Veterans, families and friends gathered to enjoy selections of historical patriotic music performed this afternoon by the Oneonta Community Concert Band at it’s 17th annual Salute To Veterans Concert at the Foxcare Center. Above, local veterans Tony Drago, Army, and John Brooks, Air Corps, applaud as the band finishes “Hail To The Spirit of Liberty” by John Philip Sousa. At right, Gretchen Becker, Walton, on tuba, and percussionists Ben Wendrow, Oneonta, and Dave Geasey, Oneonta, perform “The Official West Point March” by Philip Egner. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – Jerry A Shannon, Jr., SUNY Oneonta professor emeritus in science education and a decorated World War II veteran, died peacefully on May 30, 2017, at Fox Nursing Home, a day before his 93 birthday.
He was born March 31, 1924, on Shannon Hill in Meshoppen, Pa., the son of Jeremiah (Jerry) A. Shannon and Grace Roach Shannon.
He graduated from Meshoppen High School. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and served with the 78th (Lightning) Division in three World War II campaigns in the European Theater of Operations (Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe) as a member of a machine gun platoon.
In Oneonta, the rain broke just in time for the Memorial Day parade and service in Neahwa Park this morning. Here, Color Guard members Gary Ballard, Gary Walters, and Wayne Gregory, all of Oneonta, and Chris Proctor and Harry Martin, both of Otego, await the start of the service. At right, Cliff Eaglefeathers, Bloomville, who served in the Army from 1967-69, wore his headdress as he marched in the parade to honor his Native American heritage. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COUNTY BOARD TO VOTE ON CHAIR
Carson Offers Plan
Of 2017 Priorities
The county board is scheduled to vote on the chairmanship at its reorganizational meeting at 10 a.m. today.
Here is a copy of the the Carson plan.
IN MEMORIAM • FULL OBITUARY
COOPERSTOWN – Paul J. Lambert, former Cooperstown Central School principal and superintendent of schools and later director of the Clark Foundation Scholarship Program, as well as a coach and well-respected member of the community, passed away late Wednesday night, Dec. 27, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.
A loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather, he was 87.
Born March 24, 1930, in Sayre, Pa., he was one of nine children of Harry F. and Mary A. (Murphy) Lambert.
A graduate of Athens High School, he attended Hartwick College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history.
MIDDLEFIELD – Walter Charles Eckler, 83, a 45-year firefighter, co-founder of the local 40 & 8 veterans organization and co-owner of a former local Chevrolet dealership, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at his home in Phoenix Mills, surrounded by his family, following a long illness.
Walter was born on May 17, 1934, in Hyde Park (Otsego County), only two miles from his lifelong residence with his wife, Dorothy Ann (Robinson) Eckler. He was an eighth-generation descendant of the Ecklers who immigrated to Herkimer County in the late 1600s from the Palatine Region of Germany.