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Virginia B. Miner Oct. 7, 1936-Feb. 23, 2021


Virginia B. Miner

Oct. 7, 1936-Feb. 23, 2021

Virginia Miner

SIDNEY – A good person, a well-lived life.

Ginny traveled many miles since she was the only student in her grade at the one-room school in Colchester, part of the Walton School District. Later, she attended Franklin Central School and graduated at age 16 from Sidney, where the business courses and bookkeeping prepared her well for the future.

Her first job was at Public & Loan in Sidney, and then a bookkeeper at Hotaling Ford Sales, where she fell in love with cars.  She was very proud of her 34-year career at New York State Electric & Gas, attaining the highest Customer Service Representative A position.

Otsego Area Recruit Graduates From Parris Island This Week

Otsego Area Recruit Graduates

From Parris Island This Week

Marine Corps recruit Adrian Anderson, a June graduate of Sidney Central School, participates in exercises at the Marines’ Parris Island boot camp prior to his graduation this Wednesday, Nov. 25.  He’s the son of Charles and Jennifer Anderson.  “It’s what he’s always wanted,” said the father.  “He always wanted to serve his country.  He was obsessed with service.”  One example: When Sidney Central cancelled its class trip this year, it distributed funds raised, about $100 each, to the students.  Adrian and his girlfriend, Sycylle Kolic, now a student at Hartwick College, spent their share on buying dog and cat food, which they contributed to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary.  The Marine has an older brother, Dorian, and younger sister, Airiana.  Due to COVID, the family will be watching the graduation virtually. Adrian will be assigned to a CBRN unit, part of the Defense Department’s Chemical, Bioligical, Radiological, Nuclear Defense Operational Advisory Group.
Vincent J. DiGiglio, 28 Sept. 14, 1991-May 17, 2020


Vincent J. DiGiglio, 28

Sept. 14, 1991-May 17, 2020

SIDNEY – Vincent J. DiGiglio, 28, of Sidney passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at his home.

He was born Sept. 14, 1991 in Kingman, Ariz., the son of Steven J. and Karlene (Lloyd) DiGiglio.

Vincent graduated from Oneonta Christian School and then attended culinary classes at SUNY Delhi.

He was a proud stay at home dad to Cooper.

ACCO Furloughs Most Of Workforce

ACCO Furloughs

Most Of Workforce

3 Counties Brace For Impact

Of Calendar Maker’s Layoffs

Calendar-marker ACCO’s Sidney plant was formerly home to Mead Westvaco and At-A-Glance.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Mayor Matviak

SIDNEY –  ACCO’s Sidney plant announced plans yesterday to lay off the majority of their workforce within the coming days, according to reports, as manufacturing is suspended during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Anything like this is going to have a devastating effect on the community,” said Village of Sidney Mayor Andrew Matviak. “It’s a challenging time for everyone.”

Fox Will Handle Nighttime Sidney ER Calls In Oneonta

Fox Will Handle Nighttime

Sidney ER Calls In Oneonta

SIDNEY– Effective May 1, Fox Hospital’s Tri-Town Campus in Sidney, part of Bassett Healthcare Network, will be shifted to a daytime schedule, with emergency services available only from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

“A physician-staffed emergency department, laboratory, and radiology services will remain available at Fox’s Tri-Town Campus, along with a variety of specialty services including orthopedic care,” said Fox Hospital President Jeff Joyner. “Patients who need a higher level of care will continue to be transported to the closest acute care hospital appropriate to their medical condition.”

Sonya Skoglund, 34; Home Health Aide, Daughter Survives

IN MEMORIAM: Sonya Skoglund, 34;

Home Health Aide; Daughter Survives

Sonya Skoglund

SOUTH NEW BERLIN – Sonya Ann Skoglund, 34, a certified nursing assistant, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020.

Sonya was born on Aug. 14, 1985, in Oneonta and was a daughter of Peter Skoglund and Ann Marie Wright. She graduated from Sidney High School, Class of 2003, and went on to take a CNA course for certification.

Sonya worked tirelessly as a CNA and Certified Home Health Aide for several agencies in the area. Her reward was helping people in need. She always commented on her one on one care with people and how she became bonded with them.

Edward Ziobro Jr., 69; Accountant At Amphenol For 35 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Edward Ziobro Jr., 69;

Accountant At Amphenol For 35 Years

Ed Ziobro

MOUNT UPTON – Edward Ziobro Jr., 69, of Mount Upton, an accountant at Amphenol for 35 years, passed away on Jan. 2, 2020, at Fox Hospital in Oneonta.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Melody; and his three daughters who were his pride and joy and his greatest achievement, Heather Ziobro of Auburn, Heidi Ziobro and her husband, Sinan Erzurumlu of Needham, Massachusetts and Hayle Ziobro and her partner, Amber Benlian of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Evren and Esra Ziobro Erzurumlu and Olive and Maezie Ziobro.

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.

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