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At Covenant Service, Congregation Opens Door To New Chapter


At Covenant Service,

Congregation Opens

Door On New Chapter

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/

Allan, Patricia Pullis Named Grand Marshals At 4th Of July Parade

Allan, Patricia Pullis

Named Grand Marshals

At 4th Of July Parade

Couple Leaders In Local Agriculture
Milking 300 At Holsteins At Roedale
Pat and Allan Pullis are this year’s grand marshals at the Springfield Fourth of July parade.

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.

Eagle Scout Beautifies Oneonta Bus Stop

Eagle Scout Beautifies

SUNY Oneonta Bus Stop

Troop 23 Boy Scout Richard Serafin, third from left, and his crew stand proudly in front of Richard’s completed project that will qualify him as an Eagle Scout: the newly rebuilt and painted bus stop shelter at the West Street and College Terrace intersection. Richard started the project in April and finished today, said “There was a new person every day thanking me and telling me how much they appreciated us doing it.” From left, Troop 23 Scout Master David Morell; Scouts Jack Gustafson, 14, Richard, Brandon Brent, 16, and Nathan Tessitore; and Rick Serafin, Richard’s dad.
Clark Foundation Board Approves 215 Scholarships


Clark Foundation

Board Approves

215 Scholarships

First-Year Awards Amount To $826,600,

Aiding Students In 13 Districts, BOCES;

Next Year’s Total Will Be At $3.9 Million

Jane Forbes Clark

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.”

Milford 3rd Graders Release Trout They Raised Into Schenevus Creek

Back To Nature

Milford 3rd Graders Release Trout

They Raised Into Schenevus Creek

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/

Delgado Sponsors Resolution Celebrating Colgate’s 200th

Brindisi, Scanlon Join 19th Representative

Delgado Sponsors Resolution

Celebrating Colgate’s 200th

Congressman Delgado addressed Colgate’s graduates in May.

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.

It’s A Wrap!

It’s A Wrap!

‘We’re Onta Something’ Merchandise

Delivered To Downtown Merchants

Karen Backus, the Green Toad Bookstore, prepares to wrap up a purchase in the new Oneonta-themed paper that Trampoline delivered as part of the “We’re Onta Something” advertising campaign that debuted last month. Downtown merchants received wrapping paper, coasters and other paper goods to help market Oneonta as a place to shop, dine and enjoy. (Ian Austin/
Researcher Into Retinal Damage Wins E. Donnall Thomas Award

Research Into Retinal Damage

Wins E. Donnall Thomas Award

Dr. Sharma and her preceptor, Dr. James Dalton, Bassett’s Medical Education director.

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.

Many Hundreds Of Girls On Run

Rain Doesn’t Dampen Crowd

Many Hundreds

Of Girls On Run

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/

What Songs Do You Remember – And Why?

Libby Cudmore Asks Fenimore Audience:

What Songs Do You

Remember – And Why?

Libby Cudmore was heading home from work on the OPT, passing by Goodyear Lake and listening to Syd Straws’ “CBGBs” when she was inspired to write “The Big Rewind,” her detective novel published in 2016 by William Morrow. The writer and managing editor’s revelation came this afternoon during her lecture, “Rock Music and Memory,” one of periodic talks The Fenimore Art Museum is organizing this summer in connection with “Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits,” on loan from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The interplay between music and life can come early, she said: The first song she remembers hearing was her dad playing “Excitable Boy” on the record player, which led to her interest in mystery writing.  “When you raise the kids on Warren Zevon, what do you expect??  Here, Libby, who also writes music reviews for Paste and other national magazines, autographs “The Big Rewind” for Patrick and Jean Dewey, Cooperstown. (Jim Kevlin/
Lions’ Rubber Ducky Fundraiser Will Finance Leo’s Trip To U.N.

Lions’ Rubber Ducky Fundraiser

Will Finance Leos’ Trip To U.N.

Lion Paul Weber and other club members manned a booth in Cooperstown’s Pioneer Park this morning, lining up sponsors – $20 per duck – for the Rubber Ducky Race coming up Saturday, June 29. The fundraiser will underwrite a trip by the Leo Club, the Lions’ youth arm at CCS, to the United Nations this fall. (Unfamiliar with writing a charter, U.N. organizers drew on the Lions Club’s experience in drafting theirs, Weber said.) On the day of the race, the contesting duck will be placed in the Susquehanna River at Council Rock, and will float into a “V” of buoys. The first 10 winners will receive $50; other gifts from sponsors will also be awarded.  Ducks are also available at Ellsworth & Sill and Mel’s at 22.  Meanwhile, the Bandelions, a combo of Weber and Lions Tom Hohensee and Doug Parry, will perform Friday, June 14, at Mel’s, which will be providing drink specials and other offerings to raise money for the Leo’s trip. (Jim Kevlin/
Oneonta Temple Will Vote On Rabbi Karp’s Successor

Oneonta Temple Will Vote

On Rabbi Karp’s Successor

Rabbi Karp

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.

You Want It?  They’ve Got It,  Somewhere In Cooperstown

You Want It?  They’ve Got It,

 Somewhere In Cooperstown

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/

Steele Summer Interns Arrive At Hall Of Fame

Steele Summer Interns

Arrive At Hall Of Fame

Eighteen students from 17 colleges arrived in Cooperstown, part of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 19th annual Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development. From row from left are Leah Buhagiar, Kallan Jackson, Michael Belmont, Eric St. Peter, John Sullivan, Rachel Kingham; middle row, Mickey Lanning, Presley Favre, Sara Bennett, Jenna Guenther, Erin Carmody, Anthony DeSimone, and back row, Janey Murray, Kristina Abicca, Jerry Goosenberg, Matthew Carter, Garrett Allen, Patrick LaBella. The 18, whose internships are in curating, education, digital collections, membership, photo archives, collections, public relations, library research, sales and licensing and special events, were chosen from 500 applicants nationwide.
New Door, After One Taken By High Wind

New Door, After One

Taken By High Wind

Contractor George Macaluso, right, puts a new door on 21 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown, home of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, as well as other offices. The door was caught and smashed by a gust of the winds up to 55 mph that came through Otsego County Wednesday, April 3. Terry Young assists George. Because 21 Railroad is a historic building, the door had to be special-ordered to match the original. (Jim Kevlin/
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