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Robert W. Bibik, 78 Born in Richfield Springs, served in U.S. Navy

In Memoriam

Robert W. Bibik, 78

Born in Richfield Springs, served in U.S. Navy

Robert W. Bibik

Robert W. Bibik, 78, of Fernandina Beach passed away Friday, July 16, 2021, at the Warner Center for Caring.

Born in Richfield Springs, NY, he was a son of the late Edward and Agnes Zilega Bibik.

He served in the U. S. Navy and soon after his discharge he and his wife, Cheryl, moved to Florida.

For 27 years he worked as an engineer for Florida Power and Light. He also worked for Duke Power and Progressive Energy before complete retirement. He and his wife moved to Fernandina Beach from Vero Beach six years ago. He was active member of the Civitan Club for many years.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Glimmer Globe Theater presents ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)’ 07-14-21

Glimmer Globe Theater presents
‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)’


THEATER – 7 p.m. The Glimmer Globe Theater presents ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)’ with 3 actors (in tights) performing all 37 of the bards plays. Cost, $15/adult. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1453 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Music Fest at Meadowlinks 07-12-21

Music Fest at Meadowlinks


MUSIC ON THE MEADOW – 7 p.m. Come out for free music by Bill Scranton and Jeff Ruzich performing Classic Jazz/Rock. Bring a chair and blanket, sit in your car, or roam the trails. Enjoy a relaxing evening out. Meadowlinks Golf Course, 476 Co. Rd. 27, Richfield Springs. 607-432-4026 or visit

Cooperstown & Around: July 8, 2021

Cooperstown & Around

Village to host concert series at Lakefront Park

Cooperstown will host the Lakefront Concert series, which began Tuesday, July 6, and will take place every Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and non-alcoholic beverages. The next concert will be Tuesday, July 13, and will feature the Kennesaw Mountain Boys.

Richfield to host concerts in the park

The Richfield Springs ‘Concert in the Park’ series, a free event, will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesdays on state Route 20, starting Wednesday, July 14.
Attendees should bring a blanket or chair.
The first event will feature classic country from the Nelson Brother’s Band.

Richfield community creates park

Richfield community creates park

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – About 15 people gathered Sunday, May 24, on Main Street in the village to turn the site of a formerly blighted home into a “pocket park.”

The property at 177 Main St. had been abandoned years ago, one of a handful of old houses in the area that had gotten too run down and where the former owners could not afford to restore it.
The Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank bought the property and demolished the house, but rebuilding on the L-shaped .67-acre property is complicated.

Richfield Springs freshman Braydon Misenick, left, and junior Damon Boss spread soil to prepare to plant a vegetable garden in the back of the park. (Greg Klein/

“According to the modern zoning laws, this lot is too narrow in the front to build a house,” said Allysa Dupont Rader, who works as the “zombie quarterback” for the land bank, finding abandoned houses and shepherding them back onto the tax rolls.

The village will revisit the zoning laws this summer, but the location of the property and its status as having the only remaining outdoor, uncovered sulphur spring in the village, made it an ideal candidate for a park in the meantime.

Vaccine clinics at local schools

Vaccine clinics at local schools

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The Otsego County Department of Health announced Thursday, May 6, that it would be setting up vaccine clinics at several county schools.

Residents 16 and up will be eligible for vaccinations.

Participating schools include Cherry Valley-Springfield, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Morris. The clinics will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Go to for more information.

Kinney Ready To Vaccinate Patrons 75-Plus

Kinney Ready

To Vaccinate

Patrons 75-Plus

Register Now; Shots Start Thursday

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Kinney Drugs, which has a pharmacy on Route 28 here, announced this afternoon it will receive initial doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week to administer to people 75+ ONLY.

To register for vaccinations, which will administered in all Kinney stores, beginning Thursday, click here.

James S. Ainslie, 93; Farmer, Rural Carrier For Post Office

James S. Ainslie, 93; Farmer,

Rural Carrier For Post Office

Jim Ainslie

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – James S. Ainslie, 93, of Ainslie Road, Town of Otsego, a farmer and longtime rural mail carrier, passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 9, 2020, while being transported to the hospital.

His family regrets they could not be with him due to COVID-19 restrictions; he will be greatly missed. A kind, giving man, loving husband, grandfather and dedicated father, he would do anything to help family, neighbors and friends.

He was born on July 4, 1927, to Edna and William Ainslee. In addition to her parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of over 60 years, Effie (Locke), as well as brothers Harold Ainslie and Leo McLean.

$1.25M Federal Grant OK’d For Developing Richfield Springs Site

$1.25M Federal Grant

OK’d For Developing

Richfield Springs Site

Funding Allows Andela Products Expansion

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – The U.S. Commerce Department has approved a $1.2 million grant to establish the Richfield Springs Eco-Industrial Business Park, Otsego Now, the county’s economic development agency, announced today.

The Economic Development Administration grant, to be matched with $325,000 in state funds and $875,000 in local funds, is expected to generate more than $10.5 million in private investment, the announcement said.

Police: Man Threatened Teens With Knife

Police: Richfield Springs Man

Threatened Teens With Knife

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – A Richfield Springs man was arrested after he allegedly threatened two teenagers with a knife, according to a release from State Police, Troop C.

Thomas A. Niznik, 45, allegedly approached two teenagers on James Street in the Village of Richfield Springs. The teens told the police that they had stopped when the chain broke on one of their bikes.

Richfield Springs Protest Wants ‘Black Voices Heard’


Richfield Springs Protest

Wants ‘Black Voices Heard’

What this afternoon’s “Rally for Justice” in Richfield Springs lacked in numbers it made up in enthusiasm, with a dozen participants waving signs for two hours on each side of Main Street in front and across from the Post Office. “I wanted black voices to be heard in this town,” said Arianna Gulley, who organized the event with Claire Collins. Protesters, from left, included Adam Lindsay, sisters Isabelle and Brooke Green, Donna Moglia and Charles Williams, Arianna’s parents; Arianna, Finn Cox, Claire and Paige Cooper. All, except Cox, who is from Burlington Flats, are Richfield Springs residents. Drivers passing by beeped their horns. (Jim Kevlin/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Celebrate Civil Rights, Learn How To Improve 06-19-20

First Juneteenth, Celebrate

155 Years Since End Of Slavery


CELEBRATE – 5 – 8 p.m. Celebrate our progress since the official end of slavery with food, music and art. Also, learn about all the work that still needs to be done. Please wear a mask & practice social distancing. Includes speakers at 6 with candlelight vigil at 7:45 p.m. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Visit for info.

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