Roast pork dinner to be by takeout 

LAURENS — A takeout-only roast pork dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, by the Laurens American Legion on Main Street.

The cost will be $10 for adults and $6 for children. Children younger than 5 will not be charged.

Call 607-293-7356 for more information. 

Area blood drives set in September

A Red Cross blood drive will be held from noon until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Laurens Fire Department at 34 Main St. in Laurens and from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at American Legion Post 616 at 13 Lake St., in Richfield Springs.

Donors may visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 for more information and to schedule appointments. 

Area church plans rummage sale days 

WEST BURLINGTON — A rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 2546 State Highway 80 in West Burlington. A bag sale will be featured both days.

Sale items will include clothes, books, puzzles, household items, toys, games, small furniture and baked goods.

Proceeds will support the ongoing ministry of the congregation and work in the community. 

Saturday lawn sale to be in Laurens

LAURENS — A lawn sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1757 State Highway 205 in Laurens.

Proceeds will benefit the Laurens Fire Department Auxiliary.

Masks will be required.

Reservations needed for takeout dinner

CHERRY VALLEY — A reservation-only, takeout turkey dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Cherry Valley United Methodist Church at 84 Main St. in Cherry Valley

The dinner will include roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash and a choice of apple or pumpkin pie.

Reservations for the $8 meal may be made by calling 607-264-3255 or 607-264-3703.

Series will examine subject of racism

COOPERSTOWN — Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown will present a four-part series of virtual panel discussions examining how the local community and institutions are impacted by racism, and how to confront bias and inequities locally to develop a more equitable Cooperstown. “Looking in the Mirror: Cooperstown Reflects on Racism,” will be presented free for the community on Zoom.

According to a media release, the series will examine racism through a variety of lenses, from tourism to education to health care and will feature some leading voices in the community. Registration is available at FOVL.eventbrite.com.

The first panel “Cooperstown Reflects on Racism” discussion will focus on history, demographics and current issues. It will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, with moderator Liane Hirabayashi and co-host Namita Sugandhi. Panelists will be NAACP Oneonta Chapter President Lee Fisher; Cooperstown Graduate Program Associate professor of history Will Walker, Say Their Names exhibit organizer Jennifer Dibble; and Opportunities for Otsego CEO Daniel Maskin.

Additional discussions in the series will be held Sept 30, Oct. 15 and 28. All will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Visit www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/ for more information. 

Partner families sought by group

The application process by Habitat for Humanity Otsego County for potential partner families began Sept. 1 and will continue until Oct. 1.

According to a media release, Otsego County residents interested in living in a future Habitat for Humanity home may apply.

Selected families will be assisted in the completion of the purchase of a Habitat home, including applying for a low-interest mortgage. Local volunteers and partner families traditionally provide the majority of the labor.

According to the release, the process takes about two years from the time an applicant is accepted to the home’s completion. Partner families prepare for home ownership and complete required home ownership education, while the house is being built. Habitat Homeowner Support Committee members will act as mentors throughout the process.

Application criteria should include a need for housing, willingness to partner and income/credit guidelines.

Application forms and more information may be obtained by emailing habitatotsego@gmail.com, calling 607-432-4874, or by writing to HFHOC at 403B Chestnut St., Oneonta NY 13820. 

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 https://sourcewhatsgood.com/. On the designated delivery day, customers may pick up their orders at one of six drop sites in Schoharie and Otsego counties. Visit https://tinyurl.com/ybazv3ym for more informtion about the sites.

Call 607-547-2536, ext. 231 or email otsego@cornell.edu 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 BassettConvenientCare.org.

Help for renters available to eligible

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego County Board of Representatives has authorized a $200,000 COVID-19 Emergency Rental Relief Program to assist eligible resident-renters facing financial hardship as a result of layoff, reduced employment, or non-retention by their seasonal employer.

According to a media release, the program will provide rental payments for three consecutive months directly to landlords on behalf of eligible households. The program will be implemented by Otsego Rural Housing Assistance Inc., in collaboration with the Otsego County Planning Department. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Criteria for eligibility will include annual household incomes as of the application date. Annual household incomes may not exceed 80% of the county median. Examples would be $43,600 for a household of two or $49,050 for a household of three.

Applicants must provide documentation of job loss arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This could include a layoff notice, notice of reduced hours or physician’s letter. The layoff or job loss must have occurred on or subsequent to March 13. Applicant-renters must also have a written lease agreement with the property owner which states the monthly rental amount – utility payments are not covered. Tenants and landlords must sign written agreements attesting to the terms and conditions of the assistance.

Full eligibility information is available along with application forms from ORHA at P.O. Box 189, Milford NY 13807, 607-286-724), or www.otsegoruralhousing.org.

Help available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Seniors who are unable or reluctant to go out because of COVID-19, and who need groceries or medications may call 607-547-2213 or email coopseniorcenter@gmail.com. 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 is offering free bereavement counseling to anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a media release, counseling will be 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.

The free telephone and video grief counseling service available during the pandemic will transition to a sliding fee scale and sessions where counselors and individuals will meet together once normalcy resumes.

Contact Alisha Rule at 607-432-5525 or alisha.rule@helioscare.org or visit www.helioscare.org/grief 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 hmcadams@delop.org 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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