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Master Carver Lavern Kelley Topic Of Hanford Mills Talk

Master Carver Lavern Kelley

Topic Of Hanford Mills Talk

Sydney Waller, owner of the Art Garage in Cooperstown, holds a selection of photographs from the life of Lavern Kelley, during talk on the famed wood carver this afternoon at the Hanford Mills Museum learning center. “He was my favorite human being and is my favorite subject.” said Waller. The talk discussed his upbringing and the origins of his love for wood carving, which began when her was hospitalized for appendicitis and received a pocket knife as a gift. Kelly went on to create many scale carvings of farm animals, machinery and people which eventually gained him national recognition. His works are now featured in a permanent position at the Smithsonian, with other pieces in The Fenimore Collection and the museum at Hamilton College. The talk was part of a new show at Hanford Mills Museum showcasing the works of several are wood carvers, including pieces by Kelley. (Ian Austin/
Leatherstocking Market Damaged In Early Morning Blaze

Pre-Dawn Fire Closes

Leatherstocking Market

An early-morning fire destroyed the store at Leatherstocking Market & Fuel in West Davenport, but firefighters were able to keep it away from the fuel pumps. (Ian Austin/

Inside the market, shelves of snacks and merchandise were destroyed by the blaze.

WEST DAVENPORT – Though the blaze was contained in “within 10-15 minutes,” the Leatherstocking Market & Fuel store still suffered damage as a result of a fire that broke out in the early morning hours.

“We knocked it down very quick,” said Pindars Corners Fire Chief Matt Rittlinger. “It could have been a lot scarier.”

The call came in, first to the station and then from a passerby, at 4:42 a.m., and Pindars Corners and East Meredith fire departments both arrived on the scene at 4:45 a.m.

“We cut the power and tried to keep the fire away from the fuel pumps,” said Rittlinger. “But we were able to knock it down within 10-15 minutes.”

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