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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.”
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)