in a media release from Bassett citing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. In 2016, 38% of children killed in car crashes were unrestrained; further, 74 to 90% of all car seats are used incorrectly.

A child unrestrained could be ejected from the vehicle if involved in a collision, or a child not properly restrained could end up tangled or stuck in their car seat. Proper car seat use reportedly reduces the risk of injury or death to a child in the event of a car accident.

The car seat fitting station is open seven days a week by appointment only.

Volunteers needed by Big Buddy group

The Big Buddy program is seeking 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 serves as their big buddy.

Big buddies spend at least four hours each month with their little buddy for a minimum of one year engaging in mutually agreed upon activities.

The program also includes group activities from eight to 10 times a year where big and little buddies may go to the movies, sporting events, museums, or bowling, hiking, etc., or perform a type of community service.

Activities are structured to encompass at least one educational, one cultural, one community service and one recreational event.

Contact Heather McAdams at 607-746-1746 or HMcAdams@delop.org for more information and to volunteer.

Backpack Program sponsors needed

The Cooperstown Food Pantry is seeking sponsors for its Backpack Program that benefits children in the Cooperstown Central School District. According to a media release, a monthly sponsorship of $20 will provide a student with a backpack full of food each Friday for the weekend. Backpacks are filled with kid-friendly meals and snacks and fresh fruit.

Each year, the Backpack Program serves about 50 children who attend Cooperstown’s elementary and junior-senior high schools. Donations may be made online at www.cooperstownfoodpantry.org. Checks may be mailed to Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church St., Cooperstown, NY 13326. Write Backpack Program in the subject line of the check.

Contact Cooperstown Food Pantry executive director Stacey Smith at 547-8902 or directorcfp@gmail.com for more information.

Otsego County seeks daycare 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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