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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.

Bassett’s DeLong Chairs National Doctors’ Group

Bassett’s DeLong

Chairs National

Doctors’ Group

American College of Physicians

Elevates Cherry Valley Resident

Douglas DeLong, M.D.

PHILADELPHIA – Bassett Hospital’s Douglas M. DeLong, M.D., was elevated to chairman of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians during Internal Medicine Meeting 2019, ACP’s annual scientific meeting held here Thursday through Saturday.

The Board of Regents is the main policy-making body of the ACP, which is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States, and had members in more than 145 countries worldwide.  The ACP is considered second only to the AMA (American Medical Association) in bringing physicians’ perspective to bear in national policy.

A resident of Cherry Valley, Dr. DeLong is the chief of Bassett Hospital’s Division of General Internal Medicine, and an associate clinical professor of medicine in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

Susan C. Schultes, 70; School Nurse, Emergency Squad Captain

IN MEMORIAM: Susan C. Schultes, 70;

School Nurse, Emergency Squad Captain

CHERRY VALLEY – Susan C. Schultes 70, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019, CV-S Central School nurse and captain in the Cherry Valley Volunteer Emergency Squad, surrounded by her family, at Bassett Hospital after a long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Susan was born in Oceanside, Long Island, on May 17, 1948, to Edward and Clare Watson. She was a caring and talented nurse, receiving her Registered Nurse degree from the Utica State Hospital School of Nursing.

Bob Walker, 88, Cherry Valley; Paratrooper, Retired Policeman

Bob Walker, 88, Cherry Valley;

Paratrooper, Retired Policeman

Bob Walker

CHERRY VALLEY – Robert B. Walker, 88, of Cherry Valley and Budd Lake, N.J., an Army paratrooper and retired New York City police officer, passed away suddenly at his home here on March 30, 2019.

Born and raised in New York City, Bob was one of 11 children.  He was an Army veteran,  serving at Fort Bragg, N.C., and as a paratrooper with the Airborne unit.

After being honorably discharged, Bob joined the New York City Police Department where he served for 22 years in the 48th precinct in the Bronx.

Rill Mischief


Rill Mischief

Underground splashing, a steady hollow gurgle under glassy bubble ice and this winter’s snow.

Uneven at first, then the steady rhythm of the search for downhill.

Water always takes the easy way, especially when no one is watching.

Cherry Valley

Suspect Steals Beer, Then Flees, Kicks Police, Troopers Report

Suspect Steals Beer, Flees,

Kicks Police, Troopers Report

Derek Zigon

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – A 26-year-old Cherry Valley man was arrested Sunday afternoon, accused of stealing beer from nearby Tom & Kelly’s Convenience Store and kicking two troopers when they tried to apprehend him, troopers report.

Troopers from Richfield Springs got involved when they learned an off-duty Otsego County deputy was pursuing Zigon up Route 80, according to a press release.  When they caught up with the suspect, he reportedly shattered a window to enter a house along Route 80.

Chiba, Laughlin Co-Chair CV Democratic Committee

Chiba, Laughlin Co-Chair

CV Democratic Committee

Kathryn “Kat” Chiba and Dennis Laughlin were elected co-chairs of the Cherry Valley Democratic Committee, and Philip Durkin was elected secretary at a reorganizational meeting last Thursday.  Seated from left are committee members Kathleen Taylor, Gerry Woodworth, Chiba and Frank McGrath; standing are Durkin, left, and Laughlin.   The committee reviewed 2018 and offices up for election in 2019, and discussed Democratic outreach,and priorities like rural broadband and cell service. Meetings will be held the third Thursday of the month, location TBA.
Phyllis Edwards, 86; Worked At Cherry Valley Baseball Factory

IN MEMORIAM: Phyllis J. Edwards, 86;

Worked At Cherry Valley Baseball Factory

CHERRY VALLEY – Phyllis J. Edwards, 86, who worked in the local J.D. DeBeer baseball factory until it closed in the 1980s, passed away in Bassett Hospital after a brief illness.

She was born Oct. 15,1932, to Carrie (Pitt) and Vernon Whiteman, and attended Cherry Valley Central School, graduating in 1952.

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.

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