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Jim Wolff, 79, Fly Creek; Town Justice, Civic Leader


Jim Wolff, 79, Fly Creek;

Town Justice, Civic Leader

Jim Wolff

FLY CREEK – James Francis Wolff, Sr., 79, longtime civic leader in Fly Creek, who served as Otsego town justice, and with the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company and EMT squad, lost his lengthy battle with cancer on Thursday, July 23, at his home with family by his side.

Born May 3, 1941, Jim was raised in Richmond Hill, Queens, and attended Richmond Hill High School, graduating as a scholar-athlete. After attending the City College of New York, he worked in the wood products industry, including positions at U.S. Plywood and Champion International.

700 Protesters Decry Racism’s Endurance At Delhi Courthouse


700 Protesters Decry

Racism’s Endurance

At Delhi Courthouse

In a rally on Delhi’s Courthouse Square today, Christina Hunt Wood, an organizer, urged 700+ attendee to do the “uncomfortable work of looking racism straight in the eye.” (Ivy Yin photos)
Markers with the names of 30 blacks who died at the hands of police were placed in front of the Delaware County seat’s Civil War monument.

DELHI – Organizers said more than 700 people filled Delhi’s Courthouse Square today and lined the town’s Main Street for a protest and “living memorial” to honor black lives.

The number topped an estimated 500 last Sunday in Oneonta’s Muller Plaza.  A third local protest, one of hundreds nationwide, is planning at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday) in front of the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown.

Young Republicans Greet State’s Top GOP Leaders


Young Republicans Greet

State’s Top GOP Leaders

Two of the state’s top Republicans, last year’s GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro and state GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy are at the Baseball Hall of Fame at this hour for the annual awards banquet of the state’s Young Republicans. Local attendees include, from right, Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, Assemblyman Chris Tague, Schoharie, state Sen. Jim Seward, Milford, Langworthy, Molinaro, county Rep. Peter Oberacker, Schenevus, the endorsed candidate to succeed Seward, Bobby Walker of Cooperstown, chairman of the state Federation of College Republicans, and Seward aide Josh Bailey, Oneonta. Langworthy, from Erie County, succeeded Ed Cox as the party’s state chair last July 1. Molinaro was reelected in November to another term as Dutchess County executive. (Jim Kevlin/
Merle A. Keller, 60; Worked At Denny’s, Brooks Bar-B-Q

IN MEMORIAM: Merle A. Keller, 60;

Worked At Denny’s, Brooks Bar-B-Q

Merle A. Keller

ONEONTA – Funeral services are tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 16, Merle A. Keller, 60, of Oneonta, who worked at Denny’s and Brook’s House of Bar-B-Q.  He passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 in the Cooperstown Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

He was born Jan. 22, 1959, in Albany, the son of Raymond J. and Virginia M. (Prey) Keller. A lifelong Upstate resident, Merle lived in the Albany area, Otego, Morris and finally Oneonta. He graduated from Morris Central School, receiving his high school diploma, and attended BOCES.

David Miller, 74;Army Veteran Retired From NYCM

IN MEMORIAM: David Miller, 74;

Army Veteran Retired From NYCM

MOUNT VISION – David Miller, 72, who retired as an NYCM insurance investigator, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Mount Vision Thursday morning, Feb. 28, 2019.

He was born Oct. 4, 1946, in Albany, a son of Alfred Durwood Miller and Pearl M. Wasson Miller. Raised and educated in Oneonta, Dave attended college and then entered the military. He proudly served in the Army from March 8, 1966, until he received his Honorable Discharge on Feb. 23, 1968.

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