No one could argue that we aren’t living in interesting times. And in interesting times, we need representatives to our government who will help us through.
In just a few short weeks, the 51st District will choose its state senator, a position that has been held by Jim Seward for the last 34 years. And Jim Barber is who I want to represent us.
One only need visit Jim Barber’s family farm to know that a person who can keep a farm like this afloat and growing in these economic times is someone who could help our 51st District to do the same.
And like his farm, his well-designed website also reveals a truth about who he is: he clearly lays out his ideas and plans about taxes, the environment, the opioid crisis, the health care system, education, and as you can imagine—small businesses.
Jim’s proposed plans make sense for where we are now. They are realistic ones that would help everyone wherever they lie on the political spectrum.
He is a man who knows how to listen, knows how to look at his district around him, knows how to bridge gaps. This is what we need to move forward.
Cherry Valley Artworks presented an end-of-season concert for its members last Saturday evening on the Great Lawn at Tuscarora Farm in Cherry Valley. The weather and surroundings provided a splendid environment for practicing proper social distancing. Performers included members of Musicians of Ma’alwyck and the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. (Dennis Coluccio photos)
COOPERSTOWN – A five minutes past noon today, 20 friends and relatives helped Mina Aramini up onto the village docks after she swam the entire 9-mile length of Otsego Lake.
Mina, 14, a Cherry Valley-Springfield High School student, completed her swim in 4 hours and 39 minutes with her mother April paddling alongside in her kayak.
Mina dedicated her accomplishment to the Community Foundation of Otsego County. She is leaving open her GoFundMe page for any more contributions, but as of the time of her finish, she had raised $2,190 for the foundation.
According to Mina, “The water conditions were perfect. For the last two miles, I was completely focused on getting to the finish.”
COOPERSTOWN – Victoria Pressley, the Cherry Valley modeling agent who was charged with fraud after a model claimed Pressly never booked any of the promised shoots, has agreed to pay back the $4,300 fee she charged a client, according to District Attorney John Muehl.
“It was an interesting case,” he said. “But with the courts not yet open, I had to triage it.”
CHERRY VALLEY – Cited as “hard working” and “determined,” Cherry Valley/Springfield seniors Matthew Mosenson and Luke Loveland have been named the co-valedictorians of the Class of 2020.
Monson, who spent the 2018-19 school year in Lampang, Thailand, is active with the school’s drama and music departments, and participated on the varsity indoor and outdoor track teams for the first time as a senior.
CHERRY VALLEY – A Cherry Valley woman is in serious but stable condition at Albany Medical Center today after crashing her ATV at 6 p.m. yesterday on Salt Springville Road on the north end of town.
Amber M. Girard, 46, of 282 Swamp Road, was driving the ATV as a “high rate of speed” when she lost control of the vehicle, which rolled over and ejected her near the intersection with County Route 32, according to state troopers at Richfield Springs, who responded.
CHERRY VALLEY – Raised in Cherry Valley, Beverly Jean (Snyder) Leneker, 74, passed peacefully in her sleep Feb. 16, 2020, with her loving and caring husband by her side, after a long battle with dementia.
Beverly was born April 21, 1945, to Lawrence C. Snyder Sr. and Elizabeth M. (Bogardus), and spent her childhood in Cherry Valley.
Beverly married Raymond V. Leneker on July 25, 1964, and moved to Canajoharie to raise a family. Beverly was employed for a short time at Beech-Nut before becoming a long-time employee at Canajoharie National Bank in the mortgage department.
CHERRY VALLEY – During home renovations, Barbara Hall and her husband, Gary Lozier, found where President Martin Van Buren likely sat when he visited the village in 1839.
Not a chair.
A toilet seat.
“The whole back room was garbage,” she said of the former Story Tavern, now her refurbished home at 171 Main St. “As we were cleaning it out, we realized the outhouses were there.”
Following his election as president in 1837, Van Buren came through the village in September 1839 to meet with his constituents, following a similar reception in Cooperstown the day before.
“The Village had a reception at the Story Tavern and he certainly had some nice fare and something to drink,” she said. “Certainly, he used the outhouse.”
The original Story Tavern was built in 1790; an addition in the back was added in 1783. William Story, a miller near Tekaharawa Falls, opened his business in 1812, and with its proximity to the turnpike, was a popular place for visitors along the road to stay.
In addition to food and lodging, the building also served as the village court, auction and, according to Hall, a circus set up at the tavern, including a live tiger.
Hall and Lozier bought the house in 2010 from where they had been living in Ulster County. “I wanted an older, historic house,” she said. “When we found this one, it had been abandoned for years. I knew it had been a tavern when I bought it, but I didn’t know the whole history.”
The pine board seats two, each with a wooden seat cover. There were two outhouses at the back of the tavern, one on each side.
Though the two outhouses had to be torn down, Hall insisted the seats be saved. “They’re pine, and in good condition,” she said. “There’s a lot of history in those seats!”
She gave one to Dr. Paula Baker, a friend who teaches history at Ohio State University. “Martin Van Buren is one of her favorites,” she said. “She carried this wooden plank on the bus, and then across campus!”
The other one she kept, cleaned it – and the wooden covers – and placed it atop a Civil War era chest in the upstairs hallway.
But the seats weren’t the only thing she discovered in the outhouse. “The outhouse was often used a trash bin,” she said. “As we kept digging, we found a lot of stuff!”
Among the buried treasures were the front doorknob, a pocket watch, a wooden water spigot, several spoons, metal plaques from the American Radiator and Sperry Stove company, a spinning wheel piece, a Swiss Army knife and buttons from a British military uniform.
“We also found boxes and boxes of pottery,” she said. “Under the floor we found all sorts of coins, and I use them as patterns in my quilts.”
And while they were fixing the house, someone brought them a piece of history that they had found years earlier – a .38 revolver.
“There was a murder in the village, but they could never find the gun, so they could never charge anyone,” she said. “Years later, a man who was doing some landscaping found the gun under a rock on our lawn!”
CHERRY VALLEY – William Aris Mixon Jr., 81, of Cherry Valley, a high-end retailer in New York City and hotelier in the Bahamas, passed away due to complications from a head injury on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Albany Medical Center.
Known familiarly as Aris Mixon, he was born on Jan. 27, 1939, in Cairo, Georgia.
An active, creative man, he attended Florida State University, where he performed trapeze acts with the FSU Circus.