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.

Church to have 3-day rummage sale

COOPERSTOWN — A rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Oct. 2, in the chapel of First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown on the corner of Elm and Pioneer streets.

Masks will be required to be worn and customers are encouraged to bring their own bags.

Rummage sale to include baked goods

NEW BERLIN — The First United Methodist Church at 51 S. Main St. will have a rummage and bake sale featuring pies from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Friday, Oct 1, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

Clothing will be priced at 1 per bag. All remaining clothing will be free from noon until free Saturday. 

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. 

Run 4 the Hills to benefit group

SHARON SPRINGS — The eighth annual Run 4 the Hills for First Responders will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in Sharon Springs.

According to a media release, the 4-mile run/walk will benefit Hero Fund America, a nonprofit founded by Garth Roberts in 2013 in response to the Boston Marathon bombings. It is the group’s mission to conduct activities that increase awareness, advocacy and support for fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies and further the education, training and life-saving equipment needs for first responders.

Online registration ended Saturday, Sept. 25, but registration will be available on race day from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the American Hotel on Main Street.

The event will end with an awards ceremony.

For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/y6hjs3xh or www.HeroFundAmerican.org.

Church community to be welcomed back

COOPERSTOWN — A Welcome Home Festival will be held for parishioners new and old following the 11:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, Oct. 3, on the grounds of St. Mary’s Church at 31 Elm St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, St. Mary’s will welcome back its church community with a meet-and-greet with new pastor Father Michael Cambi, fellowship, food, music, games and prizes.

Attendees are also encouraged to contribute photos for the parish family tree.

Call the parish office at 607-547-2213 or email office@stmaryscoop.org for more information. 

Masons to sponsor takeout Sunday dinner

LAURENS — A takeout chicken and biscuit dinner will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at Laurens Masonic Lodge at 7 Brook St. in Laurens.

Proceeds will be used to fund lodge functions such as college scholarships, community assistance and Scout groups, as well as maintain the lodge for other groups and the community.

The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children. The meal will include chicken and biscuits, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, cranberry jelly and strawberries and ice cream.

Patrons are requested to wear masks according to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Area town to host Fall Festival

MIDDLEFIELD — A Fall Festival will be held for the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Old Middlefield Schoolhouse at 3698 County Highway 35 in Middlefield.

According to a media release from the Middlefield Historical Association, this year’s featured exhibit in the 1875 Schoolhouse building is “Churches around the Middlefield Township.” There is also a miniature display of the Cooperstown-Westville Airport. Upstairs, the development of life in Middlefield is depicted with artifacts, printed materials and photographs of the history of the town.

Games and activities will be available for all ages and pumpkins will be available to paint and take home.

A variety of vintage farm tractors and antique cars will also be displayed.

Booths will feature items made by local craft artisans.

Donated items will be available to bid on at the Lucky Draw Auction and the Old Schoolhouse Gift Shop will also be open.

Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase from the Tickled Pink Food Truck.

 Organizers recommend that face masks be worn inside the Schoolhouse. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up around the grounds.

Tractor Fest pulled by museum for 2021

COOPERSTOWN — The Farmers’ Museum has announced in a media release that it has canceled Tractor Fest, an annual fall event scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 9 and 10.

The Farmers’ Museum is scheduled to remain open through Oct. 31. Events such as Thanksgiving at The Farm and Holiday Lantern Tours are still scheduled to take place.

Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.

Church taking orders for harvest dinner

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — A drive-thru harvest turkey dinner will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Church of Christ Uniting at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs. 

The $12 meal will include sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, squash, vegetable casserole, cranberry sauce, sweet bread, roll and butter and a choice of apple, pumpkin or mince pie. 

Orders with desired pick up times are to placed no later than Oct. 9, by calling 315-858-1451. Customers should not arrive more than five minutes before their scheduled pick up time. 

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. For information, call 607-547-2612 or 607-547-9334.

Themed train rides to resume in Milford

MILFORD — The season’s final 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. 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.

Roast turkey dinner to be by donation

MIDDLEFIELD — A home-cooked roast turkey dinner set for 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the Middlefield Baptist Church at 121 Rezen Road in Middlefield, will be by donation.

The takeout meal will include all the traditional trimmings including homemade pies.

A limit of 100 orders has been set for the dinner.

Orders are to be placed with Sue at 607-264-8042 no later than Oct. 12.

A name and telephone number should be left for a confirmation return call. 

Hyde Hall to have weekend ghost tours

SPRINGFIELD — Hyde & Shriek Candlelight Ghost Tours will be held on the half hour from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9, 15 and 16, 22 and 23, and 29, 30 and 31, at Hyde Hall at 1527 County Road 31 in Springfield.

Reservations are required.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/4t7ssv3t for more information and tickets.

Business milestones to be commemorated

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce wants to know about any businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries so they may be commemorated at the group’s upcoming annual meeting.


Businesses with anniversary years of 25, 50, 75, 100, etc., are encouraged to contact the chamber at office@cooperstownchamber.org or call 607-547-9983 for more information.

The annual membership meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at outside on the patio at Brewery Ommegang.

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.

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 be held 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. until 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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