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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.