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Richard G. Stimpson, 67; Retired SUNY Oneonta Carpentry Supervisor

IN MEMORIAM:  Richard G. Stimpson, 67;

Retired SUNY Oneonta Carpentry Supervisor

LAURENS – Richard G. Stimpson, 67, of Laurens, retired supervisor of SUNY Oneonta’s carpentry shop, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at Bassett Hospital.

Richard was born in Oneonta on Sept. 30, 1949, the son of the late Ralph and Florence (Brown) Stimpson.

He married the love of his life, Julieann R. Smith on Nov. 13, 1971.  She passed away on Feb. 19, 2015.

The Wind Beneath My Kite

The Wind Beneath My Kite…

Kevin Reynolds, Canandaigua flies a 200 square-foot kite atop Crow Hill in Laurens during the annual NYKE Kite Festival. The festival continues tomorrow from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Kevin Reynolds, Canandaigua, flies a 200 square-foot kite atop Crow Hill in Laurens during the annual NYKE Kite Festival. The festival continues tomorrow from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
9-Year-Old Airlifted After ATV Accident

9-Year-Old Airlifted

After ATV Accident

LAURENS – A 9-year-old boy was airlifted to Albany Medical Center after an ATV crash last night near the Oneonta Municipal Airport.

State Police responded to a call at 8:58 p.m. that the boy had overturned an ATV on a trail on private property near the airport, which is in the Town of Laurens.  He was not wearing a helmet, and was airlifted to Albany Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.

Laurens Woman Arrested After Tiff At Playground

Laurens Woman Arrested

After Tiff At Playground

Holbrook, Megan
Megan Holbrook

LAURENS – A woman was arrested after threatening to kill a mom after a fight at a playground outside of Laurens Central School.

Megan R. Holbrook, 36, was arrested by State Police last night after an investigation into a verbal dispute at the park on Main Street.  Police determined that Holbrook had told children who were using Nerf guns to leave the park, and when their mother returned to ask why, Holbrook allegedly became enraged and, while posturing in a threatening manner, threatened to kill the woman.

‘Coach’ To Many, Pat Grasso Was ‘Pop Pop’ To Grandkids
OFFICIAL OBITUARY RELEASED

‘Coach’ To Many, Pat Grasso

Was ‘Pop Pop’ To Grandkids

Pasquale "Pat" Grasso 1933-2016
Pasquale “Pat” Grasso
1933-2016

Editor’s Note:  While recognitions of Pat Grasso have appeared  in several publications since the revered Laurens coach and athletic director passed away on Tuesday, the family released this official obituary this morning.

LAURENS – Pasquale J. Grasso “Pat”, 82, died on February 23, 2016 at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Pat was born July 24, 1933, in Schenectady, the son of James William and Rose (Mazzotti) Grasso.  Pat graduated from Mont Pleasant High School in 1951 and graduated from Ithaca College in 1957.  Pat was a standout athlete who played football in high school and college. 

He married the love of his life, Marilyn Margaret McLaud, on Aug. 18, 1962, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta.

Pat Grasso, 82; Venerable Laurens Central Coach, AD
IN MEMORIAM

Pat Grasso, 82; Venerable

Laurens Central Coach, AD

Pat Grasso
Pat Grasso

LAURENS – Pasquale J. “Pat” Grasso, 82, notable Laurens Central School athletic director and football, baseball and basketball coach, passed away Feb. 23, 2016, at Bassett Hospital. 

Arrangements are with Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home in Oneonta, which is preparing the official obituary.

Meanwhile, here are excerpts from the resolution introduced by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, on Grasso’s retirement in 2009, that details his career and accomplishments.

“A native of Schenectady, New York, Pat Grasso graduated from Schenectady High School and attended Ithaca College; he played sports in both high school and college and was a highly regarded football player.

Laurens Man Killed By Falling Tree

Laurens Man Killed

By Falling Tree

OTSEGO – A Town of Otsego Highway Department worker was killed Monday morning when he was struck by a falling tree.

Adam C. Burgess, 27, of Laurens, was working on Bissell Road in the Town of Otsego on Monday, Nov. 23 as part of a three-man crew cutting and clearing roadside trees when he was accidentally struck by a falling tree.  He was transported to Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and pronounced deceased at 10:40 a.m. by Dr. Luis Oceguerra from injuries consisting of a skull fracture.

Otsego County Coroner James Dow advised that no autopsy would be performed.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL OBITUARY

Martin J. Bloodnick, 86; Retired After 33 Years At Long Island RR

IN MEMORIAM:  Martin J. Bloodnick, 86;

Retired After 33 Years At Long Island RR

Martin J. Bloodnick
Martin J.
Bloodnick

LAURENS – Martin J. Bloodnick, 86, who retired to Laurens after a 33 year career with the Long Island Railroad, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.

Martin was born on Nov. 20, 1928, in Ozone Park, the son of late Francis and Margaret Bloodnick (Rydholm). He married Dorothy A. Barratt on Oct. 8, 1950, in Christ the King Catholic Church in Queens.

At the age of 17, Martin joined the Navy at the end of World War II and was deployed to Guam in the 151st Seabees as an aviation mechanic. After returning home, he married and he began his employment as a metal worker on the Long Island Railroad.  Tinsmith by trade, Martin was a craftsman with metal and enjoyed working on projects with his children and grandchildren over the years.

Patty S. Ryan, 61; Worked At Butterfly Conservancy

IN MEMORIAM: Patricia S. Ryan, 61;

Worked At Popp Butterfly Conservancy

LAURENS – Patricia Susan Ryan, 61, Laurens, who worked at Popp Butterfly Conservatory in Oneonta with sister, passed away on Wednesday Aug. 26, 2015.

She was born on Aug. 24, 1954, in Forest Hills, Queens, the daughter of William J. Ryan and Gloria T. Ryan.  Patty graduated from Unatego High School and attended college at Hofstra University and the Women’s Technical Institute in Boston.

She had a curious nature and love of travel, which led her all around the world with Semester at Sea. Patty loved the outdoors and walking through the woods with her other “son” Rocky.

Army Awards Bronze Star To Laurens’ Remagen Vet

Army Awards Bronze Star

To Laurens’ Remagen Vet

Army National Guard Col. Carlton Cleveland pins a Bronze Star on Staff Sgt. William Brindle's chest this morning in front of the Laurens American Legion, 60 years after he helped halt the German counterattack at the bridge over the Rhine at Remagan.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Army National Guard Col. Carlton Cleveland pins a Bronze Star on Staff Sgt. William Brindle’s chest this morning in front of the Laurens American Legion, 70 years after he helped halt the German counterattack at the bridge over the Rhine at Remagan. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • for allotsego.com

His Laurens neighbors (and wife Betty, to his left) applaud Mr. Brindle after he recieved the Bronze Star.
His Laurens neighbors (and wife Betty, to his left) applaud Mr. Brindle after he received the Bronze Star, the fourth most prestigious military honor after the Medal of Honor, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit.

LAURENS – For the past 70 years, he’s been William Brindle of Laurens, working at Bendix, driving cars for Country Club Automotive, or on the job at the Hanford Mills Museum, (plus doing wedding photographs, hunting with wife Betty, and developing his woodworking skills.)

Laurens Legion Commander Jack Nelson helps button Brindle's Eisenhower jacket.
Laurens Legion Commander Jack Nelson helps button Brindle’s Eisenhower jacket.

This morning, he was transported back to March 28, 1945, where, as Staff Sgt. Brindle of Company G, First Battalion 16th Infantry Regiment, part of Patton’s First Infantry Division, he and his unit “didn’t move” as five German divisions counterattacked after losing control of the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, the last intact span over the Rhine.

In a ceremony in front of the American Legion Post here, Col. Carlton Cleveland of the New York Army National Guard pinned a bronze star on Brindle’s original uniform, along with a European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.  (His wife Betty said, except for shortening his trousers an inch, and using a safety pin to give him a little more space in the collar, the uniform still fit.)

Unatego, Richfield Springs School Districts, Towns Of Lauren, CV Under Fiscal Stress

Unatego, Richfield Springs School Districts,

Towns Of Laurens, CV Under Fiscal Stress

DiNapoli
DiNapoli

ALBANY – No Otsego County municipality or school district falls into the “significant” category of fiscally stressed public entities as determined by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

However, two fall into the second worst “moderate” category – the Town of Cherry Valley and Unatego Central School District.

And two more — the Town of Laurens and Richfield Springs Central School district — are in the “susceptible” category.

REVIEW REPORT ON CONTROLLER TOM DiNAPOLI’S RANKINGS
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