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THUMBS UP! Enthusiastic Senator Seward Greets Celebratory Parade On His Rebound


Enthusiastic Senator Seward Greets

Cavalcade Celebrating His Rebound

In front of his North Main Street home, State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, gives a thumbs up at 2 p.m. today to a parade organized by fellow members of the Milford Methodist Church to celebrate his return from Albany Medical Center and his continuing recuperation at home.  Wife Cindy, inset, joined him in waving to their friends and supporters.  Suffering from coronavirus, the senator rebounded from an induced coma and being on a ventilator to return home last Monday.  Lola Rathbone, who organized the parade, said she decided on an auto cavalcade because it would ensure social distancing was maintain. Milford Mayor Brian Pokorny was organizing a walk-by parade on Sunday, but delayed it to a later date due to the same concern.  (Jim Kevlin/

After Year Of Driving Past It, People View New Methodist Church


After Year Of Driving

Past It, Visitors View

New Methodist Church

Parker Cleveland, 2, (at left) tries out the children’s room at Milford Methodist Church, among a steady flow of visitors to the just-completed building this afternoon during a three-hour open house. With Parker are mom Lindsey and dad Greg Cleveland, Balston Spa, and grandmom Carolyn Meade.  Lindsey grew up in the church that burned on March 12, 2017; her dad, David, served on the Building Committee of the just-completed new church.  Upper right, Rena Lull of Cooperstown brought a contingent from the Cooperstown Methodist Church to view the sister congregation’s new building.  Lower right, Michelle and Rick Eastman of Oneonta’s Eastman Associates, which built the new church, accept the audience’s applause during an assembly to recognize the people who made the new building possible.  (Jim Kevlin/
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