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Kathleen Hungerford, 64; ‘Mom Away From Home’ To SUNY Students

IN MEMORIAM: Kathleen Hungerford, 64;

‘Mom Away From Home’ To SUNY Students

Katherine Hungerford

MORRIS – Kathleen L. Hungerford, 64, of Morris, a “mom away from home” for SUNY Oneonta students during 20 years working for the campus food service,  passed away unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, Aug. 13, with her fur babies by her side.

Kathy was born in Sidney, the daughter of Richard and Marion (Edwards) Tracy. Kathy graduated from Morris Central School in 1974. She lived in Otego for many years, before returning to her hometown of Morris in 2002. Kathy married Dale A. Hungerford on Aug. 1, 2009.

Otsego Fair To Host Sensory-Friendly ‘Think Differently’ Day

Otsego Fair Hosting

Sensory-Friendly Day

To ‘Think Differently’ 

Otsego County Fair staff members Kelly Darragh and Joe Kolka sport the Think Differently shirts the staff will wear on Wednesday, a day dedicated to helping people with sensory sensitivities enjoy the fair.

MORRIS – Lisa Jones, manager, Otsego County Fair, wants to make sure everyone can enjoy the fun.

“During our annual meeting in Rochester, I heard about a fair that turned off their lights and sounds for people who have sensory sensitivities, and I knew we had to do it here,” she said. “I immediately brought it back to our board, and they agreed.”

On Wednesday, July 31, the fair will host their first “Think Differently Day,” where, from noon – 2 p.m., the midway will refrain from using music and sound, lights and overhead sound – including announcements – to make the fair more accessible to people with sensory sensitivities.

“I think this is a really cool thing that we’re able to do,” said Jones.

Ruth Valentine, 80; Raised Five Daughters In Morris

IN MEMORIAM: Agnes Ruth Valentine, 80;

NYC Native Raised 5 Daughters In Morris

Ruth Valentine

MORRIS – Agnes Ruth Valentine, 80, who raised five daughters in Morris, was called home on April 29, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her loving, family.

Ruth was the daughter of Marie (Sorensen) Hansen and Emil O. Hansen, who were both born in Denmark. Ruth grew up in Brooklyn, an area along the Hudson River, which flows to the Verrazano Bridge, known as Bay Ridge.

She attended P.S. 102 in Brooklyn and graduated 8th grade to then attend high school at Fort Hamilton (which can be seen from the bridge) for two years.

Underage Drinking Initiative Checks 13 Shops, All Compliant

Underage Drinking Initiative

Checks 13 Shops, All Compliant

SIDNEY – Troop C’s Underage Drinking Initiative is commending 13 stores, 12 in Chenango County and one in Otsego, found in compliance during a two-county check conducted Friday.

The Otsego store was Mirabito Convenience Store, 81 South Broad St., Morris.

The other 12 stores included nine in Norwich and three in Sherburne.   Five were Mirabitos and the others were with various companies.

Mary Ellen Bellows, 92; Worked At Palace Theater, Scintilla In WWII

IN MEMORIAM: Mary Ellen Bellows, 92;

Worked At Palace Theatre, Scintilla In WWII

Mary Ellen Bellows

MORRIS – Mary Ellen (Taber) Bellows, 92, passed away on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at Centers Cooperstown nursing home.

Ellen was born in Herkimer, the daughter of Harry and Genevieve (Strong) Taber.

She graduated from Oneonta High School and worked at the Palace Theatre in Oneonta as an assistant cashier and usherette. She worked in Scintilla in Sidney as a coil winder during World War II and later worked at the Oneonta Country Club.

Mary Lou Hammond, 64; BOCES Teacher’s Aide Married In Morris

IN MEMORIAM: Mary Lou Hammond, 64;

BOCES Teacher’s Aide Married In Morris

Mary Lou Hammond

MORRIS – Mary Lou Hammond, 64, a teacher’s aide at the Binghamton BOCES for many years, , passed away in UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

Mary Lou was born on Nov. 24, 1954 in Norwich, and was a daughter of Lester and Mary Ann (Pooler) Thompson. On June 12, 1976 Mary Lou married John Hammond in the First Baptist Church in Morris.

For many years Mary Lou was employed by the Broome-Tioga BOCES in Binghamton as a teacher’s aide.

Ron Valentine, 69, Morris; Worked For  Banks NYSEG; Fan Of 1932 Fords

IN MEMORIAM: Ron Valentine, 69, Morris;

Worked For Banks, NYSEG; Fan Of ’32 Fords

Ron Valentine

MORRIS – Ron Valentine, 69, a NYSEG retiree and fan of 1932 Fords, passed away Jan. 18, 2019, after a brief illness with a rare cancer.

In February 1949, Ron Valentine and his twin brother Don Valentine were born to Durward and Leah Valentine at Oneonta’s Fox Hospital.

He was a 1967 graduate of Morris Central School and a 1969 graduate of Jefferson Community College in Watertown with a degree in accounting. In August 1969, Ron married Carol Hill (daughter of Bernard and Amelia Hill) at the Lowville United Methodist Church in Lewis County.

100 Marijuana Plants Seized In Morris Raid

100 Marijuana Plants

Seized In Morris Raid

Christian Balmaceda
Joseph Ali

MORRIS – Two men were arrested and 100 pounds of marijuana seized after the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department raided two indoor growing operations in Morris and New Lisbon.

Christian Balmaceda, 47, Morris, and Joseph D. Ali, 49, New Lisbon, were both arrested after an investigation lead the Sheriff’s Deputies and the DEA to search the residences of both men.

Morris Vietnam Veteran In Senate Hall Of Fame

Morris Vietnam Veteran

In Senate Hall Of Fame

Seward Hails McMillen For ‘Superior Bravery’
Vietnam Veteran Tom McMillen of Morris is surrounded by friends and wellwishers, including Senator Seward, third from left, after being inducted this morning into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. (Jeff Bishop photo)

ALBANY – Thomas McMillen of Morris was inducted today into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, was on hand to pay tribute.

“Tom displayed superior bravery and courage while serving our nation,” said Seward.  “His two tours in Vietnam – first as an infantry platoon commander and later as a helicopter pilot – highlighted a rare skill set and demonstrated his desire to put country first.  He was a gifted leader who took on new, demanding challenges throughout his military career and excelled at every turn.

“Our country is better because of Thomas McMillen.”

Virginia Madero, 94; Moved To Morris, Where Son Resides

IN MEMORIAM: Virginia Madero, 94;

Moved To Morris, Where Son Resides

Virginia Madero

MORRIS – Virginia (Davila) Madero, 94, entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 7, 2018.

She was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, to Ruperto and Josephina Davila on Sept. 28, 1923. She was raised by her granparents in Puerto Rico until moving to the United States at age 12. She married the love of her life, Angel J. Madero on April 11, 1942, and celebrated 70 years together until his passing in 2012.

William E. Royce, 78, Businessman Founded Lightwalkers Church, Morris

William E. Royce, 78, Businessman

Started Lightwalkers Church, Morris

William E. Royce

MORRIS – William E. Royce, 78, who owned Royce International Eyewear and founded Lightwalkers Baptist Church, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 with his loving family by his side.

Bill was born on June 6, 1939 in Pittsfield, and raised by his mother Margaret Royce. He served in the Navy from 1956 to 1960 on the USS Wahoo as a radioman.

On March 23, 1961 Bill married the love of his life Marion (Haggerty), he and Marion lived in Morris for over 50 years, raising their children there.

Steven D. Purdy, 70; Marine, Musician Active In Morris LIfe

IN MEMORIAM: Steven D. Purdy, 70;

Marine, Musician Active In Morris LIfe

MORRIS – Steven D. Purdy, 70, a Marine and musician active in Morris community life, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, with his family by his side.

Steve was born the son of Theodore and Jacqueline Purdy on Aug. 18, 1947 in Walton. He served honorably in the Marine Corps from December 1968 to December 1970.

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