EDMESTON – Michael Robert “Hollywood” Mumbulo, 32, of Edmeston, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.
Michael was born in Cooperstown, the son of Michael N. (Beth) Mumbulo and Christine (Joseph) Vibbard Santiago.
A lifetime resident of the area, Michael was a Class of 2006 graduate of Edmeston Central School, and the ONC BOCES welding program. He worked for the Town of Columbus Highway Department, then the Town of Edmeston Highway Department.
EDMESTON – Irving “Irv” E. Stevens, 62, of Edmeston, who worked at Titans Homes for 30 years, then at Golden Artist Colors, passed away unexpectedly on Friday Jan. 1, 2021.
Irv was born in New Berlin on June 14, 1958, the son of the late Frank Elmo and Marion Alberta (Muller) Stevens.
A lifetime resident of Edmeston, Irv, or “Bufford” to many of his friends, graduated from Edmeston Central School. He was employed with Titan Homes in Sangerfield for over 30 years, and in 2009 began working in production with Golden Artist Colors Inc. where he remained until his passing.
EDMESTON – Charlotte Vibbard, 87, of Sherburne, passed away Monday Dec. 7, 2020, in Cooperstown.
Charlotte was born on Oct. 2, 1933,in Cooperstown, to the late Goldie Wilford. In addition to her mother, she was predecesed by her husband Glenn Vibbard in 1999, and her siblings Hazel, Jody, Clarence, Carl, Jessie, and Raymond.
A lifetime resident of the area, Charlotte married Glenn Vibbard on April 11, 1964, in Edmeston at the Second Baptist Church. She and Glenn remained in the area and raised their children.
EDMESTON – For Pathfinder Village CEO Paul Landers, the “secret sauce” in Pathfinder Produce boxes isn’t the recipes, or even the fresh produce.
It’s the notes the workers tuck inside.
“Each delivery comes with a ‘feel-good card’ that our individuals make,” said Hannah Baulch, ADS coordinator. “And it makes them feel good to write them.”
“I always get voicemails from people telling us those notes make their day,” said Landers. “It’s a message of hope, of love. With our residents, one of the greatest qualities they have to share is joy.”
Pathfinder Produce and The Mobile Market, a micro-business of Pathfinder Village, Inc., has received the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Breakthrough Business of the Year from the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s a business with a mission,” said Landers. “Our primary goal is always to find employment opportunity for our folks, but this isn’t just a job. They’re serving their community, and they feel that every time they do this work.”
The produce delivery service started three years ago, when Pathfinder Village realized there was a need in the area – a “food desert” – for fresh produce.
“We hijacked the concept that healthy food delivery services like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh pioneered,” said Landers. “But we brought a feel-good quality to it.”
Every week, five employees – all Pathfinder Village residents – sort and pack 120 bags of produce for one, two or three people in a household – and deliver them, Tuesday through Friday, to low-income families, free of charge.
“We wanted to reach families who just don’t cook, but instead buy frozen food or go through the drive-thru,” said Landers.
Baulch said as many as 300 people a week eat the fresh produce delivered to their door.
“It’s about improving rural health outcomes,” she said. “To have something like this that’s accessible, where we can go out and get people these fruits and vegetables, we can help them improve their health.”
And for the Pathfinder residents packing the food, it helps them too. “They improve
their social skills, fine motor skills, and they learn about their own health,” she said. “They’re impacting people in their community.”
Though much of the produce is ordered from Sodexo, the food-service company, Pathfinder Village does run several greenhouses, growing and harvesting lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and more.
“It takes a lot of time to harvest, and moreso now with COVID,” said Baulch. “But it’s great for the residents.”
Landers knew that food without education would go to waste, and every week “Chef Eric,” as he’s known around the Village, researches and creates new recipes to pack with the produce so that families can try different ways of preparing their food.
“He found a role for himself, a pride and purpose,” said Landers.
Others, like Andrew, make short work of packing bags for deliver. “He’ll pack at least 50 bags,” said Baulch. “He loves going into the cooler, following the list and packing it all carefully so the soft items are on the top.”
“They are always ready to come into work,” said Landers. “You never have to drag them!”
I was born and raised in Otsego County. My whole family are hunters, and therefore we all own firearms. My siblings and myself were taught at a young age and learned how to use them properly. I am a gun owner and hunter now.
It is our Constitutional right to own and bear arms.
I have taken safety courses that are required to hunt and also obtain my pistol permit. I wish to be as self-sufficient as possible, whether that means feed myself or protect myself if I absolutely must.
There are many women who feel the same way as I do about firearms. Especially when it comes
According the NRA: “In July 2020, ‘A Girl & A Gun’ conducted a survey of more than 6,000 members to specifically focus on women’s reasons and interests. Results showed that 43 percent of women joined AG&AG to practice self-defense skills, and 92 percent were in the process of obtaining or already had acquired their concealed or open carry permits.
“This complemented the NSSF survey data that 25 percent of first-time buyers had already taken some form of firearms-safety course and 63 percent inquired about taking a firearms safety course in the near future.”
When I took my pistol-permit course, there were many women present who were interested in being able to conceal and carry for that exact reason. In my opinion, it would be a huge advantage if more women would own a firearm.
Did you know? One in four women age 18 and older in the U.S. have been the victim of severe physical violence in their lifetimes. This is absolutely mind-blowing and uncalled for. I have been in scary situations where I felt so unsafe that I had to get an order of protection, and even still he broke that. I will not fear for my life and safety again, because if it means life or death I will protect myself.
I understand people’s concern about gun laws, but people such as myself who own guns are not the people causing the turmoil. The criminals do not go through legal ways to obtain their firearms.
The Governor is adding to the Safe Act, and I can promise this will not help in the ways some people think.
The people who are causing the mass shootings and whatnot are different than us hunters and country folk. We follow the laws and go through the proper procedures to buy and own a firearm. Firearms are a way of life for us, not to mention our Second Amendment Right!
I am very pleased to be part of the Otsego County 2AS Grassroots Organization. We collected thousands of signatures from many 2AS supporters in Otsego County who wish to show the state representatives that we would like them to make a stand for our right.
EDMESTON – For years, Jim Mayne had coveted the Leonard Hammer, an 1848 tool patented by Edmeston farmer Leonard Powers. It was only the second such patent issued in the United States.
“I was visiting a friend who had it, and I asked if I could buy it off him,” said Mayne, interviewed Saturday, Sept. 19, amid a collection of many hundreds of vintage tools. “He said no, but then when I got home, it was waiting in my mailbox.”
The Edmeston Museum has a replica of the Leonard Hammer, as well as the patent in a pop-up show is it hosting Saturdays through Oct. 17.
“Leonard Powers was a farmer, no special engineering skills, but he had some ideas for providing additional support, so he applied for and received a patent.” said Museum Curator Deb Mackenzie of Hartwick.
“You find that a lot in rural areas,” she said, “where someone has an idea to improve a rake, a knife or an ironing board, they’re not afraid to ask for and get a patent on it.”
The Leonard Hammer is one of thousands of hand tools in Mayne’s collection, which also includes the first hammer ever patented – from South New Berlin in 1845. “I paid $750 for it,” he said. “I had a friend who collected tools, so I got into it.”
Recalling a collection of his axes and hatchets at a presentation in Town of Middlefield Historical Association in the School District #1 schoolhouse, Mackenzie reached out to him to help him curate a collection of axes and hatchets, now on display at the Edmeston Museum.
“Jim is an amazing collector,” said Mackenzie, adding, “He has such a vast knowledge of antique tools.”
A retired dairy farmer and Burlington Flats native, Mayne, 87, moved to Edmeston in 1951 to take over his uncle’s farm, bringing with him his wife, Jacqueline. The couple raised four daughters and a son, Bob, who lives with them.
Mayne began going to auctions and antique stores seeking hammers, axes, wrenches and other hand tools. “I have so many books on nothing but wrenches and hammers,” he said. “I love showing them.”
From there, he started added padlocks and oil cans to his collection. “There was a man who was helping out with an auction in New Berlin, and there was a can at the bottom of a box that got covered up. He wanted to buy it for next to nothing, but the auctioneer hauled out the can and I bought it!”
He paid $300 for that can of Winchester Gun Oil, the only oil they manufactured and a very rare item on the collector’s market.
And it’s not his only rare piece. Among the axes and hatchets in the Edmeston Museum exhibit is the Black Raven ax, manufactured by Winchester and prized for its rarity.
“It’s very picturesque,” he said, pointing to the seal on the head. “If you see one on Ebay, it’s going for three or four hundred dollars.”
He has two; the first is in the museum’s pop-up display; the second – with a less-clear engraving – is in his collection at home.
He used to mount and bring his collection to the Otsego County Fair. “I would bring about 10 things to the agricultural building and I would always win prizes,” he said. “But then someone complained that I was monopolizing it, so I stopped doing that.”
It had been almost a decade since Mackenzie had seen the Middlefield exhibit, and wanted to share it once again. “I know a lot of people haven’t seen it,” she said.
The Edmeston Museum is open 9 a.m. – Noon on Saturdays, and the exhibit will be on display until Oct. 17.
And if you miss it, you may just be able to still catch a glimpse. “You don’t need to go to the museum to see my tools,” he joked. “You can just come to my house!”
ONEONTA – Frank Emerson Mullet, loving husband and father, and retired 18-year superintendent at Edmeston Central School, passed away peacefully on Sept. 14, 2020, at the age of 99.
Raised in Spencer, Mass., he received a sports scholarship to catch for the Bates College baseball team in Lewiston, Maine, where he majored in physics. During college, Frank traveled to California and worked at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank.
After World War II began, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a signalman on destroyers protecting convoys traveling to and from Europe and North Africa. He received several medals and an honorable discharge in 1945.
EDMESTON – John F. Holdorf, 86, of Edmeston, passed away June 10, 2020, at home with family guiding his end-of-life care.
Born Aug. 24, 1933, in Huntington, NY, John was the son of Harry A. Holdorf and Maria Rubacha Marrs. Raised and educated in the Huntington area, he was a graduate of South Huntington High School where he excelled scholastically. He was also a three-sport athlete, with football being his favorite sport.
Upon graduation in 1952, he received the RPI Award for mathematics and the Rotary International Athletic Award. In addition, John was also the recipient of a full academic scholarship to Harvard University, which he declined in order to remain close to his family.
EDMESTON – The family, David Delker said, was desperate.
“They were calling from Florida, but their mom was in The Bronx,” he said. “She wasn’t a COVID-19 death, but the funeral homes in the city had a month and half backlog, and they were just calling further and further upstate.
“They were panicking, they had seen the horror stories and were thinking the worst. But as soon as I started talking to them, you could hear that fear dissipating.”
Delker, owner of Delker & Terry Funeral Home in Edmeston, has begun serving families from New York City and downstate.
“I’m happy to drive four hours to get someone’s mom or their dad and bring them up here for a service,” he said. “Because that’s what I would want someone to do for my family.”
As the deaths from COVID-19 overwhelm funeral homes and the city’s five crematoriums, grieving families are often left frustrated as they try to schedule a service.
“I’ve gotten 25, maybe 30 calls from the city,” he said. “If I can, I’ll refer them to someone closer to them, or I reach out to my network and find out who has an open spot for cremation and I’ll handle the service.”
New York State prevents funeral homes from owning crematoriums or cemeteries, but Delker will make as many calls as he has to in order to find an opening in the schedule. “I have a whole network across the state, so I can make those calls and find out who has an opening,” he said.
That network is crucial, he aid, because of burial rights for different religions. “I’ve done a lot of Hindu services,” he said. “They want to say their prayers at the moment of cremation, so I text them from the crematorium when I know it’s begun.”
Once he has made arrangements with the family – often driving downstate to meet with them – he will locate the body and bring it back to Edmeston himself.
“I want to put the rumors to rest,” he said. “The bodies are not stacked on top of each other. Hospitals are trying to preserve the dignity. There are trailers, yes, and there are a lot of them, but they are organized. But sometimes, there are a lot of questions about where a loved one is.”
His network allows him to have a “three-to-four day” turn-around, and he can quickly mail the remains back to the families downstate. “I do what I can,” he said. “Just because there’s a pandemic on doesn’t mean I can’t be kind and considerate.”
And for those who do have services, new guidelines are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We’re only allowing 10 people at a time for viewings,” he said. “Everyone has to be wearing a mask, and the chairs are six feet apart. We deep clean between every service as well.”
Delker also allows families to livestream the service over password-protected streams, such as Zoom or Google Chat, to prevent crashers.
EDMESTON – To help customers affected by the economic downturn, NYCM Insurance today announced it will be issuing a credit to its approximately 230,000 auto policyholders.
All auto policyholders as of April 30 will receive a 15 percent credit back from their April and May premiums. Customers will not need to do anything to receive this credit, as it will be mailed to the address on their policy in the coming weeks.
“We are actively finding ways to continue to support essential employees and local communities, whom we are indebted to, however we want to also give back to our valued customers for doing their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” said President/CEO Dan Robinson.
EDMESTON – Like many people, Laurie enjoys going to her favorite coffee shop – the Pathfinder Village Bakery – in the morning.
But with COVID-19 closing down the campus and confining the residents to their homes, the bakery is closed. But her house manager, Jamie Miner, set up a coffee shop on her back porch, complete with a freshly brewed pot and coffee shop cups.
“She pours her own coffee and pays for it, then sits at her dining room table, happy and content,” said CEO Paul Landers. “That’s love in action.”
NEW BERLIN – Patricia A. Tasior, 71, of New Berlin, who served in the Marines and Air National Guard and, later, as Pittsfield town clerk, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at her home.
Pat was born on on Aug. 24, 1948 in Utica, the daughter of the late Joseph and Phyllis Kostyczak Tasior. Pat grew up in Edmeston, where her family lived on the second floor of the Edmeston Hotel, which her father sold in 1987. The site is now occupied by NBT Bank and the post office.
EDMESTON – Edward Town Taws III, 56, known as the mayor of Pathfinder Village, passed away Saturday Aug. 31, 2019, at Pathfinder.
Ted was born on Nov. 24, 1962, in Southern Pines, N.C., to Edward Town and Ann (Poindexter) Taws Jr.
Ted’s outsized presence left an impression on all whom were fortunate to know him. He was gifted with an extraordinary personality whose passion for living far exceeded the handicap with which he lived.
EDMESTON – Darryl L. Dye, 80, who was top salesman in the nation a number of times during his 27 years with Schwan’s Home Delivery, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22.
Hel was born on June 26, 1939, in Edmeston, son of the late Roger L. and Mable V. Rose Dye. A lifetime resident of the area, Darryl graduated from Edmeston Central School.
In addition to Schwan’s, where he worked from 19879 to 2014, he was a dairy farmer in the Edmeston area from 1965 to 1988. He also worked with Milt Davis, performing artificial insemination; Kraft Foods, and was a self-employed house painter.