Elected November 4 to his first term as a member of the Town of Oneonta Board at only age 24, Skylar Thompson says he’s looking forward to working on the “day-to-day issues” having an impact on the place he’s lived his entire life.
“That’s what local politics affects the most,” the young Republican said. He cited rural broadband and enhancement of Town parks and recreational facilities as two general areas of interest, but said, too, that he’s eager to learn the priorities that come before the Town government.
WEST DAVENPORT – Sally A. Beams, 86, former West Davenport postmaster, firefighter and town historian, died on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Fox Hospital, following a brief illness.
She was born in Rye, the daughter of William and Beatrice (Mott) Balcom. At an early age, she moved to East Meredith and graduated from Charlotte Valley Central School. She married Benjamin C. Beams on Dec. 21, 1952.
NEW BERLIN – George W. Kukulech, 90, of New Berlin, Town of Pittsfield highway superintendent for seven years and a town board member and firefighter, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Orlando, Fla.
George was born on March 1, 1929, in Passaic, N.J., the son of the late Michael and Anna (Cocundy) Kukulech.
He married the love of his life, Beatrice M. Ritrovato on July 2, 1950.
George attended the Ketchum one-room schoolhouse from 1935 to 1940.
For 13 years he worked for the Town of Pittsfield, including superintendent for seven years, driving snowplows and constructing roads.
BAINBRIDGE – James A. Maddalone, 57, a dedicated firefighter currently serving on the Bainbridge Town Board, passed away Nov. 10, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, with his family by his side.
He was born on Aug. 7, 1960, in Sidney, the son of Joseph and Carole (Delello) Maddalone, and graduated from Sidney High School with the Class of 1968. He immediately became an electrician apprentice at Amphenol, where he worked for 40 years.
He loved politics and served on the Bainbridge Planning Board for almost 10 years before joining the town board, where he was serving his second term.
ONEONTA – Robert James Graham, 92, former Fox Hospital business manager and well-known musician who was active in community life in Otsego and Delaware counties, passed away from pneumonia on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Robinson Terrace in Stamford.
He was born in Delhi on Dec. 20, 1924, the son of Tracy Lyman Graham and Elizabeth Mable Graham.
Bob attended A.L. Kellogg School in Treadwell for six years, and then entered Delaware Academy in Delhi, where he graduated in 1943. He was a co-captain of the football and basketball teams, solo clarinetist in the senior band for three years, king of the junior prom, and president of his senior class.
EDMESTON – David Hunter Kent, 63, who retired as head mechanic at Edmeston Central School’s bus garage, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday August 1, 2017.
Dave was born on May 11, 1954, in Cooperstown, the son of the late John and Isabella Brand Kent. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Genevieve Kent Waller, a brother-in-law William Nevil, and parents-in-law Joe and Joan Seifried.
EDMESTON – Don Howard, who taught science at Edmeston Central School for 32 years, died May 5, 2017, at home, surrounded by his family.
He was born on the family farm in West Edmeston, to Lynn and Edith Howard. He graduated from Leonardsville Central School. He attended SUNY Oswego for a year before marrying the love of his life, Irene Baldwin, and transferring to SUNY Plattsburgh so they could both finish their degrees. Their plans were altered with the arrival of their son Dave, and a year later with Dan. Don worked one to three jobs while carrying a full load to support his family and graduate from college.
EDMESTON – Edward R. Losee, 88, of Edmeston, a Korean War veteran and volunteer firefighter, passed away Wednesday March 22, 2017 in Herkimer, NY following an extended illness.
Edward was born in Eastchester, Westchester County, on Nov. 18, 1928, the son of the late Edward Samuel and Bertha Weiss Losee. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by his siblings: Robert Losee, Frank Losee, and Florence France.
PUBLIC FORUM – 1 p.m. Share your thoughts on how the $10 million Downtown Revitalization plan should take advantage of the cities history to contribute to economic development. Greater Oneonta Historical Society, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm#More
CHICKEN & BISCUIT BENEFIT – Noon. Benefits Firefighter Tim West, Sec. Lt. in Hartwick Emergency Squad who is ill at this time. By donation – Until food or people run out! Hartwick Fire Dept. Company #1, Hartwick. Info, Caren Kelsey, (607)-293-7530, Deb Clegg, (607) 293-6135.
THEATER – 2 p.m. Stuff of Dreams presents “Never Too Late.” Tickets @ Green Toad Book store or by calling (607)432-5407. Cost $15 adult, $12 senior and students, and $10 children 12 and under. Production Center of Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta.
CONSERVATION DINNER – 6 p.m. Otsego Co. Conservation Association Annual Dinner, recognizing Tom Salo as Conservationist of the Year for his work with Bald Eagles. Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Info & reservations, call OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti, (607) 547-4488. To learn more CLICK HERE.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – 4-6 p.m. Pack a shoebox with items that will bring joy to children as they are delivered around the world. Collection point at Main St. Baptist Church, corner of Main and Maple Sts., Oneonta. Info, @ www.msbchurch.org/occ or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (607)432-5712
SAFETY PROGRAM – 7-10 p.m. “Solar Power: Strategy & Tactics for 1st Responders” Worcester Volunteer Fire Department quarters. Registration at www.FASNY.com or at the Worcester Volunteer Fire Department. Worcester Hose Company, 36 Church Street, Worcester. For more info CLICK HERE.