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Cherry Valley Trustees Ban Farm Animals

Cherry Valley

Trustees Ban

Farm Animals

Cherry Valley Mayor Lou Guido (red shirt) listens to concerns of resident Andy Minnig, seated, far left, about a farm animal ban in the village.  Sitting clockwise from the mayor are Village Clerk Ann S. Herr, Village Attorney E. Hyde Clarke, Interim DPW Superintendent Dave Hajczewski, Trustees Conway Bishop and Ian Feulner, and DPW Maintenance staffer Taylor Miles.  Sitting behind Mayor Guido is his wife, JoAnn.  (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILLS • Special to

CHERRY VALLEY – In a unanimous vote, the Village Board Monday evening approved a ban on farm animals, excepting “fowl and chickens,” within village limits “to protect the health and welfare of residents.”

The law, Local Law 1 of 2019, notably allows property owners to apply for a waiver by the Village Board “if required for religious purposes,” which was added to the law after some village residents accused trustees of using the law to discriminate against the Amish.

Mildred Wolny, 92; Owned Cherry Valley’s Friendly Store

IN MEMORIAM: Mildred Wolny, 92;

Owned Cherry Valley’s Friendly Store

CHERRY VALLEY – Mildred Wolny, 92, who operated the Friendly Corner Store here for 12 years, passed away on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Palatine Nursing Home.

Born in Brooklyn, in 1927, Mildred spent her early life with her family in Queens. She graduated from Newtown High School studying business and interned at Tiffany’s in Manhattan. She attended Barbizon School of Modeling and also modeled jewelry while at Tiffany’s.

Roaming Buffalo Worry Neighbors In Cherry Valley


Roaming Buffalo

Worry Neighbors

In Cherry Valley

Some 80-100 buffalo have reportedly escaped and have been roaming in the Town of Cherry Valley all weekend. (Photos courtesy WKTV)

CHERRY VALLEY – A herd of 80-100 Buffalo reported on the loose in this town’s Honey Hill Road section for almost are still at large and worrying neighbors, according to a post by Lisa Hershey, who lives in the town.

“This is real and serious,” she said, adding that people are carrying shotguns in the event they need to protect themselves.

Why May C-V Ban Farm Animals? It’s Not Romeo, Mayor Says: Who Wants To Live NextTo Barnyard?

Why May C-V Ban

Farm Animals?

It’s Not Romeo, Mayor Says: Who

Wants To Live Next To Barnyard?

Sue Warner of Cherry Valley calls to Romeo as her husband Lew looks on. (Jim Kevlin/


CHERRY VALLEY – The good news is: Romeo will not be banished.

Beyond that, it appears likely the Village Board at its next meeting, Monday, Aug. 19, will likely ban farm animals within village limits.

The way Mayor Lou Guido sees it, chickens will stay, but roosters will go.  Romeo is “grandfathered” so can stay but, when he eventually passes to that pasture in the sky, owners Lew and Sue Warner won’t be able to replace him.

Horse owners won’t be asked to pick up their mounts’ droppings, but will be encouraged to be neighborly and do so. “We have laws on dogs and cats,” Guido explained.  “If your dog poops, you clean it up.”

Souvenir Of Apollo 11 Surfaces At Bookstore


Souvenir Of Apollo 11

Surfaces At Bookstore

April Long, above, daughter of Bill and Lynne Compton, new owners of the former Clough’s Bookstore in downtown Cherry Valley, points out a timely artifact that surfaced as her parents were sorting some-15,000 volumes in what is now the Cherry Valley Bookstore: the front page of the New York Times from July 20, 1969.  That’s 50 years ago today, as Apollo 11 astronauts were preparing to land on the moon.  Bill put it in the front window of the rechristened Cherry Valley Bookstore, but wasn’t sure what it’s worth; he was researching that today. The Comptons, inset photo, purchased the store last month from Franzen Clough, who had owned it some 20 years.   The couple of bought a home in Richfield Springs,  moved there from Bristol, R.I., and are getting  the inventory organized to their liking.   Asked what the collection contains, Bill, most recently town planner in Tiverton, R.I.,  described it as “all encompassing,” from history to mysteries to Shakespeare to a stack of varied dictionaries and Bibles.  The children’s collection, he said, seems particularly strong.  Daughter April is visiting this weekend from New York City, where she is beauty editor on Town & Country magazine.  The store is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from late morning to early evening.  (Jim Kevlin/

20 People Address Ban On Farms Animals In CV


20 People Address Ban

On Farm Animals In CV

Cherry Valley Village Mayor Lou Guido responds to a question during last night’s public hearing from former Mayor Kevin Flint. (Dennis Laughlin photo for

CHERRY VALLEY – Twenty citizens addressed a proposed law that would ban farm animals in the village at a public hearing last evening before the Cherry Valley Village Board.

After the hearing’s close, Local Law #1 – titled “A Local Law to Repeal Local Law #2 of the Year 1986, as Amended by Local Law #2 of 1994, and to Prohibit the Harboring of Farm Animals and Fowl” – was tabled to be discussed at the Aug. 19 trustees’ meeting.

Upstate Massacres Convinced Washington To Retaliate
Letter from BUZZ HESSE

Raiders’ Brutality

Spurred Washington To Act

Editor’s Note: As recounted here, life – and death – in the former frontier where we live could be brutal, and is reflected in this letter. Please proceed with that understanding.

To the Editor:

The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta editions of June 13-14, 2019, published a letter written by Zachary Aldridge headlined, “Article complicit in suffering of Native Americans”. This letter was in reference to Jim Kevlin’s May 23 article regarding the Sullivan/Clinton expedition of 1779-80, and
Mr. Aldridge’s was a narrow, one-sided view of the expedition.

Keep in mind that the Fort Stanwix Treaty Line, established in 1768 between Native Americans and Great Britain, formed a boundary that demarked the westernmost edge of what was later to become the United States in 1783 when the signing of the Treaty of Paris separated the Colonies from Great Britain.

The Stanwix treaty, which allowed colonists’ settlement eastward of the treaty line, was not honored by the Native Americans. In fact, the Iroquois nations – excepting only the Oneidas – along with Butler’s Rangers and some British Tories, wreaked untold havoc on the early colonial settlers of this region who by virtue of the treaty had been authorized to settle here.

Numerous Iroquois raids upon those early settlers – in violation of the Stanwix treaty – resulted in innumerable deaths and great devastation to individuals, their farms and fledgling communities as documented in the accounts of the Wyoming Valley Massacre and, later, the Cherry Valley Massacre of 1778 in what is now Otsego County. As noted by Capt. Benjamin Warren, American colonial officer, and witnessed by him at Cherry Valley, “the mutilation and scalped bodies”… “of men, women and children, corpses with their heads crushed” … “charred bodies remains” … “a shocking sight of savagery and brutality” were acts perpetrated upon the colonists by the Iroquois at Cherry Valley. Some 46 people were killed and nearly 200 others were left homeless.

This massacre, led by Little Beard of the Senecas, Capt. Walter Butler of Butler’s Rangers, and Joseph Brant of the Mohawks, culminated in Gen. George Washington establishing the Sullivan/Clinton Expedition to end these atrocities.

Another noted illustration of the extent of the savagery of the Iroquois toward the Americans is an account chronicled in William L. Stone’s “Border Wars of the American Revolution,” Vol. II, published in 1843 regarding the capture of Lieutenant Boyd of the Rifle Corps of the Sullivan/Clinton force, along with eight other men.

Capt. Walter Butler delivered Boyd “to Little Beard and his clan, the most ferocious of the Seneca tribe. … Having been denuded, Boyd was tied to a sapling, where the Indians first practised upon the steadiness of his nerves by hurling their tomahawks apparently at his head, but so as to strike the trunk of the sapling as near to his head as possible without hitting it; … His nails were pulled out, his nose cut off, and one of his eyes plucked out. His tongue was also cut out, and he was stabbed in various places. …
His sufferings were terminated by striking his head from his body.”

This took place on the 13th of September 1778. Eight other individuals were included in the capture, and all eventually were killed, including Honyerry, an Oneida Indian, who was “hacked to pieces”.

To conclude, we should look at as many facts about issues as we can and try to be open-minded.
Several years ago, I wrote an article for inclusion in the Otsego County Tourism booklet. In that article I referred to Joseph Brant as a famous person. I guess I was naïve as I received several calls rebuffing me and stating that I surely must have meant that Brant was infamous. Well, I guess it showed a lack of open-mindedness on the parts of all parties.

I must admit that based on the prowess of Joseph Brant, I still think of him as a remarkable individual, despite his alliance with the Crown. We all need to be more retrospective. Great people have existed on both sides of the fence whether we agree or not with the side of the fence they have chosen to be on.



Beverly Garretson, 89; N.J. Native Raised 4 Sons In Cherry Valley

IN MEMORIAM: Beverly Garretson, 89;

N.J. Native Raised 4 Sons In Cherry Valley

CHERRY VALLEY – Beverly Viola Lounsbury Garretson, 89, a farmer’s wife active in her church and community,  was called to her eternal resting place on Monday, June 24, 2019.

She was born at home in Plainfield, N.J., on Feb. 23, 1930, to Fred and Viola Lounsbury.  Beverly graduated from Plainfield High School in 1948 and went to Nursing School at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, attaining her Registered Nursing degree in 1951.

She married Edward (Bud) Garretson on Feb. 23, 1952, in Plainfield, at the First Presbyterian Church.  They lived in Blairstown, N.J.  In the spring of 1970, they bought a farm and moved their family to Cherry Valley .

Father & Son Help Competition Run Smoothly

Father & Son Help

Competition Run Smoothly

Dan Heinrich and his son Will spent their Father’s Day volunteering by making sure the stage was kept clean and cleared for the competitors 3rd annual Cherry Valley Outdoor Games lumberjack competition this afternoon at Alden Field in Cherry Valley. While most of the event finished early,  national competitors like Mike Sullivan, right, still gave onlookers a reason to cheer as they sawed their way to the finish of the final heat, which was televised nation wide. (Ian Austin/

IN MEMORIAM: Tammy L. (Utter) Williams, 41; Worked With Elderly For 20 Years


Tammy L. (Utter) Williams, 41;

Worked With Elderly For 20 Years

CHERRY VALLEY – Tammy L. (Utter) Williams, 41, who worked at Cooperstown Centers for more than two decades, passed away June 6, 2019, at her home in Cherry Valley.

She was born Nov. 10, 1977, in Stamford, the daughter of Frederick and Bonnie (O’Donnell) Utter Parslow.

Tammy worked serving those in need as a certified nursing assistant at the Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing for more than 20 years.

CV Supervisor Vows To Save Pollinators

CV Supervisor Vows

To Save Pollinators

Philip Durkin, co-president, Route 20 Scenic Byway Association presented Cherry Valley Supervisor Tom Garretson a decorative Scenic Byway road sign as a partner in the Association’s Pollinators’ Project, which is working with NYSDOT to alter their mowing schedules to extend the season of pollinators’ (e.g. bees and monarch butterflies) habitat. The Association is also planting plots of milkweed and goldenrod in a variety of areas along the Scenic Byway to
support the proliferation of the pollinators.


Philip J. Moore, 77; 35-Year Employee At Remington Arms

IN MEMORIAM: Philip J. Moore, 77;

35-Year Employee At Remington Arms

Philip J. Moore

CHERRY VALLEY – Philip J. Moore, 77, of Cherry Valley, who retired from Remington Arms in Ilion after 35 years, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019.

He was born Feb. 7, 1942, in Cherry Valley. Philip graduated from Cherry Valley Central School, and held an associate degree in carpentry from Oneonta State.

He worked in medical research, real estate and insurance, before joining Remington Arms.

He coached Little League baseball and soccer, and loved fishing with his grandsons and son-in-law, Herb, hunting deer, telling stories and sharing memories. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

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