Farmers’ Museum to host 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 recite Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

According to the release, the event is inspired by Louis C. Jones’s classic collection of folk tales, “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” a collection of stories of haunted history and restless spirits in New York state.

The cost is $15 for members or $17 for general admission.

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. 

Sheep group sets annual meeting

GARRATTSVILLE — The annual dinner meeting of the Leatherstocking Sheep Association will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the New Lisbon Town Hall on county Route 16 in Garrattsville. 

Members are asked to bring a dish to share and their own table service for the dinner.

The program “The United States Organic Experience” will be presented by Ed McNamara of SOVA Farms in Norwich. He will address the condition of organic foods and corporate organic versus small farm organic. 

According to a media release, the association welcomes anyone who cares for sheep. The group meets monthly to support farmers in the challenges of caring for and marketing products from their sheep. Call 607-263-5073 for more information.

Two-county CCE sets annual meeting

COBLESKILL — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties will have its annual meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Justine’s at 399 W. Main St. in Cobleskill. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner and a program will follow at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Registration is due by Friday, Oct. 18, and may be completed online at www.cceschoharie-otsego.org/ or call the Cobleskill office at 518-234-4303, ext. 111, or 518-296-8310, ext. 111.

Max Feinberg, president and CEO of Growing Hope Globally,  will be the featured speaker.

According to a media release, Growing Hope Globally is an Illinois-based organization whose mission it is to link the grassroots energy and commitment of agricultural communities around the world with the capability and desire of smallholder farmers in developing countries to grow lasting solutions to hunger. Its work has implemented more than 169 growing projects in rural communities across the U.S., and, altogether, it has helped more than two million hungry people around the world break the cycle of poverty and hunger by growing their own food.

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, at 66 Chestnut St. at the corner of Glen Avenue, is handicapped-accessible.

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.

Author and historian to speak

COOPERSTOWN — At 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, the Village Library of Cooperstown will host author and historian David Pietrusza for a Nights of the Round Table program.

Pietrusza will present “Field of Myths: 100 Years After Baseball’s 1919 Black Sox Scandal. Finally Separating the Many Myths from the Reality.” 

According to a media release, Pietrusza will “dissect the reality behind the many myths” surrounding 1919’s Black Sox World Series fix, employing the discoveries found in his biographies of baseball’s first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, and gambler Arnold Rothstein, as well as those unearthed by Society of American Baseball Research scholars. 

The library is at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown. 

Call 607-547-8344 for more information.

Bassett schedules flu shot clinics

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center will have flu shot clinics for its patients from 8:30 to noon Wednesday, Oct. 23, 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 at the flu clinics.

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 website or the state Department of Health website for other high-risk categories and more flu information. 

Frequent hand-washing is also recommended along with covering one’s mouth and nose when coughing. If flu symptoms present themselves, staying home from work or school is also recommended.

Call the hospital’s flu information line 607-547-7973 or 800-BASSETT for more information. 

Society to hear talk on gravestones

FLY CREEK — C.R. Jones will present the history and art of northeastern United States burial places and the gravestones found there at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, to the Fly Creek Area Historical Society at its building referred to as the old Grange Hall at 210 Cemetery Road in Fly Creek.

According to a media release, Jones has worked in museums for many years as an administrator, curator and conservator. He has a special interest in the history and conservation of gravestones. Jones will illustrate symbols found on gravestones, using examples from the immediate area.

Light refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend.

Blood drives set in Otsego County

During Breast Cancer Awareness month, the American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give blood or platelets to provide hope and healing to patients fighting cancer.

October donors will be entered for a chance to win one of five $500 gift cards. 

Otsego County blood drives scheduled for October include two on Thursday, Oct. 24, from  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Richfield Springs Central School at 93 E. Main St. in Richfield Springs and 1 to 6 p.m. at Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School at 597 County Highway 54 in Cherry Valley.

Additional blood drives will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Elm Park United Methodist Church at 401 Chestnut St. in Oneonta; 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Springbrook’s main campus at 104 County Highway 44 in Portlandville and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Edmeston Central School at 11 North St. in Edmeston; and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Cooperstown Central School at 39 Linden Ave. in Cooperstown.

Call 800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org for more information and to make an appointment to donate.

Mission trip leader to present program

COOPERSTOWN — The Community Evening Program at Woodside Hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, will feature Cindy Falk, who will speak about her summer in Costa Rica and the Honduras, where she led teams of American students from the United States on mission trips designed to promote intercultural exchange.

Community Evening Programs are held monthly. They are free and open to the public.

Woodside Hall is at 1 Main St., in Cooperstown.

Call Janet Sylvester at 607-547-0600, ext. 102 for more information.

Library schedules training session

COOPERSTOWN — The Village Library of Cooperstown will host a training session on the Four County Library System’s online Research Center at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

Digital Services Librarian Brian Lee will demonstrate how to access databases offering genealogy information, foreign language instruction and full-text magazine articles.

The training session is free. Patrons are encouraged to register in advance.

Call 607-547-8344 for more information and to register.

Church to sponsor annual Oktoberfest

COOPERSTOWN — St. Mary’s Church on Elm Street in Cooperstown will host its annual Oktoberfest from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Parish Hall. The dinner will be catered by Mel’s at 22. German food, including pork schnitzel, spatzle, German potato salad, bratwurst, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, regional beer, coffee, tea and German chocolate cake will be available.

The price will be $12 for adults and $6 for children 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 may eat for free. Tickets will be available at the door. Takeouts will also be available.

Smithy Clay Studio to ‘throw and sip’

COOPERSTOWN — Throw and Sip with Justin Mastrangelo will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 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 Smithy Clay Studio is at 1 Otsego Court in Cooperstown.

Glowing pumpkins wanted for event

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association is preparing for its annual “Pumpkin Glow.” Carved or decorated pumpkins with candles may be left at the village office building porch at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. They will be displayed that evening from 6 to 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Any donations will be welcomed.

Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com 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 displays 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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