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Save the Date

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Friday, September 7 – 8 – 11am, Unadilla Highway Department, 216 County Highway 3, Unadilla

Free collection for Otsego County residents of paints, pesticides, solvents, mercury, chemical cleaners and more. Please note: Pharmaceuticals and electronics will NOT be collected at Unadilla.

September 8 – 8am – 1pm:  Meadows County Office Building, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown

This free event allows County residents to dispose of hazardous wastes, including pesticides, paints, antifreeze, batteries, electronics, and more. Check http://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/sw/HHW.htmfor details or call (607) 547-4225.

OCCA Board Meeting

September 13 – 6 – 830pm: Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, (corner of 80 and Allen Lake Road)

The OCCA Board of Directors will open its doors for the next full meeting of the board to listen to concerns regarding the recent developments concerning the Oneonta natural gas project proposed by Otsego Now. We understand many of our members have a concern regarding OCCA’s mention in the Otsego Now proposal and the future of the project.  Privilege of the floor will be given at the opening of the meeting at 600pm.  If you plan to come and voice your opinion, please limit your comments to five minutes. We will discuss the project and the current state of energy for Otsego County at this meeting.

The Trees of Cooperstown

September 20 – 5:30pm: Pioneer Park, Cooperstown

Street trees provide far more than pretty scenery. Join OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley on a pleasant stroll around Cooperstown and learn how we benefit from our trees. The walk also includes some basics of tree anatomy and identification, and will highlight how the Village is looking to protect this important resource.  Program is free, registration is encouraged but not necessary.  To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

Highway Cleanup

September 22 – 800am: Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, (corner of 80 and Allen Lake Road)

Help keep a 2-mile section of Route 80 in Cooperstown/Springfield looking good! Gloves, bags, and equipment provided. Ages 12 and up only. To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/ or call Jeff O’Handley at 282-4087.

County Forest Walk

September 26 – 900am: John W. Chase Memorial Forest, intersection of Middlefield, Van Cleef, and Pearsall Roads, Middlefield.

Did you know Otsego County owns over 3600 acres of forest property? Join Joe Sweeney, Forest Technician with the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District on a walk through the John W. Chase Memorial Forest in (Which town is it in?) and learn about sustainable forest management, best management practices, forest pests, invasive species, and multi-use land management.  Program is free, registration is encouraged but not necessary.  To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

Trees – Guardians of the Susquehanna (A Riparian Buffer Walk in Cooperstown)

October 6 – 1000am: Doubleday Field, Cooperstown

Join OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti as she guides you through the streets of Cooperstown following Willow Brook from Doubleday Field to Otsego Lake.  The walk will talk about trees as a vital part of the stream ecosystem, their benefits, and programs that help restore riparian buffer ecosystems.  Other stops on the walk include Lakefront Park and ending at Council Rock. The program is sponsored by the Village of Cooperstown under an Urban Tree Grant from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation.  Program is free, registration is encouraged by not necessary.  To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.


Meet Your State Forester

October 20 – 1000am: Basswood Pond State Forest – Conservation Road Parking Area

State Forester Nathan Funk will lead an informative walk through Basswood Pond State Forest.  He will talk about the history, planned forestry actions, and recreational opportunities at the forest. Program is free, registration is encouraged but not necessary.  To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.



OCCA Kicks of Heat Smart Otsego Program

Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Heat Smart Otsego aims to educate home- and business owners about economic and environmental benefits of clean heating and cooling technologies, and seeks to streamline the process of integrating these technologies into existing and new infrastructure. Campaign Director Bennett Sandler, founding partner of Equity Energy, will be leading workshops and information sessions throughout the region over the next few months. Visit www.occainfo.org/hso for more information.


Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum

The third annual Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum comes back to Oneonta on October 18 at SUNY Oneonta Morris Conference Center.  Come learn about what our area is doing to protect our waterways and be good stewards of the Chesapeake Bay.  Presentations include information on local work as well as regional and Chesapeake Bay wide work.  The conference is free and open to the public.  To register visit: https://www3.thedatabank.com/dpg/255/personal2.asp?formid=nylcvefmeet&c=3400622. For more information on the conference see: http://nylcvef.org/events/upper-susquehanna-watershed-forum/


OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program Seeking Volunteers

We’re about to finish up our first year of monitoring, and we couldn’t be happier with our stream team and the results they have collected so far!  Not long ago we received a grant to help us expand our program, and we’re looking for more volunteers to help us monitor an additional 5-10 sites around Otsego County.  If you’re interested in getting your feet wet, learning about water quality and the health of one of our local streams, this program is for you.  The project is perfect for school groups, church groups, scouts, and just your average Joe looking to do something to get out into the environment.  Volunteers can expect to monitor sites once a month throughout the year as conditions allow.  A time commitment of approximately 3-4 hours a month is required.  Interested in being a Stream Team member, call Leslie Orzetti at 547-4488 to sign up!


Household Hazardous Waste Day Seeking Volunteers

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 8 to help with the annual latex paint recycling collection at Household Hazardous Waste Day in Cooperstown. Volunteers will sort, open cans, and mix paint, and will also help direct traffic, flatten cardboard, and other tasks. Shifts are available from 7:30-11am or 10:30am-1pm (or all day!). Contact Jeff O’Handleyprogramdirector@occainfo.org, to sign up.

SUNY Cobleskill Announces Schedule for 7th Generation Lecture Series

SUNY Cobleskill announced their schedule for the 7th Generation Lecture Series this fall.  The series focuses on environmental conservation and is open to the public.  For more information and this fall’s program, see https://cobleskill.edu/about/sustainability/pdfs/7thGenLectureSeries_Fall2018.pdf

Community Shared Solar Opportunities

Southern Tier Solar

Community solar is a program that greatly increases equitable access to locally produced solar energy. Community solar links a customer’s utility bill directly to a local solar farm, allowing them to go solar without installing solar on their home. A customer’s share of the electricity produced on the solar farm is credited directly to their NYSEG utility bill each month. Any NYSEG customer can sign up: renters, homeowners, businesses, and non-profits. To learn more about how you can save money on your electric bill, protect the environment, and support the local solar economy, check out our event schedule for Otsego County:



Solstice is a mission-driven organization dedicated to bringing affordable solar power to the 80% of Americans who cannot install a rooftop system. Solstice conducts comprehensive marketing campaigns to educate communities about community solar projects in their area, partnering with trusted local organizations to distribute community solar to their membership, conducting outreach efforts and managing the customer experience. There is currently an opportunity to buy into a new solar installation right in your own back yard in Laurens.  To learn more, contact Jackie Burke at 607-345-4816 or jackie@solstice.us. Tim Brown at 607-241-0125 ortim@solstice.us

CADE Farm and Food Business Workshop

September 13 – 500pm: CADE Offices, 189 Main St., Fifth Floor, Oneonta

In this workshop, CADE will focus legal structuring for farm and farm businesses. Trainers will explore the difference between Sole proprietorship, LLC, C Corp, S Corm and Partnerships. We will explore the differences and what would work best for each business circumstance. Print outs and materials will be provided to each attendee. The cost is free and is open to the public. To sign up, please emailcorey@cadfarms.org with your name, phone number and number of people attending. Please use Legal Workshop in the subject of the email.

Did You Know?

Yellowjackets become extra pesky at this time of year. During the height of summer, yellowjacket workers are kept busy hunting for high protein meals like insects, spiders and carrion, which they feed the larvae in the hive. Once the queen stops laying eggs in late summer, workers pretty much fend for themselves, and seek foods high in sugar, such as nectar, rotting fruit—and Labor Day barbecue favorites like soda, watermelon, and Grandma’s famous baked beans. Avoiding yellowjackets at this time of year is hard; consider keeping foods tightly covered or inside until it’s time to eat. Keep garbage cans away from where guests congregate. And maybe put out a shallow dish of soda or juice before your cookout to attract the yellowjackets. If a yellowjacket does get in your face, don’t wave or swat at it: back away slowly—and keep your mouth closed!