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Bargain Seekers Fill Coop Streets

Community Tag Sale Underway

Bargain Seekers

Fill Coop Streets

Cooperstown’s streets are lined with cars this morning as bargain seekers from across the county and as far away at the Capitol District are sorting their way through offerings at a few dozen tag sales, part of the annual Community Yard Sales underway today.  At right, Meagan Miller of West Laurens, with baby Clara, 11 months, in arms, walks away from the Sansevere family’s sales at 76 Chestnut St. wearing a new blue rain jacket.  In the background is dad Grady.  A community yard sale is also underway in Milford, where the fire department on Main Street is putting on a barbecue — good eats!

CLICK HERE FOR MAP OF YARD SALES

 

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Earth Day Attendees Reduce, Reuse And Grow Mushrooms

Earth Day Attendees Reduce,

Reuse And Grow Mushrooms

Earth Day puts the fun in fungus! Here, Chris Grady of Shady Grady Shiitake, right, Cooperstown, directs Fiona Dejardin and Sandy Andrews as they innoculate logs with shiitake mushroom spores. The spores are then sealed from parasites with a wax covering and the log placed outside in shade. The yield usually appears in 4-6 months. This was one of the many activities and workshops happening at Milford Central School this afternoon during the annual Earth Day celebration. Other activities included a recycled fashion show, yoga, Styrofoam collection, clothing swap, informational tables, workshops and local food vendors. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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‘Partners In History’ Event Highlights Otsego History

‘Partners In History’ Event

Highlights Otsego History

Hops expert Al Bullard, Milford, top photo, who published “The Hops Farmer’s Year” in 2015, discusses the once-ubiquitous Otsego County crop, now being revived, with attendees – from left, Dorothy LaGasse, Sandy Chase and Donna Robinson, all of Cooperstown.  The event was this morning’s “Partners In History” at Milford’s Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center, where historic displays were put on by local historians from across Otsego County.  At left is Judy Kessler, president of the Milford Historical Society, which hosted today’s event in collaboration with the Otsego County Historical Association.  Activities included a tour of the Sayre House and store, next door to the former Presbyterian church, conducted by Jim Havener.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Eunice Saunders Turns 101, Feted At Cooperstown Centers

Eunice Saunders Turns 101,

Feted At Cooperstown Centers

Eunice Sanders turned 101 Wednesday, April 4, at the Cooperstown Center (formerly Focus) and was feted at a celebration at the facility.  She was born April 4, 1917.   Eunice, who had lived in Milford, was a housewife, married for 65 years.  She has four children – Don, Doris, Linda and Richard – and 12 grandchildren.  With her at the party is son Richard and daughter-in-law Lorie.

 

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Sheriff, Bliss Reach Accord On Devlin Son

Sheriff, Bliss

Reach Accord

On Devlin Son

Medical Examination Agreed Over

Deputy Suspended More Than Year

By JIM KEVLIN  • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Chairman Bliss
Sheriff Devlin

COOPERSTOWN – A breakthrough has been agreed to in the case of county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.’s son Ros, a correctional officer at the county jail who has been under suspension since January 2017.

The sheriff has agreed to recuse himself under Section 72 of state Civil Service law, which will allow county board Chairman David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, to order a medical examination of the son, Bliss confirmed a few minutes ago.

The examination could determine whether the younger Devlin can return to work, or could open the way for his eventual dismissal.

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Ellery Bostwick, 70; Dairy Farmer, Fireman, Town Justice

IN MEMORIAM: Ellery Bostwick, 70;

Dairy Farmer, Fireman, Town Justice

Ellery F. Bostwich

MILFORD – Ellery F. Bostwick, 70, a dairy farmer, 39-year volunteer firefighter and town justice, passed away March 16, 2018, at Bassett Hospital in the presence of his family.

He was born May 16, 1947, in Oneonta, the son of Ellery M. and Dorothy (Quick) Bostwick.

Ellery graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1968. He married Linda Hinkley Aug. 4, 1968,  in Cooperstown Junction Methodist Church.

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County GOP Backs Devlin For 4th Term

County GOP Backs

Devlin For 4th Term

Fernandez Plans Primary Challenge

Bob Fernandez
Rich Devlin

MILFORD – The Otsego County Republican Committee endorsed county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. Saturday for a fourth term, according to county Chairman Vice Casale.

Casale said retired state trooper Bob Fernandez said he will circulate petitions to primary Devlin in a Sept. 10 primary.

The GOP chair said the secret ballot garnered 2-1 support for Devlin.  Fernandez said the actual count was 42-27.

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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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