Evening program to focus on sky
SPRINGFIELD — Otsego County Conservation Association vice president and retired high school science teacher Jim Hill will lead "Naked Eye Astronomy — the Autumn Sky" at Mohican Farm in Springfield at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.
According to a media release, the program will begin with a brief, indoor introduction. Outside, Hill will point out individual stars, constellations and visible planets. Mohican Farm is at 7207 State Route 80 in Springfield.
Participants should dress for the weather, bring a blanket or chair and binoculars if they wish. In the event of rain or cloudy weather, the program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Call 607-547-4488 for more information and preferred registration.
Fiber arts weekend planned at museum
COOPERSTOWN — Fabulous Fiber Arts Weekend will be held at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29.
The event will include demonstrations, exhibits and hands-on activities showing how natural fibers are harvested, processed and transformed into wearable, utilitarian and decorative items. Related vendors will also be there.
Museum interpreters, local quilting and spinning clubs and guilds will demonstrate how flax becomes linen, how wool and cotton is spun on various spinning wheels and how textiles are produced on looms or through needle arts.
Activities will include carding wool, spinning wool on a drop spindle, weaving, felting and Kool-Aid yarn-dyeing.
Demonstrations will include rope making, turning flax into linen, felting, warping a loom, yarn dyeing, knitting, crocheting and spinning on the great wheel at Lippitt Farmhouse.
The Farmers’ Museum is at 5775 State Highway 80, outside Cooperstown.
Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.
Donation breakfast set for Sunday
SCHENEVUS — Schenevus AMVETS on Main Street in Schenevus will host its monthly donation breakfast buffet from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. The menu will include fruit, juice, eggs, bacon, ham, pancakes, French toast, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits.
Area sanitarium to be remembered
LAURENS — The Township of Laurens Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, at the Laurens Presbyterian Church Hall at 3 Main St. in Laurens. Ron and Elsie Haus will reminisce about the Mount Vision Sanitarium and Mount Vision Inn.
According to a media release, in 1918, each county in New York State was required to build and operate a hospital for patients with tuberculosis. Dr. Frank L. Winsor of Laurens supervised the building of the Otsego County Sanitarium near Mount Vision and was its superintendent during its years of operation. When the sanitarium closed, the building housed a summer hotel run by the Haus family. It subsequently became an apartment house.
The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in the organization is welcome to attend.
An exhibit featuring the Mount Vision Sanitarium and Mount Vision Inn will open Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the society's museum at 69 Main St. in Laurens. The museum is open from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 1 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
Tour of golf course to be presented
COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego County Conservation Association will begin its nature walk series on Wednesday, Oct. 2, with “Hit the Links,” a guided tour of the Leatherstocking Golf Course.
According to a media release, course Superintendent Mike O'Neill will highlight many of the practices he uses to minimize the course's environmental impact while maintaining its aesthetic appeal. Those practices include managing runoff, conserving water and minimizing pesticide and fertilizer use.
Participants will meet at 8 a.m. at the golf course workshop and should use the Cooperstown Country Club entrance on state Route 80.
The walk is free and open to the public. Preregistration is appreciated.
Visit occainfo.org, or call 607-547-4488 for more information and to register.
Fall Clean Sweep planned in Hartwick
HARTWICK — The 11th annual fall Clean Sweep will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Hartwick’s town hall. The event provides residents the opportunity to dispose of backyard trash, green waste, scrape mental and electronics.
Residents who cannot attend may arrange for pickup by calling Town Clerk Andrea Vazquez at 607-293-8123.
Any interested volunteers are asked to call Vazquez.
A yard sale of second-hand goods will be held in front of the town hall. Sale items should be in good condition and may be dropped off by 9 a.m. Proceeds will help offset costs of dumpster rentals and other expenses. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase.
Call Vazquez for more information, including what will be accepted, what items carry charges, etc.
More information is available online at https://tinyurl.com/y3n65wbl.
Christ Church sets annual sale days
COOPERSTOWN — Christ Church will have its annual rummage and bake sale at its parish hall at 69 Fair St. in Cooperstown from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
The rummage sale will include household items, clothing, books, furniture, toys and collectibles.
Proceeds will benefit the church’s local outreach programs.
Call 607-547-9555 for more information.
Clay class set at Smithy studio
COOPERSTOWN — Throw and Sip with Justin Mastrangelo will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28; Oct. 12 and 26; and Nov. 9, at Smithy Clay Studio.
The class, described as fun and casual, will explore the basics of wheel throwing. Wine, beer and snacks will be provided by the studio.
Classes will include all materials, glazes and firing. Clothes should be worn that students won't mind getting a little muddy.
The fee for the class is $40 per night and may be paid upon registration. Students are asked to call ahead if they need to cancel.
The Smithy Clay Studio is at 1 Otsego Court in Cooperstown.
Free screenings for depression set
COOPERSTOWN — Free and private screenings with Bassett psychotherapists will be provided in recognition of National Depression Screening Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Prime Care clinic at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
The differences in a passing sadness, normal grief, or serious clinical depression will be explained.
Participants will be asked to complete an evaluation form that will be reviewed with a therapist.
The service is being funded by the Kathryn Tamara Harmon Fund, established in memory of Elmer M. Harmon.
Call 607-547-3660 for more information.
Native Daughters set meeting date
COOPERSTOWN — The annual meeting and luncheon of the Native Daughters of Cooperstown will be held at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on Lake Street in Cooperstown from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. The cost of the luncheon will be $26. Annual dues are $5. Seating will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh-Kuch will be the guest speaker. Her presentation will be about the United States Navy vessel the USS Cooperstown, scheduled to be commissioned in 2021.
Women must have either been born in Cooperstown or within a 10-mile radius and be at least 50 years old or have lived in Cooperstown or within a 10-mile radius for at least 50 years to attend.
Call 607-547-2612 or 607-547-9334 for more information and to make reservations.
Market open in Milford park
MILFORD — A nonprofit food-to-table farmers market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays until Oct. 13, in Curry Park at 3898 State Route 28 in Milford.
Call 607-201-9423 or visit Milford Farmers & Craft Market on Facebook for more information.
Library displays baseball artifacts
WORCESTER — The Worcester-Schenevus Library in conjunction with the Worcester Historical Society, is displaying original memorabilia and artifacts from the sports career of Worcester resident Jim Konstanty, a Major League relief pitcher for more than a decade and National League Most Valuable Player of 1950. The exhibit, for the public, was purposefully timed with baseball season in mind.
The library at 168 Main St. in Worcester, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Call 607-397-7309 for more information.
Fitting station available locally
COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center offers a nationally-certified car seat fitting station overseen by the State of New York. Car seat technicians at Bassett Medical Center work in collaboration with its Trauma Services Program to bring the service to residents to improve their child’s safety and to protect them in the event of a car accident.
According to information provided in a media release from Bassett citing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. In 2016, 38% of children killed in car crashes were unrestrained; further, 74 to 90% of all car seats are used incorrectly.
A child unrestrained could be ejected from the vehicle if involved in a collision, or a child not properly restrained could end up tangled or stuck in their car seat. Proper car seat use reportedly reduces the risk of injury or death to a child in the event of a car accident.
The car seat fitting station is open seven days a week by appointment only.
Volunteers needed by Big Buddy group
The Big Buddy program is seeking 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 serves as their big buddy.
Big buddies spend at least four hours each month with their little buddy for a minimum of one year engaging in mutually agreed upon activities.
The program also includes group activities from eight to 10 times a year where big and little buddies may go to the movies, sporting events, museums, or bowling, hiking, etc., or perform a type of community service.
Activities are structured to encompass at least one educational, one cultural, one community service and one recreational event.
Contact Heather McAdams at 607-746-1746 or HMcAdams@delop.org for more information and to volunteer.
Backpack Program sponsors needed
The Cooperstown Food Pantry is seeking sponsors for its Backpack Program that benefits children in the Cooperstown Central School District. According to a media release, a monthly sponsorship of $20 will provide a student with a backpack full of food each Friday for the weekend. Backpacks are filled with kid-friendly meals and snacks and fresh fruit.
Each year, the Backpack Program serves about 50 children who attend Cooperstown's elementary and junior-senior high schools. Donations may be made online at www.cooperstownfoodpantry.org. Checks may be mailed to Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church St., Cooperstown, NY 13326. Write Backpack Program in the subject line of the check.
Contact Cooperstown Food Pantry executive director Stacey Smith at 547-8902 or email@example.com for more information.
Otsego County seeks daycare 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.