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Burlington Flats Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Burlington Flats Man

Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Kyle Seamon, Burlington Flats, was killed when his motorcycle collided with an SUV on Route 28 in Richfield.

RICHFIELD – A 20-year-old Burlington Flats man was killed when he was hit by a car making a turn on State Route 28 near the Canadarago Lake boat launch in the Town of Richfield.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, Kyle J. Seamon was driving his motorcycle south on Route 28 when a woman driving an SUV north made a left turn onto Hyder Road, directly into Seamon’s path.  The SUV and motorcycle collided.

Richfield Zoning Restricts Business; Many Oppose It

Richfield Zoning Restricts

Business; Many Oppose It

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to your March 20 article on the process to develop new zoning in Richfield, “Petition Drive in Offing,” and a follow-up letter from Larry Frigault, Richfield Town Board member.

To recap, the March 20 article highlighted concerns that the proposed zoning for Richfield would limit business in the town. The article also wondered if, with “windmill foes” and their allies now in control of “the whole apparatus of the Richfield town government,” the new zoning might pass.

What the March 20 article WASN’T about was the new Richfield Comprehensive Plan, but Larry raised the Comp Plan in his letter. Let’s note of what Larry said about the Comp Plan: It was created by a large group of volunteers (14 in total) working with professional guidance. Contrary to what Larry stated, however, there were limits on who could be on the Comp Plan Committee.

Doris M. Gay, 88; Active In Richfield Church 40 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Doris M. Gay, 88;

Active In Richfield Church 40 Years

Doris Gay

RICHFIELD SPRNGS – Doris M. Gay, 88, an active member of the Richfield Springs Baptist Church for 40 years, passed away Friday, March 29, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

She was born on April 28, 1930, in Ilion, the daughter of Dawes J. Dunham and Winifred (Scouten) Dunham and attended Ilion High School.

On May 1, 1948, she was united in marriage to Ernest “Ernie” M. Gay.  They resided for many years in the Town of Columbia, Chenango County.  He passed away Feb. 16, 1999.

Charlotte Butler, 79; Owned Richfield Springs Liquor Store

IN MEMORIAM: Charlotte Butler, 79;

Owned Richfield Springs Liquor Store

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Charlotte Marie Butler, 79, who for 25 years co-owned Klem Liquor Store with her husband, passed away on Thursday morning April 21, 2016, at Bassett Hospital, with her family at her side.

Charlotte was born on Jan. 24, 1937, in Cooperstown, daughter of the late Robert and Mary Robinson Klem. She was a lifelong Richfield Springs resident and Richfield Springs High School graduate.

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