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Early-Morning Fire Destroys New Berlin Home


Father, 3 Children

Flee Pittsfield Home

In Early-Morning Fire

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Richard Miller was able to get his three children out of their house at 1487 County Highway 13 in the Town of Pittsfield when they heard smoke alarms go off.

PITTSFIELD – A widower and his three children were left homeless after a blaze destroyed their New Berlin home overnight.

According to Pittsfield Fire Chief Dale Ives, Richard Miller called Otsego County 911 at 1:30 a.m. to report that his home at 1485 County Highway 13 was on fire. “The smoke detectors woke them up,” said Ives. “When we arrived on scene, he told us everyone was out of the house.”

Miller, a widower, lived in the house with his three children, Brandon, 13, Hunter, 10, and Izabella, 7. His wife, Sharron, died in February after a two-year battle with cancer.

Chobani CEO Donates $50,000 To Pay Off School Lunch Debt

Chobani CEO Donates $50K

To Pay Kids’ School-Lunch Debt

Hamdi Ulukaya

NEW BERLIN – Alarmed over the threat of the Warwick, R.I. threat to stop serving hot lunches to students whose parents owed lunch money to the school, Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya donated $50,000 to the school to ensure all students receive a hot meal, according to The Providence Journal.

“Every child should have access to natural, nutritious & delicious food, so @Chobani is doing our small part to help pay this debt,” he tweeted yesterday afternoon from his personal account, @hamdiulukaya.

Stephen J. Allen, 33; New Berlin Carpenter Dies In New Jersey

IN MEMORIAM: Stephen J. Allen, 33;

New Berlin Carpenter Dies In New Jersey

Steve Allen

NEW BERLIN – Stephen “Steve” J. Allen, 33, of New Berlin, a carpenter by trade, passed away unexpectedly while working in New Jersey.

Steve was born on Feb. 8, 1986,  in Lowville, the son of Gerald J. Allen and Tamara Radziewicz Zehr. Steve was pre-deceased by his paternal grandmother Doris Fletcher.

Born in Lowville, Steve spent his first 14 years there before moving to New Berlin. A carpenter by trade, he worked for several local construction companies before starting with Osmose Utilities Services Inc. as a field tech and lineman in January of this year.

‘Corky’ Mattice, 88; Part Of Family’s 5 Living Generations

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Corky’ Mattice, 88;

Part Of Family’s 5 Living Generations

NEW BERLIN – Otego native Coralie “Corky” E. Mattice passed away Aug. 19, 2018, part of a chain of five living generations of the same family.

She was born Dec. 18, 1929, to Stuart and Ena (Dana) Foote of Otego

Coralie was a member of the First Baptist Church in New Berlin, where she served as a deaconess, taught Sunday school and was active in missions and choir.  She was a member of the Gideons Ladies Auxiliary and 40-year volunteer at Chase Nursing Home in New Berlin.

Alexa A. Stanton, 68; Retired 35-Year Teacher, Dairy Farmer

IN MEMORIAM: Alexa A. Stanton, 68;

Retired 35-Year Teacher, Dairy Farmer

Alexa A. Stanton

NEW BERLIN – Alexa A. Stanton, 68, a 34-year elementary teacher at Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School,  passed away on Wednesday Oct. 18, 2017 in Albany, surrounded by her loving family.

Alexa was born on July 27, 1949 in Walton, the daughter of the late Stilson and Dorothy Constable Tweedie. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Michelle Stanton.

Leila Ferguson Marquit, 73; Ran Groceries In New Berlin, Morris

Leila Ferguson Marquit, 73; Ran

Groceries In New Berlin, Morris

NEW BERLIN – Leila Ferguson Marquit, 73, who operated Marquit Supermarkets here and in Morris, passed away on July 23, 2017, in Bassett Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Leila was born on June 19, 1944, in Cooperstown, The daughter of Burt and Faye (Gavette) Ferguson.  Her childhood was spent in Davenport Center, where her family owned and operated Ferguson Grocery Store.  She attended Charlotte Valley Central School until her senior year when her family moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where she graduated from Central High School.

On Oct. 7, 1962, Leila married D. Paul Marquit in the Davenport Methodist Church.

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