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White Sedan Possible Getaway

Car In Attempted NBT Bank Heist

This car was seen in the vicinity of the attempted bank robbery, although troopers are unsure what role it might have played in the attempted bank robbery.  (Images courtesy Trooper Aga Dembinska)
State Police at Sidney released this image of the suspect in yesterday’s attempted bank robbery in Cherry Valley.

CHERRY VALLEY – Troopers at Richfield Springs are actively investigating an attempted bank robbery in Cherry Valley, and seeking help identifying the suspect.

The incident occurred at 1:56 p.m. yesterday at the NBT Bank, 16 Main St.  The suspect did not threaten or display a weapon.

The suspect is described as a white male, with a darker complexion.   He appears to be 30-40 years of age and is approximately 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7 tall.

Democrat Varney Plans Challenge To Dave Bliss

Democrat Varney Plans

Challenge To Dave Bliss

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Charles Varney

COOPERSTOWN – Democrat Charles Varney, who lives in Cherry Valley and operates the Cooperstown Underground Barbershop on Main Street, plans to challenge county board Chairman David Bliss in the Nov. 2 elections, he announced today.

Bliss, a Republican, represents District 7, which includes the Village of Cooperstown east of the Susquehanna River, plus the towns of Middlefield, Roseboom and Cherry Valley.

“My announcement was the long and short of it,” he said.  “The county’s response to COVID has been lackluster at best, terrible at worst.”  He said county finances are being mismanaged and service “chipped away.”

Karen Elizabeth Johnson Rury Nov. 30, 1949-Jan. 28, 2021


Karen Elizabeth Johnson Rury

Nov. 30, 1949-Jan. 28, 2021

CHERRY VALLEY – Karen Elizabeth Johnson Rury died peacefully in her home on January 28, 2021.

She was born in Fulton on Nov 30, 1949, to her parents, Rod and Jean Johnson. She lived in Oswego County until her family moved to Middlefield in 1963. Karen graduated from Cherry Valley Central School in 1967. She then attended SUNY Cobleskill and obtained a degree in Nursery Education. She then went to SUNY Cortland and received a degree in Elementary Education.

Barbara Jean Duesler, 83; Charter Member Of CV Emergency Squad

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Jean Duesler, 83;

Charter Member Of CV Emergency Squad

Barbara Duesler

CHERRY VALLEY – Barbara Jean (Baker) Duesler, 83, of Cherry Valley, a retired 27-year medical secretary at Bassett Hospital and charter member of the Cherry Valley Emergency Squad, passed away on Nov. 6, 2020, following a brief illness.

Barbara was born on June 20, 1937, the daughter of Merrill and Dorothy (Wilms) Baker, in Gloversville. She graduated from Johnstown High School in 1955. Barbara married Theodore Duesler on Aug. 25, 1956, in Johnstown. They enjoyed 60 years together before his death in 2016.

After retiring from Bassett, she provided child care to many young ones who knew her as “Grandma Barb.”

Edward ‘Bud’ Garretson, 92; Cherry Valley Dairyman, Pilot

Edward ‘Bud’ Garretson, 92;

Cherry Valley Dairyman, Pilot

Bud Garretson

CHERRY VALLEY – Edward “Bud” Fitz Randolph Garretson of Cherry Valley, a former dairyman, pilot and father of four sons, passed before the dawn broke on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. He was 92.

He was born in Westfield, N.J., on July 22, 1928. His life changed when he took a job on a neighbor’s farm in 1945 and discovered a strong love for farming. In Stillwater, N.J., these farmers became cherished mentors to Bud and the skills they taught him became the foundation of his life.

ASHWOOD: Barber’s Farm Skills Helpful To 51st


Jim Barber’s Farm Shows Skills

Helpful To 51st Senate District

To the Editor:

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

Farewell To Summer!

Farewell To Summer!

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)

CV-S 14-Year-One Swims Otsego Lake


CV-S 14-Year-Old

Swims Otsego Lake

Feat Benefits Community Foundation

Mina Aramini swam Otsego Lake this morning with her mother, April, kayaking alongside. (Harry Levine photo)

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.”


Muehl: Talent Scout Must Pay Back Model
Charges Dropped After Six Months Good Behavior

Muehl: C-V Agent

Must Pay Back Model

Victoria Pressly

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-Springfield Names ‘Co-Valedictorians’

Cherry Valley-Springfield

Names ‘Co-Valedictorians’


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.

Mutual Aid Fire Underway In CV

Mutual Aid Fire

Underway In CV

Firefighters from Cherry Valley, Springfield, Middlefield and Richfield responded to a barn fire on North Road, Town of Cherry Valley, late this afternoon. 13 departments were on standby, and by 7 p.m., the blaze was under control and departments were able to clear the scene. The cause of the fire is not immediately known. (The buildings are not part of the fire site; the thick smoke could be see from a distance.) (Dennis Laughlin/
Thrown From ATV, CV Woman Airlifted, In Serious Condition

Thrown From ATV,

CV Woman Airlifted,

In Serious Condition

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.

Albert R. Killmeier, 63 May 28, 1956-April 20, 2020


Albert R. Killmeier, 63

May 28, 1956-April 20, 2020

CHERRY VALLEY – Albert R. Killmeier, 63, of Cherry Valley passed away on Monday  April 20, 2020, at home with his family at his side after a long battle with Parkinson’s.

He was born May 28, 1956, the son of Roman and Rosemary ( Wilday ) Killmeier.

Albert worked as a farmer on the family farm for years, and loved being on the farm.

Beverly J. Leneker, 74; CV Native Worked At Canajoharie Bank

IN MEMORIAM: Beverly J. Leneker, 74;

CV Native Worked At Canajoharie Bank

Beverly Leneker

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.

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