BURLINGTON FLATS—Janet B. Fikes, 86, of Burlington Flats, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2023 in Oneonta.
Janet was born on October 1, 1936 in Burlington Flats, New York. She was predeceased by the love of her life and husband of 67 years, Arleigh Fikes, and her parents, Ward and Wilma (Cole) Baulch.
She is survived by a daughter, Cindi Sue (Phil) Mancino of Rome; a son, Terry (Nanette) Fikes of Burlington Flats; grandchildren Steven (Dawn) Patafie, Kevin (Alicia Diamond) Patafie, Cassandra (Jared) Popiel, and Matthew (Ashley) Fikes; and great-grandchildren Peyton and Rocky Patafie, Cole and Jade Popiel, and Carter and Levi Malmquist (Fikes). She is also survived by nieces, nephews and close friends.
BURLINGTON FLATS – Arleigh Fikes, 87, of Burlington Flats, passed away December 20, 2022 in Cooperstown, NY surrounded by his loving family.
Arleigh was born on June 8, 1935 in Utica, NY the son of the late Charles and Cecilia (Lamanque) Fikes. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother Frederick Fikes.
He is survived by his wife Janet Fikes of Burlington Flats, a son Terry (Nanette) Fikes of Burlington Flats, a daughter Cindi Sue (Phil) Mancino of Rome, a sister Gail (James) Wheelock of West Winfield, grandchildren Steven (Dawn) Patafie, Kevin (Alicia Diamond) Patafie, Cassandra (Jared) Popiel, and Matthew (Ashley) Fikes, great grandchildren Peyton and Rocky Patafie, Cole and Jade Popiel, and Carter and Levi Malmquist (Fikes). He is also survived by nieces, nephews and close friends.
NEW BERLIN – Loretta Holloway Cursh, 108, passed away peacefully in New Berlin surrounded by her loving family.
Loretta was born on April 30, 1914 in Burlington Flats, NY the daughter of the late Roscoe and Catherina Ros Holloway. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Frank Cursh, a son Frederick Page, a son in law Guy Carey, two brothers Willis and Chester and sisters Julia, Gertrude, and Anna.
FLY CREEK – Caroline “Carol” Mary Swanston Harter died of natural causes at her home in Fly Creek, NY, on Monday, March 14, 2022. She was 96. Carol was a loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt and grandmother. She was an inspiration, a caring friend and a special confidant to many people, both young and old. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Bruce H. Harter, who died December 15, 2014, parents John K. and Janet Gray Swanston, brother Stewart, and brother-in-law Ernest Gero. Carol is survived by three daughters, Lucinda Henson of Fly Creek, Melissa (Charles Tangemann) of Hastings, NE, Janet (Les Saucier) of Brevard, NC, and son, Jason (Jeanine Dykstra) of Fly Creek. She is also survived by three grand children, Janelle Harter (Jason) and Brent and Jonathon Henson (Lucinda), and siblings Jack Swanston (Shirley) of Chateaugay, NY, and Genevieve Gero (Ernest) of Burke, NY, as well as three great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and a great grand niece and two great grand nephews.
Carol was born in Burke, NY, on May 24, 1925. Her parents owned a family farm near the Canadian border. Carol attended District 14 Country School through eighth grade, then entered Chateaugay High School. Upon graduation, Carol enrolled at Plattsburgh State Teachers College (now SUNY Plattsburgh), where she graduated in 1946 with a degree in home economics. Carol then taught at Richfield Springs Central School, Richfield Springs, NY, until 1951.
On August 7, 1949, Carol married Bruce H. Harter of Jordanville, NY. They were married at the North Burke Presbyterian Church, afterwards living in Jordanville, where they owned and operated Lime Top Farm until 1967. Carol and Bruce remained in Jordanville, where they were devoted members of the Jordanville Federated Church, until 1995 when they moved to Burlington Flats, NY. Ten years later, the couple relocated to Fly Creek, where they built a home in the Fly Creek Valley and lived the remainder of their lives.
BURLINGTON FLATS – Janet Marie Baulch passed away in Orange City, FL, on January 23, 2022. At the age of 85. She was born June 7, 1936, in Burlington Flats, NY, to Myron and Margaret (Crumb) Dauchy.
As an adult Janet was a member of the Burlington Flats United Methodist Church, General Winfield Scott-Ganowauges Chapter National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution and Red Hats Society. She taught for many years at the Mt. Markham Elementary School, retiring in 1992.
Keith Floyd Mayne, 83, of Burlington Flats, passed away peacefully on Sunday June 13, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.
Keith was born on February 22, 1938 in New Berlin the son of the late Floyd and Mildred Wightman Mayne. In addition to his parents, he was pre deceased by sister Lillian Hotaling, sister in law Marjorie Tauss, and a brother in law Gordon Wheelock.
Keith was a graduate of West Winfield Central School. He married Marilyn Wheelock on September 29, 1956, and two years later, they moved to their Burlington Flats farm, which they operated until their retirement in 1998.
In his high school days, Keith active in sports, lettering in four sports over three years. Following graduation, he continued participating on Town Team basketball and softball leagues with the local men.
During his farming years, Keith was active in Eastern Milk Producers and the County ASCS Committee. He was dedicated to his community serving the Town of Burlington as the Assessor, Town Supervisor, and a Town Board Member for a total of 34 years.
ART TRAIL – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Explore the trails where professional and student artists of the Butternut Valley are showing their works. Reservations, masks required. Schoolhouse State Forest, New Lisbon. 917-364-0478 or visit www.butternutvalleyalliance.org
ART WORKSHOP – 7 p.m. Join SDC to get started creating botanical illustrations of the natural world around you with artist Tessa Scheele. Zoom workshop presented by A.J. Read Science Discover Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2011 or visit www.facebook.com/AJReadSDC/ for info.
BURLINGTON FLATS – The sewing that Michealle Cole, a Cooperstown Central second-grade teacher, uses as her “therapy” will help protect healthcare workers from COVID-19.
“All I want to do is put a smile on people’s face,” she said. “Sewing is my therapy.”
Cole, part of the Fly Creek United Methodist quilting group, has made more than 75 face masks to be donated to Bassett Hospital as shortages of protective gear loom.
“We became aware there was a need at Bassett Hospital for masks,” said Rev. Sharon Rankins-Burd. “Someone found a pattern online, and apparently a lot of people are making these.”
While the masks are not full protection against COVID-19, she said, they will help health-care workers at Bassett reduce the risk.
“While fabric masks are not a substitute for health-care-grade respirator-type masks, this is a coordinated effort to use the fabric masks to extend the life and supply of the respirator masks,” said Bassett pharmacy director Kelly Rudd. “These respirator masks are in critical short supply nationally, and provide the best protection for our health care workers, patients and community.”
Rudd says the handmade fabric masks will be disinfected can be used repeatedly throughout the coronavirus threat, according to guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the use of fabric masks during a crisis response.
“They’re reusable, you can wash and dry them,” said Cole.
For those who can’t sew, there are still ways to assist, including donating supplies or money to buy supplies. In all, Bassett believes they will need 20,000 masks.
The pattern calls for two rectangles, 9 by 10 inches, of “tightly woven” pre-shrunk cotton fabric – no red, as it might run when laundered – and one of batting – either flannel or thin quilt batting – and two elastic loops to go over the ears. One yard of fabric can make approximately five masks.
“You can even use hair ties for the elastic,” said Rankins-Burd. “And since it’s not like we can just run to the fabric store, you can use up what you have.”
“All my fabric was leftover from quilts,” said Cole. “I could take all those little pieces and put them together. It only takes about 10 minutes.”
Rankins-Burd shared the pattern with the weekly quilt group, as well as with other churches. “People are excited,” she said. “It’s a way to keep busy when you’re stuck indoors.”
For those who want to join the effort to make fabric masks, the Fly Creek Methodist Church will serve as a drop-off point for anyone interested in making the masks, which will be taken to Bassett Hospital for distribution. Masks may also be dropped off at Bassett’s warehouse, 26 Grove St. in Cooperstown.
Similarly, local inventor Gerry Welch believes he may have an answer to the face-mask shortage the nation is facing.
For several years now, Welch has been promoting the “Aegis 12,” which the publicity describes as a “Healthcare Face Mask with Fail-Safe Power Pack.”
The device is two face masks with a silver foil layer in between, attached to a power pack that may be placed in a breast pocket or hung around the user’s neck.
The power pack, connected to the mask with a fiber-optic cable, provides “a high-intensity shortwave UV” that disinfects the air drawn into the center chamber through a louver in the front mask.
Welch, whose inventions include the Skeeter-Eater, a non-toxic means of reducing the mosquito population, said the Army has a 2010 patent on a similar device, but the energy source is in the mask itself, which soon heats up uncomfortably.
Regardless, the Army’s patent suggests the concept has merit.
He is seeking a patent on the mask with the assistance of Jay Yablon, the Schenectady lawyer who obtained the Skeeter-Eater patent, and meanwhile has contacted Corning, which manufacture fiber-optic cable, to gauge its interest.
And Ivan Potocnik, an Oneonta native now living in Utica, has joined with a network of 3D printer enthusiasts in making shields for medical visors. “My friend Toni DiPalma in Albany reached out to a network of friends with 3D printers,” he said. “It’s modeled on a Ukrainian design, then finished and put all together with sheet plastic.”
The shields take three hours each to print, but Potocnik believes that, working together, the network can produce as many as 20 a day.
“We’re all trying to contribute any way we can,” he said. “And we hope we can inspire other DIY-ers to do the same.”
“If you can make two or 20 masks, it will help,” said Rankins-Burd. “It’s a good, positive thing to do when you feel helpless.”
BURLINGTON FLATS – Nellie M. Knorr, 92, of Burlington Flats, who operated the Casey Jones Railroad in Rockland County with her husband, passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family.
Nellie was born on Oct. 26, 1927, in New City, the daughter of the late John and Carrie Garrison Mackey. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband William H. Knorr in 1992, a son Dr. William Knorr, and a brother Richard Mackey.
BURLINGTON FLATS – The Susquehanna SPCA rescued a senior German shepherd Zoe who was found injured and in an inadequate shelter at a home in Burlington Flats.
“A passerby noticed this dog tied outside and that her leg looked like it had been blown off,” said Stacie Haynes, executive director.
With the help of Otsego County 911, State Police, and Anita Vitullo of Staffworks, the shelter saved Zoe. She is currently being treated at the Oneonta Veterinary Hospital.
“Her fight to survive has just begun because her missing leg is only one of many concerning medical ailments she is facing,” Haynes wrote on the shelter’s Facebook page. “The team is going to do everything we can to ease Zoe’s pain and show her compassion and a more peaceful life that she deserves.”
BURLINGTON FLATS – Anne L. Weiss, 81, a 40-year employee of Otsego Mutual Fire Insurance Co. in Burlington Flats, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Friday Dec. 14, 2018.
Anne was born on Feb. 4, 1937 in Burlington Flats, the daughter of the late Lowell F. and Helen E Nichols Mayne.
Anne was a lifetime resident of the area, graduating from Edmeston Central School before graduating from the Utica School of Commerce. She spent the next 40 years working for the Otsego Mutual, until her retirement in 1997.
HARVEST FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 2 days of music, performances, activities, workshops, meet the animals, learn about old-time trades, participate in the harvest. Entry, $12/adult. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Harvest-Festival
BENEFIT JAM SESSION – 3 – 10 p.m. “Play it Forward” all day jam session with musicians from Florida, Long Island, Brooklyn mix with local musicians. All instruments, genres, vocalists invited. Enjoy raffles, BBQ, music. All proceeds go to American Legion Legacy Run, helping children of fallen heroes since 9/11. Oneonta Vets Club, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-0494 or visit www.alrpost259.org/legacy