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Need a wreath for the holidays?
The Cooperstown Art Association holds its “Adorn-a-Door Wreath Festival” on Saturday, November 27, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., in the upstairs ballroom gallery in Cooperstown’s Village Hall at 22 Main Street.

The festival features some 100 wreaths available for silent auction, donated by area artists, craftspeople, and businesses. Bidders can drop by throughout the day to make sure they’re still the highest bidder on the wreath or wreaths of their choice. And at 4 p.m., the Association draws the winning ticket in its “Dinner’s on Us” raffle; the prize is a week’s worth of gift certificates valued at $400 for use at local restaurants.

All proceeds from Adorn-a-Door help support the Cooperstown Art Association and its scholarship fund for area high school seniors.

Helios ‘Tree’ ceremony Sunday
Helios Care hosts its annual Tree of Lights ceremony at 297 River Street Service Road in Oneonta on Sunday, November 12, at 2 p.m. The event offers the chance to remember loved ones with readings, remarks, music, and the purchase of a personalized ornament to be placed on the tree. The Tree of Lights remains lit with ornaments added throughout the holiday season. Similar events take place in Delhi and Cobleskill. The not-for-profit Helios Care provides support for children and adults faced with a life-limiting illness, as well as their caregivers and families. Visit or call 607-432-6773 for information on how to purchase an ornament.

Donations get Scriven match
The Scriven Foundation will match donations made to the Cooperstown Food Pantry now through December 31, 2021, up to $7,500 — leading to a potential $15,000 raised to benefit those facing food insecurity in northern Otsego County.

“We are grateful to the Scriven Foundation for doubling the impact of our community’s generosity during this holiday season,” said Mary Kate Kenney, executive director of the Food Pantry. “We are able to purchase about $10 worth of food for every dollar we spend as a member of the Regional Food Bank in Latham.”

The Food Pantry served an average of 152 households and 556 people per month in 2020.
Support the Pantry by donating online via PayPal at, or mail a check to the Cooperstown Food Pantry at 25 Church Street, Cooperstown, New York, 13326. For more information, visit or its Facebook page at

It snowed, but leaf pickup is on
This week’s dollop of snow covered up the piles of leaves Cooperstown residents have raked curbside, but the village’s Department of Public Works is still out there for leaf pickup.

Village Clerk Jenna Utter’s “Village Voices” newsletter reminds residents to not blow or rake leaves into the streets. Place the leaves loose between the curb and sidewalk, away from trees, poles, and fire hydrants, and don’t use plastic or paper bags as the village picks up the leaves using its truck vacuum.
Residents also can take green waste at any time to the Village Street Garage on Linden Avenue.
Direct questions to Mitch Hotaling, DPW Superintendent, at 607-547-2411.

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