Edmeston, NY 13335

2017 News

Edmeston ~ September 25. 2017

– Justin Brown

Edmeston Firefighter Receives Award at County Banquet


Edmeston Vol. Fire Department Lieutenant, Christopher Wengert, recipient of the Gary Goodier Service Award: middle, stands with Edmeston Fire Chief, Michael Hum, right, and Linda Goodier Eriksen, wife of Gary Goodier, left. (Justin Brown photo)

On Saturday, September 16th, the Cherry Valley Emergency Squad hosted the Otsego County Firemen’s Association Banquet.  

This event brings the fire department officers from Otsego County to award outstanding service and reflect on those who have died in the past year.  

In the memorial service, the Edmeston Fire Department reflected upon the loss of four firemen.  During the Presentation of Awards, an Edmeston firefighter was awarded the Gary Goodier Service Award.

Christopher Wengert, continuing his fourth year as Lieutenant in the Edmeston Fire Department, was the 2017 recipient of the Gary Goodier Service Award.  

This Award is presented to a firefighter who is committed to the protection of life and property, and most importantly the training of those who fill that role.  Also recognizing a firefighter’s selfless efforts to serve his community to the best of his ability.  

Linda Goodier Eriksen, wife of Gary Goodier, and her son, Chad Goodier, created the award after Gary Goodier passed away, she said the award is for a firefighter “who excels, is involved, and goes to classes.”  

After receiving the award, Wengert said, “it was definitely a surprise when they read the nominating letter and called me up for the award.”  Adding that, “the fact that the award was presented from a wonderful family from the town of Edmeston, makes it that much more special.”  

He concluded by saying, “I was very honored to receive the Gary Goodier Service Award, and it’s just more fuel to the fire that’s driving me to help our department to continue to grow.”  

Congratulations Christopher Wengert!

And, the Edmeston Central School Homecoming last weekend, was a success.  Many students and community members, participated Friday night, with the parade, alumni soccer game, bonfire, and dance.  Saturday, the all four soccer teams competed throughout the day.  The Panther Pride PTO sold concessions, and the big focus, the dunk tank, where many faculty and teachers took turns on the seat.

Edmeston ~ September 11, 2017

~ Justin Brown

Sunday, September 10th, the Edmeston Vol. Fire Department hosted their first, of the season, donation breakfasts.  These delicious breakfasts bring guests from all over to enjoy everything from french toast to home fries.  These breakfasts will be the first Sunday of each month from 7 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. from September to May, and on the last Sunday in June.  

Last Saturday, September 16th, the Rustic Ridge Winery hosted their annual Harvest Festival from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M.  They hosted many vendors, including the Edmeston Free Library selling shirts, music from The Loose Canon Band and Bob Cole III, food from The Pizza Genie Wood Fired Pizza and Dave Holbert’s Hog Roast.  There were also rides through the vineyard, a basket raffle to support Sitrin’s Stars and Stripes, and wine tastings all day.

Last week, I met with the Edmeston Free Library Board President, Mrs. Barb Turnbull.  We discussed the Library’s proposed move to the Corts’s Building that was gifted to them. She told me that they have “applied for one grant and are working on others.” The first grant is sponsored by New York State Aid for Library Construction. This grant is a very lengthy process, where the state determines a dollar amount to be split to each district of libraries, which is then further split to all the local libraries in that district. Our district is the Four County Library System, including Otsego, Broome, Delaware, and Chenango Counties. As I finished talking to her, she said, the community support and awareness is key to the pursuit of the proposed move.

This weekend the Edmeston United Methodist Church will be hosting a “Meet ‘N Greet” with their new pastor at their church on Saturday September 23rd from 10 A.M. to Noon.  Pastor Rebekah Solar joined the church in July of 2017 and is excited to meet the community.  Refreshments will be served during the event.  And this weekend, E.C.S. will host:

Homecoming 2017 at Edmeston C.S. Schedule of Events: Friday, September 22nd:

  • 5 P.M. – Parade – Classes and clubs will march up North Street and into town.
  • 6 P.M. – Alumni Soccer Game – Odd Years v. Even Years Alumni Game!
  • 7 P.M. – Bonfire – Following the game, in the upper soccer field parking lot.
  • 8 – 10 P.M. – Dance – The king and queen will be announced at the dance

Saturday, September 23rd: All Day – P.T.O. Dunk Tank & Concessions

  • 10 A.M. – Girls’ Modified Soccer Game
  • 12 P.M. – Boys’ Modified Soccer Game
  • 2 P.M. – Girls’ Varsity Soccer Game
  • 4 P.M. – Boys’ Varsity Soccer Game

Lastly, Congratulations to Christopher Wengert for receiving the Gary Goodier Service Award at the Otsego County Firemen’s Association Banquet. I am happy to announce all of the Edmeston News articles can be found on www.edmestonny.org.  Thank you for your support!    


Edmeston ~ September 4, 2017

~ Justin Brown

Edmeston News: Edmeston Fire Dept.

This Sunday, September 10th, the Edmeston Volunteer Fire Department will host their first monthly donation breakfast of the season.  The Department hosts these breakfasts from September to June.  The breakfasts are on the first Sunday of each month, except for September and June.  In September, the breakfast is on the second Sunday to observe Labor Day weekend and in June the breakfast will be on the Sunday of the Edmeston Central School Alumni Weekend.  The breakfast begins at 7 A.M. and runs until 10:30 A.M.  The firemen serve pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, and home fries in a buffet style.  

On a separate note, this coming Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Centers (W.T.C.).  The attacks were not only against the Trade Center Buildings, but also the Pentagon and a crash landing near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  The attacks at the W.T.C. took the lives of 343 New York City firefighters.  Three hundred forty-three families whose loved one did not return home.  Between Washington, D.C. and New York City there were over 3,000 deaths on September 11th.  I ask of you, on Monday, please take a moment of silence for all those who were victims of these cruel attacks.  Featured in Next Week’s Article: Interview with Edmeston Free Library Board President.  

Edmeston ~ August 28, 2017

~ Justin Brown

Edmeston News: Returning to School


The Edmeston Central School District will return to classes on Tuesday, September 5th.   This year will be the second year for Dr. Gary Furman as Superintendent of Schools at E.C.S.  Many things new and exciting will be coming up this fall.  The school district welcomes three new teachers this year, Ms. Megan Hribar, Ms. Jennifer Lopez, and Ms. Rachel Rockwell.  Ms. Hribar will be a second grade teacher, Ms. Lopez will be teaching special education for 7-12th grade students, and Ms. Rockwell will be apart of the Music Department as the vocal and general music teacher.  Also, a highly talked about event is Homecoming 2017, that is returning to Edmeston C.S.D. on September 22nd and 23rd.  Throughout the week before, students will participate in spirit week and end the week with a pep rally.  Closer to the event, we will have more information and an article focused on Homecoming 2017.  The boys’ varsity soccer team’s first scheduled home game is against Richfield Springs on August 31st.  The girls’ varsity soccer team’s first scheduled home game is against Franklin on September 5th.  As school returns we are reminded that buses will soon be back on the roads.  Remember this and plan an extra few minutes to get to your destination.  Also this year, parents of students in grades Pre-kindergarten to 6th grade will have the opportunity to bring in some of their student’s supplies on August 31st, from 1 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. And lastly, Potter’s Place Afterschool Program registration is now open, to register go to www.edmestonsecondbaptist.org and look under the “Potter’s Place” tab.

Featured in Next Week’s Article: The E.F.D. Donation Breakfast and a look back on 9/11


Edmeston ~ August 21, 2017

~ Justin Brown

Edmeston Free Library looking to improve and relocate


Many things have been happening at the Edmeston Free Library lately.  

I had the opportunity to sit down with the librarian, Rick Fallis, to discuss what’s new and coming up.  

The first topic was summer activities, he said this year was the second year of Potter’s Place Summer Program coming to the library once a week.  

“They check out and return books, they have story time in the back room,” Fallis said.  “There are various crafts they play with when they first come in.”   

The adult and peer leaders check out books to take back to the church that are related to their weekly theme.  Fallis said the library’s circulation numbers for juvenile fiction and nonfiction have increased substantially.

Like last year, Fallis is hopeful that some children will return throughout the year with their parents.  Coming up this fall, the library has started an audio book collection, donated by the New Berlin Library.  Also the library will be starting a service to print, fax, and scan for a nominal charge, from your own devices.  

Mr. Fallis also noted other changes, including added wifi capability, accessible by those with library cards.  He said he is continuing to reorganize certain parts of the library, to make it easier for patrons who are looking for a specific genre to find a book.

Volunteers have been very helpful, with taking down high shelves, to allow more natural light in, and various other tasks, including processing books.  

The library has created a room dedicated to large print books, and it joined a program offered by the Four County Library System, where they get 50 large print books on loan for three months, Fallis said.  

This new program allows patrons to have access to a wider variety of books. The young adult book section has also increased substantially.  Fallis discussed the possibility that the library is moving to Cort’s house, which was left to the library.  

Fallis confirmed that “the board has voted to move,” and they are going through the interview process for various workers to check over the building.  

Fundraising is key to being able to move, they have applied for various grants, are selling shirts at the library, and will be having their annual book sale at Spookfest 2017.  

In our September 14th article, I will go more into depth with Rick Fallis and the Library Board president on the move. The library is open Monday through Wednesday from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M. and Saturdays 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. and the library can be reached at (607) 965-8208.

Featured in Next Week’s Article: Returning to School   

Edmeston ~ August 14, 2017

~ Justin Brown

Edmeston News: Dollar General Opens in Edmeston

The Unadilla National Motocross races that were held on August 12th, proved to be a crazy experience.  Racing in the morning and early afternoon had beautiful weather, but when showers came through in the afternoon, they did not hold back.  Racing in the late afternoon was delayed due to thunder and lightning, as well as track repair from the heavy rains.  Two strong storms came through with sheets of rain and high winds.  The first front caught many by surprise with the heavy winds, forcing spectators and vendors to anchor their tents.  After the storms cleared and the track was readied, racing was able to resume around five o’clock.

Now onto this week’s main topic, Dollar General has been open now for a few weeks in Edmeston.  The Dollar General Store is located at 1975 State Route 80, across the road from Miller’s Deli.  The store is open seven days a week, from 8 A.M. till 10 P.M.  I visited the store in its first week of opening, and briefly spoke with the Manager.  The Grand Opening will be around September.  The facility is a good size, able to fit a variety of products, the shelves are stocked, and the floors are clean, I would suggest you check it out.   Featured in Next Week’s Article: The Edmeston Free Library


Edmeston ~ August 7, 2017

–  Justin Brown

Edmeston News: The Unadilla Races!

Hello Readers, my name is Justin Brown, I will be writing articles for the Gazette discussing the local news in Edmeston.  I am an active community member of Edmeston, and I appreciate the community.  This weekend will be very eventful for the area, with big competitions at Unadilla.

First, the Amatuer Classic MX, on Friday and Sunday, where racers of all ages and experiences compete at their facility.  

On Saturday, Unadilla will host the tenth round of the National Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.  This is the crowd-drawing event for the weekend.  Many local businesses in New Berlin, Edmeston, and the surrounding area will benefit from the spectators that flock to the races.  

Unadilla is a difficult course for even pro motocross racers, featuring the well-known Gravity Cavity and the Sky Shot.  The track at Unadilla has been “The Place to Race Since 1969,” celebrating 48 years of racing, this year.  

On a different note, a much calmer one, the Pathfinder Village Summer Concert Series will host Stone Soup.  This acoustic band plays music from blues to bluegrass and folk to jazz, underneath the pavilion at Pathfinder Village.  After this Saturday, there will be two more concerts in their Summer Series.  Featured in next week’s article: Dollar General Opens in Edmeston.


Edmeston  ~ April 16, 2017

~ by Leon Schworm
With a slight chill in the air, the sun came over the tree tops and made for a picture perfect Easter sunrise service day. Late afternoon found a light shower, but by then moist of the Easter events were over.
Work has started on the Dollar General Store to be up by Millers gas.

Edmeston ~ April 2, 2017

~ by Leon Schworm

If the old saying “April showers bring may flowers” is true, we should have all kinds of flowers.  With the snow melt and recent rain, I think we are ready for SPRING!

Edmeston ~ March 25, 2017

~ by Leon Schworm

United Methodist Church Women:  Rummage Sale  Drop off items at the Masonic Lodge, Wednesday April  5th, 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Sale Thursday April 6th 9:00 to 4:00.  Friday Bag Day, all day, 9:00 to 1:00  No electronic items please.

You can’t tell by our weather,, but it’s not too early to make plans:  April 9th Palm Sunday, April 14th Good Friday, April 16th Easter.

Edmeston ~ March 19, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

Several activities for St. Patrick’s Day had to be cancelled or rescheduled due to the snow storm. The streets and roads looked much like they used to in The good olde days”.
Good news: ; Monday, March 20th (according to the calendar) is the first day of Spring!
Rummage Sale Time: The women of the United Methodist Church are scheduling a Rummage Sale. Items may be dropped off at the Masonic Lodge on April 5th from 8:00 to noon. Sale is scheduled for Thursday April 6th from 9:00 to 4:00 and Friday, April 7th from 9:00 to 1:00. The Friday sale is a bag day sale all day. This all takes place at the Masonic
Lodge on West Street.

Edmeston ~ March 12, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

Guess I goofed up last week and didn’t remind the readers about the time change. Every Spring and Fall there are some who set the clocks in the wrong direction.

As I write this it certainly doesn’t seem like it would ever be Spring with the cold strong wind and snow flurries (keep in mind it’s still March)

I have always been told that the pussy willows will come out in March no matter what the weather. Guess this is true as there are some out on County route 49.
Some are predicting a hot dry summer. Time will tell.

Edmeston ~ March 5, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

Nature couldn’t decide if March should come in like a lamb or lion, so she gave us a sample of both.

Some local residents tell of having Spring bulbs poking up through the ground, only to have them covered with snow and cold weather.
It isn’t Spring yet, so when that happens I hope mother nature comes through for us.

Edmeston ~ February 19, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

Beautiful day Sunday. Helps to start to get over cabin fever. With the warmer weather, I wonder if the sap has started to run. With no frost in the ground it may be a short season.

A couple of readers tell of hearing and seeing robins.

The customer service department at New York Central Mutual gave Valentines and home made cookies to the residents of West Hill Terrace for Valentines Day. These were greatly enjoyed and appreciated by all, they want to say Thanks.

The Edmeston Tea Circle (builders of the local building miniatures) have a few of this years building (the funeral home) if anyone is interested. They also have a very few of some of the past buildings.If you are interested or would like to  view what they have left, they are at the Edmeston Free Library.  The entire collection is on display at the Museum.

Edmeston ~ February 5. 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

Pot holes seem to be in season, especially at the four corners in Edmeston. Big problem there, State route 80 and county route 20 come together there and the officials can’t decide who should fill them. Enough tiny cars might fill the holes and take care of the problem.

Still time to order fruit, (Empire apples, navel oranges and grapefruit) from the Rotary club. Phone 965-6623.

Well drilling at the location of the new Dollar Store has started. With little or no frost in the ground, construction  may start soon.

Just a reminder for the boy friends, Valentines Day is Wednesday, February 14th.

Edmeston ~ January 29, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

A number of race fans went to Albany Saturday to see Paul Jensen inducted into the NYSSCA Hall of fame.  Congratulations Paul!

February will soon be upon us and the first Sunday will find the donation breakfast at the firehouse.  Serving is from 7:00 to 10:30.

Rotary Fruit Sale – The Edmeston Rotary Club is having a fruit sale (Empire Apples, Navel Oranges, and Red Grapefruit). These will be available in either full or half cases.  For more information or to place an order, call 965-6623.

Edmeston  ~  January 22, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

Have you noticed the days are starting to get longer?  We passed the shortest day of the year in December.

Our January weather has been much different then we usually have.  No doubt we will still catch some bad weather, but at least we are getting closer to Spring.

Edmeston  ~ January  15, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

If you have never fed the birds or watched them, try it! Some like to eat what I call regular, while others like to hang upside down to eat. While looking out my kitchen window at my feeders, I see a wide selection of birds. The most colorful are the cardinals, followed by the J’s then I guess the woodpecker, the a big selection of small birds.  With the wind and snow, seeing the birds at leastmakes you think of SPRING

Edmeston ~ January  1, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

With bright sunshine streaming through the  bedroom windows  those who stayed up to watch the New Year in, missed a beautiful morning. For travel for Christmas and New Years, it was ideal.  As usual it will take a little used to getting the new year (2017)

The donation breakfast sponsored by the fire department is this Sunday, January 8th with serving from 7:00 to 10:30.  Happy New Year!


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