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Mary Ellen Budro 79: Principal’s secretary at Richfield Springs CS, Active Catholic

In Memoriam

Mary Ellen Budro, 79

Principal’s secretary at Richfield Springs CS, Active Catholic

Mary E. Budro

Mary Ellen Budro, 79, a resident of Richfield Springs (RS), NY, passed away on Good Friday, April 2, 2021, at the Charleston, SC, home of her loving daughter who was by her side.

She was born in Plattsburgh, NY, on May 8, 1941, the daughter of the late Joseph and Bertha (Brien) Vernosky. A graduate of Lyon Mountain High School, Mary was employed as secretary to the principal in the RS Central School District for many years. She was a notary public who was involved with the NYS Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the Civil Service Employees Association.

Prior to moving to RS, Mary served as a law office assistant in Ticonderoga, NY and as a secretary at SUNY Plattsburgh.

An active Catholic, Mary supported St. Joseph’s and other missions. She served as president and secretary of Take Off Pounds Sensibly, and supported Friends of Lyon Mountain, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 616, and the RS Chamber of Commerce.

Student News: April 29, 2021

Student News

Applications Open For Annual
Art Scholarships From CAA

Graduating seniors from any Clark Scholarship-eligible high schools are encouraged to apply for the Cooperstown Art Association’s annual Art Scholarship, for students looking to study art at the college level.

CAA will providing up to $1,400 in awards through this scholarship.

The schools eligible are: Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton, Laurens, Milford, Milford BOCES, Morris, Mt. Markham, Owen D. Young, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Worcester.

Home-schooled students living within those school districts are also eligible for the scholarship.

Applications will be submitted online this year. Students can access the form on the CAA’s website,

There is no application fee.

Each student will be asked to provide a portfolio of five pieces that best represent their work and artistic abilities. Images can be uploaded directly in the form. Students will also be asked to upload a document that includes the titles and mediums for each piece entered.

All submissions must be submitted prior to the deadline at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12.

All portfolios will be juried by a local artist /art professional, to be determined by the CAA.

Funding for this scholarship is provided in part through CAA’s annual Adorn-a-Door Fundraiser and through donations from CAA members and patrons.

Student Awards

Melinda Tyler of Cooperstown was inducted to Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia.
Membership requires maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or above, leadership excellence, participation in service projects, and an annual membership fee. Tyler was one of the inaugural members of the induction class.

Heidi Edmonds of Cooperstown was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society.
Edmonds was initiated at United States Air Force Academy.

Elmira College recently announced its Dean’s List for academic achievement for winter 2021.
The list recognizes full-time undergraduate students who were registered for at least 12 computable credit hours and who earned a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher. Local students recognized include: Hailey Erway of Cherry Valley; Willow Tompkins of Worcester; and Mason Weir of Oneonta.

Thomas Leahy of Otego was one of six students from SUNY Oneonta’s School of Economics and Business who were inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the college’s honorary society in economics for the 2020-21 academic year.

Amethyst Gardner of Oneonta was one of 13 students inducted into SUNY Oneonta’s Edward K. Griesmer chapter of National Residence Hall Honorary.

Seward Bill Requires NY Retirement System To Own Up To Error

Seward Bill Requires

NY Retirement System

To Own Up To Error

RSCS Teacher Saved From Heavy Hand

ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today announced passage of state Senate Law 6420, assisting a retired Otsego County teacher who the New York State Teachers Retirement System was forcing to repay nearly $64,000 due to an NYSTRS’ computation error.

The law requires the retirement system to “shoulder the responsibility” for its error, Seward said.   Companion legislation introduced by state Rep. John Salka, R-121st, passed the Assembly.  The law must now be signed by the governor.

Rescheduled From Saturday, RSCS Grads Greeted By Sun


Rescheduled From Saturday,

RSCS Grads Greeted By Sun

Valedictorian Isabella Hudziak, above,  addresses her fellow Class of 2020 graduates this evening at the Richfield Springs Central School 2020 Com- mencement.  A scholar, Isabella is also class vice president, a Clark Scholarship winner and a cheerleader.  Inset at right is Salutatorian Jayce Horender, who plans to study education this fall at SUNY Oswego.  At left, Haley Sheldrick’s sisters – from left, Emma, Stephanie and Kelly – cheer on their graduate.  Stephanie hold Lila Havens, 18 months. With their graduation delayed from Saturday due to heavy rainfall, the grads received a reprieve this evening, although storm clouds threatened from the east. (Jim Kevlin/


Auction To Benefit Wigs & Wishes


FUNDRAISER – 5:30 – 8 p.m. Support Tracy Abrams to provide wigs to local community members who have lost their hair to chemotherapy. Enjoy Quarter Auction, food, drink, preview items. Partnered with 501c organization Wigs & Wishes. Oneonta Vets Club, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-287-4294 or visit


Trep$ Marketplace


MARKETPLACE – 1 – 3 p.m. Support our youngest entrepreneurs as they demonstrate their skills, sell their products at Trep$ Marketplace. Richfield Springs Central School, 93 W. Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0610.

Richfield Springs Graduates 25 In Class Of 2018

Richfield Springs Graduates 25

Richfield Springs Central School Board of Education member Tony Bailey speaks during the schools 2018 graduation ceremony on Saturday morning. RSCS saw 25 students receive their diplomas, with Valedictorian Dhara Patel and Salutatorian Gabriella Hudziack addressing their classmates during the ceremony in the RSCS gymnasium. (Parker Fish/

Chili-Bowl Cook-Off


COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER – Noon-4 p.m. The Chili Bowl cook off returns with hand-painted bowls, delicious entries by area cooks. Cost, $25/bowl. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2070 or visit

SUNDAY PROGRAM – 3 – 4:15 p.m. Author Dana Spiotta, award winning author of “Innocents and Others,” “Stone Arabia,” more, speaks at the Sunday Afternoon Program. Free, open to the public. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit

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