Club to offer two free dance lessons

COOPERSTOWN — The Doubleday Dancers Western Square Club will present an introduction to modern western square dancing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Cooperstown Elementary School on Walnut Street in Cooperstown.

The club promotes square dancing as a healthy exercise and describes its dances as fun for anyone who enjoys meeting new friends in an atmosphere of music with no obligation. Casual dress and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Call 607-264-8128, 607-547-8665, or 607-264-3000, or 607-563-2083 for more information.


Iroquois Farm to be topic of talk

WORCESTER — Oneonta resident David M. Jackson will relate his memories of the Iroquois Farm near Cooperstown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Worcester Historical Society, 144 Main St.

Jackson lived and grew up at the Iroquois Farm, a prominent dairy and agricultural operation THAT now hosts the annual Farmers’ Museum Junior Livestock Show at its show grounds on county Route 33, presenters said in a media release. He knew F. Ambrose Clark, the farm’s owner at the time.

The program will include Jackson’s reminiscences of his life at the farm, of his experiences while in his youth, and of his acquaintances with the Clark family.

The program is free and all are welcome to attend.


Activities for seniors outlined by center

COOPERSTOWN — The Senior Community Center in Cooperstown opened its doors on Aug. 14, in the red building behind St. Mary's Church on Elm Street in Cooperstown. It is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays for cards, games and conversation. Euchre players are especially wanted at this time.

Upcoming programs include Yoga Stretch with Kathleen from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. followed by a talk by Fran Raeder about her trip to Russia at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19;

The Irish Step Dancers will teach Irish line dancing from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23.

Live Strong, exercising with Carole, will be presented from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. and Sing-along with Sue will take place from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26

Live Strong, exercising with Carole, will be presented from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. followed by a presentation by Harry Teich on Gardens and Landscape Monday, Sept. 30. Winterizing one's garden will be one of the topics to be discussed.

Yoga Stretch with Kathleen will be held from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 and Otsego County Office for the Aging Caseworker Joe Mayoka will present Medicare 101 at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.


Roast pork dinner to be held Friday

LAURENS — American Legion Post 1688 at 11 Main St. in Laurens will be the site of a roast pork dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. The menu will include mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, vegetable, salad bar, roll and dessert. The dinner will be $10 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12. 

Call 607-292-7356 for more information. 


Golfers sought for Par for Paws 

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — The fourth annual Par for Paws Golf Tournament to benefit the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is set for Friday, Sept. 20, at the Otsego Golf Club in Springfield Center.

The 18-hole tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start and will be a four person team scramble. Registration is $300 per team and includes 18 holes, golf cart, breakfast, and lunch. Raffles and prizes will be awarded.

According to a media release, profits help the SQSPCA fulfill its mission of caring for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats from across the region. Animals are vaccinated, spayed or neutered and treated for illness or malnutrition if necessary before they are adopted out.

Registration for sponsors and teams for the Par for Paws Golf Tournament is underway. Any business or organization interested in supporting the event or that has a team to register is asked to email or call 607-547-8111, ext. 101.


Tickets available for tribute show

FLY CREEK — The Fly Creek Area Historical Society will host the Spirit of Johnny Cash, performed by tribute singer Harold Ford, a four-piece band and others, on Saturday, Sept. 21, at its building at 210 Cemetery Road in Fly Creek. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. performance.

A total of 100 tickets will be sold at $20 each. They are available at the Fly Creek General Store in Fly Creek, Ellsworth and Sill on Main Street in Cooperstown and Green Toad Bookstore on Main Street in Oneonta.


Fly-in breakfast set at air strip

WESTVILLE — A fly-in pancake breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Cooperstown/Westville Airport on state Route 166. Sponsored by the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department, the all-you-can-eat event will include pancakes, eggs, real maple syrup, sausage and beverages for $7 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. 

Call 607-547-9007 for more information.


Area VFW to host horseshoe tourney 

MORRIS — The George and Chloe Laubmeier Memorial Horseshoe Tournament will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Morris VFW at 314 Ellis Road in Morris.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. for the noon start. The entry fee is $10 person. Prizes will be based on the number of players.

A $10 roast pork dinner will be served at 2 p.m.

The event is open to the public.

Call 607-263-2411 for more information. 


Antiques in Schoharie set for weekend

SCHOHARIE — The 44th Antiques in Schoharie show at the Schoharie Valley Railroad Complex on Depot Lane in Schoharie Village will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.  

Dealers from Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York are expected. An exhibit and sale by quilters and weavers from Stoney Creek Quilts and Wovens of Richmondville will be featured this year. They will be on the second floor of the creamery building. 

Admissions will go toward SCHA's ongoing activities — the railroad museum and complex of buildings that make up the museum, 1743 Palatine House Museum, programs for the children's theater, November craft show and other theater productions in the works.

Call 518-295-7505, or 518-231-7241 for more information.


Pancake breakfast to benefit group

ROSEBOOM — The Roseboom Historical Association will host a fall pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 22, in the former Baptist Church at 123 state Route 165 in Roseboom.

The cost will be $8 for adults and $4 for children. Children younger than 5 may eat for free.

The breakfast will feature plain and pumpkin pancakes, orange juice and fresh apple cider, scrambled eggs, sausage, homemade applesauce, coffee and tea.

Proceeds will support the maintenance of the association’s building.


Tournament proceeds to fund programs

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Prizes totaling more than $1,000 will be offered at this year’s Lyn Edinger Memorial Golf Tournament scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22, at Meadow Links Golf Course at 476 County Highway 27 in Richfield Springs.

According to a media release, the event is the primary fundraiser for the Cooperstown Rotary Foundation, a nonprofit, tax deductible organization. Funds generated from the tournament will be used to support community programs including the Michael Mayne Scholarship at Edmeston Central School, Rotary Youth Exchange and the Youth Food Movement.

Tee time will be at 2 p.m., with teams competing in a captain-and-crew format on an 18-hole course. The $60 per person entry fee includes the cart and greens fee and food and beverages at the awards ceremony and reception following play.

Cash and gift certificates will be awarded for first, second and third places as well as a $25 Closest to the Pin prize and $500 Hole-in-One prize.

Individuals and businesses may sponsor a hole on the course for $100 or make a donation to an auction which will follow the picnic dinner at the pavilion.

Contact Ellen Tillapaugh at 607-547 5646, or for more information and to register for the tournament.


Photographs by Tole chosen for program

SCHOHARIE — Local historian Peter Lindemann will be at the Old Stone Fort Museum at 2 p.m.  Sunday, Sept. 22, for “A Sentimental Journey,” a lecture and multi-media presentation on the photography collection of the late Harold Toles.

According to a media release, the museum's research library has more than 150,000 of his negatives in its collection and Toles kept notebooks – 13 in all – recording a description of each shot.

Lindemann, a Schoharie County Historical Society Trustee, in going through the collection for the past few months, chose glamour shots, 1950s automobiles, interiors of local restaurants and bars – including Stone Pony, the Mercury Club’s Jigaramoo of 1951 and the husband-calling contest at the 75th annual Sunshine Fair. There are even photos that Toles took of old photos – including some of Cobleskill Village in the 1870s – not seen in almost 70 years.

Lindemann has set some images to the music of Nat King Cole and Les Brown and his Band of Renown.

The lecture will be in Badgley Museum Annex. Admission is $5 for adults and free for students and Schoharie County Historical Society members. Refreshments will be provided.

The Old Stone Fort Museum Complex is at 145 Fort Road in Schoharie.

Call 518-295-7192 or visit for more information.


Lecture on meditation to be presented

MIDDLEFIELD — A Transcendental Meditation lecture will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Clark Sports Center at 124 County Road 52 in Middlefield, near Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5681 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.

Visit for more information. Call Clay Studio Manager Adam Jennett at 607-547-8671 or email to register.

The Smithy Clay Studio is at 1 Otsego Court in Cooperstown.


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.


Exhibit series to explore Laurens history

LAURENS — The Township of Laurens Historical Society’s current exhibit shows the first of three timeline segments. This segment features pre-historic time through the Revolutionary War era. The exhibit depicts what was happening in the Laurens area during this era.

The exhibit also features the early Native American arrowhead and tool collection of Steve Neer, a 1983 Laurens Central School graduate.

The artifacts were collected over the past 30-plus years around the town of Laurens, according to a media release.

Plans are to have the timelines guide the yearly programming for the society. The remaining timeline eras will be from the end of the Revolutionary War through the Civil War and Victorian Times through World War II. These will be spaced over the next two years with programs and field trips complimenting the eras depicted in the timeline exhibits, the release said.

The Timeline of Laurens History from Pre-Historic time though the Revolutionary War era can be seen at the Laurens Village Library through Oct. 1 The library is next to the school at 69 Main St. in the village.

The library is open 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, contact Yvonne Eckert at 607-293-7356 or or librarian Rose Nelson at 607-432-5028 or


Sunday 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.


Helpers needed at waste collection day

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego County Conservation Association is coordinating volunteers to assist at Otsego County's Household Hazardous Waste Day collection in September.

Volunteers are needed to help with latex paint recycling, directing traffic; assisting with unloading cars; sorting recyclable paints from other materials; opening and stirring paints; flattening cardboard and collecting other materials.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The early shift for volunteers will be from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and the late shift will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Call Jeff O’Handley at 607-282-4087 for more information and to register, or use the online form at


Library displaying 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 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 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 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.


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