News of Otsego County


Milford to host fundraiser for MCS grad involved in serious accident
An ad in Milford lists a barbecue fundraiser for Caleb Radulewicz. (Contributed).

Milford to host fundraiser
for MCS grad involved
in serious accident

STAFF REPORT • Special to

A fundraiser is being held all weekend for a Milford Central School graduate who was involved in a serious ATV accident on Thursday, June 13.

Caleb Radulewicz, 29, has been in recovery since the accident, which occurred in Van Wert, Ohio, who he lived. Radulewicz was a passenger in a side-by-side when it was hit by a car and he was ejected, suffering critical injuries, including head trauma.

According to the Facebook page Radulewicz Recovery, Radulewicz was flown to a hospital in Indianapolis, after initially being take to a local hospital. He had surgery has been recovering since, making steady improvements. However, the medical bills and the need for him and his wife, Christy, to miss work has left them in need of help, according to the Facebook page.

There will be a barbecue benefit at Wilber Park baseball field with food from Big Al’s BBQ from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, July 2, Saturday, July 3, and Sunday July 4.

Go to RadulewiczRecovery on Facebook for more information.



AllOtsego People: Local radio legend announces retirement

AllOtsego People

Local radio legend announces retirement

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to

‘Big Chuck’ D’Imperio, seen at a recent book signing, is retiring from local radio after more than 50 years.

After 32 years, local radio legend Chuck D’Imperio turned off the microphone on his WDOS morning show for the last time Tuesday, June 29.

The retiring radio host got his start in 1988 at what was then Hastings Broadcasting in Oneonta. The best offer owner Gordon Hastings had for D’Imperio was an unpaid position changing tape reels and monitoring the station during three-hour broadcasts for the Boston Pops.

D’Imperio said the time around the station early on was enough to further his radio interest.

Soon after, Hastings sold the broadcast company to Jan Laytham and paid opportunities for D’Imperio emerged. There was mutual respect between the two, and D’Imperio soon became the morning host on AM 730, WDOS.

Laytham coined D’Imperio’s radio name “Big Chuck.”

Hall of Fame names new president

Hall of Fame
names new president 

Josh Rawitch, 44, worked with Diamondbacks, Dodgers

STAFF REPORT • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced Monday, June 28, that Josh Rawitch has been named President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum effective after the 2021 Induction, according to a media release.

Rawitch will start in his new role Sept. 9. Until that date, Jeff Idelson will continue as interim president, which he has held since returning May 15.

Rawitch, 44, has spent 27 seasons working in baseball, including the last decade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, serving as the team’s senior vice president of content and communications for the past six years. He joined the Diamondbacks after 15 years as part of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ front office.

Cooperstown graduates 84 as ceremony returns to Fenimore
Cooperstown’s top four seniors, from left, Will Weldon, Caroline Whitaker, Abby Miller and Brayden White, compared the lives of the graduates to famous movies. (Greg Klein/

Cooperstown graduates 84
as ceremony
returns to Fenimore

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Cooperstown Central School returned to its grand graduation ceremony Sunday, June 27, as 84 seniors graduated on the lawn of the Fenimore Art Museum in the town of Otsego.

New Superintendent Sarah Spross told the students that Cooperstown’s future is in good hands with this year’s class. She said the students have learned key skills during the coronavirus pandemic that limited their activities during their final two years of high school. She said if the students can take from the experience the skills of resiliency, service and a sense of humor, then they will go on to live good lives.

As is the tradition, the school’s top four students gave a combined speech. For the class of 2021, Brayden White, Caroline Whitaker, Abby Miller and Will Weldon compared grade school to popular movies, “Good Will Hunting,” “The Lion King,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Forrest Gump.”

CV-S graduates 32 in school-side event Saturday

CV-S graduates 32
in school-side
event Saturday

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School said congratulations and farewell to 32 students Saturday, June 26, in a ceremony under a big tent on the school’s athletic field.

Valedictorian Mia Horvath told her classmates to strive to be individuals. She said they were each one of just 7.8 billion people and should reach beyond their small-town roots.

Horvath quoted Walt Whitman’s “Songs of Myself” which said, “I am large. I contain multitudes.” She told the graduates to look at the bigger picture, to take in different viewpoints and to try to contain the multitudes themselves.

LIMITI: Upstate life intrigues newcomer to region

Upstate life intrigues
newcomer to region


I graduated from CUNY Brooklyn just as the coronavirus pandemic was starting. After spending a year stringing for local Brooklyn publications and covering Black Lives Matter protests, I was ready to embrace a different lifestyle when I was offered a position as staff reporter for the Freeman’s Journal.

I’m not a sentimental person when it comes to where I live. I lived for three years in Flatbush Brooklyn, which was neither hipster nor trendy.

Instead, I spent my nights huddled up alone in my apartment watching anime and listening to the countless amounts of gunshots and firecrackers all night.

Compare that to moving to Oneonta, where the only thing that broke the silence was the freight train rolling past Neahwa Park and the occasional drunken college students chattering outside.

The weirdest thing about moving to Oneonta though was the fact that everybody seemed to be happy, a foreign concept in the city, apparently.

It seems like most New York City residents fled to Long Island, my home region, which I never liked, and New Jersey. I chose to go Upstate. I guess I’m just a singular experience in that growing trend.

But it was really the job that made me come here. There was nothing I wanted to do more than journalism, and I was finally being given a way to make that tricky career choice of
mine work.

One thing I’ve learned is that some of the most impactful work you can do as a journalist is in small towns and cities. New York City, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. have no shortage of journalists, all of them competing for the same positions and stories.

In the end, my decision to work for a local paper, one which had been around for literal centuries, seemed like a no brainer, because I was committed to the importance of local journalism.

Loneliness is a bigger issue than anything else I’ve faced so far. In an effort to meet people, feel alive and be happy, I’ve done things I’ve never expected that I would do: I took pictures at a burlesque show, I’ve gone to Main Street and played guitar, I’ve eaten cold cheese pizza at Tino’s, drank coffee and read a book outside the Green Toad Book Store and somehow I’ve had random conversations with complete strangers about nothing in particular.

You can’t really do that in Brooklyn.

Well, yeah you can, but it would be a fruitless endeavor. Nobody is interested in you personally. In New York City, you’re a cog in the machine. You’re just one tiny spec among millions of other tiny specs. You may love the city, but it is unrequited. The city will never love you back.

Oneonta might be strange, different, even bizarre, at least from the perspective of a Long Island kid who moved to Brooklyn, but I can’t believe that the City of the Hills doesn’t care about me. It just doesn’t have that vibe.

For that, I’m grateful.

MCREYNOLDS: Moving horror stories bring back memories


Moving horror stories
bring back memories

Erna Morgan McReynolds, raised in Gilbertsville, is retired managing director/financial adviser at Morgan Stanley’s Oneonta Office, and an inductee in the Barron’s magazine National Adviser Hall of Fame.  She lives in Franklin.

Moving? Whether you have changed countries or states or cities or streets you probably have some stories? Hearing a tale from a friend brought to mind some of the terrors.

One of the scariest moves I made was back to upstate New York after years working in cities — first in New Zealand, then London and, finally, in Manhattan. It was a frightening move from my big-time journalism job at NBC to work with my husband to start a business and to become a financial advisor. My friends worried I would regret abandoning that career to move from city life to country life.

We could make this work.

We had to buy a house upstate and simultaneously sell our house in New Jersey. Most everything we owned had to go to upstate New York, except for some things I needed for my last few months working in Manhattan, when I would share an apartment near Carnegie Hall.

Rowing gains popularity on Otsego Lake

Rowing gains popularity on Otsego Lake

by PHOEBE SMITH • Special to

Former Olympic rower Andrea Thies demonstrates proper technique during a class Friday, June 18, on Otsego Lake. (Phoebe Smith/

Rowing opportunities have been expanding on Otsego Lake the past few years and a two-time Olympian has been a big part of bringing the sport to Cooperstown and Otsego County.

The Otsego Area Rowing program, under the guidance of Oneonta’s two-time Olympian, Andrea Thies, has been expanding for several summers now as people take up the water sport.

A rower from her collegiate years at Cornell University, Thies aims to offer access to the sport regardless of age, ability or experience.

OAR was established in 2017, in conjunction with the Otsego Land Trust and Brookwood Point, with an emphasis on adolescent rowing opportunities.

The not-for-profit offers classes and opportunities for all ages and abilities. Although many of OAR’s programs were restricted last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, this summer’s rowing opportunities are in full swing with various adult and kid camps.

AllOtsego People: Coop group to take on biking challenge

From left, Matt Grady, Gavin Grady, Kara Grady and Kristina McElhinney celebrate after completing the 2020 Wildlands Adventure Challenge. (Contributed). 

AllOtsego People

Coop group to take on biking challenge

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

A group of Otsego County residents have been training for the ride of their lives in the Leadville 100 MTB.

The annual “race across the sky” in the Rocky Mountains near Leadville, Colorado, is considered one of the most grueling endurance races in the world. Whether people do the ultramarathon or the mountain bike race, the competitors are embarking on a challenge that breaks even top athletes.

However, that knowledge isn’t going to stop Worcester native Chad Althiser and Cooperstown natives Ryan Miosek and Matt Grady, who have all qualified for the mid-August race and are all training under Althiser’s guidance.

“We grew up in the woods around here, so it makes sense our attempts to continue to be athletes would be outside,” Miosek said.

“And even going back to our days as college athletes playing soccer, if you think about it, we were training to be endurance athletes,” Grady said.

The trio qualified for the Leadville by finishing a 100-mile race. Anyone who finished in a qualifying time of eight hours or less would get a chip to place in the Leadville lottery.

“All three of us won a spot,” Grady said.

For Oneonta’s Cata, one last high school title is a dream denied

For Oneonta’s Catan, one last
high school title is a dream denied

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

A section tennis champion, during his freshman and sophomore years, Oneonta’s Chris Catan did not get the chance to win another section title this year.

Last week, while section champions accepted their awards, and athletes across the region expressed thanks for being able to get back to competing for championships, the mood was different for one local player.

Arguably the best tennis player in the region, Oneonta senior Chris Catan watched as his classmates played playoff games and his peers on the court won titles. Section IV did not offer a post-season tennis tournament despite offering post-season events for other spring sports, including baseball, softball, lacrosse and track and field.

“I was very, very disappointed,” Catan said during a phone interview Thursday, June 17.

“At first, I was excited to be back out on the court for Oneonta,” Catan continued. “When I heard the news (about the section tournament), I was really upset. I thought to myself, ‘am I just here to practice?’”

The son of a former professional tennis player, Paul Catan, Chris took to his father’s sport when he was four-years old. He quickly became a prodigy.

“My dad introduced me to the game, but I sort of took off from there,” he said.

Cooperstown sixth graders get move-up parade

Cooperstown sixth graders
get move-up parade

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Cooperstown Elementary School held a car parade through the village Wednesday, June 23, as part of the sixth-grade graduation. Dozens of parents drove their kids down Main Street, around the village and back to the school, where the remainder of the students were waiting to cheer on the Class of 2027.

CES Principal Tracy Durkee said the school has made an effort during the coronavirus pandemic to show the students that their accomplishments are special, even if they can’t be celebrated in the traditional way. The school had a car parade last year, but in her first year in Cooperstown, Durkee said she wanted to bring the rest of the school out to celebrate, too.

Father’s Day summit: Horvaths reach peak of Denali, fundraising for Otsego Outdoors continues
Henry Horvath’s fundraising page shows his progress at Denali and in raising money for Otsego Outdoors.

Father’s Day summit:
Horvaths reach peak of Denali,
fundraising for Otsego Outdoors continues

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Otsego County residents Tim and Henry Horvath reached the summit of Denali over the weekend, about two weeks into their Alaskan journey, according to Ellen Pope of Otsego 2000.

“So excited to report that Henry and Tim reached the summit of Denali yesterday, on Father’s Day,” Pope said. “So far, they’ve raised ($2,275) for improving trails in Otsego County, with a goal of $5,000.”

Henry Horvath, 16, who will be a junior at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts in September, came up with the idea of the Denali climb, after spending his childhood watching his father take on outdoor challenges. Tim, a Cherry Valley native and the owner of Redpoint Design/Build, has climbed all over the world, including some of the highest peaks. He had climbed Denali twice before, reaching the summit successfully in 1999.

Missing Roseboom girl safe, back at home

Missing Roseboom girl safe,
back at home

STAFF REPORT • Special to

A missing teen from Roseboom, whom police had been looking for for the past few days, was located Saturday, June 19.

State Police say 14-year-old Anjelia Sturtevant was located Saturday morning after a 911 tip came in about her whereabouts.

Before being located, police said she was last seen at her home in Roseboom the night of Monday, June 14.

No other information about where she has been is being released.


Place resigns as Milford superintendent
Mark Place

Place resigns
as Milford superintendent

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Milford Central School will be looking for a new superintendent after the school’s Board of Education and Superintendent Mark Place came to a “mutual agreement” to part ways, according to statements from Place and Milford BOE President Marion Mossman that were posted Thursday, June 10, on the school’s website.

“This evening, the Milford Central School Board of Education and I reached an amicable separation agreement which will be effective June 30th,” Place said in his letter. “Although many difficult conversations have been had, the decision to separate is mutual and done with the best interest of our students, staff and families in mind. Although my heart is heavy with the idea of leaving MCS, I know that this is the right decision for MCS to be able to move forward toward an even brighter future.

“I came to MCS five years ago holding the belief that small, rural schools, like the one I grew up in, are where relationships are truly at the center of the work, and I leave confirming that belief,” Place said. “My time spent at the front door each morning allowed me to greet each and every student by name, and I will greatly miss the hugs from our elementary students who have only shown me kindness and smiles for the past five years.

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