Vince Casale happened upon this black bear last evening on Bed Bug Road, Town of Otsego. After a winter of hibernation, this is the time of year – about mid-March – that bear-spotting peaks. If you’ve spotted a bear lately, and have a photo or video, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
HISTORICAL SOCIETY WINS RECOGNITION
By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
After losing his mother to appendicitis in the spring of 1921 at age 7, Arrie Hecox of Fly Creek found solace in Amelia Earhart three years later.
Walking back and forth to school, Hecox spotted Earhart, then in her 20s, at the inn that neighbored his family’s farm on Route 28.
“As you did in that time, they introduced themselves,” Arrie Hecox’s grandson, Michael Baker said.
In later years, Hecox told his story to newspaper columnist Jim Atwell, who included it in his 2004 book, “From Fly Creek: Celebrating Life in Leatherstocking Country.”
“What are you reading?” Hecox asked the young woman in a khaki shirt, jodhpurs and boot, who was seated under an apple tree.
“A book about airplanes,” she replied with a smile.
Earhart sojourn and what became the Famulare family’s farm in the 1940’s is about to be memorialized.
The Fly Creek Historical Society announced its application for a “Legends & Lore” marker has been approved by the Pomeroy Foundation, and will be erected later this year.
That’s the historical society’s sixth Legends & Lore marker. Sherlee Rathbone, society president, said that means the Town of Otsego, where Fly Creek is located, has more than any community in the state.
The others memorialize David Shipman, inspiration for James Fenimore Cooper’s Natty Bumppo, as well as Cattown Road, Honey Joe Road, Bed Bug Hill and Panther Mountain.
Mary Winne, who lives on nearby Johnston Road, is a Famulare and was raised in the white clapboard cape across 28 from Simple Integrity’s headquarters.
When her family moved into the house in the 1940s, the living room had been divided into three bedrooms, she said; her parents concluded it had been a rooming house.
It’s also thought, she continued, that Earhart, the first woman aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, was friendly with aviators at an a airstrip in Frankfort, down in the Mohawk Valley, which kept her around for a while.
As Atwell related it, Hecox considered Earhart, who would disappear in 1937 trying to fly over the Pacific, the “first love of (his) life.”
“When my grandfather heard (Earhart) went missing, he said he felt it in his heart that she was gone from this world,” said Baker.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – James S. Ainslie, 93, of Ainslie Road, Town of Otsego, a farmer and longtime rural mail carrier, passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 9, 2020, while being transported to the hospital.
His family regrets they could not be with him due to COVID-19 restrictions; he will be greatly missed. A kind, giving man, loving husband, grandfather and dedicated father, he would do anything to help family, neighbors and friends.
He was born on July 4, 1927, to Edna and William Ainslee. In addition to her parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of over 60 years, Effie (Locke), as well as brothers Harold Ainslie and Leo McLean.
Firefighters Called To Christian Hill,
Where Wood Bull Loses Stored Antiques
Cooperstown firefighter Henry Stewart, top left, and Fire Captain Chris Satriano watch for flare-ups after a fast-moving fire leveled Kip Coburn’s barn this evening at 324 Williams Road on Christian Hill, Town of Otsego. Coburn operates Wood Bull Antiques on Route 28, Milford, and said today the barn was used to store overflow antiques from that operation; all were lost. Coburn’s son said the only animals in the barn were chickens, and they escaped to safety. Inset, Cooperstown’s second assistant chief, Kevin Preston, moves debris to allow the flames to burn out. Firefighters responded from Fly Creek, Hartwick, Hartwick Seminary, Schuyler Lake and Richfield Springs, as well as Cooperstown. “They toned us all,” said Cooperstown firefighter Frank Capozza. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Kiernan Runs Again; Marc Heller Enters Politics
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Democrats in the two towns that serve the Village of Cooperstown – Otsego and Middlefield – were fast out of the gate this morning as the county Board of Elections began accepting petitions at 9 a.m. for the Nov. 5 elections.
In the Town of Otsego (including Cooperstown west of the Susquehanna, incumbent Supervisor Meg Kiernan filed to run again, and two newcomers submitted petitions for Town Board seats: Suzanne Johnson and Matthew Zwissler.
COOPERSTOWN – Joseph A. Eccles, 73, who retired to the Cooperstown area after 30 years with UPS, died Tuesday April 17, 2018 at Bassett Hospital in the company of his loving family.
Born in Glen Cove, L.I., he grew up in Glen Head and graduated from North Shore High School in the Class of 1962. He enlisted in the Army in 1965, serving his country until 1971. He married Ellen Wapniarski in Westbury in 1987. They moved to the Cooperstown area in 2000, residing on Route 80, Town of Otsego.
ELECTION NIGHT 2016
An Otsego Town Board proposal to professionalize the roads chief position was roundly defeated, 899 (56.76 percent) to 685 (43.24 percent), in today’s balloting.
Town Supervisor Meg Kiernan, who returned to the town’s top job Jan. 1, after a four-year hiatus, had proposed and championed the idea, arguing running a highway department has become more complex in recent years.
ONEONTA – An Oneonta woman was arrested for driving while impaired by drugs after she drove her car off Route 28 in the Town of Otsego, state police report.
The suspect is Deborah Perkins, 53. An investigation determined that Perkins was driving while impaired by drugs when she crashed, and a search revealed that she unlawfully possessed about six grams of marijuana, troopers said.
In situations like this, those who are being charged with DUI and various other offenses may wish to seek out legal defense, like the lawyers at Simon Law Group, to help achieve a more favorable outcome when the matter is taken to court. Depending on the outcome of her case, she may leave with a suspended license, and in time she may be able to get her license reinstated with the aid of SR22 insurance. Read more about SR22 in this article.
OTSEGO – A Town of Otsego Highway Department worker was killed Monday morning when he was struck by a falling tree.
Adam C. Burgess, 27, of Laurens, was working on Bissell Road in the Town of Otsego on Monday, Nov. 23 as part of a three-man crew cutting and clearing roadside trees when he was accidentally struck by a falling tree. He was transported to Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and pronounced deceased at 10:40 a.m. by Dr. Luis Oceguerra from injuries consisting of a skull fracture.
Otsego County Coroner James Dow advised that no autopsy would be performed.
Reval Notices Arrive In Cooperstown,
But It Doesn’t Mean Taxes Will Rise
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.allotsego.com
COOPERSTOWN – If you own a downtown business or high-end mansion, your property taxes may be going up, but don’t jump to any premature conclusions, according to Mayor Jeff Katz.
Property owners in the Village of Cooperstown and Town of Otsego have begun receiving new assessment notices in their mailboxes in the past few days, the result of a joint village-town assessment underway over the past few months.
Some assessments are up, some are down and some are about the same, said Katz, but he cautioned property owners: Whatever happens to your assessment, it may not reflect in the amount of taxes you pay.
Highway Crew In Near-Poverty As Town Officials Get Raises
Edition of Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28, 2014
To the Editor:
Now is the time of year when towns approve their annual budgets for the coming year, and Town of Otsego residents should be aware of what was approved on Nov. 12. Raises have been awarded to some elected officials and part-time administrative employees, yet our hard-working, full-time, highway crew starts at a very low hourly wage, which has cost the town some good employees as they have sought better pay with neighboring Towns.
Our town clerk is scheduled to receive a raise to $26,339.00 per year for only 16 hours of work a week, plus a monthly board meeting! The assessor will receive $27,000 for office hours of one day a week for our town with a population of 3,900, compared to the Town of Oneonta at $20,808 with a population of 5229! The Town of Otsego’s part-time court clerk is to receive $23,000 PLUS an additional $4,000 for yet another part-timer to help process parking tickets for the Village of Cooperstown.
These raises come as a slap in the face to our full-time, year-‘round highway crew members who are living on the edge of poverty. One crew member spoke at the budget meeting, outlining our pay rates as compared to adjacent towns. It is pathetic that our men are paid a wage so low that they are forced live on the edge of poverty and elected officials and part-time office help receive huge wages.
The primary role of the supervisor and Town Board members is fiduciary. It seems their number one concern is the amount of solar panels needed on the Town Office Building and the relentless anti-hydrofracking drum beating. In light of all the recent court decisions defending home rule, you would think that they could clear their heads and think about their primary job – money management!