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2011 News

By Leon Schworm
Edmeston Correspondent – The Gazette

Edmeston December 25, 2011

Many churches held candle-light services on Christmas Evening. The one I attended was absolutely beautiful. The Church was decorated, but the thing that impressed me the most was the Cross made out of poinsettias on the floor in front of the alter, donated in memory of someone or just to the Church. There were pink, white, variegated and of course the traditional red. The Cross was made up of 32 poinsettias, beautiful!

Even without snow on Christmas day, most everyone enjoyed the day. It was especially nice for those traveling. The people with skis, snowmobiles, etc. are disappointed, but I’m sure they will get a chance before Spring.

Have you noticed the dial on the scales seems to go up between Thanksgiving and New Years? You can do something about it! A local weight watchers class is forming! Hosted by the First Baptist Church of West Edmeston. They must have 15 committed members to host the class. For details, contact Brenda Belden at 315-941-1583 by January 2nd. Classes to begin in January.

Happy New Year!

Edmeston December 18, 2011

Other than being very cold, the weather was fine for people to attend the area churches Annual Christmas Cantata “Mary, Did You Know?” This was held Sunday afternoon and evening at the

Burlington Flats Baptist Church.

A new carpet has been installed in the United Methodist Church, Edmeston, just in time for the Candlelight service at 7:00 P.M. Saturday, December 24th. Everyone is welcome. Worship service on Christmas Day will be at the regular time (10:00 A.M.)

Merry Christmas to all – Have a safe Holiday!

Edmeston December 11, 2011

Not sure if there was an actual count, but when I stopped in to check on “Breakfast with Santa” it was wall to wall kids. Don’t know about the helpers, but Santa must have been pooped!
Many of the children, with their parents, stopped down stairs, where the Fire Department was having an open house, so the kids got to see the trucks as well.  The Edmeston Rotary Club held their annual clothing give away Saturday morning. I understand the “Panther Trax” snowmobile club also was sponsoring a safety course. All of this took place on Saturday morning so downtown Edmeston had some activity.

Jeannine Palmiter was here for the weekend and attended the Legion Christmas Party Saturday night, then went to the luncheon for the New York Central retirees on Monday.

The Edmeston Fire Department held a “Holiday Cash Raffle” with the drawing held December 7th. 1st prize was $500.00 and was won by Kevin Utter. Second Prize was $300.00 and won by Mark Arnold and Third Prize $200.00 won by Christy Stanton. Congratulations to the winners!

Edmeston December 4, 2011

Even without snow to make it seem more like December, shoppers are busy getting ready for Christmas. Members of the Firemen’s Auxiliary were busy, Sunday afternoon, wrapping the gifts for Santa to give out Saturday, December 10th, when they sponsor “Breakfast with Santa” 9:00 – 11:00.

A few hunters took advantage of the Firemen’s Breakfast Sunday morning.

Have you ever needed to call the Fire Department or Emergency Squad? The Fire Department and Squad are having an Open House, Saturday, December 10th from 9:00 – Noon. This is an ideal time to see the equipment and appreciate the hours of training they go through to be able to respond to emergencies. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated people.

“Christmas around the World” was held Sunday afternoon at the school. This year it featured a program “African Christmas Traditions in Kenya”. The speaker was Blake Arensen, who is married to Martha Cady’s daughter, Nicole. Blake is a third generation missionary and was born in Kenya.

For those of you who are old enough to remember, I have been referred to as the Hedda Hopper of the Gazette. With that, I’ll just remind everyone that December 21st is the shortest day of the year and Spring is just around the corner!

Edmeston November 27, 2011

Many people either had company or were guests for Thanksgiving. Mother Nature was good to us with ideal weather. I really don’t have anything to report, so will refresh your memory on upcoming events: Sunday, December 4 – Breakfast at the Fire House (free will) serving from 7:00 to 11:00 A.M. Sunday, December 4th Christmas around the World 1:00 P.M. at the School. Saturday, December 10th Breakfast with Santa 9:00 – 11:00 at the Fire House. Saturday, December 10th, Open House at the fire house 9:00 – Noon.

Edmeston November 20, 2011

In the early hours Saturday, two buses left the New York Central parking lot headed for N.Y.C. Some went shopping, but most went to the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall. Other than a cold wind, the day was ideal and enjoyed by all who went.

With the opening of deer season, there seemed to be a number of shots ringing out, but haven’t heard of anyone getting a deer.

Sunday, December 4th will once again find the Firemen putting on a free will donation breakfast (Pancakes, French Toast, Juice, Coffee, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries and Eggs.) Serving from 7:00am – 11:00am at the firehouse.

Many years ago, Eleanor Rider came up with the idea to celebrate “Christmas around the World”. When it started anyone taking part was asked to bring a dish to pass (preferably from their native country) and dress in native costumes. “Christmas around the World” continues. The theme this year is Africa and will take place on December 4th at the Edmeston Central School, starting at 1:00pm Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Beverage to be provided. For more information, call Joan Terry at 965-8187.

Edmeston November 13, 2011

Sunday afternoon turned out to be an ideal time to finish raking those pesky leaves or even put up Christmas decorations. After the couple of snow storms we recently had, anything is possible! If the woolly bear is right, we can expect the first part of the Winter and the last part to be bad. The center is supposed to be better.

Saturday at the Legion Hall the Edmeston Tea Circle will be holding a Bake Sale. In addition this is the time to pick up the miniature building of the Masonic Lodge. Many people have the entire collection and some only want specific models. Check it out and pick up one. Bake sale from 9:00 – 12:00.

A few dates to remember:
Sunday, December 4 – donation breakfast 7:00 – 11:00
Wednesday, December 7th Holiday cash raffle. See any member of the fire department for tickets.
Saturday, December 10th Breakfast with Santa 9:00 – 11:00
Saturday, December 10th Fire Department Open House 9:00 – 12:00 Ideal time to check out the equipment and find out answers to questions that you may have.

School will be closed November 23, 24 & 25 for vacation (Thanksgiving break).
Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

Edmeston November 7, 2011

With the usual amount of grumbling and complaining, we are once again on Standard Time!

The Edmeston Free Library will have its bi-monthly meeting at the home of Don and Irene Howard on Monday evening.

Have you checked out any of the large print books at the library? They are very popular and the library has recently received two donations for the purpose of obtaining additional large print books. Dottie is very excited about the chance to get more of the books as they are expensive.

The Annual Bake Sale sponsored by the Edmeston Tea Circle, will be at the Legion Hall on Saturday, November 19, 2011. In addition to the bake sale, the Edmeston miniatures (this years miniature, the Masonic Lodge building) will be ready to pick up.

Edmeston October 30, 2011

Even with snow falling and New Berlin having a dinner at the same time, the Chicken & Biscuit dinner put on by the fire department and auxiliary was very well attended and the comments were very favorable.

November has descended upon us and with it we find Election Day. Once again the United Methodist Church will have a Free Will Donation Turkey Supper (with all the trimmings) at the school, Tuesday night with serving from 4:30 – 7:00. Take outs are available.

Don’t forget when you retire Saturday evening set your clocks back one hour. Daylight Savings time ends! With the extra hour (the one you lost last Spring) why not put it to good use and attend the Breakfast put on by the firemen. Serving from 7:00 – 11:00, at the firehouse. Free Will Offering!

November 11, 2011 is Veterans Day. There will be a Veterans day program at the school sponsored by American Legion Post 1311, starting at 7:00 P.M. Speaker for the event will be Cathy Mayne, mother of Michael Mayne.

Edmeston October 23, 2011

Get ready for the second generation of Edmeston miniatures! The Edmeston Tea Circle’s Kay York has created so many miniatures of Edmeston’s historical buildings, but has now retired and has handed the baton to Joan Terry. Joan worked with George Blessing to choose the scale of the Masonic Lodge building to match the scale of the first generation of miniatures, and they are ready for you to add to your collection. Kay York still keeps her hand in by taking your orders (965-6207) so that you will be certain to have one when Tea Circle will sell them at their annual bake sale. That date is Saturday morning, November 19, 2011 at the Legion Hall.

Have you heard of Zero Gravity? Many young people from the area have benefited from this ministry. But this summer many people in Nicaragua have benefited because of Zero Gravity. Team Nicaragua 2011, built a new church there. The team was made up of Lisa Norton, Rachel Phillips, Brianna Dunham, Jennifer Hoag, Dani Wengert, Rebekah Phillips, William Conboy, Rick Kinney, Heath Dunham, Jenremy Hoag, TJ Proctor and Tim Proctor. Follow Zero Gravity on Facebook. Go to ZG Missions.

With the beautiful day Sunday, many people finished getting outside chores done. Farmers tried to get corn cut where the fields were dry enough so they could. The long range forecast is for more rain and colder temperatures.

Members of the Panther Trax Snowmobile Club have been busy marking trails and getting ready for the Winter season to start.

This Saturday, October 29th, the Fire Department and Auxiliary will host a free will donation Chicken & Biscuit dinner at the firehouse. Serving from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Strange, but very few local people support this type of event and yet if they have an emergency we call on them. Lets get behind our department and support them!

Edmeston October 16, 2011

It isn’t often when someone calls to give me news, but when I got this call about the shooting on South Street in Edmeston, I really got excited. Some thought it was a car backfiring, but come to find out a deer had been hit and was still alive, so the trooper shot the injured animal so it wouldn’t suffer.

Congratulations to Darren Benjamin for having a hole in one on the 8th hole (210 yd) at the Colonial Ridge Golf Course.

The Firemen’s Auxiliary are having a Chicken & Biscuit Dinner at the firehouse on Saturday, October 29th with serving from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Take out available Donation.

Election Day is coming fast (Nov. 8th). The Annual Election Day Turkey Dinner, sponsored by the United Methodist Church will be at the Edmeston Central School, November 8th with serving from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. This is a donation dinner and take outs are available.

November 6th will find the end of Daylight Savings time. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour. This is also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon detectors. Don’t forget the check the batteries in the flash light in the car also!

Edmeston October 9, 2011

One day last week, the paper had predictions for this Winters weather. They said we are to have very cold and lots of snow for December and January. Have you checked out the pine cones on the evergreens? The heavy apple crop (even the scrub apples)? To top these signs, the woolly bear caterpillars are showing up and they also indicate a cold & snowy Winter for the first part.

The leaves have finally started to show some color. Earlier there didn’t seem to be much color, but after a couple hard freezes, they are really quite beautiful. Isn’t nature amazing?

Edmeston October 2, 2011

For those of you who read the Gazette on-line, I’m not sure if it will be available this week or not. When I send the column in via e-mail, it also goes to Dave Green, who is kind enough to post it. Well, to make a long story short, Dave left this morning to visit his mother in North Carolina. He does this every year around Columbus Day, and that will be here next week. Have a good trip and say hello to Alice for me.

Barry Holdridge of Scottsville and Daryl Holdridge and Darlene Benzon of Rochester were recent guests of Dick and Marge Holdridge and enjoyed dinner at the Old Mill.

Dick and Marge Holdridge enjoyed several visits with Janet Davis and husband Richard Leonhardt while they were here in the area recently visiting friends and family. They are from Astor Park, Florida.

They did it again! Don & Irene Howard, Dick & Marge Holdridge from Edmeston and Bob & Berni Nonenmacher of Oneonta met at the Old Mill Restaurant in Mt. Upton on September 23rd to celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversaries. This is the third year they have met there for an anniversary celebration and they plan to keep going. Congratulations! If you take the number of couples times the number of years, it really ads up to quite a number….try it!

Edmeston September 25, 2011

October is rapidly approaching and with it, The Fire Department Breakfast. A great way to start the day, and at the same time help the department. Serving is from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Juice, French Toast, Pancakes, Home Fries, Eggs, Sausage, Bacon and Coffee and all for a donation …..can’t beat that.

Jeannine Palmiter and daughter Sue Doctoure, Canandaigua, were here over the weekend and stayed at the home of Lorraine Corts.

Marge Gregory will be having a Birthday on October 4th. She is presently at the Oneonta Nursing Home, 330 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, New York. A card shower would be great!.

The Edmeston Rotary Club is sponsoring an exchange student from Thailand. Her name is Nattanit Tanprasert. The host family is Heidi and David Trevvett of Unadilla Forks.

The United Methodist Church women will be sponsoring a rummage sale at the Legion Hall on October 6 & 7. Sale starts Thursday (Oct 6th) at noon until 5:00 p.m. Friday (Oct 7th) sale starts at 9:00 a.m. to noon, then a bag sale from noon until 2:00 p.m. If you have items to donate, they may be left at the door Thursday morning.

The District Governor was at the Edmeston Rotary Club meeting Wednesday evening. He is Bob Ross from Cortland.

Edmeston September 18, 2011

On September 16, 1778, Adam Helmer made his famous run to warn the settlers of Brandt’s Indian raids. 233 years ago, almost to the day (September 17, 2011) the Edmeston Museum and the Burlington Historical Society re-traced a portion of the run (via car) with informational stops along the way and refreshments at the Burlington Municipal Building. An interesting and enjoyable time was had by those who “made the run”.

The leaves are starting to show color and a light frost has taken place. Guess this is to be expected as Fall officially begins this Friday (September 23rd).

Edmeston September 11, 2011

“We Will Never Forget”
September 11, 2011 at 8:30 A.M., at Burlington Flats Memorial Park, The Edmeston Volunteer Department conducted a 9/11 commemorative service. About 100 people watched the Firefighter Procession come down the street and turn into the Park. Everyone stood silently to listen and remember. A very touching program and extremely well done.

With over 150 motorcycle riders and 100 bikes, a memorial ride in honor of Michael Mayne, was held Saturday, September 10th, starting at his hometown, Burlington Flats at the Memorial Park.

Librarian Dottie Blackman tells me she will have a book sale on September 24th, at the library, starting at 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Many subjects and authors to choose from.

With the days noticeably shorter, and the evenings cooler, it makes you start to think about the heating season. With that in mind, why not check the batteries in you Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors?

The members of the Edmeston Free Library Board met at the home of Leon Schworm on Wharton Creek Road, Monday, September 12th.

Edmeston September 4, 2011

When Hurricane Irene came through the area, it left me without power for three days, thus no column last week. When the power was restored, I found out my computer had died. Thanks to Dave Green, he is submitting my column for this week.

On August 18th, Thirty-Five family members & friends me in Narrowsburg, NY and traveled by chartered bus to NY City, where they left on a Carnival Glory Cruise to Canada. The trip was planned by the Porter family as a surprise 50th wedding anniversary for Roger & Mary. While in Canada, they explored St Johns, New Brunswick. Five fun filled days were enjoyed by all.

The Edmeston Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Community Commemoration Service on Sunday morning, September 11th at 8:30am in the Community Park, State Highway 51 Burlington Flats. The service is to honor and remember the lives of those lost that day, both civilian and public service employees. The public is encouraged to attend and remember the tragedy that struck our country that September day. The Department also cordially invites any and all Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement agencies to join us that day. In case of inclement weather the service will be held in the Burlington Flats Baptist Church next to the park.

On Saturday, September 17th, the Edmeston Museum and the Burlington Historical Society are retracing Adam Helmers famous run from Edmeston to Schuyler Lake. Starting at the 3 Scouts Memorial at West Edmeston at 10:00am. This wil be done by car and there will be stops along the way with historical information. The program will last approximately 2 hours. For more information, call 965-1056 or e-mail burlingtonnyhistory@yahoo.com

Edmeston August 21, 2011

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and although I had things I could/should be doing, I decided to take a ride down Dutch Valley Road. There are several (Amish) homes and buildings. I marveled at the new barn on the Holbert Farm. I understand Dick Holdridge and several locals watched the “Barn Raising”. It went up rather quickly and was almost done except for the roof by two and the roof was in place by four.
Further down the road I saw oats that were bundled and stacked in neat piles waiting to be pciked up. It sure made you think of the “Good Old Days”. Seems good to see some of the old buildings and farms productive again.

Edmeston August 14, 2011

When I went to school, we were taught that Election Day was always the first Tuesday following the first Monday. Look at the new school calendar. They have Election Day the first Tuesday in November (Nov. 1). Hope the teachers will correct this when school starts. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th. Make a note of that and don’t forget to Vote!

Eric Jensen was at Uncle Leon’s to do a small job (no meal). He complained to Ben (the dog) that I didn’t put his name in the paper when he helped Stella and the other haying crew back a few weeks ago. Sorry Eric!

With the days noticeably shorter and a couple of mornings with tempreatures in the low 50’s, it makes you think what is ahead. I’ve also noticed the new “School bus stop ahead” signs appearing. It’s a good time to sharpen up your driving skills as school will be starting soon.

Edmeston August 7, 2011

Could it be thin mountain air, just plain luck or skill? No matter what you think, Monty Smith had a hole in one on the 9th at Mountain Top, Sherburne on August 2nd. Those who were on hand to congratulate him were: Roy Emrich, Floyd Poupore & Jack Palmer. Congratulations Monty!

The Burlington Historical Society has come up with the idea to retrace “Adam Helmers Run”. It would not be the complete run and would be done by car. They have asked Edmeston to join them in this venture. The tentative plans are to go from Edmeston through Exeter or Schuyler Lake with stops or stations along the way. Boy Scouts or other groups would be at these stations to give a brief talk about the run and the Revolutionary war in our area. This sounds like a great idea. If you would like to know more or become involved, contact Rick Graham at burlingtonnyhistory@yahoo.com. If there is enough interest and people to help, this will take place in mid September.

Cindy Davis of Ohio and Jennifer Davis Taylor & son (Davis John Taylor) of Kentucky were recently visiting friends and relatives in the area.

With the Powers Vested in Me and the Laws of the State of New York, on July 30th, Leon Schworm presided over his first same sex marriage.

Edmeston July 31, 2011

Fog in the early hours Sunday, but then a beautiful day with a bright blue sky and not a cloud in it. The combined Parish Worship Service of the United Methodist Church followed by a picnic at the New York Central Insurance Company pavilion was well attended with over 41 people and food galore. Everyone had a very enjoyable time.

The Edmeston Rotary Club has hired a professional cleaning crew to come into the old Legion Hall and clean the kitchen from top to bottom. This is something that has been needed for a long time.

A small twister type storm swept through the area Friday night, knocking down trees and power lines. Some residents were without power for quite a spell.

The temperature is supposed to stay very warm this week. Wouldn’t you know, its Otsego County Fair Week. With high gas prices and many out of work, the attendance for the fair is expected to be up. See you at the fair!

Edmeston July 24, 2011

The 4th of July fireworks are sent high in the sky to burst into a blaze of color, then they are gone. The month of July is much like the fireworks. It starts, then before you know it, its gone. Where does the time go?

Sunday, July 31st the United Methodist Church will be having a combined Parish Worship Service and picnic. This is to be held at the NYCM pavilion and will be at 10:30a.m. Bring a dish to pass. meat and drink will be supplied. All are welcome!

According to Lou Miller, the best five days of Summer will be August 2 – 7. That is when you can attend the Otsego County Fair at Morris. See you at the Fair!

Edmeston July 17, 2011

Following a hot, humid day in the hay field (over 400 hundred bales) Stella and her crew enjoyed supper and swimming at Uncle Leon’s

Myrta and Alene Harrington, left Tuesday by plane for Alaska, where they will help Russell and Freda Arnold celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

The Rotary meeting on July 6th was when the officers for the year changed. President, Dora Kirk, Vice President Jane McGeown, Secretary Peg Robinson and Treasurer Barb Fallis. New members are always welcome.

On Wednesday, the fire department was called to West Hill Terrace for a dryer fire. The residents were moved to the firehouse where they were given sandwiches and drink until such time as it was safe to return.

Edmeston July 10, 2011

Even with the high price of gas, the nice weather has brought people out! Some for just a ride, some for golf, picnicking, swimming and some just for ice cream at Moo Moo’s. What ever got you out, it is good to see folks enjoying themselves.

The Edmeston Free Library Board bi-monthly meeting, was held at the home of Dick and Lori Saunders on East Street, Monday evening. In addition to the regular business, it was reported that in June, the museum had visitors from: Virginia, Maryland, Long Island, Colorado, Florida and Kew Gardens, N.Y. Most everyone said they couldn’t believe a small town could have such a nice museum. If it has been awhile since you were last there or if you’ve never been there, its worth your time! Museum is open the first Saturday of each month 9 – noon, or by appointment.

Edmeston July 3, 2011

Other than the quick down-pour Sunday afternoon, the 4th of July turned out to be a good one. Fireworks displays took place along with picnics, camping and all the other good things that happen on the 4th. Hope everyone was able to enjoy it.

Bob & Helen Alcott have returned home after a trip to Demedju, MN to visit daughter Holly and husband and of course Jack. Before returning to Peet Hook, they met up with Dave & Tina Mumbulo, Grand Forks, ND. The Mumbulo’s are both in the military and have just returned from Germany. The Mumbulo’s and the Alcott’s went to Sandston, MN and attended a Mid-West Country show. A very enjoyable time was had by all.

Jeanne Westcott has moved to her grand -parents house in Garrattsville. She has been working on fixing up that house for sometime and when it was finally done, she put her home on West Hill up for sale. Matt Paugh bought the house on West Hill and has now moved in. Welcome to Edmeston Matt!

Edmeston June 26, 2011

Over 200 people attended the 104th Annual Alumni Dinner and Reunion at the Edmeston Central School on Saturday evening. A tour of the school was given anyone who wanted. The dinner and meeting followed and members of different classes met to talk over old times. It was a very enjoyable evening.

The American Baptist disaster relief team will be going to Springfield Mass. July 10th to 17th to help rebuild after the storm. Anyone who would like to donate or help should contact Edwin Stevens at 965-8717. Even though this is listed as American Baptist, it is open to any and all.

On Friday, after completing the final bus runs for the school year, the Edmeston Central School bus drivers enjoyed a picnic at the home of Scott and Terry Convis.

The Edmeston Museum was open Saturday morning for any alumni wanting to tour it. There were several who did and they made the remark that for a small town we have an excellent museum. The regular hours are the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Other times are available by appointment.

Edmeston June 19, 2011

7:00 P.M. Sunday evening, members of the Class of 2011, marched down the aisle at the Second Baptist Church, to attend the Baccalaureate Service.

Saturday evening, June 25th will find the 104th Annual Alumni Dinner and Reunion at the Edmeston Central School. Registration/school tours 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. with dinner at 6:00 P.M. At last count, there were over 150 signed up to attend.

Graduation is scheduled for Sunday, June 26th at 1:00 P.M at the school. Congratulations to the Class of 2011.

It has already taken place, but what can I say? June 21st was the first day of Summer, also the longest day of the year – enjoy!

Edmeston June 12, 2011

Time certainly has a way of slipping by. Another school year is about to come to a close. Tuesday is the last day for Pre-K to 8th grades and Regents are scheduled to start the 15th to the 24th.

If you have been out in the evenings no doubt you have noticed the fire-flies or as we used to call them, lightning bugs. It was always fun to catch them in a jar and watch them light up before we let them go. I doubt the kids of today even know what they are.

It wasn’t that long ago we were wishing mother a happy Mothers Day, and now its dads turn. Fathers Day is Sunday, June 19th.

Tuesday, June 21st is the official start of Summer. Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable one.

Edmeston June 5, 2011

Not much news to report at this writing. School is winding down, in fact they celebrated a “snow” day on the 31st. I understand they have one more day that they didn’t use last Winter. Lets hope its about 80 the day they use this one.

Right after 9/11, everyone displayed the American Flag. Since then, some no longer fly the Red, White & Blue, even though they are Americans. June 14th is Flag Day, so lets show the support we did on 9/11 and all through the year.

Matt and Heather Losee, Frankfort, New York, are the parents of a baby girl, born on May 26th. Don and Karen Losee are the grand parents, so guess that makes Ed and Jean Losee, Great Grand Parents…..Congratulations!

Edmeston May 29, 2011

Lets give credit where credit is due! The caretakers at the local cemeteries are to be congratulated for the fine job they did to keep up with the mowing (between storms) for Memorial Day.

Larry Andrews has returned to Blowing Rock, NC after spending some time here visiting friends and relatives.

Dave & Patty Green are to be congratulated for donating time and energy to pull weeds and put down mulch by the flag pole at the firehouse.

The Pageant of Bands in Sherburne will take place this Saturday, June 4th.

A flag pole has been placed in front of the Chapel at Union Cemetery. The first time the flag had been flown, it was at half staff at sun rise, then raised at noon in honor of Memorial Day.

Edmeston May 22, 2011

Many people are gearing up for the official start of the camping season. This weekend is Memorial Day and campers are already going by the house to get set up for the weekend. Please drive carefully and be safe.

Memorial Day finds local parades as usual. The parade schedule is: West Edmeston 9:30 a.m. Edmeston: 11:00 a.m. and Burlington Flats 1:30 p.m.

The Edmeston Rotary Club will again be selling chicken bar-b-que at the four corners

The ladies of the American Legion are selling poppies. There are also cans around town in case you miss one of the auxiliary members.

May has been very wet with all the rain. Old time saying – Rain in May, barn full of hay. Also keep in mind that we had a fog in February and that old time saying is Fog in February, Frost in June.

Happy Memorial Day

Edmeston May 15, 2011

Saturday, May 14th, the rain held off for the 6th Annual Dale Palmiter Memorial Golf Tournament held at the Red Pines Golf Course. This was sponsored by the Wharton Valley American Legion.

This Saturday, May 21st, is the Annual Book Sale at the Edmeston Free Library. Lots of good books to choose from. Sale starts at 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M.

Bob & Berni Nonenmacher have moved again! The move this time was a short one. They have moved from apartment 200 down the hall to apartment 219. Other than this change the address is the same: 163 Heritage Circle, Oneonta, New York

The 500 books from the Four County Library System have arrived! Dottie has them all unpacked and ready to be checked out. Many thanks to Helen Alcott who helped Dottie carry in and unpack the books.

Word has it that Marilyn Davis (former Edmeston resident) is now a Great Grandmother. Don’t have any of the particulars but everyone is fine and doing well – Congratulations!

Edmeston May 8, 2011

Larry Andrews, Blowing Rock, N.C. is visiting family and friends in the area for a couple of weeks. Good to see him around again.

The Fire Department would like to thank the people who donated, as well as those who attended, the auction on Saturday. Even with a hit and miss shower, the auction was a big success.

The Junior Prom, Class of 2012, at Hog Hollow Farm, Burlington Flats, was enjoyed by all. An after prom party was held at Clark’s Sport Center, Cooperstown.

The weather was perfect for Mothers Day and the afternoon found Chesebrough field full of soccer players. Cars were lined up on each side of the road for quite a distance, so guess the turn out must have been good.

Keep in mind the book sale at the Library on May 21st from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Edmeston May 1, 2011

Do you remember: Trillium (headache flowers), Trailing Arbutus, Myrtle, Dutchman’s Breeches, Jackin-the Puplit and Hepatica? The kids of today would have no idea what they are or why you would pick them for May 1st. May baskets, made from old wall paper catalogues, and hung on doors was a big event. It’s a shame some of our old customs have gone by the wayside.

The Watercress Farm and Greenhouses (Scott and Terri Convis) opened on May 1st. They have a fine selection of plants and flowers and just in time for Mothers Day which is May 8th.

Irene Howard, Dottie Blackman and Helen Alcott went to the Four County Library, Vestal, N.Y., Friday, to select 500 books which will be on loan to our Library. These books will be arriving shortly and the previous books on loan will be returned to the Four County library System. Watch for the new selection to arrive and check out some good reading.

He worked on the Town Highway and was custodian at the Municipal Building. As of April 30th, Howard Turnbull has decided to retire after 50 years. Congratulations and Best Wishes on your retirement Howard!

Edmeston April 24, 2011

Students have returned to their studies after having a break for Spring/Easter vacation.

Early sun greeted those going to a sunrise service for Easter, but by mid-day, a light rain was falling and cloudy weather was with us the rest of the day. Temperatures were about average for this time of year.

Leon Schworm attended a memorial service for Evalina Palmer at the First Congregational Church in Bridgewater on Saturday.

In place of a speaker at Rotary for the last two weeks, the club cleaned and painted the walls and woodwork at the old Legion Hall. What a difference this makes – Great job, well done!

There is still time to donate items to the Fire Department for their Auction, Saturday, May 7th. Auction starts at 1:00 P.M. For item pick-up, call 965-9834 or 965-2396 (no white goods or junk please!)

Last call for Breakfast until Fall! Sunday, May 1st will be the last breakfast sponsored by the Fire Department until Fall. Serving is from 7:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
This is a donation breakfast and includes: Juice/coffee, French Toast, Pancakes, Home Fries, Sausage or Bacon and Eggs.

Edmeston April 17, 2011

School is out this week for Spring vacation. Because Good Friday comes during the vacation, they will get Monday the 25th off also.

When you mention May, it seems like quite a long way off, but the time has a way of slipping by. Dottie Blackman, Librarian, tells me she is planning on having a “Book Sale” at the library on May 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Great time to pick up some good reading (mysteries, westerns, paperbacks etc.)

Sunday, May 1, will be the last breakfast until Fall. Serving is from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Great way to start out the morning as well as help the firemen.

The Burlington Flats Historical Society is sponsoring Mrs. Kelly Falk, Waterville Historian, who will speak on the “Loomis Gang”. Mrs. Falk has conducted some Summer tours through part of the nine mile swamp and very well known for her knowledge of the Loomis Gang. This event will be held at the Burlington Flats Municipal Building (the old school) on Friday evening, April 29th at 7:00 p.m. It’s open to the public and free of charge. Sounds like an interesting evening.

Don’t forget the firemens auction, May 7th at 1:00 p.m. They are still looking for items, so if you have something (no white goods or junk) and need to have it picked up, Call Lauren Waite 965-9834.

Ella Congdon Purple, wife of former principal George Purple, passed away April 11, 2011 at the Harding Nursing Home in Waterville, with her son Robert and his wife Johanna (Conde) Purple at her side. She was 99 years old.

Hope the weather will cooperate, but even if it doesn’t – Happy Easter!

Edmeston April 10, 2011

As the old saying goes “April Showers bring May Flowers” Hopefully this is true and our snow is gone until sometime next Winter. The sugaring season has ended and some of the lower bushes are starting to bud. If we could get a couple of warm days with sun, things would really pop.

April 1st (opening day of trout season) found some anglers out, but nothing like in the past. Guess its easier to sit before the boob tube and run to the store for the fish. This way they don’t have to stand out in the cold/rain and don’t have to clean the fish.

This Sunday will be Palm Sunday and the following Sunday is Easter. Some churches will have sun rise services as well as the usual worship services. Many will have special music. The church of your faith welcome you.

Saturday, April 16th will be the annual Easter Egg hunt sponsored by the firemen’s auxiliary. This takes place at 2 Burdick Ave. (Tom & Linda Eriksen’s house) and starts at 10:00 A.M.

The firemen have started collecting items for their annual auction which will be Saturday, May 7th at the fire house, starting at 1:00 P.M. They are requesting donations of items for the auction, but request no white goods and no junk. Plan to attend the auction and support the fire department.

Edmeston April 3, 2011

On St. Patricks day, classmates of Edmeston Class of 1956, met in the Villages in Florida. Attending were: Fred Page/wife Pat, Sandy Lohnas/husband Ken Haggerty, Dick Winters/wife Carroll, Bev VanBenschoten/ husband David and George Twist/ wife Pat. Remembering school days and growing up in the area made this a great mini-reunion.

Terry Benson, formerly of Edmeston, is spending some time with her brother George Twist, in Cibelo, Texas, before returning to her home in Belleview, Florida.

Word has been received that Shirley Simons Beach, passed away in Syracuse, April 2, 2011. Shirley has a sister, Evelyn Hendrickson, Edmeston and a brother Jim Simons, Michigan. She was in the Class of 1953 at the Edmeston Central school. Burial will be in the Butternut Valley Cemetery.

Get your cameras ready to take pictures at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the firemen’s auxiliary, Saturday, April16th at 10:00 A.M. The event takes place at Tom & Linda Eriksen’s home on South Street.

The United Methodist Church women will have their Annual Rummage Sale, April 14 & 15, at the Legion Hall. Items may be left at the door Thursday morning and the sale will start at noon and run until 4:00. On Friday, sale starts at 9:00A.M. until noon, then a bag sale until 3:00 P.M.

Started your Spring cleaning yet? If so and you have some items you no longer want, please consider donating them to the firemen for their Annual Auction which will be Saturday, May 7th at 1:00 P.M. at the firehouse They request no white goods and no junk. This fund raising event is only made possible through the thoughtfulness and support of the people and help the department to maintain the level of service to the community they are able to do.


Edmeston March 27, 2011

A loyal gazette reader and former resident (Betty Talbot Schriber) asked while getting her hair done….why isn’t there any news in the column about the folks in Edmeston? The answer Betty is quite simple…no one ever gives me any items.

On March 22nd, Betty Talbot Schriber, celebrated her 87th Birthday with family and friends. Doesn’t seem possible this could be the same lady that used to push me around town in a baby buggy. Happy Belated Birthday, Betty!

The United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a rummage sale at the Legion Hall on April 14th and 15th. More details next week.

Barry Holdridge, Scottsville, N.Y. was here for three days visiting his parents, Dick & Marge Holdridge. While here, he got to have some fun shoveling the snow from one of our storms. Bet he won’t come again until he’s sure the snow is gone.

This Sunday, April 3rd will be breakfast time at the fire house again. I think they are planning to serve in April and May, then not again until Fall, so better take advantage while you still have time.

The firemen’s auxiliary will again sponsor the Easter Egg hunt for the kids. This will be on Saturday, April 16th starting at 10:00 A.M. at the home of Tom and Linda Eriksen on South Street.

Edmeston March 20, 2011

The calendar says it’s Spring, but the weather forecast for the next few days is for snow. Snow after the arrival of Spring is called “Poor Mans Fertilizer”. If we do get it, the grass should start to green up, clear the air and we can have Spring!

Faith Smith had an open house in honor of her parents (Don & Fern Seamans) 70th Wedding Anniversary, Congratulations! She also reports that up next to the house she has some snow drop flowers in bloom.

How many of the readers watched the “Super Moon” come up Saturday night? It was just beautiful, so big and bright and there weren’t any clouds to hinder the view. This was caused by the moon being as close to the earth as it ever will be. The next time this will happen will be in 18 years.

Edmeston March 13, 2011

It has been said that the pussy willows come out in March, regardless of the weather. Guess we will see if that’s true this year or not as we are over half way through March and so far it doesn’t look much like Spring although this is New York State so could change in a hurry.

The red winged black birds are here and someone said they have heard robins. Feel sorry for them trying to find worms in all the snow, but guess Mother Nature will take care of them.

The Edmeston Free Library board had their bi-monthly meeting Monday night at the home of Lorraine Corts. Dottie reported that the number of books being checked out is very good and is impressed with the results. The large print books are very popular and the library has a nice selection of them.

Edmeston March 6, 2011

Don’t forget that next Sunday, March 13th, daylight savings time begins. Set your clocks ahead one hour when you retire on Saturday (Spring forward)

Thursday, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. For all who are Irish and those who are just for the day “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”

This will be the last Gazette before the arrival of Spring – March 20th. Hope we can have a decent Spring and Summer after such a bad Winter.

Garret Schoonover was inducted into Section 4 Hall of fame in Binghamton, at the Arena, last Saturday. Congratulations Garret!

The Museum now has a CD made by Eileen and Alan Truax, of the “Wharton Valley Echo”, volume 1, November 18, 1882 – November 10, 1883. The Echo was first published weekly in Burlington Flats by Clarence A. Talbot and Elba Talbot and later moved to Edmeston.

Edmeston February 27, 2011

Snow, Snow, go away. We’ve had enough for this Winter! Now that we are in March look at some of the happenings: March 9th Ash Wednesday, March 18th Daylight Savings time starts, March 17th St. Patrick’s Day and March 20th Spring starts.

Several people have tapped trees. Could be a problem getting into the woods with all the snow. Hope it doesn’t melt too fast as it could cause flooding.

The donation breakfast at the fire house will be this Sunday (March 6th) Serving from 7:00 A.M. til 11:00 A.M. A great way to start out the morning and also help the fire department. Juice, pancakes, French toast, home fries, sausage, bacon and eggs.

Looking for something a little different to do and have fun? Come to the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, 1:00 P.M. March 6th at the Edmeston Central School. The Scouts have a great time with this and a lot of fun for everyone.

Edmeston February 20, 2011

What a mixed bag of weather we had last weekend. Friday was such a nice day, it made you think Spring. Saturday was a complete turn around making you think Winter had returned. As I write this, I’m sure most of the TV’s are turned to the race in Daytona. Not overly warm, the sun is out and that helps.

The Cub Scouts of Pack 9, Edmeston, recently celebrated their annual Blue and Gold dinner. This year marks the 100th year of Scouting and we had many Cub Scouts, Parents, siblings and other guests. We hope that parishioners of our local churches enjoyed seeing our Scouts participate in various functions at their church, Scout Sunday, several weeks ago.

Upcoming events include a trip to the Empire State Museum in Albany. The ever popular Pinewood Derby is March 6th. All are invited to this exciting and fun event. It takes place at the Edmeston Central School on Sunday, March 6th at 1 p.m.. Come and enjoy and find out why Scouting is so cool. For more information about Scouting, call Lisa Johnson at 965-8613.

Edmeston February 13, 2011

Next Monday we observe Presidents Day. Just a reminder, the bank and post office will be closed. School will be off all week for Winter vacation.

Have you noticed that the days are getting longer? On March 13th, we start daylight savings time….doesn’t seem possible it’s that time again. Even with all the bad weather we have had, the Winter seems to be moving right along.

Every week when I get the Gazette, I check out to see what others have written and usually they have items that have been submitted by readers. What I am trying to say is if you have news that you would like to share, give me a call.

Edmeston February 6, 2011

I guess it doesn’t matter what the weather is, people still like to go out for breakfast. The response to the breakfast Sunday morning by the fire department was great!

Seed and garden catalogues are arriving and it makes you start to think about Spring. If the groundhog not seeing his shadow is any indication of an early Spring, bring it on!

Monday, February 14th is Valentines Day….just a reminder to remember your sweetie.

Edmeston January 30, 2011

It’s the last Sunday in January.  . Don’t quite know where the month went, but glad its gone! By the time this goes to press, we will have observed Groundhog Day. I don’t know if he saw his shadow or not, but I’ll bet we will still have (at least) six more weeks of Winter.

Sunday, February 6th will again be time for the breakfast at the firehouse. Serving is from 7:00 to 11:00 A.M. This is a donation breakfast and benefits the department. Menu includes: Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Home fries, French Toast, Juice and beverage. A great meal and the price is right!.

Just a heads up reminder…Monday, February 14th is Valentines Day. Don’t forget your sweetie!

Edmeston January 23, 2011

With the temperatures at six below zero this morning (colder in some spots) and not improving much during the day, guess Mother Nature is hitting us a good blow. If you look at the calendar, you’ll see Ground Hog Day is next week. Wonder what he will predict for us.

The Panther Trax Snow Mobile Club is sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner at the Red Pines Golf Course, Sunday, January 30th with serving from Noon til 4:00 P.M. Everyone is welcome (even if you don’t snow mobile).

When I got my Daily Star, Saturday, I was so pleased to see the story on the Amish moving into the area. In the Spring, we should see a lot of the falling down buildings and over grown fields put back like they should be. The article also answered a few questions I had, but didn’t know if I should ask. It’s been a hard Winter for them to relocate, but we wish them well.

Edmeston January 16, 2011

As I write this, the wind is blowing the newly fallen snow. The temperature is hovering in the mid teens and at times it snows very hard. Guess you could just call this a typical New York January day.

The snowmobilers will be out in full force to take advantage of the snow. For those of us who don’t take part in the Winter activities, guess all we can do is sit by the fire and look at the new seed catalogues which are arriving. The days are starting to linger a little longer and we are already over half way through January, so don’t give up hope…..Spring is just around the corner.

Edmeston January 9, 2011

Les Bush was guest speaker at Rotary Wednesday night. He had pictures and spoke about the Flagpole Dedication Ceremony at the ECS Athletic Complex on Miller Road, June 26, 2010. Pictures from the Museum Collection are displayed weekly in the bank and some of his pictures will appear there shortly.

For years, John & Dottie Blackman have invited people to their home to celebrate the Epiphany. This year was no different. Many friends gathered at the Blackman home Thursday evening for this event.

Saturday night was the Annual Firemen’s meeting and banquet. It started at 5:00 p.m. with the business meeting and election of officers for the year. The following were elected: Chief: Art Klingler, 1st Asst. Lauren Waite, 2nd Asst. Kevin Rous, President David Green, Vice President Rick Benjamin, Secretary, Bob Simmons and Treasurer, Steve Goodrich.

Everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by “Tuller Catering & Party Service”, 397 Martin Road, New Berlin. Following that, Lauren Waite reported that in 2010, the department responded to 113 calls, which totaled up to one hundred thousand man hours. Various awards were given out. Deb Klingler, Captain of the Emergency Squad reported that they had responded to 270 calls. Linda Eriksen then gave a short account ot the Firemen’s Auxiliary from the time it was started to the present. This was followed by an evening of music by “Mayne Attraction” for dancing and listening enjoyment.

Edmeston January 2, 2011

The last three days of a month are supposed to be the ruling days for the coming month. If that’s true, January shouldn’t be too bad. Remember the old saying – as the days begin to lengthen, the cold begins to strengthen.

Don’t know what Mother Nature has against snow blowers, but once again the snow blower races were called off for lack of snow. Guess they should have scheduled the races in New York City where they had lots of snow. They did have the usual bonfire and fireworks.

Word has been received from Marilyn Davis, in Ohio, that some of the robins have returned and several flocks of geese have been seen in formation going North. Ohio is usually a little ahead of us, sounds encouraging doesn’t it?

Now that Christmas and New Years Eve are over and the tax notices are out, guess its time to get back to normal. Hope everyone enjoyed the Holidays!

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