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Fly Creek Fire Department

5K in honor of 9/11 first responders takes place at Fly Creek Fire Department
Frank Wilsey, left, Corlissa Card, middle, and Megan Rodriguez, right, lead the runners Saturday, Sept. 4, at the start of the 5K at the Fly Creek Fire Department. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego.com).

5K in honor of
9/11 first responders
takes place at
Fly Creek Fire Department

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

FLY CREEK — With American flags flying all around, runners took off at the Fly Creek Fire Department for the annual run in honor of 9/11 first responders, Saturday, Sept. 4.

There was about 100 people in Fly Creek to see the memorial event, including State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Maryland, who greeted the runners and their families prior to the start of the race.

Also on hand was Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, who said it was an honor to be there in support of 9/11 first responders.

What’s fun in Otsego County: Best Bets 8-26-21

What’s fun in Otsego County: Best Bets 8-26-21

Family Farm Day is back! Hop in your car and explore about 40 local farms throughout Schoharie, Otsego and Delaware counties. The farms will offer tours, tastings and more. Learn about everything farming in our corner of Upstate, including beekeeping and fish farming. The guide is available from participating farms, local farmers’ markets, libraries and online. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. For info: 607-547-2536 or visit www.familyfarmday.org.

Experience scenic Route 20 on foot. Come out for The Falling Footsteps Road challenge, featuring a 5K run or a 1K walk down the scenic byway. All proceeds go to support the local Community Center. Event will include prizes and post-race hot dogs. Cost, is $20/person for the 5K. Registration required. Health guidelines will be followed. Begins and ends at the Richfield Springs Community Center, 6 Ann St., Richfield Springs, 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. For info: bill@richfieldzone.org or visit Richfield
Springs Community Center on Facebook.

Seniors are invited for a fun afternoon of ice cream and bingo. Hosted by the Otsego County Office for the Aging. All people aged 60+ and a guest are welcome. At Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park, 133 Davis Rd. in Schenevus from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26. For info: 607-547-4232 or visit facebook.
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with eggs, sausage, applesauce and more, and support the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company. Masks are required for the unvaccinated. Cost is $10 per adult. Held at the Fly Creek Firehouse, 832 County Hwy. 26, Fly Creek from 7:30 to 11 a.m. or until sold out. For info: 607-547-5469 or Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook.

When was the last time you spent some time on your porch? When was the last time you played music on your porch? Well the day is coming. It’s “Play Music on the Porch Day,” where the entire world is invited to go outside and enjoy/play some tunes. Please remember to practice COVID safety while you are having fun. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28. For info: www.playmusicontheporchday.com.

Upstate poets and writers can attend a fun, thoughtful afternoon of reading poetry and fiction with the Central NY Writers Workshop. Free, donations welcome for the upkeep of the barn. Refreshments will be available. At the Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Rd. in Cherry Valley. For info: 518-774-0134 or www.windfalldutchbarn.com.

Fly Creek firefighters rescue highway crewman from collapsed culvert
Assistant fire chiefs Jess Lanza, left, and Henry Hight hold water vests and a rescue sling at the Fly Creek Firehouse. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego.com).

Fly Creek firefighters
rescue highway crewman
from collapsed culvert

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

FLY CREEK Assistant fire chiefs Jess Lanza and Henry Hight responded to a call that saved a town highway crewman’s life on Tuesday, July 13.

A crewman had gotten his boots stuck in a culvert in the area of Christian Hill after a beaver dam collapse caused rushing water to drag him into the collapsed and damaged pipe.

“It was actually just a mile from my house, so I was first on the scene,” Lanza said.

There he found two people holding the man from the water.

“We needed to essentially sling him and prevent him from going any further,” Lanza said.

The firefighters used a rescue sling which was able to hoist him up. Less than a minute afterwards, an ambulance arrived, which took him to the hospital. The crewman was “visibly exhausted,” but they say he only suffered minor injuries.

“It was a big relief when we got him about,” Hight said.

Junior firefighters provide big lift to Fly Creek department

Junior firefighters provide big
lift to Fly Creek department

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Fly Creek Fire Department members, from left, Lt. Eric Deysenroth, Connor Voulo, Troy Hight and Wayton Cassell pose Monday, May 17, in Fly Creek. (Kevin Limiti/AllOTSEGO.com)

FLY CREEK — The Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Department is creating and nurturing future firefighters with its junior firefighter program and four young men have already reaped the benefits while serving their community.

Three junior firefighters including Troy Hight, 18, Wayton Cassell, 14, and Connor Voulo, 17, have all been training as Fly Creek firefighters.

“I’m sort of an outcast in school,” Hight said. He said he was referring to his feelings about high school course work, but he found a home with the fire department. His father encouraged him to join, calling it an “amazing experience.”

“It’s a really big family,” Hight said.

Cassell said he was introduced to the fire department by a friend and is considering as a career in firefighting either in California or New York City.

Yvonne Chandler-Colby, 54; Dies After Extended Struggle With Illnesses

IN MEMORIAM:  Yvonne Chandler-Colby, 54;

Dies After Extended Struggle With Illnesses

Yvonne Chandler-Colby

FLY CREEK – Yvonne Megan Chandler-Colby, 54, of Fly Creek, died Sept. 25, 2020, at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., after an extended struggle against cancer and heart failure, while being transported via ambulance to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Born Yvonne Megan Chandler on Feb. 2, 1966, at Bassett Hospital, she was a daughter of George Henry and Nancy (Hunt) Chandler and was baptized Episcopal at Christ Church in Cooperstown. Raised in Fly Creek, she graduated from Cooperstown Central School, Class of 1984. She married Dean Robert Colby August 31, 1991, in Fly Creek.

Fly Creek EMT Squad Welcomes Ambulance

Fly Creek EMT Squad

Welcomes Ambulance

Among ruminations that “we’ve come a long way in 12 years,” the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company’s Emergency Squad gathered to welcome a brand new Horton Ambulance as it arrived at the station at 5 p.m. today.  Officers posing with the squad’s pride and joy are, from left, Fire Chief Chris Voulo, 1st Assistant Jess Lanza, Second Assistants Henry Hight and Adam Kantor, Squad Capt. Rick Kelly, and Fire Police Capt. John Phillips, joined by other EMTs and volunteers.  Inset, Kelly helps wash down the new vehicle, which replaces a second-hand one bought a dozen years ago from Alabama.   “It served us well,” Kelly said, but “we thought Fly Creek deserves the best.”  The ambulance includes a power-load system for stretchers, four-wheel drive, state of the art controls and LED lights.  (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)

Ward Fish Jr., 79; Spent 19 Years At Remington Arms

IN MEMORIAM: Ward Fish Jr., 79;

Spent 19 Years At Remington Arms

Ward C. Fish, Jr.

COOPERSTOWN – Ward C. Fish, Jr., who spent almost two decades at Remington Arms, peacefully passed away Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. He was 79.

Ward, known as Jim, was the son of the late Dorothy (Sheridan) and Ward C. Fish, Sr. of Richfield Springs. Jim was born on the family farm on March 7, 1938.

He met his “huggy bear,” Merri Lynn (Macomber) at the roller skating rink in  Richfield Springs. They were married in August 1959 in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Springfield Center.

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