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Tick Update

March 6 – 3:30pm – 6:00pm – Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cobleskill

Joellen Lampman from the NYS Integrated Pest Management program will present a Tick Update, highlighting the latest in tick ID and preventive measures for what has become a major public health issue. This free program is sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties, and takes place at the CCE Cobleskill Office, 173 South Grand Street, Suite 1, Cobleskill. Register online at: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/TickUpdate_243

Mud Lake Snowshoe Walk

March 10 – 12:00pm – 4:30pm – Riddell State Park

Join Steve Kent for this hike up to Mud Lake at Robert V. Riddell State Park. Along the way, Steve will share interesting tales of the life of the land when it was part of the Riddell family. Steve and his wife, Patricia Riddell Kent, donated the land to the state in 2005. Bring your own snowshoes, as well as water, a snack, and appropriate clothing. If there is not sufficient snow, we will proceed on foot. Sign up at https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.



Get the Kids Out – Mud!

March 28 – 10:00am – 11:30am – Mohican Farm, Springfield

With warmer weather comes melting snow and ice, rain, and…mud! Take a walk around Mohican Farm in Springfield and explore the wet and muddy world of spring. We’ll look for animal tracks, and make our own if we can’t find any. Wear boots, or bring a change of shoes and socks. Meet at the parking lot at the parking lot in front of OCCA’s office, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown (corner of Allen Lake Road and Route 80). Dress for the weather! The event is free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/



Earth Festival

April 21 – 11:00am – 3:00pm – Milford Central School
Back for its fourteenth year, Earth Festival is an environmentally focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, workshops, vendors, food and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. Keep an eye on our Earth Festival page (http://occainfo.org/earth-festival/) for updates on vendors, activities, and recycling opportunities.

Earth Festival is an environmentally focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, workshops, vendors, food and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist.


 Earth Festival Movie Night
 April 20 – 7pm – Milford Central School Auditorium
For the second year, we are offering a Friday night movie in line with the theme of the festival. This year’s film is being sponsored by sponsored by Otsego 2000 and Glimmerglass Film Festival. Come check out Landfill Harmonic, an inspiring film about “The Recycled Orchestra”, a group of children from a Paraguayan slum who play instruments made entirely of garbage. It is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution. The film and FREE and open to the public. For more information on the film and to view a trailer, visit https://vimeo.com/52711779 or www.youtube.com/landfillharmonic.  
LANDFILL HARMONIC is a documentary that follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth group who live next to one of South America’s l…


Spring Garden Day

April 21 – 10:30am – 2:00pm – Milford Central School
Master Gardener Volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties are sponsoring Spring Garden Day (SGD), a day devoted to gardening and growing environments featuring a variety of workshops, held in conjunction with the OCCA Earth Festival. This year’s theme is “Try Something New.” Workshops will occur at 11am and 1pm. Registration fees apply. For more information, visit http://cceschoharie-otsego.org/events/2018/04/21/spring-garden-day-2018




Ag plastic collections coming up

OCCA, the Otsego County Solid Waste Department, the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Casella Waste Systems are again teaming up to provide farmers the opportunity to drop off used agricultural film plastics such as bale wrap, silage bags, bunker silo cover, boat wrap and greenhouse covers for recycling. Wood pellet bags will also be accepted. Collection dates are May 10 at Oneonta and May 12 at Cooperstown. Plastic needs to be relatively clean and dry, and sorted by type. For details on handling and how to sign up for this free program, contact OCCA at (607) 282-4087.


OCCA Goes Green with Online Garage Sale

In an effort to lower our carbon footprint, OCCA is going green this year and moving our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Garage on to the web.  Instead of using vehicles to pick up, drop off and move items, we will be hosting an online store where you can still get donate and purchase items for a great deal!  A special committee of staff and board members has been working diligently to set up an online store on the OCCA website to make purchasing a breeze.  The new “garage sale” website will be officially unveiled at Earth Festival, and you can even shop right there!  Items will also be listed on Craig’s List for those who would like to shop that way.  Of course we’ll need items to sell, to donate, just call OCCA at 547-4488, snap a photo of your item, and email it to one of our team members at occagaragesale@gmail.com.  The team will then post your item on our store site, and sell the item for you.  If you would like the items out of your home ASAP, you can bring them to OCCA, and we’ll store them for you.  OCCA will not be accepting small items such as clothing and books, but we have other options for you (see clothing swap below).  We hope all our donors and shoppers will still participate in our event and help keep items out of the landfill.  Stay tuned for more information via email, our website (www.occainfo.org/reduce-reuse-recycle-garage-sale/) and Facebook for more information.

We’re Going Green!!!! As part of OCCA’s mission to reduce our carbon footprint we will not be holding our traditional “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Garage Sale” for …



First Annual OCCA Clothing Swap

 April 21 – 11:00am – 3:00pm – Milford Central School
 In lieu of clothing donations at our garage sale (now going green) we are holding our first annual Community Clothing Swap at Earth Festival this year.  Organized by Angelica Palmer, the clothing swap is a great way to donate gently used clothing and get some new fashion at the same time.  A great “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to keep textiles out of the landfills.  You can donate your gently used clothing, including winter coats and boots, prom dresses, and Halloween costumes on Friday April 20 from 4pm-8pm and at the event Saturday April 21 from 930am-1pm.  We will take all family clothing (men, women, boys, girls).  Please have your donations marked with size and gender so we can sort them easily.  The event is FREE and you do not have to donate to partake in the bounty.  Feeling generous, we will have staff on-hand to take donations, but they are not necessary.  If you have any questions, contact Angelica Palmer at  angelica@dzeli.com.



Recycling Opportunities at Earth Festival

In keeping with the Earth Day Network’s theme for this year’s Earth Day, Earth Festival’s theme will be Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  To that end, we will be offering many opportunities for recycling that you might now know about.  We will still have our paper shredding (5 box limit); clean, white Styrofoam; shoes; Christmas lights, toilet and paper towel rolls; windowed envelopes; small, handheld electronics; ink jet cartridges; fishing line; tennis balls; natural cork.

Grant Opportunity for Septic Tank Improvements

 Otsego County is participating in a NY Department of Environmental Conservation program to help homeowners within 250 feet of Goodyear Lake make improvements to their septic systems. Permanent residents who meet the qualifications of the program can apply for up to 50% of costs (not exceeding $10,000) to make improvements.  Allowable costs include: design, repair, rehabilitation, installation, septic systems and components, and costs for enhanced maintenance.  For more information on the program, visit Otsego County Planning Department Facebook page@ https://www.facebook.com/ Otsego-County-Planning-and- Solid-Waste-Department- 974719492662975/
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OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program a Success!

Since October, over 20 volunteers and three schools have been monitoring nine different streams around Otsego County.  All together, they have collected over 400 data points on water quality parameters such as nitrogen, phosphorus, oxygen, water clarity, conductivity, pH and temperature. Our volunteer monitors are a great bunch and we are so very greatful to have all of them!! We will be having a table at Earth Festival where monitors will be there to show you their equipment, talk to you about their experiences, and share their data with you, so come on by.   If you or a school you know is interesting in getting involved, see our website at: http://occainfo.org/citizen- science-stream-monitoring/ or email Leslie Orzetti at director@occainfo.org.

This is the first county-wide stream monitoring program entirely carried out by citizen volunteers with OCCA’s coordination in the New York portion of the …
Did You Know?

“Rasputitsa” is the name given to the muddy periods associated with spring thaw and autumn rains in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. The word means “loss of ways,” and refers to how dirt roads turned to mud and virtually disappeared during those seasons. A combination of poor road construction, inadequate drainage, melting snow and ice, and frozen subsoil contributes to the rasputitsa.