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Son Returns, Succeeds Mother, MCS Mainstay

Son Returns, Succeeds

Mother, MCS Mainstay

That’s On School Board. Will, Susan Ward

Also Plan Joint Venture On Brewery, Catering

Susan Ward, who is retiring from the Milford school board after 18 years, holds up a poster of her son Will, who won a five-way race to succeed her in the Tuesday, May 21, elections. (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

MILFORD – A Milford family dynasty is born, in both politics and business.

In the political sphere, Susan Ward is retiring 18 years on the Milford Central school board, the past eight as the board’s president.

Tuesday, May 21, her son Will, 22, won the seat in a five-way race three days after he graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in political science, becoming the youngest person in the county elected to a school board.

At the same time, Susan was passing her political torch to Will, the two were starting a new family business, the Sanctuary Farm Brewing Company, LLC.

Drops To Hops Road Race Underway

7th Annual Drops To Hops

Road Race Underway

Cyclists in the 7th annual Drops To Hops 23 mile B-race take off from Brewery Ommegang on a 23 mile race led by pacers Tom Whitney, Oneonta, Sherrie Kingsley, Cooperstown, and Sue Whitney, Oneonta. Ommegang will be hosting a party at the finish line for racers and their families. (Ian Austin/

Taj Garage Opens At Art Garage


HOLIDAY MARKET – 5 – 7 p.m. The Taj Garage comes early. Visiting artist Steve Clorfeine, poet, world traveler, teacher, more, presents items from Nepal, India. Includes handcrafted items from silk, cotton, sculpture, paintings, dolls, more. Find great wedding, holiday presents. Show continues thru 8/26. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. 607-547-5327 or visit

FINE CRAFTS – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening reception for Fine Crafts Invitational exhibit “Made in New York: Earth, Wind & Sky” with joint Miniature Show inspired by Thomas Cole. Displayed thru 9/21. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit

CNY Tourism Region’s ‘Brew Central’ Wins U.S. Destination Council Award

CNY Tourism Region’s ‘Brew Central’

Wins U.S. Destination Council Award


UTICA – The U.S. Travel Association Destinations Council has recognized the Central New York Vacation Region’s Brew Central initiative as the best “Branding and Integrated Marketing Campaign” in the country for its budget range.

Brew Central took home the Destiny Award in the under $1 million budget category at the U.S. Travel Association’s annual conference in Louisville, Ky.   The Destination Marketing Corp. of Otsego County is part of the initiative.

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