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In Memoriam Dr. Joseph Scott Lunn, 91 July 11, 1931 – August 28, 2022
In Memoriam

Dr. Joseph Scott Lunn, 91

July 11, 1931 – August 28, 2022

Dr. Joseph S. Lunn

ONEONTA – Dr. Joseph Scott Lunn, 91, died peacefully at his home on August 28, 2022. He was born on July 11, 1931 in Oneonta, NY to the late William H. Lunn and Dorothy (Hanks) Lunn. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1949, and Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1953.

He received his medical degree in 1958 from the SUNY Upstate Medical School in Syracuse, NY, and continued his internship and residency in Syracuse. In 1962, he served a two-year tour with the Public Health Service in Atlanta, GA, conducting malaria research. In 1964 he undertook a two-year fellowship in infectious diseases at the Upstate Medical School, and then entered practice in Syracuse.

In 1969, he became an associate physician at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY, and in 1972 was appointed Chief of the Medical Staff at Bassett, a position he held until 1980 when he joined the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University) as an attending physician and clinical professor until his retirement in 1996.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Ren Faire at Windfall Dutch Barn 08-22-21

Ren Faire at Windfall Dutch Barn


RENAISSANCE FAIR – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dress in you medieval/renaissance best and come out for performances by Celtic step dancers, The Happy Haggs, as well as vendors, crafters, and games for all ages at this years annual Ren Faire. Admission, $5. Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Rd., Cherry Valley. 518-774-0134 or visit

Leonard became Milford’s pioneer wrestler, Coop legend

Leonard became Milford’s pioneer wrestler, Coop legend
Despite losing senior season to pandemic, grappling career will continue with college recruitment

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Avery Leonard, a Milford/Cooperstown wrestler, goes for a pin during the 2020-2021 state tournament in Albany in February 2020.

MARYLAND — As he could see his senior season of wrestling being washed away by the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 Milford Central School graduate Avery Leonard said he relied on his philosophy of life, “worry about what you can control, let go of everything you can’t control.”

“I have always run with that saying,” he said, Monday, July 19.

Leonard and his father/wrestling coach, Nate Leonard, spoke with at their “summer home” on Goodyear Lake, about his career and losing his senior season after spending three years working toward a state title.

Pandemic Proof? Canoe & Kayak plans expansion

Pandemic Proof?

Canoe & Kayak plans expansion

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales has always been a family business, owner Brent Baysinger said. Now, with business booming, he shows his 10-month-old son, Ben, the ropes. (Greg Klein/

PORTLANDVILLE – Brent Baysinger looks over the calm waters of Goodyear Lake and the growing business empire he has built on its banks and said it feels humbling.

“I am blessed,” he said. “I think the biggest thing is I am just so thankful for the support, not only from family and friends but also the local community.”

Baysinger, a 2000 Cooperstown Central School graduate, was doing hospitality work in Vail, Colorado, in his 20s, when he said his mother, Lonetta, proposed a business idea.

“I very much grew up a water kid,” Baysinger said. “It was actually my mom who had the idea first. She was the one who was living here and had her finger on the pulse and saw there was a need for this. I was ready for a change and I always liked to be my own boss and do my own thing.

“I basically had the opportunity to start this, and being outdoors and on the water, I didn’t have to think long about it,” he continued.

Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales launched in 2009 in the town of Milford, along state Route 28. Although the economy was still reeling from the 2008 recession, the weather gave Baysinger’s business a break.

Clear Blue Skies & Temp. In 20s Makes For Great Day On The Ice

Frozen Lakes, 20s Temperatures

Bring Ice Fishermen Onto Lakes

Temperatures down into the single digits Saturday night brought ice fishermen onto frozen local lakes that were open water as recently as last week.  Kadyn Bosley, Hartwick, top photo, shows off bass he caught on Goodyear Lake Sunday morning. Spending the weekend on the ice with his father, this was the first of twenty catches of the day on Sunday.  Inset, Kris Solovitch, Laurens, drills a hole in the Goodyear Lake, preparing for ice fishing with Uncle Tim Solvitch, behind Kris. (Ian Austin/

Steven C. Naatz, 67; Forester, Outdoorsman, Entrepreneur


Steven C. Naatz, 67; Forester,

Outdoorsman, Entrepreneur

Steven Naatz

SCHENEVUS – Steven C. Naatz, 67, formerly of Goodyear Lake, a forester who could identify every tree and animal by its Latin name and proprietor of Naatz Excavating & Forestry, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019, with family by his side.

Steve was born on Sept. 30, 1951, at Fox Hospital in Oneonta to Audrey V. (Baumann) and William M. Naatz of Emmons, the middle of five children. He graduated from Oneonta High School, earned an A.A.S. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry Ranger School in Wanakena, then received a M.S. from Colorado State University. He served in the Army National Guard as a senior surveyor at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Goodyear Lake Trailer Charred


Goodyear Lake

Trailer Charred

A trailer home was heavily was destroyed, in a fire that broke out around 5:45pm at 920 Shady Acres, the mobile home park in Silliman Cove, Goodyear Lake. Above, Crews were on the scene within 7 minutes of the 911 call coming it. At right, Cooperstown firefighters Joel Bostwick and Billy Smith pry off roofing searching for straggling flames.The officer in charge, Milford Fire Chief Don Eckler, said “The fire was rolling out of the trailer pretty well when we arrived.” with he arrived with the first engine. With three hoses, Porta-Ponds and tanker relays, the fire was extinguished fairly quickly, he said. No one was in the home at the time the fire started, and only one injury was reported: a firefighter cut his hand trying to get inside. Eckler said the home belonged to an elderly couple who had left around 12:30pm. He didn’t know the name of the residents. Firemen from Oneonta, Cooperstown, Hartwick, Hartwick Seminary, Schenevus and Mount Vision helped their Milford colleagues, with Fly Creek and Davenport crews on standby. The home was deemed uninhabitable and The Red Cross was notified and will be providing assistance. (Ian Austin/

Thomas D. Hurley, 54; Longtime Custom Electronics Supervisor

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas D. Hurley, 54;

Longtime Custom Electronics Supervisor

GOODYEAR LAKE – Thomas D. Hurley, 54, of Goodyear Lake, a longtime supervisor at Custom Electronics, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 9, 2019, at home.

He was born on July 30, 1964, in New York City.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, barbecues (especially cheeseburgers), was a lifelong Mets fan and liked motorcycles and classic cars.


Polar Bear Jump Planned

Feb. 16 On Goodyear Lake

MILFORD CENTER – The Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and 10 youngsters will benefit from the proceeds, organizer Jamie Waters announced this morning.

The benefit Chinese auction is planned Sunday, Jan. 27, at Milford Central School.  Doors open at 12:30, and the drawing begins at 2:30.

This is the 24th year Jamie and wife Brenda have organized the event, which also benefits Portlandville Methodist Church, Catskill Area Hospice and the Milford Fire Department and EMT unit.


City of Hills Art Fest Today


ART & MUSIC – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Outdoor street festival featuring outstanding regional artists, crafters, musicians, writers, more. Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit

O-COUNTY FAIR – 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. See best Otsego County has to offer. Daily shows, rides, more. Highlights include equestrian Gymkhana, bicycle giveaway, truck pull, livestock parade of champions, Supreme Champion Showmanship, talent contest, more. Otsego County Fair, Mills St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit


Kick Off Junior Livestock Show


LIVESTOCK SHOW – 5 p.m. Open the 4-H Junior Livestock show with a chicken BBQ for public & exhibitors followed by an ice cream social at 7:30 p.m. Cost, $10 for the BBQ. Iroquois Farm Showgrounds, 1659 Co. Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1452 or visit

PADDLE & PULL – 1 – 4 p.m. Bring your canoe/kayak, or reserve one of OCCA’s, and help pull invasive water chestnuts from the stump portion of Goodyear Lake. Bring water, sunscreen, & a hat. Registration requested. Meet at Portlandville Fishing Access, St. Hwy. 28, Portlandville. Call 607-547-4488 or visit




Foot Of Ice Ideal For Goodyear Jump

Just because Mataiah Waters, daughter of Goodyear Polar Bear Jump founders Jamie and Brenda Waters, has been taking the plunge since age 3 doesn’t make the shock any less. She jumped today with boyfriend Mike Strenck of Milford. For more than a quarter-century, the annual jump has been raising funds for ailing children. Some 200 jumpers were prepared to take the leap today. (Jim Kevlin/

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