‘American Originals’ to be topic of talk

MILFORD — Barbara Melera of Harvesting History will speak at the Greater Milford Historical Association on North Main St. in Milford at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. Her talk, “American Originals,” will focus on native plants and the plant developments that America has shared with the world. 

The event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Greater Milford Historical Association and the Otsego Master Gardeners. The evening will include the reopening of the David Sayre House garden, fiddle music and refreshments in the Sayre House. 

According to  a media release, attendees will learn a few of the indigenous American plant species that have become important horticultural assets in gardens around the world; three of the most significant American plant developments affecting the lives and/or gardens of all the people of this planet; and the little-known story of the unique role that American horticulture played in the founding of the United States.

Melera is president of Harvesting History, a new horticultural company founded in 2016 specializing in horticultural and agricultural products featuring largely heirloom and open-pollinated varieties. 

For more information, call 607-547-2536, email otsego@cornell.edu, or visit http://cceschoharie-otsego.org or www.facebook.com/CCESchoharieOtsegoMG.

Fall contradance season to begin

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego Dance Society will begin its fall season with a contradance on Friday, Sept. 6, at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. Music will be provided by the band Balter and Mary Collins will be the caller.

According to a media release, band members are Peter Blue who plays accordion, nyckelharpa, and percussion, guitarist Carol Mandigo, Tom Wetmore on bass, and fiddler Tom White who also plays mandolin and whistle. The band was formed by Blue, who says the name means “to dance without particular skill or grace but with extreme joy.”

Collins has been an active dancer, organizer and caller in the Buffalo area for more than 20 years.

Contradancing is described as a lively style of dance done to live music. All ages are welcome. No dance partner or experience is needed. The caller walks everyone through each dance. Newcomers who arrive at 7:15 will have a short introduction to some basic steps. The dance will begin at 7:30 and continue until 10:30 p.m., with a short break for refreshments.

The suggested donation is $8 for adults, $4 for students and teenagers and free for children 12 and younger, with a maximum of $20 per family.

The Presbyterian Church is on the corner of Pioneer and Elm streets.

Call 607-965-823 or 607-547-8164, or visit www.otsegodancesociety.weebly.com for more information.

Church to host harvest dinner

CHERRY VALLEY — The Cherry Valley United Methodist Church will have its annual harvest dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Cherry Valley Firehouse on Railroad Ave. The donation meal includes turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash, corn, rolls and homemade pumpkin or apple pie. 

Chapter to honor officials from past

LAURENS — Past matrons and patrons will be honored by the Freedom Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Masonic Temple at 7 Brook St. in Laurens. 

Call Barbara Aldrich at 607-433-5242 for more information. 

Plein air painting class set at CAA

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Art Association will sponsor a Plein Air Painting class with Mary Nolan from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15. The rain dates will be Sept. 21 and 22. The fee is $220 for CAA members or $225.

The weekend will be spent painting at an estate north of Cooperstown with views of the local landscape. Students will create multiple small studies or one or two larger, more finished paintings. Painting on location over the course of many hours will improve visual and painting skills. The class will provide time to focus on practice and process, experimentation, trying new techniques, colors, surfaces or tools.

Students may work in acrylic, oil or graphite. Some experience is necessary, but experience in plein air painting is not a requirement.

Students should bring their lunch and drinks.

Call Nolan at 607-435-5314 with any questions or concerns.

Visit http://www.cooperstownart.com/for-adults.html to view the materials list and for more information.

Call 607-547-9777 or email gallery@cooperstownart.com to register.

Parish picnic set at area state park

COOPERSTOWN — St. Mary’s Church in Cooperstown will host a picnic for parishioners on Sunday, Sept. 15, at Glimmerglass State Park. An 11 a.m. Mass will be followed by a picnic lunch.

Call Edna Chase at 607-547-8068 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 shaynes@sqspca.org or call 607-547-8111, ext. 101.

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. 14 and 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 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 www.smithyarts.org for more information. Call Clay Studio Manager Adam Jennett at 607-547-8671 or email gallery@smithyarts.org to register.

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

Tourney 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 cooperstownrotaryfoundation@gmail.com for more information and to register for the tournament.

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 yreckert@yahoo.com or librarian Rose Nelson at 607-432-5028 or rnelson12@stny.rr.com.

Run to benefit community center

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Falling Footsteps (Fun in the Mud) 5K and 1 Mile Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14. The event will be held at the Richfield Springs Sportsmen’s Club at 1497 county Highway 25 in Richfield Springs.

This event, part of the 20th Annual Route 20 Road Challenge, consists of a 5K cross-country trail run with water, mud and hill encounters during the course of the run. Participants may also opt to do a one-mile walk. 

Registration will be from 8:30 to  9:45 a.m. and start time is at 10 a.m.  Pre-registration is $15; day-of registration is $20. Signup may be done online by Sept. 13 at runsignup.com/rsccmud    Hard copy registration  must be postmarked by Sept. 4 and can be downloaded at www.richfieldspringscommunitycenter.org

Prizes will be awarded for the top three in each age group. All registrants will receive a beverage glass.  For more information, email fundraising@richfieldzone.org  Proceeds will benefit youth programming at the Richfield Springs Community Center.

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 at 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.

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.

Help 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 occainfo.org.

Exhibit has ball season in mind

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.

Big Buddy group needs volunteers

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 adult role models who serve as their big buddies.

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 directorcfp@gmail.com for more information.


Otsego 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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