INDIAN LAKE – Thomas J. Korenyik, 66, a 1970 Unatego Central School graduate, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at his home in Indian Lake.
Tom was born Oct. 10, 1952, in Ridgewood, NJ, the son of Tibor and Virginia (Filer) Korenyik. His automotive expertise (especially with Chevys), work ethic, sense of humor, and “gift of gab” will be missed by those whose lives he touched.
Tom is survived by his sons, Daniel Korenyik and Joseph Korenyik; his sister, Cathy Korenyik; his nieces, Jeanne Clark, Kathryn Clark Christman, and Sarah Korenyik; and cousins.
First, it should be said that there’s a troubling lack of interest this year in running for the Otsego County Board of Representatives, whose reach, from road building to social services, touches all 60,094 of us.
In the 14 districts, there are only three contests coming out of the June 25 primary:
In District 2, the one-term Democrat, former Morris Town Board member Michele Farwell, is being challenged by Marcia Hoag, a former Pittsfield Town Board member who is running on the Voice of the People line, but says she is allied with Republicans.
In District 3, where former board chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego/Laurens, is retiring. Republican Rick Brockway, a retired ferrier and outdoor columnist, and Democrat Caitlin Ogden, a Baseball Hall of Fame grantsman, are both newcomers running for the vacant seat.
In District 14, where Democrat Jill Basile and Wilson Wells, a Libertarian, are seeking to succeed Democrat Liz Shannon, who is retiring.
Contrast that with 2017, when 12 of the 14 seats were contested, and there were some humdingers.
OTEGO – Kevin Michael Mroczkowski, a Vietnam veteran and 911 responder, was called home by his Savior on 3 July, 2019, after a three-month fight against cancer.
Kevin was in the company of family at the time of death, and he was frequently visited by cousins, nieces and nephews and friends during his illness.
Kevin was born in Brooklyn on 2 March, 1950, the son of Stanislaus S. and Margaret E. Mroczkowski. He grew up in Queens and, shortly after graduating from Far Rockway High School, he served his country in the Army. He was trained as a medical corpsman and during the Vietnam War he served at the 6th Convalescent Center in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam.
OTEGO – Local funeral services will be Wednesday, May 22, for Doris H. Reeves, 94, widow of Attorney Frank Reeves an honored Hartwick College administator, who passed away Feb. 18, 2019, in Redding, Calif., where she had been living near her daughter for the past 10 years.
Married in 1950, the Reeveses spent most of their married life on the family farm in Otego, where they raised their daughter, Barbara.
Doris was a wonderful lady, beloved wife and mother, teacher, adviser, administrator and dear friend to many.
OTEGO – After a public hearing this week, the Unatego Central School District has delayed a decision from July 1 to December on a plan to convert the middle-high school into a single K-12 campus.
The plan would close the Unadilla Elementary School; the district’s other elementary school, in Otego, was closed in 2017.
“We would rather do the plan right than fast,” Unatego Central School District Superintendent Dr. David Richards said in an interview Thursday.
At a public hearing Wednesday evening, Richards and the school board gave community members a “snapshot of where we are now” in developing a plan to renovate and reorganize the Unatego middle and high school building between Otego and Wells Bridge to accommodate 750 students. It was built originally to serve 450 students.
ONEONTA – An Otego man was arrested Wednesday for leaving the scene of a crash in Oneonta, then crashing three more times before running his truck into a tree on Route 8, Otego, sheriff’s deputies report.
Deputies identified the suspect in the Wednesday incidents as Robert H. Braun, 53, Otego.
UNADILLA – Herring Lumber Co. owner Charles W. Herring Jr. and Joseph Bard, retired executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Rural & Small Schools, will be inducted into the Unatego Hall of Distinction Friday, Jan. 25.
At reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, with the induction planned between the JV and varsity boys’ basketball game between Unatego and Delaware Academy. The public is welcome.
OTEGO – Roger B. Sullivan, 68, SUNY Oneonta associate vice president/enrollment management, passed away on Jan. 4, 2019, at his home in Otego. He also had a home in Sunset Beach, N.C.
Roger was born on Dec. 28, 1950, in Ogdensburg, the son of Roger P. and Velma I. (O’Shaughnessy) Sullivan.
He graduated from Lisbon Central High School and later earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from SUNY Potsdam and Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, respectively, before beginning a 40-year career in the SUNY system.