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Locals Brave Cold For Hanford Mills Ice Harvest

One Of Coldest Weekends Ideal

For Hanford Mills’ Ice Harvest

In it’s 29th year, the annual Hanford Mills Museum’s Ice Harvest Festival attracted hundreds of local families to East Meredith Saturday, eager to participate in the old fashioned ice harvest. Pictured above, Josh Coleman, 8, Windsor, helped cut ice blocks from the pond, pushed the blocks up a ramp on the bank, and pulled them on a sled to the ice house. Helping Josh in the photo is Milford resident Marvin Zachow. Besides the ice harvest, guests could observe ice sculptures, ride on a horse drawn wagon, and watch a live blacksmith demonstration. When guests got cold, Lori Solenstein, Milford, pictured at right, and many other volunteers were ready to serve soup which had been donated by many different local businesses. (Parker Fish/

Santa Rides Into Town

Santa Rides Into Milford

On Charlotte Valley RR

Santa Claus rode into Milford by train at 5 this evening. He was greeted by a large crowd of good boys and girls who wanted a chance to meet St. Nick. The children followed Santa down the street to the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center for hot cocoa and cookies. The children also got the chance to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. (Parker Fish/
Doris W. Oliver, 94; Rites Thursday For City Schools Retiree

IN MEMORIAM:  Doris W. Oliver, 94;

Rites Thursday For City Schools Retiree

Doris W. Oliver

ONEONTA – The funeral is this Thursday, Nov. 30, for Doris W. Oliver, 94, of Oneonta, who retired from the Oneonta City School District.  She passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

Born and raised in Milford, Doris was a graduate of Milford High School.  She was married for 70 years to Leland Arthur Oliver, who passed away on Nov. 10, 2011.

Doris worked for Bendix Corp. for over 25 years, then Oneonta schools for 12 years, then retired.   Since 2015, she had lived in Patterson, Calif., with her youngest son, Michael, and his wife Mary Jane, who cared for her.

‘Garden’ Window Installed In New Methodist Church

‘Garden’ Window Installed

In New Methodist Church

Pastor Sylvia Barrett preaches in front of the newly restored stained glass window depicting Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane that was installed this week in the Milford United Methodist Church. The window, which was unveiled before the congregation this morning, had been recused from the remains of the former church when it was consumed by fire earlier this year. Since then it has been undergoing extensive restorations by stained glass artisan Doug Hallberg, Oneonta, who dismantled, cleaned repaired and rebuilt the piece. For full story, read this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this Wednesday! (Ian Austin/


Police: Oneonta Man Stole $7,000 From Springbrook

Police: Oneonta Man Stole

$7,000 From Springbrook

Michael Graziano

MILFORD – An Oneonta man was arrested after state police received a tip that a Springbrook employee was stealing from the company.

Michael G. Graziano, 34, Oneonta, was arrested after police were advised of theft at Springbrook’s Milford campus. An investigation determined that Graziano had allegedly falsified business records from January to September 2017 to steal over $7,000 in pay.

Safe And Sound

Safe & Sound

Bell Plucked From Milford Church Tower

Onlookers held their breaths as Eastman Associates’ Mike French uses his excavator to delicately lift the bell from the wobbling remains of the Milford United Methodist Church’s bell tower during today’s demolition. French removed two walls of the tower to expose the bell well enough to grab it. As it was lifted out over the rubble, it rang three times,  the chimes echoing across the valley. Those in attendance cheered and applauded as the bell was placed safely on the ground. (Ian Austin/



Gilbert F. Sherman, 90; WWII Veteran, Wilber Bank Loan Officer

IN MEMORIAM: Gilbert F. Sherman, 90;

WWII Veteran, Wilber Bank Loan Officer

ONEONTA – Gilbert F. Sherman, 90, a World War II veteran and retired Wilber Bank loan officer, passed away on May 12, 2017 at Fox Nursing Home.   Previously, he lived in Milford.

He was the husband of the late Jane (Schempf) Sherman. He was born on April 21, 1927 in Middleburgh, son of the late Lee and Edith (Fryar) Sherman. He graduated from Milford Central School in 1944. Gil served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific during the World War II Army of Occupation as a radio man on a B-17.

Elmo Joins Bunny’s Easter Ride

Elmo Joins Bunny’s Easter Ride

Elmo joined the Easter Bunny yesterday at the first of the Leatherstocking Railroad Historical Association’s holiday train rides, departing from the Milford Depot.  The two will ride the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley rails from Milford to Cooperstown again at 1:30 p.m. today, and again next weekend, at 1:30 Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16.  (Cheryl Clough/


Create Beautiful Home Decor


CRAFT NIGHT – 6:30 p.m. Create some beautiful home decor our of some paint and a burlap canvas. Creative fun for crafters of any skill level. The Green Earth, 4 Market St., Oneonta. Info,

STEAK DINNER – 5-7 p.m. Includes salad, potato, vegetable, rolls, and dessert. Open to public. Cost, $20. Oneonta Vets Club, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Reservations, 432-0494 by 2/16.

PERFORMANCE – 7:30 p.m. Local and regional talent perform Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” Ballroom Gallery of the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown Village Library. or call (607)547-9777

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