COMMUNITY VOICES Five immigrants now living in the area—Al Amendolare (Frankfort), Natalia McPherson (Index), Paula Rudloff (Cooperstown), Emelia Williams (Index), and Cristina Hansen Ruiz (Cooperstown)—shared their personal experiences of adjusting to life in the United States during a panel discussion held on Sunday, January 22 at the Village Library of Cooperstown. The panelists, hailing from various countries, spoke about the cultural differences they faced, as well as the struggles with racism and discrimination some of them encountered. They also provided insight into the challenges they and their ancestors faced in getting established in this country. Despite these difficulties, the panelists expressed gratitude for the welcoming and helpful community they have found. Panelists also took questions and comments from the audience. This event, part of the Sunday Speaker Series, was presented by The Friends of the Village Library. Photo by Alex Torres
The Unadilla Community Farm in West Edmeston, established in 2014, is a nonprofit whose mission is providing space for the teaching and practice of sustainable skills in agriculture, natural building, and food equity.
The farm was an abandoned corn field, now transformed into an edible food forest. It grows 200 varieties of annual and perennial products, using sustainable techniques. It uses a diversity of conservation practices, such as rainwater collection, multi-story and alley cropping, no-till management, wildlife habitat planting, heavy mulching, on-site composting, crop rotation, and high tunnels.
WEST EDMESTON – Marguerite Ann Bueche, 84, who moved to West Edmeston in 2018 to be near family, passed away Wednesday July 1, 2020, at the home of her son.
Marguerite was born on July 28, 1935, in Richmond Hill, Queens, the daughter of the late Norman and Marguerite Gunn. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Valentine “Val” Bueche, and brothers Richard and Jack Gunn.
She is survived by sons Mark (Jen) Bueche of West Edmeston, and Jeff Bueche of Florida. Also surviving are her grandchildren Charlie (Ashley) Bueche, Jim Bueche, and Ashley Bueche, and many nieces and nephews.
WEST EDMESTON – Elizabeth M. Welch, 83, passed away on March 7, 2017.
She is survived by her children; Richard (Ginny) Ruffles, Farrell Ruffles, Allen (Lisa) Ruffles, and Pamela (Michael) Simmons, her 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was pre deceased by her son Jeffrey Ruffles.
WEST EDMESTON – Funeral services were yesterday for Pastor Ernest Elwood Clemens, 92, who passed away on Nov. 9, 2016 at Chase Memorial Nursing Home in New Berlin.
Ernie was born on Sept. 22, 1924, in South Ilion, the son of Roy William & Sarah Ruth (Alvord) Clemens. His childhood was spent in the North Brookfield area. He attended Waterville Central School & Cole Hill North Brookfield. He was a graduate of Buffalo Bible Institute (now Houghton).