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Kite Fest Flies High Over Cherry Valley

Kite Fest Flies High

Over Cherry Valley

The hundreds of people turned out in the fields of Campbell Rd in Cherry Valley today at the annual Kite Fest  where dozens of colorful kites of all shapes and sizes filled the sky. Above, Marieanne Coursen, Edmeston, flies a kite with her enthralled granddaughter Laurelye Tafel, New Berlin. At right, Antonio Delgado, the Democratic candidate for the NY-19th Congressional District who made an appearance at the event, shakes hands with Ginger Heitz, Cooperstown, and Kat Chiba, Cherry Valley.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Joseph R. Keegan, 91; World War II Vet, Retired Statistician

IN MEMORIAM: Joseph R. Keegan, 91;

World War II Vet, Retired Statistician

CHERRY VALLEY – Joseph Roger Keegan, 91, a World War II veteran and retired statistician in state and federal governments, passed away on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 in St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in New York City on Jan. 20, 1927, the eldest son of the late Roger and Beatrice (Reape) Keegan, both immigrants from Ireland. He married Patricia (Ford) Keegan on Dec. 15, 1962, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Cherry Valley.

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Francis ‘Jake’ Rury, 93;  Cherry Valley Grocer
IN MEMORIAM

Francis ‘Jake’ Rury, 93; 

Cherry Valley Grocer

Jake Rury, active in Rury’s Grocery in Cherry Valley for more than 70 years, is interviewed here in 2016 by CV-S students. The video is posted on youtube.

CHERRY VALLEY – Francis Valentine “Jake” Rury, who with his father and, then, wife Helen operated Rury’s Food Store in downtown Cherry Valley for decades, passed away Aug. 5, 2018.  He was 93.

Born Feb. 12, 1925, in Albany, Jake was the son of Walter and Alida (Eacker) Rury.  He was a life-long resident of Cherry Valley, graduating from Cherry Valley High School, Class of 1943.

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Virginia Mae Ethington, 95; From One-Room School To Nursing Career

IN MEMORIAM:  Virginia Mae Ethington, 95;

From One-Room School To Nursing Career

CHERRY VALLEY – Virginia Mae (Oliver) Ethington, 95, who rose from a one-room schoolhouse to Syracuse University and a nursing career, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Centers Health Care in Cooperstown.

Born on Feb. 13, 1923, in Summit, she was the daughter of James and Hilda (Sperbeck) Oliver.

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Fire Destroys Cherry Valley Garage

Fire Destroys Garage

In Cherry Valley

CHERRY VALLEY – A structure fire destroyed a garage on County Highway 50 in Cherry Valley last night, according to Robert J. O’Brien, county 911 director.

The fire at 1697 County Highway 50 broke out around 8:45 p.m. and was fully involved by the time the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene. Mutual aid came from Springfield, Middlefield, South Minden and Sharon Springs. 

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Loretta E. Herr, 81; Had Two-Decade Career With County

IN MEMORIAM: Loretta E. Herr, 81;

Had Two-Decade Career With County

CHERRY VALLEY – Loretta E. (Pabst) Herr, 81, who retired from the couty’s Office for the Aging, passed away Friday, June 29, 2018 at Cooperstown Center for  Rehabilitation & Nursing.

Loretta was born on Feb 9, 1937 in Brooklyn, daughter of Joseph & Margaret (Murdock) Pabst.  Loretta met Fredy E. Herr at their church Sunday School.  They were married on Sept. 10, 1955 in Brooklyn, and had eight children.  She resided in Brooklyn, Queens, Cherry Valley and Springfield.

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Nation’s Best Lumberjacks Qualify In Cherry Valley

Nation’s Best Lumberjacks

Qualify In Cherry Valley

Local Timbersport duo Nathan and Holly Waterfield saw through a log during the semi-finals of the Jack-and-Jill two person saw competition during the second annual Cherry Valley Outdoor Games. Nathan serves as the president of Cherry Valley Outdoor Games Inc. and organized this year’s event. Waterfield also participated in the Men’s Springboard competition, where he advanced to the finals, winning his qualifying heat handedly. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Joe Gray’s Busch Commercial Hits Youtube

Joe Gray’s Busch Beer

Commercial Hits YouTube

With a cardboard cutout of their dad, Joe Gray, hinting at what he’d like for Father’s Day, Scott and Justin Gray pick up a case of Busch Beer at the end of a walk through downtown Cherry Valley, where banners, posters and even coasters reminded them that all Joe wanted was a Busch, all as part of a national ad campaign by the Busch Beer company. The ad, shot Sunday, June 3 in Cherry Valley, premiered today, and a second ad, also starring the Gray family, will premier on Father’s Day.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMMERCIAL

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Cherry Valley Want To Buy Joe Gray A Beer

Cherry Valley Rallies

To Buy Joe Gray A Beer

Joe Gray, center, Cherry Valley, had to get used to being in the spotlight this morning as film crews followed him around village, taking footage for an extensive ad campaign for Busch beer featuring himself. Banners, and posters cover windows, telephone poles, store fronts and even adorn the sides of buildings, all with Joe’s “subtle” hints to his family about what to get him this Father’s Day Joe was hand-selected by Busch to be an “every-man” in their upcoming national ad campaign which will also feature his wife Kim and sons Scott and Justin.  Teasers are expected out soon with the full commercial premiering on Father’s Day. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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