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Celebration of Life Michael A. Elliott, 61 April 26, 1960 – November 29, 2021

Celebration of Life

Michael A. Elliott, 61

April 26, 1960 – November 29, 2021

Michael A. Elliott with wife Jan.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Michael Andrew Elliott, 61, passed away on Nov. 29, 2021 at the Regional Hospice, Danbury, CT, after a short illness with his loving wife of 29 years at his side.

Michael A. Elliott was born in New Brunswick, N. J. on April 26, 1960 the second child of Harvey W. Elliott, Sr. and Barbara Lockburner Elliott from Sussex N. J.

Mike’s family moved to Richfield Springs where he grew up on the family farm. He learned a life long work ethic being an active member of 4-H with the “Raised Heifer Program”.

Michael graduated with a New York State Regents Diploma from Richfield Springs Central School in 1978 with high honors. He also received awards in Math and Science as well as a Clark Scholarship and New York Scholarship.

He was active in cross country sports. He assisted the R.S.C.S. Marching band. He was selected to attend the American Legion Boys State program sponsored by Post 616 of Richfield Springs.

Mike embraced personal challenges. He also loved downhill skiing with his family, being a master of moguls. He also rode a motorcycle, white water kayak and canoeing. He completed the 72 mile General Clinton Canoe Endurance Race from Cooperstown, NY to Bainbridge, NY on the Susquehanna River. Biking was a passion that led him to the top of Mt. Washington Peak, N. H. in 2003.

He gave 100% to all he did, whether it was school activities, sports or play.

In Memoriam Janet L. Frankl, 72 Dec. 9, 1949 – Mar. 19, 2022

In Memoriam

Janet L. Frankl, 72

Dec. 9, 1949 – Mar. 19, 2022

Janet L. Frankl

OTEGO – Janet L. Frankl, 72, passed away peacefully at home with family on March 19, 2022.

She was born December 9, 1949 in Livingston, Montana, the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Kinnick) Adams.  Janet grew up on a cattle ranch south of Livingston in Paradise Valley on the Yellowstone River.  The family raised black angus cattle.  Janet was proud to show the steers in 4-H competitions.   She enjoyed riding horses and sleeping outside under the apple tree with her sisters.  She attended a one-room schoolhouse until the 8th grade.  A photo of the schoolhouse along with Janet and her young classmates, was published on the April 2, 1960 Saturday Evening Post.  Janet belonged to a small country Methodist Church, where she was involved with Methodist Youth Fellowship.

Janet graduated from Park County High School, Livingston, Class of 1968.  She attended Montana State University.  Janet moved to New York State and attended SUNY of Oneonta as a non-traditional student, maintaining a 4.0 GPA; attaining a Bachelor of Science Degree, Class of 1989.   Upon graduation she was immediately hired by SUNY Oneonta, working different positions before becoming the Assistant Director of Facilities Planning.  Janet was very dedicated to her position as a professional at SUNY Oneonta making a positive impact and contribution for a rewarding 27-year career.  Janet was held in high esteem by her colleagues, and that was mutual.  Janet was always very proud of how clean and well maintained the SUNY campus was, and still is.  Janet was very active with her union (United University Professionals) as a delegate and executive board member.  Janet would always adhere to her values of professionalism and fairness.


Kick Off Junior Livestock Show


LIVESTOCK SHOW – 5 p.m. Open the 4-H Junior Livestock show with a chicken BBQ for public & exhibitors followed by an ice cream social at 7:30 p.m. Cost, $10 for the BBQ. Iroquois Farm Showgrounds, 1659 Co. Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1452 or visit

PADDLE & PULL – 1 – 4 p.m. Bring your canoe/kayak, or reserve one of OCCA’s, and help pull invasive water chestnuts from the stump portion of Goodyear Lake. Bring water, sunscreen, & a hat. Registration requested. Meet at Portlandville Fishing Access, St. Hwy. 28, Portlandville. Call 607-547-4488 or visit


Light The Oneonta Christmas Tree


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ONEONTA TREE LIGHTING – 5-8 p.m. Join us for the lighting of the Christmas Tree. There will be caroling, shops, warm drinks, an ugly sweater contestwith winners announced just before the lighting, Horsedrawn wagon rides, and visits with Santa. Muller Plaza, Oneonta.Info, call (607)432-2941 or email

SCHOOL PLAY – 7 p.m. 7/8th grade. Milford Central School, 42 W. Main St., Milford. Info,

4-H EARN-AN-ANIMAL – Applications available. Gives youth the opportunity to purchase, raise, and show an animal. Info,

County Board Chair Proclaims 4-H Week

County Board Chair Proclaims 4-H Week

Good to see you this morning at the Board of Representatives September meeting. Attached is the photo of Chair, Kathy presenting the Proclamation of National 4-H Week in Otsego County. Photo credit goes to Don Smyers. National 4-H Week is October 4-10, 2015. Photo: National 4-H Week 2015 Proclamation in Otsego County L-R, back row: Chair, Kathy Clark, Martha Modinger, Patti Zellmer, Mary Kennedy; front row: Josh Nelson, Andrew Lentner, Louisa Emhof, Ruth Modinger I have also attached the text of the Proclamation for National 4-H Week 2015.
County Rep. Kathy Clark, R-Otego, left, chair of the Otsego County Board of Representatives, presents a proclamation at this morning’s monthly meeting in Cooperstown designating Oct. 4-10 as “National 4-H Week In Otsego County.  Accepting the proclamation are, from left, Martha Modinger, Patti Zellmer, Mary Kennedy; front row: Josh Nelson, Andrew Lentner, Louisa Emhof, Ruth Modinger.  (Don Smyers photo)


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