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Goodyear Lake Trailer Charred


Goodyear Lake

Trailer Charred

A trailer home was heavily was destroyed, in a fire that broke out around 5:45pm at 920 Shady Acres, the mobile home park in Silliman Cove, Goodyear Lake. Above, Crews were on the scene within 7 minutes of the 911 call coming it. At right, Cooperstown firefighters Joel Bostwick and Billy Smith pry off roofing searching for straggling flames.The officer in charge, Milford Fire Chief Don Eckler, said “The fire was rolling out of the trailer pretty well when we arrived.” with he arrived with the first engine. With three hoses, Porta-Ponds and tanker relays, the fire was extinguished fairly quickly, he said. No one was in the home at the time the fire started, and only one injury was reported: a firefighter cut his hand trying to get inside. Eckler said the home belonged to an elderly couple who had left around 12:30pm. He didn’t know the name of the residents. Firemen from Oneonta, Cooperstown, Hartwick, Hartwick Seminary, Schenevus and Mount Vision helped their Milford colleagues, with Fly Creek and Davenport crews on standby. The home was deemed uninhabitable and The Red Cross was notified and will be providing assistance. (Ian Austin/


Relay For Life Rebounds Under Sunny Milford Skies

Relay For Life Rebounds

Under Sunny Milford Skies

At times cheerful, at times tearful, the annual Otsego County Relay for Life is underway at this hour in Milford’s Wilber Park, after guests speakers shared inspirational stories, and Heather Henderson of Schenevus, in particular, gave a rousing call to fight the scourge that has taken so many loved ones from among us.  In top photo, leading off survivors on the first circuit of the track, Henderson, left, holds up the banner, joined by Tracy Baker, Cherry Valley; Art Boden, Cooperstown, and Laura Emmett, Oneonta.  Inset left, Otsego County’s freshman Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, shares the story of his daughter, Emmy, who developed brain cancer and passed away in 2015 at age 22.  Inset right, mom Elaine Kellogg marches with her daughter, cancer fighter Laurene Gage.  The ladies, from Burlington Flats, wave at cheering passersby when family members  joined survivors in the second loop.  The American Legion Riders and the Elite Dance Academy, both from Oneonta, participated in this afternoon activities.   The Relay continued until 10 p.m.  (Jim Kevlin/

Donna Jean Mullinex, 65;’ Community Mom’ To Family, Many Friends

IN MEMORIAM: Donna Jean Mullinex, 65;

‘Community Mom’ To Family, Many Friends

Donna Jean Mullinex

MILFORD – Donna Jean Mullinex, 65, “community mom” to her loved ones, passed away at 9:32 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019.

Born Feb. 4, 1954, Donna was a 1973 graduate of Livingston Manor High School. Soon to become a wife and loving mother, she moved to the Oneonta area and worked for many years at Kmart, but to Donna the most satisfying work was just being the forever “community mom.”  The many birthday parties, barbecues and family get togethers she hosted were always fun, well attended and full of love.  She would run herself ragged making all of us feel welcome in her home.

Relay For Life’s Message: You Have Lots Of Friends
Annual Walk Saturday In Milford

Relay For Life’s Message:

You Have Lots Of Friends

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Laura Emmett has gained strength from Relays for Life, and plans to be walking again Saturday in Milford. (Jennifer Hill/

MILFORD – For two-time cancer survivor Laura Emmett, the outpouring of support she experiences at the annual Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society fundraiser, fills her with hope.

“When you’re walking the laps of the Relay’s Survivor Walk and the crowd is cheering you on, it’s just incredible,” she said, looking forward this year’s, 4-10 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Milford’s Wilber Park.  “It brings tears to my eyes.”

The value of that support cannot be measured, Emmett said. She discovered that in 2012 after her first cancer diagnosis, “Stage Zero” of breast cancer and could not find a cancer support group in Otsego County.

After Emmett underwent treatment for it in early 2013 – a double mastectomy and full hysterectomy to prevent future occurrences of cancer – she and a friend, a fellow survivor, decided to start their own support group.

Under New Milford Plan, Landlords Must Live In Shortterm Rental Houses

Under New Milford Plan,

Landlords Must Live In

Shortterm Rental Houses

To the Editor:

After almost two years of collecting data and receiving input from Village of Milford residents, the Village Planning/Zoning Board presented an updated version of the village’s Comprehensive Plan to the Village Board to be voted on.

Mayor Pokorny

The proposed plan was adopted on April 1, and the Village Board voted 3-0 in favor of the changes.  In addition to the comprehensive plan being updated, the village zoning laws were updated to reflect the changes in the comp plan. Once the vote was taken, the moratorium on accepting short-term rental applications was officially over.

The plan addresses many aspects of our community and gives community leaders a blueprint moving forward.  As data was being collected it was obvious that “short-term rentals” was the topic most village residents wanted to be addressed.

Some residents were in favor and some were not, and village officials worked diligently to find the middle ground.  The goal was to encourage economic growth while maintaining harmony in our village neighborhoods.

Milford Senior Wynn Williams Elevated To Eagle-Scout Rank

Milford Senior Wynn Williams

Elevated To Eagle-Scout Rank

Milford Central senior Wynn Williams was elevated to Eagle Scout Saturday in a ceremony at the school’s Outdoor Classroom.  Here, Wynn smiles as he and his dad Ken watch Scoutmaster Lance Holliday and  Wynn’s mom Amy retrieve the Eagle Scout pin for her to pin on his uniform.  (Cheryl Clough/


Ann Eckler, 66, Milford; Worked For Her Family’s Oasis Restaurant

IN MEMORIAM: Ann Eckler, 66, Milford;

Worked At Her Family’s Oasis Restaurant

Ann M. Eckler

MILFORD – Ann M. Eckler, 66, a waitress at her family’s Oasis Restaurant in Oneonta and later a correctional officer, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

She was born Nov. 8, 1952, in Oneonta, the daughter of Joseph Gerald and Betty Elizabeth (Banner) Monser.

Ann graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1970.  She married Donald L. Eckler on Nov. 15, 1970 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta.

Milford Supporters Celebrate Community Center Upgrade

Milford Supporters Celebrate

Community Center Upgrade

People behind construction of a handicapped ramp alongside the new Milford Community Center on West Main Street gathered at the site this evening to celebrate the progress. The Milford Rotary Club donated $2,300 toward the ramp, and Habitat for Humanity’s HASP (Home Accessibility & Safety Program) donated another $1,000. Seward Gravel provided the required gravel, the village crew dug post holes, and David Singh drove his tractor over to help with construction. On site this evening were, from left, Rotarian-in-training E-V Sosnowski, Milford Rotary President Lola Rathbone, Rotarians Pat Winsor, Jim Yourno and Tom Rathbone, Milford United Methodist Pastor Sylvia Barrett, Rotarians Alicin and Vera Sosnowski, Habitat’s Duncan Smith, Rotarian Ken Sosnowski, Habitat’s Steve Londner, who is supervising the construction, and Rotarian Ken Stone.  After the Milford United Methodist Church burned March 12, 2017, the Legion made the building available for the food pantry that had been at the church.  That began the process that led to the Community Center’s creation as a non-profit entity.  Village Mayor Brian Pokorny is the center’s president.  Londner said Habitat is always looking for volunteers; check out Habitat of Otsego County’s home page.   (Jim Kevlin/
Esther Henley, 96; Noted Singer Helped Save Church

IN MEMORIAM: Esther Henley, 96;

Noted Singer Helped Save Church

MILFORD – Esther Henley, 96, a noted singer locally who was honored for her successful efforts to save the Milford Presbyterian Church (now the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center), died peacefully following a long illness.

Esther Henley was born to Barney and Minna Phillips. Her father was the town doctor, making house calls and having admitting privileges at Fox Hospital.

Mickey Ryan, 87, Milford Farmer, NY American Legion Commander

Mickey Ryan, 87, Milford Farmer,

NY American Legion Commander

MILFORD – Mickey Ryan, 87, of Milford, a past state commander of the American Legion, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2017, at the state Veterans’ Home at Oxford, where he was given compassionate care while struggling with Alzheimer’s.

Mickey loved life and people, worked hard and played even harder.

Jennifer Lundy, 45; Loved Life, And Taken From It Young

IN MEMORIAM: Jennifer Lundy, 45;

Loved Life, And Taken From It Young

MILFORD – Jennifer Lundy, who worked for 23 years at Otsego Manor until her battle with lung cancer required her to stop, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at her home in Milford where she lived with her Mom surrounded by her family, loved ones and beloved pets.

She was born on Sept. 25, 1972, at Cobleskill Hospital to Norine Webster Lundy of Milford and Brian Lundy of Oneonta.

200 Faithful Fill Pews In Solidarity


200 Faithful Fill

Pews In Solidarity

A tearful Emily Welsh today shares memories of Milford’s First United Methodist Church, which burned Sunday.   More than 200 worshipers from four area congregations gathered this morning in solidarity at the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center, Milford, two doors down from the damaged Methodist church. (Jim Kevlin/

District Superintendent:

Congregation Will Endure

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

The Rev. Sylvia Barrett preaches from behind the cross – “our holy grail,” she called it – rescued from the church’s ruins.

MILFORD – The Rev. Sylvia Barrett, pastor of the First United Methodist Church here that burned last Sunday night, rallied more than 200 people who gathered this morning from four congregations with a message of hope.

“When our eyes flood with tear,” she prayed, “raise our heads so we can see Your rainbow of promise.”

Methodists from Schuyler Lake and Fly Creek, and 32 members of First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, packed the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center – a former Presbyterian church – two buildings south of the gutted remains of Milford’s First UM.

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