AVOID UNWANTED LITTERS by getting your pet fixed now, before they go into heat. Pick-ups for transport to Alabama Spay/Neuter are twice a month in Oneonta and a rabies vaccination is included. Donations are requested to keep the program going. Call “Fix Your Mama!” at 967-8016 or 681-0920 for more information.

THE ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION is sponsoring its first Super Chili Bowl Cookoff to be held Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Individuals and businesses are invited to enter the cookoff to win prizes: first place wins $200; second place, $100; third place, $50. There will also be a people’s choice award of $50. Entry fee is $10 for individuals and $25 for businesses. Deadline to register is Feb. 1. Entry forms are available at Treasures on Main, Kim Lee State Farm Insurance, website or e-mail

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY PROJECT SHARE The Oneonta chapter of the American Red Cross will begin accepting applications on Jan. 5, 2012 for Project SHARE, the energy assistance program for low income elderly or disabled Blount County residents. Call Project SHARE at 274-2115 to see if you qualify for assistance.