Day trip available to cruise and show 

GILBERTSVILLE — Butternut Valley Grange will sponsor a bus trip to Skaneateles Lake for a dinner cruise and performance of “South Pacific” at the Merry Go Round Theatre in Auburn on Wednesday, Aug. 28. A chartered bus will leave the Grange Hall in Gilbertsville at 7:30 a.m. and return about 8:30 p.m. 

The cost of $144 per person for Grange members or $154, is based on 30 passengers. 

Call 607-783-2691 more information and to book the trip. 

Area school amends meal service policy

CHERRY VALLEY — The Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District has amended its policy for serving meals to students served under the free or reduced price National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2019-20 school year. According to a media release, all students will be served meals at no charge.

School safety plan to be made public

MORRIS — A public hearing will be held at the board of education meeting regarding the safety plan for the Morris Central School District at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. A draft copy of the plan is available in the district office. The school is at 65 W. Main St. in Morris.

Boat washing demo set for Wednesday

COOPERSTOWN — An Aquatic Invasive Species Boat Washing Demo will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Brookwood Point at 6000 State Route 80, outside Cooperstown. It was originally scheduled for July 31 and rescheduled because of the potential for thunderstorms that day.

According to a media release, the family-friendly program and demonstration will show the recreational paddler, rower and sailor how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Participants will learn to identify various aquatic invasive species that threaten the region’s waters, how they are transported and how to take precautions to ensure boats are clean to prevent these destructive species from invading local waters.

Lake stewards trained by the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership will give a short presentation followed by a hands-on demonstration on how to properly inspect and clean vessels, including kayaks, paddleboards, rowing sculls and sail boats.

The free program is in collaboration with Otsego Land Trust, CRISP, Otsego Area Rowers, Canoe and Kayak Rentals and Sales, Otsego Lake Association, Otsego Sailing Club, Otsego County Conservation Association and Canadarago Lake Improvement Association.

Contact 607-547-2366 ext. 103, or for more information.

Local historian to tell ghost tales

HARTWICK — The Otsego County Historical Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick.

Local historian and ghost tour operator Bruce Markusen will present “The Ghosts of Cooperstown and Otsego County.” According to a media release, Markusen will tell area ghost stories based on history and research at local libraries and interviews with homeowners and  community members.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Call 607-547-8070 or email for more information. 

Civil War soldier’s diary to be shared

SCHOHARIE – Schoharie County Historian Ted Shuart will tell the story and share the personal diary of Civil War Soldier and United States Army Signal Corps member 2nd Lt. William H. Hill at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Old Stone Fort Museum.

According to a media release, lost and forgotten for decades, the diary was discovered and purchased during a general store’s going out of business sale in the town of Richmondville nearly 60 years ago. It reportedly contains daily experiences and personal observations of one member of a segment of the armed services.

Shuart’s talk will focus on the history and role of the Signal Corps, as well as Hill’s personal observations and first-hand accounts of the events of 1862.

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.