Costa Rica mission leader to speak about recent trip
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.
Four County 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.
Four dates remain to take 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. 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.”
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 book of “haunted history and restless spirits” in New York state.
The cost is $15 for members and $17 for non-members.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 may attend for free. Tickets will be available at the door. Takeouts will also be available.
‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ event set at Farmers’
COOPERSTOWN — Trick-or-treating at The Farmers’ Museum from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, will feature interaction with characters from Washington Irving’s tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” including helping to save the village from the Headless Horseman. Treat bags will be provided.
Admission is free for children 12 and younger and their parents or guardians with any cash donation.
Literary Teas to return to Jordanville church
JORDANVILLE — The Jordanville Federated Church will begin its series of Literary Teas at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the church Social Hall at 209 Main St. in Jordanville.
According to presenters, a traditional three-course high tea and short story readings appropriate to the season will be featured.
Attendees are asked to register by calling 315-866-3353 or 315-858-2798.
A free-will offering will be taken and divided between the church and the Jordanville Public Library. The suggested offering is $9.
Literary Teas will continue every other month until April.
Smithy Clay Studio to host ‘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.
The Smithy Clay Studio is at 1 Otsego Court in Cooperstown.
Carved pumpkins to light up CAA event
COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association’s annual Pumpkin Glow Jack-o-Lantern Festival for the community will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
According to presenters, carved pumpkins may be brought to the CAA between 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday for the luminous display which will include treats and ghost stories by Bruce Markusen of Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tours.
The festival is free and open to the public. Donations will be welcomed.
The Cooperstown Art Association is at 22 Main St. Call 607-547-9777 or www.cooperstownart.com for more information.
Sunday breakfast set at Schenevus Vets Hall
SCHENEVUS — The Schenevus AMVETS Post 2752 will host its monthly donation breakfast buffet for the public from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Veterans Hall on Main Street in Schenevus.
Included will be fresh fruit, juices, eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, pancakes, French toast, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits.
Reservations needed for turkey dinner
MIDDLEFIELD — The Middlefield Baptist Church will host a donation roast turkey dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at 121 Rezen Road in Middlefield. The dinner will include all the trimmings and homemade pies.
The dinner will have one seating. 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.
Richfield 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 clothing for men, women, children and infants as well as housewares, books and toys.
The yearly fundraiser is coordinated by the Christian Fellowship and Service Guild.
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.
Baxter, a long-time caller is originally from Binghamton and founder of the Binghamton Community Dance. He has called dances throughout the Northeast and has worked with many contradance musicians.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Dinner patrons asked to call in advance
PORTLANDVILLE — A 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 must be made by Friday, Nov. 8, by calling Sue at 607-286-7582.
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 email@example.com 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.
Car seat fitting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.