Four members of Otsego Area Rowing (OAR) will go to Boston, Massachusetts this weekend to race in the world’s biggest two-day rowing event, the Head of the Charles Regatta.
Lang Keith, Laura Kilty, Joe Novitski, and OAR founder and coach Andrea Thies, a two-time Olympian, compete with international rowers in mixed-double and single-rower events taking place on the city’s famed Charles River.
One week later, OAR sends more rowers, including youth members Creighton Williams, Charlotte Feury and Isabel Dudek to the Head of the Fish event on the Fish River, a few miles outside Saratoga Springs. Thies, Alison Lord, Faith Gay and Abby Rodd will race in the Women’s Masters Quad.
The club, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2017 to introduce local residents to the sport, is based at Brookwood Point on Otsego Lake.
OAR is open to rowers of all ages and any level of experience. This year, OAR hosted more than a dozen adults new to rowing and a similar number of youth rowers during week-long summer camps. OAR racers come from Cooperstown, Oneonta, Cherry Valley, Richfield Springs and West Winfield.
“We try to find a way to make rowing more approachable,” Thies said. “A big part of our mission is to give access to the equipment, to knock down the barriers and work with people who might not think about rowing as a lifetime sport they can enjoy.”
OAR stresses a safety-first regimen focused on rowing basics, steering, proper procedure and navigation. The club’s leaders, Thies and Steve Bohler, are certified U.S. Rowing Level 2 coaches.
“When you’re out racing, it can get pretty intense,” Thies said. “It’s not necessarily a Zen-like experience. You’re going to pass or be passed by other rowers. You’ve got buoys, bridges, and other boats. On the lake, we coach our rowers to be aware of motorboats, swimmers, sailboats.”
Thies said she and the board members guiding OAR hope to expand outreach to area schools, and revisit adaptive programs with revamped equipment for rowers who might require additional assistance.
“Rowing really is for anyone who loves to be outdoors,” she said, recounting her own experience as a Paralympic coach.
“People here had been rowing on their own for years,” Theis continued. “OAR tries to bring them all together in an organized way. Little by little it’s starting to happen. So many people are pulling up their sleeves to literally build this club from the bottom up, and they make my own experience of rowing a joy.”
Warren H. Williams Sr., 84, of West Winfield, passed away Saturday September 4, 2021 in Cooperstown.
Warren was born on January 25, 1937 in South Ilion, NY the son of the late Milton L. and Alta Ackler Williams. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother Milton L Williams Jr, sisters Dema Fink and Loucia Helmer, stepmother Alice Williams, and a stepsister Sandra Davis.
A lifetime resident of the area, Warren was a union carpenter with Milograno Construction of Utica for many years. He was an avid hunter of deer, turkey and along with his dog Boomer, hunted rabbit. He also enjoyed coon hunting with his friends for many years. In his earlier years, he enjoyed the sport of golf.
Warren was meticulous with the care of his property, keeping a perfect lawn, and veggie garden.
Keith Floyd Mayne, 83, of Burlington Flats, passed away peacefully on Sunday June 13, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.
Keith was born on February 22, 1938 in New Berlin the son of the late Floyd and Mildred Wightman Mayne. In addition to his parents, he was pre deceased by sister Lillian Hotaling, sister in law Marjorie Tauss, and a brother in law Gordon Wheelock.
Keith was a graduate of West Winfield Central School. He married Marilyn Wheelock on September 29, 1956, and two years later, they moved to their Burlington Flats farm, which they operated until their retirement in 1998.
In his high school days, Keith active in sports, lettering in four sports over three years. Following graduation, he continued participating on Town Team basketball and softball leagues with the local men.
During his farming years, Keith was active in Eastern Milk Producers and the County ASCS Committee. He was dedicated to his community serving the Town of Burlington as the Assessor, Town Supervisor, and a Town Board Member for a total of 34 years.
ART & YOGA – 10 a.m. Stay centered at home with art talk by Mary Murray followed by Yoga with Lisa Gallagher of the Munson Willaims Proctor Arts Institute. Donations gratefully accepted to keep program going. Visit www.facebook.com/MWPAI to join the class.
NORWICH – William “Bill” Van Wieren, 88, a former truck driver who farmed in West Winfield for a time, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018.
Bill was born in Kommerzijl, the Netherlands on March 27, 1930, to the late John and Anna (Snip) Van Wieren. He immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1947 at the age of 17 after the end of WWII. He married Alice DeVries in 1952 and together had 12 children.
FISHING CLINIC – 11 a.m. Families celebrate Father’s day with the Dave Brandt chapter of Trout Unlimited. Includes educational assembly in the skate house, and non-competitive fishing events. Hodges Skating Pond, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-563-1978.
GRILLED CHEESE NIGHT – 5 – 7 p.m. Enjoy comfort food from local chefs as well as local beer, wine, cider, live music, more. Proceeds benefit Otsego2000 & Otsego Outdoors. Cost, $25/adult, $15/child. Cooperstown Farmers Market, 101 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8881 or visit www.otsego2000.org
WEST WINFIELD – Florence P. Senif, 88, of West Winfield, the mother or seven children, passed away March 10, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.
She was born on Feb. 2, 1929, in Fairfield, daughter of Charles and Maggie (Hayes) Pye. Flossie attended school in Frankfort and West Winfield, and later graduated from Plattsburgh State Teachers’ College. She taught home economics in Frankfort until starting her family.
She was a communicant of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in West Winfield.
WEST WINFIELD – Robert W. Ranger, 79, a member of the Bank of Cooperstown’s founding Board of Directors, died Saturday evening, Feb. 18, 2017, at Bassett Hospital following a brief illness.
Bob was born June 15, 1937, in Corning to Robert W. and Freida (Spreitzer) Ranger. He was raised in Painted Post and graduated from high school there. He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from Rutgers.
In December 1978, he married Marjorie Brooks, a union of almost 40 years. He once said, “between the two of us we can surmount any obstacle – we are a team.”