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March 11, 2011

Area News Roundup

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Fish fries to benefit field hockey club

The American Legion will host Friday fish fries through April 22.

Baked or fried haddock with a choice of baked potato or fries and cole slaw will be served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Legion on Main Street in Cooperstown.

The cost will be $9.95 and will include a beverage and dessert. Takeouts will be available.

Proceeds will benefit the Cooperstown Field Hockey Club.

Rabies clinic set in Norwich

A rabies clinic will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Norwich Fire Station.

New York State Public Health Rabies Law requires all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets to receive immunization against rabies no later than four months of age, and the state Agriculture and Markets Department requires dogs to be licensed at four months of age.

Dogs, cats or ferrets that are not currently vaccinated against rabies and involved in biting an individual must be confined for 10 days at an approved facility at the owner's expense. If the animal is currently vaccinated and involved in a bite incident, it may be confined at home for the 10-day period.

An animal that is bitten by or exposed to a rabid or suspected rabid animal and is currently immunized must have a vaccine booster dose administered within five days. If unvaccinated, the animal must be, if approved, adequately quarantined for six months in accordance with Public Health Law.

When attending a rabies clinic, animals must be under control. Animals vaccinated for the very first time must be revaccinated the following year to qualify for three-year coverage at that time. Owners should bring their pets' previous vaccination records to verify the pet is eligible for 3-year coverage.

Rabies clinics are free. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, contact the Chenango County Department of Public Health at 337-1673.

Safe Kids to have open house

A breakfast buffet will kick off a Safe Kids of Otsego County Open House event on Thursday, March 31. This informal gathering, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Bassett Medical Center's Bassett Hall on Beaver Street in Cooperstown, will feature an overview about Safe Kids and showcase its various resources with devoted time for networking and discussion for future gatherings. Each attendee will receive a packet of Safe Kids resources.

For more than 10 years Safe Kids of Otsego County has provided information about bicycle and helmet use and pedestrian, motor vehicle, home, sports, recreation, all-terrain vehicle, snowmobile, winter and summer safety. Safe Kids also hosts "Fun & Safety in the Great Outdoors" for Otsego County fifth-grade students at Glimmerglass and Gilbert Lake state parks.

Reservations are requested by March 25; contact Rich McCaffery, community educator with Bassett Healthcare Network, at or 547-5256.

Leo Club to hold benefit concert

The Cooperstown Leo Club will hold its sixth annual benefit concert, "Dentist Unplugged" staring Dr. Paul Weber and featuring members of the high school service organization. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Cooperstown High School's Sterling Auditorium. Admission is by donation, and all proceeds will go to support the UNICEF program "School in a Box," which provides school supplies to areas destroyed by war, poverty or natural disasters.

Weber performed for years with his band on Long Island. Since moving to Cooperstown and founding the Leo Club, in its sixth year, Weber, a past district governor of the Lions Club, has donated his talents entertaining on acoustic guitar, singing the songs of James Taylor, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and more. Donations have allowed the local Leos to contribute more than $1,000 to UNICEF over the years.

Donations sought for fundraiser

The Cooperstown Art Association is accepting fine art donations for its upcoming fundraiser, "Spring Cleaning Art Bazaar!" According to a media release, the event is designed to make artwork affordable for everyone and will take place over three days, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Donations are tax deductible and support a good cause. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the CAA and its Prize Fund for artists. Those interested in donating are asked to call the CAA at 547-9777 by March 25.

The fundraiser will kick off Friday, April 8, with a preview sale and reception from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring wine tasting by Swedish Hill Winery of Cayuga Lake. A $15 donation at the door will cover admission to the preview and the sale the other two days. On Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, the sale is open to the public, with a $5 donation at the door each day.

The CAA is at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown in the Village Library building, diagonally across the street from the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fire Department to host breakfast

The Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department will host its Fourth Sunday Community Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at the fire hall on Chestnut Street.

The menu includes orange or cranberry juice, coffee and tea, fresh fruit salad, French toast, pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs and eggs with cheese. Cost for adults is $6 and $3 for children.

Thayer Homestead to be topic

The Springfield Historical Society will present a program by David Staley at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 27, in the Springfield Community Center on county Highway 29A in Springfield Center.

The program is free and open to the public.

David Staley is a local resident and archaeologist with the New York State Museum's Cultural Resource Survey Program. He has more than 30 years of professional experience and is involved in a wide range of historic and prehistoric archaeological research, including studies of a lithic workshop near Otsego Lake, upland settlements on Adak Island in the Aleutian Islands, the McIntyre Blast Furnace in the Adirondacks, the former Willard Asylum in Seneca County, and the Thayer Homestead Site.

His talk on March 27 will include the "History and Archaeology of the Thayer Homestead." Located on Rum Hill in Springfield, the Thayer Homestead was built after the War of 1812 and was occupied by generations of the Thayer family into the early 20th century. Since 2005, Cherry Valley-Springfield students have investigated the site as part of an elective class. House, barn, and outbuilding foundations, as well as associated artifacts have provided clues about historic life and agriculture in 19th century Springfield.

For more information about the talk, call President Noel Dries at 547-8808.

Nominating petitions available

Petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the board of education at Milford Central School need to be filed with the clerk no later than Friday, April 1. Each petition needs to be signed by at least 25 voters of the district and must state the name and residence of the candidate. For more information, call Diane Robinson at 286-2241.

Transfer station hours increase

The Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown of the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority has extended hours Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for county residents to dispose of their household garbage and recyclables.

The transfer station is on state Route 28/80 heading toward Fly Creek.

Electronics accepted at MOSA

The Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority is now accepting unwanted electronics free of charge at the Oneonta and Cooperstown transfer stations during regular operating hours, which are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The Oneonta MOSA transfer station is on Silas Lane off Interstate 88, Exit 13, adjacent to the Oneonta waste water treatment plant.

Electronics being accepted for free include televisions and television consoles, computer monitors, CPUs and servers, household batteries, cell phones, telephones and other electronics, including keyboards, mice, speakers, scanners, printers, fax machines, copiers, VCR, CD and DVD players, gaming equipment, audio and video equipment.

For more information on recycling in Otsego County, call the County Solid Waste Department at 547-4225, visit, call MOSA at (518) 518-296-8884 or visit