Historians to talk about famous naval battle

HARTWICK — The Otsego County Historical Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick.

Teacher Ed Shivokevich will present “Monitor vs. Merrimack.” He will discuss the 1863 Civil War battle between two ironclad ships and how it relates to Otsego County.

Light refreshments will be served.

Email bmarkusen@stny.rr.com for more information.

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.

Club set to meet on non-school days

COOPERSTOWN — UPBEAT, a group for students in first through eighth grades 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.

The group will have its first meeting on Friday, Oct. 11.

Call 315-415-8400 or email gmeeter@gmail.com for more information.

Fall square dance to be held Friday

COOPERSTOWN — The Doubleday Dancers Modern Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown will have its fall All Plus dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Cooperstown Elementary School at 21 Walnut St. in Cooperstown. Bruce McCue will be the plus caller.

Admission is $5 per person, payable at the door, Call 607-264-8128 for more information.

Fritters to return for annual dinner

JORDANVILLE — The 14th annual Fall Fritter Supper will be held in the Social Hall of Jordanville Federated Church at 209 Main St. in Jordanville from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

Fritters with real maple syrup, scalloped potatoes with ham, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce and desserts will be served.

Made from a batter of flour, milk and eggs, fritters are shaped into balls and deep fried.

The cost will be $11 for adults and $5.50 for children younger than 12. Children younger than 5 may eat for free.

There will be a 50 cent container fee added to all takeout orders.

Football movie to follow potluck

FLY CREEK — A dish-to-pass potluck dinner and football-themed movie will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Fly Creek Methodist Church at 852 County Road 26 in Fly Creek. All are welcome.

 Market to end season with Harvest Festival

MILFORD — A Harvest Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the last Farmers and Craft Market of its season in Curry Park at 3898 State Route 28 in Milford.

Call 607-201-9423 for more information.

Spirit communicator to present program

ROSEBOOM — Guest speaker Sue Miller will present “Learning from the Dead” at the final program of the Roseboom Historical Association’s season at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in the former Baptist Church on state Route 165 in Roseboom.

Miller is town of Cherry Valley historian as well as a ghost seeker, spirit communicator and author of several books.

, among them, “Time Between: The Hauntings of Cherry Valley,” and “Chasing Sarah.” She will discuss the nature of her work and talk about her explorations in the local area, including the cemeteries of Cherry Valley and Roseboom.

The program will be held in the association’s home building, the former Baptist Church on state Route 165 in Roseboom. Refreshments will be served.

Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with Miller after the program.


Pre-Christmas sale to benefit church

COOPERSTOWN — Gently-used decorations will be featured at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church Pre-Christmas Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

Items will include holiday lights, ornaments, decorated and undecorated wreaths, tableware and artificial trees.

Home-baked goods will also be available.

Proceeds will benefit the mission programs of the United Methodist Women.

The church is at 66 Chestnut St. at the corner of Glen Avenue. It is handicapped-accessible.


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

The studio is at 1 Otsego Court in Cooperstown.


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.


Museum to offer weekend ghost tours

COOPERSTOWN — “Things That Go Bump in the Night” Ghost Tours will be held at The Farmers’ Museum on Friday and Saturday evenings, Oct. 18 and 19, 25 and 26, and Nov. 1 and 2. Every half-hour from 5:30 to 8 p.m., a guided one-hour lantern-lit tour will be taken of the museum grounds.

According to a media release, guides will also recount happenings that have occurred in the 19th-century historic village, as in the tale of a young ghost who reportedly roams the rooms of Bump Tavern or the early morning strikes on the anvil in the Blacksmith Shop.

During each tour, Michael Henrici will perform Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

As further stated in the release, the event is inspired by Louis C. Jones’s classic collection of folk tales, “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” a timeless record of haunted history and restless spirits in New York State.

The cost is $15 for members or $17.

Reservations are required. The tours are recommended for ages 10 and older. It is suggested that children younger than 10 take the earliest tour. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com.

The tour will cover uneven ground in the dark. Visitors with mobility issues should notify John Ferguson at 607-547-1534 or j.ferguson@farmersmuseum.org in advance.

The Farmers’ Museum is at 5775 State Highway 80, outside Cooperstown.

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


Harvest turkey dinner planned by church

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — A harvest dinner will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Church of Christ Uniting at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs.

The meal will include turkey with fixings. Dessert will be homemade. Takeouts will be available.

The dinner will be $11 for adults and $6 for children 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 may eat for free.

Call 315-858-0126 for more information.


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.


Big Buddy group needs volunteers

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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