ONEONTA—United University Professions Oneonta will sponsor a panel discussion program on artificial intelligence, “AI: Perils and Potential,” on Tuesday, March 21 at noon in Le Café, Morris Complex, SUNY Oneonta. The panel will consist of SUNY Oneonta President Dr. Alberto Cardelle, UUP Oneonta President and Professor of Africana and Latinx Studies and Political Science Dr. Robert Compton, and Dr. Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs, coordinator, Ed Tech Program, and professor, English Education. Audience questions and discussion are invited after the panelist’s formal presentations. The program is free and open to the general public, including all segments of the college and Greater Oneonta community. UUP will provide a complimentary lunch. An RSVP at ONEUUP@oneonta.edu is required to allow for coordination of the lunch order. The RSVP should include your name and contact information.
Pathfinder Produce Celebrates Anniversary March 16
EDMESTON—Pathfinder Produce, a weekly greengrocer and delivery service operated by Pathfinder Village’s Adult Day Services, will celebrate its tenth anniversary on Thursday, March 16 during its regular market hours, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“The story of Pathfinder Produce has been one of empowerment,” said Tina Heyduk, Pathfinder’s chief administrative officer, who oversees the Pathfinder’s Day Services. “Our market began as a project to help curb childhood obesity, address adult health concerns, and improve families’ diets in conjunction with Bassett Research Institute’s 5-2-1-0 community programs. With our weekly market, area residents have enjoyed greater access to fresh produce. In many rural communities that are in USDA food deserts, families must travel over 10 miles to buy an apple.”
“Another way Pathfinder Produce empowers people is that it offers paid employment and vocational training for people with intellectual disabilities. ADS team members have grown in knowledge through their tasks organizing the weekly market and our grant-funded food deliveries,” added Mrs. Heyduk. “They give back to their community. Each team member takes pride in serving their friends and neighbors through our produce-related programs.”
During the March 16 market celebration at the Pathfinder Village Commons, there will be recipe samples, specially-themed baked goods, and customers will receive recyclable shopping bags as part of Pathfinder’s observance of World Down Syndrome Day, an annual global event held annually on March 21. To learn more about Pathfinder Produce, customers may visit the market’s website at https://pathfinderproduce.org or its Facebook page.
Crafters Wanted for Two Popular Events
RICHFIELD SPRINGS—Applications are still being accepted for two popular craft events in Richfield Springs: the 42nd Annual Friendship Craft Festival to be held on Saturday, June 10 in Spring Park and the 3rd Annual Fall Craft Fair scheduled for Saturday, October 7 at the Cullen Pumpkin, 587 Cullen Road. Both events are sponsored by the Church Of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs. For information and an application for both events, go to www.rschurchofchristuniting.com or call Carla at (315) 858-1451.
EDMESTON Paul C. Landers, M.Ed., Cooperstown, will retire as the president and chief executive officer of Pathfinder Village, according to an announcement released earlier this week by William F. Streck, MD, the chair of Pathfinder Village’s Board of Directors. A leader in the human services field for four decades, Pathfinder Village is a livable community and service provider that offers diverse residential, educational, vocational, health, enrichment, and other programs to people with Down syndrome and other disabilities.
EDMESTON – Jacqueline B. Mayne, 89, of Edmeston, met Jesus face to face on December 4, 2022 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
“But best of all the wonders
As I cross death’s cold, dark sea
Will be His beautiful nail-pierced hands
Reaching out to welcome me.”
Jacqueline was born on February 9, 1933 in White Plains, Ny the daughter of the late William Vankirk and Marianna Elizabeth Foster Kinch. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son in law Lamont “Monty” Smith and a granddaughter Ericka Bolton.
BURLINGTON FLATS – Jeannette R. Benjamin, 88, of Burlington Flats, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2022 at Cooperstown Center with her family by her side.
Jeannette was born on December 10, 1933 in Pittsfield, NY the daughter of the late Harvey and Lydia Miller Cline. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Donald Benjamin, a daughter Flossie Bliss, and daughter in law Gloria Benjamin.
She is survived by her children Kelly, Art, Paul and Linda, Tim and Beth, Keith, and grandchildren Nathan, Paul, Mitchell and Shannon, Brandon, Jennifer and Matt, Mike and Casey, Sarah and Fred, Daniel, Meghan, and her great grandchildren Noah, Aubree, Parker, Emery, Lilian, and siblings Leonna Utter and Lyle Cline.
EDMESTON – David C. Green, 64, of Edmeston, passed away at his home on Sunday September 11, 2022 surrounded by his loving family.
Dave was born on June 30, 1958 in Oneonta, NY the son of the late Owen C. and Alice B. Green.
A 1976 graduate of Edmeston School, Dave entered the United States Air Force following graduation. He married the love of his life, Patricia Green on October 17, 1976. He received an A.A.S in Audio Visual Productions Services through the Community College of the Air Force in 1997. After proudly serving for 22 years, he retired and returned to his beloved hometown of Edmeston. He spent the next 24 years employed with NYCM Insurance in the Brand Management division.
EDMESTON – Ward S. “Seeber” Robinson Jr, 85, of Edmeston, Passed away at his home on Monday August 8, 2022.
Ward was born in Cooperstown on April 30, 1937 the son of the late Ward S. and Marion Pope Robinson Sr. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Margaret “Peg” Robinson in 2014.
He is survived by his daughter Jill; son Greg, daughter-in-law, Linda; the grandsons he adored, Alex and Nick; brother Van and his wife Carol, sister-in-law Barbara; brother-in-law Jerry and his wife Patty; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by by his long time companion and care giver Pat Stevens.
EDMESTON – God needed another angel and he brought the best one ever home to him in the early morning hours Sunday June 5, 2022. Marie Margaret Johansen departed for her heavenly reward from her home, surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren.
Mom was born on August 26, 1939 in Saint Johns, Newfoundland. She was the oldest of five children born to Augustine and Margaret (Murphy) Murphy and grew up on tiny Bell Island off the coast of Newfoundland where her father was a tinsmith for the island’s iron ore mine. The path life led her on in her teen years was not one she would have chosen for herself but it truly shaped the woman and mother she would become. At sixteen years old, she left the pastoral setting of the island behind along with her brothers, friends and teachers and moved to New York City with her mother and sister where she immediately went to work as a file clerk to support the family. It was a difficult transition but she adjusted with the grace and humility that defined her. She met Carl Johansen through her work and turned him down six times before finally allowing him to take her out on their first date. They married in August of 1958 and her joy was compounded as they were able to bring all three of her brothers from the orphanage in Newfoundland to New York and reunite the family prior to the wedding. The circumstances from this period of her life reinforced and influenced the priorities that governed the remainder of her life.
BURLINGTON – Change is inevitable; it is a constant, a “sure thing”. We can try to ignore it, outrun it, or force its hand, but have no doubt: Change is but a moment away. We are given opportunities to steer its course, or if we wish, sit back and let chance decide the destination our lives will take. Such is the gift of Free Will. There is a caveat attached to this freedom, however, and it is one we must never forget or take lightly: We are given but One Life on this earth, and tomorrow is never promised. If there is only one message the short life of Joseph Santiago leaves in the minds of those lucky enough to have met him, it is this: You are loved. You are needed. You matter. Take the Wheel.
Joe is survived by his parents, Colleen (Mann) Bolton of Burlington, and Joseph (Christine) Santiago, Sr. of Norwich. No parent should ever have to suffer the heartbreak of losing a child. But sometimes even the strongest of shoulders aren’t enough to carry the weight of their children’s choices, even though loving arms were always flung open wide. Joseph leaves behind three beautiful children, Aalyiah, Layne and Liam Santiago, all of whom will always be reminded of the gift that was their father, who loved them so.
In the beautiful 1979 movie “Being There,” Peter Sellers portrays a gentle and illiterate gardener who implausibly becomes a national sensation in a world gone wrong amid deep recession and winter malaise. A talk show host asks him for his outlook on the nation’s economic future. He pauses for a moment and says, “In the garden, growth has its seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.”
Spring is coming. Amid worldwide havoc, and thanks to the generosity of the good people of Otsego County, there are reasons to be cheerful. Look no further than the outpouring of local support for the people of Ukraine.
The Rusty Bison ran out of spaghetti and meatballs at its March 23 pay-what-you-will event and raised more than $5,000 to send directly to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees with clothes, food, shelter, and finding jobs; the restaurant owners look to raise more on April 1 at 6 p.m. with an Open Mic and Dance Party at The Telegraph School in Cherry Valley.
Students in Edmeston Central School raided their piggy banks to raise nearly $4,000 to partner with the Village’s Rotary Club to support Ukraine.
The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals raised more than $10,000 – double its goal – on behalf of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a group with “boots on the ground” in Ukraine and Poland. SQSPCA’a indefatigable Stacie Haynes said “people are risking their lives right now to ensure animals left in shelters are cared for and pets are transported with families to safety.” So important.
Ukraine’s flag flies over Village Hall in Cooperstown and the Village welcomed Aliona Yezhova and her son to raise awareness; Ms. Yezhova continues her efforts to raise donations of money and goods to send home to help her fellow Ukrainians.
Your generosity goes beyond help for Ukraine, of course — we note, for example, the students at Milford Central also emptied their pockets in a change challenge to raise money for Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans; the Leatherstocking Credit Union waived its coin-counter fees to the Milford and Edmeston schools to maximize the students’ contributions. Lenten food drives. The Lions’ Club teaming up with Otsego 2000 to help connect people to fresh food at the Farmers’ Market in Cooperstown.
The danger inherent to publishing a list like that is that we’re bound to omit the good works of other people and groups who are working just as fervently, so — we apologize in advance for not naming all of you but are just as grateful for your ongoing selflessness.
Otsego County’s traditions of local, regional, and international philanthropy take root in Edward Clark’s deep devotion to the region that continues today through the Scriven and Clark foundations. We’re rooted, too, in our own devotion to the fundamental threads that make every village, town, and city unique yet united.
Spring is coming. Major League Baseball ended its lockout and Opening Day is here. The covers are just about to come off the parking meters. Pretty soon, we’ll all be sweeping the pollen off our windshields instead of scraping off the ice.
In the garden, growth has its seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.
WINTER WALK – 10 – 11:30 a.m. (Rescheduled from 1/17 due to winter storm Izzy) Enjoy the beauty of winter on this tree ID walk while you stretch your legs, get some fresh air. Dress appropriately for weather on this , bring your own water. Free, registration required. Presented by Otsego County Conservation Association at Robert V. Riddell State Park, Davenport. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/winter-walk/
EDMESTON – Joseph A. Bouck Sr, 80, of Edmeston passed away on Monday January 17, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.
Joe was born on March 27, 1941 in Albany, NY the son of the late Peter and Nellie Rivenburg Bouck. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his step father Robert Porth, brothers James and Leonard Bouck and a sister Marion Yerdon.
Joe lived most of his adult life in Roseboom where he painted and raced stock cars for many years out of his garage. He was a jack of all trades, loved his Farmall’s, and watching stock car and horse racing. He loved being around his family and will be greatly missed.
EDMESTON – Alan B Sheldon, 78, of Edmeston, passed away Monday January 17, 2022 in New Berlin.
Alan was born on October 14, 1943 in Oneonta the son of the late Howard and Evelene Field Sheldon. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 53 years Kathleen in June 2021.
He is survived by his daughters Caprice (Paul) Eckert of Edmeston, Monica (Brandon) Clark of Edmeston, sisters Connie Gallagher of Johnson City TN, Rebecca Flannery of Harpursville, NY, grandchildren Mallory, Rachel, Tatum, Braymon, great grandchild Lacie-Ann, and many nieces and nephews.
EDMESTON – Patricia Lynn “Penny” Miles, 66, of Edmeston, passed away unexpectedly on December 21, 2021 at home.
Penny was born in Ilion, NY the daughter of Harold James and Alice Lydia Wilkinson Vibbard. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Orville Willard Miles in 2009, a sister Eileen Alice Vibbard in 1988, and brother James Ellis Vibbard in 1981.
Ronald R. Martin 80, of Edmeston, passed away at his home on December 18, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.
Ron was born in Utica, NY on December 17, 1941 the son of the late Kenneth and Betty Salisbury Martin.
A lifetime resident of the area, Ron married Jo-Ann Lewis on January 1, 1965 in the Leonardsville Methodist Church. He retired after 26 years as a heavy equipment operator with The Town of Edmeston Highway Department. He was a master heavy equipment operator, and had a knowledge of almost any type of machine. Ron was dedicated to the American Legion Baseball League for over 30 years in Edmeston. He served as the Otsego County Chairman, and was the 6th District Chairman for 14 years, covering 10 counties in New York State.