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2012 News

By Leon Schworm
Edmeston Correspondent – The Gazette

Edmeston ~ December 30, 2012

It must be a sign of the New Year. The Tax bills are out as well as seed catalogs. The stores are already for Valentines day – no wonder it seems like time is going so fast.

Lisa Jensen has returned to her studies in England after spending Christmas with her family.

Don, Karen,Chris, Ed, Jean,Matt, Heather and Macenna Losee as well as Bob & Pat Lull, enjoyed Christmas together on the 23rd.

It’s time once again for the Free Will Breakfast at the Fire House sponsored by the firemen (January 6th) serving starts at 7:00 a.m. and goes to 10:30 a.,m.

Clayton Hawes, Nate Truax, Shelby McCall and Kaylee Schworm have been selected as Section Four Soccer all Stars and will go to Barcelona, Spain March 28 to April 4th. They will play soccer with other Section Four all Stars.

Edmeston ~ December 23, 2012

John Tophoven, Houston, TX, is spending the Holidays with his parents,
Mr. & Mrs. Tony Tophoven, in West Edmeston.


“God Bless America”

Did you know Irving Berlin wrote “God Bless America” in 1917 for use during WWI. He thought it “too sentimental” for the horrific inferno that was WWI, so he filed it away. This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were big. Families would sit around the radio evenings and listen to their favorite entertainers. No entertainers at that era were bigger than Kate Smith. Kate was also large in size and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings”
Kate was very patriotic. She had hopes and faith in her fellow Americans. She went to famous song-writer Irving Berlin (who also wrote “White Christmas”) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their Country. He went to his files and found a song he had written in 1917, but never published. He gave it to Kate and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Mr. Berlin agreed that any profit would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years millions of dollars have been received by the scouts from royalties from the song. To this day “God Bless America” stirs our patriotic feelings and pride. During the 7th inning stretch in Yankee baseball games her recording is still played. “GOD BLESS AMERICA”

Happy New Year everyone!

Edmeston ~ December 16, 2012

I learned (too late) about a Christmas Cantata at Burlington Flats, presented by the Area Churches. It’s a shame that with all the time and effort put into something like this, more people aren’t aware of it. I would have gladly made mention of it in my column had I known.

Carl Higgins and Doug recently went to Houston, Texas. From there daughter Kathy, husband David and Grand Son Tony all went to Cancun for two weeks.

Congratulations to Guy and Nancy Carey, who on December 27th will celebrate being married 60 years.

The United Methodist Church is having a Christmas Candle Light service, Monday evening (Christmas eve) December 24th at 7:00 P.M. Everyone is welcome. The Church is beautifully decorated for Christmas with wreaths, greens and 21 poinsettias.

The calendar says December 21st is the first day of Winter (not too bad so far). If memory serves me correctly in school we were taught it was also the shortest day of the year, so we can start looking forward to longer days and SPRING!

Merry Christmas to all!

Edmeston ~ December 9, 2012

I can not believe how many people asked why the American Flag was flying at half mast on Friday. When you mentioned “Pearl Harbor Day” they had a blank expression, then all of a sudden it sunk in. Even though it was 71 years ago, we should still honor the day. The younger generation really have no idea what it is all about. What if anything are they teaching in school?

Jeanine Palmiter, daughter Susan Docteur and her husband Bob, along with Mark and his new wife Kayala, Farmington, New York, were weekend guests at the home of Lorraine Corts. Saturday evening many of Marks friends showed up to meet Kayala as the wedding took place in Pennsylvania and they were unable to attend. Congratulations to the new couple.

Breakfast with Santa once again was a big hit with well over 100 children coming to say hello to Santa and tell him what they would like. A very popular event and grows every year.

Edmeston ~ December 2, 2012

The Firemens Auxiliary is sponsoring “Breakfast with Santa” Saturday morning December 8th at the fire house 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. Bring the little ones to visit with the Jolly old man.

Bob and Bernie Nonenmacher , Oneonta, were in Town Sunday and attended the Firemens Breakfast.

Ed and Mary Hauer, Frederick, MD. were here for the weekend. Mary stayed on to spend the week with her father, Howard Turnbull.

The Christmas Decoration Contest, sponsored by the Fire Department and Auxiliary will be judged on Monday Evening, December 17th, not Tuesday as reported last week.

Word has been received that Marjorie Higgins Johnson has passed away. Marjorie graduated from Edmeston Central and is the sister of Carl Higgins.

Edmeston ~ November 25, 2012

Doesn’t seem possible December can be upon us already! On Sunday, December 2, 2012, the Fire Department will once again sponsor a Free Will Donation breakfast, serving from 7:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Come and enjoy pancakes, French Toast, Home Fries, Bacon, Sausage and Eggs.

Sunday December 2, 2012 will be Christmas Around the World. This starts at 1:00 P.M. Note: this year the event will be held at the Second Baptist Church.

The Edmeston Fire Department and Auxiliary are sponsoring a “Christmas Home Decorating Contest”. All homes in the Edmeston Fire District (Towns of Burlington, Hamlet of South Edmeston and Edmeston are eligible). Judging to take place on Tuesday Evening, December 18, 2012. Forms may be picked up at Burlington Flats Post Office, Farmers Place (So. Ed), Hoyt’s Hardware, Jessie’s Hair Studio, Millers, Spikes and NBT Bank, Edmeston.

“Sharing the Christmas Spirit”. The Edmeston Rotary Club is soliciting donations from the community to support its “Sharing the Christmas Spirit” campaign. Each year since the 1970’s the Rotary Club has made this a special benefit for many local families. The Edmeston Rotary Club uses money donated by community members, local businesses and Rotary members to help others have a great holiday. New or nearly new, clean used clothing will also be accepted. Please be sure everything donated is clean and in good condition. In addition, donations of non-perishable food items for the food baskets they give to families.

Edmeston ~ November 18, 2012

The Bake Sale and miniature building pick up was a big success. This years miniature building was the Bootman House. Truman Bootman built this house in 1860. He rented two rooms in his house to form the First National Bank of Edmeston. The bank moved to the corner of North and West Streets in 1917 and is now the Municipal building.

By the time this goes to press there will be a lot of people groaning and moaning from eating too much turkey. Football and time with family and friends make up most of the day.

There was a lot of shooting Saturday morning when hunting season started. Haven’t heard of anyone getting a deer, yet!

Edmeston ~ November 11, 2012

The United Methodist Church would like to thank everyone who attended the Annual Election Day Supper. I don’t know if it was because of the presidential election or the weather, but it was the largest turn out for the dinner ever.

The Spaghetti Supper sponsored by the Fire Department had a very good attendance. In addition to the supper, they had a raffle for three shot guns. The drawing took place at 7:00 and the first place winner was Larry Brown. Second place was Rob Carnrike and third place was Dan Schierman. Congratulations!

The Edmeston Tea Circle will be having a bake sale, Saturday, November 17th at the Legion Hall, 9:00 to noon. For the past several years, they have made miniature buildings from the past. This year the building is the Bootman House, home of the first bank in Edmeston. This miniature can be picked up at that time (a sample of this building is on display at the NBT Bank). Some of the Tea Circle women have a surplus of Christmas ornaments (gently used) and they will have them there for sale if you are interested.

It’s not too early to make plans for the Annual Christmas Around the World Dinner. This will take place on Sunday, December 2nd at 1:00 P.M. There is a location change and this year it will be at the Second Baptist Church. Bring your own table service and a covered dish.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Edmeston ~ November 4, 2012

What a difference in today’s Halloween from those in the past. Hardly any litter or broken pumpkins. Not quite as many out for trick or treats. Could it be that it was just too cold or do you think that it takes to much ambition and it’s easier to stay in and play a video game?

A few people started out the day on daylight savings time…..were you one of them?

The Firemen are sponsoring a “Free Will Spaghetti Supper” this Friday (Nov. 9th) at the Firehouse. Serving is from 5:00 to 8:00. They are also having a gun raffle and the drawing for that will be at 7:00.

Edmeston ~ October 29, 2012

Gentlemen, start your engines! This could very well be the title of a book by Bones Bourcier. Gene and Gloria Cole have donated a copy of Mr. Bourcier’s book “The Home of Heroes” (fifty years of racing at Utica-Rome Speedway) to the Edmeston Museum. A copy of this book was also donated to the Edmeston Free Library, where Dottie will let you check it out.

The Annual Election Day Dinner will be this Tuesday (Nov 6th). This is sponsored by the United Methodist Church and features Turkey and All the Trimmings. It’s held at the Edmeston Central School and is by donation. Serving from 5:00 – 7:00. Take outs are available.

Just a reminder: daylight savings time ends this weekend. When you retire Saturday evening, set you clocks BACK one hour. This will make up for the hour you lost last Spring.

Don’t forget to VOTE Tuesday, November 6th.


Edmeston ~ October 21, 2012

David Green is spending some time with his mother Alice. He makes this trip every Fall to help get her place ready for Winter. It makes a nice change for her and I know she really appreciates it.

The sky was overcast, but it didn’t rain for the Community Harvest Fair, Saturday. This was well attended and people are already talking about making this a yearly event.

I didn’t get a chance to check for times, but the Rotary Club is again sponsoring the Halloween Party at the school on October 31st. Check the sign on the front lawn of the school for information.

The Rotary Club is sponsoring an exchange student from Brazil. He is presently staying with Mr. & Mrs. Keith Carpenter in West Burlington.

Keep in mind the Annual Donation Election Day Dinner, sponsored the by United Methodist Church (Turkey & all the trimmings) November 6th with serving from 5:00 to 7:00.

Edmeston ~ October 14, 2012

The Panther Trax Snowmobile Club has been busy putting out markers and signs to show where the trails are. They are hoping for better riding this year.

Dixie Wheeler was here from Florida for the weekend and stayed at the home of Lorraine Corts.

The United Methodist Church will again put on the Annual Election Day Dinner at the school (Tuesday, November 6th). This is a donation dinner with serving from 5:00 to 7:00 take outs available.

Karen Losee, Michigan, visited her parents (Ed and Jean Losee ) with a surprise visit. Her friends were going to Mass. and invited her to ride along so she was able to spend a week with her parents.

The Fire Department and auxiliary will be sponsoring a donation “Chicken & Biscuit” dinner at the firehouse on Saturday, October 20th. Serving from 4:00 to 7:00. Take outs available. Handicap Accessible.

Get your ghosts and goblins ready! The Rotary Club will again sponsor a Halloween Party at the school on October 31st.

I understand there is to be a “ Community Harvest Fair”, this Saturday, October 20th. This will take place around the four corners and will feature Vendors, food and entertainment. This will be a first for Edmeston and they hope to make it an annual affair.

Edmeston ~ October 7, 2012

Have you ever watched the baseball players on TV, chewing and spitting pumpkin seeds? Makes you wonder if there would be any left in the world, but just look around and see all of the pumpkins that are for sale in this area. Guess there won’t be a shortage.

As I write this the temperature is slowly going down. The “Early Files” in last weeks Gazette made mention a couple of times about snow in October. With the weather the way it has been this year, I guess anything could be possible.

Donna Sweet and Elaine Kellogg were in town recently and before leaving, called on Lorraine Corts. They had a great time talking about old times and what fun they used to have.

Sunday morning, after leaving Marge off at church, Dick Holdridge proceeded up North Street and turned up on High Street where he could check out the progress being made on the new barn at the Howard Turnbull residence.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Edmeston ~ September 30, 2012

Last week I reported that as an Eagle Scout project (Boy Scouts of America, Troop 9, Edmeston) Jordan Cornnell was going to wash and clean Veterans head stones in the Union Cemetery. He has completed the project (over 200 stones) and done a fantastic job. Pictures of some of the stones are on display in the bank. If you see Jordan, tell him what a great job he did.

Recent guests of Dick and Marge Holdridge were her sister and niece, Nordica and Susan Holochuck of Kingston, N.Y. They enjoyed attending the service at the Second Baptist Church on Sunday.

Daryl and Darlene of Rochester were weekend guests of Dick and Marge Holdridge recently. While here they enjoyed a drive around the country side

An Open House at the Watercress Greenhouses (Scott Convis) will take place Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Columbus Day)( October 6, 7, 8) 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. The gift and craft shop will be open. Some members of Scott’s Ham Radio Club will be on hand for demonstrations and to answer questions. If you’ve ever wondered about Ham Radio, now is the time to find out. Refreshments will be served.

Don’t forget the Rummage Sale, October 4 & 5 at the Legion Hall, sponsored by the United Methodist Church women.


Edmeston ~ September 23, 2012

Jordan Cornnell, Troop 9 Boy Scouts of America, Edmeston, is working on his Eagle Scout rank by washing and cleaning Veterans head stones in the Union Cemetery in Edmeston.
The strong wind over the weekend loosened a protective covering on a strained glass window in the United Methodist Church. There was some damage to the covering, but none to the stained glass window.

The owners of the Willow Crafts store are planning to have on October 20th an Edmeston Street Fair (10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.) They would like to have others join them and make this a big event. I understand the people at Rustic Ridge Winery are joining them and they would like to have others. For information contact the folks at Willow Crafts in Edmeston.

The United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Rummage Sale at the Legion building on October 4th and 5th. Items may be left at the door on Thursday morning. The sale starts at noon on the 4th and will run until 5:00 P.M. Sale starts at 9:00 A.M. and runs to noon on the 5th with a $2.00 bag sale starting at noon until 3:00 P.M.

Edmeston ~ September 16, 2012

With temperatures slipping to the upper 30’s and mid 40’s makes you think it’s time to put on storm windows, take care of the lawn furniture and clean the remaining veggies from the garden. September is half over and the trees are starting to show color. I’ve seen two woolly bear caterpillars, one with very little black on both ends and the other completely white with just a dark streak down his back. Wonder what that could be a sign of? Our local orchards are open for apple picking and even with the late frost in the Spring, the crop appears to be good. Guess no local news this week…..sorry!

If you get the Gazette via the U.S.Mail, you didn’t get it last week when you were supposed to in fact you may still be waiting for it. Don’t know what happened to it, but the last time this happened our bundle went to Florida. Guess the changes in the postal service can only be chalked up to “progress”.

Edmeston ~ September 9, 2012

The first breakfast of the Fall season, sponsored by the Edmeston Fire Department was held Sunday morning and was well attended. Just a reminder, the firemen do this the first Sunday of the month until late Spring. Great meal and great way to support the fire department.

Dottie Blackman is planning a book sale at the library on September 22nd from 9:00 – 1:00. If you have been to her sales in the past you know what a great way it is to get some good reading. There are all kinds of subjects and authors. With the shorter days what better way to enjoy an evening?

The bi-monthly meeting of the Edmeston Free Library board met Monday evening at the home of Leon Schworm, 288 Wharton Creek Road.

Lisa Jensen was to fly out of JFK airport Sunday, to England, where she will continue her studies for interior decorating. Paul and Stella drove her to JFK to see her off.

Edmeston ~ September 2, 2012

How many of the readers saw the Blue Moon Friday night? When it first came out, there were some clouds, but soon it cleared and was just beautiful. People living in cities or heavily populated areas can’t enjoy such things.

Some of the farmers are starting to cut corn and get ready for Fall. In many places the leaves are starting to change colors. Some think that because it has been so dry they won’t be very colorful this year. Guess we will have to wait and see.

If you are in the mood for pumpkins or mums, check out the Watercress Green House (Scott Convis) He has a nice selection and lots of colors. When it comes to pumpkins he has all sizes and shapes. I understand Christopher helped to pick them out.

A group of friends stopped by the Blackman residence on High Street, Friday night for cake and to sing Happy Birthday to John who was celebrating his 80th Birthday. Happy Birthday John!

Edmeston ~ August 26, 2012

Dixie Wheeler was recently here and spent some time in New Berlin and enjoyed the hospitality at the Corts home in Edmeston.

Camping, and vacations for the most part will end Labor Day (September 3rd).

September 4th will be Superintendent’s Conference Day at the school. Classes start September 5th.

We are out of the habit of watching for a school bus stopping. When the yellow lights come on its an indication the bus is about to stop. When the flashing red lights are on the bus has come to a stop and so should you – it’s the law!
Watch for children. first and second year ones especially. Many times they are excited about starting school or crying because they are leaving home and will dart out into the road.

The firemens sponsored breakfasts are usually the first Sunday of the Month. Because of Labor Day, the first breakfast will be Sunday, September 9th with serving from 7:00 – 10:30 A.M.

Edmeston ~ August 19, 2012

Traffic was heavy in the area this past weekend with the Antique Sales in Bouckville and the AMA Motorcross at Unadilla.

A family picnic held at the home of Leon Schworm, Sunday, found guests from Virginia, Greene, Delanson, New Berlin and Edmeston. It was a beautiful day and enjoyed by all.

Donald Stringham, Jr. and wife Beth were given a surprise 25th Wedding Anniversary party on Saturday. Retired Justice Leon Schworm conducted the service and Harold Haycock sang. Justice Schworm, during the service, told the couple that this made his 100th wedding. Congratulations to Don and Beth.

Edmeston ~ August 12, 2012

With the County Fairs winding down and the State Fair starting next week, makes you wonder where the Summer has gone.

We sure could use a good soaking rain. The storms seem to have split and gone around us all Summer. The little rain we did get last week made the grass green up, but we could use a lot more.

It’s not too early to start tuning up your driving skills as it will soon be time for school to start and that will mean children and buses.

The Fire Department has started making plans for the first breakfast of the season which will be in September.

Edmeston ~ August 5, 2012

Jeannine Palmiter and daughter Susan Docteur of Farmington were here for the weekend and attended the 50th Anniversary party for Bill and Nancy Sherwood on Saturday.

For the first time in years, the Otsego County Fair had good weather (except for the heat and humidity). Attendance during the day was down a little due to the heat, but it picked up in the evening.

Marilyn Davis, Lebanon, Ohio arrived here on Tuesday for a few days. If at all possible, she likes to attend the Otsego County Fair as she can usually see a lot of old friends and even some relatives. This year was no different and she was very pleased to see so many people.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Isabelle Kent who passed away at age 85.

Edmeston ~ July 29, 2012

July 1st, or the first meeting in July is when Rotary officers change. The Officers for 2012/13 are: President Marty Winsor, Vice President, Dora Kirk, Secretary, Peg Robinson, Treasurer, Barb Fallis, and keeper of the calendar of events, Dave Green.

Dottie Blackman has just received a big shipment of Large Print Books. These are very popular now and this shipment has a nice selection of subjects, titles and authors. Stop by the library and check them out.

While on county route 49 Sunday, I came upon a field of oats that had been cut and put in shocks waiting to be taken to the threshing machine. The shocks were very neat a made a beautiful sight. I hope if anyone with young children saw this and had it explained that this is the way they used to do oats, and not with a combine.

The Edmeston museum is usually open the first Saturday of each month. It will not be open this Saturday as the curator will be officiating at a wedding.

Edmeston ~ July 23, 2012

Congratulations to Dick and Marge Holdridge who on July 23rd celebrated being married 63 years. I see they are sporting a new car (KIA) and wonder if Dick bought it for Marge as an anniversary present. He tells me she’s the one with all the money, ya think?

Peg Ross and Deb Peter left Saturday morning on a bus trip that took them to the Devine Mercy Shrine, Eden Hill and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. Both got nice sunburns, but has an enjoyable time.

Working toward the Eagle Scout rank, of the Boy Scouts of America, Jordan Cornnell will be washing and cleaning veterans stones in the Union Cemetery.

The members of Cub Scout Pack 9 of Edmeston were recently awarded Arrow of Light patches, Cub Scout’s highest award. The scouts receiving this award were: Alexander Babbie, Roland Clements, Walker Berryment, Jacob Walter, Tim Simmons, Peter Burghardt, Esteban Rojas, Daniel Johnson, Matthew Bache, Tanner Sorbera and Justin Brown. Bob Simmons is the den leader.

Edmeston ~ July 15, 2012

The congreations of the West Exeter, Burlington Flats and Edmeston United Methodist Church had a joint worship service Sunday, followed by a picnic at the New York Central Insurance Company Pavilion, courtesy of New York Central Mutual.

The Farmers Museum Store was the scene on the 4th of July, for the book signing by Dorothy Blackman for her book “New York Patriots”.

Carol Pratt, former Edmeston resident, recently sent some items for our museum, some dating back to 1899-1900. She also has a wash tub with Hopkins and a date printed on the side. Depending on the method of shipment and condition of the tub, the museum has told her we would pay the shipping.

The building that once housed a radio shop (Gil Hartley) and a restaurant “The Black & Blue” (John & Billie Hile) has been taken down. Looks strange to see it gone, but is a great improvement for East Street.

One of the regular readers has said how nice it is to read about local people and what is going on. She would like to see more of this, but unless someone gives me the items I can’t do it.

Edmeston ~ July 8, 2012

Last week when I discovered my column had not been forwarded, via e-mail, it was too late to make the deadline – sorry!

Recent guests at Dick and Marge Holdridges were her sister and niece Nordica Holochuck of Kingston and Sue Holochuck of Hurley. They attended the Edmeston Central School Alumni banquet and reunion. Dick and Marge were in the class of 1942 (70th Anniversary). They were joined by former classmates, Wilma Hume Hoke of West Winfield and Ernest Emhof of South Carolina.   Nordica and her friend Marge Schellhammer of Cooperstown represented the class of 1944.

Belated Birthday Greetings go out to Ann Holdridge who turned 93 on June 29th.

Weather for July 4th was just great for anyone camping or celebrating. For so many years a jacket or sweater was needed.

With all the talk about the environment and going “Green” its hard not to recognize Patty & Dave “Green’s” nice new “Green” roof on the house. It certainly looks nice!

The Edmeston Library Board held the bi-monthly meeting Monday night at the home of Dick & Lorie Saunders.

Edmeston ~ June 24, 2012

With temperatures a little cooler, the Annual Alumni Banquet and reunion, took place at the Edmeston Central School Saturday evening with 173 in attendance.

The class of 1957 had 21 Seniors. All but one were at the Banquet and reunion. Arrangements had been made for them to tour the Edmeston Museum Saturday afternoon. For most of them, this was the first time at the museum and it brought back many memories.

It is now History! Weather wise, it was a perfect day for Graduation Sunday. Congratulations to the Class of 2012.

Richard Holdridge was recently honored with a 60 year pin and certificate of recognition for the many years of service as a rural letter carrier from The Edmeston Post Office, and his faithful membership to the National Rural letter Carriers Association. This recognition was accompanied by a personal letter from the National President, and presented to him through the Otsego County Rural Letters Association. Dick delivered mail from September 1949 through February 1978.

Edmeston ~ June 17, 2012

The firemans Auxiliary are selling T-shirts, to support the Emergency Squad, in celebration of 50 years service to the community. These shirts are bright red and come in childrens and adult sizes at only $10.00 each. They may be seen and purchased at the bank.

How many readers watched Nik Wallenda walk the tightrope over Niagra Falls on Friday? Elaine Kellogg and Donna Sweet were among the thousands of people who were actually there to see the event. Donna said this is something she will never forget.

The Baccalaureate Services were held Sunday evening at the Edmeston United Methodist Church with the Class of 2012 and their families in attendance.

The 105th Annual Alumni Dinner and Reunion will take place, Saturday evening, June 23, 2012 at the Edmeston Central School at 6:00 P.M. Old yearbooks from the museum will be on display.

The Edmeston Museum will be open Saturday, June 23rd (9:00 – Noon) for any alumni coming for the banquet and special arrangements have been made for one previous class to tour the museum at 1:00 P.M.

Sunday, June 24th is Graduation Day for the Class of 2012. Ceremony starts at 1:00 P.M. Congratulations! With graduation parties and celebrations, please drive carefully!

Edmeston ~ June 10, 2012

Most of the yard sales, BBQ’s and some other events were cancelled Saturday due to the all day rain. Guess if you wanted to sell umbrellas or rain coats you would have good items.

As the school year winds down, we find the following schedule:
June 12th – last day for classes
June 20 to June 22nd Regents Exams
June 17th Baccalaureate at the United Methodist Church – 7:00 P.M.
June 22nd last day of school
June 23rd alumni Banquet
June 24th Graduation – 1:00 P.M.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

Edmeston ~ June 3, 2012

I started my column last week when my computer quit. If anyone sent me an e-mail, I wasn’t able to get it. Hopefully all is well now!

The rain held off so the Memorial Day Programs and Parades were able to take place on schedule. Several people have made mention that the spectators are so few in Edmeston and West Edmeston, they think just the Memorial Services at these two places, then the big parade and service at Burlington Flats. This is certainly something to consider and think about.

Fifty years of dedicated community service was recognized Sunday afternoon (4 to 6 p.m.) The Edmeston Emergency Squad had an open house to celebrate this event. Squad members were on hand to answer questions and tell about what they do on the Squad. A nice turnout. Refreshments were served and at the closing of the Open House, the regular monthly meeting of the Squad was held.

Jeannine Palmiter and daughter Susan Docteur of Farmington were here for the weekend. Susan was here to join her classmates at the Rustic Ridge Winery in recognition of graduating from ECS 35 years ago. Congratulations!

Edmeston ~ May 20, 2012

Can’t believe its Memorial Day weekend already.  The Legion Auxiliary have been out selling poppies.  In case they missed you, there are cans in the stores, bank and post office.

With the mention of Memorial Day, a refresher about the parades.  West Edmeston 9:00 A.M., Edmeston 11:00 A.M. and Burlington Flats, 1:30 P.M.  The Edmeston Rotary Club will again be selling BBQ chicken in the bank parking lot.

Recent guests of Dick and Marge Holdridge were John and Nordica Holockuck of Kingston, New York  While here, Nordica and Marge visited Betty Talbot Schriber in New Berlin.  The three “girls” reminisced about their years in Albany in the late 1940’s.
Nordica and Marge attended the Baptist Womens Annual Banquet in the evening at the Second Baptist Church in Edmeston.  Nordica renewed friendships with several past acquaintances.

On Sunday, June 3rd from 4 to 6 at the firehouse, the Edmeston Emergency Squad is hosting an Open House in recognition of 50 years serving our community (24-7)  Stop by and enjoy some refreshments, take a tour and ask questions.  Squad members will be one hand to give you a tour of the Ambulance or even take your blood pressure.

Edmeston ~ May 13, 2012

Only a couple of weeks until “Memorial Day” (May 28th) American flags have been placed in the cemeteries. Even with a list, it is possible one may have been missed. If you know of a grave that was overlooked, contact Ron Martin.

Jeannine Palmiter, daughter Susan Docteur and son Mark and his fiance Kaylor were here for the weekend from Farmington, to attend the 7th Annual Dale Palmiter memorial golf tournament . It was a perfect day for the tournament at the Red Pines Golf Course.

When it was first started, it was known as a First Aid Squad. After much training and testing, it became known as the Edmeston Emergency Squad. In honor of its 50th Anniversary, there will be an open house (at the firehouse) June 3, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. The ambulance will be on display and squad members will be on hand to answer questions and take blood pressures. Lite refreshments will be served.

Edmeston ~ May 6, 2012

Saturday and Sunday was a busy time around Town. Garage sales were in full swing, the Firemans Auction at 1:00 and the Junior Prom with the “After Prom Party” at Clarks Gym, sponsored by SADD. Sunday morning was the breakfast at the firehouse, sponsored by the Department (last breakfast until Fall) Proceeds from the breakfasts and auction will go into the equipment fund. The Department would like to thank everyone who supported them in any way.

Moo Moo’s Ice Cream shop is open for the season. Gordy said if he had known opening it would give us nice weather, he would have opened it sooner. With the sun and a little warmer, makes you think of Ice Cream.

In the event you didn’t get a Pennysaver or have misplaced it, please be advised that Edmeston Central School will be closed on the following days because of unused snow days: Friday, May 18th, Friday, May 25th and Tuesday, May 29th.

On Saturday, April 28th, Pack 9 Cub Scouts, under the leadership of Bob Simmons, had a busy weekend. They cleared the trails and put up new trail markers at Basswood Pond. They had a great time hiking and observing nature at the same time. On Sunday, they planted over 40 trees at the Burlington Flats Fish and Game Club. They planted sugar maples, black cherry and walnuts and hope to watch them grow over the years. This was received too late to make last weeks Gazette. If you have someone or know of someone who would like to join the Scouts, call Bob Simmons.

For any Mothers, Grand Mothers, soon to be mothers or want to be mothers—Happy Mothers Day!

Edmeston ~ April 29, 2012

As we welcome the month of May, lets hope our weather changes and be more like it should be this time of year.

The Annual Fire Department Auction is Saturday, May 5th, starting at 1:00 P.M. There is still time to donate items (no white goods please) For donation pickup, call 965-9834 or 965-8222.

Junior Prom, Saturday, May 5th. Students attending are invited to the SADD sponsored “After Prom Party” at the Clark Gym.

Sunday Morning, May 6th (7:00 – 11:00) the last Fire Department sponsored breakfast until Fall. Proceeds from the breakfasts are put into the equipment fund.

Scott & Terry Convis along with the help of Christopher and Chester, have been busy getting ready for the opening of the Watercress Greenhouses and Gift Shop, May 5th. Lots of nice plants, flowers and gifts.

Mary Jain Dayger was honored by the Edmeston Rotary Club. She was presented with a certificate with the Rotary Moto “Service Above Self”. Since her retirement from ECS, she has been very active in promoting cultural events for the students, They thanked her for her efforts for the school and community.

The Rotary Club enjoyed a presentation of dance and singing by a group of ten men (Zulu Singers) from South Africa under the sponsorship for “Bridges of Peace and Hope”.

Edmeston ~ April 22, 2012

My how time flies! On May 5th, the Watercress Farm (Scott & Terry Convis) greenhouses will open for the season. This will mark the 20th year they have been in business…Doesn’t seem possible. In addition to the plants and flowers, they have a nice little gift shop. With Mothers day May 13th an ideal time to check it out.

The Edmeston Volunteer Fire Department is having their Annual Auction, May 5th starting at 1:00 P.M. to benefit the equipment fund. Donations are requested (no white goods please) To arrange for donation pick up, Call 965-9834 or 965-8222.

It’s the last one until Fall. The breakfast, sponsored by the Fire Department will be May 6th (7:00 to 11:00) at the firehouse. This will be the last breakfast until they start again in the Fall. It’s a great meal and you can’t beat the price (donation).

What a busy day May 5th is going to be. The Junior Prom takes place that day at the school. Students who attend are invited to go to the SADD sponsored After Prom Party at the Clark Gym.

Edmeston ~ April 15, 2012

A nice day Saturday and a good turn out for the “Founders Day” celebration and bake sale by the Burlington Historical Society. They are trying to locate historical items pertaining to Burlington. They have started a museum in the old school house and will be having more events in the near future.

Rummage Sale: The United Methodist Women will be holding a rummage sale at the Legion Hall on Thursday, April 19th from noon to 4:00 P.M. and Friday, April 20th from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. with a $2.00 bag sale starting at noon on Friday. Rummage donations may be left at the Legion door Thursday morning.

The Edmeston Volunteer Fire Department annual donation auction will be Saturday, May 5th starting at 1:00 P.M. to benefit the department Equipment Fund. Donations are requested (no white goods please) Call 965-9834 or 965-8222 to arrange for donation pick-up.

Edmeston ~ April 8, 2012

A National Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held at the Edmeston Central School on April 2, 2012. Inductees: Daniel Menendez, Grey Bennis, Kelsey Bressett, Paige Bressett, Drianna Dunham, Amanda Gelatt, John Knorr, Elisha Madison, Kelly Menendez, Kaylee Schworm, Rachel Squier, Logan Vibbard, Josie Waite. Congratulations!

The Burlington Historical Society celebrates “Founders Day” Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Burlington Municipal Building 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Bake Sale starting at 10:00 A.M. You are invited to bring in old photos, family Trees or questions. There will be displays and artifacts depicting early life in the Town of Burlington.

A cold start for any Sunrise Services Easter morning, but otherwise a beautiful day. Most of the locals who go South for the Winter have returned. Usually after they return we get a snow storm just to remind them of what they missed.

Forsythia usually blooms above the snow line, but this year with the lack of snow, the bushes are in full bloom.

Did you know? Easter is the first Sunday following the first full moon after the first day of Spring.

Edmeston ~ April 1, 2012

April Fools day sure turned out to be a fool on us when it comes to weather. With rain, then snow, we certainly were to fools. Don’t know how anyone made out that started the fishing season.

A check of the school calendar shows that this Friday (Good Friday) there is no school and the following week is Spring vacation. Hope the weather is better for those who will have the week off.

Saturday morning found the ground covered with snow for the Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the firemens auxiliary. This didn’t seem to hamper the spirits of those who came to meet the Easter Bunny and look for eggs. Fifty one kids showed up to meet the bunny and look for eggs. A good time was had by all.

They used to say that the last two or three days of the month were the ruling days for the coming month. Hope that isn’t true because the last days of March were rain, snow and wind. They also say, April showers bring May flowers so we’ll just have to see what Mother Natures says.

Happy Easter!

Edmeston  ~ March 25, 2012

NOTICE: New York State Law prohibits all open burning between March 16th and May 15th.

With unseasonable warm weather, the peepers have been out in full force. Wee David Kent tells me the weather has also aroused the Scottish midgies.

Sunday, April 1st is Palm Sunday. It is also time for the breakfast sponsored by the fire department. Serving from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a,m,

April 15, 1912 (100 years ago) the Titanic disaster. Dottie Blackman expects to have a display and books at the Edmeston Free Library for the month of April.

Barry Holdridge, Scottsville, N.Y., spent several days with Dick & Marge Holdridge before leaving for China to visit Joe Kent. He reports that since he is 6 ft,2 in tall with blue eyes the natives stop on the street and stare at him. He will return at the end of March.

Darlene and Daryl Holdridge of Rochester spent the weekend with his parents, Dick & Marge Holdridge. They had pictures of their trip to Costa Rico with many interesting reports of that country.

The Firemen s Auxiliary is again sponsoring an “Easter Egg Hunt” for the kids. This will be this Saturday, March 31st at 2 Burdick Ave. Edmeston. Starting time is 10:00 A.M.

Edmeston  ~  March 18, 2012

The beautiful day Saturday caused a few people to have to make a big decision.  Do I stay inside and watch the Syracuse game or do I go out and get the BBQ grill out?  As it turned out, with daylight savings time, they could watch the game and still have enough daylight to BBQ

Town Clerk, Linda Eriksen thought she had just sprained her ankle when she took a fall.  Upon having X-rays she found she had broken it.  The Town Clerks Office is still open for business (regular hours), it just takes a little longer to take care of things.

There were no signs of Spring flowers at my house Saturday morning, but by afternoon with the sun and warm weather the crocus were in full bloom.  Wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Gary Harrington was cranking up his mower as he likes to the the first kid on the block to mow his lawn.

Edmeston ~ March 11, 2012

The robins are back! As usual, when the robins return, we have to have a snow storm. Well, both has taken place. The Red Winged Blackbirds are here also, so lets hope the snow is over for this Winter.

Did everyone set their clocks ahead an hour Saturday night?

The Edmeston Free Library Board met Monday evening at the home of Lorraine Corts on East street.

Not sure if my Birthday Spy got it right this week or not, but if she did, Ford Smith had an 80th Birthday Celebration on Saturday. Happy Birthday Ford!

For those of you who are actually Irish and those who are just for the day, Happy St. Patricks Day!

Edmeston ~ March 4, 2012

A little like one of our daily news papers that quite often runs a correction. I want to correct an item in last weeks column. My source of information told me Dick Holdridge celebrated his 90th Birthday on February 28th. Come to find out he was only 89. Happy Birthday any way Dick!

Ayden Goodier, Oneida, N.Y., spent the weekend with Grandpa and Grandma Eriksen. Grandma said she had forgotten how it was to have a young one around and decided that she isn’t as young as she used to be.

A typical March day today (Sunday). We had flurries, sun and wind. Guess we should keep in mind that it is still Winter. Spring doesn’t start until March 20th.

When you retire Saturday night, set your clock ahead one hour as daylight savings time starts Sunday, March 11th.

Edmeston ~ February 26, 2012

After having heavy snow squalls and strong wind, Saturday, the sunshine on Sunday was a welcome sight. A few of the local people have tapped trees and some were even boiling. The last few years have not been good for making syrup. It may be a short season again this year.

Lindsay Tasior has returned to Los Angles, California after spending some time here with friends and relatives.

Stop by the Bank on Friday, March 2nd to help celebrate “Customer Appreciation” day. Enjoy refreshments and door prizes.

A resident of West Hill Terrace, Esther Jiminez celebrated her 90th Birthday on February 24th. Congratulations Esther! Although the day has passed it would be nice to remember her with a card or note. Congratulations also go out to Dick Holdridge, who also celebrates a 90th Birthday on February 28th.

Kaylee and Brianna Schworm have returned home after spending a week in Florida with grandpa Doug Beeching. It worked out well for the girls as they were out of school for the week on vacation.

The donation breakfast, sponsored by the Fire Department will be Sunday, March 4th. Serving from 7:00 – 11:00.

Edmeston ~ February 19, 2012

Edmeston has always been a friendly community, one that cares about its residents, and former residents. It’s time once again to show we care! On Sunday, February 26th, Howard & Priscilla Turnbull will have their 68th Wedding Anniversary. We can’t give them a big party, but we can give them a big card shower. Lets prove once again Edmeston cares!

Rose Benjamin, Faith Smith and Rosemary Stephens were recently in West Winfield to attend a “Tea Tasting” expericence. They tried several kinds and flavors and had lunch before returning home.

On March 2nd, the NBT Banks of Otsego County will hold a “Customer Appreciation” day. The Otsego County NBT Banks were voted the “Best of the Best” for the forth year in a row. Refreshments and door prizes to help express our thanks to our customers. Congratulations!

Sunday, March 4th will again find the breakfast at the firehouse, sponsored by the fire department. Serving from 7:00 to 11:00 A.M. Donation

Edmeston ~ February 12, 2012

Talk about crazy weather! On Saturday, a few grills were being used for a BBQ. Who ever heard of such a thing in February? By Sunday, we were back to cold wind, flurries and normal tempreatures. The weather man says we can expect back to warmer weather by mid week.

With tempreatures up and down so, its no wonder everyone is sick or having colds. A quick check of the school calendar shows that school will be out next week for Winter vacation. Usually by now we are using most of our snow days.

Don’t know where the time goes. Just when we are getting used to the time change, daylight time starts on March 11th. February 22nd is Washingtons Birthday and also Ash Wednesday.

Edmeston ~ February 5, 2012

Word has been received that Roger Blackman, a former Edmeston resident, passed away on February 4th after a long illness.

The breakfast Sunday morning, sponsored by the fire department was very well attended, thanks for the support!

The birthday calendars put out by the fire department have arrived and are for sale. If you were not contacted and would like to purchase one of the calendars, call Dana Mockovciak at 965-8037 or any fireman.

The Edmeston Rotary Club is again having a Fruit Sale. Full or half cases are available. Navel Oranges ($27/$12), Red Grapefruit ($26/$14) and Empire Apples ($24/$13). Order from any Rotarian or call Peg Robinson at 965-8784. Oranges 72 full case & 36 half. Grapefruit 36 full case & 18 half. Apples approximately 72 in case or 36 in half. Orders MUST be in by February 15th.

A meeting was held in the Legion Building Wednesday and it has caused quite a stir. From what I have been able to gather, this was by invitation only. Senator James L. Seward was there. No one seems to be able to find out what it was for and why the public wasn’t informed as long as the Senator had been invited. The Edmeston Town Board knew nothing about what was going on. If this was to do with Fracking or land ownership, I think the public should know.

Edmeston  ~  January  29, 2012

Terry Andrews, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, has been visiting friends and relatives in the area for the past couple of weeks.  Good to see him around again.

On January 27th at Spikes coffee shop in Edmeston, Earl Wilkinson, Master of Farmers Lodge, presented Brother Carl Higgins, with a 50 year pin and apron.  There were several friends and brothers in attendance.

Chuck and Sandi Muhl, Clay, New York visited Rosemary Stephens Saturday.

The Donation Breakfast sponsored by the Fire Department will be this Sunday, February 5th.  The breakfast is served from 7:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M.  Great way to start out Sunday and also help support the Fire Department.  Menu:  Juice, coffee, hash browns, bacon, sausage, eggs, pancakes and French toast.

Edmeston ~ January 22, 2012

It’s quite noticeable that the daylight is starting to linger. As the old saying goes “as the days begin to lengthen, the cold will start to strengthen”. This may have been true in the past, but the way our tempreature is up and down it makes you wonder.

Snowfall so far is way below normal. Hope that doesn’t mean we will get it in March and April. Some have been able to ski and snowmobile, but not ideal.

Sorry there isn’t any news to report, but I did want to keep the Edmeston column in the paper.

Ground Hog day will soon be upon us (Feb. 2nd) and following close behind is the Firemens Donation Breakfast (Feb. 5th).

Edmeston ~ January 15, 2012

What a quick change in our weather! Thursday, there was a report of seeing a woodchuck eating grass near a house and a couple of people have seen skunks. Bet they have gone back into hiding after our snow fall and below zero temperatures.

The Annual Meeting of the Edmeston Free Library was held at the library Friday evening, January 13th. Dottie reported that above average number of books are being checked out and that the large print books are very popular and she has a nice selection of them.

Rosemary Stephens and Faith Smith called on Marge Gregory at the Oneonta Nursing Home on Tuesday.

The Edmeston Fire Department and Emergency Squad held their Annual Banquet, Saturday evening at the firehouse. An exceptional turn out and a good time was enjoyed by all. Chief Klingler reported that in 2011, the department responded to 103 calls. The Emergency Squad responded to 255 calls.

Edmeston ~ January 8, 2012

Mother Nature doesn’t seem to be able to make up her mind! One day is cold, the next warm. Snowfall so far is way below normal and for the most part temperatures are above. We have passed the shortest day of the year and already it is noticeable as day light is starting to linger.

Effective January 3, 2012, the Town Clerks hours are: Monday – 9 A.M to 1 – P.M. Tuesday – 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. Thursday – 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. and the first and third Saturdays 9 A.M. to noon.

Edmeston ~ January 1, 2012

If you were one of the readers who took advantage of the nice weather to put up Christmas decorations, hopefully you took advantage of todays weather to take them down because the weatherman is calling for more seasonable weather this week.

The firemen will be sponsoring a donation breakfast this Sunday, January 8th at the firehouse. Serving from 7:00 to 11:00 A.M.

With Christmas and New Years Eve now history, we are now faced with Tax time. You no doubt got your tax notice in the mail Saturday. The Town Tax Collector will be sitting at the Municipal Building every Saturday for the month of January, from 8:00 A.M. until noon! Dates and hours for other times are: Mondays 9:00 to 1:00, Tuesdays 11:00 to 4:30 and Thursdays 5:00 to 8:00.


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