Food distribution set for Thursday

LAURENS — St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Laurens will sponsor its monthly free food distribution for those in the area needing a helping hand on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Food will be given to each family arriving at the church by 4 p.m. and will continue until the supply is gone.

Motorists should enter the church parking lot along the driveway next to the Laurens Post Office on Brook Street where masked and gloved church members will distribute the food.

Dinners to continue into fall months 

COOPERSTOWN — The First Baptist Church at 21 Elm St. in Cooperstown will offer takeout Brooks' chicken dinners from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, and Oct. 15.

Dinners will include a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw and roll. The $12 per dinner cost may be paid in cash or by check. A $1 convenience fee will be added for payment by PayPal to cover processing fees.


Advance ordering is strongly encouraged and should be done no later than the Wednesday preceding a dinner. Orders may be placed by emailing Orders should include a name, number of dinners and phone number for confirmation.

Crafters to descend on Richfield farm

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Cullen Pumpkin Farm at 587 Cullen Road in Richfield Springs will host a Craft Fair from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. The Craft Fair, coordinated by the Women’s Guild of the Church of Christ Uniting, Richfield Springs, will benefit its fundraising efforts.

Crafters will showcase a variety of handcrafted items. Food will be provided by Richfield Youth Sports.

The Cullen Pumpkin Farm, described in a media release as a longtime family-owned business, opened for the season on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Vendor applications will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 17. Visit and click on “Women’s Guild” or e-mail for more information and an application to vend.

Annual Garlic Fest to be in Milford

MILFORD — The Susquehanna Valley Garlic Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Wood Bull Antiques in Milford.

What began in the fall of 2001 as a small garlic market has become a regular event for the area's fall lineup of festivals. In keeping with the original concept, the Susquehanna Valley Garlic Festival will feature garlic and related garlic products all locally produced.

According to a media release, in 2001 four farmers with experience selling at other large garlic festivals decided it was time to organize a local event with local entertainment to support local farmers and fill local demand. Information will be available about growing garlic, how to make garlic braids and use garlic in cooking for its health benefits.

In the past garlic growers have presented varieties of garlic from around the world which are produced in what is described as a most favorable climate for the 'hard neck' full-flavor type. Garlic will be available by the pound, braid, pickled, spice jam, as fermented black and powdered.

Visit for more information.

Harvest Festival to be two-day event

SHARON SPRINGS — The annual Sharon Springs Harvest Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.

According to a media release from the Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce, more than 90 vendors and crafters are expected with locally sourced products that range from alpaca wool to maple syrup to homemade soaps, handcrafted jewelry, food products and outdoor living items.

The festival will also feature displays and demonstrations, entertainment, free horse-drawn carriage rides through the village, a children’s play area and food.

Measures have been taken with regard to everyone's health and safety. All those planning to attend will be required to register online and obtain a ticket to provide contact information for the health department in the event of a COVID exposure. Registration is available at Social distancing and masks are also advised. Individuals are not required to have been vaccinated to attend but they still must register.

Call 518-860-5513 for more information.

Meet the candidates to include barbecue

MIDDLEFIELD — Republican candidates for Middlefield’s Town Council will host an authentic southern-style barbecue lunch for Middlefield residents from noon until 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Milford Fish & Game Club at 432 County Highway 33.

Candidates include James McCartney who is running for town supervisor, and Amy Kukenberger and Jacob Aufmuth who are both running for councilman seats.

Questions, cares and concerns about Middlefield are encouraged.

In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, monetary donations made at the event will benefit the Middlefield Fire Department.

Area food co-op to host fundraiser

WEST WINFIELD — The 4-Corners Food Co-op has scheduled a Harvest Food Bag Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Scenic View Campground at 386 Truax Road in West Winfield.

According to a media release, the event will include food trucks, local musicians, corn hole, vendors and Cooperstown Distillery tastings.

In addition to a Harvest Food Bag sale, the co-op will also offer a 20% discount on lifetime memberships.

Visit for more information.

Raffle underway to benefit DOAS

The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is hosting online raffle sales for six donated items in celebration of the organization's 54th anniversary in October.

According to a media release, the raffle is being promoted because the loss of fall bird seed sale proceeds will impact the organization's income. The decision was made in late summer to hold off on the annual bird seed sale fundraiser because of a mystery disease found in many regions in the eastern flyway. Since then bird feeding is now considered safe with regular feeder maintenance and cleaning. 

Raffle sales will continue until 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, and winners will be announced at 8:30 p.m., following the keynote presentation by Scott Weidensaul. Winners need not be present to win.

Raffle items and a purchase form are available online at

Patrons who do not use the internet may have the raffle information mailed to them by calling DOAS at 607-397-3815 or mailing them at P.O. Box 544, Oneonta, 13820.

This year's raffle items include a saw-whet owl silhouette (crafted and donated by Joel Kazmierski); owl-themed quilted tote bag (crafted and donated by Julie Wexler); Duncraft Eco-Delight oriole feeder and a 30 ounce jar of grape jelly (donated by Kathryn Davino); 52 by 62 inch flannel-backed nature quilt (crafted and donated by Gretchen Adams); loon photo (donated by Nina Schoch with framing donated by Charlie Scheim); and Great Egret photo canvas print donated by Rob Katz.

Pennsylvania trip to deadline soon

Reservations are due no later than Friday, Sept. 17, for a trip on Friday, Oct. 22, that will include shopping, dining and a matinee performance of “Queen Esther” at Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area.

A motorcoach will leave the American Legion in Milford at 6 a.m. and pick-up passengers at Price Chopper Plaza in Oneonta at 6:30 a.m.

Lunch, at 11:30 a.m. at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl featuring Pennsylvania Dutch specialties, will be followed by the matinee in Strasburg.

Following a 5:30 p.m. departure, passengers should expect to be in Oneonta at 11 p.m. and Milford at 11:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Susquehanna Valley Senior Citizens, the cost of the trip is $175 per person.

Call Linda Martinez at 607-434-1054 for more information and reservations.

Checks payable to SVSC are to be received by her at 131 Dorr Edison Road, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Seats available for September trip

Seats are still available for the Schenevus Young at Heart's “Doo Wop Sounds and Fall Colors trip to Villa Roma Resort” in Callicoon scheduled for Monday, Sept 27.

A bus will depart Schenevus VFW at 8 a.m. and take on more passengers at 8:30 a.m. at Price Chopper Plaza in Oneonta. Arrival in Callicoon is expected by 10 a.m.

After a welcome reception, scheduled activities, free time and lunch at the resort, a 90-minute musical revue featuring Vinnie Brandi’s Corvettes, will begin at 1:45 p.m.

Menu options for lunch include pot roast, chicken Française or fillet of cod.

The bus is expected back in Oneonta by 5 p.m. and Schenevus by 5:30 p.m.

The $108 per person fee is due no later than Sept. 18. Reservations and menu choices may be made with Connie French at 607-397-8134 or Yvonne Brooker at 518-944-5802.

Checks made payable to Schenevus Young at Heart may be mailed to French at P.O. Box 441, Worcester, NY 12197.

Display at gallery all about water

COOPERSTOWN — The exhibit “Water” at Smithy Gallery at 55 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown features more than 40 member and guest artists. It will be on display through Oct. 2.

According to a media release, soaked in symbolism, water is not just a biological necessity, but has been imbued with centuries of cultural and spiritual tradition. It has also been imagined as a destructive, unpredictable force.

Smithy Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Call 607-547-8671 for more information.

Alzheimer's Walk to be held Sept. 26

The Alzheimer’s Association's Northeastern New York chapter will host its 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Sept. 26, in Oneonta's Neahwa Park. Check in at 1 p.m. will be followed by an opening ceremony at 2 p.m.

According to a media release, Walk Day participants will honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with a Promise Garden ceremony – a mission-focused experience that signifies solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent not only the human connection to Alzheimer’s but personal reasons to end the disease as well.

Each flower has a color and each color has a meaning: orange to represent support for the cause; purple to symbolize a loved one lost to the disease; yellow to denote a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia; blue to indicate someone living with it.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is reportedly the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The fundraising goal for this year’s Oneonta walk is $33,250.

As further stated in the release, plans are moving forward to host the Oneonta walk in person. Safety protocols, including physical distancing, masks (where required), contactless registration and hand sanitizing stations, will be implemented. Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.

Visit for more information and to register as an individual walker or team captain.

Art by the Lake moved to October

COOPERSTOWN — Fenimore Art Museum has postponed its annual Art by the Lake event from Saturday, Aug. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 2.

According to a media release, the decision to postpone was made because of the current resurgence of COVID-19 in the region.

Visit for updates on all museum events and programs.

Trip to Lancaster offered in October

Susquehanna Valley Seniors will sponsor a trip to the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area on Friday, Oct. 22, that will include shopping, dining and a matinee performance of the Biblical production “Queen Esther” at Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre.

A motorcoach will leave the American Legion in Milford at 6 a.m. and will pick-up passengers at Price Chopper Plaza in Oneonta at 6:30 a.m. Lunch, at 11:30 a.m. at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl featuring Pennsylvania Dutch specialties, will be followed by the matinee in Strasburg.

The motorcoach will depart for the return trip around 5:30 p.m. and is expected to be in Oneonta at 11 p.m. and Milford at 11:30 p.m.

The cost of the trip is $175 per person. Reservations may be made with Linda Martinez at 607-434-1054. Checks payable to SVSC are to be received by her at 131 Dorr Edison Road, Oneonta, NY 13820 no later than Sept. 17.

Native Daughters to meet for lunch

COOPERSTOWN — The Native Daughters of Cooperstown will have its annual meeting and luncheon at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on Lake Street in Cooperstown from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. Seating will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The cost of the luncheon is $26. Annual dues are $5.

Eligibility requires that women were born in Cooperstown or within a 10 mile radius and are at least 50 years old or have lived in Cooperstown or within a 10 mile radius for at least 50 years. Those who know of anyone interested in attending are asked to call a committee member at 607-547-2612 or 607-547-9334.

Local author to be hosted at library

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — The Springfield Library at 129 County Highway 129A in Springfield Center will host local author Terry Berkson for a free afternoon of reading and refreshment at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18.

Call 315-858-5802 to register.

Email Hanna at for more information.

Themed train rides to resume in Milford

MILFORD — The Spirit of the Old West Robbery Train will depart from Milford Depot at 136 E. Main St. in Milford at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, and Oct. 9, on the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad.

Fall Foliage excursions will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday Sept. 19. They will continue on Sept. 25 and 26; and Oct. 2, 3, 10 and 11.

A Pumpkin Patch train is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24.

The Santa Express will run at 1 p.m. Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; and the North Pole Express will depart at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. 11, and 18.

Passengers will be required to wear masks all times while on board for their protection and that of the crew.

Reservations and prepayment are required and may be made online at

Call 607-432-2429 for more information.

Events for seniors held twice weekly

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Senior Community Center is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the red building behind St. Mary’s Church at 31 Elm St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, offerings include exercises classes, card games, Mahjong, trivia, conversation and speakers on Thursdays.

A calendar of events is posted at Tops, Price Chopper and the Village Library.

All COVID safety measures are followed including air filters.

Find the Center on Facebook or email for more information.



Rabies vaccines available locally

INDEX — Rabies vaccination clinics for pet dogs, cats and ferrets will continue to held monthly on the following Mondays at Susquehanna SPCA. From 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 4; and 2 to 5 p.m., Nov. 15. and Dec. 13.  Call 607-547-8111, ext. 11, for an appointments which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of 15 pets per person. The clinics are in conjunction with the Otsego County Department of Health. 

Dogs must be on leashes and cats and ferrets in carriers.

Proof of a previous vaccine is required to receive one good for three years.

The shelter is at 5082-5088 State Highway 28 in Index.

Free delivery service offered to pantry patrons

CHERRY VALLEY — The Daily Bread Food Pantry at 2 Genesee St. in Cherry Valley offers free home delivery in its service area. 

According to a media release, the pantry serves the Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District. Patrons interested in free home deliver service need to register online at or by calling 607-435-6064.

The pantry is open for walk-ins from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 

Online food source features local items

COOPERSTOWN — The SourceWhatsGood online farmers market is up and running, according to a media release from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego and Schoharie Counties.

Local meat products, eggs, mushrooms, early greens, garden plants, herbs, spices, rubs, teas, jams, pancake mix, baked goods, honey, a selection of artisanal fermented cabbage and items suitable for gift giving are among the items now available. The selection of products is expected to grow as the growing season progresses and more farms go online.

Customers interested in shopping from local farms and food producers may order products online at On the designated delivery day, customers may pick up their orders at one of six drop sites in Schoharie and Otsego counties. Visit for more information about the sites.

Call 607-547-2536, ext. 231 or email for more information about SourceWhatsGood.

Health care options available locally

Bassett Healthcare Network’s Convenient Care at 1 Atwell Road in Cooperstown is operating from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Bassett Convenient Care location at One Associate Drive in Oneonta is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

According to a media release, same and next-day appointments are available for minor illnesses and injuries including sprains, rashes, minor cuts, minor burns, colds, sore throat, vomiting/diarrhea and urinary problems.

Safe care processes in place include protective gear for staff, masks for visitors and patients, temperature checks at entrances, frequent disinfecting and cleaning, frequent hand sanitizing and social distancing measures.

Patients are also encouraged to enroll in MyBassett Health Connection, the network’s secure online patient portal, by calling 607-547-5900 or 877-498-5715.

More information is available at

Help available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Homebound seniors who need groceries or medications may call 607-547-2213 or email Volunteers from the Cooperstown Senior Community Center and/or Cooperstown Lions Club will assist them with their needs.

Grief counseling available locally 

Helios Care in Oneonta continues to offer free bereavement counseling to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one during the ongoing pandemic.

According to a media release, counseling is provided by telephone or video by licensed clinical social workers who specialize in grief counseling.

“Grief can be isolating and lonely to begin with,” said Helios Care Director of Family Support Services Alisha Rule, “There’s no need to face grief alone.”

As further stated in the release, social distancing requirements have disrupted one’s ability to be with family or friends at the end of their life. Commonly practiced mourning rituals that accompany death have had to be altered or put on hold. The added challenges can complicate one's grief whether the death is directly related to COVID-19 or a loss during the pandemic.

Contact Alisha Rule at 607-432-5525 or or visit for more information.

Volunteers needed by Big Buddy group
 The Big Buddy program for at-risk youths needs 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 is at least 18 to serve as their big buddy.

Big buddies, serving as mentors, generally spend at least four hours each month with their little buddy engaging in mutually agreed upon activities.

The program also includes group activities that may include community service, educational, recreational or cultural experiences.

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

Otsego County seeks day care 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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