Legion joint visitation planned 

On Friday, the Chenango County American Legion will host a joint visitation by the Legion’s top state level official state Commander Frank J. Peters, state Auxiliary President Diane H. Gerber, and state Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander Charles M. “Chuck” Depo.

During their one-year terms in office, the officials travel to all of New York’s 62 counties and visit each of the state’s five veterans’ homes as part of the annual visitation. Their purpose is to coordinate Legion activities and to see what is being done for veterans and their families.

During the visitation, Peters, Gerber and Depo are scheduled to tour the state Veterans’ Home in Oxford and have luncheon in their honor. Following that will be a visit to the Northeast Classic Car Museum at 24 Rexford St. At 6 p.m., Chenango County Commander Chris Thompson, and the Lt. Warren E. Eaton, DSC Post 189 members, will host a reception followed by a testimonial dinner, at 29 Sheldon St. Dinner tickets are $10 and are available at any American Legion Post in Chenango County or by contacting CCAL Treasurer P.J. Cobb at 843-6666.

Coffeehouse set for Saturday

On Saturday, the Mount Vision Coffeehouse Style event will feature Kathy Shimberg and Jeane Bennett-O’Dea. 

The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mount Vision United Methodist Church. Shimberg and Bennett-O’Dea have been playing music and singing for many years, including on their own, with each other, and with other groups, in many different settings. They will present a number of old-time songs, secular and faith-based, and fiddle tunes from various regional traditions and time periods. 

The host band, Going Home, will open for the featured performer and close with the jam. Those who want play music, tell stories, poems, testimonies or clean jokes, should sign up at the door.

 

Free Thanksgiving dinner planned

The Oxford and McDonough communities are invited to the 30th annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner, served from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 27. 

Since 1984, the Church Women United  of Oxford and St. Joseph’s Church have sponsored their Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Joseph’s Church, at 3 Scott St. 

The all homemade dinner will be sliced roast turkey, mashed potatoes, mashed squash, turkey gravy, bread stuffing, assorted quick breads and rolls, corn, coleslaw and cranberry sauce. For dessert, there will be a choice of apple or pumpkin pie.

For reservations and deliveries to shut-ins in the Oxford area, call one of the following by Monday: Sue Hubbard at 843-9635, Barb Lawton at 843-9329 or Joyce Ardron at 843-9747.

Free will donations will be accepted at the NBT Bank in Oxford.

Volunteers are needed to assist in serving and in the kitchen. For more information on volunteering contact Audrey Johnson at 843-6249.

 

Coats needed for giveaway

Winter coats and jackets of all sizes from infant through adults are needed.Children’s and larger adult sized coats are especially needed.

Eligible coats need to be clean and gently-used or new. Snowsuits/pants and accessories such as hats, mittens, scarves or gloves are also needed. So check your closets!

Those who wish to donate should bag, label and drop off items at the Berean Bible Church on Sunday or weekday mornings. Coats and accessories will be offered free to anyone in need from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 6 and 13.

Berean Bible Church is at 109 County Road 2 south of the village of Greene. For more information, coall Joy Coletta at 843-9209. 

  

Big Buddies sought in area

The Delaware Opportunities Big Buddy Program is seeking adult volunteers in Delaware and Otsego counties to mentor youths ages 5 to 14 years. Big and Little Buddies spend four to eight hours together each month in activities of mutual interest.

The program holds group events eight to 10 times per year where the Buddies participate in recreation, culture, education and community involvement. Previous events have included museum trips, attending plays, going to zoos, hiking, swimming, bowling and more.

For more information about the program or to volunteer, call Coordinator Will DeFreece at 746-1746, follow the program on the Delaware Opportunities Facebook page or email bigbuddy@delawareopportunities.org.

Center to have annual holiday auction

Richfield Springs Community Center is preparing for their seventh annual holiday auction, one of the group’s largest fundraisers of the year, which will be Dec. 6, at the center at 6 Ann St.

The evening will start at 5 p.m. with a dinner prepared by the resident chef and her community center volunteers. During dinner there is time for auction preview. The will begins at 6:30 p.m. with Sid Talma wielding the gavel. Along with the holiday items available, participants will have the opportunity to participate in some Guess-timate Games and vie for a few Mystery Boxes, which will also be on the auction block.

This event’s proceeds benefit the RSCC sponsored youth programs: P.L.A.Y. for kindergartners through fifth-graders, the Zone Program for seventh though 12th grades, and Community Night, which is held for youth and their families.

Community members may also contribute by making holiday crafts, pine wreaths, pottery, paintings, woodworking items, quilts, cookies, cakes, pies, etc. To donate, call the Center at (315) 858-3200. For more information, www.richfieldzone.org.

  

Therapy center seeks volunteers

Athelas Therapeutic Riding at 1179 County Highway 5 in Otego is seeking volunteers.

Volunteer applications are being accepted to fill a variety of tasks, including barn chores, working with horses, assisting with therapeutic riding lessons, special events, office duties, and serving on the board or on committees that focus on fundraising, publicity, and newsletter publication.

The group is now seeking individuals for the following:

Working with horses: Grooming and tacking horses that will be used for scheduled lessons. These are on-going opportunities with schedules on Monday through Friday between 3 and 6:30 p.m.

Assisting with therapy lessons as horse leaders and side walkers. These are also ongoing opportunities with schedules available Monday through Friday between 3 and 6:30 p.m. Horse Leader is responsible for guiding and controlling the horse during a therapy session. This person takes his or her directions from the instructor and may also be made aware of any immediate needs of the rider from the side walker. Side Walker is responsible for assisting the rider to maintain his or her balance during mounting, riding and dismounting. The side walker follows the direction of the instructor and as needed relays and reinforces those instructions to the rider. The instructor will guide the side walker as to the type of support or hold a rider may need according to the rider’s level of balance. Depending on the needs of a rider, up to three side walkers may be required.

Denna Brand is the volunteer contact. Call 285-5055 for more information.  Visit www.athelastherapeuticriding.org to download an application or call 783-2321 and to learn more.

 

Rotary Foundation raises funds for others

Funds raised from two summer events sponsored by the Cooperstown Rotary Foundation have enabled the foundation to provide support to projects locally and internationally.

Ellen Tillapaugh, CRF chairwoman, noted that the foundation raises funds to benefit others within the framework of the goals and ideals of Rotary International. The Lyn Edinger Memorial Golf Tournament and a new event this year, a Baseball Collectible Raffle,  enabled the foundation to provide a total of $3,400 locally to four local programs. The donations were made to CGP, as well as to the local Food Pantry to assist in their recent move to the first floor of their space in the Presbyterian Church. Also, funds are being awarded to two high school scholarships. At Edmeston Central School, the Michael Mayne Scholarship will receive funds, and at Cooperstown Central School a new scholarship is being established to honor Catherine Black, a past district governor of Rotary and a founder of CRF.

In addition, CRF was instrumental in the recent donation of $3,000 to the purchase and installation of water storage and purification units at the New Life School in Masaka, Uganda, East Africa.

Established in 2009, CRF is the 501(c)3 affiliate of the Cooperstown Rotary Club, and since its founding has provided over $10,000 in support of educational and humanitarian programs.

 

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