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Sandra L. Thorne, 79 September 22, 1942 – November 8, 2021

In Memoriam

Sandra L. Thorne, 79

September 22, 1942 – November 8, 2021

Sandra L. Thorne

COOPERSTOWN – Sandra “Sandy” L. Thorne, a native of Cooperstown and long-time faithful member of Christ Church, passed away peacefully Monday evening, November 8, 2021, at her home with her family by her side. She was 79.

Born September 22, 1942, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Sandy was a daughter of William R.P. and Aline M. (Campbell) Heller.

After graduating from Cooperstown High School in 1960, Sandy attended the Central City Business Institute (CCBI) in Syracuse where she completed their secretarial course. For many years she was employed as the Office Manager and Secretary for the Otsego County Highway Department.

Shared Garage Back on Otsego’s Agenda

Shared Garage Back
On Otsego’s Agenda

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

David Bliss

Otsego County’s plan for a shared transportation garage has been revived.

County officials met with representatives from Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES in the past month to gage interest in another push to build a centralized, shared services facility on county Route 35 in the town of Milford, on land adjacent to the ONC BOCES campus.

“I would not say it is full speed ahead, but maybe it is half speed ahead,” Otsego County Board of Representatives President Dave Bliss said on Tuesday, April 27. “It is still very much needed,” Bliss said. “BOCES is still interest. It is back on now that the funding is coming back up and we’re hopefully going to be on better footing.”

The county’s facilities are near Cooperstown Central School on Linden Avenue in an area where no expansion or renovation is possible.
“It’s old. It’s not big enough. It is functionally obsolete. It is structurally unsound. It is a terrible location. It is right in the middle of the school and the village traffic on Linden Avenue.” Bliss said. “We might be able to leave some things there, such as the salt facility and the gas facility. The village of Cooperstown uses those, so it would be more expensive if they had to have their own facilities.

Bliss said there have been ongoing discussions with county schools and other municipalities about joining BOCES and the county. He said he thinks more groups will be interested once the plans are concrete, a cost is known and the shared services begin to lead toward budget savings.

DUNCAN: Trenches Along Roadways Still Dangerous To Drivers

Trenches Along Roadways

Still Dangerous To Drivers

To the Editor:

“Slip sliding away…”

Her car slid toward the side of the road. It caught in the trench and flipped. She was hurt and her car totaled. She is scared to drive again. But she knows she must go out and find a new car and force herself to try again. It wasn’t her fault. If the sides of the roads were done properly she would have slid off the road and would have been able to slowly drive back onto the highway.

What on earth makes the Otsego County Highway Department think that trenches are needed, or safe? It is the responsibility of the highway department to make safe roads for traffic, be it cars, trucks, bicycles, or pedestrians.

With trenches, there is no place to pull over if an emergency vehicle comes up behind you. They cause erosion and expose the roots of old trees; that kills them.

The trenches fill in fast and need to be redone and redone. Not very economical.

If you need to pull off the road for car problems, you can’t. If you slide off the road you will probably total your car.

I slid off coming around a corner at the top of the hill one winter. My tire caught on the lip of road, flipped the car and it slid down the hill in the ditch. Over $1,000 for a new drive shaft.

In the winter, it is hard to see if there is a trench or not. In the summer the grass grows and you can’t judge the side of the road.

We pay people to take care of our roads and they are not doing it in a manner to keep us safe. We need to educate them or replace them.

If you have had a problem with car damage with trenches, write in. Maybe if enough people complain, we can get things done correctly.

Hartwick Forrest

Bill Peeters, 80; Worked For Town, County Highway Departments

IN MEMORIAM: Bill Peeters, 80; Worked

For Town, County Highway Departments

BURLINGTON FLATS – William “Bill” Myron Peeters, 80, former Town of Burlington highway superintendent and a 34-year employee of the county High Department,  passed unexpectedly at his home in Burlington Flats, on Sunday Dec. 29, 2019.

Bill was born May 31, 1939, in Westford. He was married to wife Linda Lee Peeters for 36 years, marrying her on March 26, 1983 in Milford.  She and three children survive.

15 New Plow Trucks To Join County Fleet

15 New Plow Trucks

To Join County Fleet

County Highway Superintendent Bill Mason said today his department is replacing its plowing fleet, and 15 Peterbilt tandem plow trucks, automatics with air-ride suspension, pictured above being prepared for delivery at Viking-Cives Inc., Harrisville, near Watertown.  The trucks should be delivered, two a week, between now and Thanksgiving, Mason said, who said CDL drivers are being recruited to drive the trucks.  County Treasurer Allen Ruffles said the $2.779,000 purchased will be financed at 3.04 percent over the next five years.
Emory A. Oeser Jr., 83; Served In Airborne, Highway Department

IN MEMORIAM: Emory A. Oeser Jr., 83;

Served In Airborne, Highway Department

CHERRY VALLEY – Emory A. Oeser Jr., 83, who served as a paratrooper in the elite 82nd Airborne Division and later spent his career with the county Highway Department, passed away peacefully at home on May 12, 2017, with his family at his side.

A life-long Cherry Valley resident, Emory was born Jan. 18, 1934, to Emory and Bertha Oeser.  He married Ruth Snyder on July 5, 1958.

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