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‘You Have Arrived’ Signs Welcome You To Hartwick

‘You Have Arrived’ Signs

Welcome You To Hartwick

The welcome to Hartwick sign on entering the town from the south on Route 28 is one of a dozen erected in the past month. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
The signs are also highlighting the town’s hamlets. (Photo courtesy Town of Hartwick)

HARTWICK – As drivers have been noticing, the Town of Hartwick has posted 12 “You Have Arrived” signs at entry points to the community and its hamlets.

The signs are been raised entering the Route 28  business district, near Toddsville (Historic Mill Village), Hartwick Seminary (Home of the first Lutheran Seminary in America), and at the Hamlet of Hartwick at Routes 205 and 11.  The maroon colored detail dates back to the original “Hartwick Huskies” school colors.

The signs grew out of a collaboration between the town board, the highway department and the Hartwick Historical Society.   The project, from planning to installation, took many months but is now complete, Town Clerk Andrea Vasquez reports.

James H. Millea, 93; WWII Vet; Iowan Moved Family Here

IN MEMORIAM:  James H. Millea, 93;

WWII Vet; Iowan Moved Family Here

Jim Millea

HARTWICK — James Hilary Millea, 93, of Hartwick, died Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Rolfe, Iowa, the eldest of 11 children – including three sets of twins – to Joseph Hilary Millea and Margaret Lillian née Flaherty Millea.

Raised in Iowa, he attended school up to the 11th grade, when at the age of 17 he left school, worked briefly on the railroad, then enlisted in the Navy on July 17, 1943.

Missing Hartwick Woman, Dog Found Dead

A MYSTERY’S SAD CONCLUSION

Hunters Find Woman,

Dog Dead In Woods

By  LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Roxanne Shipman-Hull

HARTWICK – Roxanne Shipman-Hull, 48, the Hartwick woman who went missing in late September, was found yesterday morning dead in her car in the woods in Plainfield, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. confirmed this afternoon.

According to Devlin, hunters on the state land near the area of Adams Pond Road and Mason Road on the Plainfield State Land came across a Honda-CRV sitting “a few hundred feet” back from the road on Sunday morning.

Kenneth Carson Sr., 74; Retired As CCS Transportation Director

IN MEMORIAM: Kenneth Carson Sr., 74;

Retired As CCS Transportation Director

Kenneth “Bucky” Carson Sr.

HARTWICK – Kenneth Alan Carson Sr., 74, or “Bucky” as most called him, who retired in 1999 as transportation director after 34 years in the Cooperstown Central School District, passed away on Sept. 21, 2019, with his family by his side in Shelby, N.C.

The son of Kenneth S. Carson and Ruth M. Gray (Allen), he was born in Cooperstown, on Oct. 27, 1944.

In addition to his tenure at CCS, Bucky was extremely proud of his decades of service with the Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2, as well as his work as a 911 dispatcher with the Otsego County Fire Control Center.

Eva G. Chamberlin, 98; Taught 6th Grade For 18 Years At Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Eva G. Chamberlin, 98;

Taught 6th Grade For 18 Years At Oneonta

Eva Chamberlin

SOUTH HARTWICK – Eva G. Chamberlin, a long-time resident of South Hartwick and retired elementary school teacher, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, Aug. 30, 2019, at the home of her daughter in Harrisonburg, Va. She was 98.

Born July 14, 1921, in Gloversville, Eva Grace Martin was the daughter of Charles Edward Martin and Grace Vida née Odell Martin.

A graduate of Milford High School, Eva attended the State Teachers College in Oneonta.

IN MEMORIAM: Jean E. Jensen Field, 89; Ran Hartwick Farm With Husband Fred

IN MEMORIAM: Jean Jensen Field, 89;

Ran Hartwick Farm With Husband Fred

Jean E. Fields

HARTWICK – Jean Elizabeth Jensen Field, 89, who with husband Fred ran a farm in Pleasant Valley, died at home Aug. 22, 2019.  Six children survive.

Born Oct. 4, 1930 in Merrickville, she was the middle child of Harold and Elizabeth Jensen of Otego. Raised in the Seventh Day Adventist faith, she graduated from South Lancaster Academy, South Lancaster, Mass.

At age 21, she married Fred S. Field of Hartwick at the Baptist Church parsonage. She always said she should have known what she was in for when Fred didn’t have the $5 to pay the minister!

Rte. 205 At Hartwick Renamed For Marine Who Died In Vietnam

Rte. 205 At Hartwick

Renamed For Marine

Who Died In Vietnam

Sergeant Winslow

HARTWICK – Route 205 through Hartwick hamlet will be named in honor of Marine Corps Sgt. John Kempe Winslow under legislation signed into law today.

The bill (S.3658/A.6670) sponsored by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblyman John Salka, R-West Edmeston, pays tribute to the decorated patriot who was killed in action during the Vietnam War in 1969.

The local soldier, a machine gunner, was assigned to Vietnam on Sept. 15, 1968, and died in an accident in Quang Tri Province the following July 30.

Joan E. Fluke, 80; In Later Years, Coloradan Traveled 

IN MEMORIAM: Joan E. Fluke, 80;

In Later Years, Coloradan Traveled 

Joan E. Fluke

HARTWICK – Joan (Joanie) Elizabeth (Thompson) Fluke, 80, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in her home in Hartwick, where she lived with her daughter Karen and family.

She was born on Feb. 18, 1939, in Leesville, La., to Cecil Eugene and Edith May Thompson. She moved to Lamar, Colo., in her early years.  She attended and graduated from Lamar High School in 1957, then attended Lamar Community College.

Take Care Of Yourself – Now; If You Get Sick, It’s Too Late
Letter from R. SCOTT DUNCAN

Take Care Of Yourself – Now;

If You Get Sick, It’s Too Late

To the Editor:

Who in their right mind would want a one-payer healthcare system? That is not the root problem of the healthcare system.

money is not the problem. Americans deserve a free healthcare system.

Where does our ill health come from? Answer that and you know who should pay!

Thanks to Kaiser and Nixon, healthcare was removed from non-profit status to a for-profit system. That means the sicker you are the more money is made. Where is the motivation and incentive for wellness?

Thanks to Carnegie and Rockefeller; due to their desire to create a monopoly with the drug industry we are stuck with allopathic medicine. They figured if they drove out the use of herbs and homeopath (which they could not patent and control) and pushed drugs, they could make huge profits.

Then they went to educational institutions and gained control of the type of medicine that doctors were taught. A monopoly … based on financial gain … not on wellness and quality of life.

It is not about science. Half the world uses other forms of medicine. Some forms of medicine have been used for thousands of years, successfully.

People say how free we are….we are being maimed and killed by what is called “medicine” in this country. It is time that we are treated better. We should not just be income makers for a few who control the healthcare system.

The first step is to take control of your own heath and question your healthcare providers. Demand proof that their treatment plans work.

The best course of action is to take care of yourself now. When you are sick it is hard to sort out and find a solution to your problem while you are in pain and fear.

R. SCOTT DUNCAN
Hartwick Forrest

Volunteers, Friends Turn Out For Hartwick Fire Co. 1 Reunion

HARTWICK COMMEMORATION

3 Founders Return

For 50th Anniversary

Of Firehouse, Squad

James Renwick, left, Donald C. Phillips and David Burch say the Pledge  at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the opening of the Hartwick Fire Department Company #1’s new building and formation of the Emergency Squad in 1969 during a celebration this afternoon. They were three of five people who volunteered their labor and time to make the new building happen and were at the original dedication on July 5, 1969. At that time, Mr. Renwick was Hartwick’s town supervisor and a volunteer firefighter; Mr. Phillips was one of the first members of the Emergency Squad; and Mr. Burch, who had just graduated from high school, volunteered his labor to help paint the building. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
Frederick S. Veseley, 92; Former Farmer Tended Cooperstown Museums

IN MEMORIAM

Frederick S. Veseley, 92;

Former Farmer Tended

Cooperstown Museums

Frederick S. Vesely Sr.

HARTWICK – Frederick S. Vesely, Sr., 92, former buildings and grounds superintendent at The Fenimore House and The Farmers’ Museum, passed away early this morning, June 28, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home.  He lived in the Town of Burlington.

He was born Feb. 24, 1927, in New Windsor, one of 10 children of Andrew and Matilda (Gaydos) Vesely.  In his youth, Fred attended a one-room schoolhouse in Little Britain. At the age of 16, he left school and went to work for Crowley’s Dairy Company.

Leon ‘Lee’ Preston, 77; Delhi Native Found Home In Hartwick

IN MEMORIAM: Leon ‘Lee’ Preston, 77;

Delhi Native Found Home In Hartwick

HARTWICK – Leon “Lee” A. Preston, 77, of Hartwick, who attended a one-room school in Westville and went on to a career as head of maintenance at The Lake Front Hotel,  passed away peacefully Monday evening, June 24, 2019, with his children at his side, at Fox Hospital.

He was born Feb. 28, 1942, in Delhi, a son of Clara Tompkins.  Clara married Charles Preston who adopted Lee and along with Clara raised him.

Seward Legislation Seeks To Name Route 205 In Honor Of Fallen Marine

Seward Legislation Seeks

To Name Route 205

In Honor Of Fallen Marine

Sergeant Winslow

Today the state Senate passed legislation, proposed by State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, to rename the Hamlet of Hartwick portion of Route 205 in honor of United States Marine Corps Sergeant John Kempe Winslow.

Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life,” said Seward.  “Sergeant Winslow made the ultimate sacrifice and we owe it to him and his family to keep his memory alive.”

Sergeant John Kempe Winslow was a life-long resident of Hartwick and a decorated Marine who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart during his first tour.  Tragically, Sergeant Winslow was killed in action on July 30, 1969.

James J. Carter, 80; Retired Salesman, Boy Scout Executive

IN MEMORIAM:  James J. Carter, 80;

Retired Salesman, Boy Scout Executive

James Carter

ONEONTA – James J. Carter, 80, passed away May 17, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born March 19, 1939, in Manhattan, the son of James and Mary (Keaveney) Carter, and grew up in The Bronx, graduating from Mount St. Michael’s High School, and receiving an associate’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

James married Verna Dingman in Yorktown Heights.

At Routes 205, 11 PAY ATTENTION!

DOT SURPRISES DRIVERS

At Routes 205, 11

PAY ATTENTION!

Long-time 2 Stop-Sign Junction

Is Now A FOUR-WAY STOP!!!

Holly Clancy, Joe Wikoff and Tom Brown, a crew from the state DOT garage in Oneonta, finished installation this morning of a four-way stop at the junction of Routes 205 and 11 in downtown Hartwick hamlet. (Larissa Ryan/AllOTSEGO.com)

HARTWICK –  Caution:  Slow down – AND STOP! – on Route 205 through Hartwick hamlet.

That means YOU!

For decades, at the intersection of Route 205 and County Route 11 only east-west Route 11 traffic had stop signs.

As of today, with no fanfare, the state DOT installed stop signs for drivers on north-south Route 205.

TO MAKE THIS CLEAR:  As of now, all drivers MUST STOP at Routes 205 and 11 in downtown Hartwick hamlet.

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