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Springfield Parade, OHS Alumni Weekend Latest COVID Cancellations


Latest Cancellations:

Springfield 4th of July,

OHS Alumni Weekend

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield’s annual Fourth of July Parade, the second oldest continually running parades in the United States, has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, according to the Springfield 4th of July Committee.

The Oneonta Alumni Association has also cancelled its annual reunion, scheduled for October.

Sheriff’s Deputy Injured In Springfield Crash

Sheriff’s Deputy Injured

In Springfield Crash

Deputy James Mateunas

SPRINGFIELD – A Sheriff’s Deputy is in surgery following a two-car crash at the intersection of Route 80 and Route 20 in Springfield at around 3 p.m. this afternoon.

“Deputy James Mateunas sustained multiple fractures to his legs and is in surgery,” said Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. “His patrol vehicle was hit head-on.”

James A. Weeks Jr. 81;Dairy Farmer, 4th Of July Parade Marshal

IN MEMORIAM: James A. Weeks Jr. 81;

Dairy Farmer, 4th Of July Parade Marshal

SPRINGFIELD – James A. Weeks, Jr., grand marshal of the Springfield Center 2017 Fourth of July Parade and a lifelong dairy farmer, died Feb. 25, 2019, at Bassett Hospital, with his loving church family and close friends by his side.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1937, to Arnold and Mildred Weeks.  James was a graduate of Springfield Central School.  He lived his whole life on the family dairy farm, taking over the business when he came of age.

Three Homes Burn Over New Year’s Eve


3 Homes Burn

 New Year’s Eve 

Fly Creek firefighters battled a blaze that started in the chimney of a home on Route 80 early this morning. Overnight, two other homes burned down in Middlefield and Springfield. (Steve Baker/Contributed Photo)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Whipped by high winds, flames destroyed three homes in northern Otsego County overnight – in the towns of Middlefield, Springfield and Otsego.

At  9 p.m. New Year’s Eve, crews from the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department were called to 207 Rezen Road after a passerby called 911 on observing a home on fire.

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