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Jason T. Purcell, 38; Excelled In Snowmobile Racing, Golf

IN MEMORIAM: Jason T. Purcell, 38;

Excelled In Snowmobile Racing, Golf

Jason Purcell

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Jason Thomas Purcell, 38, a construction supervisor known locally for snowmobile racing and golf, died unexpectedly due to heart failure on Aug. 29, 2018.

A memorial service and celebration of life reception will at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, at Meadow Links Golf Course, Town of Richfield.

He was raised on Brick House Farm working alongside his family, where his work ethic and dedication to friends and family were cultivated.

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2 Richfield Men Charged In Edmeston Tool Theft

2 Richfield Men Charged

In Edmeston Tool Theft

Sadlon
Gage

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – State police have charged two Town of Richfield men in a July 2 burglary in Edmeston, as well as several larcenies locally.

Mitchell W. Sadlon, 34, and Justin A. Gage, 30, were charged with the felony of burglary, second degree, and the misdemeanor of petit larceny.  The arrests, made Aug. 13, were announced today.

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Delgado, Faso Due In County For Richfield, Oneonta Events

Delgado, Faso Due In County

For Richfield, Oneonta Events

The candidates in this fall’s campaign for Congress from Otsego County’s 19th District will be making local public appearances:

  • Today, Democrat Antonio Delgado will conduct a meet and greet at 7 p.m. at the Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 Main St., sponsored by the Rotary Club.  Free; public welcome.
  • Friday, Republican John Faso, the incumbent will be in Oneonta at 5 p.m. for a fish fry to benefit Ed Telfer at the Vets’ Club, 278 Chestnut St. Telfer was injured in a motorcycle accident two weeks ago.
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Richfield Springs Graduates 25 In Class Of 2018

Richfield Springs Graduates 25

Richfield Springs Central School Board of Education member Tony Bailey speaks during the schools 2018 graduation ceremony on Saturday morning. RSCS saw 25 students receive their diplomas, with Valedictorian Dhara Patel and Salutatorian Gabriella Hudziack addressing their classmates during the ceremony in the RSCS gymnasium. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Dustin N. Groat, 19; RSCS Graduate Died When Kayak Capsized In Lake
IN MEMORIAM

Dustin N. Groat, 19; RSCS Graduate

Died When Kayak Capsized In Lake

Dustin N. Groat

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Dustin Norman Groat, 19, of Richfield Springs, who passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018, when his kayak capsized on Canadarago Lake during a storm.

He was born on Feb. 2, 1999, in Cooperstown, the son of Eric Groat and Evelyn Seward, and graduated from Richfield Springs Central School, Class of 2017.

Dustin and his dad had a special connection and he loved spending time on the farm with him. His favorite place to be, and where he was happiest, was outside. Whether he was working on the farm, mowing lawns, or just hanging out with family. He enjoyed operating heavy farm equipment in the fields.

 

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Teen Drowns In Canadarago Lake

Teen Drowns In

Canadarago Lake

Kayak Sinks During Sudden Storm

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – A Jordanville teen drowned in Canadarago Lake after his kayak capsized during last night’s storm.

According to State Police, Dustin Groat, 19, Jordanville, was with another teenager when they got into their kayaks at the Canadarago Lake Boat Launch at approximately 7:30 p.m. and paddled to Deowongo Island.

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Alex, Barbara Shields Renew Vows On 40th Year Of Marriage

Alex, Barbara Shields Renew

Vows On 40th Year Of Marriage

Renewing their vows after 40 years of marriage, Alex and Barbara Shields receive the blessing this morning from Father Dane Boston, rector, Christ Episcopal Church, Cooperstown, during Sunday mass.  The husband is a retired county representative from Richfield Springs, representing the towns of Richfield and Springfield. His wife, a retired teacher, was a longtime member of the Republican County Committee. After today’s mass, the Shieldses hosted a reception in the parish hall that included a performance by Irish stepdancers, plus a traditional corn beef and cabbage lunch. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Business Booms, As TREPs Marks 10th Anniversary Here

Business Booms, As TREPs

Marks 10th Anniversary Here

Business is booming, and will continue to be until 4:30 this afternoon in Cooperstown Central’s Bursey Gym, as the TREPS Marketplace, a training ground for young entrepreneurs, is marking its 10th anniversary. Here, Sophia Hotaling, left, and Jillian Lifgren, proprietors of Paw Protectors, explains their specialty dog-care products to prospective buyers, and there’s much more.  This year, a record 15 entrepreneurs from Richfield Springs Central participated, and that village’s mayor, Ron Frohne, was among honorees at the ribbon-cutting that opened the event.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Giocomo Giardi, 95; WWII Navy Veteran, Retired Farmer

IN MEMORIAM: Giocomo Giardi, 95;

WWII Navy Veteran, Retired Farmer

Giocomo “Jack” Guardi

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Giocomo L. “Jack” Guardi, 95, a World War II Navy veteran and retired dairy farmer, passed away peacefully Monday evening Dec. 4, 2017, at his home, with his family by his side.

He was born on Nov. 15, 1922, in Deerfield, Oneida County, a son of the late Giocomo and Joseppina Genovese Guardi. He was raised and educated in Saquoit. He served during World War II as a seaman, first class.

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