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Cabin Fever Winter Fest

January 26 – 11am-3pm:  Gilbert Lake State Park

Five Star Subaru’s annual Cabin Fever Winter Festival is back, and OCCA will be there!  This family-friendly event features fun winter activities at Gilbert Lake State Park, from 11am-3pm.  Join OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley for a nature-themed snowshoe walk around Gilbert Lake at 11:30 or 1:30.  A limited number of snowshoes will be available to borrow, or bring your own.  See https://www.fivestarcars.com/cabin-fever-winter-fest.htm for a full listing of events.

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Winter Carnival Snowshoe Walk

February 9 – 10am:  Clark Sports Center, 124 County Highway 52, Cooperstown

Strap on the snowshoes and hit the trails at the Clark Sports Center.  Look for signs of animal life in the snow-covered woods and enjoy some fresh air.  Open to all ages and all skill levels.  A limited number of snowshoes are available courtesy of the Clark Sports Center Adventure Program – reserve a pair by indicating need in the “Notes for OCCA” section of the program registration form (https://occainfo.org/signup/).  Meet in in the main lobby at the Clark Sports Center.  This walk is organized as part of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival.  Check the Cooperstown Winter Carnival web page for a full listing of events!

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Presidents’ Day Snowshoe Walk

February 18 – 1pm:  Robert V. Riddell State Park

Celebrate our nation’s history in Robert V. Riddell State Park with Trish and Steve Kent. The Kents donated the land for the park in 2005 and will share some of the property’s interesting history during an invigorating snowshoe hike on the park’s northern–and more forgiving–side. Bring your own snowshoes, water, and dress for the weather. Meet at the Park’s main entrance on State Route 28, just north of I-88 Exit 17. 1pm.

Get the Kids Out!

February 20 – 10am:  Robert V. Riddell State Park

Do you want something to do over February break with your stir crazy kids? Planning is underway for the next first Get the Kids Out! of 2019.  Stay tuned to next month’s Ecobulletin for details.


Plastic Bag Challenge

The first-ever Otsego County plastic bag challenge has started!  Beginning the first week in January, 10 area schools are competing to see who can collect the most film plastic (per capita) until April 1.  Participating schools will receive a collection bin, courtesy of Casella. The challenge seeks to educate students (and teachers and families, too) that bags and film plastic can be recycled through grocery stores and other retailers but not through regular curbside pickup or at the transfer stations.  If you have any film plastic you would like to recycle, check with your local school or send in with a neighborhood student to help their school win the contest.  Winners will be announced at the 2019 Earth Festival on April 13.  Contact OCCA at 547-4488 for more details.

2019 Earth Festival

April 13 – 11am-3pm

OCCA and our hardworking committee have started planning the 15th annual Earth Festival to be held again at Milford Central School.  We are actively seeking vendors, exhibitors and speaker for the event.  This year’s theme is “energy sustainability.”

Reintroduction of American Eels to the NY Portion of the Upper Susquehanna River Basin

January 19 – 3-5pm: New Lisbon Town Hall, 908 County Highway 16, Garrattsville

Hosted by the Butternut Valley Alliance. American eels are returning to the upper Susquehanna watershed! Sarah Coney, a Masters student at SUNY Oneonta will present her work on the reintroduction of the American eel to the region.  Sarah will describe the importance of eels in the watershed, and talk about the positive impacts of eel reintroduction.  Eels will be reintroduced to the Butternut Creek watershed in the spring of 2019.

National Seed Swap Day

January 26 – 10-11am:  Kinney Memorial Library, 3140 County Highway 11, Hartwick

The Otsego County Master Gardeners will host the Annual Master Gardener Seed Swap at Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick.  The mission of the swap is to conserve and promote crop diversity in local communities through a planned event at which neighbors gather to exchange seeds and chat about plans for the upcoming growing season.  For more information, visit www.cceschoharie-otsego.org/gardening or email mastergardener-otsego@cornell.edu.

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Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Energy Infrastructure and Economy Summit

January 31 – 10am-3pm:  Otesaga Resort, Cooperstown

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Energy Infrastructure and Economy Summit on January 31 at the Otesaga.  The event will explore the nexus of energy, climate change, and the region’s economy with area industry leaders and policy makers from across New York State.  The summit will provide opportunities for learning, networking, and business development.  The chamber is welcoming proposals for presentations and exhibitor applications.  For more information and registration contact Karen Laing at 432-4500 ext. 104 or karen@otsegocc.com.

Otsego 2000 Happenings at the Farmers’ Market

Hardy Locavore Challenge – Otsego 2000 is holding its Hardy Locavore challenge again this year.  This is a great opportunity to keep supporting local merchants and farmers at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market.  Visit the market and get your card punched 10 of the 12 weeks between now and the end of March to win a long-sleeved t-shirt! See the information table at the market to sign up.

Cookbook Swap at the Market – Bring your gently used cookbooks to the Market to swap them out for something fresh!  There will be a box for cookbook contributions under the front table in the annex starting on 1/3/19.  Please feel free to donate to the box at any time, and come choose new-to-you books during the Market on 2/2/19.

Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause – Join O2K for the Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause this year to close out the Cooperstown Winter Carnival.  Local restaurants share their grilled cheese and soups all for a great cause to help support Otsego 2000’s mission.  See otsego2000.org for details.

OCCA’s Eco-New Year’s Resolutions

I’m going to try and be better about using my reusable grocery bags and not leave them sitting in my house!

–        Leslie Orzetti, Executive Director

I’m going to be better about using reusable cups for my morning coffee run.

–        Danny Lapin, Environmental Planner

I’m going to communicate more with my elected officials.

–        Jeff O’Handley, Program Director