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Helios Care

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 12-06-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6

Celebrate Relocation & Re-Opening

REOPENING—10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join the Helios Care Thirft Shop and Boutique to celebrate their reopening at their new location. At this thrift shop 100% of the proceeds go to support local hospice families in their time of personal need. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 5626 State Highway 7, Price Chopper Plaza, Oneonta. (607) 432-6773 or visit facebook.com/helioscarehospice/

BE AN ANGEL – The community is invited to adopt a family and then find Christmas gifts for each of the children listed. Gifts are due unwrapped and without tags to either the office of The Freeman’s Journal at 21 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown, or at the Salvation Army Church at 25 River St. in Oneonta. Visit allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details

BLOOD DRIVE—Noon to 5 p.m. Save up to three lives with the American Red Cross. SUNY Oneonta. Register at redcrossblood.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 11-24-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

TURKEY TROT – 9 a.m. Start Thanksgiving day the right way. Do a 5K run or a 2K walk to prepare yourself for the holiday ahead. Proceeds support the patients and families cared for by Helios Care. Virtual option is available. Start at Oneonta Boys & Girls Club, 70 River Street, Oneonta. Visit Hospice5K.com for more information. Then have a wonderful rest of the holiday.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 11-20-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20

Autumn Concert ‘Diversions’ With
The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble

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AUTUMN CONCERT—3 p.m. The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble presents their Fall Concert. The theme is “Diversions” and will be conducted by Andrew Pease and Amy Hoxie. Free, open to the public. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Visit catskillwinds.com

BE AN ANGEL – The Angel Tree Program has returned. The community is invited to adopt a family and then find Christmas gifts for each of the children listed. Gifts are due unwrapped and without tags to either the office of The Freeman’s Journal at 21 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown, or at the Salvation Army Church at 25 River St. in Oneonta. Visit allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 11-15-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

Take A Fun Hike To Star Field

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COMMUNITY HIKE – 9:45 a.m. The community is invited for a group hike with the Susquehanna Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Please bring appropriate clothing, gear, and enough water to stay hydrated and be aware of your level of fitness. Contact hike leader for more information. This weeks hike will be at Star Field, Cooperstown, with hike leaders Jendy Murphy and Paul Wehren. (518) 605-5642 or visit susqadk.org

BLOOD DRIVE – Noon – 5 p.m. Save up to 3 lives with the American Red Cross. 101 C Alumni Hall, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta. Register at redcrossblood.org

BE AN ANGEL – The Angel Tree Program has returned. The community is invited to adopt a family and then find Christmas gifts for each of the children listed. Gifts are due unwrapped and without tags to either the office of The Freeman’s Journal at 21 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown, or at the Salvation Army Church at 25 River St. in Oneonta. Visit allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details

Helios Care Receives Excellus BCBS Community Health Award

Helios Care Receives Excellus
BCBS Community Health Award

Helios Care Board Director Connie Jastremski, Board of Directors Chair Jeffrey Woeppel, Excellus BCBS Regional President Eve Van de Wal and Helios Care President/CEO Dan Ayres gather for a Community Health Award presentation.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently awarded Helios Care a Community Health Award of $2,000 to support free bereavement counseling for the public. This program provides grief counseling services online and in person through support groups, individual counseling, camps for children, coping kits, and presentations to the public. Helios Care social workers have been providing free bereavement counseling for all residents of Delaware and Otsego counties since the onset of the pandemic and have seen a rise in demand for support groups. The funding provided will allow 12 additional support groups to be added to the program this year.

“Many traditional forms of grieving and commemorative activities of death, such as funerals and memorials, were stifled or stopped during the pandemic,” explained Kathryn Dailey, Helios Care director of development.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 09-13-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Share & Enjoy Creativity
With Local Writers

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WRITING GROUP – 6:30 p.m. Bring your notebooks, pens/pencils and be ready to share your writing in a supportive writing group. Springfield Library, 129 Co. Rd. 29A, Springfield. 315-858-5802 or visit libraries.4cls.org/springfield/

BLOOD DRIVE – 1 – 6 p.m. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org

BLOOD DRIVE – Noon – 5 p.m. Community Bible Chapel, 577 Greenough Rd., Cooperstown. 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org

This Week 09-01-22
Helios Care Receives $1,200 Donation

Helios Care Receives
$1,200 Donation

Holding the check are Dan Ayres, President and CEO of Helios; and Betty Slavinski, president of the motorcycle group Hudson Highlands Retreads

On Friday, August 19, Helios Care, the hospice and palliative care organization for Schoharie, Otsego, and Delaware Counties was pleased to accept a check for $1,200 from the Hudson Highlands Retread Motorcycle group. This very generous donation represented a year’s worth of fundraising efforts on Helios Care’s behalf.

Helios Care will use the money to continue providing bereavement services free to all residents throughout the 3 counties served. Call Helios Care for more information at 607-432-6773.

In Memoriam Jeanne S. B. Viek, 93 March 22, 1928 – January 22, 2022
In Memoriam

Jeanne S. B. Viek, 93

March 22, 1928 – January 22, 2022

Jeanne “Jeje” Stone Barrett Viek

COOPERSTOWN – Jeanne “Jeje” Stone Barrett Viek, 93, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Cooperstown on January 22, 2022. 

She was born on March 22, 1928 in Bryn Mawr, PA, the daughter of Albert Oliver and Lisbeth Beatrice (Stone) Barrett.  She grew up in Devon, PA.  Most weekends the family went to their farm on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland.

Jeje attended the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA, a private school for girls.  Those who know Jeje won’t be surprised to hear she was pushed ahead two grades, and she was also a bit of a mischief-maker (but never malicious)!  She attended Smith College where she majored in Science (and was well-known for her prowess at arm wrestling).  She was also on the All-Smith Crew team.  Jeje later went to West Chester State College (now University) to become a teacher.  She eventually earned two Master’s Degrees at West Chester – one in Science Education and one in Reading.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Stop and Smell the Wildflowers 05-18-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 18

Stop and Smell the Wildflowers

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WILDFLOWER WALK – 10 a.m. – Noon. Jean Miller Memorial Wildflower Walk returns this year, led by local plant expert and DOAS member Connie Tedesco. Participants should dress for the weather, bring water, binoculars, & insect repellent. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd. Laurens. 607-397-3815 or visit doas.us/calendar/

BLOOD DRIVE – 2 – 7 p.m. Donate through May 19 for chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps eight. Laurens Fire Department, 34 Main St., Laurens. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org

Community pays tribute to Bob Schlather

Community pays tribute
to Bob Schlather

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Last week, the community lost an exceptional friend in Bob Schlather. Those who attended the Mass at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown on Saturday were graciously asked upon entry if they were with a particular organization, to be shown where others from their group were seated. This spoke volumes about Bob, who was involved in a dizzying array of groups and causes encompassing healthcare, human services, education, arts, historical associations, Rotary — basically, anything established for the betterment of the community. And it was with compassion, dedication, gentleness and a legendary and comforting sense of humor that Bob jumped into his volunteer roles as advisor, advocate, contributor and leader. In her homily during the Mass, the Rev. Betsy Jay referred to Bob as “invincible;” he was always there to get things done, and he did so with understated deliberation.

The Glimmerglass Festival was incredibly fortunate to be a keystone cause of Bob’s. He and his wife, Karen, first became involved as volunteers and supporters in 1979, when the Opera was still in its infancy. By 1984 he was elected to the Board and during his nearly 40 years as a Trustee, Bob served as: Treasurer for seven, Vice President of Personnel for four, Vice President of Legal Affairs, Chairman of the Audit Committee, an At-Large member
of the Executive Committee, and importantly, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for an impressive six years — in tandem with Peter Duchin as his President, with whom he then swapped the Presidency and Chairmanship positions for a year.

Helios Care: Volunteer Appreciation

Helios Care salutes its volunteers

[Editor’s note: This week’s “News from the Noteworthy” comes from Tammy Christman, Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Services for Helios Care.]

April 17-23 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and organizations across the country are celebrating the wonderful works of volunteers. The value of hospice volunteers cannot be overstated. The desire to give time and talents freely, to those on the end-of-life journey, emanates from a heart of compassion and a spirit of giving.

Whether providing direct or indirect support, volunteers are an integral part of our team. Helios Care’s exceptional volunteers use their gifts and skills to help provide patients, caregivers, and families with the most peaceful and comfortable end-of-life experience possible. Our outstanding office and fundraising volunteers also work diligently behind the scenes to contribute towards this best possible care for patients and families.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Seniors Walking Group 03-28-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MARCH 28

Seniors Walking Group

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WALKING CLUB – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun walk on Mondays & Fridays with friends old and new and listen to music of the 70s. Free for members, non-members aged 50+. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 547-2800, ext. 109 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com

BLOOD DRIVE – 1 – 6 p.m. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org

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