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Noel Dries

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Explore Butternut Creek with OCCA 09-10-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

Explore Butternut Creek with OCCA

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BUTTERNUT CREEK FLOAT – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join the Otsego County Conservation Association for a leisurely paddle on the creek where you will learn about the natural and human history of our region, take in the sights, and have fun. Bring your own craft or reserve one of OCCA’s. Please come dressed for the weather with food, water, etc. Free, registration required. Bailey Rd., Gilbertsville. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/butternut-creek-float/

Noel Dries, 82, Stalwart In Hyde Hall’s Revival

IN MEMORIAM

Noel Dries, 82, Stalwart

In Hyde Hall’s Revival

Noel Dries, right, with Jim Weeks after they were named co-grand marshals of the 103rd Springfield Fourth of July Parade in 2019. (AllOTSEGO.com file photo)

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Noel Dries, who played an important role in the overall establishment and maintenance of Hyde Hall, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, Feb. 8, 2021. A life-long resident of Cary Mede, Town of Springfield, he was 82.

A teacher, historian, and tireless researcher and well-loved Springfield resident, he was born May 30, 1938, at what was then a tiny Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

He was the only child of Frank Lawrence Dries, Jr., and the former Ruth Margaret Kelly. His mother’s family went back several generations in Springfield, while his father, who was from Brooklyn, came to the Springfield area during the Depression and worked at Cary Mede as a groundskeeper.

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