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HOMETOWN Views and Perspectives

Levels Rising On Reservoir Of Good Will

Bliss Achieves Key Goal:

Collegiality On County Board

Dave Bliss retakes the rostrum after being reelected chair of the county Board of Representatives after his Jan. 2 reelection.

The amiable Dave Bliss, who is entering his second year as chairman of the Otsego County Board of Representatives, patently has achieved his first goal:  A “change of culture” toward a more amiable atmosphere.

“I believe we have a working relationship with departments heads and other board members,” the former 24-year Middlefield town supervisor, a Republican, said in an interview assessing his first year at the helm, and looking ahead to the second.
“Democrats and Republicans are evenly split – we need to work together.”

A case in point surfaced at the county board’s organizational meeting on Jan. 2, where Bliss was reelected by a 12-2 vote.

Each month there’s a consent agenda that lumps together a few dozen routine resolutions so they can be taken care of in one vote – a huge time saver in a usually lengthy meeting.

But any county rep can ask that any resolution be removed for individual debate, as Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, sensibly did in this case on the “Climate Smart Communities Pledge,” which NYSERDA is encouraging local governments to adopt.

Carl F. Bliss, 98, County Native; Aviation Pioneer, Entrepreneur

Carl F. Bliss, 98, County Native;

Aviation Pioneer, Entrepreneur

COOPERSTOWN – Carl Frank Bliss, 98, a WWII veteran who flew for his country, for love and for sport, passed away peacefully in his home in Encinada, Calif., with loved ones by his side, on Dec. 10, 2018.
Born on the family farm outside Cooperstown on Nov. 3, 1920, (or as his favorite hat said, “Born in the USA a long, long time ago”), to Claude and Anastasia (Cramer) Bliss, Carl was a brother to Claud E. Bliss Jr., Clyde G. Bliss, and Ann C. “Sis” Grover.
In his early years, he learned the values of hard work and good humor, delighting his beloved younger sister with motorcycle rides around their property to speed up (and add amusement to) their long list of farm chores.
He was a graduate of Cooperstown High School, class of 1937. Growing up with more work than wealth, Carl developed a set of do-it-yourself skills that would last him a lifetime.
He took those skills with him to the Army Air Corps, where he received formal training as an aviation mechanic in Tonopah, Nev. From there, Carl served his country as a crew chief, seeing combat in the Northern France, Ardennes-Alsace and Rhineland campaigns of the World War II European Theater.

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