Watershed plan to be discussed

BURLINGTON FLATS — The Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee wants to hear from community residents as well as interested individuals when it meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Town of Burlington municipal building at 6011 State Highway 51 in Burlington Flats.

According to a media release, a presentation on the Watershed Management Plan will be followed by discussion of how the plan may benefit the community. Public input will be considered and may be incorporated into the draft plan.

The Butternut Creek watershed reportedly covers about 130 square miles with an estimated population of 4,489 people.

The committee includes members of the Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, Otsego County Planning Department, Otsego Land Trust, state Department of Environmental Conservation and Butternut Valley Alliance.

As further stated in the release, when the plan is complete, which is expected to be before spring, it will identify water quality and water supply issues facing the watershed and establish goals and objectives to address them. It will also complement ongoing efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Visit www.occainfo.org/butternut-watershed-plan/ or email environmental planner Danny Lapin at planner@occainfo.org for information.

Church to sponsor bake sale Friday

FRANKLIN — A Valentine’s Day bake sale will be sponsored by Franklin United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. until sold out Friday, Feb. 14. It will take place at the Franklin branch of Wayne Bank at 536 Main St. in Franklin. 

Proceeds will benefit the church’s maintenance fund. 

Tax help available at SUNY Delhi

SUNY DELHI — The free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program includes SUNY Delhi income tax class students who will assist community members who earned less than $64,000 in 2019 and plan to file a basic return. 

Walk-in appointments will be available with student volunteers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 15 and 22 and March 7, 14, 21 and 28, in room 148 of Sanford Hall on the SUNY Delhi campus.

Filers should bring their W-2 forms, government-issued photo ID, Social Security or tax ID numbers for each family members, a copy or digital access to 2018’s tax return and any other documents they have including childcare provider information and bank routing and account information. 

Contact Associate Professor Adriene Clifford for more information at 607-746-4102 or cliffoaa@delhi.edu

Program to feature Civil War era letters

EDMESTON — The Edmeston Museum’s next program will involve reading and discussing letters written by Edmeston Civil War soldiers to their families and friends in Edmeston.

The program will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the museum at 1 North St. in Edmeston.

Participants will look at where soldiers served, their roles in the war and how their perceptions of the war changed.

The event is free and all are welcome.

Light refreshments will be served. 

John Salka to host town hall forum

LAURENS — Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, will host a town hall discussion from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the multi-purpose room at Laurens Central School at 55 Main St. in Laurens.

According to a media release, the greatest needs of the district will be addressed and there will be time for questions and answers. 

Winter sky tour to be given locally

SPRINGFIELD CENTER —  Otsego County Conservation Association Vice President Jim Hill will take participants on a free tour of the constellations, planets and other celestial objects visible in the winter sky at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

“Naked Eye Astronomy, Winter Edition: Are You Sirius?” will be held at Mohican Farm at 7207 State Route 80 in Springfield Center.

Participants should dress for the outdoor climate and bring a chair or blanket.

Hot chocolate and snacks will follow the program.

Preregistration is recommended. 

Call OCCA at 607-547-4488 or visit www.occainfo.org for more information.  

Book club forming based on sea novels

SPRINGFIELD CENTER — A new book club is forming at The Springfield Library.

Members of the Patrick O’Brian Support Group will read and discuss a 20-book series of novels by the author for which the group is named.

According to media sources, O’Brian, (1969 to 2004) born Richard Patrick Russ, was an English novelist and translator.

His series of sea novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars centers on the friendship of English naval captain Jack Aubrey and Irish–Catalan physician Stephen Maturin.

Call the library at 315-858-5802 for more information and to join the club.

Bright Hill posts seasonal offerings

TREADWELL — Bright Hill Press and Literary Center of the Catskills at 94 Church St. in Treadwell has announced its 2020 season of programs, workshops and exhibits featuring poets, writers and visual artists.

A detailed calendar of events is available online at https://brighthillpress.org/calendar/.

Contact 607-829-5055 or info@brighthillpress.org for more information.

Call for vendors issued for event

MARGARETVILLE — The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center have issued a call for vendors for its 52nd annual Antique, Craft and Flea Market, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8, in Village Park in Margaretville.

Spaces are available in the park and pavilion for merchandise ranging from antiques and collectibles to dollar store items. The fee per vendor is $40.

Contact Sue Adams at 845-586-1175 or randyadams52@catskill.net, Kathy Roberts at 845-586-1800, ext.3304, 607-326-4136, Kathryn.Roberts@hahv.org or kkroberts@catskill.net for more information and to reserve space.

A contract form and field layout is available for download at http://www.margaretvillehospitalauxiliary.com/flea-market.html. Checks should be made payable to the Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary. The registration deadline is May 15. All vendors are encouraged to mark their first three choices on the map enclosed with the contract.

Event proceeds will benefit Mountainside Residential Care Center.





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