News of Otsego County


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.

Lions want to revive Winter Carnival for 2023

Cooperstown Lions Club looks to revive the Winter Carnival in 2023

Public interest meeting is April 2

The Cooperstown Lions Club wants to bring back the Winter Carnival in 2023 and is looking for the public’s input on how best to do it.

The Club will host a public interest meeting for the Cooperstown Winter Carnival at Upstate Bar and Grill, 5418 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, Saturday, April 2, at 2:00 pm. Club members will discuss the recent history of the Winter Carnival and the challenges and experiences of previous committees, with an end goal of constructing a committee for the 2023 Cooperstown Winter Carnival.

The Cooperstown Lions Club welcomes all stakeholders and community members to participate in this meeting to help shape the vision of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival for the future.  Please sign up with Lions Club President Peter Deysenroth by calling 607-547-8231 or emailing by Thursday, March 31.

The Cooperstown Lions Club meets the first and third Wednesdays, September through June, 6:30 pm at Upstate Bar and Grill.  The Club conducts many fund development endeavors to enhance life in the Cooperstown area for various groups, families and individuals. The mission of Lions Clubs International is to create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation.  For more information about Lions Club, visit or the Cooperstown Lions Club’s Facebook at

Lord’s Table Serves Up 800 Thanksgiving Meals


Lord’s Table, St. Mary’s

Serve Up 800 Meals

In a collaboration of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Lord’s Table, 600 meals – turkey with all the trimmings – had already gone out the door for delivery by noon Thanksgiving Day, when curbside pickup began. Above, Volunteers Rosemary Collie and Keton Kling, both Oneontans, shuttles  bags of food to the Lord’s Table.  “We were averaging about 10 meals a minute.” said event overseer Mary Southern, seen at right advising Joyce Collier.  “This year people are in even more need and we are making sure they all have food This year we planned for 800 meals.” The only lull in the action came when the turkey ran out with a handful of dinners to go. Some volunteers offered up their own meals without hesitation. Others were dispatched to Hannaford and returned with enough turkey to complete the meals. “This is the first year we ever ran out of turkey!” said Southern, “But we will provide!” Volunteer driver Paul Patterson, his car filled with meals, rolled his window down on the way to deliver meals saying, “Mary did an amazing job. It was like clockwork. Henry Ford would have been proud!” (Ian Austin/

Volunteers Bruce, Wright & Smith Honored For Service To GOHS

GOHS Honors President Corinne Smith,

Volunteers Deb Bruce, Wayne Wright

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society honored three of its own this evening during the Annual Meeting & Awards Reception. Above, Executive Director Bob Brzozowski stands with honorees Corinne Smith, outgoing president, right, and Deb Bruce, who were awarded Eduard Hofbauer Outstanding Service Awards, and Wayne Wright, recipient of the Albert E. Morris Award for  contributions to local history. Smith has served two terms as president of the Board of Trustees, overseeing the near-completion of the Oneonta History Center in the former Laskaris store.  Bruce most recently served as the database coordinator, in addition to being a trustee, board member and on the Collections Committee over 15 years . Wright, a former trustee, has served as GOHS librarian,  compiled a topical index of Ed Moore’s volumes of “In Old Oneonta,” and worked with the  Cooperstown Graduate Program students as they learned to become museum professionals. (Ian Austin/
Santa’s Helpers Bring Cheer To 205 Seniors

Santa’s Helpers Fill

Shoeboxes For Seniors

The back room of Oneonta’s Green Earth filled up quickly this morning as locals brought in over 200 shoeboxes full of food, toiletries, clothes and more for the annual Shoeboxes For Seniors drive in partnership with Office For The Aging. Above, volunteers Eli House, Skyalr Gargash, Sharon Poon and Grace Schultz help carry the packages to the back of The Green Earth for counting and sorting. At right, event organizer Lisa Nunez stacks the numerous packages, many with personalized notes and cars from elementary school students, into piles for counting. The packages will be delivered throughout the area in time for the holidays. (Ian Austin/

Community Gathers To Give Thanks Together

Community Gathers

To Give Thanks Together

The tables and plates were packed as people flocked to the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner this afternoon at the The Elks Club and sponsored by St. Mary’s Church and The Lord’s Table. Above, event volunteers Ambrose Santiago, Oneonta, and Emily Berrios, Oneonta, serve salad and fruit to Theodora Barber, Oneonta during the first hour of the doors opening. At right, Bill Abbott, Oneonta, goes to find his seat with a full plate. (Ian Austin/

Delgado Thanks Volunteers, Supporters In Oneonta

At Oneonta Victory Event,

Delgado Thanks Supporters

Just back from his Washington D.C. initiation, Congressman-elect Antonio Delgado, D-19, thanks volunteers at a victory gathering this afternoon at his Oneonta field office on Dietz Street.  Delgado thanked all the volunteers and supporters who, he said, knocked on more than 200,000 doors on the days leading up to the Nov. 6 midterms to encourage people to get out and vote. Following his speech, people lined up the thank the Delgado and get their pictures taken with him. Above, Oneonta’s NAACP President Lee Fisher and wife Joanne congratulate Delgado on his victory over Congressman John Faso. (Ian Austin/

Sunny Skies & Hungry Neighbors at 2nd Annual Community Dinner

Sunny Skies & Hungry Neighbors

at 2nd Annual Community Dinner

After helping set up the tables on Dietz St. for the Community Dinner, OJCA volunteers Tevin Jones, left, and Aliyah Johnson, right, sit down to enjoy some of the food brought by the guests. Perfect weather, live music, face painting and good company made the event an enjoyable time. The event, hosted by Destination Oneonta, is now in it’s second year. (Ian Austin/
Volunteers Do $70k In Service During Into The Streets

Volunteers Do $70k In Service

During Into The Streets

Ethan Stortecky, Treyvon Johnson, Lauren Weaver and Michelle Hansen clean up cigarette butts and other garbage from in front of Cynthia Marsh’s First People mural on Chestnut Street Extension as part of the 18th annual Into The Streets event. The event is put on by SUNY Oneonta students who, together with other volunteers from JobCORPS and citizens did over $70,000 worth of service around the city. Locations included the YMCA, Friends of Recovery, CANO, The Lord’s Table, Main Street and more. (Ian Austin/
Large Turn Out As Clean-Up Falls On Earth Day

Large Turn-Out As Clean-Up

Finally Falls On Earth Day

Members of Alpha Omicron Phi and Phi Kappa Psi pose with councilman Dave Rissberger, on left in green, and their haul of trash they collected from the streets this morning during the annual Third Ward Clean Up. Student volunteers and city residents banded together to pick up garbage from OHFest XIII the night before. This year’s event featured one of it’s largest turn-outs since it’s inception.(Ian Austin/


Angel Tree Hosts Xmas Party For Kids

Youngsters Make Crafts

For Family’s Presents

Laurie Layman, Cherry Valley, right, and Jackie Graves, Oneonta, left, helps Jaden Lee, Oneonta, front, make a star-shaped yarn ornament at the volunteer with Jail Ministries of Otsego County’s third annual Angel Tree Christmas Party at St. Mary’s in Oneonta this afternoon. The event, for children who have an incarcerated parent, features tables of crafts for youngsters to make for their families, a gift selection table, free mittens and scarves, Bible teachings and holiday cookies. Seventeen local organizations participated. Each family that attended was given a $50 food voucher for a turkey with all the trimmings. (Ian Austin/

Students Join Neighbors In Cleaning 3rd Ward

Students Join Neighbors

In Cleaning 3rd Ward

Taane Pegg, President of Phi Si fraternity, left, and SUNY Alumni Wayne Baker, were out with their fellow students and Councilman Dave Rissberger, center, cleaning the streets of the 3rd ward from garbage during the annual 3rd Ward Clean-Up. Volunteers met at the Alpha Omega Pi sorority house where they had coffee, hot chocolate, donuts and baked goods from Laure Zimniewitz before hitting the streets this morning. (Ian Austin/


SUNY Recognizes Volunteer Spirit At Candidate Recognition Ceremony

SUNY Recognizes Volunteer Spirit

At Graduate Recognition Ceremony

Kevin Horan, New Windsor, hugs his daughter Kristyn, following SUNY's December Candidate Recognition at the Alumni Field House this morning. President Nancy Kleniewski praised the class for their work in area volunteering; citing blood drives, neighborhood clean-ups and more. "It is my hope you take this mentality with you out into the world." she said. (Ian Austin/
Kevin Horan, New Windsor, hugs his daughter Kristyn following SUNY Oneonta’s December Candidate Recognition Ceremony at the Alumni Field House this morning. President Nancy Kleniewski praised the graduates for their volunteerism, citing blood drives, neighborhood clean-ups and more. “It is my hope you take this mentality with you out into the world.” she said. (Ian Austin/
Smiles, Mittens, The Keys to Successful Kettle Campaign

Smiles, Mittens, The Keys To

Successful Kettle Campaign

"Smile, be friendly and courteous. What you are doing is important." says Major Sharon Harford who prepped this year's bell ringing volunteers on the proper etiquette for manning the kettles. The kettles, a familiar sight (and sound) of the holiday season, is the largest fundraiser for the Salvation Army church every year, with this year's goal being $53,000, which will be used to help people throughout the year. The first kettles will appear on Nov. 12th around the area.(Ian Austin/
“Smile, be friendly and courteous. What you are doing is important. But, wear mittens, it can get cold out there!” says Major Sharon Harford, who prepped this year’s bell ringing volunteers on the proper kettle etiquette at the Salvation Army Church this afternoon. The kettles, a familiar sight (and sound) of the holiday season, are the Army’s largest annual fundraiser, with this year’s local goal being $53,000, which will help people in need throughout the year.    The first kettle has been set up at J.C. Penney in Southside Mall, will greater deployment planned on on Nov. 12, with a full time presence after Thanksgiving. (Ian Austin/
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