WATERVILLE – Val Frank Oliver, 67, a Vietnam veteranpassed away peacefully after an extended illness on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 in Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown. He had the support and comfort of his loving family at his side.
He was one of 22 children. He was born on Feb. 14, 1952 in Ilion, son of the late Frank E. and Ruth McCumber Oliver. He was raised and educated in Brookfield. He first worked on his family’s farm.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Ida Marie Miller, 94, who celebrated her 70th wedding anniversary with husband Warner last week, passed away peacefully on Saturdayevening, Sept. 7, 2019, in her home after an extended illness. She had the support and comfort of her loving family at her side.
She was born on Feb. 4, 1925, in Little Falls, daughter of the late Antonio and Sarafina Evangelista Bisconti. A lifelong area residentshe was raised and educated in Little Falls.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – The Route 20 Road Challenge marked its 20th anniversary Saturday, and 50 runners in small communities along the route took part in a relay covering the entire distance of the Route 20 Scenic Byway between Duanesburg to Lafayette..
“We first heard of this at a planning meeting for the (Road Challenge) banquet, said Kevin Hoehn from Rome, the Road Challenge’s unofficial ambassador. Bill Kosina of Richfield Springs, co-chairman, “comes up with some great ideas and really carries them through. It’s amazing.”
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Dennis C. Mang, 69, of Richfield Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Friday Aug. 9, 2019, in Cooperstown.
Dennis was born on Jan. 2, 1950 in Cooperstown, the son of the late Charles F. and Elsie Mae Cardarelli Mang. A lifetime resident of the area, Dennis attended Richfield Springs Central School before serving in the Air Force from 1969 to 1973.
Dennis was employed with CP, Remington Arms, Bassett Hospital, Sitrin Home and the ARC.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Elliot Meyer Helfand, 100, proprietor of Ruby’s Department Store here for many years, passed away on Sunday morning July 28, 2019, in Windsor of Venice Hospice Care, Venice, Fla., with his loving wife, Marty, at his side. They resided in Englewood, Fla.
He was born on Jan. 12, 1919, in New York City, son of the late Reuben and Rose Osowitz Helfand. He was educated in Brushton, Franklin County, where his parents also operated a department store, and went on to Michigan State University and Clarkson University. where he earned a bachelor’s.
Alicia Marie Gee listens tearfully at this morning’s commencement ceremonies at Richfield Springs Central School, where 29 seniors were sent forth into the world. Inset, Valedictorian Jacob Calta listens to a praiseful introduction by High School Principal Joseph D’Apice as he prepares to delivery his Valedictory. Next to him is Salutatorian Mashayla Davis. The ceremony included the traditional slide show that traced the Class of 2019’s progress through the 13 grades. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – Doug Thompson doesn’t have anything against toppings, but he believes, at least for the first bite, the meat should speak for itself.
“It will really surprise you when you realize that meat has flavor,” he said.
Monday, June 24, he and wife Carrie opened a butcher shop, The Green Cow, at 21 Railroad Ave., and for the first time local grass-fed beef – a growing ag sector for a decade – is available to local shoppers.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Growing up, Katie Entwistle-Eddy knew if she wanted a cold treat on a hot summer day, Mr. Shake on Route 28 was the place to go.
“This place has been here for more than 30 years,” she said. “Whenever my family went out for ice cream, we came here.”
Later, she got a job there.
And, in 2015, her parents Jim and Beth bought the ice cream parlor and mini golf course from owner Rich Hiltz. “I worked here for so long that it made sense for me to run it,” said Katie.
Though Hiltz used homemade ice cream, Entwistle-Eddy switched to Perry’s, Turkey Hill and Gifford’s ice cream to expand the flavor options – and offerings.
“We make our own waffle cones, so we do a waffle taco sundae,” she said. “Your choice of ice cream, plus two toppings.”
You can also get a cold one for your faithful friend: a scoop of soft vanilla with a dog bone.
On average, Mr. Shake goes through 200 gallons of soft-serve a week, including wild flavors like pistachio and orange creamsicle, plus 45 gallons of hard ice cream over 15 flavors.
But you don’t just go for ice cream – once you finish your cone, you can play a round of mini-golf on one of the newest courses in the county. “When we bought it, we demolished the old course,” Katie said. “We had it completely rebuilt.”
The new course, she said, even features a waterfall.
The Town of Richfield and the Village of Richfield Springs were given a tremendous gift from the IDA in 2015 by funding the hiring of professionals to help us create a Comprehensive Plan and update the Town Zoning Law that were created in 1992.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the Village in December 2017, and by the Town in January 2018.
This Joint Comprehensive Plan received The Comprehensive Plan award in April from the New York State Planning Federation. The next step is to update the Town Zoning Law to meet the Comprehensive Plan.
Our original law created in 1992 had 23 allowed uses, and then in 2005 and 2006 the allowed uses were stripped down to six allowed uses under then Supervisor Palevsky, and allowing other uses by “special permit.”
The updated zoning has 73 allowed uses and they are very broadly defined uses. This will allow us to market our town to businesses that fit the character of the community.
Before businesses will consider a town, they want to know that they are “allowed” and they want to know what else is “allowed” so their investment isn’t negatively impacted by having a business next door that would hurt their investment.
Mr. Palevsky obviously doesn’t like zoning at all, but without good zoning laws your community becomes a dumping ground for unwanted projects, property values can suffer, as well as the quality of life for the residents.
Mr. Palevsky has misrepresented the updated zoning law with false statements very publicly for months in a shameful attempt to scare people. The updated zoning actually gives people more rights than they have currently, and it will help us create the prosperous community that Richfield can be.
Member, Comprehensive Plan Committee
Zoning Commission, Town of Richfield
COOPERSTOWN – Caroline A. Sarafin, 74,who ran a dairy farm in Jordanville with her husband, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning Nov. 21, 2018, in the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home in Cooperstown.
She was born on July 15, 1944, in Herkimer, daughter to the late Frank and Eleanor Kroll. Caroline was raised and educated in Richfield Springs graduating Richfield Springs Central School with the Class of 1962.
On July 31, 1971 she married Leon Sarafin in St. Joseph’s Church in Richfield Springs, a blessed union of 39 years until his passing on Nov. 15, 2010. Caroline was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker who helped her husband run the Valley-Hi Dairy Farm in Jordanville.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Frances J. Marriott, 96, one of 13 brothers and sisters from Edmeston, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning May 16, 2019 in Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Utica.She had the support and comfort of her loving family at her side.
She was born on March 3, 1923, in Edmeston, daughter of the late Charles and Nora Caulder Marriott. A lifelong area resident, she was educated in West Burlington and West Winfield public schools. In 1940 she moved from West Burlington to Richfield Springs.
For many years she worked for General Electric in Utica, retiring in 1977.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Frank Kasprowicz, 82, second president of what became the Canadarago Snowtoppers’ snowmobiler club, passed away on Saturday morning, April 27, 2019, at Foltsbrook Rehabilitation & Nursing Home in Herkimer.
He was born on the family farm in South Columbia on Nov. 10, 1936, son of the late Frank and Ida Siedletska Kasprowicz.
Mr. Kasprowicz was the snowmobile club’s second president and worked to incorporate it as the Canadarago Snowtoppers. He also was an Agway committeeman and member of the Polka League of the Mohawk Valley.