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Douglas R. Moore, 91; WWII Veteran Worked At Amphenol

IN MEMORIAM: Douglas R. Moore, 91;

WWII Veteran Worked At Amphenol

Douglas Moore

UNADILLA – Douglas R. Moore, 91, a World War II veteran who worked at Amphenol, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at his home.

He was lovingly cared for by His wife, his four daughters, and his sister, Jeannie and her husband, Bobby.

He was born on Dec. 14, 1927, to Otto and Evelyn (Earl) Moore in Unadilla.  He married Beverly F. Schofell on Jan. 21, 1946, his bride of 73 years.

Walter E. Backus, 88; Korean War  Vet, Union Leader At Scintilla

IN MEMORIAM: Walter E. Backus, 88;

Korean War Vet, Union Leader At Scintilla

Walter E. Backus

SIDNEY – Walter Edmund Backus, 88, a Korean War veteran and union leader during 40 years at Scintilla (Amphenol) passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in the comfort of his home.

Walt was born in 1930 and graduated from Bainbridge-Guilford High School in 1947.

Shortly after, he enlisted in the Army; he was discharged in July 1950. Walt was recalled to active duty on Nov. 2, 1950 and sent to Fort Hood,  Texas, for eight weeks of advanced combat training.

Edward Kelly, 77; OHS Graduate Worked At Amphenol

IN MEMORIAM:  Edward Kelly, 77;

OHS Graduate Worked At Amphenol

SIDNEY – Edward William Kelly, 77, who was raised in Oneonta and worked at Amphenol for 38 years, passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at at Wilson Hospital in Johnson City.

He was born in Albany on March 5, 1941, and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Oneonta and Oneonta Senior High School. He also studied at Devry Tech.

Steven F. Koberlein, 39; Unadilla Man Fought Battle Against Cancer

IN MEMORIAM: Steven F. Koberlein, 39;

Unadilla Man Fought Battle Against Cancer

Steve Koberlein

UNADILLA – Steven F. Koberlein, 39, knowns to friends and family as the “Big Dog”, passed away on Oct. 13, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A Unadilla native, he was born June 26, 1979, in Sidney to George and Barbara (Bell) Koberlein. He was a 1998 graduate of the Unatego Junior/Senior High School. For the last 17 years he was employed by Amphenol Aerospace in Sidney.

He lived a rich and endearing life by these tenets: Behave humbly. Give Generously. Dress modestly. Love Sincerely.

Neomia Smith, 85; Nurse At Fox, Amphenol Inspector

IN MEMORIAM: Neomia Smith, 85;

Nurse At Fox, Amphenol Inspector

Neomia Smith

ONEONTA – Neomia Smith (Lemon) was born in 1933 to Viola (Boyd) and Norman Lemon in Dorchester County, S.C.  Neomia was the oldest of eight siblings. She learned at the early age of 12 to cook for her entire family and also helped alongside her siblings to tend the family gardens. Cooking and gardening would end up being her most cherished pastimes during her lifetime.

Neomia had three children from two marriages, Olretha Fleming (Roberts), Clement Roberts (predeceased 2001) and Christopher Smith.

Neomia was an avid reader of various genres, enjoyed berry picking, canning, as well as had a love and a natural talent for cultivating all things that grow on the land as well as caring for the animals and birds that shared it.

James Maddalone, 57; Firefighter, On Bainbridge Town Board

IN MEMORIAM: James Maddalone, 57;

Firefighter, On Bainbridge Town Board

James A. Maddalone

BAINBRIDGE – James A. Maddalone, 57, a dedicated firefighter currently serving on the Bainbridge Town Board, passed away Nov. 10, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, with his family by his side.

He was born on Aug. 7, 1960, in Sidney, the son of Joseph and Carole (Delello) Maddalone, and graduated from Sidney High School with the Class of 1968.  He immediately became an electrician apprentice at Amphenol, where he worked for 40 years.

He loved politics and served on the Bainbridge Planning Board for almost 10 years before joining the town board, where he was serving his second term.

SEWARD SUPPORTS PRO GAS COALITION

SEWARD SUPPORTS

PRO GAS COALITION

Senator Seward

ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today joined community, labor and business leaders from across the state to announce the launch of New Yorkers for Affordable Energy, a coalition supporting access to natural gas for manufacturing, power production, transportation and home heating.

“As I talk with business owners and prospective employers, the high cost of energy is always a top concern.  Job creators weigh this issue greatly when deciding whether or not to come here, stay here, or grow here” said the senator.  “We need reliable, affordable, clean energy to meet the needs of our current businesses and prepare for expansion.  Natural gas needs to be an option.”

Gordon A. Daley Sr., 91; Served In Japan Occupation After WWII

IN MEMORIAM;  Gordon A. Daley Sr., 91;

Served In Japan Occupation After WWII

ONEONTA – Gordon A. Daley, Sr., 91, an Amphenol retiree who served in the occupation of Japan after World War II, passed away Nov. 26, 2016 at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center after a lengthy illness.

Gordon was born Feb. 7, 1925 in Oxford, the son of Leo and Edna (McMullen) Daley.  He married Beverly Baker on Aug. 16, 1946 at Elm Park United Methodist Church in Oneonta.

John Dillenbeck, 74; Marine, Retired Amphenol Employee

IN MEMORIAM: John Dillenbeck, 74;

Marine, Retired Amphenol Employee

John C. Dillenbeck
John C. Dillenbeck

WEST ONEONTA – Funeral services for John C. Dillenbeck, 74, of West Oneonta at retired Amphenol employee, will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Westcott-Madden Funeral Home in Unadilla.

Mr. Dillenbeck died died Sunday, May 22, at Fox Hospital.

He was born on June 25, 1941, in Binghamton, to Harold and Leah (Nichols) Dillenbeck.  He married the former Viola M. (Brown) Butler on March 26, 1964.

Gibson Praises, Pledges Support to Amphenol During Open House

Gibson Praises, Pledges Support 

To Amphenol During Open House

Doors of Amphenol's open house opened at 9am, but people were showing up well before that for tours of the plant located in Sidney. After meeting with managers, CEO's and employees, Congressman Chris Gibson spoke to a gathered crowd on the importance of their location in upstate New York and the work that they do. "I am so very proud of this company!" said Gibson, "World leadership starts right here in Sidney. I pledge I will continue to support Amphenol becasue the products they make here help (The U.S.) have conflict resolution without the conflict." (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Amphenol‘s open house opened at 9 a.m. today, but people – U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19th, among them – were showing up well before that for tours of the Sidney plant. After meeting with managers and many employees, Congressman Chris Gibson spoke to a gathered crowd on the importance of their work in Upstate New York.  “I am so very proud of this company,” said Gibson, “World leadership starts right here in Sidney. I pledge I will continue to support Amphenol because the products they make here help (the U.S.) have conflict resolution without the conflict.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Amphenol Advocates Need To Make Their Voices Heard

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Amphenol Advocates Need

To Make Their Voices Heard

Editor’s Note:  This is our opinion, expressed in the editorial that appeared in the Sept. 10-11 editions of The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta.  What do you think?  Send your opinion to info@allotsego.com, to appear in this week’s editions of the newspaper.

Amphenol's new plant on the Back River Road, Sidney, which opened last spring. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
Amphenol’s new plant on the Back River Road, Sidney, which opened last spring. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

Clearly, Stop the Pipeline has dominated the debate about the Constitution Pipeline since January 2013, when “Alternate M,” the route through Otsego County, was rejected.

There was parity before that: The Otsego County Board of Representatives’ chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, and her then-ally, county Rep. Linda Rowinski, D-Oneonta, had marshaled colleagues behind the effort to win the pipeline and garner an estimated $13 million in property taxes for towns and school districts along the route.

Since, the route through Delaware County has been mired in debate, some of it smacking of hysteria, from Stop the Pipeline and its allies. Whether as a result or not, the state Public Service Commission is taking its time coming to a decision. Pipeline construction was supposed to begin in the spring, and is still awaiting the go-ahead.

SEND YOUR OPINION TO INFO@ALLOTSEGO.COM

IF CONSTITUTION STALLS, WOULD AMPHENOL STAY?

SPOTLIGHT REPORT

From Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal

IF CONSTITUTION STALLS,

WOULD AMPHENOL STAY?

The State of New York contributed $20 million to Amphenol's new plant on the Back River Road, Sidney, and also assured the Connecticut-based company there would be a ready supply of natural gas from the Constitution Pipeline. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
The State of New York contributed $20 million to Amphenol’s new plant on the Back River Road, Sidney, and Governor Cuomo assured the Connecticut-based company there would be a ready supply of natural gas from the Constitution Pipeline. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
Lacking Supply, Gas Supplier Shifts Focus To Pennsylvania

Editor’s Note:  This “Spotlight Report” is reprinted from this week’s Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta.  Pick up allotsego.com’s sister newspapers weekly for news, features and commentary about the Otsego County regional issues.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to allotsego.com

Glenn Nealis, director, Delaware County Economic Development Department.
Glenn Nealis, director, Delaware County Economic Development Department.

The future of Amphenol Aerospace’s 1,000-job Sidney plant if the state rejects the Constitution Pipeline is “a relatively minor blip from the perspective of the people who have opposed the pipeline,” says Bob Nied, Richmondville, formerly on the Stop the Pipeline steering committee.

If approved, Stop the Pipeline adherents believe, the pipeline would damage tourism, preventing job growth in that sector, and depress property values, counter-balancing Amphenol’s economic benefits, Nied said.

But Glenn Nealis, director of the Delaware County Economic Development Department, takes another view.  He pointed out that, with its $30 million annual payroll, there is no larger employer than Amphenol in his county or Otsego, and that it is on a par with Raymond Corp., the fork-lift manufacturer in Greene, Chenango County.

Natural gas for Amphenol is “very important,” said Nealis.  “They were very clear during the negotiations to keep them here that that was a key consideration, one they estimated would save them $1 million a year.”

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