Across Otsego County, there were remembrances for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that rocked the world and changed the course of history.
The First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta rang the church bell 20 times for each moment of the attack. It range at 8:45 a.m., when the first plane hit the World Trade Center, 9:03 a.m., when the second plane hit, at 9:45 a.m., when the pentagon was hit and at 10:10 a.m., when United 93 crashed in Pennsylvania.
Motorcyclists from the American Legion Riders had a run in honor of the day. About 100 riders roared through the streets of Oneonta and were later in Milford, a line of motorcyclists stretching back across state Route 28.
Milford held a parade where firefighters from the region drove past the Milford Fire Department in their fire trucks, throwing candy to the children as people cheered and waved American flags. Leading the parade were two navy veterans who stood atop a car while Taps played from the loudspeaker.
Wilber Park in Milford was a scene of remembrance but also was doubly a fundraiser for cancer research. Otsego County Rep. Jennifer Mickle, R-Decatur, Maryland, Westford, Worcester, helped organize the event.
The prominent message at the park and in all of the events was gratitude towards first responders, including firefighters, police, EMS workers and the military.
Two Otsego County fire departments are receiving money through the Assistance to Firefighters grant, a federal funding program that is awarding $11 million from FEMA to fire departments across the country.
Milford Fire Department and Richfield Springs Fire Department are both receiving money that will go toward replacing old and outdated equipment.
MARYLAND — As he could see his senior season of wrestling being washed away by the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 Milford Central School graduate Avery Leonard said he relied on his philosophy of life, “worry about what you can control, let go of everything you can’t control.”
“I have always run with that saying,” he said, Monday, July 19.
Leonard and his father/wrestling coach, Nate Leonard, spoke with AllOtsego.com at their “summer home” on Goodyear Lake, about his career and losing his senior season after spending three years working toward a state title.
A fundraiser is being held all weekend for a Milford Central School graduate who was involved in a serious ATV accident on Thursday, June 13.
Caleb Radulewicz, 29, has been in recovery since the accident, which occurred in Van Wert, Ohio, who he lived. Radulewicz was a passenger in a side-by-side when it was hit by a car and he was ejected, suffering critical injuries, including head trauma.
According to the Facebook page Radulewicz Recovery, Radulewicz was flown to a hospital in Indianapolis, after initially being take to a local hospital. He had surgery has been recovering since, making steady improvements. However, the medical bills and the need for him and his wife, Christy, to miss work has left them in need of help, according to the Facebook page.
There will be a barbecue benefit at Wilber Park baseball field with food from Big Al’s BBQ from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, July 2, Saturday, July 3, and Sunday July 4.
Go to RadulewiczRecovery on Facebook for more information.
Primary elections will be held in several Otsego County towns Tuesday, June 22, with early voting open this week.
Go to https://www.otsego- county.com/departments/board_of_elections/index.php for more information.
Here is a list of local primary elections:
Democratic Otsego County Representative, District 3(Laurens, Otego) Caitlin Ogden
Jared Nepa Republican Town of Hartwick Supervisor
Bryan F. LoRusso
Robert J. O’Brien
Bruce Markusen Superintendent of Highways
Jerry Wood Member of County Committee, Hartwick 1 (Two)
Robert J. O’Brien
Town of Laurens
Member of County Committee, Laurens 1 (Two) Traci Dilello
Phil Balantic Member of County Committee, Laurens 2 (Two)
Jonathan S Chambers
Town of Maryland
Ken Williams Member of County Committee, Maryland 1 (Two)
Town of Milford
Town Justice (Two)
Deborah A. McMullen
Town of Oneonta
Town of Otego
Terri L. Horan
Jimmy Hamm II
Member of County Committee, Otego 2 (Two)
Town of Richfield
Nick Palevsky Councilman (Two)
Rex A. Seamon
Isaac Ames Superintendent of Highways
Town of Springfield
Superintendent of Highways Jeff Brown
Town of Unadilla
Terry L. Yoder
Kelly A. Moore Councilman (Unexpired Term)
Lawrence Oralls Member of County Committee, Unadilla 1 (Two)
Kirsten Ruling Member of County Committee, Unadilla 2 (Two)
Although COVID is starting to fade in Otsego County with towns such as Cooperstown and Oneonta lifting mask restrictions, the same cannot be said for many countries such as Nepal.
Zak Aldridge, who was born in Cooperstown, went to Milford Central School and considers himself an “honorary Oneontan,” said he didn’t intend to stay in Nepal for more than a year, but COVID-19 changed his plans.
He said he planned on staying there for two weeks. That was 15 months ago.
“I was planning to come to check out a school over here that I was thinking of coming to study languages and Buddhism,” Aldridge said. “And the lockdown happened and I wound up getting stuck. That was a year ago.”
Aldridge, who is a Columbia University graduate, has decided to help feed families in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, which is currently under a strict lockdown, causing day laborers to suffer from malnutrition.
Otsego County’s plan for a shared transportation garage has been revived.
County officials met with representatives from Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES in the past month to gage interest in another push to build a centralized, shared services facility on county Route 35 in the town of Milford, on land adjacent to the ONC BOCES campus.
“I would not say it is full speed ahead, but maybe it is half speed ahead,” Otsego County Board of Representatives President Dave Bliss said on Tuesday, April 27. “It is still very much needed,” Bliss said. “BOCES is still interest. It is back on now that the funding is coming back up and we’re hopefully going to be on better footing.”
The county’s facilities are near Cooperstown Central School on Linden Avenue in an area where no expansion or renovation is possible.
“It’s old. It’s not big enough. It is functionally obsolete. It is structurally unsound. It is a terrible location. It is right in the middle of the school and the village traffic on Linden Avenue.” Bliss said. “We might be able to leave some things there, such as the salt facility and the gas facility. The village of Cooperstown uses those, so it would be more expensive if they had to have their own facilities.
Bliss said there have been ongoing discussions with county schools and other municipalities about joining BOCES and the county. He said he thinks more groups will be interested once the plans are concrete, a cost is known and the shared services begin to lead toward budget savings.
PADDLE & PULL – 1 – 4 p.m. Enjoy fun socially distanced day to help pull up Water Chestnut stump portion of Goodyear Lake. Personal watercraft allowed, rentals available. Registration required. Meet at Fishing Access Site, St. Hwy. 28, Portlandville. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/paddle-and-pull-silver-lake-4/
SUNDAY SERIES – 1 – 3 p.m. ‘Swart Dye Pot – Textiles’ presented by Jeanne Westcott. Learn how the Swarts, other Colonial Americans would have used the plants and resources at hand to color their fabrics, and textiles at The Swart-Wilcox House Musuem, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/SwartWilcoxHouseMuseum/ for schedule updates.
SUNDAY SERIES – 1 – 3 p.m. Learn about Ned Buntline with Karen Cuccinello. Hailing from Stamford, Ned Buntline was a fascinating figure whose many occupations inculded author, soldier, patriot, temperance lecturer, tavern customer, and was also husband to many. Learn the history at The Swart-Wilcox House Musuem, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/SwartWilcoxHouseMuseum/ for schedule updates.
LANDSCAPE & GARDENS – 1 – 4 p.m. Fun self-guided tour around scenic Bovina-Andes-Roscoe area to view how others have beautified the landscape through their gardens. Cost, $23 day-of to support West Kortright Center. Visit westkc.org/eventbrite-event/2020-landscape-garden-tour/
MUSIC – 1 p.m. Dust off your instrument and join Robin Seletsky to ‘Learn A Klezmer Tune’ each Sunday. All levels welcome, registration required. 607-222-5687 or visit robinseletsky.com/livestreams/ for info.