Center to introduce monthly Fun Night

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Richfield Springs Community Center at 6 Ann St. in Richfield Springs has added a Community Fun Night to its lineup of monthly programming. It will premiere from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

According to a media release, there will be games, door prizes, free hot dogs, chips and beverages. Local farmers will sell their products, free family portraits will be available along with information on how to join 4-H, Scouts and Youth Sports.

The movie “The One and Only Ivan” will be shown at 7 p.m. in collaboration with Richfield Springs Public Library.

Community Fun Night is open to the public. All current CDC COVID guidelines will be followed.

Contact Rick Frable at rick@richfieldzone.org for more information including how to donate door prizes.

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 games, 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 www.cornersfoodcoop.com for more information.

Living Waters plans dinner and pie sale

COOPERSTOWN — A lasagna dinner and pie sale will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Cooperstown Presbyterian Church on Pioneer St. in Cooperstown.

Diners may have their meals at the outdoor tables to be provided or take it to go. Meat, vegetarian and vegan/gluten free lasagna will all be available.

The suggested $12 donation will benefit the mission of Cooperstown Living Waters to provide clean water in Honduran communities.

Sunday breakfast to be by donation

SCHENVUS — Schenevus AMVETS Post 2752 will host an eat-in or takeout donation breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Veterans Hall on Main Street in Schenevus.

 Servings will include pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, ham, scrambled eggs, home fries, biscuits and sausage gravy, fresh fruit and beverages.

Alzheimer’s Walk set for Sunday

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 alz.org/walk for more information and to register as an individual walker or team captain.

Discussion set on internet necessity

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — Springfield Center Library staff will facilitate a discussion among residents about broadband internet in Springfield from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29.

The public is encouraged to attend and share their thoughts regarding the quality of available internet and its necessity in the Springfield community. A similar meeting was held in August.

According to a media release, the discussion is part of the American Library Association’s initiative called “Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries.” The library was awarded a $3,000 national grant for its participation in the initiative.

Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, Assemblymen Brian Miller, R-New Hartford and John Salka, R-Brookfield, will each provide their input at the meeting. As further stated in the release, all three claim to be committed to expanding broadband access, particularly in rural communities.

The required registration may be completed by calling 315-858-5802.

The library is at 129 County Road 29A in Springfield Center.

Contact Hanna Conbeer at sp.conbeer@4cls.org, or visit www.libraries.4cls.org/springfield/ for more information.

“Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries” is an initiative of the American Library Association in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

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 https://doas.us/2021-raffle-items/.

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.

Bake sale to be held at firehouse

HARTWICK SEMINARY — A bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Hartwick Seminary Fire Department at 4877 State Route 28 in Hartwick Seminary. 

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.

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 FenimoreArt.org for updates on all museum events and programs.

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.

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, Oct. 9, on the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad.

Fall Foliage excursions will be offered at 1 p.m. 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 www.cooperstowntrain.com.

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 coopseniorcenter@gmail.com for more information.

Dinners to continue into fall months 

COOPERSTOWN — The First Baptist Church at 21 Elm St. in Cooperstown will sponsor its final takeout Brooks’ chicken dinners from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, 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 baptistcooperstown@gmail.com. Orders should include a name, number of dinners and phone number for confirmation

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 www.tinyurl.com/dailybreaddelivery 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 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 information 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 available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Homebound seniors 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 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 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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