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Infant Fair at Brookwood School This Weekend!

September 28, 2011

See attached pdf flyer for full details!

Infant Fair Flyer.pdf

Big Squeeze this weekend! New Facebook contest!

September 28, 2011
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Dear Cooperstown Chamber,
Your Flavorful Rewards Point Balance is 847. Our current program reward period will run from September 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011. During this time members who accrue 3000 points will be mailed a $25 gift card! Unused points roll-over from each program period and you gain points with each purchase at the Mill, Snack Barn or even at the On-Line Store. Click here for more details on our Flavorful Rewards Program or to sign up.

Film, Theatre, Literature… The Smithy Covers All the Bases This Week!

September 28, 2011


I can hardly believe how quickly the summer season flew by! From exhibits to concerts to theatre to storytelling to film to classes, there was truly never a day that wasn’t a flurry of activity and excitement. Thank you to all who participated– every filled seat is a vote for more wonderful programs! The gallery closes on Sunday with a member artist only reception at 4, but the pace doesn’t slow down a bit. Read on to learn about everything we have scheduled for this week.

Congratulations to Susan O’Handley and the wonderful staff and volunteers from the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce- PumpkinFest was a genuine success this past weekend!


Danielle Newell
Executive Director

The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, Inc.
Under Our Feet Documentary Film Series
split estateLaunches Wednesday with Split Estate

This new film series at The Smithy features films on current envioronmental justice issues. First up is Split Estate, directed by Debra Anderson and narrated by Ali MacGraw. This compelling Emmy Award winning documentary shows the dirty side of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas, an energy source the industry touts as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Split Estate cracks the sugarcoating and poignantly drives home the need for real alternatives. Refreshments served. Free By Donation.


Discussion & Book-Signing with Local Author

Lona Smith
Author Lona Smith

Author of Dynamite Mike McGee, Lona Smith, joins us Saturday, Oct 1st at 3 PM

Dynamite Mike McGee is the inspirational biography of the author’s cousin, Mike McGee, a man who overcame physical and societal challenges to make a life for himself, not once, but twice.

Lona Smith spent many years in scientific research in microbiology and molecular biology. It was in 1970, while working at UCLA and taking creative writing under Robert Kirsch– book review editor for the Los Angeles Times for 25 years– that her love of writing began. In her novel Morning Walk, Smith uses her experiences to address ethnic, economic, social, and moral issues in our lives. Her biography, Dynamite Mike, won first place in the unpublished biography category at the 2009 Florida Writer’s Conference, and her novel, The Promise, is a finalist in the unpublished mainstream fiction category, 2011. More recently she has three short stories: The Ice Cream Cone, Finding My Father, and Samaritan Girl, in the 2010 Anthology, Slice of Life, published by the Florida Writer’s Association.

Lona Smith will discuss her work as well as the writing and publishing process. Wonderful for writers looking to break into the field. Refreshments served. Free.

NOTE: Writer’s Circle is normally held Sundays at 4. This week only, it will be held after this event.

Catskill Poetry Theatre Performs Sunday at 2 PM
waterOne Wild & Precious Life
scripted and directed by Susan Melchior.

Water is essential, and these poems drive that point home with clarity and humor.

Featuring: Scottie Baker, Susan Melchior, Mary-Jo Merk, Joanne Telfer, and a few special new additions to the show… men! You’ll have to join us to find out who will be gracing the stage with these fabulously talented, wonderful women.
Finger foods and wine will be served. Free by donation.

The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, Inc.
55 Pioneer Street
Cooperstown, New York 13326

*Please note: our voicemail has not been working since the hurricane and we are still waiting to have it fixed. If you wish to call, please do so during regular business hours. Tuesday- Sunday 12-7 pm. Thank you!


Combined Efforts Ensure Continued Success of Household Hazardous Waste Day Collection

September 27, 2011

Combined Efforts Ensure Continued Success of Household Hazardous Waste Day Collection

By Martha Clarvoe, Special Projects Manager

Otsego County Conservation Association

The Household Hazardous Waste Day collection on Saturday, September 17 marked the 14th anniversary of this very successful annual event. Household Hazardous Waste Day is run by the Otsego County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling under the supervision of Planning Department Director Terry Bliss, with assistance from his wonderful staff: Karen Sullivan, senior planner; Psalm Wyckoff, planner; Meghan Lottridge, secretary; and Jody Taylor, director of weights and measures.

As always, everything went off without a hitch. The process of checking in, proceeding through the line, dropping off automobile batteries, spent propane tanks, pharmaceuticals for disposal, chemicals, compact and long outdated fluorescent tubes, and hundreds of gallons of latex paint for recycling took approximately five minutes per vehicle and driver. (Please note: Electronic items are now accepted at both MOSA transfer stations at no charge.)

According to the early totals, 1,045 gallons of latex paint were collected for reuse. This paint will now be reprocessed by Golden Artist Colors, Inc. and given away in the near future through the Otsego County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling. Also collected were 990 gallons of flammable liquids, 935 gallons of pesticide liquids, 220 gallons of corrosive base liquids, 330 gallons of antifreeze, and four pallets of compact fluorescent and fluorescent bulbs.

Rich McCaffery, who has volunteered for this event every year since its inception, said, “This is such a rewarding endeavor as a volunteer. So many residents are truly appreciative of this opportunity and take the time to say so as they exit. They comment on the efficiency and how easy and painless the process is, and can’t express enough appreciation for jobs well executed.”

Since 1998, OCCA has helped recruit volunteers for Household Hazardous Waste Day. Many of these volunteers have participated in 10 or more of these collections, selflessly giving up from 3-1/2 to 7-1/2 hours of their precious Saturdays. We are very grateful for the invaluable help these dedicated volunteers provide. Without their assistance, the wait would be much longer and the process not nearly as seamless.

OCCA wishes to thank Terry Bliss and his staff for a job well done, and extends our thanks also to all those who helped out this year – Wendy Burton, Andrée Conklin, Deb Dalton, Sandy deRosa, Jean Finch, Maria Graham, Paula Greene, Cindy Hill, Jim Hill, Dottie Hudson, Dick Kelly, Jim Kidd, David LaDuke, Stephen Lopilato, Ed Lentz, Vicky Lentz, Carol Malz, Herb Marx, Rich McCaffery, Paul Mendelsohn, Jeff O’Handley, Nancy Potter, Bill Ralston, Linda Rowinski, John Saphier, and Lynn Wassel.

And with assistance from Linda Drake of SUNY-Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community, OCCA was also fortunate to enlist the help of Oneonta Job Corps volunteers. Thanks also to Giovanny Ayala, Alex Cokely, Christopher Dodd, Kareem Garcia, Gabrielle Jammel, Corey Miller, Krystyl Pantoja, Germayne Session, and Scott Stanton.

If you would like to receive information about volunteering at the Household Hazardous Waste Day collection next year, please contact me at martha.clarvoe. Many hands lighten the load!

Otsego County’s oldest environmental conservation association, OCCA is a private, non-profit environmental membership organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, call (607) 547-4488 or visit

Cutline for Bill Ralston’s picture: Bill Ralston, faithful OCCA volunteer, wears a T-shirt created by Teresa Winchester in 2000.

Cutline for Stephen Lopilato’s picture: Stephen Lopilato heard of this event while he was in town visiting family. He made the T-shirt the night before.

CiderFest – Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard

September 27, 2011

Annual Cider Festival Columbus Day Weekend in Fly Creek

Old-fashioned cider making a tradition at Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard near Cooperstown

Fly Creeker Bob Solarchik demonstrates a 1898 Improved Triumph Commercial Parer from the Boutell Mfg. Co. of Rochester, NY

Quote startI will show visitors how we still make cider as it was produced back in 1889. Our water-turbine is used to power the traditional rack-and-cloth press method for making our famous sweet cider, says Chris Molloy lead cider-makerQuote end

Fly Creek, NY (PRWEB) September 27, 2011

The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard will hold its annual CiderFest on October 8 & 9 from 10:00 until 4:00. The weekend features the Mill doing what it does best, making fresh, sweet cider the old-fashioned way on its 1889 water-powered cider press. Pressing demonstrations will be performed by Chris Molloy.

“I will show visitors how we still make cider as it was produced back in 1889. Our water-turbine is used to power the traditional rack-and-cloth press method for making our famous sweet cider,” says Chris.

Outside the Mill the CiderFest offers demonstrations of its large collection of hand-operated presses dating back to the mid-1850’s. These presses once were a necessity on every farm before commercial mills like the Fly Creek Cider Mill were established. The hand presses allowed the pioneering farmers to make cider that was fermented for later consumption or turned into vinegar for preserving the vegetable harvest by pickling. Families are encouraged to participate in operating the presses for the fun of it.

Returning this year is the International Society of Apple Parer Enthusiasts (IAPES) who will display apple peeling equipment ranging from home peelers to commercial slicers. The Mill’s present day founder, Charlie Michaels will lead the IAPES team by showing his collection of over 100 peelers, restored commercial slicers and a Telegraph hand operated cider press.

Inside the Mill visitors may sample fresh apples, cider, and more than 40 different specialty foods including extra-sharp cheddar cheese, sweet butter-cream fudge, apple and corn salsas plus many wines and hard ciders from the Mill’s Farm Winery.

Sunday will feature a performance by lyricist and impressionist, Ody B. Goldy, who will entertain visitors with his humorous tributes to well-known performers. Name the song and writer and win some fresh cider. There is no admission charge and parking is free.

The Fly Creek Cider Mill is located just three miles from the Village of Cooperstown and is open everyday 9:00 until 6:00. For more information on this and other events at the Fly Creek Cider Mill visit their website at

Leatherstocking Region FCU Announces Chili Cook-off For Charity Winners

September 27, 2011

Leatherstocking Region FCU Announces Chili Cook-off For Charity Winners

In conjunction with their Fall Loan Sale, Leatherstocking Region FCU held a Chili Cook-off For Charity on Saturday, September 17 in their parking lot at 24 Glen Avenue, Cooperstown. The $2.00 tasting fee was donated to the Cooperstown/Northern Otsego County Relay For Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society and directly benefited the Credit Union’s team–LSR FCU Banking On A Cure.

The contest was judged by Executive Chef Michael from The Otesaga Hotel. The winning entries were selected on the merit of best tasting. The top three winners and their monetary prizes were: 1st Prize: Bassett Food Service ($100) who donated the prize back splitting it between Relay For Life and Friends of Bassett; 2nd Prize: Doubleday Cafe ($75); 3rd Prize: Credit Union member Paula Carius ($50).

The Credit Union thanks all who entered the contest and those who stopped by to taste the chili.

Chamber of Commerce e-blast for Sept. 29.doc

The Delaney Brothers to present bluegrass concert in Canajoharie

September 27, 2011

The Delaney Brothers to present bluegrass concert in Canajoharie

On Saturday, October 1 at 7:00, the Delaney Brothers will present a bluegrass concert at the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library, 2 Erie Blvd. in Canajoharie. The performance, a part of the Canajoharie Concert Series, is funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Delaney Brothers Bluegrass is a Central New York-based contemporary bluegrass band that has entertained bluegrass audiences throughout the Northeastern United States at various bluegrass festivals and concert dates for over 20 years.

Formed in the summer of 1981, brothers Ray and John Delaney saw the need for a fresh local Central New York bluegrass group to promote the "New Traditionalism" of bluegrass music through professional appearance, tight vocals, and new and different instrumental arrangements. Ray (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and John (mandolin, guitar, vocals) are joined by Nick Piccininni (banjo, mandolin, dobro, vocals), and Jonathan Delaney (upright bass, vocals).

Since its inception, the band has seen a lot of success on the bluegrass circuit, not the least of which was being invited to be a Showcase Band at the 2001 Annual IBMA Convention in Louisville, KY. They have shared the stage with Dr. Ralph Stanley, The Seldom Scene, Alison Krauss, The Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson, and the "Father of Bluegrass" himself, Bill Monroe.

Tickets for the performance in Canajoharie, which are $7.00 for adults and $3.50 for children 10 – 17 by advance sale, are available by calling the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie at (518)673-2314. Tickets at the door will be $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children.