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Milford United Methodist Church

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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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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Pastor Sylvia Barrett 2017 Citizen Of Year

AllOTSEGO.life YEARBOOK PUBLISHED

Pastor Sylvia Barrett

2017 Citizen Of Year

Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal announce the 2017 Citizen of the Year in this week’s editions: Pastor Sylvia Barrett, who is energetically leading her congregation into the future after the Milford United Methodist Church burned on March 12. Also this week’s newspapers, the Otsego County Yearbook, with one photo from every week of the just-ending year, is published. Available this afternoon at newsstands through Otsego County.
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Police Identify Milford Fire Suspect

Springfield Man, 20,

Milford Fire Suspect

Gerald Althiser Jr.

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – State Police have arrested Gerald E. Althiser Jr., 20, of Springfield Center, under suspicion of starting the fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church in March.

On Saturday, July 08,  State Police arrested Althiser for allegedly starting fires in two campers.  During the investigation, police allege that Althiser admitted to setting numerous fires, including the March 12 fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church on State Route 28 in the Town of Milford.

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Arrest Made In Milford Church Fire

Teen Arrested In

Milford Church Fire

The inside of the Milford United Methodist Church following the fire. (Ian Austin/AllOtsego.com)

MILFORD – A Middlefield teen was arrested and charged with setting the fire that destroyed the Milford United Methodist Church in March.

According to District Attorney John Muehl, state police arrested a young man on Saturday, July 8, for allegedly setting fires to several storage units in that town. During the investigation, police allegedly discovered evidence linking him to the church fire, and he was arrested.

Muehl said the suspect’s name and charges would be forthcoming from state police.

The fire was originally believed to have been an accident due to faulty electrical wiring.

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Fire At Milford United Methodist Church

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BLAZE GUTTING

MILFORD CHURCH

Flames push out from under the front gable of the Milford United Methodist Church, which is on fire at this hour. The fire began in the rear, where the dining hall and church offices are located. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Fire Began In Dining Hall

At Rear, Spreads Throughout

By LIBBY CUDMORE & JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

MILFORD – Almost a dozen fire crews at this hour are battling a blaze at the Milford United Methodist Church at 89 Main St. at this hour.

The crews, including Milford, Oneonta, Cooperstown, Mount Vision, Schenevus and several others appeared to have the blaze under control, but it was burning too hot to be extinguished.  It appeared likely the building will be a total loss.

Efforts are concentrating on the belltower at this hour (10 p.m.)

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