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It Was Day Of Resolve, Ending With Romance

It Was Day Of Resolve,

Ending With Romance

The Otsego County Relay for Life – a day of resolve – ended with romance, as Christopher “Justin” Haynes – the Oneonta DJ Justino, who emceed at the Relay and handled the audio needs – proposed to his girlfriend, Deanie Lord, from the main stage at Milford’s Wilber Park, as the evening came to an end. The two are no strangers to weddings – Justin operates his own business, DJ Justino Wedding Expert & Photo Booth Specialist, and Deanie has modeled bridal gowns at the annual Bridal Expo at Foothills. (Mark Spaziano photos for
Hartwick Hails Class of ’19

Hartwick Class of 2019

Departs Oyaron Hill

Nursing major Mataiah Waters, Milford, above, walks with 214 fellow graduates during the recessional at Hartwick College,’s 88th annual Commencement on Oyaran Hill in Oneonta earlier this afternoon. At right, Hartwick President Margaret Drugovich, rear, joins the crowd in recognizing Eric Cooper, associate professor of biology, who was the recipient of this year’s esteemed Margaret B. Bunn Award for Outstanding Teaching. (Ian Austin/

Joseph R. Konchar, 91; Retired Farmer Owned Elm Inn In Heyday

IN MEMORIAM: Joseph R. Konchar, 91;

Retired Farmer Owned Elm Inn In Heyday

MILFORD – Joseph R. Konchar, 91, a retired farmer who owned the Elm Inn in its heyday, died Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Cooperstown Center.

Born March 19, 1928, Joe was the youngest and last surviving of the 13 children of August and Antoinette (Ocaker) Konchar.

At an early age, his family moved from the family’s Christian Hill farm in the Town of Otsego where he was born, to Milford where his parents had purchased another farm where they would continue the family tradition of dairy farming.
Joe attended Milford Central School.

Environmental Stewards Enjoy Earth Fest Fun

Environmental Stewards

Enjoy Earth Fest Fun

Maureen Murray, Cooperstown, and Barbara Deemer, Oneonta help separate Styrofoam and plastics for Eva Davey, Westford, to put on the truck for recycling during the annual Earth Fest event at Milford Central School this afternoon. At right, Bill Hardy, Oneonta, of the ARC’s Oneonta ReUse Center, holds before photos of their re-purpose contest winner; an industrial fan that was made into an unique coffee table by Joanne Mkytyn of Oneonta. Guests could browse the clothing swap, shred old papers, enjoy dog herding demonstrations, taste local food and enjoys a wide selection of informational tables from local organizations.(Ian Austin/

Howard ‘Howdy’ Cornish, 92; WWII Veteran, Last Of Original Milford Macs

IN MEMORIAM: Howard ‘Howdy’ Cornish, 92;

WWII Veteran, Last Of Original Milford Macs

Howard Cornish

MILFORD – Howard “Howdy” I. Cornish, 92, a World War II veteran and last of the original Milford Macs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 2, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.

Born Nov. 2, 1926, at the Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown, Howard was the son of Horace P. and Leta (Persons) Cornish.

He graduated from Milford High School, Class of 1945. Immediately after graduation, Howard enlisted in the Army and, following basic training, was assigned to the 778th Tank Battalion. Howard was dedicated to his country and proud of his service and that of his fellow comrades in arms.

David T. Evans, 76;Milford Man Retired From Springbrook

IN MEMORIAM: David T. Evans, 76;

Milford Man Retired From Springbrook

David T. Evans

MILFORD – David T. Evans, 76, of Milford, who retired from Springbrook (Upstate Home for Children) after 25 years, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at his home.

He was born Sept. 22, 1942, in Oneonta, the son of the late Glenn H. and Ruth (Martindale) Evans.

David worked at Gladding Del-Rey, the travel trailer maker in Oneonta, and then as a carpenter and roofer,  and finally at Upstate Homes for Children (Springbrook) for 25 years until his retirement.

Trudy Lord, 77, Milford; Ceramist With Milford, Oneonta Studios

IN MEMORIAM: Trudy Lord, 77, Milford;

Ceramist With Milford, Oneonta Studios

Gertrude Lord

MILFORD – Gertrude “Trudy” Lord, 77, an accomplished ceramist who operated studios here and in Oneonta, passed away peacefully at The Centers Nursing Home on Sunday March 3, 2019, after a four-year courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Trudy was born on Sept. 20, 1942, in Patterson, N.J., the daughter of the late Samuel L. and Gertrude Margroff Mott. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister Geraldine, and brothers Gary and Ronald.

At Milford, Seward Declares March As ‘Youth Art’ Month

At Milford, Seward Declares

March As ‘Youth Art’ Month

Earlier this morning, State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, presented Jill Accordino, the art teacher at Milford Central School, with a resolution asking Governor Mario Cuomo to officially proclaim March as Youth Art Month. “This is a national designation.” said Seward, “We want to show how important art is. Art and education go hand-in-hand.” The presentation took place in Accordino’s classroom where her 6th graders were making Greek columns to coincide with their unit on Greece in history. (Ian Austin/
David P. Eckberg, 78;From Navy, Had Life-Long Love Of Sea

IN MEMORIAM: David P. Eckberg, 78;

From Navy, Had Life-Long Love Of Sea

David P. Eckberg

MILFORD – David P. Eckberg of Milford, 78, a Navy veteran with a life-long love the ocean, passed away Saturday Feb. 23, 2019, at Cooperstown Center.

David was born in San Diego, Calif., to Marjorie and Joseph Melvin Eckberg.

David’s father was a Naval officer, and he spent his childhood on many travels, living in Hawaii, Panama, California and finishing high school in Grants Pass, Ore.

SLIDE SHOW: 74 Pairs Take Plunge Into Goodyear Lake


74 Pairs Take Plunge

Into Goodyear Lake

Oneonta pals Luke Moran and John Ellis head for the ladder as speedily as possible after plunging into the icy waters of Goodyear Lake this afternoon at the 24th annual Polar Bear Jump. Seventy-four pairs took the plunge to help pay the medical bills and 10 ailing youngsters, and well as help support the Milford Fire Department & EMS, Catskill Area Hospice and the Portlandville United Methodist Church.



Congregation Gets Look At New Church’s Interior

Congregation Gets Look

At New Church’s Interior

Milford United Methodist Church members got a first look inside their new church in a slide show presented at last Sunday’s service. In large photo, Tom and Lola Rathbone pause in the wooden-beamed sanctuary.  Lola chairs the church’s Building Committee; Tom, the retired SUNY Oneonta assistant vice president/facilities, is adviser to the Building Committee.  Top left is the “lantern” that will light the way to the church. Bottom left is a view of the windows that will line each side of the sanctuary; three stained-glass windows from the original church that burned on March 12, 2017, will be installed in the main wall on the east side of the new building, which is due for completion in late spring. (Photos courtesy Milford United Methodist Church)
Doris L. Beers, 89; Lived In Hinman Hollow Since 1946

IN MEMORIAM:  Doris L. Beers, 89;

Lived In Hinman Hollow Since 1946

MILFORD – Doris L. Beers, 89, of Hinman Hollow, passed away peacefully Jan. 3, 2019, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing.

The daughter of Warren H. and Janette (Augur) Lyon, Doris was born June 4, 1929, in Oneonta. She attended the Oneonta schools until 1946 when her family moved to the family farm in Hinman Hollow.  She would graduate from Milford Central School in 1947.

Elinor ‘Jane’ Montgomery, 84; Organist At Milford Church For Many Years

IN MEMORIAM: Elinor ‘Jane’ Montgomery, 84;

Organist At Milford Church For Many Years

Jane Montgomers

MARYLAND – Elinor “Jane” Montgomery, 84, who played organ at Milford Center Community Bible Church for many years, passed away Jan. 5, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.

She was born May 15, 1934, in Treadwell, the daughter of Vernon and Gladys (Diihr) Townsend.

Elinor was married to Millard D. “Zip” Montgomery for 40 years, prior to his passing on July 6, 2008.

Three Arrested In Milford Deer-Jacking

Three Arrested In

Deer-Jacking Case

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

MILFORD – Conservation officers have charged three Otsego County hunters with 146 charges in the with killing of eight deer Nov. 22 in fields along Route 35 in the Town of Milford.

Wayne Shutters, 20, Town of Maryland, Joziah M. Underwood, 19, Schenevus, and a 16-year-old youth, also of Maryland, were charged with multiple counts of Environmental Conservation Law violations, including taking deer with the aid of an artificial light – known as “deer-jacking” – discharging a firearm from a public highway, possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, hunting big game during closed hours, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

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