SCHUYLER LAKE – Nicholas Charles Kelly, 64, for 17 years a lineman with Otsego Electric Cooperative, died Monday afternoon, July 31, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Nick was born Jan. 30, 1953, at Bassett Hospital, first born and only son of Charles W. and Dorothy P. (Oblak) Kelly. Nick grew up on the family farm where he worked alongside his father and grandfather “JW”. He graduated from Richfield Springs Central School, where he excelled in basketball and baseball.
Following graduation, he worked with his Dad drilling wells and cutting logs before joining Otsego Electric Cooperative in Hartwick at a lineman. In the fall of 2000, a disability led to Nick’s early retirement.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Joan Willard Atkins, 81, a former teacher in Richfield Springs, passed away Monday July 17, 2017, in Cortland Regional Medical Center, with her family by her side.
She was born on Dec. 4, 1935, in Orchard Park, daughter of the late George E. and Florence Fisher Willard. Joan was raised in Orchard Park and was a graduate of Orchard Park High School. She received a bachelor’s in education at SUNY Cortland.
WOMEN’S FILM SERIES – 7 p.m. The final film in the Women’s Liberation series will be “He Named Me Malala.” It tells the story of Malala Yousafzai who survived a murder attempt by a Taliban gunman and went on to become an activist for Human Rights, especially female education. The First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/ctownfirstbaptist/
CHILI CONTEST – 1-3 p.m. Try all the chili and corn bread and decide which is the best. Includes music by John Hopper and some crafters. Hartwick Community Center, 450 Co Rd 11, Hartwick. Info, call Caren Kelsey (607)293-7530
CONCERT – 3 p.m. Oneonta Community Concert band presents its annual “Summertime in Winter” concert featuring numbers like “Hail to the Spirit of Liberty”, “I’ve Made My Plans for the Summer”, and “Our Flirtations.” Free and open to the public. Fox Care Center, Oneonta. Info, 437-1052
TOURNAMENT – 4 p.m. Valentine “Hearts” Tournament to benefit Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Trophies and door prizes awarded, with beverages and food available. Cooperstown Beverage Exchange, 73 Main St, Cooperstown. Info, susquehannaanimalshelter.org/category/events/
We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.
CONCERT – 3 p.m. “Christmas in the Catskills: Songs of the Season” the winter concert of the Catskill Chamber Singers. Unitarian Universalist Church, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, Emma Kirsch (607)433-0999, or visit www.catskillchambersingers.com
YULETIDE CELEBRATION – 1-4 p.m. Hunt for the Yule log and then settle in for an afternoon of arts and crafts for the whole family. SUNY Oneonta College Camp, off upper East St.,Oneonta. one mile from intersection of Bugbee Rd. and East St., Oneonta. Info, 436-3455
WASSAIL WEEKEND – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Demonstration on how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday drink. Savory spices blended with sweet cider at The Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Info, 1-800-505-6455, flycreekcidermill.com
THEATER – 2 p.m. High School musical, “Into the Woods.” Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstowncs.org
ART EXHIBIT – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drawings “Life on the Family Farm in the 40s & 50s” by Lavern Kelly. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. Info, (607)547-5327 or email email@example.com or visit the FACEBOOK page.
SOUP! – 11 a.m.-2 p.m., “Second Sunday Soup,” serving homemade hot soup every 2nd Sunday of month. Takeout available. All welcome, donations appreciated. At the Polly House (next to the Fire House), Schuyler Lake. More info at lollywinne.wix.com/littlewhitechurch
FILM SERIES – 9:30 a.m.-Noon. “ Brunch and Discussion with Peter Rutkoff, “The Language You Cry In.” Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Info, glimmerglassfilmdays.org/films-events.
SCHUYLER LAKE – Approximately 440 trees and shrubs were planted by 10 volunteers along the edge of Herkimer Creek as it runs past Kathy & Tim Peters’ Schuyler Lake farmstead this morning.
“We need to build up over 10,000 acres of riparian forest buffer across New York to help solve the problem of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay,” said Lydia Brinkley, Riparian Buffer Forest Coordinator for the Upper Susquehanna Coalition. “Having trees and plants next to streams is one of the most effective practices for reducing runoff and creating habitats.”
SCHUYLER LAKE – State Police at Richfield Springs reported yesterday they are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash in the Town of Exeter at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
An investigation determined that Herbert L. Black, 86, of Remsen, was operating his 1998 Honda Valkyrie motorcycle northbound on Route 28 when he entered a curve in the roadway.
Black was unable to maintain his lane and struck a street sign on the east shoulder. He was ejected and suffered serious injuries to his head, neck and chest.
Black was transported by Richfield Springs EMS to Bassett Hospital where he was pronounced deceased by Dr. Rebecca Barnes at 5:48p.m. Otsego County Coroner James Dow advised no autopsy would be required.
SCHUYLER LAKE – The Otsego Land Trust announced today it has partnered with landowners Kathleen and Timothy Peters to protect 23 acres of land along Route 28 in Schuyler Lake.
Herkimer Creek, a main tributary to Canadarago Lake, runs for a substantial distance through the Peters’ property. The creek, its associated flood plain, and riparian areas are filled with diverse plants and wildlife habitats.
“Herkimer Creek’s connection to Canadarago Lake makes it part of our all important regional watershed system,” said Virginia Kennedy, Land Trust executive director. “From the Creek to the lake to Oaks Creek to the Susquehanna to the Chesapeake Bay, all of our waters here are tied into to the huge Chesapeake Bay Watershed, providing our drinking water and water for millions downstream. By protecting their section of Herkimer Creek, the Peters have made an important contribution to keeping our water clean.”