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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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.
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.
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.
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.