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Born To Run

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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/

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/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

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/
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.

Barbara Atwell Roberts, 87; Retired OR Nurse At Bassett


Barbara Atwell Roberts, 87;

Retired OR Nurse At Bassett

Barbara Roberts

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Barbara Atwell Roberts, 87, formerly of Richfield Springs and a retired operating room nurse at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, died Feb. 21, 2019, of heart failure at Concord Hospital in Concord, N.H.

She lived at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord for the past nine years.

Raised in the Baptist church, Barb’s unshakable faith guided and strengthened her throughout her life, in happy times and sad times. She lost her son at age 10 and survived domestic abuse. “Let your life speak,” say the Quakers, and Barb did so, with her gentle and forgiving nature, optimism, generosity, and most of all, loving kindness. She walked “cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.”

With Gas Aplenty, Andela Predicting Jobs For Richfield

With Gas Aplenty,

Andela Predicting

Jobs For Richfield


RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Andela Products President Cynthia Andela outlined her plans for a gas-fueled commerce park on 55 acres owned by Otsego Now south of this village to the Richfield Springs Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Feb. 19.
When complete, she anticipates Andela and subsidiaries Ruby Lake Glass will be adding nine more jobs to their 20-job workforce.



Ice Harvest Fest At Mills


ICE HARVEST – 10 – 3 p.m. Participate in traditional ice harvest. Includes ice carving, ice fishing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowman village, hot soup buffet, food truck, blacksmithing, cooking demonstration, exhibits by local businesses, farmers. Cost, $9/adult. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit


Film Society Opening Night


OPENING NIGHT – 7 p.m. Returning for a second season, Film Society of Cooperstown presents “All The President’s Men” (1976) with after film discussion led by Will Walker, associate producer of history at CGP. Free, refreshments included. Village Ball Room, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-437-6903 or visit

Richfield’s ‘Gentle Giants’ All-American Clydesdales

Richfield’s ‘Gentle Giants’
All-American Clydesdales

Wilson hugs her 2,000-pound babies, champions Captain Max, right, and Royal Rex.


Shown in the same arena as The famous Budweiser Clydesdales, Wilson’s Clydesdales brought home a total of six ribbons from the World Show, including 1st & 4th place single cart in the Make-A-Wish category, which collectively, brought in $20,000 to help realize a Dream for a much deserved Cancer patient. Captain Max took 5th in Halter class & Patrick took 9th, as well as two other team wins which included Royal Rex.With over 700 Clydesdales competing to be the best of the best at the 2018 World Clydesdale Show, Captain Max, Royal Rex and Patrick, of Rolling Meadows Clydesdales in Richfield Springs placed in all classes, culminating in nominations for the All-American Clydesdale Awards, their owner, Donna Wilson, reported.

They had a full summer of shows, with wins at the Midwest Regionals at the Wisconsin State Fair, Boone County Fair and the Nationals at the Iowa State Fair.



Arlene J. Burnside, 84; Worked For General Electric For 30 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Arlene J. Burnside, 84;

Worked For General Electric For 30 Years

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Arlene J. Burnside, 84, who for more than three decades  worked on the line for General Electric, passed away Saturday afternoon Dec. 22, 2018, in her home, with her family by her side.

She was born on June 14, 1934 in Cooperstown, a daughter to the late Ward C. and Dorothy M. Sheridan Fish. Raised and educated in Richfield, she graduated from Richfield Springs High School.

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