Group to host talk focused on elder law

WEST WINFIELD — The Greater Winfield Historical Society will sponsor a program on elder law at  p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the West Winfield Library.

Lawyers Lee P. Armstrong and Ryan Coutlee will eplain options of wills, estate planning and more at the library at 179 South St. in West Winfield. The public is welcome to the free talk.

Fall contradance season to begin

COOPERSTOWN — Otsego Dance Society will begin its fall season with a contradance on Friday, Sept. 6, at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. Music will be provided by the band Balter and Mary Collins will be the caller.

According to a media release, band members are Peter Blue who plays accordion, nyckelharpa, and percussion, guitarist Carol Mandigo, Tom Wetmore on bass, and fiddler Tom White who also plays mandolin and whistle. The band was formed by Blue, who says the name means “to dance without particular skill or grace but with extreme joy.”

Collins has been an active dancer, organizer and caller in the Buffalo area for more than 20 years.

Contradancing is described as a lively style of dance done to live music. All ages are welcome. No dance partner or experience is needed. The caller walks everyone through each dance. Newcomers who arrive at 7:15, will have a short introduction to some basic steps. The dance will begins at 7:30 and continues until 10:30 p.m., with a short break for refreshments.

The suggested donation is $8 for adults, $4 for students and teenagers and free for children 12 and younger, with a maximum of $20 per family.

The Presbyterian Church is on the corner of Pioneer and Elm streets.

Call 607-965-8232, 607-547-8164, or visit for more information.

Wild Saturday talk to feature ginseng

ROXBURY — American ginseng will be the topic of a talk at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, during the Wild Saturday event at Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury.  

“American Ginseng: Historical Roots” will be the topic of Anna Plattner’s presentation, which will be followed by the annual membership meeting of John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge at 2 p.m. 

American ginseng is a small, native plant that grows in the deep woods of the Catskills. Plattner, of American Ginseng Pharm, will talk about the history of the plant, from its home in area  forests to the early trade of the 18th century and, ultimately, to its cultivation today.

 The free event will take place at Woodchuck Lodge at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road in Roxbury. For more information or images visit

The Wild Saturday program, takes place at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, where a guest speaker gives a talk on the, natural world, providing local fun and interest at Woodchuck Lodge, John Burroughs’ former home in Roxbury.

On the first weekend of every month, May until October, Woodchuck Lodge is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with docents to guide visitors. The final weekend of the season will be Oct. 5 and 6.

At the annual meeting, trustees and officers will elected or re-elected to their positions.

Club to hear about SQSPCA project 

WORCESTER — The Worcester Woman’s Club will have its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in the club rooms at 168 Main St. in Worcester. Guest speaker will be Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA.

The meeting will be open to the public. There will be refreshments and a business meeting following Haynes’ talk about the building project. Those who attend are asked to bring an item of dog or cat food to donate.Visit for a full list of needed items. 

ODY named 2018-19 School of Distinction

VAN HORNESVILLE — Owen D. Young Central School District has been named a School of Distinction for the 2018-19 school year by College for Every Student Brilliant Pathways, according to a media release from the school.

“Achievement of School of Distinction status is testimony that Owen D. Young not only developed and executed an exemplary plan for its CFES Scholars, but also involved the entire school in the CFES core practices of mentoring, essential skills and pathways to college and careers,” Tara Smith, vice president of programs at CFES Brilliant Pathways, said in a the release.

“The official name of the organization, CFES Brilliant Pathways, speaks to the fact that there are many paths for students to choose from after high school,” Guidance Counselor Alicia Soper said in the release. “Whether a student plans to go to college or trade school, military or workforce these students benefit from learning the essential skills outlined as part of CFES core practices.”

“Peer mentoring will kick off again in early October,” she added, “and interested students will have the opportunity to attend a day long peer mentor training event, typically held at SUNY Oneonta. We are looking forward to another great year with our students, and with CFES Brilliant Pathways as our partner.”

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