Used book sale to span nine days

COOPERSTOWN — The Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown will host a nine day used book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 4.

According to a media release, the sale will take place on the porch of the Village Hall that houses the library at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown. A $5 bag sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4.

Hardcover books will be priced at $2. Paperbacks will be $1, with some exceptions for art and coffee table books. New books will be added to the sale at multiple times each day, to allow for a rotating selection.

Because of COVID-19, social distancing will be required and the number of people will be limited if necessary.

Call Lynne Mebust at 607-544-1418 for more information.

Voters may register at upcoming drives

COOPERSTOWN — The League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area  marked National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 22, by hosting two voter registration drives in Hartwick and Richfield Springs.

According to a media release, two more voter registration drives will be held Saturday, Oct. 3. Voters may register from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market at 101 Main St. in Pioneer Alley and from noon until 7 p.m. at Hartwick Fire Department Company No. 2 at 4877 State Route 28, in Hartwick Seminary.

Information will also be available on how to vote by absentee ballot, early in-person voting which begins Oct. 24, or on Election Day, Nov. 3. The last day voters may register or update their registration in time for the Nov. 3 election is Oct. 9.

Visit VoteOtsego.com, www.LWVCooperstownArea.org. or call 607-547-4247 for more information

Blood drive set in Richfield Springs

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — A Red Cross blood drive will be held 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. 

Partner families sought by group

The application process by Habitat for Humanity Otsego County for potential partner families 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.

As further stated in 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 entire 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. 

Area blood drive set in Richfield

A Red Cross blood drive will be held 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. 

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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