Milford fundraiser rescheduled for Saturday at park
A community fundraiser for Milford Central School graduate Caleb Radulewicz, who was in a serious car accident in Ohio last month, was rescheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, in Milford’s Wilbur Park.
There will be a raffle, free activities and food available from Big Al’s. Raffle winners will be announced at 2 p.m.
Railroad announces reopening event
The Leatherstocking Historical Railway Society has announced a resumption of service beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7.
There will be a special train robbery reenactment on that date, as well as again during several weekends in August and September.
Go to Cooperstowntrain.com for event dates and other information.
Nature or nurture is a question I keep asking myself. Why have I always been afraid? Did I learn fear?
Why did my parents keep to themselves? Kept us close to them?
No overnights with other kids. Or other kids sleeping at our house.
Maybe not just because our house wasn’t as nice as the other kids?
My family lived secrets. Were Mom and Dad just shy? Or were they really afraid? That they would be shunned by neighbors? That they couldn’t measure up? That they might jeopardize the life they wanted to build for their girls’ futures?
Dad had told us why he emigrated from Northern Ireland. But was this the real story?
I had believed his story. It shaped my life. With four daughters on a farm my Dad needed sons. In the 50s and 60s, probably, a man needed at least one son.
Some things never change, which includes my spending weekends watching anime in my apartment alone.
Two and a half months since I’ve moved to Oneonta, I find myself curiously identifying with anime protagonists with a target audience of pre-pubescent boys.
People may raise their eyebrows at me, perhaps think I’m crazy, but I consider anime to be one of the greatest things in life. Nothing has the ability to bend reality like good animation.
Although in America, most people seem to feel like animation is kid’s stuff, that opinion is starting to change thanks to the weird rise of geek culture, making something that used to get you stuffed into a locker into something that could land you a date.
Not that I’ve been able to land a date since moving here, but I will say that when I do, I’m sure my extreme knowledge of anime, indie comics and obsessive attention to the price of Dogecoin and foreign news will likely impress them.
For this reason, I’m neither ashamed nor embarrassed by my penchant for consuming unholy amounts of anime, but I do think that maybe I ought to take more cues from anime as opposed to being a passive observer.
One example is Deku from “My Hero Academia,” an anime where practically every human has a special “quirk” that can make them a super hero.
Compiled by Tom Heitz/SHARON STUART, with resources
courtesy of The Fenimore Art Museum Research Library
135 Years Ago
Mr. N.C. Hart of Oneonta, who is
presently on his annual pilgrimage in the North Woods, writes poetically of his time there: “I have built me a cot close by a great rock at the base of a high mountain crest where the hawks sail around and game doth abound, and the eagle has chosen her nest. At the foot of the hill are both springlet and rill, and the shores of a bright sylvan lake in whose waters the trout leap spryly about and the deer comes his thirst to slake. Amid scenes like this our outing is bliss – no cares have we on our mind. We enjoy perfect rest in a haven that’s blest mid nature’s own bright summer clime.”
MARYLAND — As he could see his senior season of wrestling being washed away by the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 Milford Central School graduate Avery Leonard said he relied on his philosophy of life, “worry about what you can control, let go of everything you can’t control.”
“I have always run with that saying,” he said, Monday, July 19.
Leonard and his father/wrestling coach, Nate Leonard, spoke with AllOtsego.com at their “summer home” on Goodyear Lake, about his career and losing his senior season after spending three years working toward a state title.
Compiled by Tom Heitz/SHARON STUART, with resources
courtesy of The Fenimore Art Museum Research Library
210 YEARS AGO
A Comet! Another of those singular and extraordinary bodies has made its appearance within view of our globe. It was discovered a few evenings since, but its apparent smallness and the haziness of the atmosphere, prevented its being again seen for several evenings. Its present place at dark is a little south of west, and about 25 degrees above the horizon. It has changed its place considerably since it was first observed, and is now apparent five degrees higher above the horizon. From this it is evident that it has passed its perihelia, and it must be receding from the sun, and the the planets. (Ed. Note: The writer witnessed this comet in May in Chillicothe, Ohio)
The 28th Pit Run, in honor of late State Trooper Ricky J. Parisian, will take place Sunday, Oct. 3, in Oneonta.
“We are so excited to announce our 28th annual event,” Race Director Dave Weaver said in a media release. “Not only does the Pit Run celebrate Ricky J. Parisian’s heroism, but it celebrates the best attributes of the greater Oneonta community. It is a wonderful family event, not just a running race!”
The Pit Run was started in 1994 to celebrate and remember Parisian’s life and service. Parisian died that year while trying to stop an armed robbery at the Great American food store in Oneonta.
All money raised from the run goes directly to the Ricky J. Parisian Foundation, which has awarded over $609,745 in scholarships and community grants since its inception.
FLY CREEK — Assistant fire chiefs Jess Lanza and Henry Hight responded to a call that saved a town highway crewman’s life on Tuesday, July 13.
A crewman had gotten his boots stuck in a culvert in the area of Christian Hill after a beaver dam collapse caused rushing water to drag him into the collapsed and damaged pipe.
“It was actually just a mile from my house, so I was first on the scene,” Lanza said.
There he found two people holding the man from the water.
“We needed to essentially sling him and prevent him from going any further,” Lanza said.
The firefighters used a rescue sling which was able to hoist him up. Less than a minute afterwards, an ambulance arrived, which took him to the hospital. The crewman was “visibly exhausted,” but they say he only suffered minor injuries.
“It was a big relief when we got him about,” Hight said.
The Otsego County Office of Emergency Services announced the following updates Wednesday, July 21, to road closures because of heavy rainfall and substantial flooding that took place on Saturday, July 17, 2021, in the towns of Butternuts, Morris, Pittsfield and now Unadilla.
As of Wednesday morning, the following road updates are available:
NYS roadways: From the village of Morris, south, between Dimock Hollow Road & Nichols Road, near the Butternuts/Morris town line remains closed.
Butternuts: Dunhams Cross Road remains closed.
Morris: Dimock Hollow Road between Creighton and state Route 23 is closed. Gulf Road between Pegg/Potato Farm Road is closed. Pittsley Road between Dimock Hollow and West Hill roads is closed. Spring Street is closed.
Pittsfield: Cobb Road and Hawks Road remain closed.
Unadilla: All roadways are open.
Reminder: The Office of Emergency Services ask that motorists adhere to road-closed signage and traffic barriers until necessary repairs are made to assure safe passage. In addition, while some roadways have been made passable, please continue to exercise extreme caution while traveling in these areas.
In order to honor a legendary coach and alumnus of Hartwick College, the college is renaming its traditional golf tournament “The Classic Nick Lambros Tournament,” which will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25.
The annual tournament that attracts many participants, including former athletes, alumni and members of the community.
“As an avid golfer and supporter of all things Hartwick, we see this as a fitting way to honor a person who has impacted Hartwick College and the Athletic Department in such meaningful ways,” Hartwick College Athletic Director John Czarnecki said in a media release. “This is an excellent opportunity to create a long-standing tribute to honor Nick’s accomplishments and spirit he brings with everything he does.”
Lambros has been involved with college athletics for over 60 years, coaching NCAA basketball as well as baseball and even being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was an assistant men’s basketball coach during the 2020-2021 season
Registration for the tournament is $150 for individuals and $500 for teams.
Go to www.hartwickalumni.org/classicnick2021 or call Susanne Jones at 607-431-4431 for more information.
ONEONTA — In a two and a half hour meeting, the issue of housing was forefront as the Common Council struggled to come to agree on the choice of an out-of-city resident as part of the housing commission on Tuesday, July 20.
This appointment was narrowly approved, 4-3, with Kaytee Lipari Shue, Len Carson and Scott Harrington being the dissenting votes.
The motion to appoint Audrey Benkenstein, with the addition of Oneonta resident Peter Friedman, was brought up for a second time after being voted down during the last common council meeting, something that Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig told AllOtsego.com last week was “mystifying,” since Lipari Shue had pushed for a non-city resident to be on the Arts Commission.
The main point of contention was that Benkenstein was not a Oneonta resident. However Herzig pointed out her appointment was voted down “only minutes after approving a Cherry Valley artist” for the Arts Commission.
Herzig said the Arts Commission held real power whereas the Housing Commission was an advisory position, and therefore those appointed to the Housing Commission were not considered officials with any kind capacity to approve anything.
SUNY announced that Dr. Alberto Jose Cardelle would be appointed SUNY Oneonta President on Tuesday, July 20.
This appointment is effective Sept. 6.
“From our first meeting with Dr. Cardelle, I was impressed, and the entire search committee was unanimous that he would be the ideal candidate for SUNY Oneonta,” SUNY Board Vice Chairman Cesar Perales, said in a press release. “His abilities go beyond his resume, which is extraordinary, as he shares a passion for creating a more equitable system in which students can thrive.”
The flooding that occurred in Gilbertsville, Morris and Pittsfield on Saturday, July 17, is expected to cost millions and elected officials are calling for federal and state funding to pay for some of the damages.
State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Maryland, estimated that the amount of money needed for the flood damage in Butternuts and Morris would far exceed their total respective town budgets.
“After what I’ve seen, it would be conservative (that damages) would cost at least their budgets and then some,” Oberacker said.
By KEVIN LIMITI and GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials were on the scene in southwestern Otsego County on Sunday, July 18, to assess flooding Saturday, July 17, in the villages of Morris and Gilbertsville and the towns of Morris and Butternuts.
According to Rep. Michelle Farwell, D-Butternuts, Morris, Pittsfield, the cost of the damage is expected to be in the millions, particularly with the damage to one of the bridges on state Route 51.
Heavy rains Saturday night caused the Butternut Creek and several of its tributaries to flood, first around Gilbertsville, and later in Morris south of the Otsego County Fairgrounds. An eyewitness account said the floodwaters in Gilbertsville at about 8:30 p.m., Saturday, were “like a waterfall coming down the hill.”
The floods stuck Morris a few minutes later, after a wash of flood debris clogged the culverts around the fairground, which were put in after the massive 2006 floods. The debris rendered the improvements useless and many of the same areas that flooded in 2006 got reflooded.