HARTWICK – Dorothy “Dot” M. McLean, 81, of Hartwick, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, October 14, 2022 in Cooperstown, NY.
Dot was born January 26, 1941 in Hobart, NY, the second daughter of the late Leslie and Mary Jane (Whispell) Kelsey.
Dot married Arnold “Cork” McLean on September 20, 1958, and together they raised their children in the Hartwick area. She was a great supporter of all family activities and never missed the annual McLean Family Reunion or an opportunity to square dance with Cork and friends. She loved taking photos and was considered the family photographer, if you were looking for a captured moment go to one of her many photo albums. She was a lover of country music, spent hours watching the hummingbirds from her kitchen window and never passed a covered bridge without taking a photo. She could be found supporting area craft shows over the years and also enjoyed volunteering at the SPCA Thrift Shop on Friday mornings, where she made many new friends.
In partnership with Five Star Subaru and Subaru of America, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be offering half-price adoptions this month and adoption fees for shelter animals with special needs will be waived entirely.
During the month of October, the Subaru Loves Pets initiative showcases Subaru’s belief that all animals deserve a loving home and reinforces their commitment to support the health, rescue, transport, and adoption of shelter animals. This year, the SQSPCA will receive $100 for every pet adopted during the sale, up to $3,100.
“This is a fantastic program coming again at a time when it is most needed,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “Last fall’s event focused on cats and kittens only, but this year we are including dogs in the half-price sale.”
CONCERT – 5 p.m. The Cooperstown Concert Series presents ‘HEART: A Jazz Ensemble’ featuring the warm, brilliant tones of Melissa Stylianou, Godwin Louis, Chris Dingman and Ike Sturm in an enveloping and powerful quartet. Tickets, $20. Origins Cafe, 558 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. Visit cooperstownconcertseries.org/heart-september-18-2022/
Legislators and representatives of animal care organizations throughout the region gathered at the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) on Wednesday, August 17 to collectively urge New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to sign the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill.
SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes spearheaded the effort, which brought together members of the New York State Animal Protection Federation (NYSAPF), the national ASPCA, state and local officials, and shelter workers in support of the bill, which — if signed into law — would ban the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in New York’s pet stores.
DOG SHOW – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring the entire family out for a fun day with the dogs. Register to show off your four-legged friend in classes ranging from smallest to biggest to best costume and more. There will also be vendors, food truck, children’s activities, and more for the two-legged family members. Entry fee, $15 includes a bandanna & registration for 1 class. Susquehanna SPCA, 5082-5088 St. Hwy. 28, Cooperstown. 607-547 8111 or visit www.sqspca.org/ultimutt-dog-show/
Thanks to a grant from the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, Otsego County’s only farm animal rescue program is poised to take things to the next level.
The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) Farm Friends Program began as an offshoot of the Otsego County Animal Cruelty Task Force, an ongoing partnership between the SQSPCA, the Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, and local veterinarians since 2019.
The SQSPCA hosts an animal cruelty hotline, assists with cruelty investigations, and houses and/or finds temporary housing for animals that have been seized from cruelty situations.
The Farm Friends Program and its “Here To Help Hotline” were established in January of 2021 to prevent hardship from escalating to cruelty.
“After two years of patchwork solutions to address an ever-increasing number of situations involving farm animals, we began to analyze our farm animal cruelty data to develop a more proactive approach. It became clear that we — the SQSPCA — are receiving these cruelty calls because there are simply no farm animal rescue or farm relief organizations in this rural and low-income region,” explained SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXCURSION – 6 – 7 a.m. Enjoy early morning walk and photo lesson all about how to photograph Otsego lake at sunrise. Presented by staff member Kevin Gray providing tips on composition, light & shadow, techniques and more. Cost, $17/non-member. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
GRAND OPENING – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Celebrate the opening of the Susquehanna SPCA’s new complex with ribbon cutting (10:45 a.m.) and an open house. Come explore the new facility, meet some cute animals (maybe take one home?) and more. Registration encouraged. Susquehanna SPCA, 5082-5088 St. Hwy. 28, Cooperstown. 607-547-8111 or visit sqspca.org/sqspca-ribbon-cutting-open-house-set-for-july-17/
CIRCUS – 5 & 8 p.m. Come one, Come all for fun evening at the Circus sponsored by the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Seating limited, please bring your own lawn chair. Free, open to public. Cooperstown Center, Phoenix Mills Rd., Cooperstown. 607-544-2600.
The Susquehanna SPCA is having a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, July 17, in order to celebrate the completion of its animal shelter and campus.
The ribbon-cutting will be followed by an open house until 4 p.m.
The new shelter is at 5082-5088 State Route 28, just south of Cooperstown.
Cooperstown Center to host circus shows
There will be a free circus on Friday, July 16, at the Cooperstown Center and Centers Home Care on Phoenix Mills Road in the town of Otsego.
There will be two performances, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. There will be food vendors on site.
Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Seating is limited. Call 607-544-2600 for more information.
JUNETEENTH – 3 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the 2nd annual Juneteenth, the celebration of the emancipation of the last enslaved people in the US, with food, live music, and art from a variety of local artists and authors. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. www.juneteenthoneonta.com
Run to support the Susquehanna SPCA. This year the shelter is partnering with three local breweries to raise funds for animals in need. The 0.5K Fun Run is a kid-friendly event beginning at 8:30 a.m., the 5K at 9:15, and the 10K at 9. There will also be a pet parade with prizes. Cost is $10 for ages 13+ in the 0.5K, $30 for adults in the 5K and 10K. Age-appropriate drinks will be provided to the runners. Winners will have an adoption sponsored in their names. Starts at Brewery Ommegang, 656 Co. Hwy. 33, near Cooperstown, on Saturday, June 19. Call 607-547-8111 or visit sqspca.org/fetching-brews-run-walk/.
Celebrate the liberation of the last enslaved people in the U.S. this Juneteenth. Live music, free food, art from local artists, speeches, and more. 3 p.m. Neahwa park, Oneonta. Saturday, June 19. Visit stayhappening.com/e/juneteenth-E2ISTOP8XG7.
Hang out at Fire Pit Friday with friends and enjoy The Beadle Brothers live performance of modern country music, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Brewery Ommegang, 656 county Route 33, near Cooperstown. Friday, June 18. Call 607-544-1800 or visit www.ommegang.com/concerts-events/.
Get the teens out of the house for fun game of Fizzball with the Teen Center and Otsego Pride Alliance. Bring a garbage-bag smock, goggles and get ready to have some fun. New players are welcome. At 7 p.m., Friday, June 18. Meet at The Skatehouse, Neahwa Park in Oneonta. Call 607-441-3999 or visit www.facebook.com/oneonta.teencenter.
The Oneonta Outlaws will host the Amsterdam Mohawks. Children 18 and under get free admission, sponsored by SFCU. 7 p.m., Thursday, June 17. Damaschke Field in Oneonta.
HARTWICK SEMINARY – Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery in Seneca Falls has bought the Susquehanna Animal Shelter property, and plans to put a tasting room in the Thrift Shop, SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes confirmed a few minutes ago.
The other buildings may be used for wine storage, but “what was really attractive to them was the space,” said Haynes. “We have backyards here, bordering on (Oaks Creek), that are gorgeous. Very quiet and tranquil.”
The SQSPCA is building a new $5 million animal shelter about a half-mile north on Route 28, and is expecting to have a grand opening there this spring.