MILFORD – Phyllis F. Mattison, 92, who was active in Milford Center Community Bible Church, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Cooperstown Center where she resided.
She was born May 28, 1928, at Parshall Hospital in Oneonta, the daughter of Stuart A. and Ena M. (Dana) Foote.
Phyllis grew up in Otego and graduated from Otego Central School in 1945. She attended Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in interior design.
SCHENEVUS – The state Education Department has granted the Town of Maryland Historical Society a charter as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, the society announced today.
This means that the Town of Maryland Historical Society can officially be registered in New York State, fundraise through membership, collect historical items, and share the stories and history of the town and vicinity.
On your feet, Magyar, the homeland calls!
The time is here, now or never!
Shall we be slaves or free?
This is the question, choose your answer!
From the National Poem of Hungary, by Sándor Petöfi
ONEONTA – Born at the start of World War II in a small rural settlement in eastern Hungary, József Kiss survived the front lines of German and Russian armies sleeping in an underground bunker at night with his family and neighbors.
Perhaps it is no wonder that he eventually become a Freedom Fighter in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, bravely joining with others in their attempt to establish democracy. The little boy that pointed at planes flying overhead and told his mother he would one day fly to America somehow knew that he was destined to leave his homeland.
Couple Operated 2 Mobile Home Parks
DAVENPORT – Kathleen Márton Kiss (née Lídia) passed away in her home on Feb. 3, 2021. Her husband of 64 years, József Kiss, survived her by only five days.
Growing up in Socialist Hungary behind the Iron Curtain, Kathleen and her fiancé fled the country as refugees of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. After marrying in Austria, they flew to the United States with help from the Hungarian Reformed Protestant Church and began their new life on a farm in New York State.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MARCH 5
SEMINAR – 8:30 – 11 a.m. Learn about the progress in bringing Broadband internet to Otsego County from Otsego Electric Cooperative CEO Tim Johnson. Free, registration required. Presented by The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. 607-432-4500 or visit otsegocc.com
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – After last month’s hour-long fiery debate at the county board meeting over resolutions expressing contrary views on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, both resolutions went through routinely at today’s meeting as part of the consent agenda.
County Rep. Rick Brockway, on Zoom from his West Laurens home, answered a question his wife was relaying to him from a caller.
“We didn’t pull either of them,” replied Brockway. “They didn’t pull theirs, so we didn’t pull ours.”
“Rick, you’re not on mute,” one of his fellow Zoom meeting participants called out.
COOPERSTOWN – Recommendations ranged from “an outside entity to review complaints against officers” to “implicit bias awareness training,” as the county’s Law Enforcement Review Task Force reported this morning to the county Board of Representatives.
The public has until 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, to read the report and email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. The county reps will meet at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 25, to approve the report, which is due in Albany by April 1.
SQSPCA SWITCHES ROLES
Max, top photo, awaits a snack from Susquehanna Animal Shelter staffer Allison Hungerford this afternoon as, duded up with a tie, he relaxed in SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes’ office at the Hartwick Seminar facility. Meanwhile, to dramatize Max’s plight, Haynes, inset right, spent the day in Max’s cage. He’s been in the shelter 444 days, the longest of any of the residents there. Today, the 5-year-old pit bull spent 444 minutes – 7 hours and 24 minutes – in the executive director’s office, and she in his kennel. The shelter has been focused on getting its charges adopted as soon as possible. While Max received treats, Stacie read a book and tried to ignore her barking neighbors. To adopt a dog or cat, click here. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MARCH 4
CONSERVATION – 7 p.m. Join the museum for discussion with landscape painter Ellen Wong, and Associate Professor Lisa Tessier on the rural and working landscape of Otsego County. Presented by the Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org/interactions/