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No Phone, No Internet Stymies So. Worcester Couple

No Phone, No Internet
Stymies So. Worcester Couple

By MICHAEL FORSTER ROTHBART • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

As Margaret Wolff waited during the recommended 15-minute observation period following her inoculation Saturday afternoon, Jan. 30, Rita Tetenes was at her home here.

Leo Tetenes serenades wife Rita with Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” (Michael Forster Rothbart/AllOTSEGO.com)

Tetenes was not one of the lucky ones.

Although she and her husband Leo are in their 80s, they still live independently in a far, hilly corner of Otsego County. Schoharie County begins across the narrow valley from their home, and the Delaware county line is at the bottom of the hill.

“We have no computer at our home. We don’t have cell service. You need a satellite phone to make calls out here,” Tetenes said during a call from her house.

She has not used email since she retired four years ago, and does not know if her old flip phone can send text messages.

“I’m going to do whatever it takes, but it has to be via the phone. I heard about the clinic at Clark but I called and all the spots were already taken. We didn’t even have a chance,” she said.

“Every place that we’ve called, whoever we spoke to, they’ve all been extremely nice, but if they can’t help us, they give us another phone number,” Tetenes said. The bottom line is that “no one can help, at this point.”

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