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In Memoriam Douglas Lynn McLaud, 72 March 4, 1949 – January 7, 2022

In Memoriam

Douglas Lynn McLaud, 72

March 4, 1949 – January 7, 2022

Douglas L. McLaud

Douglas Lynn McLaud passed away peacefully on January 7, 2022 at his home in Springhill, Florida with his beloved wife Pauline Miller McLaud at his side. Douglas and Pauline were married on December 31, 1968 and had just celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. Pauline’s care exemplified their lifelong love.

Douglas was born on March 4, 1949 in Oneonta, New York. He was the son of Douglas M. and Joan Crandall McLaud. Douglas grew up in Oneonta and Otego and graduated from SUNY Oneonta. After graduation, Douglas worked for many years with his parents as part of the Douglas M. McLaud Insurance Agency team in Otego, NY. before moving to Cocoa Beach, Florida. Douglas owned and operated a Ship Chandlery business in Port Canaveral, Florida and became a Real Estate Developer in Florida.

SUNY Oneonta president seeks to improve student experience
Cardelle (contributed)

SUNY Oneonta president
seeks to improve student experience

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

ONEONTA — The new SUNY Oneonta President, Alberto Cardelle, said he is aiming to make things easier and safer for students as well as to improve town-gown relationships.

Prior to taking over the role of SUNY President, Cardelle was a provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fitchburg State

University in Massachusetts. Before that, he spent 15 years at East Stroudsburg University, where he began as an assistant professor for public health in 1999, eventually becoming a department chair in 2001.

Cardelle spoke about his experiences growing up and what led him to take over the mantle of president at the largest college in the area.

Timothy Edward Etter, 74 January 11, 1947 ~ September 8, 2021

In Memoriam

Timothy Edward Etter, 74

January 11, 1947 ~ September 8, 2021

Timothy Etter

EDMESTON – A  man who was a lover of life: passionate, devoted, creative, articulate, genuine, an inquisitive intellectual who pursued all his endeavors with great zeal.

Tim was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; a graduated from Marcellus High School, NY where he had been a proud member of the wrestling team. He received his BA from SUNY Geneseo.

Tim’s professional career included employment by the Syracuse DSO for over 20 years and Madison Cty. ARC. He also worked as a real estate agent.  His greatest love was nature photography. He was proud to be the sole proprietor of “The Image Makers Photography Gallery and Frame Shop. Tim’s artistic capabilities in Photography have been exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibitions in Central New York: including The Cazenovia Artisans, and Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, NY.

BERKSON: For Want Of A Rack…

For Want Of A Rack…

Terry Berkson, who has an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College, lives on a farm outside Richfield Springs. His articles have appeared in New York magazine, the New York Daily News Sunday Magazine, Automobile and other publications.

I had it all planned. We’d fly to Florida on a Saturday, settle into the motel and then head for the flea market where, if lucky, I’d find a used bike to ride for the rest of our vacation. “What are you going to do when it’s time to go home?” my wife, Alice, asked.

“I don’t care,” I said, “as long as I have use of a bike while we’re down here.”

“Well, I’m glad I brought my paints along – to keep busy while you’re riding around.”

“If you didn’t have a bad knee, you’d get a bike too.”

The thing I miss most since we left Brooklyn and moved to a house on a hill outside of Richfield Springs is bike riding. On the farm it’s easy to leave but hard to pedal home.

Brooklyn was flat like Holland, where everybody rides a bike. Before we moved I’d use mine daily, often riding five miles to the seashore at Coney Island. To me, riding along a quiet side street without the assistance of a noisy internal combustion engine felt like flying. Many stories had been conceived along the way.

Unfortunately, the car we rented in Tampa was a Kia hatchback. I always ask for a smaller car and most of the time they’re out of them and we get bumped up to a larger vehicle for no extra cost.

This time they did have a compact, so besides a bike I’d be needing a bike rack.

Lauren’s ‘Florida’ In Top 10 For Award, Sarah Still Among Top U.S. Contenders

Lauren’s ‘Florida’ In Top 10 For Award,

Sarah Still Among Top U.S. Contenders

The sisters were featured in Vogue magazine in advance of the Rio Olympics, where Sarah competed. ( photo)

COOPERSTOWN – It’s been quite a week for the Groff family of Cooperstown, mom Jeannine reports.

  • Novelist Lauren Groff’s short-story collection, “Florida,” advanced to the top 10 candidates for this year’s National Book Award in the fiction category. Lauren’s “Fates and Furies,” hailed by President Obama as his favorite book of 2015, made the top 10 list that year.
  • Her sister, Olympian Sarah Groff, finished as first American women in fourth place at the Kona Ironman/Ironwoman Championships.  The first four women to place yesterday all beat the prior course record.

The sisters are children of Jeannine and Dr. Gerald Groff.

Oneonta Woman Arrested As Fla. Fugitive

Oneonta Woman Arrested As Fla. Fugitive

ONEONTA – An Oneonta woman, Vickie E. Tolbert-Dwyer, 46, who allegedly fled from southern Florida last summer, was arrested Sunday afternoon at her 42 River St. home by Otsego County sheriff’s investigators as a fugitive from justice.

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