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Jason Corey, 35; Succumbs After Battle With Cancer

IN MEMORIAM: Jason Corey, 35;

Succumbs After Battle With Cancer

Jason Corey

SIDNEY – Jason Corey, 35, passed away with his family by his side on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

Jason fought a long hard battle with choroidal metastatic melanoma with great courage and silent dignity.

He will always be remembered for his courageous smile, creative mind and loving generosity. Jason took great pride in his gardening skills, was a MacGyver with his innovations, loved his music, playing his guitars and spending his time entertaining and playing with his precious little boy.

Jason married Lisa Jordan on Sept. 29, 2018. She survives him.

Jason was born Jan. 25, 1984, in Binghamton. He started working for Gavin’s Pizza while still in high school, and continued after graduation. Mike Gavin remained his mentor and close friend until his passing. Before he became ill, Jason co-owned Two Doughboys, the Sidney pizza parlor, and then was employed by Bassett Hospital as an environmental technician.

David Dean Erbe, 74; OHS Grad Signed With Minnesota Twins

IN MEMORIAM: David Dean Erbe, 74;

OHS Grad Signed With Minnesota Twins

David Erbe

SIDNEY – David Dean Erbe, 74, who signed with the Minnesota Twins to play professional baseball after graduating from Oneonta High School, died April 8, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Born March 14, 1945, in Cooperstown, he was a relief pitcher in the Twins’ minor league organization in 1966.

He later lived in Sidney for many years, working for Custom Electronics in Oneonta, Amphenol/Bendix in Sidney, and retired from Corning’s Oneonta plant.

Pastors, Officials Offer Support To Local Sufis

Pastors, Officials Offer

Support To Local Sufis

A Cooperstown contingent – seated from left, Methodist Pastor Tom LeBeau, and Presbyterians Carol Beechy and Pastor Elsie Roades – attended Sunday evening’s service of solidarity at the Sufi community in Sidney.  (Ian Austin/

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to

Attendees include the Rev. Craig Schwallenberg, pastor of Oneonta’s UU Church.

SIDNEY CENTER – Spiritual leaders, mayors, law-enforcement officers, friends and neighbors gathered Sunday evening at the Sufi Muslim community of Osmanli Dergahi here to express solidarity after the mass shooting in Christ Church, New Zealand.

“You coming here shows you care.” said Junaid Khan, a leader of the community. “Facebook, twitter, they don’t matter. Thank you for taking action and coming here. It means a lot to us.”

A gunman entered Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch during Friday Prayer on March 15 and shot almost 100 worshipers, killing 50, in the worst mass shooting in that nation’s history.

Larry T. Beers, Sidney; Army Veteran Retired From Mirabito

IN MEMORIAM: Larry T. Beers, Sidney;

Army Veteran Retired From Mirabito

Larry Beers

SIDNEY – Larry T. Beers, 68, of Sidney, an Army veteran who retired from Mirabito Energy Products,  passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born Aug. 24, 1950, son of the late Victor and Florence (Fletcher) Beers in Sidney.

Larry served his country in the Army in 1970-71 and was honorably discharged.

Walter E. Backus, 88; Korean War  Vet, Union Leader At Scintilla

IN MEMORIAM: Walter E. Backus, 88;

Korean War Vet, Union Leader At Scintilla

Walter E. Backus

SIDNEY – Walter Edmund Backus, 88, a Korean War veteran and union leader during 40 years at Scintilla (Amphenol) passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in the comfort of his home.

Walt was born in 1930 and graduated from Bainbridge-Guilford High School in 1947.

Shortly after, he enlisted in the Army; he was discharged in July 1950. Walt was recalled to active duty on Nov. 2, 1950 and sent to Fort Hood,  Texas, for eight weeks of advanced combat training.

Gale Renee Walker, 62; Resided 7 Years At Former Otsego Manor

IN MEMORIAM: Gale Renee Walker, 62;

Resided 7 Years At Former Otsego Manor

Gale Renee Walker

SIDNEY – Gale Renee Walker, who resided in Centers Healthcare, Cooperstown, for the past seven years, took the hand of our Lord and ascended into heaven on Jan. 17.

Gale was born and raised in Sidney, the precious daughter of William and Esther Walker. Gale was a big sister to Keith, Kimberly and Thomas and a sister-in-law to their spouses Pam Walker, Larry Crowe and Renee Walker.

Paul A. Beames, 73, Sidney; Retired From Marines, Scouts

Paul A. Beames, 73, Sidney;

Retired From Marines, Scouts

Paul A. Beames and his dog Buddy.

SIDNEY – Paul Arthur Beames, 73, a Marine lieutenant colonel who on retirement pursued a second career with the Boy Scouts of America, passed away on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 at his home in Sidney.

After retiring from Scouting, he served locally on the executive committee of the Leatherstocking Council BSA.

He was born on Sept. 19, 1945, son of Ralph O. and Irene (Lent) Beames at The Hospital in Sidney.

He graduated from Sidney Central School, Class of 1963, and attended SUNY Oneonta, receiving a bachelor’s in 1968 and master’s in counseling in 1979.

Sidney Animal Shelter Saves ‘Florence’ Dogs

Animal Rescue Saves

Dogs From Florence

2 Due To Arrive In Oneonta Saturday

Hobbs is one of four dogs being rescued from a South Carolina shelter in the path of Hurricane Florence. He is due in Oneonta Saturday.

SIDNEY Today, Sidney’s Pibbles & More Animal Rescue (PMAR) announced a partnership with a North Carolina animal shelter that needs to evacuate shelter animals due to impending Hurricane Florence.

Saturday, two of the four dogs, Allie and Hobbs, will arrive in New York. They will welcomed by volunteer foster care homes in the Oneonta area. Allie and Hobbs will stay with their foster homes where they will be available for adoption. The other two dogs will be in foster care volunteer homes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

William Barse, 66; Sidney Truck Driver Died In Crash

IN MEMORIAM: William Barse, 66;

Sidney Truck Driver Died In Crash

William Barse

SIDNEY – Funeral services are scheduled for William Barse, 66, Sidney, the truck driver who died in a truck accident Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at a quarry in Deposit.

He was born Sept. 6, 1951, in Sidney, son of the late Benjamin and Isabel (Nichols) Barse.

Bill worked with his father and later owned Ben’s Mobile and Manufactured Homes in Unadilla. He was a truck driver, driving wide loads and over the road most of his life. For the last three years, he drove for Schaeffer Enterprises in Deposit to be closer to home.

Truck Driver Killed At Deposit Quarry

Sidney Truck Driver

Dies In Quarry Crash

DEPOSIT – A 66-year-old Sidney man was killed yesterday when he was thrown from his truck following an accident on  a quarry access road in the Town of Deposit.

At 9:30 a.m., state police were dispatched to the scene off State Route 8 near Mills Road, Town of Deposit, following reports of a motor vehicle accident with serious physical injury. Upon their arrive, they found William B. Barse deceased at the scene.

Crash Claims Life Of Unadilla Man


Crash Kills Unadilla Man;

4th Local Fatality In 4 Days

SIDNEY – A Unadilla man died in a car crash early today on River Road here, the fourth fatal crash involving local people in as many days.

Troopers report Jason R. Cunningham, 39, of Unadilla, was driving a van west on River Road when he entered a sharp curve, drifted into the eastbound lane and collided with an eastbound pickup truck, driven by Matthias J. Wesner, 35, also of Unadilla.

Yesterday, a Cooperstown man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Route 11, Hartwick, and Sunday a husband and wife riding a motorcycle died in a crash in Warren, just across the Herkimer County line; a Cooperstown man was injured in that three-car chain reaction.

Karl Anderson, 94; Oneonta Native Was Scintilla Retiree

IN MEMORIAM: Karl Anderson, 94;

Oneonta Native Was Scintilla Retiree

ONEONTA – Oneonta native Karl Baker Anderson, 94, who lived in Sidney during his four-decade career at Scintilla, passed away, April 23, 2016, in the Fox Nursing Home, where he made his home for the past several years.

Karl was born on Aug. 8, 1921, to Maybelle and Basil Anderson in Oneonta. On March 5, 1944, he was married to Shirley Hubbell in Oneonta. They had four children.

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