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In Memoriam Richard Elderkin, 79 August 7, 1943 – September 5, 2022
In Memoriam

Richard Elderkin, 79

August 7, 1943 – September 5, 2022

Richard Elderkin

ONEONTA – Rich was born on August 7, 1943 in Oneonta, NY to Leslie and Lucille (Mulford) Elderkin. He was raised on the family farm in West Laurens. It was there where he learned his strong work ethic and mechanical skills (“There were no holidays on our calendar”).

His father died when Rich was 16, which left him running the 100 head family farm together with the hired man, his mother and “little brother” John- not to mention attending school and playing football. Eventually they decided to sell and Rich joined the Air Force on May 21,1963. (“I went to see the army recruiter who wasn’t on duty that day. Lucky for me, the Air Force recruiter was there and I could not have made a better choice for my life’s work”).

In Memoriam Joan Marie Lovett Bardin, 88 May 25, 1933 – December 27, 2021

In Memoriam

Joan Marie Lovett Bardin, 88

May 25, 1933 – December 27, 2021

Joan M. L. Bardin

GARRATSVILLE – Joan Marie Lovett Bardin, 88, born May 25, 1933 in Salisbury/Lakeville CT. Joan was the daughter of Silas and Eva Lovett. Married George on June 29, 1952, in Norfolk CT and then moved to NY and raised their 3 beloved children. Joan worked many years on the family farm until they sold out in 1989.

Letter: Farmers deserve a fair return

Letter: Farmers deserve a fair return

Recent reports and letters that advocate for keeping the overtime pay threshold at 60 hours rather than reducing it to 40 present valid issues facing farmers today. Farmers struggle, caught between increasing costs and low income from processors who set the prices they will pay.

Farming is a noble profession; farmers need and deserve to make a steady, predictable profit. Paying overtime at the 40-hour threshold will hurt farmers. Prices would need to rise to accommodate that pay increase.

My question: if a business needs to underpay workers to survive, isn’t that business marginal? Aren’t the workers subsidizing those businesses?

Americans need to pay farmers more for their products. We have the cheapest food in the world. Food processors get to set prices to ensure that they always make a profit, while farmers take all the risks. It is unfair and inefficient to squeeze costs out of the lowest link in the production food chain — the farm workers.

Perhaps Americans could begin to look at the true cause of the crisis in farming, and help farmers look UP the food chain for a fair return for feeding us. Americans could support farmers in their effort to get paid fairly. Maybe then we could save more family farms.

Virginia Tomlinson
Oneonta

Anthony G. Schlesier, 86  October 1, 1935 – October 16, 2021

In Memoriam

Anthony G. Schlesier, 86

 October 1, 1935 – October 16, 2021

HARTWICK – Anthony G. Schlesier, a long-time resident of Hartwick, died October 16, 2021. He was 86 years old.

Anthony was born in Huntington on October 1, 1935, and was predeceased by his wife Angelina S. Schlesier.

He spent most of his career in agriculture and retired from the Army Reserves. He enjoyed his retirement by traveling and spending time on the family farm. He will be missed by many.

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