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Richfield Springs

As Need Grows, Local Food Banks Welcoming Needy

IN TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

As Need Grows,

Local Food Banks

Welcoming Needy

Henry Korte- kaas and Lord’s Table Director Joyce Miller serve takeout pizza. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

MILFORD – In an average shopping trip, Laura Eggleston, Milford Food Pantry director, might buy 1,100 pounds of food to serve their 39 households.

On Monday, April 13, she placed an order for 4,300 pounds. “In these last two weeks, we’ve served 56 families,” she said. “That’s 193 individuals.”

CDC image of the coronavirus

As the COVID-19 crisis deepens, food banks across the county are seeing “a dramatic uptick,” said Maj. Cheryl Compton, Salvation Army. “Everyone just paid rent and many of them haven’t gotten their unemployment this month.”

Many of them are new customers, noted Julia Perdue, Cooperstown Food Pantry director. “We served 29 new households last month,” she said. “In all, we served 219 families. That’s our highest since 2007.”

“We’ve already seen 15 new people this month,” said Joyce Mason, director, St. James Food Pantry. “And it’s going to get worse the longer this goes on.”

However, she noted, the evening feeding ministry, The Lord’s Table, has seen a decline in people coming for the take-out hot meals. “It’s a social thing for them,” she said. “People want to sit down, and not being able to do so is difficult for them, so they don’t come.”

In Richfield Springs, Polly Renckens has seen the same influx of new clients herself, but worries the poor weather – or fears about COVID-19 exposure or that food may have run out – is keeping some former clients away.

“We have plenty of food!” she assured. “If we don’t see some people soon, we’re going to start calling individually to check on them.”

At many of the pantries, visitors are given a “shopping list” where they can check off what they need and want. “Client choice maintains dignity and alleviates food waste,” said Purdue. “If we give someone something they don’t want, it’s just going to go to waste on a shelf.”

The groceries are packed and bagged by volunteers – in masks and gloves – and then taken curbside  for the client to pick up, contact-free. “We make every effort to protect the safety of our volunteers and clients,” said Renckens.

And so that no one goes hungry, Stacie Haynes, executive director, Susquehanna SPCA, started
a pet food pantry to help families stretch their budgets in tight times. The pantry has
been placed outside of the shelter so that people can maintain social distancing.

But, she noted, if someone can’t get to the pantry, a volunteer will take the food to them.

And although the pantries are seeing a rise in need for the pantries, they’re also seeing a rise in donations.

“We’ve raised $1,000 in the last month,” said Eggleston. “A dollar buys $10 of food from the regional food bank.”

“People are donating anything they can,” said Mason. “And we’re getting a lot of help from organizations.”

Even between pantries, there’s sharing. “If I have an excess of anything, I call around to see who needs it,” said Mason. “That’s just how I do it. We have to help each other out.”

But however long this lasts, Eggleston assures people that the pantry will always be there to help their neighbors.

“As long as we have food, we’ll hand it out,” she said.

Buttermann Is Holding Meetings Around District

Buttermann Is Holding

Meetings Around District

Oneontan Runs Against Assemblyman Salka

At the Richfield Springs’ vets club Sunday afternoon, Dan Buttermann, Oneonta, Democratic candidate in the 121st Assembly District, talks with Caaren Fox, owner of the KOA Campground, Town of Springfield.  Buttermann is challenging Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield.   Buttermann has been holding meetings around the district in recent days, and will complete the cycle at 6 p.m. this evening in the Waterville Public Library, and at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Laurens Town Hall.  (AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

Otsego Chamber Hosts

State Of The State Panel

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STATE OF THE STATE – 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Hear from your elected officials in local, county, state, federal government on the State of Otsego County. Learn about legislation & initiatives that may impact your business. Featuring Antonio Delgado, James Seward, John Salka, others. Cost, $40/non-member. Otsego Grill, Morris Hall, SUNY Oneonta. 607-432-4500 or visit otsegocc.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, DECEMBER 23

Save A Life This Holiday Season

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BLOOD DRIVE – 1 – 6 p.m. Give Blood, save a life with American Red Cross. Walk-ins welcome. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547 2800 or visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=13326

BLOOD DRIVE – 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. Give Blood, save a life with American Red Cross. Walk-ins welcome. Community Center, Walnut St., Richfield Springs. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=13326

No Skid Marks At Scene Of Richfield Crash

IMPAIRMENT, INTENT RULED OUT

No Skid Marks Visible

At Richfield Crash Site

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The force of impact of the fire marshal’s truck is evident in the third car it struck before running into the steps of the Richfield Springs Post Office. The white car then struck the blue car in front of it. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – There were no skid marks visible on the half-mile stretch of Main Street here after a state fire vehicle plowed into four cars late yesterday afternoon.

“The road was icy, but we don’t believe that was a contributing factor,” said Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.

According to Devlin, the driver of the vehicle consented to be tested at the scene, and showed no signs of impairment. “He is being fully cooperative and has agreed to talk to us,” he said. “At this point, we don’t believe this was intentional.”

STATE MARSHAL’S TRUCK CAREENS INTO 4 VEHICLES

Updated At 8:07 p.m.

STATE MARSHAL’S

TRUCK CAREENS

INTO 4 VEHICLES

Richfield Springs’ Main Street Closed;

 8 Victims In Hospitals, One Airlifted

The state fire marshal’s truck that caused all the damage rests against the front steps of the Richfield Springs post office this evening.  The last car it smashed into before coming to a rest is at left.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN & LIBBY CUDMORE  • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Sheriff Devlin was at the scene this evening, directing the investigation. The Lake and Main intersection is behind him.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Nine people were injured and four other vehicles crushed when a state fire marshal’s truck careened through this village’s Main Street at about 4 p.m. today, coming to a stop when it smashed into the front steps of the Post Office.

The fire marshal’s truck was headed east on Main Street when it suddenly accelerated, smashing into one vehicle in the vicinity of Richfield Springs Central School, then a second vehicle at Lake and Main, next to the village’s landmark clock.

Born To Run

Born To Run

Dryland Sled Dog Challenge

Arrives In Richfield Springs

Water-logged trails and a lot of mud didn’t seem to slow down 82 teams of dog racers in Richfield Springs this morning during the Dryland Sled Dog Challenge, part of the International Sled Dog Racing Association. Landowner Steven Davis, seen above driving a team during the six-dog event, is an 11-year veteran of dog racing and hosted the event on his land on Millstone Road. Teams came from Michigan, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, as well at the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. While racers waited for their turn, they could stop by the concession stand and grab a burger made by Danny Garbera, Richfield Springs, and Dennis Dorn, Springfield Center, (inset photo), who were representing the Canadarago Snow Toppers. Also helping out with dog handling were members of the Richfield Springs Youth Sports group. The races continue tomorrow starting at 8am. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Green Cow Features Local Grass-Fed Beef

Grown Here, Now Savored Here

Green Cow Features

Local Grass-Fed Beef

Partners in life, Doug and Carrie Thompson are now also partners in the Green Cow, the county’s first grass-fed beef butcher shop. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.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.

Descendants On Hand To Honor Revolutionary War Hero

Descendants On Hand

To Honor Revolutionary War Hero

A new roadside marker honoring American Revolution War hero Adam Helmer was unveiled in a dedication ceremony today at 11:30 a.m. in Richfield Springs” Spring Park, with some of his descendants observing the dedication pictured here: Mary Helmer, left, her brother, Bill Helmer, and Marie Skinner Guerra. The roadside marker stands at the approximate location where Hembler crossed Route 20 during a 30-mile “meandering” run after he escaped an ambush led by Chief Joseph Brant on Helmer’s scouting group near South Edmeston. As he ran, Helmer warned settlers about Chief Brant’s party of Mohawk Indians, which earned him the name, “The Paul Revere of the Mohawk Valley,” Helmer is credited with having saved more than 200 settlers’ lives. Marie Guerra is one of Adam Helmer’s direct descendants and recalls her grandfather, Clyde Helmer telling her and her siblings about their ancestor. Mary and Bill Helmer are descendants of George Helmer, Adam’s brother, who was also a Revolutionary War scout. Another descendant, Steve Oldick, 73, was at the ceremony but left before this picture was taken. His mother, Edna Helmer Oldick, was Adam’s great-great-great-great-great granddaughter. Richfield Springs Mayor Robin Moshier and Assemblyman John Salka spoke at the ceremony.(Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
Two Charged With Stealing, Selling Car Parts

Police: 2 Stole,

Sold Car Parts

Jesse Stefanelli
Shawn Campbell

MIDDLEFIELD – An employee of Wahl to Wahl Auto was arrested and charged with stealing car parts from his employer and selling them with another man, also arrested.

Shawn M. Campbell, 26, Delhi, was arrested by State Police at Richfield Springs after an investigation revealed that, while employed at Wahl to Wahl Auto in Middlefield, he had allegedly stolen several catalytic converters over several months and sold them.

‘Nicky’ Smith, 91; ‘Mom’ To Many, She Sang Every Day

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Nicky’ Smith, 91;

‘Mom’ To Many, She Sang Every Day

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Gladys E. “Nicky” Smith, 91, died Monday, March 18, 2019 at Cooperstown Center surrounded by her loving family.

Born May 14, 1927, in Bridgewater, she was raised and lived most of her life in the Bridgewater, Sauquoit, Clayville and Van Hornsville area. She married Leland Smith in December 1944.

Nicky was a homemaker, cook, mother, wife, friend and “mom” to many. The Smiths were dairy farmers and their home and farm were the perfect place to raise their eight children.

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