Grant opportunity available in region

A mini-grant opportunity is available to qualified nonprofit 501(c) 3 organizations in the five county region served by the Community Foundation for South Central New York. The counties include Chenango, Delaware and Otsego, as well as Broome and Tioga.

According to a media release, proposals may be submitted for projects that support, develop and/or expand the skill set of young professionals in the region and/or increase their involvement in the community.

Young professionals are defined as individuals younger than 40 interested in developing skills and abilities that will expand their employment opportunities. Consideration will be given to all sectors of the workforce including, but not limited to, the trades, those beginning their careers, and those transitioning into the workplace. Grant amounts will range from $250 to $1,000.

The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 6.

More information is available online at

https://donorswhocare.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Young-Professionals-Advisory-Group-Grant-Guidelines.pdf

Nature photographs wanted for contest

Entries will continue to be accepted for the second annual juried photo contest by the Upper Delaware River region through Saturday, Aug. 31, from professional and amateur photographers. The theme is Confluence: Land, Water and Wildlife and the categories are landscape, wildlife, macro and water.

Photos will be judged on creativity, originality, composition, clarity, quality and impact. Two photos may be entered. Photos will be hung at the ARTery gallery in Milford, Pennsylvania.

Visit https://delawarehighlands.org/photo- contest/ for more information and to enter. 

Volunteers needed by United Way

United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties needs volunteers to assist with the Summer Lunch Program in Neawha Park through Aug. 23; an upcoming back-to-school project and the Priscilla Thomas Golf Ball Drop and Chinese auction scheduled for late September.

According to a media release, help is also needed with transporting seniors to appointments, the ongoing fresh food mass distributions and delivering meals to seniors from meal sites.

Call volunteer Coordinator Valerie Adams at 607-267-2091, email her vadams@untiedwaydo.org, or visit www.unitedwaydo.org for more information and to volunteer. 

Shelter fees cuton cats, kittens

COOPERSTOWN — The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will offer half price adoption rates for cats and kittens through Saturday, Aug. 17. Available kittens and cats range from two months to 11 years, from calico to tortoiseshell to tabby.

According to a media release, funding from the Staffworks Fund Homeward Bound Program makes the reduction in adoption fees possible. The program was created to assist overcrowded shelters and rescues by subsidizing reduced adoption fees and fee-waived programs.

Adoption fees at the SQSPCA include spay/neuter, microchip, rabies/distemper vaccinations, Feline Leukemia/FIV testing, fecal testing, deworming, flea treatment and basic grooming. 

Visit www.sqspca.org for more information. 

Ice cream socialto include music

STAMFORD — A free ice cream social will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Robinson Terrace Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at 28652 State Highway 23 in Stamford. Live music will be provided by Jim Kopp. 

Trail walk to end birdwatching series 

SHERBURNE — The Chenango Bird Club’s last walk in its summer evening birdwatching series will be a stroll along the Rogers Environmental Education Center’s Channels Trail at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. The walk will be followed by a potluck supper at the picnic pavilion.

According to a media release, the Channels Trail is flat, about 7/10s of a mile and circles the Channels Marsh and often features several aquatic habitat birds. Forest species may also possible as the trail is largely wooded. 

All those interested may bring a dish to pass and their own table service and stay for the meal following the walk. 

Rogers Center is one mile west of Sherburne on state Highway 80. 

Call Club President Charlene LaFever at 607-334-9112 for more information. 

Volunteers neededat Mohican Farm

COOPERSTOWN — Volunteers are needed by the Otsego County Conservation Association from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, to chop down Japanese knotweed and should meet at its office at Mohican Farm at 7207 State Highway 80, outside Cooperstown.

According to a media release, volunteers should be prepared to get dirty and dress accordingly. Light refreshments and some tools will be provided. Volunteers may also bring their own tools. 

Water chestnut and European frog-bit removal will continue from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 17, at 162 Lake Road in New Berlin. Volunteers should bring water and sunscreen and be prepared to get wet and dirty. Preregistration is required by using the online form at occainfo.org

Student to present program to society

SCHENEVUS — The Town of Maryland Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at AMVETS Hall at 16 Main St. in Schenevus.

The program, “Writing Your Own History” will be presented by Ashley Moore, a student of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies. 

Email Kathleen Gasperini at wigmag@aol.com for more information.