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Cherry Valley news

Cherry Branch Gallery To Close At Year’s End

Cherry Branch Gallery

To Close At Year’s End

A painting by Richard Saba and sculpture by Chris Duncan in a 2015 exhibit at the Cherry Branch Gallery.

CHERRY VALLEY – After 15 years, the Cherry Branch Gallery is closing at the end of the year, proprietor Bill Isaac announced today.

The gallery is currently exhibiting a ceramics exhibition entitled: “From the Ground Up: Clay Forms,” which continues to Dec. 2.

It will participate in the village-wide Holiday Market with a two-day, all-day open house Dec. 8-9, featuring Christmas gifts.  The Holiday Market will continue until Dec. 20, the gallery’s last business day.

“My intention in starting the gallery was to provide a venue where local artists could exhibit and market their work,” Isaac recalled.

Thomas D. McCarthy, Retired From Country Folks Newspaper

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas D. McCarthy,

Retired From Career In Agriculture

Thomas McCarthy

CHERRY VALLEY – Thomas D. McCarthy, who spent his career in the agricultural field, peacefully passed away on Nov. 1, 2018, surrounded by his wife and children.

Born to the late William C. and Anna (Ryder) McCarthy, of Cherry Valley, he graduated from Cherry Valley Central School and, in 1957, from SUNY Cobleskill with a degree in Agriculture.

Tom worked for Canajoharie Co-op, Dairylea, NEDCO and Farmland Dairies.  He retired from Country Folks, the weekly farming newspaper published by Lee Publications, Palatine Bridge.

CV-S VOTERS OK LEASING LAND FOR SOLAR FARM

CV-S VOTERS OK

LEASING LAND

FOR SOLAR FARM

CHERRY VALLEY – Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School voters today authorized the school board, 119-83, to negotiate with a Boston developer, Omni Navitas, to build a solar farm on 25 acres near the high school.

“I thought it was going to be a close vote,” Supt. of Schools TheriJo Climenhaga said a few minutes ago.  “I’m pleased with the overall outcome.”

Kite Fest Flies High Over Cherry Valley

Kite Fest Flies High

Over Cherry Valley

The hundreds of people turned out in the fields of Campbell Rd in Cherry Valley today at the annual Kite Fest  where dozens of colorful kites of all shapes and sizes filled the sky. Above, Marieanne Coursen, Edmeston, flies a kite with her enthralled granddaughter Laurelye Tafel, New Berlin. At right, Antonio Delgado, the Democratic candidate for the NY-19th Congressional District who made an appearance at the event, shakes hands with Ginger Heitz, Cooperstown, and Kat Chiba, Cherry Valley.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

Joseph R. Keegan, 91; World War II Vet, Retired Statistician

IN MEMORIAM: Joseph R. Keegan, 91;

World War II Vet, Retired Statistician

CHERRY VALLEY – Joseph Roger Keegan, 91, a World War II veteran and retired statistician in state and federal governments, passed away on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 in St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in New York City on Jan. 20, 1927, the eldest son of the late Roger and Beatrice (Reape) Keegan, both immigrants from Ireland. He married Patricia (Ford) Keegan on Dec. 15, 1962, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Cherry Valley.

Francis ‘Jake’ Rury, 93;  Cherry Valley Grocer
IN MEMORIAM

Francis ‘Jake’ Rury, 93; 

Cherry Valley Grocer

Jake Rury, active in Rury’s Grocery in Cherry Valley for more than 70 years, is interviewed here in 2016 by CV-S students. The video is posted on youtube.

CHERRY VALLEY – Francis Valentine “Jake” Rury, who with his father and, then, wife Helen operated Rury’s Food Store in downtown Cherry Valley for decades, passed away Aug. 5, 2018.  He was 93.

Born Feb. 12, 1925, in Albany, Jake was the son of Walter and Alida (Eacker) Rury.  He was a life-long resident of Cherry Valley, graduating from Cherry Valley High School, Class of 1943.

Fire Destroys Cherry Valley Garage

Fire Destroys Garage

In Cherry Valley

CHERRY VALLEY – A structure fire destroyed a garage on County Highway 50 in Cherry Valley last night, according to Robert J. O’Brien, county 911 director.

The fire at 1697 County Highway 50 broke out around 8:45 p.m. and was fully involved by the time the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene. Mutual aid came from Springfield, Middlefield, South Minden and Sharon Springs. 

Loretta E. Herr, 81; Had Two-Decade Career With County

IN MEMORIAM: Loretta E. Herr, 81;

Had Two-Decade Career With County

CHERRY VALLEY – Loretta E. (Pabst) Herr, 81, who retired from the couty’s Office for the Aging, passed away Friday, June 29, 2018 at Cooperstown Center for  Rehabilitation & Nursing.

Loretta was born on Feb 9, 1937 in Brooklyn, daughter of Joseph & Margaret (Murdock) Pabst.  Loretta met Fredy E. Herr at their church Sunday School.  They were married on Sept. 10, 1955 in Brooklyn, and had eight children.  She resided in Brooklyn, Queens, Cherry Valley and Springfield.

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