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Generosity Guarantees Baby Goats Have Goats


Generosity Guarantees

Baby Goats Have Coats

Kathy and Tim Peters baby goats – four of them were born Monday – will be nice and cozy in tonight’s cold snap, thanks to people’s generosity and concern.  With the cold weather upcoming, Kathy earlier this week posted a request for small-dog coats on Celebrate Cooperstown, and the response quickly filled the need.  “I’ve already gotten eight coats donated and there are more for the asking if I need them, but eight is good for me,” the Schuyler Lake farmer said, adding “thank you, thank you, thank you!”  The photo shows two of the goats warmly wrapped. (Kathy Peters photo)
Lifenet On Scene Of Exeter ATV Crash

LifeNet, EMTs On Scene

Of Exeter ATV Crash

Brooke McCord, 16, is loaded into an ambulance after an ATV crash in Exeter. Fire and EMS squads from Fly Creek, Schuyler Lake also responded. (Larissa Ryan/

By LARISSA RYAN • Special to

McCord’s boyfriend, Robbie Brykailo, was transported to Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, with injuries to his head and chest.

EXETER – Two teenagers were injured in an ATV crash in Exeter this afternoon, Robert O’Brien, director, Otsego County 911 has confirmed.

According to John Seamon, his granddaughter Brooke McCord, 16, was riding a large ATV with her boyfriend, Robbie Brykailo, 16 on Dan Seamon’s property near the intersections of County Routes 23 and 24 in Exeter. When they attempted to go over a four-foot jump, they crashed the ATV.

IN MEMORIAM: Clarence G. Travis, 47; Man Of Many Talents

Clarence G. Travis, 47;

Man Of Many Talents

Clarence Travis

SCHUYLER LAKE – Clarence G. Travis, 47, a Chobani employee who enjoyed woodworking and other crafts, died Wednesday, March 25, at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Utica, following a motor vehicle accident. 

He was born on July 26, 1972 in Poughkeepsie, son of Bob Travis of Newburgh and the late Helen King Travis. Clarence was raised in Newburgh and graduated from Newburgh High School.

On Oct. 29, 2000, he was united in marriage to the former Shannon Donnelly in Richfield. He had worked as a fork lift operator for Chobani Yogurt in South Edmeston.

Man Struck By Tractor Trailer In Schuyler Lake

Man Struck By

Tractor Trailer

In Schuyler Lake

State police investigate the scene of a man who was struck by a tractor trailer on County Road 22 in Schuyler Lake.

SCHUYLER LAKE – A man was seriously injured after was struck by a tractor trailer driving on County Road 22 in Schuyler Lake.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, a tractor trailer with a dump trailer was traveling east on County Road 22 when an adult male pedestrian entered the roadway and was struck by the vehicle. Troopers were dispatched to the scene at 1:44 p.m.

Loose Stovepipe Started Fire, Reports Schuyler Lake FD

Loose Stovepipe Starts Fire,

Schuyler Lake VFD Reports

Capt. Ryan Strong, of the Richfield Springs Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene of a fire in Schuyler Lake. The fire, which started in a loose woodstove pipe, was quickly contained. With him is Alan Steere, a Schuyler Lake VFD firefighter. (James Cummings/

SCHUYLER LAKE – A loose wood stove pipe caused a house fire earlier this afternoon on County Route 22 in the Hamlet of Schuyler Lake.

The fire, at the home of Tom Donnelly, was reportedly caused by a loose fitting on a wood stove. The leak from the stove and resulting heat caught the house’s wallpaper on fire.

Duane N. Young, 64; Schuyler Lake Man Worked On Farms

IN MEMORIAM: Duane N. Young, 64;

Schuyler Lake Man Worked On Farms

Duane Young

SCHUYLER LAKE — Duane N. Young, 64, of Route 28, a farmer who held several other kinds of jobs in Northern Otsego County, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Valley Health Services, Herkimer.

Duane was born on March 5, 1955, in Cooperstown a son to the late Leonard and Roberta Tyler Young. He was raised and educated in Richfield Springs.

Duane was best known as a dairy farmer who worked on several farms and also held many other jobs. He worked Titan Homes in Sangerfield, Daimler Bus in Oriskany, L’Hommdieu  Farm in Richfield, and lastly for Chobani in New Berlin until he retired.

Thomas Blau Jr., Schuyler Lake, Retired County Probation Chief


Thomas Blau Jr., Schuyler Lake,

Retired County Probation Chief

Retired since 1994, thomas Blau enjoyed horse-racing and the New York Yankees.

SCHUYLER LAKE – Thomas Blau Jr. of Schuyler Lake, retired director of the Otsego County Department of Probation, died peacefully at home on June 25, 2019, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Union City, N.J., on Aug. 13, 1931, to Thomas Sr. and Anna Blau.

Tom grew up in Rockville Centre, L.I., and attended Saint Paul’s School, Garden City. He received his bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry from the University of Maine in 1954.

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