STATE FUNDING MAKES DREAM COME TRUE
By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
Paralyzed after a farming accident when he was 11, James Scofield, now 31, says he values patience, accessibility and independence above all else.
Now, he can enjoy all those things in his new, fully customized and accessible single-wide, set back off Mooney Road, framed by forest trees, courtesy of Otsego Rural Housing Assistance (ORHA).
The lifelong Worcester resident not only can enjoy hunting, fishing and working on cars with his 7-month-old, purebred chocolate lab Sky and 3-year-old pitbull-lab mix Zeus in his free time, but he is also self-sufficient.
Scofield takes care of himself without help, and assists friends in need, often plowing his neighbors’ driveways.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10
BLOOD DRIVE – 1 – 6 p.m. Donate blood, help save lives. Worcester Municipal Building, 19 Katie Ln., Worcester 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org
Maryland Resident, Oneonta Realtor
Proposed As Oberacker Successor
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
SCHENEVUS – Republican county committee members from the county board’s District 6 met last evening and nominated Jennifer Mickle, a Town of Maryland resident and Oneonta businesswoman, to succeed state Senator-elect Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, on the county board.
The candidate, who also has experience in local government and community service, called it “a wonderful opportunity. I’ve always believed in public service and giving back to the community. I hope my experience will not only be a benefit to District 6, but to the county as a whole.”
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 6
ESCAPE GAME – 7 – 8 p.m. Join resident Game Master and your friends for fun quest to escape imaginary Witches Hut. Solve puzzles to escape, cure the poison mushrooms you and your party have consumed. Available to 4 County Library System Users only. Presented by Huntington Memorial Library. Visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, APRIL 13
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL – 6 p.m. Jim Barber to host town halls on Facebook & YouTube. Submit questions at email@example.com and tune in to learn about the candidate to represent State Senate district 51. Visit to participate www.facebook.com/JimBarberforSenate/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, APRIL 6
BLOOD DRIVE – 1 – 6 p.m. Donate blood, help the hospitals to save lives. Appointments required. Worcester Municipal Building, 19 Katie Ln., Worcester. 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus–covid-19–and-blood-donation.html
WORCESTER – Kenneth W. Robinson’s memorial service will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the VFW in Schenevus. Those that attend are welcome to bring a dish to pass if wanted.
A carpenter, Robinson, 53, was born on June 27, 1966, and passed away Oct. 10, 2019.
He is survived by his mother Sharon and father Paul; children Desiree, Cory and Aiden; brothers Frank, John, Jeff and Dustin; sister Kathy, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
To send online condolences visit www.ottmanfuneralhome.com Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
TROOPERS: DEATH SUSPICIOUS
WORCESTER – State police are investigating the death of a yet-unidentified subject after a house fire in the Town of Worcester.
Worcester and East Worcester fire departments were called to the scene of a house fire just before 9:18 p.m. last night. When an adult was located deceased inside the residence, troopers were called to the scene to investigate.
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WORCESTER – David John Parker, 71, a retired career chemist, active in town government here, who patents included one on the inside coating of a Coors Beer can, passed away peacefully at home on March 24, 2019.
He was born May 25, 1947, in Schenectady, the son of Edward Joseph and Dorothy May (Gutta) Parker. Dave attended Mohonasen High School graduating in 1965, and then went on to Clarkson University, where he played lacrosse, receiving a BS in chemistry in 1969.
He married his high school sweetheart, Maureen McGuire, on July 25, 1970, at St. Madeleine Sophie Church in Guilderland.
Dave began his career as a bench chemist at Dupont de Nemours in Philadelphia, then product specialist in Saugus, Calif.
Eventually Dave became director of engineering at New England Laminates Co. in Walden. He was then recruited by Sikorsky Aircraft in Stamford, Conn., and retired as director of Materials & Process Engineering from Dow-United Technologies.
During his career Dave held several patents, including the inside coating on Coors beer cans. Taste testing in Golden, Colo., was one of his favorite jobs.
He bought a home in Worcester in 1986 and shortly after moved there to be closer to family. He was an active member of the Worcester town government. Dave was also a member of the MG Club of America owning several classic MG’s. He could often be seen tooling around town in his cars sporting an aviator cap. He also enjoyed fly fishing, golfing and was an avid outdoorsman. Special loves in his life were gardening, his dogs and his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Maureen Parker of Worcester; his daughter, Caitlin (Jason) Stroosnyder of Worcester; grandchildren, Nolan and Brigid of Worcester; his sister, Diane (Dennis) Wasser of Richmond, Vt; his brother-in-law, Timothy McGuire of Rotterdam; nieces and nephews, Aubrey (Ian) Cole of Cambridge, Mass., Brendan Wasser of Chattanooga, Tenn., Deidra (EJ) Joy of Delanson, and Jamie McGuire of Schenectady.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the Heller & Skinner Funeral Home, 155 Main St., Worcester, followed by a Vigil Prayer Service at 6 p.m. with Fr. Juanito Asprec.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Seeing Eyes for the Blind.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Heller Skinner Funral Home.
K9 Unit Deployed To Break Up Fight
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
WORCESTER – A state trooper broke his hand and another injured his jaw and lip when they tried to break up the fight between a father and son last night alongside I-88 in the Town of Worcester, according to a release from Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer.
After a passerby alerted 911 that two males were apparently fighting on the roadside, a trooper responded and attempted to place Gary Lubrano, 65, Cobleskill, under arrest, according to the release. He resisted, and a physical altercation ensued; his son, Michael Lubrano, 34, Cobleskill, joined the fray, police said.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 4
FILM SERIES – 7 p.m. Discrimination Matters film series presents “Loving,” about the story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Open discussion to follow. Free, open to public. Light snacks available, or bring your own. Waterfront Room, Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2747307
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
ARTISAN FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Artists, Crafters, Makers from throughout the region come together to sell their works. Find handmade jewelry, textiles, soap, furniture, glass art, pottery, photography, more at Otsego County Campus, 197 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9983 or visit www.cooperstownartisanfestival.info
FAMILY SATURDAY – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Field trip for families features hands-on activities for kids, guided tours, demonstrations of the water-powered sawmill, the gristmill, and woodworking shop. Admission, $9/adult. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. Call 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org