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News from the Noteworthy: Bond Act Offers Many Possibilities for County

Representatives overseeing the New York State $4.2 billion Environmental Bond Act are asking the public to help determine how the funds will be used. Governor Kathy Hochul is hosting an educational listening tour around the state to gather project ideas that will exemplify funding priorities. Officials from Otsego Land Trust and the Otsego County Conservation Association attended a recent session in Albany and a subsequent virtual session to advocate for projects in our region and learn about the details of…

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Editorial: Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

Courtesy is defined by Merriam-Webster as “behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others; courteous behavior; a courteous and respectful act or expression,” and civility as “civilized conduct, especially courtesy, politeness.” As a news outlet which publishes in both hard copy and electronic formats, we strive to cover today’s issues with both courtesy and civility, and with respect. Respect for differing opinions, differing political views, differing lifestyles and differing religious beliefs. Variety, after all, is the spice of life.…

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 06-19-23

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 19 Walk Around Gilbert Lake With Otsego County Conservation Association GET THE KIDS OUT – 1-3 p.m. Join Otsego County Conservation Association for a fun walk with the kids around Gilbert Lake. Wander the forest, visit a beaver lodge, practice tree identification, and get to know the flora and fauna of Upstate New York. Registration required. Free, open to all. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Road, Laurens. (607) 547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/get-the-kids-out-gilbert-lake-state-park/…

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Wyant and Vogler: Crumhorn Property Should Be Protected

Letter from Amy Wyant & Donna Vogler Crumhorn Property Should Be Protected As a local conservation organization, the Otsego County Conservation Association supports the protection of the Crumhorn Lake property. This former scout camp is a prime candidate to forward state and local land conservation goals. We believe that using the New York State Environmental Bond Act to preserve this undeveloped land is paramount. The property includes 668 acres of forests and wetlands, direct frontage on Crumhorn Lake, 63 acres…

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OCCA To Hold Meet, Greet

OCCA To Hold Meet, Greet Conservationist of Year To Be Honored SPRINGFIELD The Otsego County Conservation Association will host its “Mohican Meet and Mingle” on Friday, June 9 from 6-9 p.m., adjacent to the historic Ellen Biddle Shipman Garden at Mohican Farm in Springfield. OCCA Executive Director Amy Wyant, board members, and staff will be on hand to talk informally about the organization’s projects and initiatives in areas such as clean energy, environmental education, planning, conservation and more. “We believe…

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 06-09-23

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JUNE 9 Mingle With Conservation Association MEET & MINGLE – 6-9 p.m. Join the Otsego County Conservation Association for a “Meet & Mingle” party featuring food, meaningful conversation on everything from clean energy to environmental planning, and the presentation of the Conservationist of the Year Award for 2023. Tickets, $25. Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. (607) 547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/mohican-meet-and-mingle/…

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 06-07-23

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 Chop Back Invasive Plants Then Enjoy Evening Refreshments CHOP & CHEESE—6-8 p.m. Get out your gloves, pruning shears, and a beverage of choice and chop back the invasive Japanese knotwood followed by light refreshments in the garden overlooking Otsego Lake. Bags, snacks and soft drinks provided. Registration required. Mohican Farms, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. (607) 547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/chop-cheese-4/ BLOOD DRIVE—10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Save up to three lives with the American Red Cross.…

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Volunteers Needed for Susquehanna River Cleanup

Volunteers Needed for Susquehanna River Cleanup COOPERSTOWN—Volunteers are needed for the sixth annual Susquehanna River cleanup in Cooperstown on Sunday, July 29. The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cleanup is organized by the Cooperstown Lions Club in partnership with the Rotary Club of Cooperstown, Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers, the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station Dive Team and Otsego County Conservation Association.  Volunteers are needed on—and in—the river, as well as onshore. Tasks include…

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Earth Fest Returns After Long Hiatus

Earth Fest Returns After Long Hiatus By DAN SULLIVANMILFORD Like so many events in our area, Earth Festival, an environmental event focused on recycling, conservation and sustainability, suspended its annual occurrence for several years due to the COVID emergency. Fortunately, the event sponsor, Otsego County Conservation Association, decided to hold Earth Festival for the first time since 2019. Held on Saturday, April 15 at its customary site, Milford Central School, the event drew a number of vendors and a spirited…