News of Otsego County

Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.
Father & Son Help Competition Run Smoothly

Father & Son Help

Competition Run Smoothly

Dan Heinrich and his son Will spent their Father’s Day volunteering by making sure the stage was kept clean and cleared for the competitors 3rd annual Cherry Valley Outdoor Games lumberjack competition this afternoon at Alden Field in Cherry Valley. While most of the event finished early,  national competitors like Mike Sullivan, right, still gave onlookers a reason to cheer as they sawed their way to the finish of the final heat, which was televised nation wide. (Ian Austin/

Swart-Wilcox House Opens Season With 1870s Diary Reading

Swart-Wilcox House Opens Season

With Reading Of 1870s Journals

Helen Rees, standing, reads from Henry Wilcox’s 1870s diaries during the first event of the Swart-Wilcox House’s annual summer series of lectures. The diaries, discovered around the bicentennial, had been given to the Huntington Library, but later returned to the Friends of Swart-Wilcox, who are currently in the process of transcribing them. (Ian Austin/
Just Four Men Sing At Father’s Day Service

Just Four Men Sing

At Father’s Day Service

Rev. Diana Friedell and Rev. Sue Landon, right, and their congregation at the Institute for Spiritual Development, were treated to a special treat this morning as John Rice, Thomas Landon, Tom Glosik and John Sabol of the Just Four Men barbershop quartet lended their vocal talents to the Father’s Day service this morning in Oneonta. (Ian Austin/
Hawkeyes Fall To Ticonderoga Sentinels

Hawkeyes Fall 7-3 To

Ticonderoga Sentinels

Above, Chris Ubner, pitches for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes against a member of the Ticonderoga Sentinels this afternoon during the NYSPHSAA Baseball State Championships held at at Binghamton University earlier this evening. Ryan Lansing managed to make it home in the first inning, but the team didn’t score another run until the sixth inning, when Lansing brought in his second home run and Spencer Lewis grabbed a third. Although the points seemed to bolster the packed Cooperstown cheering section, it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit which led to the Hawkeyes losing 7-3. But they were still honored as hometown heroes, and at right, crowds cheer and applaud as they welcome the Hawkeyes back to Cooperstown atop the fire department’s ladder truck. (Ian Austin, Thom Rhodes/

Descendants On Hand To Honor Revolutionary War Hero

Descendants On Hand

To Honor Revolutionary War Hero

A new roadside marker honoring American Revolution War hero Adam Helmer was unveiled in a dedication ceremony today at 11:30 a.m. in Richfield Springs” Spring Park, with some of his descendants observing the dedication pictured here: Mary Helmer, left, her brother, Bill Helmer, and Marie Skinner Guerra. The roadside marker stands at the approximate location where Hembler crossed Route 20 during a 30-mile “meandering” run after he escaped an ambush led by Chief Joseph Brant on Helmer’s scouting group near South Edmeston. As he ran, Helmer warned settlers about Chief Brant’s party of Mohawk Indians, which earned him the name, “The Paul Revere of the Mohawk Valley,” Helmer is credited with having saved more than 200 settlers’ lives. Marie Guerra is one of Adam Helmer’s direct descendants and recalls her grandfather, Clyde Helmer telling her and her siblings about their ancestor. Mary and Bill Helmer are descendants of George Helmer, Adam’s brother, who was also a Revolutionary War scout. Another descendant, Steve Oldick, 73, was at the ceremony but left before this picture was taken. His mother, Edna Helmer Oldick, was Adam’s great-great-great-great-great granddaughter. Richfield Springs Mayor Robin Moshier and Assemblyman John Salka spoke at the ceremony.(Jennifer Hill/

Hawkeyes Hold Back Pierson 5-2



Sam Bonderoff hits the infield single that brought Chris Ubner home, giving Cooperstown their ticket to the state championship. (Thom Rhodes/

COOPERSTOWN – Following 5-2 win against the Pierson Whalers this evening, the Cooperstown Hawkeyes baseball team are headed to the state championship tomorrow afternoon, where they will take on Ticonderoga Sentinels at 4 p.m. at Binghamton University.

Pierson started with a 2-0 lead until the top of the second, when Cooperstown’s bats and aggressive base running propelled the Hawkeyes to a 3-2 lead. With Erik Dysenroth brought in as middle relief pitcher, Pierson didn’t score another run for the remainder of the game. Catcher Sam Bonderoff hit a sacrifice fly and later an infield single – both times bringing Chris Ubner home to seize the win.

IN MEMORIAM: Doren Slade, 74, Avid Traveler, Writer

Doren Slade, 74,

Avid Traveler, Writer

UNADILLA – Doren L. Slade, 74, who authored the book “Making The World Safe For Existence,”  died on June 11, 2019.

Doren was born on Jan. 17, 1945 . She was a woman of great scholarship receiving her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1973 and becoming a certified psychoanalyst in 1986. She wrote the book Making the World Safe for Existence…, and has been published in psychanalytic journals.

Doren was an avid traveler and had a passion for Mexican culture and cuisine. She was always an understanding, insightful, and empathic person and helped many people who are now living enriched lives.

Seward Legislation Seeks To Name Route 205 In Honor Of Fallen Marine

Seward Legislation Seeks

To Name Route 205

In Honor Of Fallen Marine

Sergeant Winslow

Today the state Senate passed legislation, proposed by State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, to rename the Hamlet of Hartwick portion of Route 205 in honor of United States Marine Corps Sergeant John Kempe Winslow.

Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life,” said Seward.  “Sergeant Winslow made the ultimate sacrifice and we owe it to him and his family to keep his memory alive.”

Sergeant John Kempe Winslow was a life-long resident of Hartwick and a decorated Marine who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart during his first tour.  Tragically, Sergeant Winslow was killed in action on July 30, 1969.

Students Safe After Threat At Cooperstown High School

Students Safe

After Gun Threat

At Cooperstown School

COOPERSTOWN – All students are safe and law enforcement is present at Cooperstown Schools after Superintendent William Crankshaw received a tip that a student allegedly had access to a firearm.

“During the early morning hours, I was notified by a community member that a student may have access to a firearm,” he wrote in an email to parents this morning. “Law enforcement was also notified, and conducted an immediate investigation. It was concluded by law enforcement that there was no threat to the School District. This student will not be in attendance today.”

Three Charged After False Abduction Report

Three Charged After

False Abduction Report

ONEONTA – Three people were charged after an Oneonta girl made a false report of abduction and her father shot at the alleged driver, state police reported today.

According to a release by Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officerCassandra A. Davi, 19, Oneonta, allegedly sent a text to her father asking for help while she was in a vehicle belonging to Charles O. Hall, 30, New Lisbon. Her father, Anthony M. Davi, 54, Davenport called 911 to report Cassandra had been abducted and went to locate his daughter on his own. Anthony located Hall’s vehicle and shot at the vehicle while on State Highway 23 in the town of Kortright and left with Cassandra.

IN MEMORIAM: Clifford Roger Silliman, 97; Oneonta Native, WWII Officer

Clifford Roger Silliman, 97;

Oneonta Native, Air Force Officer

Roger Silliman

ONEONTA – Word has been received that Oneonta native and career Air Force officer Clifford Roger Silliman, recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and survivor of a harrowing air crash at sea during World War II, has died at his home on Jan. 28, 2018, two and a half weeks shy of his 98th birthday, in Lompoc, Calif.

Word of his death was delayed due to the remoteness of his location from Oneonta, his advancing age and infirmity, and the passing of most of his contemporaries. Roger, as he was known to his childhood friends and immediate family, passed away on Jan. 28, 2018, in Lompoc, Calif.

He was born on Feb. 15, 1920, the eldest of three children. His parents, Clifford and Velma (Beach) Silliman, and his wife, Bernadette, preceded him in death. Silliman was the last surviving member of the L. Fieg, Builder construction crew in Oneonta.

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