ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
May 16, 2014: Vol. 7, No. 7
Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR TOMORROW’S HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP
BIKE TO WORK DAY IS NEXT WEDNESDAY
OCCA TO EXHIBIT AT ROTARY’S SPRING FLING
SAVE THE DATE: OTSEGO LAKES FESTIVAL
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR TOMORROW’S HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP: Otsego County Conservation Association still has room for three volunteers to help with a clean-up of State Route 80 in Springfield onSaturday, May 17, at 9 a.m.
“Sadly, there’s a fair amount of trash along the road,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. “It’s ugly, and a potential environmental hazard.”
OCCA adopted the stretch of road in 2013 under the auspices of the Adopt-A-Highway program, which is administered by the New York State Department of Transportation. DOT provides bags, rubber gloves and safety equipment. Light refreshments will be served.
“Our section of road is 2 miles long,” O’Handley said. “All told, it should take us about 3 hours.”
Although pre-registration is preferred, those wishing to lend a hand tomorrow can meet O’Handley at OCCA’s office at Mohican Farm, on the corner of State Highway 80 and Allen Lake Road, at 9 a.m.
OCCA is a private, non-profit environmental membership organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to support programming, call (607) 547-4488 or visit www.occainfo.org.
BIKE TO WORK DAY IS NEXT WEDNESDAY! Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates’ Sixth Annual Bike to Work Day for Otsego County will be held next Wednesday, May 21 with check-in sites countywide. BTWD 2014 is sponsored by the Inn at Cooperstown, with support from Five Star Subaru.
“We are proud to be a part of Bike to Work Day,” said Inn at Cooperstown owners Marc and Sherrie Kingsley. “We hope for great weather and that this day gives people the impetus to start riding their bicycles for transportation, on errands, or just for fun, for the rest of the bicycling season here in Otsego County.”
“Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement of bicycling to work,” added Martha Clarvoe, Bike to Work Day committee chair. “It’s a great way to get in your exercise, arriving at work energized and proud that you have reduced your carbon footprint.”
“After a year lull in my bike-riding career, I’m back in the saddle and loving it more than ever,” Clarvoe said.
Both riders and walkers can register at the following check-in locations for BTWD 2014: Bassett Healthcare, Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown Elementary School, Cooperstown High School, Edmeston Central School, Greater Plains Elementary School, HealthLinks at FoxCare, Laurens Central School, Milford Central School, Morris Central School, the New York State Historical Association, Oneonta Middle/High School, Richfield Springs Central School, Riverside Elementary School, Schenevus Central School, Valley View Elementary School, Woodland Cycles, and Worcester Central School.
Local bicyclists can also participate in the National Bike Challenge,https://nationalbikechallenge.org, to record miles ridden throughSeptember 30.
“I love participating in the National Bike Challenge because it allows me to record my miles, chart my progress and compete for prizes,”said ORCA President William Walker, who staffs the check-in table at NYSHA in Cooperstown. “I feel like I’m part of something big that is happening all over the country, not just here in Otsego County.”
Walker rides his bike to work every day, rain or shine, and encourages more people to do the same.
ORCA is a committee of Otsego County Conservation Association. ORCA’s mission is to promote bicycling and walking in the Otsego County region as an enjoyable, healthy, safe, and environmentally friendly activity for people of all ages and abilities. OCCA is a private, non-profit environmental membership organization dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning.
Those wishing to learn more about Bike to Work Day or to register as a check-in location should contact Martha Clarvoe at the OCCA satellite office in Cooperstown, (607) 547-4020, or via e-mail,email@example.com. To learn more about ORCA, visithttp://www.occainfo.org/ORCA.htm.
OCCA TO EXHIBIT AT ROTARY’S SPRING FLING: Framed and unframed photographs, Native American crafts, hand-dyed cotton wearables, stained glass and mosaics, record albums, plants, and fine art are among the diverse merchandise to be sold at the Spring Fling Street Fair later this month.
Almost 50 vendors of food, drink, and arts and crafts, area businesses, and local community groups – including OCCA – have registered and will share the spotlight as Railroad Avenue is transformed on Saturday, May 17 for the Rotary Club of Cooperstown’s first-ever Spring Fling Street Fair. Spring Fling will be held rain or shine from noon until 5 p.m. as Railroad Avenue is transformed into a pedestrian way, with booths lining the street. Parking will be available and admission is free.
The Cooperstown Central School Jazz Band, Stoddard Hollow String Band and The Little Big Band are set to play, the Utica ZooMobile will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m., and a silent auction will also be held.
Merchants, artists, farmers, craftspeople and non-profit organizations are participating in this community-building event. Tastings of local wines, beers, and spirits will be featured and the mouth-watering smell of barbecue, pizza, empanadas and other foods will be difficult to resist.
“Between the food vendors, beverages from the distillery and local breweries, and artists and crafters – plus live music – this is shaping up to be a fantastic street fair,” said Vending Committee Chair Karen Katz. “We hope everyone in Cooperstown and the surrounding area will stop by to join the Cooperstown Rotary as we officially welcome spring.”
“We are excited about this event and the way in which it brings together such a wonderful group of local vendors, artists, authors, businesses, community groups, and more,” said Katz. “Our goal is that Spring Fling will become a major annual springtime event in the Village of Cooperstown, and we’re off to a great start!”
Spring Fling is sponsored by Cooperstown Distillery, Cooperstown Beverage Trail, The New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway, Tickled Pink BBQ, Stewart’s Shops, The Freeman’s Journal, Cooperstown Family Dentistry-Dr. Kathleen Evans, Pizza Genie, Miss Dawn’s Salon and Cooperstown Wine & Spirits. To donate to the auction or become a sponsor of Spring Fling, contact Melanie Boyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 547-2555, ext. 250.
Rotary International’s main objective is service – in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The Rotary Club of Cooperstown was founded in 1924.
SAVE THE DATE: The seventh Otsego Lakes Festival will be held this year on Saturday, July 12 at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown fromnoon to 5 p.m. Organized under the aegis of the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, the Lakes Festival offers residents and visitors alike a day full of fun and festivities celebrating our lakes – educational exhibits, children’s activities, hands-on workshops and lake tours will all focus on the importance of protecting our waterways and ensuring water quality throughout our region. OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs serves as WQCC facilitator and on the Lakes Festival Planning Committee. To make a financial contribution toward the Lakes Festival, or to register as an exhibitor or vendor, please contact Youngs at email@example.com or (607) 547-4488.
OTHER UPCOMING OCCA EVENTS:
- May 24: Spring Wildflower Hike at Greenwoods Conservancy. Co-sponsored with Otsego Land Trust.
- June 7: County Line Hike in South Hill State Forest led by OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley.