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Ralph E. Pye, 96; World War II Air Force Veteran

IN MEMORIAM: Ralph E. Pye, 96;

Air Force Veteran Of World War II

Ralph Pye

SCHENEVUS – Ralph E. Pye, 96, Town of Maryland, a World War II Air Force combat veteran, passed away Jan. 11, 2020, with his devoted family at his side, at the state Veterans Home at Oxford, where he received outstanding care.

He was born March 29, 1923, in Dolgeville, son of the late Charles and Margaret (Hays) Pye.

Following high school graduation, Ralph enlisted with the military. He was a World War II Army Air Corps combat veteran, with the 459th Bomb Squadron, which conducted long-range bombing runs over Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia from its base in Germany.  He was honorably discharged on Jan. 10, 1946.

Betty McNerney, 77; Moved To Town Of Maryland In 2008

IN MEMORIAM: Betty McNerney, 77;

Moved To Town Of Maryland In 2008

MARYLAND – Elizabeth “Betty” Ann McNerney, 77, passed away suddenly on Jan. 4, 2020, at Bassett Hospital.

She was born Jan. 19, 1942, in The Bronx, the daughter of Alfred and Mary (Fisher) Pfraff.

Betty married Brian J. McNerney on May 20, 1981, aboard a boat in the middle of Port Jefferson Harbor. They lived in Lake Kanasatka, N.H., for 20 years, before moving to the Town of Maryland, “coming home to family” in 2008.

Athena ‘Ann’ Mileski; Caring Maryland Woman Dies At 53

IN MEMORIAM: Athena ‘Ann’ Mileski;

Caring Maryland Woman Dies At 53

Ann Mileski

MARYLAND – Athena I. “Ann” Mileski, 53, who enjoyed cooking, gardening and laughing with friends and neighbors, passed away Nov. 29, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

She was born June 2, 1966, in Cooperstown, the daughter of Richard and Irene (Decker) Beers.  She spent the majority of her life in the Otego area.

She married James B. Mileski on May 5, 2005 in Oneonta.

Most of Ann’s occupations involved caring for people, something she loved doing.

Joan B. Krpata, 88; ‘Nani’ Retired From County To Florida

IN MEMORIAM: Joan B. Krpata, 88;

‘Nani’ Retired From County To Florida

MARYLAND – Joan B. Krpata (Schnakenberg), affectionately known as “Nani,” passed away Aug.  27, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

She was born Aug. 13, 1931, in Hollis, Queens. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred, in September 1994.  Joan married Al in 1950 and they lived on Long Island until they moved to the Town of Maryland in 1971.  In 1992, after retirement, they moved to Boynton Beach, Fla.

Two Dozen Dead Cows Found on Town of Maryland Farm

2 Dozen Cows Dead

At Maryland Farm

Otsego County Sheriff’s deputies found more than two dozen dead cows in the barn of this Town of Maryland farm, on Route 7 right past Cooperstown Junction. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

The carcasses were found in this barn, some still tied up in their pens.

TOWN OF MARYLAND – The stench could be smelled for a mile.

More than two dozen dead cows in various states of decay were found in a barn on Route 7 in the Town of Maryland last night, after Otsego County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the conditions on the farm.

“It appears they all starved to death,” said Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. “There was no food or water. It’s despicable.”

15 live cattle, as well as goats and pigs, were seized from the farm, and another 17 were put into the pasture while arrangements for relocation were made.

Carolyn Williams, 88; Longtime Farmer In Town of Maryland

IN MEMORIAM: Carolyn Williams, 88;

Longtime Farmer In Town of Maryland

Carolyn Williams

MARYLAND – Carolyn Beverly Ross Williams, 88, of Maryland, a lifelong farmer and lover of animals, passed away Feb. 11, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.

She was born on Oct. 13, 1039.  A graduate of A.S. Draper High School, Schenevus; Carolyn married Thomas H. Williams in 1949 and spent time in Florida and Indiana before they returned to New York.


Scott W. Roland, 60, Maryland

IN MEMORIAM: Scott Roland, 60, Maryland

Scott W. Roland

SCHENEVUS – Scott W. Roland, 60, a Town of Maryland resident formerly of Niskayuna, died peacefully on Nov. 1, 2018.

A memorial gathering will take place on 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home in Oneonta, with a luncheon following.


Young Professionals Networking Mixer


NETWORKING – 6 – 8 p.m. Mixer featuring opportunity to sample beers, meet other young professionals, maybe win a door prize with Young Professionals Network of Otsego County. Cooperstown Brewing Company, 110 River St., Milford. 607-432-4500 or visit

RUMMAGE SALE – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find good used clothing for women, girls, children, toddlers, babies, men, boys. Also, sheets, blankets, beach towels, bath towels, linens, curtains, kitchen utensils, toys, games, jewelry, more. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. E-mail joycejones@stny.rr.comor visit


Memorial Concert ‘Musical Moods’


MEMORIAL CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Performance of “Musical Moods – Meditative to Manic” with Timothy Perry and Margaret (Pej) Reitz, performing on clarinet and piano. Free, open to public. RM 201 Fine Arts Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-3419.

BOOK CLUB – 6 – 7 p.m. Discuss novel ‘Eleni’ by Nicholas Gage. Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or visit

Maryland Women Arrested For Hit-and-Run

Maryland Women Arrested

For Milford Hit-and-Run

MILFORD – A Town of Maryland woman was arrested by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department for fleeing the scene of an accident after she struck a Milford woman walking along the side of State Highway 7 near the intersection of County Highway 58A.

Mindy Stevens, 35, allegedly struck Evelyn Ruiz, 29, with her car after traveling into the road’s shoulder, where Ruiz was walking west with the flow of traffic, alongside Jermaine Weir, 21. Stevens then allegedly fled the scene without stopping.

Thomas W. Eklund, 70; Vietnam Vet Built Cabinets, Homes, More

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas W. Eklund, 70;

Vietnam Vet Built Cabinets, Homes, More

Thomas W. Eklund

MARYLAND – Thomas W. Eklund, 70, whose creativity ranged from building houses and cabinets to building guitars, passed away at home after a long struggle with cancer on Jan. 13, 2018.

Thomas was born on Dec. 5, 1947 in Stamford, son of Robert and Pauline Eklund. Tom grew up in Davenport and graduated from Stamford Central School.  He then attended drafting school prior to joining the Navy and serving during the Vietnam War.

Thomas married Deborah Ingalls in 1999.

Donna J. (Reed) Leven, 85; Raised 6 Children, Worked For Bell Telephone

IN MEMORIAM:  Donna J. (Reed) Leven, 85;

Raised 6 Children, Bell Telephone Operator

Donna Joyce Leven

MARYLAND – Donna Joyce (Reed) Leven, 85, who raised six children, and worked as a telephone operator and in local retail, passed away at her Town of Maryland home on Dec. 2, 2017, following a long illness.

Born on Sept. 2, 1932. in Oneonta, Donna was the daughter of the late Clifford and Phyrn Reed.
A homemaker, she raised six children, was also employed by Bell Telephone and was a member of the Pioneer Club of retired telephone operators, and was display manager for local stores.




Fatal Accident Occurs In Town Of Maryland

SCHENEVUS – At approximately 4 a.m. today, a SUNY Cobleskill student died in a car crash involving six students on Interstate 88 in the Town of Maryland, the college reported.

The fatality is Douglas Alvarez, 19, of Mamaroneck, Westchester County.  He was a first-year Business Administration student. All other students are either being treated at area hospitals or have been released, the college reported.  Details are emerging. New York State Police are investigating.

Pauline ‘Polly’ Cole, 86; Town Tax Collector, News Correspondent

IN MEMORIAM: Pauline ‘Polly’ Cole, 86;

Town Tax Collector, News Correspondent

ONEONTA – Pauline “Polly” Ellen Lasher Cole, 86, longtime Town of Maryland tax collector who wrote a community news column for the former Worcester Times, passed away Oct. 25, 2016, at Fox Nursing Home.

She was born March 6, 1930 in Oneonta, the daughter of Smith and Evelyn (Masker) Lasher.  Polly married Richard Cole on Oct. 16, 1948, at the Portlandville Methodist Church.

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