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Historical Marker

Descendants On Hand To Honor Revolutionary War Hero

Descendants On Hand

To Honor Revolutionary War Hero

A new roadside marker honoring American Revolution War hero Adam Helmer was unveiled in a dedication ceremony today at 11:30 a.m. in Richfield Springs” Spring Park, with some of his descendants observing the dedication pictured here: Mary Helmer, left, her brother, Bill Helmer, and Marie Skinner Guerra. The roadside marker stands at the approximate location where Hembler crossed Route 20 during a 30-mile “meandering” run after he escaped an ambush led by Chief Joseph Brant on Helmer’s scouting group near South Edmeston. As he ran, Helmer warned settlers about Chief Brant’s party of Mohawk Indians, which earned him the name, “The Paul Revere of the Mohawk Valley,” Helmer is credited with having saved more than 200 settlers’ lives. Marie Guerra is one of Adam Helmer’s direct descendants and recalls her grandfather, Clyde Helmer telling her and her siblings about their ancestor. Mary and Bill Helmer are descendants of George Helmer, Adam’s brother, who was also a Revolutionary War scout. Another descendant, Steve Oldick, 73, was at the ceremony but left before this picture was taken. His mother, Edna Helmer Oldick, was Adam’s great-great-great-great-great granddaughter. Richfield Springs Mayor Robin Moshier and Assemblyman John Salka spoke at the ceremony.(Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 20

Spring Street Fair & Market

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SPRING FLING – Noon-5 p.m. 2-day event featuring farmers, crafts-people, food vendors, and live music. Doubleday field parking lot, 1 Doubleday Ct., Cooperstown. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/spring-fling-street-fair

RELAY FOR LIFE – 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Support the search for a cure to cancer, remember the dead, and support the living. Wilber park, 1-19 S. Main St., St. Hwy. 28, Milford. Info, Lauren.Ferraro@cancer.org

BROOKWOOD POINT REOPENING – Noon-5 p.m. Enjoy food, lawn games, music, kayaking, demonstrations, and more at Brookwood Point, 6000 State Highway 80, West Lake Rd., Cooperstown. Info, otsegolandtrust.org

HISTORY REMEMBERED – 1 p.m. Unveiling Cato Freedom historical marker. In memory of Cato Freedom who gained his freedom due to his service in the Revolutionary War. Butternut Valley Cemetery, Co. Hwy. 16, Burlington Flats. Info, Deb Mackenzie, President Otsego County Historical Association, (607) 293-6635.

Historical Marker Honors Gilbertsville Heritage

Historical Marker Honors Gilbertsville Heritage

Decades after the whole Village of Gilbertsville was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, a plaque was unveiled this afternoon across from the Major's Inn commemorating that achievement.  Also celebrated this afternoon was the 125th anniversary of the village post office. Among those at the unveiling were, from left, Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, R-Bainbridge; Larry Armstrong, treasurer, Village Improvement Society; Village Mayor Ken Nolan, Village Historian Leigh Eckmair, who obtained funding for the marker from the Pomeroy Foundation; Victoria Bonner, postmaster; Glenn Voster, VIS vice president; Jonathan Dokuchitz, VIS; and Town of Butternuts Supervisor Charles Eckelmann. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Decades after the whole Village of Gilbertsville was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, a plaque was unveiled this afternoon across from the Major’s Inn commemorating that achievement.  Also celebrated this afternoon was the 125th anniversary of the village post office. Among those at the unveiling were, from left, Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, R-Bainbridge; Larry Armstrong, treasurer, Village Improvement Society; Village Mayor Ken Nolan; Village Historian Leigh Eckmair, who obtained funding for the marker from the Pomeroy Foundation; Victoria Bonner, postmaster; Glenn Foster, VIS vice president; Jonathan Dokuchitz, VIS; and Town of Butternuts Supervisor Charles Eckelmann. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

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