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DOZENS PLUNGE FOR GOOD CAUSE

DOZENS PLUNGE

FOR GOOD CAUSE

Foot Of Ice Ideal For Goodyear Jump

Just because Mataiah Waters, daughter of Goodyear Polar Bear Jump founders Jamie and Brenda Waters, has been taking the plunge since age 3 doesn’t make the shock any less. She jumped today with boyfriend Mike Strenck of Milford. For more than a quarter-century, the annual jump has been raising funds for ailing children. Some 200 jumpers were prepared to take the leap today. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy Marie Smith Weir, 97; Organist For Milford Church

IN MEMORIAM

Dorothy Marie Smith Weir, 97;

67-Year Organist At Milford 

Dorothy Weir

MILFORD – Dorothy Marie Smith Weir, 97, the organist for 67 years at the Milford United Methodist Church, passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord Monday, Feb. 12, surrounded by her loving family after a short illness.

Dorothy was born in Bethany, Pa., the daughter of Methodist Reverend Joseph H. Smith and Marie E. Albertson.  She attended various schools prior to moving to Oneonta. Dorothy graduated from Oneonta High School in the Class of 1939. After graduation, she attended Syracuse University, majoring in Music and Fine Arts with a minor in organ.

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Mary S. Buck, 90; Teacher, Nurse Helped Raise Llamas

IN MEMORIAM: Mary S. Buck, 90;

Teacher, RN Helped Raise Llamas

Mary S. Buck

MILFORD – Mary S. Buck, 90, a teacher and nurse who operated a llama farm here for 22 years, passed away Feb. 3, 2018, at home after a long illness.

She was born Nov. 24, 1927, in Brooklyn, one of 12 children to Herbert and Winefred Selleck.

She married David L. Buck on August 18, 1963.

Mary was a school teacher for many years.  She also received a register nurse’s degree, which became very valuable in the raising and caring for the llamas at the farm she and her husband owned and operated for 22 years.

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Maryland Women Arrested For Hit-and-Run

Maryland Women Arrested

For Milford Hit-and-Run

MILFORD – A Town of Maryland woman was arrested by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department for fleeing the scene of an accident after she struck a Milford woman walking along the side of State Highway 7 near the intersection of County Highway 58A.

Mindy Stevens, 35, allegedly struck Evelyn Ruiz, 29, with her car after traveling into the road’s shoulder, where Ruiz was walking west with the flow of traffic, alongside Jermaine Weir, 21. Stevens then allegedly fled the scene without stopping.

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Hundreds Fill Gym At Annual Auction

350 At Benefit Auction

For Polar Bear Jump

With a crowd of about 350 eager guests, The Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump was able to raise over $10,000 at the annual Chinese Auction in the Milford Central School gymnasium this afternoon. A tradition that began 23 years ago, the Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump sees hundreds of willing volunteers raise money through sponsors to take the plunge into the icy waters of frozen Goodyear Lake. The funds raised from the event, lasts year raising a record $128,000, are distributed to multiple local children facing severe illness or injury, such as 16-year-old Mackenzie Cotten of Sidney, pictured at right, who is one of 11 local recipients for this year’s event. The annual Chinese Auction held by the Polar Bear Jump is just another fundraiser to help offset the costs for the big event, scheduled for February 17, 2018. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

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7 Teens Face Charges For Fire Inside Railcar

7 Teens Face Charges

For Fire Inside Railcar

Russell Jones, a member of Milford’s Volunteer Fire Department, douses flames from a train car fire in Milford on Oct. 3. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

MILFORD – The county Sheriff’s Department has charged a total of seven teens –six boys and a girl, ages 16 to 16 – in the fire that destroyed a railcar on the Leatherstocking Railroad Historical Association siding on Oct. 3.

Two of the teens had been arrested in December, and this completes the investigation.

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Full House For New Senior Meal Site

It’s A Full House At

New Senior Meal Site

Sheila Bernier and Terri Coy, servers with the Trinity Serving Group, prepare plates for Sandy Andrews, Tom Rathbone, and Nancy Wycoff, Milford, at the inaugural Senior Meal Site this morning at the Milford United Methodist Church. 40 seniors gathered for a roast pork lunch with sweet potatoes, spinach and chocolate chip cookies, followed by a brief address from state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. The lunch, part of a pilot program through the Office of the Aging, will be served the fourth Wednesday of every month. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Senior Meal Site To Open At Milford Church

Senior Meal Site Due In Milford

MILFORD – The Milford United Methodist Church will host the inaugural Senior Meals Social, sponsored by the Office of the Aging, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan.24.

“Seniors are often isolated, especially in the winter,” said Rev. Sylvia Barrett, pastor of the church. “We want to use this opportunity to speak with them, see if they’d like to have speakers or other activities.”

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Althiser Pleads Guilty To Milford Church Arson

Althiser Pleads Guilty

To Milford Church Arson

Above, Gerald Althiser, 21, and his lawyer, David Taylor, listen as county Judge John F. Lambert reads the terms of Althiser’s guilty plea this morning. Althiser plead guilty to attempted arson, third degree, for the fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church last March. At right, Rev. Sylvia Barrett, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, read a statement on behalf of the church, telling Althiser that although they forgave him and were praying for him, they hoped the court would sentence him to a facility where he could receive mental health treatment.  Lambert sentenced Althiser to five years probation, to be served at the Homer Folks Facility, a supervised institution for the developmentally disabled, where he will receive counseling. Should he attempt to leave the facility, he will be arrested and sent to state prison for up to seven years. A judgement of $1 million was also placed against him.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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