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2021 Otsego County Yearbook

Looking Back on 2021

We are pleased to present our 2021 Otsego County Yearbook for you to enjoy. We’ve handpicked 52 pictures, one from every week of the year, each in their own way show life in Otsego County in Upstate New York.  These pictures are a nice cross-section of life in our county and our communities, week by week.

We hope you enjoy our year-end review.  We look forward to continuing to be your local  newspapers in 2022 and beyond!


In Memoriam Virginia Lee Ganio, 70 November 18, 1951 – January 7, 2022

In Memoriam

Virginia Lee Ganio, 70

November 18, 1951 – January 7, 2022

MT. VISION – Virginia Lee Ganio, 70, of Mt. Vision passed away Friday, January 7, 2022 at Bassett Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 18, 1951 in Cooperstown the daughter of the late Gino and Rosabel (Miller) Ganio.

Virginia graduated from Laurens Central School and went on to further her education and graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with a degree in Horticulture.

Having a loved of plants, Virginia owned and operated her own greenhouse “Ginny’s Place” in Mt. Vision for several years.

For 43 years she worked at Corning, Inc. as a machine operator and the stockroom clerk.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Local State of the State Presentation 01-11-22

Local State of the State Presentation


STATE OF THE STATE – 9:30 a.m. Join free virtual meeting to hear about what our legislators are working on in 2022. Free, pre-registration required. Presented by Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. 607-432-4500 or visit

In Memoriam Elizabeth J. Arnold, 70 December 1, 1951 – January 7, 2022

In Memoriam

Elizabeth J. Arnold, 70

December 1, 1951 – January 7, 2022

Elizabeth J. Arnold

ONEONTA – Elizabeth J. Arnold, 70, a life-long resident of the Oneonta area, died Friday morning, January 7, 2022, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

She was born December 1, 1951, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, one of eight children of Charles and Rose E. (Sisson) Banks. She was raised on the Banks family farm in Oneonta.

In recent years she resided at Robynwood in Oneonta, until moving to Robinson Terrace Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stamford.

She will be remembered for always caring about others and for having a big heart.

Death Notice Douglas L. McLaud

Death Notice

Douglas L. McLaud

Douglas Lynn McLaud of Springhill, Florida passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022 with his beloved wife Pauline Miller McLaud by his side. A complete obituary will follow.

 A memorial service is planned for a later date.

In Memoriam Mary Lee Andrews, 86 October 7, 1935 – December 14, 2021

In Memoriam

Mary Lee Andrews, 86

October 7, 1935 – December 14, 2021

MIDDLETOWN – Mary Lee Andrews entered into rest on December 14th, 2021 after battling dementia for many years. She was 86 years old.

Mary was born and raised in Cooperstown, NY to Ernest Schidzick and Bernice Smith Schidzick. She attended Cooperstown High School, class of 1953.

She married Ronald C. Andrews on August 17th, 1957. They were married for 22 years until his passing in 1981.

Mary was a receptionist for many years at a local orthodontist before moving on to be employed at the family care division at Middletown Psychiatric Center. Upon her retirement, she remained active doing volunteer work in the Middletown area. She served with the Meals on Wheels program, the Middletown Paramount Theatre, and was an active member of the Middletown YMCA where she made many friends in the water aerobics classes.

In Memoriam Nelson A. Bradshaw, 74 An Actor’s Final Curtain

In Memoriam

Nelson A. Bradshaw, 74

An Actor’s Final Curtain

Nelson Allen Bradshaw’s more than 10-year fight against Parkinson’s disease with Lewy body dementia (LBD) ended on December 31, 2021. Nelson was born in Redwood City, California, on April 14, 1947 to Obeda Rogers and Robert P. Bradshaw and was raised by his father. Nelson early discovered a love of acting, appearing in productions at Sequoia High School (Class of ’65) under the direction of Ray Doherty. He was also editor of the school paper. For a brief time as a young man he was a cub reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.

He joined the East West Players in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. One of the productions he performed in with EWP was In the Jungle of Cities. He was one of the initial members of EWP’s newly formed subgroup, the Total Theatre Ensemble, which performed in schools.

He worked in soap operas and had small parts in movies, such as a popcorn-eating theater patron in The World According to Garp and as a juror in the 1975 made-for-television film, Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case. The summer of 1979 found him performing at the Shawnee Summer Theatre in Indiana.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Seniors Walk with Friends 01-07-2022

Seniors Walk with Friends


WALKING CLUB – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun walk on Mondays & Fridays. with friends old and new and listen to music of the 70s. Free for members, non-members aged 50+. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 547-2800, ext. 109 or visit

COVID-19 TESTING – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Get tested and protect your friends and relatives. Appointments appreciated. Walk-ins accepted. American Legion, 86 W. Main St., Milford. Visit to sign up.

Fire at Oneonta Motel

Fire at Oneonta Motel

About an hour ago there was a fire at Motel 88 on Chestnut St., Oneonta. Fire crews are still on the scene. Check back for more details. (Photo by Joe Harmer)

This week 1-6-22
Letter: Festivus-worthy spending

Festivus-worthy spending

Here we go again! The annual Festivus report is in on some of the stupid expenditures that have been voted on in government this year. Millions spent on a study about gambling that paid for pigeons to play slot machines; another study that finally verified that kids crave junk food; $25 million for art projects to be displayed around New York City; more than $11 million that a US agency put out to request Vietnamese citizens stop burning their trash; $250 million to build border walls — not here but in the Middle East and Africa; $549 million on planes for the troops in Afghanistan that were left behind and turned into scrap.

God help us!

Margaret Kenyon
East Meredith

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