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Hail & Farewell to Milford grads, retirees

Hail & Farewell!

Milford Central School has lined the driveway to the school with signs featuring the Wildcat Senior Class of 2020 and three retiring employees: Cindy Campbell, 27 years, and Lori Henry and Stephanie Lutz, both 22 years. (Cheryl Clough/AllOTSEGO.com)
As Need Grows, Local Food Banks Welcoming Needy

IN TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

As Need Grows,

Local Food Banks

Welcoming Needy

Henry Korte- kaas and Lord’s Table Director Joyce Miller serve takeout pizza. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

MILFORD – In an average shopping trip, Laura Eggleston, Milford Food Pantry director, might buy 1,100 pounds of food to serve their 39 households.

On Monday, April 13, she placed an order for 4,300 pounds. “In these last two weeks, we’ve served 56 families,” she said. “That’s 193 individuals.”

CDC image of the coronavirus

As the COVID-19 crisis deepens, food banks across the county are seeing “a dramatic uptick,” said Maj. Cheryl Compton, Salvation Army. “Everyone just paid rent and many of them haven’t gotten their unemployment this month.”

Many of them are new customers, noted Julia Perdue, Cooperstown Food Pantry director. “We served 29 new households last month,” she said. “In all, we served 219 families. That’s our highest since 2007.”

“We’ve already seen 15 new people this month,” said Joyce Mason, director, St. James Food Pantry. “And it’s going to get worse the longer this goes on.”

However, she noted, the evening feeding ministry, The Lord’s Table, has seen a decline in people coming for the take-out hot meals. “It’s a social thing for them,” she said. “People want to sit down, and not being able to do so is difficult for them, so they don’t come.”

In Richfield Springs, Polly Renckens has seen the same influx of new clients herself, but worries the poor weather – or fears about COVID-19 exposure or that food may have run out – is keeping some former clients away.

“We have plenty of food!” she assured. “If we don’t see some people soon, we’re going to start calling individually to check on them.”

At many of the pantries, visitors are given a “shopping list” where they can check off what they need and want. “Client choice maintains dignity and alleviates food waste,” said Purdue. “If we give someone something they don’t want, it’s just going to go to waste on a shelf.”

The groceries are packed and bagged by volunteers – in masks and gloves – and then taken curbside  for the client to pick up, contact-free. “We make every effort to protect the safety of our volunteers and clients,” said Renckens.

And so that no one goes hungry, Stacie Haynes, executive director, Susquehanna SPCA, started
a pet food pantry to help families stretch their budgets in tight times. The pantry has
been placed outside of the shelter so that people can maintain social distancing.

But, she noted, if someone can’t get to the pantry, a volunteer will take the food to them.

And although the pantries are seeing a rise in need for the pantries, they’re also seeing a rise in donations.

“We’ve raised $1,000 in the last month,” said Eggleston. “A dollar buys $10 of food from the regional food bank.”

“People are donating anything they can,” said Mason. “And we’re getting a lot of help from organizations.”

Even between pantries, there’s sharing. “If I have an excess of anything, I call around to see who needs it,” said Mason. “That’s just how I do it. We have to help each other out.”

But however long this lasts, Eggleston assures people that the pantry will always be there to help their neighbors.

“As long as we have food, we’ll hand it out,” she said.

Dad Honors Daughter In ‘Essential Worker’ Tribute

Dad Honors Daughter In

‘Essential Worker’ Tribute

Milford’s Jeff Van Winkler, known for his Halloween and Christmas displays at his home, has built a “Thank You, Essential Workers” display on his property to honor those taking care of us during the pandemic.  Van Winkler’s daughter Kaitlyn, an MCS grad, is pictured in the heart in the middle of the display. She is now a physicians’s assistant working in Virginia.  (Cheryl Clough/AllOTSEGO.com)
Justin ‘Jozz’ Joslyn, 31; Studied Computers At SUNY New Paltz

IN MEMORIAM: Justin ‘Jozz’ Joslyn, 31;

Studied Computers At SUNY New Paltz

Jozz Joslyn

MILFORD – Justin “Jozz” Joslyn, 31, of Milford, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 at his home.

Justin was born in Oneonta on Aug. 12, 1988, to Blaine and Celeste Joslyn. He graduated from Milford Central School and went on to study computer engineering at SUNY New Paltz and Herkimer Community College.

Justin worked several years in the production department of the Cooperstown Dream Park.  His other jobs in the area included Wigel’s Auto Parts, Iannelli’s restaurant, automotive paint, preparation and body work, Gifford’s lawn care and most recently Family Dollar in Hartwick Seminary.

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

FIRST SERVICE AT 10:45 SUNDAY

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/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cupola Placed Atop New Church

Cupola Placed Atop New Church

Eastman Associates’ crews today placed the cupola atop the new Milford United Methodist Church, which is rising alongside Route 28 in that village, a symbol of the progress in building the new house of worship. Construction of the church, which replaces one that burned on March 12, 2017, is due for completion in late spring. (Photo contributed)
Saving Planet Focus Of 13th Earth Festival

Saving Planet Focus

Of 13th Earth Festival

As Usual, Attendees Pack MCS Parking Lot

Eleanor Walker, left, and Reagan Scott of Cooperstown were hard at work at today’s 13th annual Earth Festival, sponsored by OCCA (Otsego County Conservation Associaton). The girls were doing the heavy-lifting of recyclables to be carted away for processing. As usual, the Milford Central parking lot was filled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with people curious about everything from animal skeletons to heirloom seeds. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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300+ Registered For Saturday’s Polar Bear Jump

IT’S HERE!

300+ Registered For Saturday’s Polar Bear Jump

 It’s here! The 2016 Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump begins at 12:30 Saturday (registration is 9-11:30 a.m.) on the east side of the Town of Milford lake. Jump co-organizer Jamie Waters (with wife Brenda) reports “pretty good ice” – 9-10 inches – on the plunge site. More than 300 jumpers are already registered, and he estimated the total my near 350. Waters and about 30 organizers were on the surface today, setting in place the hot tubs, two new changing rooms, trailers and other jump-related items. Saturday’s festivities will end with the annual banquet at 6 p.m. at the Oneonta Elks. Photos is from last year, showing Victor Erway of Fly Creek doing a somersault into the icy deep. (AllOTSEGO.com file photo) LEARN ABOUT THIS YEAR'S JUMP BENEFICIARIES

It’s here! The 2016 Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump begins at 12:30 Saturday (registration is 9-11:30 a.m.) on the east side of the Town of Milford lake. Jump co-organizer Jamie Waters (with wife Brenda) reports “pretty good ice” – 9-10 inches – on the plunge site. More than 300 jumpers are already registered, and he estimated the total my near 350. Waters and about 30 organizers were on the surface today, setting in place the hot tubs, two new changing rooms, trailers and other jump-related items. Saturday’s festivities will end with the annual banquet at 6 p.m. at the Oneonta Elks. Photos is from last year, showing Victor Erway of Fly Creek doing a somersault into the icy deep. (AllOTSEGO.com file photo)
LEARN ABOUT THIS YEAR’S GOODYEAR LAKE JUMP BENEFICIARIES
Milford Hosts, Wins Anton Remy Tourney

Milford Hosts, Wins Anton Remy Tourney

MVP Addy Lawson of Milford, right, is joined by, from left, Lexi Houghton (Hancock), Ashley Drake (Hancock) and Maddy Zenir (Milford), after the Milford girls won the championship game, 56-46, Saturday at the 2015 Anton Remy Tournament, hosted at Milford. (Cheryl Clough/AllOTSEGO.com)
MVP Addy Lawson of Milford, right, is joined by, from left, Lexi Houghton (Hancock), Ashley Drake (Hancock) and Maddy Zenir (Milford), after the Milford girls won the championship game, 56-46, Saturday at the 2015 Anton Remy Tournament, hosted at Milford. (Cheryl Clough/AllOTSEGO.com)
Niles Eggleston, 99; Milford Benefactor, Historian, Author of “Eva Coo Murderess”

IN MEMORIAM:  Niles Eggleston, 99;

Milford Benefactor, Historian, Author

His "Eva Coo Murderess," on a celebrated 1934 murder case, is now in its second printing.
His “Eva Coo Murderess,” on a celebrated 1934 murder case, is now in its second printing.

MILFORD CENTER – Niles Ward Eggleston 99, a community benefactor, local history enthusiast and author of “Eva Coo Murderess,” passed away Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015, at his residence in Milford Center.

Niles Eggleston
Niles Eggleston

He was born at home on Eggleston Hill in the Town of Middlefield on May 27, 1916, the first of eight children born to J. Ward and Maria (Osborn) Eggleston. He graduated from Milford High School in 1935. On June 9, 1943, he married his wife of 52 years, “the prettiest girl in the school,” Georgia Anna Pelton.

In 1937, he established a mail order business, Eggleston Enterprize, in Milford to supply contest information, supplies and newsletters to contestants. At first, it was a part-time venture while he continued to work on the family farm and sell farm produce to area stores. By the early 1950s it was a full-time business with several employees.

He retired in 1982 to enjoy traveling and to devote more time to gardening, photography, writing and his favorite hobby of all, fishing.

Garlic Aplenty At Milford Fest

Garlic Aplenty At Susquehanna Valley Fest

Gretchen Brown and Luna Font, 3, take time out from examining the offerings at the Susquehanna Garlic Fest, on until 5 p.m. today at Woodbull Antiques, Milford, to assume the persona of garlic cloves.  Brian Haines and Owen Brown, 7, immortalize the moment.  All are from Oneonta.  (allotsego.com)
Gretchen Brown and Luna Font, 3, take time out from examining the offerings at the Susquehanna Valley Garlic Fest, on until 5 p.m. today at Woodbull Antiques, Milford, to assume the persona of garlic cloves. Brian Haines and Owen Brown, 7, immortalize the moment. All are from Oneonta. (allotsego.com)
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