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Alice A. Pier, 89; NYC Native Moved Here As Teenager

IN MEMORIAM: Alice A. Pier, 89;

NYC Native Moved Here As Teenager

Alice A. Pier

MILFORD — Alice A. Pier, 89, a New York City native who lived in Otsego County since her teenage years, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.

Alice was born on March 12, 1930, in New York City, the daughter of Michael and Marian Padula.

In her teenage years, Alice moved to the Schenevus area and was primarily an Otsego County resident thereafter (Hartwick and Milford).

Josephine Graham, 88; Worked At Smalley’s, Newberry’s, More

IN MEMORIAM: Josephine Graham, 88;

Worked At Smalley’s, Newberry’s, More

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.

Lawrence P. Curry Jr., 79; From Long Island, Built Second Career Here

IN MEMORIAM: Lawrence P. Curry Jr., 79;

From Long Island, Built Second Career Here

Lawrence Paul Curry Jr.

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.

Milford’s ‘Cars In The Park’ Attracts 74 Vintage Vehicles

Milford’s ‘Cars In The Park’

Attracts 74 Vintage Vehicles

A mannequin dressed as a child appears to be admiring the 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air owned by Kathy Becker of Franklin during yesterday’s Cars In The Park event at Milford’s Wilber Park. The annual Milford Fire Department fundraiser featured 74 cars lining the outfield and music by J&D Entertainment, plus several trophies, including Brian Pokorny’s “Mayor’s Cup.” (Cheryl Clough/AllOTSEGO.com)
After ‘Unlawful Activities,’ Mayor Has Closed Milford Park Overnight

After ‘Unlawful Activities,’ Mayor

Has Closed Milford Park Overnight

MILFORD – The Village of Milford is closing its Wilber Park from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. after “continual unlawful activity” there, Mayor Brian Pokorny announced today.

While providing no details, Pokorny said “last night’s activities are being investigated” by the county Sheriff’s Department.

“Law enforcement will be expanding their coverage in the park,” the mayor continued. “Violators may be charged. (IMO, no reason for teens to be in the park at 2 a.m.)”

Pinch Yourself! In Age Of Automobile, Steam Power Returns To Cooperstown

Pinch Yourself!

In Age Of Automobile, Steam

Power Returns To Cooperstown

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)

Frances Lamb Griffiths, 91; Pioneered Computers; Raised Tiny Donkeys

IN MEMORIAM: Frances Lamb Griffiths, 91;

Pioneered Computers; Raised Tiny Donkeys

Frances Griffiths

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.

Swordsmanship, Laser Tag, Sundaes, Maple Syrup More

‘WELCOME SUMMER’ FAIR OFFERS:

Swordsmanship, Laser Tag,

Sundaes, Maple Syrup More

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)

Board President Susan Ward Praised For 18 Years Of Service

MILFORD GRADUATION 2019

Board President Susan Ward

Praised For 18 Years Of Service

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)

At Covenant Service, Congregation Opens Door To New Chapter

OPEN HOUSE 3-6 SATURDAY

At Covenant Service,

Congregation Opens

Door On New Chapter

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)

Open House 3-5 Friday As Milford Congregation Moves Into New Church

Open House 3-5 Friday

As Milford Congregation

Moves Into New Church

MILFORD – Drivers on Route 28 have been watching a new Milford Methodist Church rising for the past year after its 1930 predecessor burned on March 12, 2017.

It’s now complete, and the public is invited to an open house 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, to tour the new building.

The first service in the church will be at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, June 9.

First Service Announced In New Methodist Church

COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE JUNE 8

First Service Set June 9

In New Methodist Church

Via this banner unfurled today, Milford Methodists announced their first service in the brand new church on Route 28 on the north end of the village for 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, Pentecost.  Pastor Sylvia Barrett will preach, and District Superintendent Everett Bassett, will confirm three young parishioners in the faith.  A community open house, with tours of the building, is planned 3-6 p.m. Saturday, June 8. County Methodist congregations have been invited to a special service Sunday, June 23, where D.S. Bassett will preach.  The former 1930 church, located next to the new one, burned in an arson fire Sunday, March 12, 2017.
READ HOW ‘STARKLY BEAUTIFUL’ NEW CHURCH WAS BUILT
Son Returns, Succeeds Mother, MCS Mainstay

Son Returns, Succeeds

Mother, MCS Mainstay

That’s On School Board. Will, Susan Ward

Also Plan Joint Venture On Brewery, Catering

Susan Ward, who is retiring from the Milford school board after 18 years, holds up a poster of her son Will, who won a five-way race to succeed her in the Tuesday, May 21, elections. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.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.

Up From The Ashes2 Years After Fire, Milford Methodist Anticipating ‘Starkly Beautiful’ Church

Up From The Ashes

2 Years After Fire, Milford Methodist

Anticipating ‘Starkly Beautiful’ Church

Doug Hallberg, the Oneonta stained-glass designer, installs the “Christ at Gethsemane” window in the new Milford Methodist Church. The window was salvaged from the church that burned on March 12, 2017.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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.

Proverbs, 3:5-6

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Lola Rathbone, who chaired Milford Methodist Church’s building committee, is flanked by Pastor Sylvia Barrett and Rathbone’s husband Tom, who volunteered as clerk of the works on the job.  (Jim Kevlin/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.

Stained-Glass Window Back In Place Of Honor

Stained-Glass Window

Back In Place Of Honor

‘Christ At Gethsemane’ Rescued After

Raging Fire Destroyed Milford Church

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)

FOR FULL STORY OF THE CHURCH’S REVIVAL,
SEE THIS WEEK’S FREEMAN’S AND HOMETOWN

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