News of Otsego County

Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.


Santa Rides Into Town

Santa Rides Into Milford

On Charlotte Valley RR

Santa Claus rode into Milford by train at 5 this evening. He was greeted by a large crowd of good boys and girls who wanted a chance to meet St. Nick. The children followed Santa down the street to the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center for hot cocoa and cookies. The children also got the chance to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. (Parker Fish/
Doris W. Oliver, 94; Rites Thursday For City Schools Retiree

IN MEMORIAM:  Doris W. Oliver, 94;

Rites Thursday For City Schools Retiree

Doris W. Oliver

ONEONTA – The funeral is this Thursday, Nov. 30, for Doris W. Oliver, 94, of Oneonta, who retired from the Oneonta City School District.  She passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

Born and raised in Milford, Doris was a graduate of Milford High School.  She was married for 70 years to Leland Arthur Oliver, who passed away on Nov. 10, 2011.

Doris worked for Bendix Corp. for over 25 years, then Oneonta schools for 12 years, then retired.   Since 2015, she had lived in Patterson, Calif., with her youngest son, Michael, and his wife Mary Jane, who cared for her.

‘Garden’ Window Installed In New Methodist Church

‘Garden’ Window Installed

In New Methodist Church

Pastor Sylvia Barrett preaches in front of the newly restored stained glass window depicting Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane that was installed this week in the Milford United Methodist Church. The window, which was unveiled before the congregation this morning, had been recused from the remains of the former church when it was consumed by fire earlier this year. Since then it has been undergoing extensive restorations by stained glass artisan Doug Hallberg, Oneonta, who dismantled, cleaned repaired and rebuilt the piece. For full story, read this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this Wednesday! (Ian Austin/


Police: Oneonta Man Stole $7,000 From Springbrook

Police: Oneonta Man Stole

$7,000 From Springbrook

Michael Graziano

MILFORD – An Oneonta man was arrested after state police received a tip that a Springbrook employee was stealing from the company.

Michael G. Graziano, 34, Oneonta, was arrested after police were advised of theft at Springbrook’s Milford campus. An investigation determined that Graziano had allegedly falsified business records from January to September 2017 to steal over $7,000 in pay.

Safe And Sound

Safe & Sound

Bell Plucked From Milford Church Tower

Onlookers held their breaths as Eastman Associates’ Mike French uses his excavator to delicately lift the bell from the wobbling remains of the Milford United Methodist Church’s bell tower during today’s demolition. French removed two walls of the tower to expose the bell well enough to grab it. As it was lifted out over the rubble, it rang three times,  the chimes echoing across the valley. Those in attendance cheered and applauded as the bell was placed safely on the ground. (Ian Austin/



Gilbert F. Sherman, 90; WWII Veteran, Wilber Bank Loan Officer

IN MEMORIAM: Gilbert F. Sherman, 90;

WWII Veteran, Wilber Bank Loan Officer

ONEONTA – Gilbert F. Sherman, 90, a World War II veteran and retired Wilber Bank loan officer, passed away on May 12, 2017 at Fox Nursing Home.   Previously, he lived in Milford.

He was the husband of the late Jane (Schempf) Sherman. He was born on April 21, 1927 in Middleburgh, son of the late Lee and Edith (Fryar) Sherman. He graduated from Milford Central School in 1944. Gil served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific during the World War II Army of Occupation as a radio man on a B-17.

Elmo Joins Bunny’s Easter Ride

Elmo Joins Bunny’s Easter Ride

Elmo joined the Easter Bunny yesterday at the first of the Leatherstocking Railroad Historical Association’s holiday train rides, departing from the Milford Depot.  The two will ride the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley rails from Milford to Cooperstown again at 1:30 p.m. today, and again next weekend, at 1:30 Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16.  (Cheryl Clough/


Create Beautiful Home Decor


CRAFT NIGHT – 6:30 p.m. Create some beautiful home decor our of some paint and a burlap canvas. Creative fun for crafters of any skill level. The Green Earth, 4 Market St., Oneonta. Info,

STEAK DINNER – 5-7 p.m. Includes salad, potato, vegetable, rolls, and dessert. Open to public. Cost, $20. Oneonta Vets Club, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Reservations, 432-0494 by 2/16.

PERFORMANCE – 7:30 p.m. Local and regional talent perform Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” Ballroom Gallery of the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown Village Library. or call (607)547-9777

Minor Injuries, No Tickets in Milford Crash

Minor Injuries, No Tickets In Milford Crash

MILFORD – Both drivers and a passenger escaped with minor injuries after a car crash on Wednesday that shut down traffic on Main Street in Milford.

According to Trooper Nate Regal, State Police, a 2010 Cadillac was headed southbound on Route 28 when another vehicle, a 2011 Chevy Malibu attempted to enter traffic from the western shoulder and struck the Cadillac.  The driver and a passenger in the Cadillac were taken by ambulance to Bassett Hospital with minor injuries, and the driver of the Malibu was taken to Fox Hospital and treated.

Franklin R. Scanlon, 82; Contractor Served On County Fair Board

IN MEMORIAM: Franklin R. Scanlon, 82;

Contractor Served On County Fair Board

WESTVILLE – Franklin R. Scanlon, 82, a plumber and carpenter by trade and Milford Rotarian who served on the Otsego County Fair Board, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at Alpine Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Little Falls.

Born in Manlius, on Feb. 2, 1934, he was the son of the late Charles P. and Ruby M. Fields, Scanlon.  Frank was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School in Amsterdam.  He was a self-employed carpentry and plumbing contractor.


Meeting To Discuss Career

Politicians In State Legislature


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LWVNY MEETING – 7-9 p.m. League of Women Voters plans consensus study on issues in state legislature of outside income and full vs part time legislature. Presbyterian Church House, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Info, Maureen Murray, President, (607)547-2853 or email or Martha Clarvoe, Membership Chair, (607)293-6654 or email

ELEMENTARY WINTER CONCERT – 7 p.m. Milford Central School, 42 W. Main St., Milford. Info,


Light The Oneonta Christmas Tree


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ONEONTA TREE LIGHTING – 5-8 p.m. Join us for the lighting of the Christmas Tree. There will be caroling, shops, warm drinks, an ugly sweater contestwith winners announced just before the lighting, Horsedrawn wagon rides, and visits with Santa. Muller Plaza, Oneonta.Info, call (607)432-2941 or email

SCHOOL PLAY – 7 p.m. 7/8th grade. Milford Central School, 42 W. Main St., Milford. Info,

4-H EARN-AN-ANIMAL – Applications available. Gives youth the opportunity to purchase, raise, and show an animal. Info,


Memorial Basketball Game,

Celebrating Coach Patt Grasso


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MEMORIAL BASKETBALL GAME – 6 p.m. In memory of Coach Patt Grasso, Laurens Girls Varsity vs. Milford followed by Laurens Boys Varisty vs. Worcester. Admission by donation. Proceeds go to Patt Grasso scholarship fund. Laurens Central School, 55 Main St, Laurens. Info,

HOLIDAY SHOW & SALE – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. browse and buy original arts and crafts by local and regional artists. Help us celebrate giving tuesday at the Coopertown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info,


CSO Concert Features

Tenor Jon Fredric West


THEATER – 7 p.m. High School musical, “Into the Woods.” Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info,

SYMPHONY – 7:30 p.m. Catskill Symphony presents Concert II: Featuring Tenor Jon Frederic West performing Wagner and Vaughan Williams. Symphony also performs Brahms Symphony No. 2. Tickets $30, free admission for veterans, children and the adults who bring them. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Info, tickets, (607) 436-2670,

CHINESE AUCTION – 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Milford Central School District 42 W. Main St., Milford. Info,

HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes lunch and new Children’s Ornament Build $5..The Major’s Inn, 12 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville, Info, (607)783-2393 or (607)783-2967 or visit

HOLIDAY MARKET AND CRAFT SHOW – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunnycrest Orchards Cidermill Gift Shop, 7869 NY-10, Sharon Springs. For more info visit

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