Harmonica band set performances

The First Baptist Church harmonica band,  Randy’s Harptones, has planned several performances for this month. 

Today, the group will play at 2:30 p.m. at A.O Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta. On Thursday, it will play at 2:30 p.m. at the Robynwood Adult Home on Walnut Street in Oneonta.

The final concert of sacred music at the church on Chestnut Street in Oneonta will be at 6 p.m Monday, Sept. 22.

The group will also play at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Robinson Terrace in Stamford.

The nine-member band uses a variety of of harmonicas and a  range of music styles from bluegrass, folk, religious or sacred hymns and patriotic selections with some audience participation. For information, call the Rev. Randy Palada at 783-2044 or Terri Beers at 988-0081.


Rail historian to speak at meeting

The Otsego County Historical Association will host local author and historian Jim Loudon as its guest speaker at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick.

Loudon graduated from the State University College at Oneonta in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in liberal Arts, majoring in history and art. In the early 1980s, he became focused on railroads, primarily as a result of the controversy over the fate of the Little Red Caboose in Neahwa Park. In 1982, the caboose, which was the site where the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen was founded, was in danger of leaving Oneonta.  Hoping to prevent this from happening, Loudon organized the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society in September 1982. 

In 1993, he published “The Oneonta Roundhouse,” which tells the story of the largest building of its kind ever to be built. His second book, “Leatherstocking Rails,” is a comprehensive history of all the railroads that served the Upper Susquehanna region.  

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 847-8513.


Free soup suppers to be served

Free soup suppers will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the First United Methodist Church at 101 North St. in Walton. The church is handicapped accessible.

For more information, call 865-5765.

Announcements will be made for the rare occasions when there will not be a supper, such as Thanksgiving Day.


Grange to meet Friday in Hartwick

The Hinman Hollow Grange held Hinman Hollow Day  on Aug. 10 with 40 guests for a covered-dish lunch.

The Grange manned a fair booth at the Otsego County Fair also in August, with two members singing.

At the Aug. 14 meeting, the Grange elected the following officers: Dorothy Lagesse, Master; Louis Lauria, Overseer; Susie Conklin, Lecturer; Doris Powers, Steward; Caren Kelsey, Assistant Steward; Rocky Lauria, Chaplain; Ester Hughes, Treasurer; Jean Barry, Secretary; Rocky Lauria, Gatekeeper.

The next meeting will be Friday at the Grange on County Highway 45 in Hartwick. Participants will get ready for the harvest festival on Saturday. Members should bring baked goods for the festival.


Women educators to meet Saturday

Rho sisters of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society for women educators, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Little Red School House Community Center on county Highway 11, between West Oneonta and Laurens, and for a re-organizational meeting.

Members will meet in committees to plot goals and activities for the rest of the year. Committees under consideration are: Communications, Finance,  Legislative, Sunshine, Scholarship, Membership,  Nominating, and By Laws and Standing Rules.

Interested fellow educators are welcome to attend.


Fall hours start at farmers market 

Cooperstown Farmers’ Market has switched to its fall hours, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday. 

Local produce, beef, veal, pork, lamb, goat, venison. chicken, turkey, duck, eggs, cheese, preserves, tea, honey, syrup, charcuterie, baked goods, desserts and fiber arts will be among items available.  The building is at 101 Main St. in Pioneer Alley in Cooperstown. For more information, visit www.CooperstownFarmersMarket.org.

Picnic to mark season change

The Greater Maywood Rural Community Services Inc. will hod its annual picnic, “Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall” on Saturday outside at the School House.

The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m., Jim Dorn will sing original songs and play guitar and accordion. Food will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The menu will include hot dogs on a bun, potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, corn on the cob, cupcakes, cookies, coffee, iced tea and punch.  There will be a bonfire with toasted marshmallows after the meal.

Those who attend should bring their own seating.

Admission is $5. Children 5 and younger admitted free.


Arena, reservoir to be topic of talk

An illustrated talk on the construction of the Pepacton Reservoir and its impact on displaced communities, particularly Arena, will be presented at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown at 778 Cemetery Road in Margaretville.

Admission is $2 for HSM members or $4 for nonmembers. More information on the Historical Society and on Middletown’s history can be found at www.mtownhistory.org.

Diane Galusha, author of “Liquid Assets, A History of New York City’s Water System,” will deliver the program titled “Remembering Arena: 60 Years Gone.” She will explain the City’s 20th-century search for reliable sources of water, the damming of the East Branch of the Delaware River to create the largest reservoir in the city’s supply, and the repercussions to 1,000 people in four communities who were forced to leave their homes, farms and businesses.

Special focus will be given to the Arena in the Town of Middletown. Photos of most of the buildings in the hamlet, many taken by Catskill Mountain News photographer Al Weiss, will be shown. Other communities claimed for the 21-mile-long reservoir were Shavertown and Union Grove in the Town of Andes, and Pepacton in the town of Colchester. Those with photos and/or memories of these communities, or of reservoir construction, may share them.

The speaker is president of HSM, a former journalist and editor of the Catskill Mountain News, and an employee of Catskill Watershed Corp.


Season’s first dance to be Friday

The Doubleday Dancers Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown will hold its first dance of the season from from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Cooperstown Elementary School on Walnut St. Ray Taylor will call mainstream and plus dances and Elma Taylor will cue.

Admission is $5 per person, payable at the door. For more information, call 264-8128 or 547-8665.


Writers’ Evening  set for Monday

Roxbury Arts Group’s monthly Writers’ Evening will be held in the Stamford Village Library at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month. In its sixth year, the event is open to everyone and focuses on hearing writers works in progress followed by a moderated feedback chat. Writer spots are limited each evening and tend to fill quickly. Writers interested in having a spot are asked to contact Maggie Cullen at mcullen@roxburyartsgroup.org or 326-7908.  

The Stamford Village Library is at 117 Main St. in Stamford. There are a few spots open. Already already on the roster to read their works are: John Randolph Jones, Melody DeGregorio, Diane Ducey and Ginny Mahoney.


Contests planned at Autumn Fest

The Unadilla Rotary Club will presenting the fifth annual Unadilla Autumn Fest on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 am to 3 pm on the Unadilla Community Field.

Autumn Fest visitors will be able to compete in the annual Rotary Chili Contest and the Autumn Fest Scarecrow Contest.

The Chili Contest will, again, include an official judging and a people’s choice judging where the public will be able to taste the entries for $5 and vote for their favorite. Prizes include $40 for the official winner and $30 for the people’s choice selection. Contest entries are $10 if received by Wednesday, Sept. 17, oror $20 on the day of the event and include two tasting vouchers. Chili must be dropped off by 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event to be officially judged.

More information is available on the Unadilla Rotary website, www.unadillarotary.org, or by emailing rik@unadillarotary.org.

The Scarecrow Contest will be in three categories: Individual/Families, Non-Profit Organizations/Schools, and Business. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place and the overall Best in Show will receive a certificate. Entries should be family friendly and must be dropped off on the Community Field no later than 10 a.m.. Judging will take place at 2 pm. The Scarecrow Contest entry form is available on the Unadilla Rotary website. For more information, call Linda Bickos at 369-2614.


Spots available in golf tournament

Space is still available to play in Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County’s 18-hole Captain and Crew Golf Tournament at the Delhi College Golf Course at 9 a.m. Friday. Registration is $60 per person. Lunch, cart, greens fee and men’s and women’s prizes are included in the individual package. For a brochure, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County at 865-6531 or visit ccedelaware.org.


Reservations needed for dinner 

Middlefield Baptist Church will hold an autumn roast pork dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26. There will be only one seating. Donations will be accepted. For more information and reservations, which are required before Sept. 22, call Dorothy at 547-9093 or Sue at 264-8042. Takeouts will be available, and require a reservation. Takeouts will be ready for pickup at 5:45 p.m.


Catskills quilts to be on display

The Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame will present the 17th quilt show featuring outstanding quilters from all five counties in the Catskill Mountains  — Delaware, Schoharie, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster.

This year’s theme, “Let’s Celebrate Quilting,” will be interpreted in traditional and art quilts that will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28, at the Roxbury Arts Center at 5025 Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury.

For more information, call Frances Archibald at 287-0773 or email frances.archibald@gmail.com.

There is an admission charge of $4.


Walton church to host rummage sale

The First United Methodist Church at 101 North St. in Walton is planning a fall rummage sale.

The sale will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. No early birds will be admitted. Tt will continue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, with reduced prices. From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27, there will be a two for $1 bag sale.

Donations are being accepted at the church. Clean clothing, in good condition, and other merchandise can be brought to the parsonage side entrance Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call 865-5765.


Salvation Army to offer trip

The Salvation Army will sponsor a trip on Monday, Oct. 6, to the Spaghetti Warehouse in Syracuse for lunch and then to the Merry Go Round Playhouse to see “Church Basement Ladies — Last Potluck Supper.”

For more information, call Sharon at 432-5960.


Event raises $15K for scholarship

Hartwick College student Liam Brown and Paul Landers (Flight A), and Michele Couperthwait of Edmeston, and Paul Stern of Utica, (Flight B), were the winning teams at the fifth annual Chobani Tennis Classic held Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Cooperstown Country Club in Cooperstown.

The tournament, which runs with the annual Pro-Am portion of the Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open golf tournament, is a benefit organized by the Pathfinder Village Foundation to raise money for the scholarship endowment. This year’s tournament raised $15,000, which will assist residents at the planned community in Edmeston for people who live with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

The tournament had 28 players, who competed in a round robin format in A and B flights. It was organized by a committee led by co-chairs Bob and Pat Hanft of Cooperstown. Runners-up for Flight A were Jon Hansen and Stan Rabbiner, both of Oneonta; runners-up for Flight B were Maryann Dietz of Cooperstown and Doug Walters of Clinton.

Brown, a member of the Hartwick College Men’s Varsity Tennis Team from Suffield, Conn., and Landers, the chief executive officer of Pathfinder Village, won the finals match in three sets, 7-5, 7-6, 7-2; Couperthwait, representing NYCM Insurance of Edmeston, and Stern, the director of Residential/Clinical Services at Pathfinder Village, won their finals match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.  

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