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News of Otsego County

California

Let’s get out of the fog

Editorial

Let’s get out of the fog

Something remarkable happened last week, Wednesday July 21, in Otsego County. It happened in other places, too — New York City, Philadelphia, Albany, Ontario, Boston — in fact in the entire northeastern part of the country.

Most people thought it was a heavy fog, typical of all the other heavy fogs that are apt to enshroud us in the mornings this time of year, only to disappear before noon when the sun burns through the atmosphere.

But it wasn’t that familiar heavy fog. It was smoke, and it came from the abundant, heavy, uncontrolled wildfires currently blazing far out west. And with it the National Weather Service sent out air quality warnings.

To date this year, more than 75 wildfires have scorched more than one million acres in 13 western states. The Bootleg fire in Oregon is the largest in the state’s history. It’s half the size of Rhode Island and so massive it has created its own weather. Of the fires in California, all but one exist by natural causes — extremely high temperatures — and they total more than 2,000 square miles of inconceivable heat, flame and threat.

And we are still in July, not August, when historically most wildfires spring up.

William “Bill” Truscott, 74; After Farming, Lived in Arizona, California

IN MEMORIAM: William ‘Bill’ Truscott, 74;

After Farming, Lived in Arizona, California

MILFORD – William “Bill” Truscott, 74, who retired from farming in Laurens, then pursued a career in business, living in Arizona and California, passed away peacefully Saturday night Feb. 1, 2020, surrounded by his family at home after a long battle with MS.

He was born on Aug 17, 1945, son of Howard and Alice (Buel) Truscott in Delhi.  After graduation from Laurens Central School, Class of 1964, he served in the Navy for four years aboard the USS Mississinewa out of Newport, R.I.

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