News of Otsego County

Murder trial of Dylan Robinson set to begin Monday, June 21

Murder trial of Dylan Robinson
set to begin Monday, June 21

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The trial for Dylan Robinson in the 2019 shooting death of Kenneth Robinson is set for Monday, June 21, after the jury was selected between Tuesday, June 15, and Thursday, June 17.

Kenneth Robinson was shot to death and then his trailer was set on fire.

Dylan Robinson was 15 at that time. Several of his younger siblings were in the trailer at the time.

The trial had been scheduled to begin April 14, but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Gretchen Morrison, 42 Teacher, lifelong Cooperstown resident

In Memoriam

Gretchen Morrison, 42

Teacher, lifelong Cooperstown resident

COOPERSTOWN – Gretchen Morrison, a teacher and lifelong resident of the Cooperstown area, died unexpectedly June 11, 2021, at the age of 42.

Gretchen is survived by her loving mother and stepdad, Sandra and William Stockdale, her siblings and their spouses, Gregory and Lisa Marie Morrison, Glenda and Matt Vatovec, and Glenn and Michelle Morrison. Gretchen is also survived by her beautiful children, whom she loved very dearly, Konrad, Violet, and Otto. She was predeceased by her father, Walter Glen Morrison.

The AllOtsego Report podcast Episode 3: Championship Week

The AllOtsego Report podcast
Episode 3: Championship Week

Episode 3 of The AllOtsego Report podcast, Championship Week, answers the question of why an induction on a Wednesday in September, continues to talk about housing in Otsego County and recaps the final week of 2021 spring high school sports.

Click here to listen!

Joan K. Mayhew, 86 Aug. 6, 1934 – May 25, 2021

In Memoriam

Joan K. Mayhew, 86

Aug. 6, 1934 – May 25, 2021

CARSON CITY, NEV. – Joan K. Mayhew, a former resident of the Village of Cooperstown and retired first grade teacher, passed away Tuesday evening, May 25, 2021, at Carson Tahoe Care Center in Carson City, Nevada. She was 86.

Born August 6, 1934, in Oswego, Joan was a daughter of Frank and Clara (Bears) Koster.

She was married to Donald Kelsey “Duke” Mayhew for 52 years until his passing June 30, 2010.

For over thirty years, Joan taught first grade at the Cooperstown Elementary School. She was always actively involved in both the community as well as the Catholic church. When Joan relocated permanently to North Palm Beach, Florida, she remained active in education. She regularly volunteered her time, helping to teach reading to children with special needs at a nearby local school.

Pathfinder Village celebrates staff service
Pathfinder Village service honorees

Pathfinder Village celebrates staff service

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Pathfinder Village celebrated the service of its staff on Thursday, June 17.

Eight employees had five years of service each while 18 other employees had a combined 200 years of service.

In total, the employees had a combined service of 280 years for Pathfinder residents and students.

Pathfinder is an organization that supports those with Down Syndrome and other disabilities.

“Today, we’re going to take a moment and give thanks to you and be grateful for your efforts,” Paul Landers, CEO of Pathfinder Village said in a press release. “It is important that we acknowledge your milestone achievements as members of our ‘Five Plus Club’.”

Those honored included classroom aide, Patty Slosek, for 40 years, facilities manager Kris Tilbe for 35 years, Kathy Roberts for 25 years and others.

Pathfinder has been supporting those with Down Syndrome and other disabilities since 1980. It is an open access community dedicated to providing those who serve with a chance for an independent and fulfilling lifestyle.

Hall: Wednesday induction was best option

Hall: Wednesday induction was best option

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN — A National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum official said the rescheduling of Induction Weekend to a Wednesday in September came down to one simple factor: the calendar.

“Looking at the calendar, we just had a very limited amount of options,” Jon Shestakofsky, vice president of communications and education, told Iron String Media, Friday, June 11.

The exclusive interview took place two days after the Hall announced it would shift from a virtual induction on the traditional Sunday afternoon in July to a limited capacity, ticketed-only induction Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Clark Sports Center in the town of Middlefield.

Shestakofsky said the date was the best available option. He said there was no weekend date in September that worked for all of the induction stakeholders, including Major League Baseball, the MLB Network, the inductees and their families, the Hall and the Hall of Famers.

Herzig: For city to thrive, jobs and housing are issues that intersect

Herzig: For city to thrive, jobs and housing are issues that intersect

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

ONEONTA — Housing and jobs remain high priorities for the city of Oneonta. Both are needed and, according to Mayor Gary Herzig, need to be gradually increased at the same time.

“You can’t have a thriving community, you can’t have a good economy, if you can’t provide people with good housing,” Herzig said.

According to Herzig, housing is “desperately” needed at all levels including low-income, middle-income and high-income.

One of the problems with housing in Oneonta is that it is hard to compete with student rentals if you are a family in need of rental housing.

Herzig said there are “not a lot of incentives” for familyrentals. “We have to be creative with what we do.”

However, there have been some steps taken on the housing front in Oneonta. Most notably, the artist lofts being created on Dietz Street and, more recently, the pending purchase of the Ford Building by Springbrook to create 22 to 24 market rate apartments, which Herzig called a “very exciting project” that he said was certain would be approved by the Common Council.

Primary elections to be held

Primary elections to be held

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Primary elections will be held in several Otsego County towns Tuesday, June 22, with early voting open this week.

Go to https://www.otsego- for more information.

Here is a list of local primary elections:

Democratic Otsego County Representative, District 3(Laurens, Otego)
Caitlin Ogden
Jared Nepa
Republican Town of Hartwick Supervisor
Bryan F. LoRusso
Robert J. O’Brien
Councilman (Two)
Christopher Briggs
Jonathan Horth
Cindy Carr
Bruce Markusen
Superintendent of Highways
Frederick Koffer
Jerry Wood
Member of County Committee, Hartwick 1 (Two)
Robert J. O’Brien
Frederick Koffer
Christopher Briggs

Town of Laurens

Member of County Committee, Laurens 1 (Two)
Traci Dilello
Debra Balantic
Phil Balantic
Member of County Committee, Laurens 2 (Two)
Patricia Brockway
Michelle Buccheri
Jonathan S Chambers

Town of Maryland

Councilman (Two)
Renee Gaston
Jason Knapp
Ken Williams
Member of County Committee, Maryland 1 (Two)
Kyle Imperato
Jennifer Mickle
Ken Williams

Town of Milford

Town Justice (Two)
Matthew Kane
Deborah A. McMullen
Joanne Andela

Town of Oneonta

Randal Mowers
Teresa DeSantis
Town of Otego
Patricia Hurlburt
Terri L. Horan

Councilman (Two)
Jimmy Hamm II
Vicki Salisbury-Hoyle
Royce Livingston

Member of County Committee, Otego 2 (Two)
James Salisbury
Bob Fernandez
Arlene Salisbury

Town of Richfield

Dan Sullivan
Nick Palevsky
Councilman (Two)
Larry Frigault
Rex A. Seamon
Isaac Ames
Superintendent of Highways
Tim Proctor
Randy Seamon

Town of Springfield

Superintendent of Highways
Jeff Brown
Tim Fish
Town of Unadilla
Town Clerk
Terry L. Yoder
Kelly A. Moore
Councilman (Unexpired Term)
Allen Anderson
Lawrence Oralls
Member of County Committee, Unadilla 1 (Two)
Polly Judd
Garrett deBlieck
Kirsten Ruling
Member of County Committee, Unadilla 2 (Two)
Jessica Grow
Allen Anderson

Chestnut Crossing developers host neighborhood Q&A
Artist’s rendering for the Chestnut Crossing
property proposed for 10 Chestnut Street, shows the alleys, parking area and adjacent property on Pine Boulevard that will act as a buffer between the 13-unit rental property and its neighbors. (Greg Klein/Allotsego)

Chestnut Crossing developers host neighborhood Q&A

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN — About 50 village residents gathered Monday, June 15, at a residential space at 20 Lake Street to hear a detailed presentation and ask questions about a debated proposal to build a 13-unit rental apartment on several pieces of property on Chestnut Street.

Josh Edmonds, a Cooperstown native who is the owner of Simple Integrity Construction, and Francesca Zambello, the artistic and managing director of The Glimmerglass Festival, detailed their private partnership and its plans to develop the three pieces of property they own—two on Chestnut and one on Pine Boulevard, behind it—into one housing project.

State Police search for missing teen from Roseboom

State Police search for missing teen from Roseboom

STAFF REPORT • Special to

State Police announced that they are searching for a teen who went missing on Monday, June 14.

Anjelia Sturtevant, 14, was last seen at her home in Roseboom near Cooperstown.

Sturtevant is 5’2 weighing approximately 190 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink camouflaged pull over sweatshirt and may be carrying a white makeup bag. She has brown hair, brown eyes, an eyebrow piercing above her left eye, a nose piercing on the right side of her nose, pierced ears, a lower lip piercing and a tongue piercing.

Call New York State Police investigators if you have any information on her whereabouts at 607-561-7400.

House expert ready to answer questions about your home at Cooperstown Farmer’s Market

House expert ready to answer questions about your home at Cooperstown Farmer’s Market

STAFF REPORT • Special to

A professor of material culture at SUNY Oneonta’s Cooperstown graduate program, Dr. Cindy Falk, will be available to answer questions about architecture, things to consider when renovating, when the home was constructed and other questions about houses by bringing photos of the home, either historic or current.

Falk will be available between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 at the Cooperstown Farmer’s Market tent, to the left of the entrance.

In addition, Otsego2000’s Emily Pope will be on hand to answer questions about whether homeowners could qualify for a Homeowner’s Preservation Tax Credit program if your house is in an Otsego County historical district.

The Cooperstown Farmer’s Market is run by Otsego 2000. Go to for more information.

‘Critical race debate’ arrives in Cooperstown with a counteroffensive

‘Critical race debate’
arrives in Cooperstown
with a counteroffensive

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

The “winner” in the first round of the “great” “critical race theory” “debate” was apparently masks, coronavirus rules and perhaps the ability of a Facebook post to inspire passions on both sides and not just with its intended target.

The Fox News-style controversy over the teaching of American history to American students arrived at the Cooperstown Board of Education on Wednesday, June 16, in the cafeteria of the middle/high school on Linden Avenue just outside of Cooperstown in the town of Otsego.

More than 50 people spaced out through the cafeteria, at least a dozen mingled in both the hallway outside and in the parking lot, and 12 people spoke during the half-hour public comment session designed for members of the public to give feedback to members of the BOE. At least 20 people stayed through the tedium of an hour-plus long meeting to hear if there would be more discussion on the topic and awaited another public comment session, where two speakers addressed the board again on the topic of the moment in right-wing news.

There was no motion before the board to teach the theory, although the state Board of Education did recently launch an initiative that requires BOEs statewide to adopt policies and resolutions that affirm diversity, tolerance and inclusiveness.

Of the 12 speakers, only two expressed opposition to the teaching of whatever they defined as critical race theory and neither spoke directly about it.

Pete Russo, who also spoke at the end of the evening, mostly spoke about Marxism, and the Marxist idea that the worse aspects of capitalism were by design and not accident, drawing occasional laughter from the audience and an admonishment from BOE President Tim Hayes to the audience to not react in a way that harms the purpose of the open comment session. Russo did not wear a mask, leading Hayes to ask that speakers recognize that the school had different rules than other parts of society that are now dropping mask mandates.

Former Cooperstown Elementary School Principal Doug Geertgens mostly spoke about the state requirements and the issue of federal and state control of teaching standards. He said as an educator he objected to the idea that schools did a bad job teaching before and he did not feel there was an urgent need to address inequality in teaching or teaching standards now.

Geertgens was later overheard in the parking lot promoting a book that hypothesizes about the coming war between conservatives and liberals. He affirmed the war was coming.

Paula DiPerno also spoke twice, stressing the need for an honest teaching of history and warning the BOE that getting caught up in social controversies is a way to abandon its educational mission.

The remainder of the speakers discussed the need to teach history honestly, even the parts of American history that deal with racism and bigotry. While several of the speakers spoke about the definitions of critical race theory that seem to be motivating the debate, more spoke about parts of history they never learned in school, using the Tulsa Race Massacre and the causes of the Civil War as examples.

Occasionally, the messages were personal, such as when Cooperstown Central School graduate Sam Ross spoke about growing up gay in Cooperstown. Ross said he was still shaking with fear about speaking decades later as he recalled getting harassed in the cafeteria, sometimes even by school administrators and teachers. He said if CCS does not teach diversity and inclusion then it will create another generation of graduates who tremble with fear when required to speak their truth. He got hugs and pats on the back as he left the meeting, passing by the opposition group, unmasked and occasionally red-hatted.

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