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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.

Public Meeting Planned For $4.69 Million Milford School Project

Public Meeting Tomorrow On

$4.7M Milford School Project

MILFORD – A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. tomorrow (12/4) on a proposed $4.69 million capital project to improve the bathrooms, entrance, HVAC and accessibility of the Milford Central School.  It will be held in the Distance Learning Room.

The vote on the spending plan will be the following Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Performing Arts Lobby.

Carbon Monoxide Blamed For Death Of Security Guard

Carbon Monoxide

Blamed For Death

Of Security Guard

Patients Recall Wade Bostwick Fondly

By LIBBY CUDMORE • From The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

Patient recalls Bassett security guard Wade Bostwick fondly.

MILFORD – When Kerry Hall took her son, J.T., then 10, into Bassett Hospital, it was a struggle to get him to communicate with his doctors. “He was scared, he wouldn’t let the doctors near him,” she said. “He was just sitting in a corner.”

But Wade Bostwick, veteran Bassett security guard, knew what to do.

“He came in and sat on the floor with him and asked him about what he liked,” the mother said. “He brought him a stuffed animal and a Pepsi, and they chatted about video games and fishing. After Wade was able to bring him out of his shell, he allowed himself to be treated. Wade was a lifesaver.

“We need more people like that,” she said.

DEC Investigating Deer-Jacking Case

8 Dead Deer Spur

Deer-Jacking Probe

MILFORD – The state Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating the deaths of eight deer found in a Milford field as a possible “deer-jacking” case.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, the DEC received a call from Otsego County 911 regarding several dead deer found in a field at 872 County Highway 35 in Milford. Two conservation officers responded along with state troopers and found eight dead deer within a one-mile section, all dead of gunshot wounds.

Milford Man Found Dead Inside Smoky Home

Man Found

Dead Inside

Smoky Home

Authorities Don’t Yet Know Why

Bassett Security Guard Passed Away

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Veteran Bassett security guard Wade Bostwick was well-known to patients.

MILFORD – A Milford man was found dead in his Center Street home in “smoky conditions” following a 911 call made by his son.

Wade Bostwick, 49, a member of Bassett Hospital’s security team, was found deceased inside the home by Milford volunteer firefighters after a call at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24.

“We received a call about a man not breathing,” said Milford Fire Chief Don Eckler. “When we arrived, we found smoke in the house and a small fire in the basement.”

Rare Sight In Milford – Construction Crane

Rare Sight In Milford

– Construction Crane

A rare sight appeared in the Village of Milford this morning – a construction crane, as a crew from Eastman Associates, Oneonta, began placing the roof trusses on the new Milford United Methodist Church. The building on Route 28 will replace the 1870s church, located 100 yards to the south, that burned on March 12, 2017. ( photo)
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