The Milford Methodist Church Building Committee gathers this evening after a Covenant Service, where the congregation recommitted itself to a new chapter in the local church’s 150-year history. Front row, from left, are Al Dubreuil, Emily Mattison-Welsh, Pastor Sylvia Barrett, Lola Rathbone, committee chair, Tom Rathbone and Sandy Andrews; top row, from left, state Sen. Jim Seward, Bill Triolo, Russell Freer and David Meade. Inset, Pastor Sylvia, assisted by Meade, gives communion to 80 congregants, including Miranda Cotten. An open house for the community is 3-6 p.m. Saturday (June 8), with the Dedication and Confirmation Service at 10:45 Sunday (June 9). The new church on Route 28, just north of Milford, replaces one that burned Sunday, March 12, 2017. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
SPRINGFIELD CENTER – The Springfield Fourth of July Committee today announced Springfield residents Allan and Patricia (Pat) Pullis will be co-grand marshals of this year’s 105th event.
The Pullis’ Roedale Farm is one of few producing dairy farms remaining in the Town of Springfield. The 900 acres of rolling green hills sustain 140 registered Holsteins, and provide milk, hay and straw, and breeding stock throughout the Northeast.
To call Roedale Farm a “family farm” seems an understatement.
COOPERSTOWN – The Clark Foundation board of directors Monday approved first-year college scholarship grants to 215 students, totaling $826,600, Foundation President Jane Forbes Clark announced today.
The scholarships will assist students in 13 school district: Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, Laurens, Milford, Owen D. Young, Morris, Mount Markham, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Worcester. Students at BOCES’ Otsego Area Occupational Center will also benefit.
“The board and I are delighted to recognize the accomplishments of this distinguished group of graduating seniors by assisting them in their undergraduate studies,” said Miss Clark. “These exceptional young men and women have compiled excellent records at their schools and as we welcome them to The Clark Foundation Scholarhsip Program, we wish each of them a very successful college experience.”
Students from Mrs. Polomcean’s third grade class at Milford Central School bid farewell to a school of 50 brown trout that they have been raising in their classroom by releasing them into Schenevus Creek earlier this morning. Above, as fellow students sing “Bye Bye Trout,” Topanga Miller releases of of the fish under the watchful eye of Mike Zurn, Franklin, from Trout Unlimited. At right, Katelyn Smith prepares to release a fish alongside Keven Kelley, Oneonta, left, and Bob Wikoff, Oneonta. The trout-raising project, in its first year at Milford, was the idea of third-grade teacher Kim Burkhart, who had done it with another class in Sherburne, and the tank in her classroom was donated by Trout Unlimited. She plans to continue the project next year. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Today, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, and two of his colleagues introduced legislation applauding his alma mater, Colgate University, on its 200th anniversary.
He was joined by his Upstate colleague, Rep. Anthony Brindisi, the Utica Democrat, and Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, a Colgate alumna and Democrat who represents the Philadelphia suburbs.
A member of the Class of 1999, Delgado delivered this year’s commencement address at the university, which has many Otsego County alumni, ranging from Attorney Michael Getman, the Oneonta city prosecutor, to John Odell, the Hall of Fame curator.
COOPERSTOWN – Dr. Konika Sharma, a Bassett Hospital internal medicine resident in her third year of training, earned the 2019 E. Donnall Thomas Research Day Outstanding Research Presentation award for a finding that could improve detection of damage to retinas caused by diabetes.
Sharma addressed the question: “Is a hand-held non-mydriatic (no dilation required) fundus camera superior to the referred dilated eye exams for the screening and detection of diabetic retinopathy in the primary care setting?” Her answer was: yes.
A Susquehanna River of girls – upward of 800, organizers said – flowed all the way from the Clark Sports Center up Susquehanna Avenue to the Route 33 junction – as far as the eye could see – for the 2019 Girls On The Run event, now wending its way around Cooperstown. Inset, Carlotta Falso, Cooperstown, and Charlotte Marietta, Fly Creek, along with Charlotte’s mom Melissa, waits at the front of throng waiting to move to the starting line. No one had precise numbers yet – registration was underway from 9 a.m. until the noon starting time, but GOTR Council Director Jill Feury said she expected participation to meet or surpass the 800 runners in recent years. This year, she said, Oneonta’s Greater Plains school and the Margaretville district are participating again, and Fulton-Fonda continues to ramp up its participation. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – At Temple Beth El’s 84th annual Congregational Meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, members will vote on a successor to Rabbi Molly Karp, who has served locally for almost five years.
Rabbi Karp will also be honored at a farewell luncheon at noon, June 15, in the congregation’s social hall.
Since 2014, while serving the Oneonta temple on a parttime basis, Rabbi Karp served as a faculty member at the Golda Och Academy in West Orange, N.J., and teaches Torah, Hebrew, Bible and other aspects of Judaism to teens and adults in a wide variety of venues.
Alexander Bernhard Wood, 11, tries out the offerings at 21 Delaware St., where one of dozens of tag sales are underway today in the Village of Cooperstown. Richard Butler, behind table, and David Wood are putting on this sale. Inset, are dreams of chocolate cake dancing through the head of Aube Giroux, Cooperstown? She’s examining a glass cake dome at 18 Eagle St. You want something, it’s probably for sale somewhere today in Cooperstown. (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)