[Editor’s note: Last week, we published a letter from Ln Alessi about her daughter, Vincenza, a 2012 Cooperstown Central School graduate who received a bone marrow transplant. This is an update to that letter.]
“Scary news today, the transplant didn’t take,” Ln Allesi posted on Facebook last week. “We are praying for strength and wisdom.”
With that, Cooperstown Central teachers Jennifer Pindar and Rebecca Sciallo jumped into action to help Vincenza find a matching donor.
Otsego County farmers and their representatives wait anxiously as New York’s Department of Labor inches toward establishing its overtime work threshold for farm workers across the state — a decision that could come soon.
Assemblyman Chris Tague (R), whose district includes a broad swath of the county and a former dairy farmer himself, isn’t optimistic about the outcome.
“I was disappointed when I listened to Governor Hochul’s State of the State message last week,” he said. “When she started talking about increasing tax credits for farmers to offset operating costs, to me, that was a private message that the Wage Board will drop the overtime threshold.”
Public Health Director Heidi Bond told the January 5 Otsego County Board of Representatives her office is pushing New York State to speed up delivery of results from its Milford COVID testing facility as virus cases in the county go “through the roof.”
“Results come back within six or seven days and it should only take two,” she said in a virtual address to the Board. “We’re pushing the state to push the contractor to rectify that.”
“We’re trying to move to where the County Department of Health notifies people of their test results,” she said of the Milford logjam.
FIBER ARTS GROUP – 3 – 4 p.m. Bring your knitting, crocheting or other fiber art to work with the group on your current project. Springfield Library, 129 Co. Rd. 29A, Springfield. 315-858-5802 or visit libraries.4cls.org/springfield/
KN95 masks will be made available (FREE) for distribution to the public, beginning tomorrow at the Richfield Springs Fire Department on East James Street in the Village from 6 – 8 pm and again on Saturday, January 15 from Noon until 5 pm or until supplies last.
Bassett Medical Center President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. William LeCates is moving on, announcing to colleagues today (January 12) his plans to transition away from his leadership role at Bassett Healthcare to pursue a new opportunity in New York City.
Bassett Healthcare Network Director of Marketing and Communications Angie Blair said Dr. LeCates will remain with Bassett as its Northern Region Executive through April 30, 2022, to ensure “continuity of leadership as we move forward.”
Bernice Ann Cook Hopper, 57, of Wells Bridge passed away unexpectedly on January 4, 2022 at her home.
Bernice was born on April 19, 1964 in Walton, NY the daughter of the late Dotty Cook. She was also predeceased by brothers Philip and Arnold, and grandmother Frances Cook.
Bernice graduated from Sidney Central School in 1982. It was about that time, she met Mark, the love of her life over a turtle in a parking lot. On June 19, 1999, they married. She worked many years for Laurie Signorelli as a nanny for Sofia and Sky.
Bernice was a rock for many family members and was loved dearly by them. She and Mark also had a love for dogs, leaving behind her puppy, Willow.
SPRINGFIELD READS – 4 p.m. Bring the kids to listen to community members read stories of kindness. Presented at Springfield Library, 129 Co. Rd. 29A, Springfield. 315-858-5802 or visit libraries.4cls.org/springfield/
Covid-19 numbers continue to soar globally as the Omicron variant takes root, with New York and New Jersey leading the way in new testing positives. A top advisor to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Dr. Jay Varma, said this in a Twitter post earlier today: “Um, we’ve never seen this before in NYC,” citing a doubling of positive test results over a three-day period.
Reports this afternoon show more than 70 players in the National Football League currently sidelined with Covid-19; around the world, officials fear new record daily hospitalization rates even if the variant causes less severe disease.
The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows:
959 active cases
92 new cases
1 new deaths reported
15.3 percent seven-day average percentage positive
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.