Music and caller set for dance

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego Dance Society will host its monthly contradance on Friday Oct. 4, at Templeton Hall in Cooperstown. Music will be provided by Tom Wadsworth and Tom White. Garry Aney will call.

Guitarist Wadsworth has been playing dances since his 20s, appearing throughout the Hudson River Valley, Capitol, Catskill and Adirondack regions. He is the lead member of several bands including his own Skeleton Band and also plays mandolin, tin whistle and uilleann pipes. White also plays with several local bands. He plays the fiddle, mandolin, concertina and whistle.

Aney combines his interest in American history with his calling. He offers dances from centuries past as well as contemporary contras.

Contradancing is described as a lively style of dancing done to live music. Callers teach each dance. Newcomers who arrive at 7:15 p.m. will receive an introduction to the basic steps.

Dancing will begin at 7:30 and continue until 10:30 p.m. with a break for refreshments.

The suggested donation is $8 for adults, $4 for students and teenagers and free for children 12 and younger with a maximum of $20 per family. Templeton Hall is at 63 Pioneer St., at the corner of Church Street.

Call 607-965-8232 or 607-547-8164 or visit for more information


Fall Clean Sweep planned in Hartwick

HARTWICK — The 11th annual fall Clean Sweep will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Hartwick’s town hall. The event provides residents the opportunity to dispose of backyard trash, green waste, scrap metal and electronics.

Residents who cannot attend may arrange for pickup by calling Town Clerk Andrea Vazquez at 607-293-8123.

Any interested volunteers are asked to call Vazquez.

A yard sale of second-hand goods will be held in front of the town hall. Sale items should be in good condition and may be dropped off by 9 a.m. Proceeds will help offset cots of dumpster rentals and other expenses. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase.

According to a media release, the event was first held in 2008 under the direction of former Town Supervisor Pat Ryan.

Call Vazquez for more information, including what will be accepted, what items carry charges, etc.

More information is available online at


Christ Church sets annual sale days

COOPERSTOWN — Christ Church will have its annual rummage and bake sale at its parish hall at 69 Fair St. in Cooperstown from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

The rummage sale will include household items, clothing, books, furniture, toys and collectibles.

Proceeds will benefit the church’s local outreach programs.

Call 607-547-9555 for more information.


Replacement marker to be unveiled

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Historical Society will unveil one of two replacement historical markers at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.

According to a media release, the original markers were missing or damaged over the years. In order to replace them, the original documentation for the markers needed to be proven. Research completed by Maureen and Fred Culbert was submitted to a reviewer at the William G. Pomeroy Foundation in Syracuse, which paid for the marker.

The replacement marker will be unveiled on state Route 20 in East Springfield (near the Weaver residence and KC’s Corner) with a brief ceremony followed by refreshments. All those interested may attend.

Call 607-264-3375 for more information.


Pancake breakfast planned for Sunday

FLY CREEK — A pancake breakfast will be sponsored from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 6, by the Fly Creek Historical Association at its building in the former Grange Hall on Cemetery Road in Fly Creek.

The menu will also include sausage, home fries, eggs, biscuits, sausage gravy, grits, applesauce, orange juice and other beverages.

The suggested donation is $8 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12. Children younger than may 5 may eat for free.


Club for women to have banquet

WORCESTER — The Worcester Woman's Club will have its annual banquet on Monday, Oct. 7. A social half-hour will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a program following dessert. The banquet will be at Worcester Whitehouse Inn at 151 Main St. in Worcester.

The program will feature a travelogue of the Rhine River cruise taken by Andrea and Joe Eagers.


Club  to meet on non-school days

COOPERSTOWN — UPBEAT, a club for students in first through eighth grade will meet from 9 a.m. to noon at the Christ Church Parish Hall at 69 Fair St. in Cooperstown when school is closed for holidays and conferences. Earlier drop-off times for working parents may be arranged.

Meetings are scheduled for Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 14 and Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

Call 315-415-8400 or email for more information.


Clay class set at Smithy studio

COOPERSTOWN — Throw and Sip with Justin Mastrangelo will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 and 26; and 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.

Classes will include all materials, glazes and firing. Clothes should be worn that students won't mind getting muddy.

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

Visit for more information. Call Adam Jennett at 607-547-8671 or email to register.

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


Free screenings for depression set

COOPERSTOWN — Free and private screenings with Bassett psychotherapists will be provided in recognition of National Depression Screening Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Prime Care clinic at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

The differences in a passing sadness, normal grief, or serious clinical depression will be explained.

Participants will be asked to complete an evaluation form that will be reviewed with a therapist.

The service is being funded by the Kathryn Tamara Harmon Fund, established in memory of Elmer M. Harmon.

Call 607-547-3660 for more information.


Native Daughters set meeting date

COOPERSTOWN — The annual meeting and luncheon of the Native Daughters of Cooperstown will be held at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on Lake Street in Cooperstown from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. The cost of the luncheon will be $26. Annual dues are $5. Seating will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh-Kuch will be the guest speaker. Her presentation will be about the United States Navy vessel the USS Cooperstown, scheduled to be commissioned in 2021.

Women must have either been born in Cooperstown or within a 10-mile radius and be at least 50 years old or have lived in Cooperstown or within a 10-mile radius for at least 50 years to attend.

Call 607-547-2612 or 607-547-9334 for more information and to make reservations.


Sunday market open in Milford park

MILFORD — A nonprofit food-to-table farmers market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays until Oct. 13, in Curry Park at 3898 State Route 28 in Milford.

Call 607-201-9423 or visit Milford Farmers & Craft Market on Facebook for more information.


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 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 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 for more information.


Otsego 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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