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Habitat for Humanity

Stanley A. Syvertsen, 78; Teacher, Businessman, Active in Habitat

IN MEMORIAM:  Stanley A. Syvertsen, 78;

Teacher, Businessman, Active in Habitat

Stanley A. Syvertsen

ONEONTA – Stanley A. Syvertsen, 78, who taught at Bugbee School, owned Shearer’s Trucking, and was active in Habitat for Humanity, passed away peacefully on Dec. 28, 2019, at a long-term care facility in Morristown, NJ.

He was born on April 16, 1941, in Brooklyn, son of Jakob and Solveig Syvertsen of Bay Ridge.  He graduated from Fort Hamilton High School in 1959 and was active in his church basketball and youth leagues.

He attended SUNY Oswego and graduated with a BS in Industrial Arts in 1963. He was an active member of the Beta Tau Epsilon fraternity.  He later attended SUNY Oneonta where he completed a masters degree. It was at SUNY Oneonta where he met his wife, whom he married in 1970.

Habitat For Humanity Celebrates 30 Years

LATEST FAMILY READY TO MOVE IN

Habitat Slide Show Applauds

36 Homes, 2 Renovations

Habitat For Humanity celebrated 30 years of building homes in Otsego County at the Elm Park Methodist Church this evening. A slideshow of the 36 homes and two major renovations was played for the guests as they enjoyed refreshments and cake. Above, Brad Conforti, wife Colleen and their children Abrielle and Micah, Town of Maryland, show off the most recent Habitat newsletter that features the home they will move into. The home is one of the newest residences Habitat is building on McFarlane Road off of Route 205 between West Oneonta and Laurens.  At right, Habitat president Mary Ann Dowdell, Oneonta,  who gave the evening’s keynoter, recognizes those who have donated time and talents over the past three decades by having their names included on an honorary plaque. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Habitat For Humanity: 35 Homes In 30 Years

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SUNDAY

Habitat For Humanity:

35 Homes In 30 Years

Habitat for Humanity built home sweet home for Lois Newell, foreground, and daughters Adrianna, left, Gabriella and Isabella. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Habitat President Mary Ann Dowdell and Marjorie Pietraface discusses this Sunday’s celebration of Habitat’s 30th anniversary.

ONEONTA – A decade ago, Lois Newell felt hopeless.

“I was living in an apartment on Academy Street, my window faced the back of the Salvation Army,” she said. “I would look at that wall every day and cry. I was freshly divorced, I had no money and no resources. I wanted hope, a better life for my kids.”

Now, when she looks out her window, she sees an apple tree and the wildflower garden she’s cultivated in the yard of her Habitat For Humanity house, one of 35 the the nationwide organization’s local chapter has built locally over the last three decades.

This Sunday, Sept. 15, Habitat for Humanity of Otsego County will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an open house 2-4 p.m. at the Elm Park Methodist Church, Oneonta.

Habitat For Humanity: 35 Homes In 30 Years

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SUNDAY

Habitat For Humanity:

35 Homes In 30 Years

Habitat for Humanity built home sweet home for Lois Newell, foreground, and daughters Adrianna, left, Gabriella and Isabella. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Habitat President Mary Ann Dowdell and Marjorie Pietraface discusses this Sunday’s celebration of Habitat’s 30th anniversary.

ONEONTA – A decade ago, Lois Newell felt hopeless.

“I was living in an apartment on Academy Street, my window faced the back of the Salvation Army,” she said. “I would look at that wall every day and cry. I was freshly divorced, I had no money and no resources. I wanted hope, a better life for my kids.”

Now, when she looks out her window, she sees an apple tree and the wildflower garden she’s cultivated in the yard of her Habitat For Humanity house, one of 35 the the nationwide organization’s local chapter has built locally over the last three decades.

This Sunday, Sept. 15, Habitat for Humanity of Otsego County will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an open house 2-4 p.m. at the Elm Park Methodist Church, Oneonta.

Milford Supporters Celebrate Community Center Upgrade

Milford Supporters Celebrate

Community Center Upgrade

People behind construction of a handicapped ramp alongside the new Milford Community Center on West Main Street gathered at the site this evening to celebrate the progress. The Milford Rotary Club donated $2,300 toward the ramp, and Habitat for Humanity’s HASP (Home Accessibility & Safety Program) donated another $1,000. Along with tentative plans for a new set of Automatic Sliding Doors, the installation of a ramp will ensure that people with disabilities can access the community center with ease. Seward Gravel provided the required gravel, the village crew dug post holes, and David Singh drove his tractor over to help with construction. On site this evening were, from left, Rotarian-in-training E-V Sosnowski, Milford Rotary President Lola Rathbone, Rotarians Pat Winsor, Jim Yourno and Tom Rathbone, Milford United Methodist Pastor Sylvia Barrett, Rotarians Alicin and Vera Sosnowski, Habitat’s Duncan Smith, Rotarian Ken Sosnowski, Habitat’s Steve Londner, who is supervising the construction, and Rotarian Ken Stone. After the Milford United Methodist Church burned March 12, 2017, the Legion made the building available for the food pantry that had been at the church. That began the process that led to the Community Center’s creation as a non-profit entity. Village Mayor Brian Pokorny is the center’s president. Londner said Habitat is always looking for volunteers; check out Habitat of Otsego County’s home page. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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