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West Winfield

In Memoriam: William Van Wieren, 88; Farmed in West Winfield

IN MEMORIAM: William Van Wieren, 88;

Dutch Immigrant Farmed in West Winfield

William Van Wieren

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.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 17

Tractor Festival

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FATHERS DAY

TRACTOR SHOW – 7 a.m. Tractor Road Run followed by pancake breakfast. Tractor pull at 10 a.m. Then Tractor Soccer with a 6’ ball. Sunnycrest Orchards, 7869 St. Rt. 10, Sharon Springs. Call 518-231-8080 or visit www.facebook.com/Northeast-Antique-Power-Assoc-Branch-101-413124412060126/

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.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 19

Ring In The Spring

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SPRING FLING – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Find crafts, vendors, food trucks, live music, a gift basket auction, more. Doubleday Parking Lot, Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/cooperstownrotaryclub/

DUCK DERBY – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Family festival features games, bounce house, music, food, cake walk, vendors, more. Duck Derby begins 12:30 p.m. Cost, $5/duck or $25/6 ducks. Fortin Park, 167 Youngs Rd., Oneonta. Call 607-432-4592 or visit www.destinationoneonta.com/events/2018/5/19/rubber-duck-derby-and-family-festival

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB.11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB.11

Grilled Cheese For A Good Cause

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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

SNOWSHOE WALK – 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Look for signs of life past, present and future with a guide from OCCA. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/winter-carnival-snowshoe-walk/

Florence P. Senif, 88; Mother Of 7 Leaves Many Survivors

IN MEMORIAM: Florence P. Senif, 88;

Mother Of 7 Leaves Many Survivors

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.

Robert W. Ranger, 79; Helped Found Bank Of Cooperstown
IN MEMORIAM

Robert W. Ranger, 79; Helped

Found Bank Of Cooperstown

Robert Ranger

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.”

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