MILFORD — Josephine A. Graham, 88, of Division Street, Milford, who worked at Smalley’s Theatre, the original Newberry’s and other Cooperstown retail landmarks, passed away on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.
Born on Sept. 30, 1931, in Cooperstown, she was the daughter of Robert J. and Claudine (Smith) Wilber.
She attended the one-room schoolhouse in Bowerstown. After sixth grade she “graduated” to Cooperstown Central School.
MILFORD – The memorial service was Sunday for Lawrence (Larry) Paul Curry, 79, of Milford, who lost his courageous battle against cancer on July 31, 2019. He passed peacefully at his home in the arms of his beloved “partner-in-crime” Sabine Curry.
Larry was born on July 9, 1940, in East Meadow, Long Island, and was raised in Babylon. As a young man, he lived in Bohemia and West Sayville where he worked for Suffolk County DPW for 25 years. During his time on The Island, you could always find him on the water. He was a clammer, a fisherman, and finally, the owner of Larry’s Boat Transport.
If you hurry, you may get a chance to see a rarity in Cooperstown: A steam engine, now paused across Route 28 from the Price Chopper parking lot. Part of the 150th celebration of the Milford-based Coopertown & Charlotte Valley Railroad, the train is proceeding to the former Glen Avenue crossing in the next few minutes, before returning to the anniversary celebrations in Milford. Inset, conductor Bruce Hodges, president, the Leatherstocking Railroad Historical Society, chats with Roy Davis, the engine’s owner, who trucked it over from Dunkirk to participate in this weekend’s festivities. At left is Scott Symans, who accompanied Davis, who said he bought the engine in Virginia and renovated it. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
MILFORD – Frances Elizabeth Whitman Lamb Griffiths, 91, Town of Maryland, who first used computers locally to track herd and farm expenses at Hemlock Valley Farm here, and was also known for raising miniature donkeys, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta, surrounded by family.
Frances was born on January 28, 1928, in East Brooklyn, in northeast Connecticut, the daughter of William Arthur Whitman and Ada Mae (Preston) Whitman. She graduated from Killingly High School, Danielson, Conn., in 1946, and later took courses at the University of Rhode Island, Providence.
The Village of Milford’s “Welcome Summer” Fair, underway until 5 this afternoon at the village’s Wilber Park, includes BJ The Clown (Barb Field of Mount Upton) crossing swords (that she made herself) with Owyn Hogan of Milford, as mom Dawn and dad Kyle look on. Inset, Sandy Chase of Cooperstown and her granddaughter, Jordyn Scott of Milford, examine where to put their tickets at the basket auction. In addition to sundaes, maple syrup, food and vendors, the fair features a laser tag course that was very popular with attending kids. The fair had been planned for Saturday, but thunderstorms caused organizers to delay it a day. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Susan Ward, who is retiring as president after 18 years on the Milford Central school board, receives an engraved clock from Superintendent of Schools Mark Place at this evening’s commencement exercises for 43 members of the Class of 2019. As is traditional at MCS, graduate Garrett Mertz, inset, present his mother with a bouquet of flowers after receiving his diplomas. So begins a weekend of graduations around Otsego County, including Oneonta at 10:45 Saturday and Cooperstown Central at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The Milford Methodist Church Building Committee gathers this evening after a Covenant Service, where the congregation recommitted itself to a new chapter in the local church’s 150-year history. Front row, from left, are Al Dubreuil, Emily Mattison-Welsh, Pastor Sylvia Barrett, Lola Rathbone, committee chair, Tom Rathbone and Sandy Andrews; top row, from left, state Sen. Jim Seward, Bill Triolo, Russell Freer and David Meade. Inset, Pastor Sylvia, assisted by Meade, gives communion to 80 congregants, including Miranda Cotten. An open house for the community is 3-6 p.m. Saturday (June 8), with the Dedication and Confirmation Service at 10:45 Sunday (June 9). The new church on Route 28, just north of Milford, replaces one that burned Sunday, March 12, 2017. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
MILFORD – A Milford family dynasty is born, in both politics and business.
In the political sphere, Susan Ward is retiring 18 years on the Milford Central school board, the past eight as the board’s president.
Tuesday, May 21, her son Will, 22, won the seat in a five-way race three days after he graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in political science, becoming the youngest person in the county elected to a school board.
At the same time, Susan was passing her political torch to Will, the two were starting a new family business, the Sanctuary Farm Brewing Company, LLC.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
MILFORD – It was about 4 a.m. on March 13, 2013.
The 1930 Milford Methodist Church had burned down the night before in a raging fire that was seen for miles, and tearful and forlorn congregation members gathered in Bob and Glenda Moore’s kitchen on East Main Street.
“What are we going to do?” asked Pam Dubreuil, the Moores’ daughter, an aide at Milford Central School. Her dad, the retired town justice, chaired the church’s Board of Trustees.
“We just have to build another church,” said Pastor Sylvia Barrett, who had been with the congregation since 2013.
Two years and three months later, that’s almost been accomplished.
Pending a final building inspection and Certificate of Occupancy, the congregation will soon be worshiping in a modern building, accommodating 95 in the sanctuary (with room in the narthex for another 44), with in-floor radiant heating, wooden beams (non-weight-bearing), and a skylight above the altar.
Pastor Sylvia Barrett surveys the nearly complete sanctuary – “starkly beautiful,” as Methodism’s founder John Wesley preferred – inside the new Milford Methodist Church this morning as stained-glass restorer Doug Hallberg of Oneonta reinstalls “Christ at Gethsemane,” which was almost destroyed Sunday, March 12, 2017, when the 1929 landmark on Route 28 was destroyed in an arson fire. Construction began on the new church last September, and it has become a new landmark, much remarked-upon by the thousands of drivers that passed it daily. Finishing touches are being done on the modern structure, which, pending final code approvals, is due to open soon. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)