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CV-S boys, girls win Tri-Valley track opener 

CV-S boys, girls win Tri-Valley track opener

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The Tri-Valley League held its first tract meet of the season Thursday, May 6, at Cherry Valley-Sprinfield Central School and it was a good day for the host teams.

The Patriots won over four-team fields on both the girls and the boys sides Thursday.

The CV-S boys edged South Kortright/Charlotte Valley/Andes, 86 to 73, with Morris finishing third with 33 points and Edmeston fourth with 13.

The CV-S girls also topped SK/CV/A, 106 to 60, with Edmeston third with 22 points  and Morris fourth with 21 points.

Oneonta sweeps CV in tennis

Oneonta sweeps CV in tennis

Chris Caton swept at first singles and Oneonta won every match against visiting Chenango Valley at Wilber Park in Oneonta on Thursday, May 6. CV lost the five contested matches and forfeited the bottom two singles matches.

Cooperstown tops Oneonta in softball, 12-5

Cooperstown tops Oneonta in softball, 12-5

Marley Lippitt pitches against Oneonta on Thursday, May 6. (Greg Klein/

By Greg Klein • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Junior Marley Lippett and Sophomore Dani Seamon combined for 16 strike outs as the Hawkeyes improved to 3-0 with a 12-5 softball win over visiting Oneonta on Thursday, May 6, at Cooperstown Central School.

Lippett went four innings in her debut game of the year, after missing a doubleheader at Canastota on Saturday, May 2, because of COVID protocol. She gave up four hits and five runs. She struck out eight batters, including pitching out of a first inning jam.

Vaccine clinics at local schools

Vaccine clinics at local schools

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The Otsego County Department of Health announced Thursday, May 6, that it would be setting up vaccine clinics at several county schools.

Residents 16 and up will be eligible for vaccinations.

Participating schools include Cherry Valley-Springfield, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Morris. The clinics will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Go to for more information.

Jeffrey Robert Milavec

In Memoriam

Jeffrey Robert Milavec, 56
Worcester CS Bus Driver,
Mr. Fix-It, Dairy Farmer

Jeffrey R. Milavec

Jeffrey Robert Milavec, 56, passed away at his home on April 29, 2021 following a courageous three-year battle with cancer surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 6, 1965 at AO Fox Hospital, Oneonta, the son of Robert Frank and Nancy (Green) Milavec.

He graduated from Worcester Central School, Class of 1983 and Cobleskill Ag & Tech with an AAS in Agricultural Engineering Class of 1985.

Jeff worked with his father on their dairy farm; later growing crops. He also was the owner of Milhaven Construction. He was known as “Mr. Fix It”; he had a unique ability to figure out the best way to repair/build things, be it construction, electrical, plumbing or mechanical. He worked for Worcester Central School as a bus driver and transportation coordinator. He was a member of the Schenevus Valley Masonic Lodge. He was very proud of his herd of Scottish Highlands, “Coos”.

He is survived by his loving fiancee, Mira Djurdjevich; his daughters, Maci and Malina; step-son, Elijah Dillenbeck; mother, Nancy Milavec; sister, Lauren (Gregg); nieces and nephews Melissa, Marian, Allison, Garrett and Luna; aunts and uncles, Catherine Rooney, Patricia (Charles) Golding, William (Jane) Milavec, Timothy (Barbara) Green and many cousins; special friends, Jim and Mary T. Zaengle and his loyal canine companion, Jax.

He was predeceased by his father Robert; grandparents, paternal, Frank and Mary (Muehl) Milavec, maternal, Shirley and Margaret (Kennedy) Green.

Visitation was held at 6 PM to 8 PM on Tuesday, May 4 at the Heller & Skinner Funeral Home, 155 Main St., Worcester. A private memorial service was held.

A public committal service with a Masonic service at the Elk Creek Cemetery will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the Worcester Emergency Squad, PO Box 191, Worcester, NY 12197, Schenevus/Maryland Emergency Squad, PO Box 80, Schenevus, NY 12197 or

Helios Care, 297 River Street Service Rd., Oneonta, NY 13820.

THIS WEEK — May 6, 2021


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

May 6, 2021


The Agostino family displays its signs Sunday, May 2, at the Otsego Rally for Solidarity with Asian Americans at the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown. (Greg Klein/


Hundreds Attend Rally To Protest Crimes Against Asian People

CCS Softball Teams Hold Autism Awareness Walk

Callahan admits to killing wife

Long Island native, Limiti joins Iron String Press staff

May Flowers

Despite the standard bipolar upstate weather, spring can be seen throughout the county as shown by this blooming Malus Spectabilis on Ford Ave in Downtown Oneonta on Saturday, May 1. (Korey Rowe/

Oneonta hopes Dietz Street project will help downtown

Cooperstown & Around

City of the Hills

Theater Group To stage Williams Classic


Hughes Field opens: Coop tops Jackets on rally in seventh

Coop/Dragon star, Ford, starts new coaching season as a Judge

Morning Ride

Justin Bailey, of Oneonta, hits the streets early morning before a busy day. Saturday, May 1. The freezing temperatures and light snow Saturday did little to slow him down. (Korey Rowe/


In Tribute: Kellogg

Views Around New York


HIRABAYASHI: LWV applauds girls who planned Asian rally

CONWAY: Editor’s should write editorials

BUTTERMANN: Reform Marijuana laws on principles, not politics


BERKSON: In search of pigeons just like Marlon Brando’s birds


History Columns

Bound Volumes: May 6, 2021

Hometown History: May 6, 2021

Local Food Finds Its Customers

Art Show To Feature Work of Miller Siblings

The Dog Charmer


David G. Morris

Barbara Louise (Gray) Weaver

Kenneth F. Huemmer III

Joanne Gallucci Gencic

Thomas E. Roseboom

Jeffrey Robert Milavec

Hundreds Attend Rally To Protest Crimes Against Asian People

Hundreds Attend Rally In Rain To
Protest Crimes Against Asian People

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

The Agostino family displays its signs Sunday, May 2, at the Otsego Rally for Solidarity with Asian Americans at the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown. (Greg Klein/

About 250 people attended a rally Sunday, May 2, at the Otsego County Courthouse, to support the community’s Asian American and Pacific Island residents.

The “Otsego Rally for Solidarity with Asian Americans” was organized and run by a group of Cooperstown Central School freshmen, including 15-year-old Cate Bohler, who said she wanted to speak up to support her friends or anyone who is being harassed.

“As a young Asian-American girl, hearing people call COVID the China virus is hurtful,” Bohler said, reading from her prepared statement about why she wanted to stage the rally. “It is more than hurtful. It is harmful. It perpetuates anti-American sentiments and racism.”

Speakers included the students, as well as local officials, including Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, Cooperstown Police Chief Frank Cavalieri, Otsego Town Supervisor Meg Kiernan and Otsego County Rep. Danny Lapin, D-Oneonta, who said he thinks he is the county’s only elected official of Asian descent. Lapin’s mom is Japanese.

“The deep-seated nature of systemic racism requires us to make continuous choices and take continuous actions to advance anti-racist ideas in the public space,” Lapin said.

Cooperstown softball teams hold autism awareness walk

Cooperstown softball teams hold autism awareness walk

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN– Cooperstown’s softball players organized a 2.5 mile walk around the village Wednesday, April 28, to raise money and awareness for autism.

About 30 softball players, including modified, junior varsity and varsity players, walked from Cooperstown’s middle/high school to Main Street and back. They were joined by teachers, coaches, parents and one of their classmates who is on the autism spectrum, junior Kai Boulet, who led the walk.

From left, senior softball players Ellie Hotaling, Abby Miller and Carly Erway lead a group of teammates and younger players on a walk for autism awareness Wednesday, April 28, in Cooperstown.

The event was sponsored by the school’s Leadership Training for Athletes program, with support from LTA sponsor Monica Wolfe, who coaches the modified softball team, and special education teacher Stephanie Nelen and Boulet’s aide, Dawn Chase.

The teams raised $1,400 for the Kelberman Center, with seventh graders Arya Patel and Kayleigh Butler raising the most money individually, $665 and $415, respectively.

Thomas E. Roseboom

In Memoriam

Thomas E. Roseboom, 78
Contractor, Schenevus Fire Chief of 56 Years

Thomas E. Roseboom

Thomas E. Roseboom, 78, passed away May 2, 2021, at Bassett Hospital after a long health battle.

He was the son of Stanley and Wanda (Kinnin) Roseboom.

Tom was born in Macon, Georgia, and grew up in the Daytona Beach, Florida, area before moving to and spending his entire life in Otsego County.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda; daughter, Susan; uncle, Donald (Alice) Roseboom of Blairsville, Georgia; sister, Barbara (James) Corkwell of Westford; sister Gloria (James) Mravlja of Worcester; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Wanda Roseboom; brothers, Stanley (Bud) Roseboom and William (Bill) Roseboom.

Tom grew up in the Schenevus area and graduated from Andrew S. Draper Central School in 1960. He was blessed with the talent to build. He could build or fix just about anything placed before him. He had a big heart and he was always willing to help anyone at anytime.

Tom owned and operated a contracting business in the area for more than 40 years. He loved building.

Later in life he found a love of gardening and always offered the most envious displays of gardening masterpieces around his home.

Tom was a member and past Chief of the Schenevus-Maryland Fire Department for 56 years and was past Otsego County Deputy Fire Coordinator.

A memorial service honoring Tom’s life will be held at a later date for family and close dear friends. At Tom’s wishes, there will be no service.

Arrangements are entrusted with the Heller & Skinner Funeral Home, 155 Main St., Worcester,

In honor of his memory donations can be made to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or at their website

CONWAY: Editor’s should write editorials


Editor’s should write editorials

To the Editor:

To the question of whether All-Otsego’s new Editor-in-Chief should (continue to) use the editorial page to express positions on a variety of topics: Of course he should. He must!

It would be an abrogation of his responsibility not to provide editorial guidance to area citizens.

Editorials are widely anticipated to inform, educate, and — maybe least of all — persuade citizens on issues they might otherwise ignore or take for granted. The paper would be far less interesting and less useful without them. As to whether the editor might be too liberal or conservative for many readers, the question is irrelevant unless the editor is politically timorous. Many
issues such as infrastructure, reparations, or correcting misinformation deliberately spread in other media, are not necessarily ideological nor are they “yes or no” issues.

As a Political Science professor in past years I urged my students to realize that citizens need to see and hear thoughtful views to the left and right of positions that they might view as moderate.

There may be many more than two reasonable arguments they should consider. The old cliche, “the devil is in the details”, is often apt on many presumably ideological issues. Editorials
can help readers like me get beyond generalities and my preconceived positions. As a long time reader of newspapers, I turn to the editorial page for enlightenment and look for clarity, conviction, and sometimes even courage on the part of the Editor-in-Chief.

Paul Conway

Callahan admits to killing wife

Callahan admits to killing wife
as part of plea to forgo new trial

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Casey Callahan stands to await resentencing Monday, May 3, in Otsego County Court in Cooperstown. Callahan pleaded guilty to manslaugher in the 2000 death of his wife, Elizabeth Welsh. His 2017 conviction in the case was overturned last year. (Greg Klein/

Casey Callahan pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the second degree Monday, May 3, in Otsego County Court, ending, for the second time, the criminal proceeding concerning the 2000 death of Callahan’s wife Elizabeth Welsh Callahan.

Callahan, 54, admitted Monday that he backed over his wife with his truck in Sayre, Pennsylvania in 2000, killing her. He told Judge John Lambert, “I intended to cause the death of Elizabeth Callahan and I did so with my actions. I am sorry that it happened. I apologize to her and her family.”

Callahan will serve four to 12 years in state prison, but the term is consecutive, or in addition, to 12.5 year sentence he is currently serving in a state facility for a 2013 sexual assault of a minor.

LWV applauds girls who planned Asian rally


LWV applauds girls
who planned Asian rally

To the Editor:

The League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area would like to applaud Jaina Bischof, Cate Bohler, Charlotte Feury, Riley Fillion, Elizabeth Hughes, Olivia Lowenguth, Maya Pandit, who, with the support of their families and friends, organized the Otsego Rally for Solidarity with Asian Americans on Sunday, May 2, in Cooperstown. These students’ activism is fully aligned with the League of Women Voters’ goal to create a stronger, more inclusive democracy.

Such outstanding civic leadership and teamwork is an inspiration to all of us to commit ourselves to combating racism through character, intelligence, and compassion. It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child; in this case it is these teenagers who have raised the Village of Cooperstown to a new level of community engagement with this highly charged issue. With the shining example of these students to light our way, let us continue this important and good work of making Cooperstown, as Dr. Namita Singh put it so well in her speech at the rally, the “all-American village” of this century: one that celebrates our nation’s diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious roots and on these strong foundations remains a thriving, vibrant community.

Liane Hirabayashi
Co-president, Cooperstown Area League of Women Voters

Coop/Dragon star, Ford, starts new coaching season as a Judge

Coop/Dragon star, Ford, starts
new coaching season as a Judge

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

A graphic put together by Brandeis University in November welcomes Lucy Ford to the team’s track and cross country programs.

Cooperstown and SUNY Oneonta track champion Lucy Ford took a step up the coaching ladder this school year.

Ford, a former state champion in high school in the high jump and a former SUNYAC champion in the high jump and heptathlon, accepted a coaching position at Brandeis University, a Division III school in Waltham, Massachusetts in November.

Although the job began in the fall, the season didn’t, as the University Athletic Association canceled winter sports for 2020-2021, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the spring season began last month and Ford told Iron String Press that she is happy with her new position.

“It is going pretty well,” she said. “I am having fun.”

Ford graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 2014 and SUNY Oneonta, where she transferred after beginning college at SUNY Brockport, in 2018. She was an assistant track coach at SUNY Delhi from 2018 to 2020, but the college eliminated most paid sports assistant positions during the pandemic.

Views Around New York: May 6, 2021

Views from Around the State

Legislate marijuana, but don’t
opt out on revenue source

From: The Adirondack Daily Enterprise:

For local town and village officials wringing their hands, trying to decide whether to opt out of issuing licenses for marijuana sales and on-site consumption in their municipalities, we have three words: Take the money.

It’s not dirty money. As of March 31, recreational marijuana is now legal in New York state for people 21 years or older, just like alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, which are sold in a variety of locations throughout our communities.

There will be a 13% tax on sales of marijuana products — giving a 3% cut to municipalities and 1% to counties. That money could be useful when times are tough. And let’s face it, when it comes to funding local government, times are always tough.

… In January 2014, Colorado became the first state to sell recreational marijuana products, with total sales to date of $10,333,435,545, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue. The total tax revenue collected in Colorado since 2014 was $1,698,853,703.

Let’s look at the decision facing town and village officials. They may believe it’s a moral choice, but we think it’s really a business decision.

CORRECTIONS: May 6, 2021

Corrections and Clarifications


Reilly Hall graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 2017. Because of a reporter’s error, the incorrect year of his graduation was given in the April 22, editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta.


Hilda Wilcox said her remarks about Fairy Spring Park, in an article in the April 29 edition of The Freeman’s Journal, were miss-characterized. She said she never used the word secret to describe the park.

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