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2016 News

Edmeston ~ December 25, 2016

Because the first Sunday of the month was New Years Day, the firemen’s Donation Breakfast will be January 8th with serving from 7:00 to 10:30 .

As the year winds down, we look forward to 2017. Travel in this part of the country for Christmas was great, hope it’s the same for New Years.
Have a safe New Years and good travel. Happy New Year!

Edmeston ~  December 18, 2016

Christmas Candelight Service
December 24 – 5:00 P. M.
Edmeston United Methodist Church
Youth Pageant – Special Music

All Welcome

Please note the time. We find many who would like to attend appreciate the earlier times
so they cab get home early.

The donation breakfast sponsored by the fire department usually held the first Sunday of the month will be January 8th due to New Years.

Edmeston ~ December 11, 2016

Saturday morning found the ever popular “Breakfast with Santa” at the firehouse. A joint effort by the firemen and auxiliary and always very popular. In addition to breakfast, each child receives a wrapped gift and a chance to talk to Santa, as well as a picture. I didn’t get a count of the kids, but know they went through 13 dozen scrambled eggs.

By the time this goes to press it will be almost too late, so would like to take this time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

Edmeston ~ November 27, 2016

Doesn’t seem possible another month has gone by. It’s time once again for the breakfast at the firehouse (Sunday morning) Serving from 7:00 to 10:30.

Grand Pa says that Winter will start (set in) when the ponds, swamps and streams are full. After last weekend snow, makes you wonder what may be ahead.

The fire department will be having its monthly breakfast Sunday Dec. 4th. This is a donation breakfast with serving from 7:00 to 10:30 .

Edmeston ~ November 20. 2016

Folk-Lore has it that Indian Summer comes after the first measurable snow fall in November. Does this mean that with the snow we got Sunday we can plan on Indian Summer?

The two forth grade classes at ECS toured the museum Thursday. One class has 15 students and the other 17 students. It was a pleasure to have such a well behaved group. Some had questions and I’m sure will have more
after they get back to school

Happy Thanksgiving!

Edmeston ~  November 13, 2016

The members of the Edmeston Tea Circle have made miniature buildings of places in town. Some people have the entire collection while others just have specific ones. This years building is the funeral home.

The entire collection is on display in the museum. The Tea Circle will be having a bake sale, November 19th at West Hill Terrace (9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.) at which time you may pick up your miniature. If you may want a miniature from the past, they have a few, just ask!
Barb & Bill Turnbull hosted a gathering of library board members to recognize those who have substituted when the librarian was not available. They each received a lovely bouquet of flowers.
The two 4th grades toured the museum Thursday to complete their study of local history.

Edmeston  ~ November 6, 2016

Welcome back to Standard Time!  Guess the time change didn’t bother those who come out for the donation breakfast sponsored by the firemen the first Sunday of each month.
Members of the Edmeston Free Library met at the home of Barb and Bill Turnbull, Sunday to honor past members of the board.
The November meeting of the Edmeston Free Library, will be Monday evening, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the library.
Sally Lidell is back in our area.  After living for years in South Edmeston, she made many friends and would like them to know that she now resides at Chase Nursing Home, New Berlin.
Students in the two fourth grades at Edmeston Central, will tour the museum on November 17th to complete a portion of local history.

Edmeston  ~  October 29, 2016

Oops, Guess I really goofed with the time change last week.  If nothing more, it made you think about the change.  You wonder if anyone ever reads the column, but make a mistake and you’ll find out.  When you do change your clocks, be sure to set them BACK one hour (Fall back).
Don’t forget the Election Day Supper, sponsored by the Edmeston United Methodist Church.  Turkey with all the trimmings and home made pie…what more could you ask for.? Serving from 4:30 to 7:00.  If you are like everyone else, you are sick of all the political advertising, but just another reminder …Get out and VOTE !
The first Sunday in November (6th) is the Breakfast at the firehouse.  Serving from 7:00 to 10:30.  Eat in or take-out, you can’t find a better meal.  Donation!
Haven’t heard if the Legion is having a ceremony on November 11th.  For information, call Steve Goodrich.

Edmeston   ~ October 23, 2016

It’s that time of year again.  When you retire Saturday night, set your clocks back one hour (Fall Back)  Sunday morning will be standard time.
The Rotary Club is having the annual Halloween costume/party October 31st at the school, starting at 6:30.
The Edmeston United Methodist Church will again sponsor the Election Day dinner at the school(use cafeteria entrance on North Street.)  The eat in dinner is by donation.  Take outs available, but will be charged $10.00 each to off set containers.  Serving from 4:30 to 7:00. Any questions, call Jane McGeown at 965-0032.  Menu: Turkey with all the trimmings and home made pies.
Have you checked out and returned the survey sent out by the Edmeston Free Library?  This survey is important to identify what the community needs, and wants.  Survey due back to the library by October 31st.

Edmeston ~  October 9, 2016

Saturday, October 15th will be a busy day in downtown Edmeston  It all starts with the 5th Annual spook fest.  This will be from 11:00 to 3:00 with vendors, Chinese Auction, pumpkin carving hay rides and games.
The Edmeston Free Library will be having a book sale at the library.  This will be from 10:00 to 3:00.  The librarian has been very busy arranging, sorting and bringing things up to date.  A good time to bring your books up to date.
Activities continue at the firehouse when the Auxiliary will sponsor a Chicken & Biscuit dinner.  This is donation and will serve from 4:00 to 7:00.  Take outs are available.

Edmeston ~ October 1, 2016

  • I have just been looking ahead at the calendar and have come up on an item that I think needs attention.  For the past few years, the American Legion has not had a ceremony to dispose the American flags that are no longer serviceable. It is my understand Steve Goodrich is the commander now and I think this would be a good time to start working on him for a ceremony on November 11th.  The flags stand up very well considering they are out in all kinds of weather, but many are shameful to still be out.  Take a few  minutes and give Steve a call and get a ceremony scheduled.
  • On Sunday, October 9th Pastor Rebecca Parrry will dedicate 28 new pew cushions in the sanctuary at 3 North St. Edmeston in memory of Guy Carey, Rena Lull, George Bergan and Robert Sweet.  Coffee Hour will follow.  Members of the community are urged to attend.  Church is handicapped accessible.
  • Herritage Sunday to be observed at the Edmeston United Methodist Church Sunday October 16th 9:00 a.m.  Members to be honored, Dixie Wheeler, Betty Robinson, Nancy Carey, Bob & Berni Nonenmacher  Church is handicapped accessible. Members of the community are urged to attend.

Edmeston ~  September 25, 2016

  • Have you ever really stopped to see how automated we have become?  We park in a parking lot and upon leaving the car, the lights blink, the horn sounds and the doors lock.
  • Entering the store, the doors open and close behind us.  After shopping, the machine tells us how much we spent, what for, how many items, gives us a discount and even figures the tax and how much change we are due.  Returning to the car, the lights blink, the horn sounds and the doors unlock….not bad for being automated.

Edmeston  ~ September 11, 2016

  • It’s a bird, no, it’s a plane, no, it’s a goose, trying to decide if its time to head South.  Only Mother Nature knows the answer.
  • A Sunday afternoon trip around the country finds orchards open, cider being made and leaves are starting to show some color.  Guess Fall is here.

Edmeston ~  September 4, 2016

  • A beautiful sunset in the Western sky to make a near perfect day, the day before Labor Day.
  • Tomorrow will find people packing camping gear and getting ready to move back to the real life.  There will be some sadness with the thinking about starting a new school year, while others will find happiness and take pride in the new friends they have made.
  • Marilyn Davis has returned to Ohio after spending some time here visiting friends and relatives.  It’s always interesting to have someone return and hear them tell about the changes.
  • Hope everyone had a good  weekend/vacation.  Keep smiling and look forward to the next time off, and keep in mind the little train…..I know I can….. I know I can…..(toot, toot)!

Edmeston  ~  August 28, 2016

  • I think I can, I think I can. I KNOW I can….Yes, after years of trying, the New York Central train (on the lawn) has finally gotten up to speed and toots at noon rather than seven minutes before the hour.  Thanks!
  • Rosemary Stephens had a successful Moving Sale, Saturday.  She will be moving to Norwich.
  • After a random survey of the patrons of The Edmeson Free Library, it was decided to change the hours of operation.  Effective Tuesday, September 6, the hours will be: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 1:00 to 6:00 P.M. Saturdays 10:00 to 3:00.  Closed Thursday and Friday.  Closed on all legal holidays.
  • With the opening of school, please be careful of students entering and leaving busses.
  • The Edmeston Free Library board will meet at the library building Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.

Edmeston ~ August 21, 2016

  • With Fall upon us and school starting, the Edmeston Museum will go back to its Winter schedule (First Saturday of each month)  Arrangements can be made for other times by contacting the museum.
  • If anyone has a little spare time  and would be interested in helping at the museum, we could use the help.  Its very interesting and a great way to learn local history.

Edmeston ~  August 7, 2016

  • The Otsego County Fair is now over and what a great week they had.  I understand they were happy with the attendance figures.
  • Saturday the Mumbulo Family reunion was held at the Pittsfield firehouse.  There were 35 members of the family there with Betty being the oldest.  Youngest of the group was Lucy Swartz  only 3 years old.  Her mother is Melissa Mumbulo Swartz.  When it came to who traveled the most miles it turned out to be Jack Mortzheim from Shelvin, Min.

Edmeston ~ July 31, 2016

  • Roger and Mary Porter have returned to Florida after spending several weeks visiting here.
  • To my knowledge no one has run out of water, but guess in some cases it is low.  With the rain Saturday night and off an on all day Sunday the rain fall amounted to over four inches.  Sunday afternoon the storms came just far apart so that it was able to soa  able to soak in and do some good.
  • We have already started into August and it will soon be time for back to school…it’s not to early to practice your driving skills to be ready for the stopped school buses.

Edmeston ~  July 24, 2016

  • Watching traffic from my porch Saturday and Sunday, I wonder just how many are headed for Cooperstown.  Nice weather both days for the Hall of Fame activities .  Heat and Humidity doesn’t slow down the active baseball fan.

Edmeston ~ July 17, 2016

  • Great weekend for camping or any other activity that would bring you outdoors.
  • I understand the board of directors for the Otsego County Fair has a big change and that the fair will l be more like it used to be. It will take place in Morris New York from August 2nd to August 7th. There are over thirty new vendors and a thrill show called “Pirates of Colombian Caribbean” This could be just the shot in the arm the fair board needs. See you at the Fair!

Edmeston  ~ July 10, 2016

  • Hats off to Tom Golden for his commentary on Barney Ray (You Can Not Tell a Book By Its Cover, Gazette, July 1, 2016) Many knew Barney, but for the few took the time and acknowledge the man that would go without himself to help others. Tom did a nice job reflecting on Barney Ray (June 23, 2016.)
  • We finally got some of the much needed rain. We could use a lot more. Guess because its been so hot and humid, people have stayed inside and so there is no news!

Edmeston  ~ July 3, 2016

  • Campers getting up Sunday morning found a cool, clean fresh air and the sky beautiful with out a cloud to be seen. This was ideal camping weather or vacation time or just home, off from work and enjoying the 4th of July weekend. Hope you were able to enjoy it!
  • With the help of the Four County Library System our library has up dated many of the books and got rid of some. If you have been in the library lately, you have noticed spaces on the shelves. These are now being filled with new selections and authors. Stop in to see what is available!
  • The monthly meeting of the Edmeston Free Library will be Monday, July 11th at 7:00 P.M. at the library

Edmeston ~ June  26, 2016

  • The Alumni Association banquet Saturday night was attended by over 160 people. Many schools no longer have an Alumni, but Edmeston keeps strong.
  • Sunday morning was the last Fireman’s Donation breakfast until Fall. They would like to thank all that supported them and look forward to starting again on September 11th.
  • With all the activities recently, we neglected to mention June 21st which was the longest day of the year. We now start down the other side – SORRY!

Edmeston ~ June 19, 2016

  • The Edmeston Museum was open special for Fathers Day. There were over 35 fathers and children in attendance. It was interesting to hear the kids ask questions and the fathers giving an answer. For the most part the fathers did very well. It was a good day and an interesting experience and one that I’m sure the kids will remember for a long time.

Edmeston ~ June 5, 2016

  • Many well wishers were on hand to say farewell to Deb Peter as she put in her final day at NBT after 23 1/2 years service. Best wishes Deb!
  • The much needed rain came Sunday. For those who could stay inside and read a good book it was fine. If you didn’t have a good book, be sure to check out the days and hours the library is open.
  • A unique idea for Fathers day, June 19th, send the kids with dad to the museum (it will be open) Let him explain some of the items on display, how they worked when he was a boy.
  • For any Alumni returning for the annual dinner and reunion, June 25th, the museum will be open.
  • The Memorial Day parade was one of the best in a long time. The New York Central float (put together and designed by Dave Green) received many praises and comments. A show stopper for sure.

Edmeston ~ May 29, 2016

On June 3rd, stop in the Edmeston Office of the NBT Bank to say farewell to Deb Peter as she retires after 23 1/2 years of service. You will also have the opportunity to meet Brooke Anderson as she assumes the role of leader. Brooke joins the staff in Edmeston from the Norwich Branch NBT.

Edmeston ~ May 22, 2016

MEMORIAL DAY Monday will once again see us observing Memorial Day. For years past it has been tradition to go to the cemeteries to remember those who have departed. This was often done with flowers from local gardens. The late frost killed the lilacs as well as other flowers. If you will be at a grave of a lost loved one please pause for a moment to remember.

Edmeston  ~ May 15, 2016

Mother Nature sure hates to give us a break.  Sunday, along with rain, wind and some sun, we had a few snow flakes.  The folks that went South for the winter must all be back by now and they really don’t care about seeing snow.

Dates to remember:  May 21st Armed Forces Day.  May 30th Memorial Day.

Every year someone asks about the times for the parades Memorial Day:

  • The West Edmeston Parade is at 9:00,
  • Edmeston is 11:00 and
  • Burlington Flats 1:30.

The museum will be open Memorial Day from 9:00 to 5:00.  Plans are under way to have it open more during the Summer when people are touring and seem to have more time.  Watch for notices about extended days and hours.

The Town Highway Department sponsored an Open House Saturday morning.  This allowed the public to see our equipment and ask questions.  Light refreshments were served.  An impromptu bit of entertainment was provided by Carl Higgins…ask him about it.

Edmeston ~  May 8, 2016

It’s hard to believe that the temperature  can be in the upper seventies in the afternoon  and down into the thirties by morning.  Mother Nature sure likes to keep us guessing.

I went out on the back deck Sunday afternoon to enjoy the sunshine.  I didn’t realize the wind was that cold, so didn’t stay long.  Just before I went back inside there was a very loud  crack, and a lot of pine needles in the air.  The wind had blown about half of a very large pine tree onto the house.  Couldn’t tell from my view point how much damage was done, but know there is some.

With May rushing right along, here are a few dates to remember:  the 15th Peace Officers Memorial Day.  May 21st Armed Forces Day, and of course May 30th Memorial Day.

Edmeston  ~  May 1, 2016

Saturday found a small group of girl scouts/brownies going up and down North & South streets hanging May baskets on the doors of the elderly or sick.  What a nice idea.  Guess some traditions still hang on.

Show your patriotism and honor by displaying the American Flag.

  • Armed Forces Day May 21st.
  • Memorial Day May 30th.

Walking up to a department store fabric counter, a pretty girl asked, “I want to buy this material for a new dress.  How much does it cost?”

“Only one kiss per yard”, replied a smirking male clerk.

“ That’s fine,” replied the girl.  “I’ll take 10 yards”.

With expectation and anticipation written all over his face, the clerk quickly measured and wrapped the cloth, then teasingly held it out.

The girl snapped up the package and pointed to a little old man standing beside her.  “Grandpa will pay the bill,” she smiled.

Edmeston ~ April 24, 2016

The Lorraine Corts Estate Auctions seem to be going well..  The sale scheduled for April 29/30 was supposed to end it up, but there is a chance Don may have to schedule one more day.  Watch the paper for this information.

Scott & Terry Convis (Watercress Green Houses) expect their flowers to arrive on the 27th, and will be open for business starting April 30th.  Mothers day is May 8th so would be a good time to check out the plants and flowers.

Once again another month has rolled around.  The Fire Department Donation breakfast is May 1st with serving from 7:00 to 10:30.

To all who are or want to be a “Mother”  Happy Mothers Day.

Edmeston ~ April 17, 2016

Aching muscles, sun burn and blisters all went hand in hand over the weekend.  Raking and general cleanup seemed to be the order and with the exceptional nice weather many items should have gotten done.  It seemed so good to be able to get fresh air into the house.

The Town Clerks Office is closed this week as she is in Saratoga Springs attending a State Mandated schooling.

Earth Day is April 22nd.  Give back to the environment by planting a deciduous tree.  Deciduous trees lose their leaves during the Fall, allowing extra sunlight to warm your home.  The extra shade during Summer months will keep your house cooler.

Edmeston  ~ April 10, 2016

The poor little birds that came North early were once again hit with cold and snow.  People with feeders are still taking care of them.

Nancy Carey has returned to the frozen North and arrived just in time to enjoy one of our snow squalls.  Welcome home Nancy!

Rosemary Stephens took a tumble while helping at the rummage sale and cut her head and broke her glasses.  She has recovered and on the go again.

The auction Saturday at the Lorraine Corts estate was well attended inspite of the cold weather.   There are to be  at least two more auctions at the same location.  Watch for dates and times.

Board members of the Edmeston Free Library met Monday evening with representatives from the Four County Library System to get brought up to date on rules and regulations for the Edmeston Free Library.

Middle age is when you have stopped growing at both ends and have begin to grow in the middle.

Edmeston ~  April 3, 2016

The Grand Master of the State of New York and his line officers were in attendance Saturday including Grand Chaplin Jose Valencia  for the re-dedication of the Farmers Masonic Lodge in Edmeston to celebrate the Lodge being in Edmeston for 150 years.

At times Sunday the visibility was zero.  The weatherman was right when he predicted a quick drop in temperature, rain changing to snow and very, very windy.  The forecast for the first part of the next week continues with snow and wind.

The peepers have been out in full force, being frozen in thee times, this should mean Spring has sprung.

Edmeston ~ March 27, 2016

Other than a very frosty morning, Easter Sunday was a picture perfect day.

April showers bring May flowers or that is what the old saying was.  We would go to the hardware store to get the old wall paper catalogs to make May baskets.  Today’s youth have no idea what you are talking about.  We didn’t need electronic devices for entertainment, we made our own.  How many of these old traditions have we forgotten?  It’s quite noticeable when you see the few fisherman out on the first day of trout season.  Guess its easier to sit before the TV and guzzle a beer rather than get fresh air and exercise.

April 3rd is the breakfast at the fire house.  Serving from 7:00 to 10:30 – donation!

The women of the United Methodist Church is having a rummage sale at the Masonic Lodge April 7th,  9 to 4 and April 8th 9 to 1 with a $2.00 bag sale  No electronics Please!  Items may be left at the Hall on April 6th.

The Farmers Lodge of Edmeston is going to celebrate 150 years of existence on April 2nd.  The Grand Master of  the State of New York will be in town for the event.  His line officers will also be in attendance including the Grand Chaplin (Jose Valencia), past  Methodist Church Minister.

Edmeston ~  March 20, 2016

The first day of Spring found us with sunshine, but very cold air.
If you have started your Spring house cleaning and have found some things you no longer want/need, please consider giving them to the Women of the United Methodist Church, who will be having a rummage sale April 7th and 8th.  Items may be dropped off at the Masonic Hall on April 6th.  Sale on the 7th is from 9:00 to 4:00   Sale on  the 8th from 9:00 to l:00 with a $2.00 bag sale. No electronics please!
Looking out my kitchen window Sunday morning, I could see a purple object on the lawn.  Thinking it may be some kind of weather device, I went out to see.  Turned out to be a balloon from some ones party
You’re getting old when you don’t care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don’t have to  go along.

Edmeston ~ March 13, 2016

I reminded several people on Saturday to set their clocks ahead one hour when they went to bed. Guess what, I forgot to do it myself.

Next Sunday (March 20th) is Palm Sunday, followed the next Sunday (March 27th) by Easter Sunday.

Couple of weeks ago, Anna Mumbulo called to tell me she had a robin on her lawn. Guess he was singing his heart out to her. Well, the same bird returned to sing a song again, this time to Anna who will be celebrating her 85th birthday on March 19th. Happy Birthday Anna!

Edmeston ~ March 6, 2016 

To treat a case of cabin fever, I decided to take a little ride and enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather. On my trip I was able to see a few robins, a woodchuck and some red winged black birds. Upon returning home my neighbor saw a run, cleaning out an old nest. It would appear that she was getting ready to make a new one. Do you suppose this is a sign that Spring is on its way? Think Spring!

Edmeston ~ February 28, 2016

Maybe it’s true that life begins at fifty, but everything starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out. think about it.

A few geese have been spotted going North. Is this a good sign?

Only two weeks until daylight savings time begins (March 13th)
Old saying: Empty fields in Winter, graves full in Spring.

Edmeston ~  February 21, 2016

Hey kids, its back to school this week.  The weather last week was alright for having “Winter Recess”  Some people had plans and enjoyed the “Recess”.  Eric Jenson and friend were two of these people who sailed from Ft Lauderdale, Fla. to Cosmos, Mexico.
Just think its only a couple of weeks until we turn the clocks ahead one hour (daylight savings time)  March 13th followed the 20th with Palm Sunday and the first day of Spring, followed the following Sunday (March 27th) Easter Sunday.  With the Winter we have had, its hard to think March  is almost here.

Edmeston ~ February 14, 2016

 

When the weather man predicted an Arctic Blast last week end we didn’t pay much attention, it hit!  Minus 27 was the reading in town Sunday morning and to make things worse, the power was off for some for about two hours.  As I write this the cold is still hanging on, but prediction is for warmer weather starting Tuesday.  It makes you appreciate what you have until you don’t have it.

Edmeston ~ February 7, 2016

Anna Mumbulo called Sunday morning to say she saw a robin on her  lawn.  She also said that we should put the bird on the prayer list as there is a snow storm coming.

Terry Andrews is here from Blowing Rock, North Carolina visiting friends and relatives.

A few of the locals have tapped trees hoping for a good syrup year.

Two members of the Rotary club have changed places.  Marty Winsor will be the president and Dave Green will be the vice-president starting July 1, 2016.

After dealing with deadlines, publication dates and increase in prices, the Town of Edmeston is now using  the Gazette as the official paper.

Barb Fallis believes she is the oldest living Edmeston native. (born September 19, 1929).

Edmeston ~ January 31, 2016

In last weeks Gazette under “Early Files” it mentioned H. A. Odell returning to his store after two week illness.  I was contacted by a man in Fort Drum who had purchased a sleigh in Burlington Flats and it came from H. A. Odell in Edmeston.  Small world!

According to the “Early Files” we used to get hit hard with snow.  Right now it looks like the Ground Hog will be able to come out on his own rather than being pulled out of his hole.

Sunday, February  7th  will be Breakfast time at the fire house.  Serving from 7:00 to 10:30.  Come out for a great meal and help the fire department at the same time.

If you haven’t made arrangements yet, its not too late.  Sunday February 14th is Valentines Day.  The little lady will want to be remembered!

 

Edmeston ~ January 17, 2016

Many times an item may not be of interest to you, but someone who has moved away likes it.   From time to time I hear from someone who subscribes to the Gazette and they live away, they like to try to keep up on the old town through the Gazette.  Its not easy to come up with something every week.  If you have an item someone might be interested in send it in so we can keep these readers in touch with the “Home Town”.

Edmeston ~ January 10, 2016

The Annual Dinner and meeting of the Edmeston Fire Department, was held Saturday evening at the fire house. Officers for the year are: Mike Hume, Chief, Lauren Waite, First Assistant Chief and Larry Brown 2nd Assistant Chief.

The Annual meeting of the Edmeston Free Librarian was held at the library on Friday evening. Richard Fallis is the librarian replacing Dottie Blackman who retired after serving in that position for 34 years. Officers for the library are Barbara Turnbull, President, Irene Howard, Vice President, Sue Gay, Secretary and Leon Schworm, Treasurer.

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