News from the region: April 5, 2022 | Community News

Habitat is looking for partner families

As of April 1, Habitat for Humanity of Otsego County began seeking local families or individuals interested in partnering with the organization to own homes described in a press release as safe and affordable.

Otsego County residents interested in living in a Habitat for Humanity home are encouraged to complete an interest form by May 31. Forms are available online at or can be requested by contacting the office.

According to the release, Habitat partners are required to meet income/credit guidelines and agree to work with HFHOC to obtain an affordable loan, be willing to help build Habitat homes, and have worked or lived in Otsego County for at least a year.

Families or individuals selected to partner with HFHOC will be assisted in completing the process of buying a Habitat home, including applying for a low interest mortgage.

Local volunteers provide the majority of the workforce.

Owner education and basic housekeeping courses are also offered to partners.

Call HFHOC at 607-432-8784 or email for more information.

Two hikes planned for bird watching

OAKSVILLE – Staff from the Otsego Land Trust and the Delaware Otsego Audubon Society will present an evening birding and woodcock counting hike in the Parslow Road Conservation Area at 127 Parslow Road in Oaksville at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays April 6 and 20.

According to a press release, local birders Bob Donnelly, Charlie Schheim and Sandy Bright will lead the 90-minute hikes.

Wet thickets, shrub swamps and open fields in the Parslow Road Conservation Area would be ideal habitats for the American Woodcock.

Hikers will listen and look for the birds that inhabit the protected property. At sunset at 7:30 p.m., the group will meet at the best place to see and count woodcocks. A headlamp or flashlight and binoculars are recommended.

Registration is requested and can be completed by emailing or calling 607-547-2366, ext. 103.

The Parslow Road Conservation Area is owned and protected by Otsego Land Trust for public enjoyment.

To visit for more information.

Grilled chicken options available

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Advance orders for take-out Brooks’ House of Bar-BQ Chicken Dinners as well as Chicken Halves can be made through Thursday, April 7 by calling 315-858-1451 or 315- 858-2357.

Baked goods will also be available at the event scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.

Sponsored by the United Church of Christ at 22 Church Street in Richfield Springs, dinners will include half a chicken, roast potatoes, baked beans and a bun for $11. Chicken halves will be sold for $8 each.

Community dinner with soups

FRANKLIN — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Main Street in Franklin will host an on-site or take-out homemade soup buffet from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, as part of its monthly community dinner.

The all-you-can-eat dinner will include a variety of soup, salad and dessert options.

Voluntary offerings will be accepted and the proceeds will be used for the church’s ongoing interior renovation project.

Reception on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition

NORWICH – A reception will mark the opening of Loom & Doom, an exhibition by Kelsey Merreck Wagner, at 5.30pm on Friday April 8 at the Chenango Arts Council at 27 W. Main St. in Norwich.

According to a press release, Wagner weaves together plastics and environmental justice in a one-of-a-kind exhibit. The exhibition will be on view in both CAA galleries until April 29.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and weekends by appointment.

Call 607-336-2787 for more information.

The church sponsors market days

SIDNEY — A clearance sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 8 at the United Methodist Church at 12 Liberty St. in Sidney.

A bag sale will follow from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 9.

Unadilla Easter Egg Hunt

UNADILLA – An Easter Egg Hunt will be hosted by the Unadilla Public Library at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9 for youth ages 1-12 at Community House Field.

Participants will be divided into age groups and will need to bring their own baskets.

Prizes will be awarded in each age group and each child will receive a free book from the library.

Lasagna dinner on donation

WEST LAURENS — The West Laurens Fire Department will be accepting donations for its planned take-out lasagna dinner from 4 p.m. until food runs out on Saturday, April 9. The fire station is at 2766 State Highway 23.

Annual meeting set by the cemetery group

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Cemetery Association’s annual lotholder meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at the East Springfield Fire Hall.

Pomona Grange will meet on Saturday

GILBERTSVILLE – Otsego County Pomona Grange will meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at Butternut Valley Grange Hall at 7 Bloom Street in Gilbertsville.

All entries for first place in the competition must be submitted by 12:30 p.m. These include woodworking, quilting, needlework, cloudscape photography, and coloring book art.

Reports from every Barn in the county will be given and resolutions will be carried out. Approved resolutions will be sent to the appropriate state government officials for review.

Bassett Healthcare Network’s Director of Quality, Laura Palada, will present information related to the coronavirus and future projections related to pandemics and how individuals can prepare.

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