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On Halloween, 3-Generation Tradition Lives On At Jackie’s

On Halloween, 3-Generation

Tradition Lives On At Jackie’s

A three-generation tradition is alive and well at Jackie’s Restaurant in Milford where Jackie Folts, left,  her sisters and the next generation were in full Halloween regalia today. Right of Jackie is sister Brenda Alton, Jordyn Scott, Brooke Sisson and sister Sue Sisson. The ladies pose with Bones and his dog, No-Barc. After the photo, the mother of the family, Sandy Chase of Cooperstown, showed up and posed with Jordyn. When her daughters were kids, Sandy said, they would say “oh, mom,” whenever she would encourage them to celebrate Halloween.  Now, she said, the sisters are enthusiastic about it on their own. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)

Arthur C. Strong 91; Delivered Oil, Then Meals On Wheels

IN MEMORIAM:  Arthur C. Strong 91;

Delivered Oil, Then Meals On Wheels

Art Strong

MILFORD – Arthur C. Strong, 91, of Milford, passed away early Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2019, at his home in the Town of Westford.

He was born May 21, 1928, at Parshall Hospital in Oneonta, a son of Milo and Florence (Wood) Strong.

Art attended kindergarten at the Bugbee School in Oneonta, then the Middlefield School No. 2 in Westville, and graduated from Milford Central School with the Class of 1946.

Ronald Bouchard, 86; Over 25 Years, Foster Parent To Many

IN MEMORIAM: Ronald Bouchard, 86;

Over 25 Years, Foster Parent To Many

Ron Bouchard

MILFORD – Ronald E. Bouchard, 86, who with his wife Joyce was foster parent to 250 chidren over 25 years, finally went back home on Oct. 8, 2019, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, to Alfred and Leanne Bouchard, he moved to United States in late 1950s and became a U.S. citizen in 1968.

Ron had many jobs over his life, from lumber-camp cook helper at age 8, uranium miner, electrical tower constructor, carpenter, dairy farmer, and general contractor up to age 78.

‘Opi’ Schoellhammer, 93; WWII Veteran, Former Milford Mayor’s Dad

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Opi’ Schoellhammer, 93;

WWII Veteran, Former Milford Mayor’s Dad

Gerhard Schoellhammer

MILFORD – Gerhard Hans Schoellhammer, more commonly known in his silver years as “Opi,” turned the final page in his epic journey on Oct. 4, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Opi was born in Germany in 1926 and lived many lives, which when weaved together tell a remarkable and unbelievable story of bravery, resilience and the power of destiny.

He was a German paratrooper in World War II, an escaped prisoner of war, an optometrist, an immigrant to America, and the founder of a successful optical shop which is still open for business today.

Sheriff: Man Fell Asleep, Hit Parked Cars

Sheriff: Driver Fell Asleep,

Hit 2 Parked Cars In Milford

MILFORD – An Illion man allegedly fell asleep at the wheel before he hit two parked cars on Main Street in Milford this morning, according to Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.

Timothy B. Mower, 45, Illion, was allegedly traveling south on state highway 28 in the Village of Milford when he is believed to have fallen asleep. His truck, which was towing a trailer, hit two cars parked on the shoulder of the roadway, pushing the second car into a brick wall and the third car into a utility pole.

Sheriff’s Deputies On Scene Of 3-Car Pileup
Truck Hit Two Parked Cars on Main Street

Sheriff’s Deputies On Scene

Of 3-Car Pileup in Milford

Otsego County Sheriffs Deputies are on the scene of a three-car pileup on Main Street in Milford, where a driver in a truck pulling a trailer allegedly lost control of his vehicle and plowed into two parked cars at 10:05 this morning. No injuries were reported and at present, no tickets have been issued, but Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr, said that the investigation is ongoing. (Photo courtesy of Hank Nicols)
24-Year-Old Arrested In Burglary At Cooperstown Brewing Taproom

24-Year-Old Arrested In Burglary

At Cooperstown Brewing Taproom

MILFORD – A 24-year-old East Merideth man has been arrested after a break-in at Cooperstown Brewing Co’s taproom here, the county Sheriff’s Department reported today.

The burglary was reported to the sheriff’s department on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 19, after employees arrived and discovered a break-in, according to a press release.

Rural Housing Agency Marks 35th Anniversary

RECEPTION AT COOPERSTOWN BREWERY

Rural Housing Agency

Marks 35th Anniversary

After presenting them with a state Senate Proclamation, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, left, discusses the future of ORHA (the Otsego Rural Housing Agency) with Executive Director Tim Peters, center, and board Chair Greg Crowell during a celebratory reception this evening at the Cooperstown Brewery, Milford.  What would a birthday celebration be without cake, and ORHA staff Kimberly Adee, inset, made sure participants partook.  Attendees ranged from Carl Waldman and Richard Saba to the north, who are involved in a housing project at the former Cherry Valley High School, to Sue Marshall from Stamford’s WCCRC (Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council), in the south.  (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)

…young and in love, couple finds… HEAVEN In Hippie Hollow

…young and in love, couple finds…

HEAVEN

In Hippie Hollow

David and Carlie Kinderned by Hinman Hollow Creek, which runs through their campsite outside the Village of Milford. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Carlie prepares herbal tinctures by lamplight.

HIPPIE HOLLOW – Paradise, as Carlie and David Kindernedl see it, can be found just off Oxbow Road in the Town of Milford.

“Our vision has a lot to do with finding a haven,” she said. “We don’t want a posh existence, we just want to build something beautiful.”

Three years ago, the couple acquired almost four acres at the corner of Oxbow and Chlorinator roads – Carlie’s dad dubbed it “Hippie Hollow.”

“He wanted to turn it into a baseball camp,” she said. “We want to make this land into and edible forest garden, with plants for food and medicine.”

FROM THIS WEEK’S ALLOTSEGO.COM ONLINE

 

…young and in love, couple finds… HEAVEN In Hippie Hollow

…young and in love, couple finds…

HEAVEN

In Hippie Hollow

David and Carlie Kinderned by Hinman Hollow Creek, which runs through their campsite outside the Village of Milford. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Carlie prepares herbal tinctures by lamplight.

HIPPIE HOLLOW – Paradise, as Carlie and David Kindernedl see it, can be found just off Oxbow Road in the Town of Milford.

“Our vision has a lot to do with finding a haven,” she said. “We don’t want a posh existence, we just want to build something beautiful.”

Three years ago, the couple acquired almost four acres at the corner of Oxbow and Chlorinator roads – Carlie’s dad dubbed it “Hippie Hollow.”

“He wanted to turn it into a baseball camp,” she said. “We want to make this land into and edible forest garden, with plants for food and medicine.”

Carlie, a 2002 Cooperstown graduate, and David, a 2001 Gilbertsville graduate, met in 2014 when a mutual friend was moving and asked acquaintances for help.

“I had been traveling a lot and I was growing really weary,” said David. “I couldn’t find where I belonged, and I was ready to kill myself.

“Then I saw Carlie get out of the car, and I thought, ‘I’ve found my wife!’”

Later that day, he helped her with her garden, and by the end of it, the two had made a marriage pact. “We’ve been living as husband and wife ever since,” he said.

Down the ravine by Hinman Hollow Brook, they’ve erected a two-room tent with a generator-powered stove and solar-powered lights. They drink from the spring-fed stream.

Carlie collects the garlic mustard that grows wild to season their food. David cuts down the trees for firewood, and next year, they hope to build a 10 x 10 log cabin.

The couple show off the kitchen in their Hippie Hollow homestead.

“We’re struggling to beat the winter,” said David. “It’s hard. I’m doing this all by hand. We’d trade work if someone would let us use some heavy equipment for a weekend. We’d have the cabin up in a few days if that was the case.”

Because there is no permanent structure, they have to vacate the land every winter. “We pack up everything and drive west,” he said. “We try to find work, but sometimes, we have to panhandle for food or gas.”

“It’s stressful,” said Carlie. “But sometimes we meet people who have less than us, and we always chose to help them, too, with whatever we have.”

In April, they’re able to return and continue building their paradise. “Right now, the land is inhospitable,” said David. “We need to eliminate a lot of the trees to get light in, and then we can terraform the land and replant.”

Once the land is clear, the couple hopes to plant fruit trees and make gardens of edible and medicinal plants.

David was diagnosed with Lyme disease 10 years ago, and Carlie, an herbalist, studied up on what herbal remedies might help. “We collected Japanese knotweed at Wilber Lake this spring,” she said. “I made three quarts of tincture of the roots, and he takes it every day. Ticks are a problem here, so I take it whenever I see a bullseye, and it seems to help.”

Carlie and David don’t intend to be the only people in Hippie Hollow. “Our dream is to find like-minded people to share this place with,” said David. “They would have to work hard and share our values, who want to escape the conundrum and stupidity.”

“No one should have to pay to lay down their head at night,” said Carlie. “We want to turn this place into a sanctuary where people can get counsel for their ailments and learn to use healing herbs.”

But for now, it’s just the two of them and their dog, Apollo.

“It’s been hard, and we’ve been through tough times,” said David. “But we wouldn’t change a thing.”

Steam Engine Arrives At Milford Train Station

Steam Engine Arrives

At Milford Train Station

Paul Sternitzke, Milford, operates a bucket loader to guide a steam engine, owned by Scott Symans, right, off of a flatbed truck and onto the tracks at the Milford Train station earlier this afternoon. The steam engine will be a featured attraction in this weekend’s 150th anniversary celebration of the Cooperstown Charlotte Valley Railroad, including a ride from Milford to Cooperstown, Saturday July 13. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

C&CV’s 150th Party Recreating Hoopla Of Original Launch

SUMMER DREAMS COVER STORY

C&CV’s 150th Party

Recreating Hoopla

Of Original Launch

Carl Ayres drives the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad’s refurbished “Little Train,” which will make its debut this weekend at the Milford Depot on the 150th anniversary celebrations. (Ian Austin/Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

MILFORD – Call it The Little Engine That Can.

Donall Sullivan’s little train, out of commission for more than 15 years, will once again carry passengers – of all ages! – from Milford’s Wilber Park to the 150th anniversary celebration of the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad Saturday, July 13.

“Sullivan was a tool-and-die man and he built a little train on his property in Otego,” said Bruce Hodges, president, Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society. “When he died in the mid-’90s, Gene Bettiol bought it because he didn’t want it to leave the area.”

Later, Bettiol donated it to the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society, which owns the C&CV, but after a few years, the engine stopped working.

Annual Woodbull Antique Fair Draws Vendors From Across NY

Annual Woodbull Antique Fair

Draws Vendors From Across NY

If you head over RIGHT NOW, you can catch the last half-hour of the annual Cooperstown Antiques Fair next to Woodbull Antiques, just north of Milford on Route 28.  Above, Karen Wheaton of Maria Lake, near Schenectady, discusses her wares with her co-vendors, Hetty Jo  and Bob Jarvenpa from East Bern, who specialize in Southwest jewelry.  Inside, David and Carli Kindernedl, who have been homesteading in the Milford area, examine wooden bowls Carli thought she could put to good use.  The annual event has drawn antique sellers and buffs alike on Fourth of July weekends for decades now. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

No One’s Snapped Up 3 Wheeler So Far

No One’s Snapped Up

3-Wheeled Car So Far

Shirley Bennett is selling her three-wheeled Snyder “mouse car” in Milford. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • www.AllOTSEGO.com

MILFORD – When Shirley and Douglas Bennett got back to their car after shopping one afternoon, they saw a little boy and his father waiting for them in the parking lot.

“The father told me that his son didn’t want to leave until he saw us wind up the car!” said Shirley.

Alas, the wind-up key on top of the Bennett’s three-wheeled Snyder is just for show, but now, the “mouse car,” as locals know it, is for sale.

“When my husband found it online in 2012, it only had three miles on it,” she said. “It the only one in New York state.”

A modified trike, the Snyder comes from China – their small size makes them very popular in Asia – and requires a motorcycle or trike license to operate it. Even with a three-gallon fuel tank, the Snyder can get up to 65 miles per gallon.

“When we registered it, they told us we had to wear helmets when we were in it,” she said. “Your head would rub against the ceiling! I said that ‘we’ll wear motorcycle helmets when motorcyclists wear seat belts’.”

The car gets 50-55 miles per hour, and in nice weather, Douglas drove it to his job at Amphenol, and also to car shows. “He won a prize for most unique vehicle,” she said.

The wooden butterfly key was something Douglas added, as well as a horn that played several tunes. “It really is the most fun,” she said. “People will whip out their cameras and take pictures when they see it.”

And it drew plenty of attention.  “One time we were stopped by police coming back from Binghamton,” she said. “They just wanted to look at it!”

Douglas died last September, and now, Shirley wants the car to have a new owner. It has less than 4,000 miles on it, has never been driven in winter and is selling for $5,000.

She has had several calls on it, but it has not yet sold. If interested, call (607) 286-4009.

“We had a lot of fun in it,” she said.

Three-Wheeled Car Up For Sale in Milford

Three-Wheeled Car

Up For Sale in Milford

Shirley Bennett is selling her three-wheeled Snyder “mouse car” in Milford. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

MILFORD – When Shirley and Douglas Bennett got back to their car after shopping one afternoon, they saw a little boy and his father waiting for them.

“The father told me that his son didn’t want to leave until he saw us wind up the car!” said Shirley.

Alas, the wind-up key on top of the Bennett’s three-wheeled Snyder is just for show, but now, the “mouse car,” as locals know it, is for sale.

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