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Milford Grad Off to Strong Start with Red Dragons Baseball

Milford Grad Off to Strong Start
with Red Dragons Baseball


Martin Thorsland (Photo by SUNY Oneonta Athletics)

No one at Milford Central School is surprised by Martin Thorsland’s success pitching for SUNY Oneonta this season. Thorsland, a freshman right-hander from the Town of Maryland, has been part of an historic year for the Red Dragons. Oneonta’s 13-game winning streak in late March was the longest in program history. Their sweep against Fredonia on April 21 and 22 brought them to 22-9, their most regular-season wins since 2010, with eight games left to play. It is all but certain they will secure a spot in their conference playoffs.


Earth Festival

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EARTH FEST—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate the Earth and our place in it. Fest includes vendor and information fair, workshops on everything from gardening to organic cosmetics, and drive-thru recycling at Brewery Ommegang. Festival is hosted at The Milford Central School, 42 West Main Street, Milford. Visit

DINE FOR A CAUSE—8 a.m. Eat out at the fine restaurants of Otsego, Delaware, & Otsego counties and a percentage of the proceeds will go to raise awareness & support to local non-profit, Helios Care. This week dine at Jive Café, 12 Commons Drive, Cooperstown. (607) 432-6773 or visit

Polar Bear Jump to Return in February

Polar Bear Jump to Return in February

The Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump will return at 12:30 p.m. on February 18 this year for the first time since 2020. After participants take a plunge into Goodyear Lake in this, the 25th year of the event, an awards ceremony will take place in the Oneonta Elks Club, 84 Chestnut Street, Oneonta at 6:30 p.m. In preparation for the event, participants will raise money on an individual basis, though there will be an auction and raffles at Milford Central School on January 29 at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from this year’s jump will benefit Clara Baker, Joshua Byma, Frankie Castardi, Braydon Decker, Hopeful Hearts, Kieara Hoyt, Troy Lutz and Waylon Snellbaker. For more information, visit or contact Brenda or Jamie Waters at (607) 286-7101.

In Memoriam David W. Thorn, 84 December 19, 1938 – January 6, 2023
In Memoriam

David W. Thorn, 84

December 19, 1938 – January 6, 2023

MILFORD—David W. Thorn died on January 6, 2023. He was born on December 19, 1938 in Cooperstown, New York. He was predeceased by his three brothers, Richard, Donald, and Dean, and his sister, Joyce.

After graduating from Milford Central School, Mr. Thorn received his BS and MS degrees in Education from SUNY Oneonta. Additional graduate study from Syracuse University led to certification to work with children having special needs. His certification in School Administration and Business came from SUNY Plattsburgh. Additional study was done at Ithaca College and Utica College.

In Memoriam Richard R. Card, 73 August 22, 1949 – December 2, 2022.
In Memoriam

Richard R. Card, 73

August 22, 1949 – December 2, 2022

Richard R. Card

HARTWICK – Richard R. Card, 73, of Hartwick, New York, passed away December 2, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loved ones after a long battle with cancer.

Richard was born on August 22, 1949 the son of Mildred and Garieth card. 

Richard was pre-deceased by his parents, three brothers, one sister, and one brother in law.

Richard retired from SUNY Oneonta New York after almost 30 yrs.  He also retired retiring from Milford central school after that.

Spots Open for MCS Vendor Fair

Spots Open for MCS Vendor Fair

The Milford Central School Class of 2025 is seeking vendors for its November 19 Vendor Fair in the Milford Central School Gymnasium, 42 W. Main Street, Milford.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with vendor set-up at 8:30 a.m. Spots are still available for those wishing to sell their unique or homemade merchandise.

To sign up, contact Dana Levinson, or Alicia Flint,

Jack Yorke wins honors

Milford freshman earns ‘Scholar’ honors

Milford Central School freshman Jack Yorke has earned recognition as a “Borlaug Scholar” at Cornell University’s New York Youth Institute and a chance to serve as a New York Youth delegate at the World Food Prize annual event in Des Moines, Iowa, later this year.

The Ivy League experience requires high school students to research issues they care about and submit to a panel of Cornell experts and professors a paper proposing their ideas to solve grand challenges. Jack researched and submitted an innovative proposal to solve Food Scarcity and World Hunger and was among those selected as a “Borlaug Scholar.”

The honor is named for American agronomist Normal Ernest Borlaug, who led initiatives worldwide and was awarded multiple honors including the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal.

Schools reopen, protocols in place

Schools reopen, protocols in place

School districts in Otsego County reopened on Monday, January 3, amid a continuing rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the country, with the Omicron variant chiefly responsible.

But the response from the various superintendents was to stay the course and continue protocols that work for them, including guidelines such as mask wearing and social distancing.

Cooperstown Central School Superintendent Sarah Spross said district protocol last changed in mid-December, with layered mitigation strategies provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Otsego County Department of Health, and the New York State Department of Education. The guidelines include designating three-foot distancing spaces throughout school buildings.

Cooperstown & Around and City of the Hills: July 22, 2021

Cooperstown & Around and City of the Hills

Milford fundraiser rescheduled for Saturday at park

A community fundraiser for Milford Central School graduate Caleb Radulewicz, who was in a serious car accident in Ohio last month, was rescheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, in Milford’s Wilbur Park.
There will be a raffle, free activities and food available from Big Al’s. Raffle winners will be announced at 2 p.m.

Railroad announces reopening event

The Leatherstocking Historical Railway Society has announced a resumption of service beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7.
There will be a special train robbery reenactment on that date, as well as again during several weekends in August and September.
Go to for event dates and other information.

Roundup: Hawkeye staff no hits Herkimer; Milford wins softball opener

Roundup: Hawkeye staff no hits
Herkimer; Milford wins softball opener

Milford’s Leeanna West slides safely into second with a stolen base as Franklin shortstop Patricia Rodriguez catches a late throw from her catcher Friday, May 7, in Milford. (Cheryl Clough/

Four Cooperstown pitchers combined for a no-hitter in a 10-0 win at Herkimer in a Center State Conference baseball game Monday, May 10.

Starter Alex Poulson got the win for Cooperstown, pitching four innings, striking out eight batters, walking two.

Kendall Haney, Liam Ford and Alex Hage each pitched one inning in relief, each facing just three Herkimer batters.

Hage, Derek Moore and Tristan Emerick each scored twice. Brady Hascup had two RBI and scored a run and stole three bases. Cooperstown scored six runs in the fifth inning to break the game open.

Cooperstown (4-0, 1-0) plays Adirondack at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, in Boonville.

Student News: April 29, 2021

Student News

Applications Open For Annual
Art Scholarships From CAA

Graduating seniors from any Clark Scholarship-eligible high schools are encouraged to apply for the Cooperstown Art Association’s annual Art Scholarship, for students looking to study art at the college level.

CAA will providing up to $1,400 in awards through this scholarship.

The schools eligible are: Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton, Laurens, Milford, Milford BOCES, Morris, Mt. Markham, Owen D. Young, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Worcester.

Home-schooled students living within those school districts are also eligible for the scholarship.

Applications will be submitted online this year. Students can access the form on the CAA’s website,

There is no application fee.

Each student will be asked to provide a portfolio of five pieces that best represent their work and artistic abilities. Images can be uploaded directly in the form. Students will also be asked to upload a document that includes the titles and mediums for each piece entered.

All submissions must be submitted prior to the deadline at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12.

All portfolios will be juried by a local artist /art professional, to be determined by the CAA.

Funding for this scholarship is provided in part through CAA’s annual Adorn-a-Door Fundraiser and through donations from CAA members and patrons.

Student Awards

Melinda Tyler of Cooperstown was inducted to Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia.
Membership requires maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or above, leadership excellence, participation in service projects, and an annual membership fee. Tyler was one of the inaugural members of the induction class.

Heidi Edmonds of Cooperstown was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society.
Edmonds was initiated at United States Air Force Academy.

Elmira College recently announced its Dean’s List for academic achievement for winter 2021.
The list recognizes full-time undergraduate students who were registered for at least 12 computable credit hours and who earned a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher. Local students recognized include: Hailey Erway of Cherry Valley; Willow Tompkins of Worcester; and Mason Weir of Oneonta.

Thomas Leahy of Otego was one of six students from SUNY Oneonta’s School of Economics and Business who were inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the college’s honorary society in economics for the 2020-21 academic year.

Amethyst Gardner of Oneonta was one of 13 students inducted into SUNY Oneonta’s Edward K. Griesmer chapter of National Residence Hall Honorary.

Otsego Looks Outdoors
With Another Tourism Season In Doubt

Otsego Looks Outdoors

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Lori Paparteys and her dog, Bailey, pose during their Otsego Octet Ultra Challenge. Paparteys and Bailey completed the trail challenge in one day.

With tourism dealt another pandemic-related blow last week, Otsego County’s leaders are increasingly turning to outdoor adventures to lure visitors.

“We’re actually in the process right now of trying to launch a massive campaign to tout our outdoor adventure,” said Cassandra Harrington, executive director of Destination Marketing Corporation, which promotes tourism in Otsego and Schoharie counties.

Harrington said the tourism news has been mostly dismal in the week since Cooperstown Dreams Park announced it would require all teams playing at the park’s summer tournaments to be vaccinated for the coronavirus pandemic. The uncertainty of getting vaccinations for children and a hard refund deadline has left dozens of teams in a catch-22, leading to hundreds of reported cancellations.

23 fifth grade students from Milford Central School also completed the Otsego Octet Challenge from Otsego Outdoors.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s winter announcement that it was moving its postponed 2020 Induction Weekend to a virtual event, had already crushed pre-pandemic hopes for a record sized crowd for Derek Jeter’s induction.

However, the reopening of the baseball parks, Dreams Park in Hartwick Seminary and Cooperstown All-Star Village in West Oneonta, was a big pillar of the county’s hopes for a renewed summer of tourism. All-Star Village has not announced similar vaccination requirements for its teams, but the Dreams Park changes make its June opening unlikely, Harrington said.

“Now that the bottom fell out with Dreams Park, our accommodations are dealing with a flood of cancellations,” she said. “So, we really need those outdoor visitors more than ever.”

PLACE: Protect Your Family, Protect Everyone’s

Protect Your Family,

Protect Everyone’s

Editor’s Note: Milford Central Superintendent of Schools Mark Place wrote this Thanksgiving letter to the district’s families.

Mark Place

Each of the last five years I have prepared a letter at this time of the year with a focus on the upcoming holidays. Today I write to you for the same purpose along with a message of hope and gratitude.

As a part of the MCS family, my thoughts are with all of you. I see the exhaustion in all of our eyes and the want for this pandemic to just be over.

Collectively we have sacrificed a great deal to keep ourselves, our families, and MCS safe, and I am grateful for your continued patience and grace as we have traveled together through one of the most challenging times in our history.

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. It is, and always has been, about family. My earliest memories of Thanksgiving are of starting the day at my great-grandfather’s farm on Route 205 in Laurens and ending at my grandparents’ home in Oneonta.

And all these years later, what I truly remember are the feelings of togetherness. I’m sure that many of you have similar memories and are working hard to build that for your children.

This year, my family has decided to forgo coming together for the holidays.

It is one more heartbreak of this pandemic for me, but the thought of my parents possibly catching COVID-19 is more heartbreak than I’m willing to endure.

As you and your family prepare for the holidays, I’m not going to ask for you to make the same decision that my family has made. Rather, all that I’m going to ask is that you have a plan to do whatever is necessary to protect you and your family.

By protecting your own family, the MCS family will be protected as well. At the end of the day, our goal is the same – to be able to be together, and we want nothing more than to be able to continue with in-person instruction after the holidays.

I am hopeful that each of us will continue to do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and that the end of the pandemic will come sooner than current models predict. And when the pandemic has finally ended, I hope that the entire MCS family will come together and celebrate how well we took care of one another.

We are Milford Strong! And we will get through these challenging times together. May your holidays be filled with joy.

With Social Distancing, Milford Bids Adieu To 23


With Social Distancing,

Milford Bids Adieu To 23

Graduate Robert Wooley and his family, top photo, share a table at this evening’s Milford Central School commencement, a measure organizers took to maintain social distancing and stay in line with Governor Cuomo’s 150-person limit on such gatherings.  Best of all, grads and their loved ones could be together.  “It’s really about the students and their families,” said Michelle Dibble, co-organizer of of the event. Inset, right, Valedictorian Ethan Freer tells his classmates, “Endings are the worst,” and yet he recounted happy experiences the Class of 2020 went through together.  The salutatorian was Cassidy Hall.  Class President Teeghan Gale also addressed the gathering.  (Jim Kevlin/

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