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Brookfield Central School Girls Basketball Team at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome on Thursday, March 1st


L A (l to r) Lily Vleer- Elliott (team manager), Grace Reilly (team manager), Samantha Jaeger, Courtney Townsend, Emmalyn Smith (team captain), Gwendolyn Kane, Jaelyn Vleer-Elliott, Lydia Walker, Karissa Dealing, Marissa Kupris, Madilyn Kupris, Jenna Bugbee, Chalee Wratten (team captain), Hailey Jordan. Getting ready to play in the Class D sectional championship game. This Brookfield CSD team was Seeded #1, with a 20-0 season! Brookfield is the smallest Section III school that plays girls basketball. More pictures page -12-.

BIG “Bird” Sightings on Saturday, March 3rd Whirling rotors were heard in the Richfield Springs area skies from helicopters flying north around 430 PM on Saturday, March 3. Pictures posted on Facebook by Fly Creek and Hartwick residents provided the explanation. The four helicopters were coming from exercises in Cooperstown and returning to Utica. The New York Army National Guard UH-60 helicopters arrived on the Clark Foundation estate across from the Clark Sports Center at 315 PM to conduct training in entering and exiting the aircraft with Uticabased US Army Reserve Soldiers. A public invitation to observe the training was announced March 2 commencing at 5 PM. Due to forecasted low-cloud cover,

By Tammy Graves

a last-minute schedule change to 315 PM, likely resulted in a less robust crowd than the realized 50 spectators. It took 28 minutes for the helicopters, assigned to the Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation, to fly from their base at Albany International Airport. Major Dan Crowell, a former Otsego County treasurer, was an organizer of the day’s maneuvers. While three “birds” were used by 45 soldiers in the US Army Reserve to do their “cold loading” training overseen by the helicopter’s air crew, one UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter was open to everyone for exploring! “We got to go in a Blackhawk helicopter,” says nine-year-old Alex Pernat of Fly Creek, "This might be the best experience of my life!" The helicopter was built in 1986, held 11 soldiers and requires two people to fly. The Army reserves get the retired, older models. It weights 22,000 pounds without people and equipment. “All ages were mesmerized by it. It had been in battle and all over the world,” says Cody Moore of Hartwick who was there with her husband and two sons. ”We saw


the four choppers come up the INSIDE valley – right along the road – THIS and the soldiers unloaded. Kids EDITION and adults asked questions and climbed around the ‘bird’ as Obituaries Pg. 5 they called it.” Moore is grateful they saw New Advertiser the notice of the time change Pg. 3 as her four-year-old son Jase is Local Author New a real helicopter fan. “We have Book Pg. 6 to stop and wave to any heliIRS Scam Pg. 7 copter we see,” says Moore. “And my son Derek who is 14 Meet the Candidates Pg. 8 said ‘I’m so glad I came.’” Brookfield Girls The hour-long experience Basketball Pg. 12 ended with the aircrafts’ dramatic exit. “When they left at 4:15, we were on other side of the road for the take-off,” says Moore. “It was incredible to feel the wind, and see how fast they go from sitting to elevating straight up. The wind pressure at take-off would have made my eyes close if I hadn’t been using the phone to take a video. You had to brace your legs to stay standing.” The soldiers training were members of the United States Army Reserve's Charlie Company, 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion based in Utica..

Above l-r: Kyle, Jase and Derek Moore of Hartwick inside one of the 11-passenger, 1986 Blackhawk helicopter that weighs 22,000 pounds & has been in battle and all over the world. Three other helicopters were being used for entry/exit exercises across from the Clark Sports Center. Right: Snow cloud amidst the 1986 Blackhawk helicopter that was part of a four-aircraft fleet from Albany. The fleet landed in Cooperstown to execute Four NY Army National Guard UH-60 (Blackhawk) helicopters flying over Canadarago entry/exit maneuvers. Lake with Utica-based US Army reserve soldiers on board. The aircraft were coming Photos by Cody Moore from a training exercise conducted in Cooperstown. Photo by Brogan Graves



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Community Events To have your event included, email or call: 315.822.6764 Some events charge admission. Wednesday, March 7 & Thursday, March 8 a730 PM “Cabaret” @ The Stanley Wednesday, March 7 a1030 AM Storytime w/ Judy (preschoolers ages 1 to 4) @ Clayville Library a2 PM & 730 PM Molly’s Game (film) @ MWPAI a630 PM Greater Winfield Historical Society “Celebrate All Things Irish” by Eileen Ucekay @ Library a7 PM Lenten Ecumenical Service @ Undenominational Church of Cedaville, Message - Carol Lewis Friday, March 9 a2 PM & 730 PM Molly’s Game (film) @ MWPAI a4 PM to 7 PM Lenten Fish Fry Dinner @ Cedarville Fire Department a5 PM to 9 PM 2018 MV Home Show @ MVCC, Jorgensen Center Saturday, March 10 a8 AM to 11 AM Class of 2018 Pancake Breakfast, including Bake Sale & Can/Bottle Drive @ Leonardsville Methodist Church a10 AM to 7 PM 2018 MV Home Show @ MVCC, Jorgensen Center a12 N to 5 PM Village of West Winfield Residents Register to Vote @ WW Library a12 N OCCA 5-Mile Snowshoe Hike to Mud Lake @ Robert V. Riddell State Park, Oneonta a1255 PM The Metropolitan Opera – Semiramide @ MWPAI a430 PM to 630 PM Corned Beef/Ham & Cabbage Buffet @ The Federated Church a730 PM “British Invasion Concert with Joey Molland @ The Stanley a730 PM to 10 PM MV Astronomical Scty Stargazing @ Waterville Public Library (weather dependent) aTURN YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD before you go to bed (Lose one hour of sleep!) Sunday, March 11 a830 AM to 1 PM Sugaring Off Sundays @ The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown a11 AM to 4 PM 2018 MV Home Show @ MVCC, Jorgensen Center a12N till gone Ham Dinner @ Edmeston Masonic Hall a3 PM “Cirque D’Or @ The Stanley Tuesday, March 13 thru Friday, March 16 a 2 PM & 730 PM Oscar Nominated Short Films Animated & Live Action @ MWPAI Tuesday, March 13 a130 PM Story Time @ WW Library Wednesday, March 14 a1030 AM Mommy & Me Hour (preschool age) @ Clayville Library a12 N Book Group reading “A Man Called Ove” @ WW Library a6 PM Essential Oils w/Laureen @ Clayville Library a630 PM Renee’s Stained Glasswork @ WW Library a7 PM Lenten Ecumenical Srvc @ St. John’s Episcopal Church, Richfield Sprgs, Message-Ed Woodworth a730 PM MV Astronomical Society Program “Ancient Astronomy” by Christopher Schuck @ Kirkland Senior Center Thursday, March 15 a1030 AM & 530 PM “Sesame Street Live” @ The Stanley a1 PM to 3 PM Mahjong @ WW Library Friday, March 16 a4 PM to 7 PM Lenten Fish Fry Dinner @ Cedarville Fire Department Saturday, March 17 a8 AM to 1 PM Pancake Day @ Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse a10 AM Fatty Bumpo Fat Tire Race @ Clarks Sport Center, Cooperstown a10 AM to 12N Fenimore Art Museum Community Art Day @ The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown a4 PM NEXT! Play Reading “Miz MacQuillin” @ The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown Sunday, March 18 a7 AM to 1130 AM Donation Breakfast & Chinese Auction @ Bridgewater Fire Department a8 AM to 1 PM Pancake Day @ Ben & Judy’s Sugarhouse a 830 AM to 1 PM Sugaring Off Sundays @ The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown a7 PM Community Singers Concert @ MM High School Monday, March 19 a4 PM to 5 PM Surplus Food Giveaway @ The Federated Church Tuesday, March 20 a12 N to 9 PM Village of West Winfield Elections @ WW Library a1 PM to 6 PM St. Joseph the Worker Blood Drive @ West Winfield


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FLASHBACKS was produced by the Class of 2003. In 2004 the students collected letters and documents from veterans of WWII to compile ACROSS THE DISTANCE. The back cover has a photo of theflag-in-the-window, with five blue stars representing five Stockwell brothers in the service of our country. In 2006, the class interviewed locals about the SCHOOL DAYS in the 1930s and 1940s. The 2007 Class produced BROOKFIELD'S PRIDE: "Some History and Stories About the Madison County Fair.” This book includes pictures from the tornado which collapsed the grandstand, and the wedding in the lion's cage. The 2008 class developed MEMORIES. The title, ALL WE HAVE IS EACH OTHER, was chosen by the Class of 2009. It contains interviews with ten younger veterans who served in the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. The book, LISTEN TO OUR PAST, created by the Class of 2010, contains recollections of life in our Town as remembered by several Senior Citizens. The final volume in the series is called SEVENTEEN. It was produced by the Class of 2011, and consists of High School memories of twenty of the Town of Brookfield residents. The cover features their former yearbook photographs. What fine experiences these students must have had as they pursued their goals together. Their mentor, Jack Henke, has retired from teaching. He is an author of books in his own right. I think that you can find him today where there are other books . . . . at the New Hartford Public Library. Perk's Notes: After reporting about these volumes, I feel compelled to RE-READ each of them!!

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Senate Stuff The Senate is an interesting body. In one respect, it is our least democratic. The two senators from California represent 39.5 million people. The two senators from Wyoming represent 0.6 million people. How did that happen? A little history. When the constitution was being forged in the summer of 1787, the biggest hurdle was the make-up of Congress. The bigger states wanted both houses to be by population; the smaller states said NO-WAY! In fact, they were so adamant, they were prepared to walk out, cancel the whole idea of a new form of government, and let the chips fall where they may. There were many tense, heated debates and weeks of negotiations going nowhere. Finally, a compromise was found. It’s called the “Great Compromise”; by population in the House of Representative and by state in the Senate. We’re used to it now, no one complains. While on the topic of representation; we upstate New Yorkers are in a peculiar position. New York city is so big, they get to call the shots on statewide elections. For example, in the last presidential election, to win New York, you needed 3.5 million votes. If you count from Westchester County down, Hillary Clinton got 2.5 million. So, she was already 71% on her way to winning NY before the rest of us got to weigh in. Even more so for Chuck Schumer in his 2016 reelection to the Senate. He got 91% of the needed votes just from those in and near New York city. In theory, 9 out of 10 upstater’s could vote for someone else and Schumer would still win. This year Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s seat is up. She will be running again. Her winning margin in 2012 was big, getting 72% of the vote. It’s hardly worth noting her superb chances of keeping the seat again this time around. Like the other national offices; NYC will decide for us. The Bigger Picture: Recall from last week’s and last year’s Just Thinking, there is some precedent for mid-term elections to swing in the opposite direction of the President’s party. The Democrats are going to pull out all the stops to make sure it happens this time around. Spending lots of money and putting up worthy candidates help, but it seems the presidential approval rating is the biggest factor in the mid-term outcomes. Unlike the House of Representative, in the Senate, we’re talking small numbers. Only 34 senators are up for reelection. Of these, 26 are Democrats already. Of the eight remaining Republican seats, six are practically shoe-ins to remain so. (Like NY will remain Democrat.) Therefore, to swing control of the Senate over to the Democrats, they must keep all that they already have and win the only two Republican seats that are possibly winnable. That is a very tall order. I’m very confident it won’t happen. My official prediction is President Trump’s first midterm election will be similar to George W. Bush’s. The House of Representatives and Senate will remain in Republican hands. I’ll also predict Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s and Congresswoman Claudia Tenny will get reelected.


I have a life insurance policy that I’ve been paying on for Soldiers, Airman, Marines & Sailors years that I really don’t need any By Diane Schoonover I’ve been Do you know what the VA offers? Well I didn’t know longer. the whole deal, so I decided to do a bit of research. I thinking about letknew some of the benefits, but here is a list per the ting it lapse, but I’ve heard that I can actually sell it for a nice payout. What can you tell me website. ( about this? Interested In Selling 1. Health Care 2. Compensation/Disability Pension Dear Interested, 3. Loan Guaranty Selling an un-needed life insurance policy can be 4. Life Insurance done by a transaction known as “life settlement”. 5. Education Here’s how it works. 6. Memorial Assistance A life settlement is the sale of an existing life insur7. Vocational Rehab. ance policy to a third party company for cash. They Only 48% of vets were using VA Benefits in 2016, are best suited for people over age 65 whose policy’s ( the face value is $100,000 or more, or someone younger amount is increasing, but some of our vets don’t use who has experienced a significant change in health. the service. Historically, un-needed policies are either allowed to I would love to hear from our local vets on lapse or turned in for the meager cash surrender why they do or don’t use the service, spouses value. But now, with the life settlement option, you and dependents please send your response can sell your policy for more than the cash surrender also. value, but less than its’ net death benefit. Did you know the VA benefits are also for dependOnce you sell it, the life settlement company then ents and survivors. Did you know a spouse or child of becomes the new owner of the policy, pays the future a veteran, even parents of a warrior can get help? premiums and collects the death benefit. Caregivers are growing in numbers due to our older How much money you can expect to get with a life vets coming into health issues, and our newest vets settlement will depend on your age, health and life excoming home with many injuries, and not just physical pectancy, the type of insurance policy, the premium either. ( My next article will focus on one of costs and the cash value of your policy. You may be the benefits listed above. able to receive four to eight times more than the Our local VFW and Legions have service officers to policy’s cash surrender value. help with getting you the information and processing Things you should know: your information. Also, all NY counties have a Veter- Shop around: Because payout can vary, to ensure ans Rep. I will be attending a class shortly to help me you get the best price for your policy get quotes from stay up to date on how to help our vets and families. several companies. Also, find out what broker and You can email me at (subject transaction fees you’ll be required to pay. Coventry, line “local vet” please) or message me thru the VFW the nation’s first and largest provider of life settlePost #2338 Facebook page. You can also leave a note ments, offers some of the highest cash payouts for life for me at the West Winfield VFW Post. I look forward insurance policies. To get started, visit CoventryDito hearing from our readers. or call 888.858.9344. To search for other We are looking for volunteers for our Friday night providers or brokers, the Life Insurance Settlement Asfish fry: taking orders, washing dishes, bussing ta- sociation provides a directory at bles. Note to High Schoolers’: this counts as com- Be prudent: Find out from your state insurance community service hours. missioner (see if the life settlement comDo you know a vet in need? Feel free to contact us pany you’re interested in is properly licensed. at the post at 315.822.5170 or Facebook. Protect your privacy: When you sell your life insurDo you know someone on active duty? We use this ance policy, you will have to sign a waiver authorizing column to inform the community of those serving our the release of medical and other personal information country. Contact us. so the buyer can determine how much to offer for your policy. Before accepting any offer, make sure the company has procedures in place to protect the confidentiality of your information. Understand the tax implications: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act recently updated the tax treatment of a life settlement to be treated the same as the surrender of a policy back to the insurance company. This can be complicated, so be sure to consult a tax advisor. Other Options If you want to keep your policy but could use some extra cash, there may be other options. 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Rebecca Jean Treen Richfield Springs Rebecca Jean Treen age 41, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday afternoon February 27, 2018 in her home. She had the comfort and support of her loving family at her side. Rebecca was born on June 18, 1976 in Herkimer, daughter of Paul & Janet M. Harrington Domion. A lifelong Richfield Springs resident, Rebecca was a graduate of Richfield Springs High School with the class of 1994. In her Junior year of high school and at 15 years of age she was selected as a Rotary Exchange Student, spending one year living in Mexico, staying with a Mexican family and going to school there. She furthered her education at Herkimer County Community College graduating in 1996 attaining an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. It was that year she went to work as a Temp for the Bank of America in Utica and in 1997 working full time in various departments in the bank with the last one being in the Legal Order Processing Department, leaving in 2014 due to her illness. Rebecca had a strong belief in God and was a devoted member of Saint Joseph the Worker RC Church in Richfield Springs. To all who knew her, they will never forget a caring, loving and energetic young lady who put all her energy into her work, her kids and their school. She was a member of the MOMMs Club, West Winfield, served as an assistant Girl Scout Leader, was active with the Zone and sold Tupperware in her spare time. Becky was so proud of her two cherished daughters and supported them at all their sporting activities. You would be sure to find her at all their cheerleading events, volleyball & softball games. She will be sadly missed by her many friends and family. Surviving besides her parents Paul & Janet Domion are her two daughters, Jordan Marie Treen and Kyra Rielly Treen all of Richfield Springs, a brother Stephen Domion of Poland, one sister Jennifer Lynn Domion of Richfield Springs, three nieces, Meghan Racheal of Utica, Rachael Domion of Richfield Springs, and Katelynn Spengler of Schuyler Lake, three nephews, Kyle Domion, Britten House and Ayden House all of Richfield Springs. Becky is also survived by her very special friend, companion and caregiver for the past several years, Walter G. Boyles of Richfield Springs. Calling hours for Rebecca were on Sunday from 4 PM to 7 PM at J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Joseph the Worker RC Church, Richfield Springs and interment in Springfield Center Cemetery will be later this spring at a time to be announced. As an alternative to floral offerings the family requests memorial donations be made to the Herkimer County Humane Society, the Susquehanna Animal Shelter or the MOMMS Club.

Richard “Dick” H. Haynes Port Byron, IL & Dade City, FL Richard “Dick” H. Haynes passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018 at his winter home in Dade City, FL, in the Gulfside Center for Hospice Care after a short illness. Dick was born on December 9, 1935 at Ilion Memorial Hospital, the son of the late Perry S. Haynes & Irene M. Rich Haynes McEvoy. Dick was raised by his late maternal grandparents, Ralph H. & Vera P. Rich. He attended West Winfield Central School. Dick as currently married to Janet Claus Haynes and resided at Port Byron, IL where they bred and trained small horses as Trotters and Pacers. Besides their horses Dick had also been an auto mechanic and drove interstate tractor trailers & local deliveries. Dick is survived by his wife Janet and his children Dennis, Tammy, Rickie, Frank, Tracey Bolton, Dawn Znin. He was predeceased by his son Shawn. He also leaves his sister Connie J. Pope & her husband Donald of West Winfield and Joyce A. Robertson & her husband Bradley of Sun City, AZ, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and nieces & nephews. Dick was cremated in Florida and will be returned to Port Byron, IL for burial.

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Obituaries Bradley H. Edwards Clayville Bradley H. Edwards, 82, passed away unexpectedly on March 2, 2018 at FaxtonSt. Luke’s Healthcare. He was born in Litchfield, NY on March 28, 1935 to the late Thornley & Elizabeth Hull Edwards and was educated in West Winfield schools. Bradley proudly served his country with the Army National Guard. On June 4, 1960 he was united in marriage with Shirley Crossman in West Exeter, NY, a loving union of over 50 years until her death on May 20, 2011. Brad owned and operated Holland Engineering in Mohawk for over 35 years prior to his retirement. He was an avid NASCAR fan and was ready to enjoy another season of racing. Brad is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Karen T. & Mark Infusino of New Hartford, their three children Kaitlin & Jacob Grawzis, Jeana Farruggia and John Bradley and Victoria Farruggia, his two sons and daughters-in-law Scott Bradley & Janine Edwards of York, SC, their four children Nikki Edwards, Sarah Edwards, Alexis and Bobby Paddock and Wade Birkenbach, Gary D. & Nicole Edwards of Litchfield and their two children Luke Edwards and Owen Bradley Edwards; his great-grandchildren Carson Grawzis and Nora Grawzis, a special friend Betty Washburn; his cousin John Hand and Ellen Ball and his in-laws David Crossman, Margaret Hughes and Linda Tophoven. Calling hours were Tuesday, March 6 from 1 PM to 4 PM at the Smith Funeral Home, Sauquoit. Services followed immediately at 4 PM. Interment will be in Litchfield Cemetery in the spring. Donations in Bradley’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice. His family would like to thank Drs. Ravi and Weiselbert and Nurses Carrie and Kelly at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare for the excellent care Brad received from them.

John A. Applin Templeton, MA John A. Applin, 48, Templeton, MA died unexpectedly on Monday, February 19, 2018. He was born in Boston, MA on April 9, 1969 and grew up in Milton, MA. John was a graduate of Milton High School. John leaves behind his parents, Marilyn Rudzinski and Dave Applin; his wife of 29 years Laurie A. (Christian) Applin; his sons Luke, Mark and Matthew Applin; three grandchildren Carter, Cameron and Harley; his brothers Chuckie, David and Danny and many other family members and friends. John worked as a network administrator for Ranor, Inc. for the last ten years. John loved to inspire and invest in the youth. He loved being a wrestling coach at Monty Tech. Many children were blessed by John from Bethany Bible Chapel and Haiti through his love, compassion and magic tricks. Calling hours at Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, Winchendon, MA were on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 5 PM to 7 PM. A memorial service was held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11 AM in Bethany Bible Chapel, Winchendon, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethany Bible Chapel Haiti Fund, 727 Spring Street, Winchendon, MA 01475.

Steven John Janicki Roseville, MI Born in Scranton, PA to Anastasia & Peter Janicki, the family moved to upstate NY with seven siblings; Stanley, Alfred, Frank, Sophie, William, Henry and John. Steven remained on the family farm until his graduation from Bridgewater High School. He then ventured to Detroit on his motorcycle to ultimately work as a machinist until retirement. Here he met his love, Stephanie Kolarich, and they married in 1944 in Tucson, AZ. During WWII, Steven enlisted in the Army Airforce and was stationed in England. He was a proud crew member on the B24 Liberator with the 458th. Steven was an avid small plane pilot and had an active pilots license until the age of 97. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast and rode motorcycles until the age of 96. He was the ultimate handyman and Mr. Fix It. The neighborhood kids loved to visit and chat as he repaired their bicycles. He was a friendly, kind man and a very loving father. He is survived by: One brother, John Janicki from Ilion, three children Shirley Ann Lambertson Polley (Robert), Sally J. Green, and Thomas S. Janicki (Joyce), six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews. Steven lived an incredible & wondrous 100 years as a member of The Greatest Generation. Steven & Stephanie's ashes will be buried together at the Great Lakes National Cemetery located in Holly, MI. Please share a memory of Stephen on his Tribute Wall at:

Katharina “Katie” Jablonski Bel Air, MD formerly Town of Columba Katharina “Katie” Jablonski, age 92, passed away on February 20, 2018 at Lorien Bel Air in Bel Air, MD. Katie was born in Brasov, Romania and immigrated to the United States in 1956. She became a naturalized US citizen in August 1965. On February 23, 1958 she was united in marriage to Erhard Jablonski in New York City. After their marriage, they owned and operated a dairy farm in upstate New York from 1961 until the 1990's. Katie enjoyed traveling back to Europe to visit friends and relatives, but she loved the farm and her daily walks through the fields and woods. It remained her home until 2014 when she moved to Maryland. Mrs. Jablonski is survived by her son Raymond E. Jablonski & his wife Jill of Drumore, PA; sister Adele Lauritsch; nephew Manfred Leitner; and niece Ingrid Leitner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Erhard A. Jablonski, sister, Hilda Leitner and brother, Georg Gergel. Those who desire may make a donation to The Salvation Army :

The Family of Edwin a Ratcliffe Jr. would like to thank everyone that was able to come and show your love of Ed and his entire family during his celebration of life. The outpour of compassion has been overwhelming for us and we are forever grateful. We would also like to thank everyone that has provided us with gifts of food, money, flowers, memoirs and touching words. Each has touched us with your love for us and it is humbling. We would also like to thank the West Winfield Fire Dept for the help they provided us on that horrible morning, your caring ways will always be remembered, and we are forever appreciative. What a wonderful community we live in. Thank you. The Family of Edwin A Ratcliffe, Jr.


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Mt. Markham CSD has announced their Universal Pre-Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year. Pre-K is open to children who will be 4 years of age by December 1, 2018 and is open to children in the Mt. Markham school district. Morning Session 830 AM to 11 AM Afternoon Session 12 N to 230 PM (Full-day sessions may also be available depending upon the number of children that enroll) REGISTRATION DAYS Thursday, March 15th: 5 PM to 7 PM Friday, March 16th: 10 AM to 12 N Mt. Markham Elementary School If any questions, please contact 315.822.2827 or email

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Other BOE News: Personnel: Tanya Jennison-substitute Nurse/Teaching; Amber Wright-substitute Bldg. Aide/T.Aide/Cleaner; Michael Pcola-substitute Bldg. & Grounds; Carol Ainslie-longterm substitute for Katie Lindsey FACS teacher 3/26 to 5/7 Winter Sports Win-Loss Summary: V Boys Basketball 2-18 JV Boys Basketball 8-12 7th Boys Basketball 8-0 8th Boys Basketball 8-0 V Girls Basketball 8-13 JV Girls Basketball 9-10 8th Girls Basketball 4-6 7th Girls Basketball 6-2 V Girls Volleyball 16-2 JV Girls Volleyball 13-3 7th Girls Volleyball 12-0 8th Girls Volleyball 11-1 V Boys Volleyball 2-14 JV Boys Volleyball 4-8 V Wrestling 16-17 Mod Wrestling 52-41

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2018 Tax & Real Estate Report #8 By Marjie Case Hello fellow taxpayers. I received this from the IRS regarding a “new twist on an old scam”. We have to be ever vigilant in this day of automation. IRS Alerts Taxpayers about Refund Scam The IRS warns taxpayers of a new twist on an old scam. Criminals are depositing fraudulent tax refunds into individuals’ actual bank account, then attempting to reclaim the refund from the taxpayers. Here are the basic steps criminals follow to carry out this scam. The thief:

wHacks tax preparers’ computers to steal taxpayer data. wUses the stolen information to fine tax returns as the taxpayer. wHas refunds deposited into taxpayers’ bank accounts. wContacts their victim, telling them the money was mistakenly deposited into their account and asks them to return it. While the IRS is aware of variations of this scam, the agency also knows this scam may continue to evolve. Here are two current versions of this scam:

wCriminals pose as debt collection agency official acting on behalf of the IRS. The thief contacts the taxpayer to report an erroneous refund deposit and request the taxpayer forward the money to the thiefs collection agency. wThe taxpayer who received the erroneous refund gets an automated call with a recorded voice saying the caller is fro the IRS. The recording threatens the taxpayer with criminal fraud charges, an arrect warrant and a “blacklisting” of their Social Security number. The recorded voice gives the taxpayer a phony case number and telephone number to call to return the refund. Taxpayers please remember, if contacted about an erroneous refund:

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Game On! Incumbents Only Candidates Benefit for Jerry Reginelli on Ballot for Village of West Winfield Election Sunday, March 11,1-5 PM Basket Raffles, Door Prizes, Music $25 Per Person / Full Buffet Cash Bar As most of you may know, Jerry Reginelli was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and is hoping for a bone marrow transplant. A few (well, many) of his friends and family have gotten together to figure out a way to help with any costs that have incurred from this life changing illness. Jerry is a gracious, kind, and loving person. Anyone who knows him would attest to his beautiful and peaceful nature. He is a great friend, loving husband, sweet father, and dedicated grandfather. He is currently receiving weekly treatments at Roswell Park in Buffalo, NY. So here is your chance to help a great guy! Game on! Stonebridge Golf, Course 2340 Graffenburg Rd. Frankfort, NY 13340 Christina: 315.725.8714, or Jerry:315.725.8715 Mail: PO Box 422 Washington Mills, NY 13413 ECUMENICAL LENTEN SERVICES SCHEDULE

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Incumbents Carl Wheat and Ronald Parks were the only candidates to have had Independent Nominating Petitions filed for them for the positions of the two Trustee Posts which will appear on the Tuesday, March 20th ballots for the Village of West Winfield’s General Elections. Each post is for a term of two years. Registration Day for Village residents who have not yet registered, or who have changed their address, will be held on Saturday, March 10th from 12 N until 5 PM at Bisby Hall, 179 South Street, West Winfield.

West Winfield Rotary Thank You On Wednesday February 28th the West Winfield Rotary Club sponsored its annual Dinner for seniors in conjunction with the dress rehearsal of the all school musical. Seventy four seniors took advantage of the dinner and then proceeded to the dress rehearsal of the all school musical production, “Annie”. The West Winfield Rotary Club would like to thank Victor Zampetti , Jeff Parow and the following high school students for their part in serving the dinner: Morgan Merritt, Katherine Loomis, Cheyenne Aney, Hayden Lohmann, Logan Palmer, Dylan Diehl, Trey Gates, Michala Jones, and Kayleigh Osborn. We would also like to thank the school district for use of the cafeteria, Carol Hoover & Colleen Fitch for producing and serving a wonderful turkey dinner for the seniors, and George Guske and the custodial staff for their help setting up and cleaning after the dinner.

Bus Trip To Seneca Falls Sponsored by Herkimer County Historical Society A One Day Bus Trip to visit Seneca Falls will be held on Saturday, April 28, sponsored by the Herkimer County Historical Society. The trip will tour the Wesleyan Chapel, the site of the First Women's Rights Convention in 1848, the Women's Rights National Historical Park, and National Women's Hall of Fame with lunch at Parker's Grill. On the way home, a stop will be made at the Muranda Cheese Company in Waterloo for some cheese tasting. The cost is $60.00/person and departs from Clinton & Herkimer. For more information or to receive a complete listing of upcoming bus trips: Visit Facebook page Call 315.866.6413,

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South Africa, Fragile Democracy Talk on 3/22 Hamilton College professor of government, Dr. Stephen Orvis, will speak about South Africa’s Fragile Democracy on Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00 PM at Unitarian-Universalist Church, 10 Higby Road, Utica. Free of charge and open to the public, questions are welcomed and refreshments are served. Dr. Orvis teaches many courses about Africa at Hamilton College and is an expert on transitions to democratic rule and African rural development. His articles appear in African Studies Review, Africa Today, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Journal of Asian and African Studies. This 2018 Great Decisions program is sponsored by the Upper Mohawk Valley United Nations Association,



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Richfield Springs Village Elections – Vote March 20 Q & A conducted by phone between Tammy Graves and each candidate individually Two Candidates for MAYOR Ronald Frohne, Current Mayor. Teaches 8th-grade Social Studies at Little Falls City School District Robin Moshier, Village Board Trustee Since April 2012. Employed at James Jordan Associates Architects

Why are you running for Mayor? R. FROHNE: I started as a trustee. This is my 5th or 6th term. I was appointed as mayor and then was elected to mayor. I’ve had a lot of elections and been on the board for nine years. I am running to preserve the good work we have accomplished. We have had open, balanced government and fulfilled our requirement of providing services. I am thinking about who is coming after me? I want to set up on good footing. One person can accumulate experience and I want to ensure I share my knowledge with the rest of the young board. I will continue to make improvements. We have repaired the east-end fountain and buildings, especially the library. There has been a nice plan of buying equipment so there is not a shock of expensive upgrades. Making everything good. Village governments have a narrow, well-defined focus dictated by New York State. Village is to provide services: water, sewer and roads. We try to attract business. Village government doesn’t have infinite power.

R. MOSHIER: I like this community and have adopted it as my own. I’ve been here for 32 years to watch it grow, suffer and watch the community come together. I have felt a part of that even when I was not on the board. I think I am in a good position to serve as mayor having been a trustee for the past six years. Last fall we did the Comprehensive Plan and in it are many strong ideas for developing our community and developing commerce. It’s time to start to implementing some of those ideas and strategies.

What is your favorite public space in the Town/Village limits of Richfield? R. FROHNE: I like the Memorial Room in the library where we have our meetings. It’s a pleasant space. I have a strong attachment to the library.

R. MOSHIER: The school. I like the energy from kids at the school and watching the kids turn into good, strong adults.

What do you want to say about the Comprehensive Plan? R. FROHNE: The Comprehensive Plan for the village portion is adequate for us to be looking at for zoning laws. It may not be perfect for everyone. It does what we need. We can move forward now.

R. MOSHIER: I would like to thank everyone who contributed to it and was involved. The thoughts that were generated from the process were amazing.

Three Candidates for Two Trustee Seats Peyton Carter, Vice President of Fortune 500 Company, Kevin Putnam, Town of Richfield employee Transfer Station Monitor Warren Leonard, Retired from NYS DOT and military

Why are you running for Trustee? P. CARTER: Because we have a village with tons of potential and there is great opportunity that I believe I can help to foster for our common benefit. I’m not trying to fool anyone into saying I’m expert in fire department or department of public works frameworks. My depth is in business knowledge. It is my belief that everything we want to do as a village is dependent on bringing businesses back to Main Street. Businesses increase tax base, additional revenue dollars, appeal to young families and bolster school enrollment.

K. PUTNAM: I’m a 34year resident and RSCS alumnus. We’ve lost people and business - employment opportunities. I would like to bring more business and people back to the village and township as well as widen our tax base with more business and increased population.

W. LEONARD: I am pursuing a third term for re-election. The village has to have some direction. There are a lot of issues that are not being dealt with. My background suits the village because I am retired military and used to work for the NYS DOT. I know how things need to be done. Voters: Get out and vote.

What is your favorite public space in the Town/Village limits of Richfield? P. CARTER: I am a baseball fan. I like to sit in the dugout behind the school. It brings me back to my youth. It is a nice serene spot, quiet.

K. PUTNAM: In the village, I like Spring Park. I like the history of it. My grandma was first telephone operator and first woman to have driver’s license in NY. She told me many stories of happenings in Spring Park.

W. LEONARD: I like Canadarago Lake.

What do you want to say about the Comprehensive Plan? P. CARTER: Passage of the comprehensive plan was imperative. It opens up the village and town to apply for grants for initiatives we want to accomplish. It is a central guide. There are some great ideas and some not so great, but that’s ok. There is a misunderstanding of the commitment the Village and Town have to its contents. It gives us foresight, not a mandate.

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K. PUTNAM: I have questions on it. Some of it is good. Some of it, not so good. If I became a trustee, I would delve into reading the Comprehensive Plan.


By Donna Rubin, Town Historian We may imagine past generations spending this time of year wrapped in blankets and huddled around stoves; but in the 1880s and 1890s, travel to a warmer winter climate for an extended stay was a luxury available to anyone with the time and the means, just as it is today. It’s been surprising to find how common it was to take a train from our area to New York City, and then a steamship to a southern port, such as Savannah. From there one could travel again by train to Jacksonville and beyond. The time required to make this trip might be 12 days or more, most of it aboard ship. This was the route taken by Charles and Helen Ferris and others from our area at least 125 years ago. Some visitors, including the Ferrises of South Columbia and the W.D. Gorslines of Millers Mills, enjoyed their southern stay so much that they bought property there and returned every winter, shipping home oranges wrapped in Spanish moss, and postcards showing the attractions of St. Augustine, or the Indian River area. The Ferrises owned a cottage on the St John’s River where they happily entertained northern visitors. In January and February of 1897, Charles Ferris wrote a series of letters from Florida, to be printed in the Richfield Springs Mercury, providing an informative look at what was, to many at the time, a very exotic destination. Beginning in Savannah that year, Charles describes the still-evident damage of the past hurricane season. “For 100 miles the pines are down as though they had been mowed … all lying one way – pointing towards the north … with untold respect.” Touring cemeteries was then a popular pastime, and he noted the unusual cemeteries built above ground, “reminding one of small houses” and the “acres of stones erected to the memory of Confederate dead whose bodies were not recovered.” In one area, Charles is touched by the large number of children’s graves, adorned with broken toys and shells. He wonders “how would it be for some of our good people that feel called upon to go to some heathen country to do missionary work to look nearer home.” Outside the Bonaventure cemetery, he meets “a scantilydressed crowd of ragged, bare-headed and dirty little children begging for pennies.” Charles provides a detailed tour of old Fort Marion at St. Augustine, built by the Spanish in 1565 of “the durable everlasting coquina rock.” In another letter he writes about the white sand, swamps, lagoons, marshes, “thousand-year-old palmettos,” and cypress trees draped with moss. He tells of the St. John’s and Indian Rivers and their abundance of fish, and the tail trails left by alligators migrating between small lakes. Ancient Indian mounds along the river banks are a source of wonder about those who built them, and when and how. In his last letter of 1897, Charles writes a lengthy description of “the most important industry in the state, the production of the finest oranges of any country in the world …” but in the freeze of 1895 “men and women that went to bed rich awakened to realize they were poor … To produce a good orange grove before the freeze it required a good bank account, now it requires two of them.” After a long discussion of the state of Florida agriculture, Charles concludes, “From an agricultural point of view, Florida is a failure … With an import duty on oranges, Florida would be a paradise … enabling growers to educate their children in the north and introduce northern methods with great profit to the south.” After Helen Getman Ferris died in 1919, Charles sold their home on Church Street in Richfield Springs. He continued wintering in Florida until the late 1920s, when he moved to Johnstown to live with relatives. He died there in 1941 at age 81


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The Town of Bridgewater Zoning Board of Appeals will be conducting a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7 PM, at the municipal building. Dale Pritchard, tax map # 395.000 -22 22, 2 10020 Shaul 5RDGZDQWVWRFRQVWUXFWD¶; ¶ JDUDJH WKDW LV FORVHU WR WKH rear lot line than the zoning law allows. He requires an area variance. Also, Paul Carey, tax map # 406.000-1-18, wants to construct a dwelling on a land locked parcel, without any road frontage. This is not allowed by zoning law, so he will require an Area Variance. You may attend and be heard pro or con! David W. Washburn ZBA Chairperson 7

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The Root Circle LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC) Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on: 09/07/2017. O ffice location: Herkimer County, New York. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. Post offfif ce address SSNY shall mail copy of process to: The LLC, 2739 Newport Road, Poland, NY 13431. Purpose: Any lawful purpose permitted under LLC Law. 10 14

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THE BUILDING SPECIALISTS, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/15/2018. Office in Herkimer Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 5560 State Route 28, Eagle Bay, NY 13331, which is also the principaal business location. Purpose:: Any lawful purpose. 21 28

/ (*$/ 1 27,& ( Notice off Formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC) Name: MERRY HILL DAIRY, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of Staate of New York (SSNY) on Deceember 4, 2017. Offfice Location: Herkimer County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail cop o y of process to: 270 Parm mwood Road, Richfield Springs, NY 13439. Purpose: to engaage in any and all business for which LLCs may be formed undeer the New York LLC law. 31 7

/ (*$/ 1 27,& ( NOTICE BY PUBLICATION OF FORMATION OF LIMITE ED LIABILITY COMPANY MILKY WAY FARMS, LLC C filed articles of organization witth the Secretary of State on Noveember 17, 2017. Its principal offfif ce is in Herkimer County, New York. The Secretary of State oof the State of New York has been designated as agent upon whom service of process against the LLC may be served, and the address to which the Seccretary of State shall mail a cop o y of process in any action orr proceeding against the Compaany is MILKY WAY FARMS, LLC, 156 Rural Park Drive, Little Falls, NY 13365. The purpose of the Company is to engage in the real estate ownership, management and rental business, and in any lawful act or activity for whi h ch a limite t d liabbility company may be b organized under the LLC. 14 21

0 ( (7 ,1 * 1 2 7 ,& ( The Town of Plainfield will hold a their Regular Board meeting Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall. If you have any questions for the Board or want to be put on the agenda, please contact the Town Clerk at 315-855-7873.

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/ ( * $/ 1 27 ,& ( TAKE NOTICE THAT the following have had Indepenndent Nominating Petitions filed with me for the positions of the two trustee posts which will apppear on the March 20, 2018 Genneral Elections for the Village of West Winfield: Ronald Parks 386 Fairrview Circle, West Winfield Carl Wheat 321 North Sttreet, West Winfield Registration Day will be held on Saturday, March 10, 22018, from Noon until 5 PM at Bisby Hall for those who have noot yet re g i s t e re d , o r wh o h a v e changed their residence address. Polls will be openn on Election Day from Noon unntil 9 PM at Bisby Hall, 179 South Street, West Winfield Mary Eileen Ucekay Village Clerk Treasurer West Winfield NY 28 7

/ ( * $/ 1 27 ,& ( The Town off Plainfield will hold a Public Hearing on Thurssday, March 8, 2018 at 7 PM regarding the purchase of a new snow plow and a new w pick-up trucck. Sheri Feldman, Clerk Town off Plainfield 7

90 N. Main St. Of Dolgeville, LLC. Filed 1/3/18. Office: Herkimer Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: Abraham Tejeda, Jr., 177a E Main St. Ste 206, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Purpose: General. 7 14

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/(*$/127,&( TOWN OF BROOKFIELD BID NOTICE Notice is hereby given that Pursuant to Section 103 of the General Municipal Law of New York State, sealed bids will be received at the Office of the Town Clerk of the Town of Brookfield until Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm. 2018 Fuel Bid Specifications: Please provide fixed price and/or fluctuating price. This bid price will run from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. Mid-Range Gasoline (89 octane) 1. Approximately 10,000 gallons of Regular gasoline automatic delivery to 550 gallon tank at the Town Barn. Low Sulphur Diesel Fuel Low2. Approximately 40,000 gallons of Ultra Low Sulphur diesel fuel automatic delivery to 2,000-gallon tank at the Town Barn. Wintter mix (60/40) as needed from 11/01/2018 ± 03/31/2019. #2 Heating Fuel 3. Approximately 2,000 gallons of # 2 fuel oil automatic delivery to t 550 gallon tank at the Town Hall Office Building. 4. Approximately 1,200 gallons of # 2 fuel oil automatic delivery to t tank at Brookfield Fire House, 10516 Main St, Brookfield. Propane 5. Approximately 5,000 gallons automatic delivery to the Town Barn. If failure to make deliveries causes the Town to run out of any of these fuels, the supplier will supply Town with 100 gallons freee fu f ell and all maintenance charges to resume operations. All Bids must be submitted on offfif cial bid forms which are available at the Highway 7RZQ%DUQRU7RZQ&OHUN¶VRIILFHGXULQJUHJXODUZRUNKRXUV $OO ELGV PXVW EH VHDOHG DQG PDUNHG µ)8(/ %,'¶ DQG LQFOXGH D QRQ collusion certificate. The Town of Brookfield Town Board reserves the right to rejec e t any and all bids. Bids will be opened at the Regular Monthly Town Board meeting to be held at the Town Hall on March 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Sherry Perretta, Town Clerk Town off Brookfield Dated: February 28 & March 7, 2018

/(*$/127,&( TOWN OF BROOKFIELD BID NOTICE The Town of Brookfield is accepting bids for mowing, trimming n and grounds maintenance of several Town cemeteries. Successful bidder (s) will perform maintenance as needed to keep the cemetery grounds in good condition. Bids may be submitted for any and/or all cem e eterLHV$OLVWRIFHPHWHULHVPD\EHREWDLQHGIURPWKH7RZQ&OHUN¶VRIILFH during regular offfif ce hours. Interested parties may submit bidss to the 7RZQ &OHUN¶V RIILFH GXULQJ UHJXODU RIILFH KRXUV 3OHDVH PDUN µ&(0(7(5< %,'¶ RQ HQYHORSH %LGV ZLOO EH DFFHSWHG WKURXJK 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Bids are to be opened at the regular monthly meeting to be held Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Brookfield Town Hall. The Town off Brookfield reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Sherry Perretta, Town Clerk Town off Brookfield Dated: February 28 & March 7, 2018



TOWN OF BROOKFIELD BID NOTICE The Town of Brookfield is accepting bids for mowing, trimmingg and grounds maintenance of North Brookfield Park, Leonardsville Park (around the basketball/tenn n is courts and including the embankkment along Route 8), the Brookfield Parks (Academy Rd & S. Beaver Creek Rd).) Eqquippment and fuel will be pprovided for the Brookfield Paark on Academy Rd. Successful bidder(s) will provide equipment and fuuel for North Brookfield, Leonardsville and the Brookfield Park on S. Beaver Creek Rd. Successful bidder(s) will perform maintenance as neeeded to keep the parks in good condition. Bids may be submitted foor any and/or all parks. Interested parties may submit bids to the Town &OHUN¶V RIILFH GXULQJ UHJXODU RIILFH KRXUV 3OHDVH PDUN µ3$5. %,'¶ RQ envelope. Bids will be accepted through 2:00 pm on Satuurday, March 10, 2018. Bids are to be opened at the regular monthly meeting to bee held Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Brookfield Town Hall. The Town off Brookfield reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Sherry Perretta, Town Clerk Town off Brookfield Dated: February 28 & March 7, 2018

NOTICE CONCERNING THE EXAMINATION OF ASSESSMENT INVENTORY AND VALUATION DATA (Pursuant To Section 501 - Real Property Tax Law) TOWN OF WINFIELD NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Assessment Inventory and Valuation Data is available for examination and review. This daata is the infform o ation which will be used to establish the assessmennt of each parcel which will appear on the Tentative Assessment Roll of the TOWN OF WINFIELD County of Herkimer, State of New York which will be filed on or beefore May 1, 2018. This infform o ation may be reviewed, by appointmennt, in the Assessorr's Office at: 108 COURT STREET, SUITE 3200, HERKIMER, NY 13350 between the hours of 10 AM and 12 PM on MARCH 7, 2018 AND between the hours of 2 PM and 4 PM on MARCH 14, 2018. An appointment to review the assessment inventory may be made by telephoning the assessor at: 315.867.1632 Dated: 1st day of March, 2018




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NOTICE CONCERNING TH T E EXAMINATION OF ASSESSMENT INVENTORY AND VALUATION DATA (Pursuant To Section 501 - Real Property Tax Law) TOWN OF LITCHFIELD NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Assessment Inventory and Valuation Data is available for examination and review. This data is the infform o ation which will be used to establish the assessmennt of each parcel which will appear a on the Tentative Assessment Roll of the TOWN OF LITCHFIELD County of Herkimer, State of New York which will be filed on or beefore May 1, 2018. This information may be reviewed, by appointmennt, in the Assessorr's Office at: 108 COURT STREET, SUITE 3200, HERKIMER, NY 13350 between thhe hours of 10 AM and 12 PM on MARCH 7, 2018 AND between the ho h urs of 2 PM and 4 PM on MARCH 14, 2018. An appointment to review the assessment inventory may be made by telephoning the assessorr at: 315.867.1632 Dated: 1st day of March, 201 0 8




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Attention BCS Residents Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration Brookfield Central School District Universal PreKindergarten Program is open to children who are age 4 years old on or before December 1, 2018. This is a free three and a half hour program five days a week. Children entering Kindergarten and not currently enrolled in the Brookfield Central School PreKindergarten program must be 5 years of age prior to December 1, 2018. Please call Ms. Case at 315.899.3323, ext. 264 for registration information for the 2018-2019 Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten programs. Pre-Kindergarten screening will be held on May 7, 2018 and screening for Kindergarten will be on May 8, 2018.

Oh What a Season & Last Game! Amazing Community Support for BCS Girls Basketball by Gene

I went to the Carrier Dome to watch the Section III Class D girls basketball tournament last Thursday night. Brookfield versus Waterville. It looked like all of Brookfield showed up. It was heartwarming to see all the pride in these girls who had an undefeated season. Win or lose, you could tell the crowd could not be disappointed in their

team. The girls trailed slightly throughout the game. As the first half was winding down, they were down by four. Then in an instant they rallied and scored seven points, going into the break up three. The second half was similar, in that they trailed slightly most of the time. Could they do at the end of the

second half like they did at the end of the first half? Almost . . . . . with less than a minute on the clock, they had rallied to within three. But alas, a 3-pointer was missed. The team and town are to be commended. Good for you!

Spencer Warner, Kaden Ondrako, Ryan Oliver, Justin Farber, Kodie Abrams, Jonah Rogers donned chearleading garb and pumped up the volume.

Scores by Quarter BCS - W 1st:

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23 - 20


38 - 36


45 - 52

Above: In the 4th Quarter, Jaelyn Vleer-Elliott sinks a 3-pointer. Left: This picture was taken in the last seconds of the 1st half. BCS rallied from behind to go into the break 3 points up. Tammy Jennings, Lexy Stetson and Kristen DePasquale joined the rousing cheers.

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Shootin’ Shed GUN SHOP & RANGE 386 Stone Rd., West Winfield, NY 315-822-3012 or WED-FRI 11AM to 5PM & SAT 10AM to 3PM Well the February sweetheart sale is over, but it's now the March Madness/ Lucky Leprechaun sale!!

The Brookfield Girls Basketball Team getting set up for a toss-in.

Here's the pot of gold: 15% off all firearms in stock and 25% off everything else in stock. Examples: Leupold VX III 4.5x14x40 $559.95/$419.96, VXII 3x9x50 $389.95/$292.46, VXI 4x12x40 $379.95/$284.96. TruGlo Varmintmaster 6x25x44 $179.95/$134.96. Tasso World Class 4x16x40 AO $89.95/$67.46. 3x9x40 $59.95/$44.96. New Savage 110 w/ Accufit Accustock in .243 Win & .270 Win $679.95/$577.96. Ammo examples: .444 Marlin $44.95/33.71, .308 Win 165 GMX $44.95/$33.71, 6.5 Creedmoor $35.95/$26.96, 300 Win Mag $31.95/23.96. .243 Win. 95gr SST $31.95/23.96. 30- 30 Win w/ 160 FTX$27.95/20.96. How's this for March Madness???!!! Well, both Austin & Rebbeccah beat me 1on1 target but then the old man shot iron sights and showed 'em what for!! They're getting better and keep pushing. No respect for their elders!

McKenzi Tilbe and Lexie Rogers more than willing to give a big smile for their team.

Meet The Candidates - Richfield Springs Village Elections pg. 8  
Meet The Candidates - Richfield Springs Village Elections pg. 8  

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