ONEONTA – Ashley Marie McLemore, 24, born Oct. 17, 1994, to Denise and Michael McLemore, passed peacefully on Oct. 1, 2019.
Her beautiful and kindhearted spirit will not be forgotten. She was a patient and loving mother to her son, Noah Michael, and a supportive and caring daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, granddaughter and friend to so many.
In 2012, the Coopers’ seemingly serene existence, in their Lake Street home that backs up on Glimmerglass, was jolted as the father of the house, Bassett’s Dr. Shelby Cooper – he is also a lieutenant commander in the Navy – was deployed to Afghanistan for nine months.
“All of your paintings are about anxiety,” said his artist wife, Ashley Norwood Cooper, sitting in her backyard studio the other day amid her latest creations. “You have to paint about it.”
But how to capture absence?
While the doctor was physically gone, he was present via texting – “You left your scarf at the Moglias last night,” he reminded her his first day away. And once he was established at the NATO base in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, FaceTime enabled the Coopers, via iPads, to see each other’s faces – a bit distorted – and talk, often for hours through the night, from across the world.
Artist Hosts ‘Open Studio’ 2-5 Sunday At 14 Lake St., Cooperstown
COOPERSTOWN – Friends, colleagues and the Marine son of Laurie Pestar, a 30-year elementary school secretary fighting cancer, confronted the Cooperstown Central School board this evening – not so much for rejecting her request for a six-month unpaid leave of absence, but by doing so in such a cold and impersonal way.
“I will never forgive this board for this callous and budget-driven decision,” her son, Jeremy Denmeade, told the school board.
In response to an audience question, school board President Theresa Russo would only say the school board has various reasons to give unpaid leaves, and declined to discuss the issue further, saying it was a personnel matter.
COOPERSTOWN – After a 15-month standoff, Ros Devlin’s fate as a correctional officer is now in the hands of the chairman of the Otsego County Board of Representatives.
With one abstention and two absences, the county reps voted a few minutes ago to accept Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.’s proposal to turn over authority for investigating and possibly removing his son from his job to county board Chair David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Otsego.
In a short discussion, county Rep. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, first thanked Bliss for moving matters forward, but he asked the county labor attorney, Matt Ryan, “Does this get us where we need to be?”
After a passerby alerted 911 that two males were apparently fighting on the roadside, a trooper responded and attempted to place Gary Lubrano, 65, Cobleskill, under arrest, according to the release. He resisted, and a physical altercation ensued; his son, Michael Lubrano, 34, Cobleskill, joined the fray, police said.
Growing up, John Lambert always had a ball in his hand.
“My dad, Paul Lambert, coached Cooperstown basketball, 1958-64,” he said. “And I want to do the same thing for my son.”
The CCS Redskins are now the Hawkeyes, but some things stay the same.
Like his father, John Lambert is coaching the CCS team.
COOPERSTOWN – Robert Joseph Mulligan, 90, a retired contractor and Cooperstown Native Son, passed away Aug. 12, 2017.
RJ was born May 23, 1927, on the family farm in the Town of Warren, the fifth of six children to Hugh “Doad” and Mary Dunne Mulligan. RJ graduated from Richfield Springs Central School.
He married Mary Faith St. John on Dec. 11, 1948, and then joined the Army, where he was stationed in Wisconsin, Japan and Germany. Upon returning from Germany with Mary, they settled in Cooperstown and started their family and first business, Cooperstown Disposal.
COOPERSTOWN – A breakthrough has been agreed to in the case of county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.’s son Ros, a correctional officer at the county jail who has been under suspension since January 2017.
The sheriff has agreed to recuse himself under Section 72 of state Civil Service law, which will allow county board Chairman David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, to order a medical examination of the son, Bliss confirmed a few minutes ago.
The examination could determine whether the younger Devlin can return to work, or could open the way for his eventual dismissal.
COOPERSTOWN – A committee of the Otsego County Board of Representatives today recommended that the district attorney appoint a “special prosecutor” to investigate county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr., and his son Ros, suspended from his prison-guard job since January.
COOPERSTOWN – Robert Lane LaDuke, born at Bassett Hospital on Oct. 22, 1939, passed away peacefully at Bassett Hospital on Oct. 24, 2016, just two days after his 77th birthday.
Bob was the first child of Harry (Dutch) LaDuke, Jr. and Marion (Maisie) Lane LaDuke. He enjoyed the innocence of growing up in “old” Cooperstown and all of the freedoms and fun it offered. He had lots of memories and stories of bike adventures with John Robinson, visiting the merchants on Main Street, playing on Doubleday Field, the Clark’s Gym after school, stopping at Derrick’s Shoe Store to have your feet X-rayed, Saturday morning art lessons at the Children’s Museum (now the Cooperstown Art Association), picnics at the lake, the Red Bursey Playground program, weeks at Windward Cottages on Otsego Lake, up-to-no-good adventures with Pete Costello and Roger Coleman, after school at the Doubleday, and stopping by 32 Elm St. where there was always something great to eat.
MILFORD – A Milford family dynasty is born, in both politics and business.
In the political sphere, Susan Ward is retiring 18 years on the Milford Central school board, the past eight as the board’s president.
Tuesday, May 21, her son Will, 22, won the seat in a five-way race three days after he graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in political science, becoming the youngest person in the county elected to a school board.
At the same time, Susan was passing her political torch to Will, the two were starting a new family business, the Sanctuary Farm Brewing Company, LLC.
“Dad was the kindest, most friendly person I’ve ever known. It seemed like no matter where he was, it was his personal mission to have a friendly interaction with any person he came across,” Dan wrote.