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Thomas J. Korenyik, 66; 1970 Unatego Graduate, Automotive Expert

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas J. Korenyik, 66;

1970 Unatego Graduate, Automotive Expert

Thomas J. Korenyik

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.

County Board’s ‘Green Light’ Resolution Was Litmus Test – And Democrats Failed It

EDITORIAL • July 11-12, 2019

County Board’s ‘Green Light’

Resolution Was Litmus Test

– And Democrats Failed It

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.

Kevin M. Mroczkowski, 69; Vietnam Vet, 911 Responder Lived In Otego

IN MEMORIAM: Kevin M. Mroczkowski, 69;

Vietnam Vet, 911 Responder Lived In Otego

Kevin Mroczkowski

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.

Doris H. Reeves, 94; Hartwick Administrator, Attorney’s Wife

IN MEMORIAM:  Doris H. Reeves, 94;

Hartwick Administrator, Attorney’s Wife

Doris Reeves

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.

Debra A. Klein, 66, Otego; Known To Generation Of Unatego Students

IN MEMORIAM: Debra A. Klein, 66, Otego;

Known To Generation Of Unatego Students

OTEGO – Debra A. Klein, 66, a Unatego Central teaching assistant and bus driver for 30 years, passed away peacefully Friday, May 3, 2019, at her home in Otego, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Dec. 11, 1952, in Delhi to the late Morris and Genevieve (Dorosky) Chichester.

A life-long area resident, she married Richard Klein on July 16, 1995.

$23 Million Unatego School Renovation Plan Unveiling Delayed Until December 2019, Superintendent Says

$23M Plan To Merge

Unadilla Elementary,

High School Delayed

Better ‘Right Than Fast,’ Superintendent Says

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Unatego School Superintendent David Richards

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.

Suzanne E. Lundin, 65; Active In Family’s Christmas Tree Farm

IN MEMORIAM: Suzanne E. Lundin, 65;

Active In Family’s Christmas Tree Farm

Suzanne E. Lundin

OTEGO – Suzanne E. Lundin, 65, a retired telephone operator active in her family’s Lundin Christmas Tree Farm, passed away peacefully at home on March 12, 2019.

She was born on July 29, 1953, in Johnson City; the daughter of John James Zdimal and LaVonne (McCrossen).

Sue was a graduate of Binghamton Central High School. Sue was a natural athlete enjoying basketball, tennis, softball, bowling, golf and pickleball.

Suzanne E. Lundin, 65; Active In Family’s Christmas Tree Farm

IN MEMORIAM: Suzanne E. Lundin, 65;

Active In Family’s Christmas Tree Farm

Suzanne Lundin

OTEGO – Suzanne E. Lundin, a retired telephone operator active in the Lundin Christmas Tree Farm, her family business, passed away peacefully at home on March 12, 2019.

She was born on July 29, 1953, in Johnson City, the daughter of John James Zdimal and LaVonne (McCrossen).

Sue was a graduate of Binghamton Central High School. Sue was a natural athlete enjoying basketball, tennis, softball, bowling, golf and pickleball.

Newcomer Seeks County Rep Seat In Clark’s District

Newcomer Seeks

County Rep Seat

In Clark’s District

If Former Chair Doesn’t Retire,

She May Face Primary In June

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Ric Brockway

Ric Brockway of Laurens, former teacher, ferrier and writer of a popular outdoor column, is running for the Republican nomination in District 3 (Laurens and Otego).

He would face county Rep. Kathy Clark, the former board chairman, unless she retires.  She did not return a call this afternoon as to her intentions.

Kim J. Hughes Wiltsie, 62; Mother Of 4 Was Gilbertsville Valedictorian

IN MEMORIAM: Kim J. Hughes Wiltsie, 62;

Mother Of 4 Was Gilbertsville Valedictorian

Kim Wiltsie

OTEGO – Kim Joy Hughes Wiltsie, 62, lost her battle with pulmonary hypertension, high blood pressure, on Feb.13, 2019.

She was born in Ilion, to William and Ellinor Hughes.

Kim was a 1975 graduate of Gilbertsville Central School and class valedictorian.

She loved to read, travel and be with her family.

76-Year-Old Man Flees Burning Otego House

76-Year-Old Man Flees

Burning Otego House

A firefighter pours water on the remains of the Otego home razed by fire overnight. (Photo courtesy Wells Bridge Fire Department)
One wall remained by the time the fire was doused.

OTEGO – A 76-year-old man fled a burning Otego home on 470 County Route 5 this morning but had no way to call 911, and the home was destroyed, state police at Troop C report.

Troopers from the Oneonta Barracks received the call at 1:09 a.m.

The elderly man, identified at Robert Carpenter, the sole occupant of the home, was spotted by a passerby, and that person called 911.

Alumni Herring, Bard Join Unatego Hall Of Distinction

RECEPTION FRIDAY AT HIGH SCHOOL

Alumni Herring, Bard Join

Unatego Hall Of Distinction

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.

Roger B. Sullivan, Otego; SUNY Oneonta Asst. VP In Upgrading Enrollment
IN MEMORIAM

Roger B. Sullivan, Otego;

SUNY Oneonta Asst. VP

In Upgrading Enrollment

Roger B. Sullivan

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.

This Christmas, Otego Sailor Celebrating On USS Stennis

This Christmas, Otego Sailor

Celebrating On USS Stennis

This Christmas, Navy Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Trace Thayer, from Otego, is on duty aboard the USS John C. Stennis in the Arabian Sea.  Here, he paints an Environmental Control System Scoop on an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jarrod A. Schad)
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