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Schenevus

Stephanie K. Shultis, 48; Managed Family’s Polar Bear Restaurants

IN MEMORIAM: Stephanie K. Shultis, 48;

Managed Family’s Polar Bear Restaurants

Stephanie Shultis

SCHENEVUS – Stephanie K. Shultis Hurlburt, 48, a manager at her family’s Polar Bear restaurants, passed away September 7, 2017, after a courageous 10-year battle with thyroid cancer.

She was born May 9, 1969, in Oneonta, the daughter of Edmund G. and Beth A. (Wells) Shultis.

Stephanie grew up in Schenevus, graduating from Andrew S. Draper Central School, Class of 1987.

Matthew L. Bowman, 48; Systems Administrator In Capitol District

IN MEMORIAM: Matthew L. Bowman, 48;

Systems Administrator In Capitol District

Matthew Bowman

ONEONTA – Matthew Lee Bowman, 48, a computer systems administrator who attended Oneonta schools and received his bachelor’s from SUNY Oneonta, passed away Aug. 20, 2017, in his home in Clifton Park.

He was born May 12, 1969, in Tacoma, Wash., and was adopted by John F. and Margaret M. (Mahnken) Bowman. Matt grew up in a military family, traveling the world. After his father retired, his family returned to Central New York.

Questions Greet, Applause Affirms Mathes Appearance

BRIEFING IN SCHENEVUS

Questions Greet,

Applause Affirms

Mathes Appearance

Among 75 attendees reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of this evening’s briefing are, from right, Paul Smith, James Heaney and his son, Tom, and Victor Hansen. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

75 Attendees Provided Details

Of Hunt For Distribution Center

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.allotsego.com

In the Schenevus AMVETS this evenng, Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes forsees “a very positive economic stimulus.”

SCHENEVUS – “Welcome,” an audience member called out when Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes finished introducing the concept of a 250- to 600-job distribution center to a community whose commercial base dropped from 57 businesses to a handful in the last half-century.

Even with 90 minutes of sometimes probing questions that followed from the 75 citizens at the AMVETS this evening, the audience broke into applause when the presentation and Q&A came to an end.

“We will be as aggressive as we can to maximize the local benefits,” Mathes pledged at several points.

But he also referred to the uncertainty and strategic nature of what lies ahead for 600-resident Schenevus and the Town of Maryland (total population 1,897) over the next couple of years.

“It’s like making a sports team,” he said.  “You’ve got to make the cut.”

Companies Knocking on Schenevus’ door

35 DISCUSS DISTRIBUTION CENTER

Oberacker: Already,

Companies Knocking

On Schenevus’ Door

Maryland Town Supervisor Harold Palmer, center, who presided this evening, said, “We’re in the baby stage and we’re hoping it grows.” He is flanked by Town Board members Scott Gaston, left, and Brian Bookhout. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Rep. Peter Oberacker tells constituents in Schenevus this evening: If we make it “shovel ready,” they will come.

SCHENEVUS – Since the news broke on AllOTSEGO.com Thursday, Jan. 26, companies seeking distribution-center sites have already begun calling county Rep. Peter Oberacker to express interest, he told the 35 people who packed the Maryland Town Board’s meeting room this evening.

“We’ve been contacted,” said Oberacker, the Republican who represents the towns of Maryland, Worcester, Westford and Decatur.  “Nobody’s committed, but we’ve been contacted.”

Still, he encouraged people not to get too excited yet about development of the 170-acre site on the east end of this hamlet at the I-88 exit, which could bring an estimated 250 to 500 jobs here.  “It’s not going to be all unicorns and rainbows,” he said.

But upbeat townspeople were having none of it at the lighthearted 90-minute meeting, where attendees eagerly blue-skied about what might be.

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Tells Of Distribution Center For Schenevus

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Tells Of Distribution Center For Schenevus

County Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, walks the 130 acres identified as a site for development of a 500-job distribution cetner. (AllOTSEGO.com)

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reports on plans to develop 130 acres off the Schenevus exit to I-88 for Otsego County’s first just-in-time distribution center, which may yield up to 500 jobs.

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DISTRIBUTION CENTER EYED FOR SCHENEVUS

OTSEGO NOW OKs OPTION

DISTRIBUTION CENTER

EYED FOR SCHENEVUS

250-300 Jobs, Construction In 2018 Possible

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Otsego Now today took an option on 175 acres off Interstate 88’s Exit 18 at Schenevus, aiming to bring a 250-300 job distribution center there, perhaps as soon at 2018.

The Otsego Now board of directors unanimously approved the $3,000-per-year option, which will allow the SEQRA process – the state-mandated environmental review – to begin as soon at March 1.  The goal is to create a “shovel-ready site with an eye toward attracting Amazon or another mega-retailer planning distribution centers in the Northeast U.S.

Robert J. Barton, 88; Farmer Helped Form Milk Cooperative

IN MEMORIAM: Robert J. Barton, 88;

Farmer Helped Form Milk Cooperative

Robert J. Barton
Robert J. Barton

SCHENEVUS – Robert J. Barton, 88, a dairy farmer and one of the organizers of the Schenevus-Elk Creek Milk Producers Cooperative in the 1980s, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, after suffering a heart attack.

The son of Iva and Ernest Barton, he was born on May 16, 1928. Bob spent his entire life in Schenevus, most of it working on the family farm.

Bob started his education in the local one-room school and graduated from Andrew S. Draper Central.  He received a bachelor’s in physical education from Ithaca College in 1951. He worked for three years at General Electric in Schenectady.

Nicole J. Butzke, 25; Canisius Grad Began Career In Buffalo

IN MEMORIAM: Nicole J. Butzke, 25;

Canisius Grad Began Career In Buffalo

Nicole J. Butzke
Nicole J. Butzke

SCHENEVUS – Nicole J. Butzke, 25, who went to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2009 and remained to begin her working life, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.

She was born on March 28, 1991, in Cooperstown, the daughter of William and Kimberly (Wawrzynek) Butzke.

Nicole was an assistant manager at Enterprise Holdings in Buffalo, where she has resided for the past six years.

Felicitas Rivera, 81; Retired Near Family In Schenevus

IN MEMORIAM: Felicitas Rivera, 81;

Retired Near Family In Schenevus

Felicitas
Felicitas Rivera

SCHENEVUS – Felicita Rivera, 81, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at Albany Medical Center.  She retired to Schenevus 15 years ago, near her daughter Dinah and son Barry.She was born on May 2, 1935 in Humacao, Puerto Rico; the daughter of Aureo and Petra (Sanchez) Jimenez.

In addition to her daughter and son, she is survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her brothers and sisters and her numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

TODAY’S I-88 PILEUP WORST IN MEMORY

SLIDE SHOW FROM CRASH SCENE

TODAY’S I-88 PILEUP

WORST IN MEMORY

By later afternoon, this was the scene: the Trailways bus, and three rigs sandwiched behind it. Six tow trucks from as far away as the Capitol District were painstakingly removing the wreckage. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
By later afternoon, this was the scene: the Trailways bus, and three rigs sandwiched behind it. Six tow trucks from as far away as the Capitol District were painstakingly removing the wreckage. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Bus, 3 Semis, 8 Cars Crash;

No Fatalities, But 8 Injured

By LIBBY CUDMORE & JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

State Police Lt. Dan Larkin shows a media member around the scene.
State Police Lt. Dan Larkin shows a media member around the scene in the late afternoon, by which time everything was under control.

SCHENEVUS – Today’s bus, semis and multi-car pileup on I-88’s west bound lanes added up to the worst incident First Assistant Chief Paul Neske of the Schenevus Fire Department has seen on the four-lane in his 40 years as a firefighter.

Neske
Neske

“This is the stuff we hear about on the national news,” he said this evening at the fire district headquarters on Main Street.

Neske was in church when the first call came in at 11:51 a.m. – a single car had gone off I-88’s westbound lane. He dispatched a fire engine and ambulance, and the team was soon reporting from the scene: A whiteout, “heavy traffic” and “weather conditions deteriorating.”

Meanwhile, the Worcester Emergency Squad had been called to two two-car crashes along the same stretch, according to squad’s chief, Sid Chase, who found “blizzard conditions,” high winds and “no visibility.”

Weather conditions like this can make it a lot harder for road users to keep control of their cars, especially when the ground is full of ice or snow. Some people may even decide to avoid driving altogether and will wait until it is considerably safer to do so. To prevent car accidents like this from happening in these adverse weather conditions, drivers should consider getting their cars serviced by professional mechanics in their area, similar to the ones you can find at Browns Plain Car Service, (click here to find out more). As a result, they will have their tires, brakes, and anything else thoroughly checked before setting out on these treacherous roads. Car accidents can happen in any condition, especially those that cause high winds and reduced visibility.

But the worst was yet to come.

Sally Ann Craig, 69; Retired Teacher At Schenevus Central

IN MEMORIAM: Sally Ann Craig, 69;

Retired Teacher At Schenevus Central

Sally Ann Craig
Sally Ann Craig

MARYLAND – Sally Ann Craig, 69, a retired Spanish teacher at Schenevus Central School, passed away Sunday morning, March 13, 2016.

She was the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Salerno) DeVito.

She was married to William J. Craig for 48 years. They were married on Jan. 6, 1968.

At Schenevus high school, she was piano accompanist for the chorus.

Dorothy Beams, 89; Last Mayor Of Village Of Schenevus

IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy Beams, 89;

Last Mayor Of Village Of Schenevus

Dorothy Beams
Dorothy Beams

SCHENEVUS – Dorothy R. Beams, 89, the last mayor of the former Village of Schenevus, passed away peacefully Dec. 4, 2015, at Kingsway Manor in Schenectady.

In addition to serving as mayor in 1991-94, when the village was dissolved into the Town of Maryland, she was a trustee and village treasurer.

She was born May 10, 1926, in Cooperstown, the daughter of Charles and Mabel (Skillen) VanCuren.  She married Frederick E. Beams on Oct. 10, 1948, in Oneonta.  He predeceased her on Sept. 3, 1987.

Dorothy was the secretary for the Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus for over 25 years until her retirement in 1988.

Leland W. Utter, 87; Navy Veteran

IN MEMORIAM: Leland W. Utter, 87; Navy Veteran

Leland W. Utter, 87, of Lake City, Fla., and formerly of Schenevus, passed away Oct. 11, 2015,  at the New York State Veterans Home, Oxford.  He leaves survivors in Oneonta and Cooperstown.

He was born Nov. 14, 1927, in the Town of Maryland, the son of William H. and Ruby (Ritchey) Utter.

Schenevus Introduces Young To Vets’ Sacrifice

Schenevus Introduces Young To Vets’ Sacrifice

By LIBBY CUDMORE • allotsego.com

Edition of Thursday-Friday, Nov. 13-14, 2014

SCHENEVUS

Andrew Melendez, Luke Sweeney and Haylee Poliseno look over the Wall of Thanks in the cafeteria. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
Andrew Melendez, Luke Sweeney and Haylee Poliseno look over the Wall of Thanks in the cafeteria. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)

For Jay Palmer, Westford, Schenevus Central School’s annual Veterans Day breakfast isn’t just a meal – it’s a chance to remind the next generations about the price of freedom. “I come to show these young kids that a lot people gave their lives for the country they live in today,” he said. “Freedom isn’t free.”

Palmer, who was stationed at a U.S. naval base in Japan in 1958-67, was one of 45 veterans of Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan who attended the 14th annual breakfast Monday, Nov. 10. “This school has a long-standing history of hosting veterans for this breakfast,” said Jake Palmateer, ONC BOCES public relations specialist.

The 12th grade government class started the breakfast in 2000, but this year, the 50th anniversary of the U.S. escalation in Vietnam War, fourth-grade teachers Shannon Weir and Kathleen Walke wanted their pupils to deepen their understanding of soldiers’ sacrifice. “We talked about why we appreciate them and why we have tomorrow off,” said Weir. “They fought so that we could have the rights to the education they’re receiving.”

The fourth graders helped serve breakfast, sat with the veterans and put pins in the “Where Have You Been?” map to show where veterans were stationed around the world.

In addition, 420 students from pre-K to fourth grade replicated the Vietnam Memorial in the cafeteria, but instead of names of the deceased, they decorated the walls with pictures, poems and letters of thanks the veterans for their service. “We’re not in D.C. to see The Wall, so we created our own,” said Weir. “We want them to have that personal connection.”

The a cappella choir performed the National Anthem, and the high school band entertained diners with Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll” and “The Patriotic Spectacle.” And before the speakers began, the entire fourth grade lined up to read Cheryl Dyson’s poem, “Veteran’s Day.”

First Sgt. George Ost, a National Guardsman who served in Iraq, was the guest speaker, with his daughter, senior Danielle Ost, reading a poem to introduce him. “When I think of veterans, I think of Vietnam vets,” he said. “We appreciate our vets today, but we also need to think about our past.”

In addition, the Iroquois chapter of the DAR presented each veteran with a star cut from retired American flags, part of the national Stars For Our Troops program. “I met a woman who had worn hers in her helmet when she fought in Iraq,” said Roxanne Murray. “It inspired us to start giving them out last year.”

Since then, over 200 have been given to soldiers in Otsego County, and many have been sent to troops overseas.

“Seeing these soldiers shows them what it takes to be a good citizen,” said Weir. “It’s about being respectful, responsible and making sacrifices.”

“Our kids look up to you,” said Supt. of Schools Thomas Jennings told the vets. “And you’re the best example they have.”

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