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IN MEMORIAM: Ruth Anne Pushkar, 84; Worked For Oneonta School District

IN MEMORIAM: Ruth Anne Pushkar, 84;

Worked For Oneonta School District

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Ruth Pushkar

ONEONTA – Ruth Anne Pushkar, 84, who, along with her husband, was active with the Oneonta School District, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2016 at AO Fox Hospital Nursing Home in Oneonta.

She was born on Nov. 16, 1931 in Larksville, Pa. the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Borkowski) Gieda. She married Edward S. Pushkar on August 29, 1953 in Plymouth, Pa. He predeceased her on March 3, 1987.

Growing up in Plymouth, PA, Ruth graduated in 1949 from Larksville High School. She worked at Gieda’s Café, a restaurant owned by her family, as well as Isaac Long’s Department store in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Several years after high school, Ruth met and later married her husband. They eventually moved to Mohawk, NY where Edward was offered a teaching position. In 1956 they moved to Oneonta where Edward worked as a History teacher and coached the OHS Varsity Football Team. Ruth was employed for over 40 years as a Payroll Officer for the Oneonta City School District. Retiring in 1987, she returned to work for a short time after her husband’s death.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

Violin Concerto With

Catskill Symphony Orchestra

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CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Start performance season with award winning Violinist William Hagen performing Violin Concerto by Felix Mendelssohn with Catskill Symphony Orchestra. Ballroom, Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2670 or visit catskillsymphony.net/news-events/upcoming-events.html

TRACTOR FEST – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Explore world of tractors, from through exhibits, demonstrations, activities for young and old, more. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Tractor-Fest

Angie Neilsen, 92, Retired Teacher Was Senate ‘Woman Of Distinction’
IN MEMORIAM

Angie Neilsen, 92, Retired Teacher

Was Senate ‘Woman Of Distinction’

Angie Nielsen

ONEONTA – Angeline M. Nielsen, 92, a retired school teacher who was named state Senate “Woman of Distinction” in 2007, passed away Monday, March 25, 2019, at Chestnut Park Rehab & Nursing Center.

She was born on June 5, 1926, in Oneonta, the daughter of Carmen and Mary Anna (Volpe) Joy.

Angeline retired from the Oneonta City School District as an elementary school teacher, and then sold real estate for the Benson Agency.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and the Rosary Society, and was active in the Republican Party. An avid golfer, she was a member of the Oneonta Country Club.

Marilyn E. Martin, 93; Helped Husband’s Veterinary Practice

IN MEMORIAM: Marilyn E. Martin, 93;

Helped Husband’s Veterinary Practice

Marilyn Martin

UNADILLA – Marilyn E. Martin, 93, who helped manage her husband’s veterinary practice here for many decades, passed away following a brief illness at Waterville Residential Care Center on Sunday, June 17, 2018, surrounded by the love and support of her family.

Marilyn was born in Ancram, Columbia County, on March 28,1925, to Gladys and Peter Piester.  She graduated from Roeliff Jansen School in Hillsdale. She worked at Western Printing in Poughkeepsie, doing color work on Walt Disney comics for Whitman Publishing Co., then went on to attend the Barbizon Modeling School in New York City.

Clifford Yager, 82; Operated Painting Company In Otego

IN MEMORIAM: Clifford Yager, 82;

Operated Painting Company In Otego

Clifford E. Yager

OTEGO – Clifford E. Yager, 82, who operated Clifford Yager Painting for many years, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Oneonta.

He was born Jan. 21, 1936, in Oneonta, the son of the late Clifford Yager and Elsie (Hungerford) Shumway.  Clifford served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.  He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing.

B. Katherine Angell, 94; Worked For Bendix, Bresee’s, Surveyor

IN MEMORIAM: B. Katherine Angell, 94;

Worked For Bendix, Bresee’s, Surveyor

ONEONTA – B. Katherine Angell, who worked for Bendix, Bresee’s and Leon Kalmus over her career, passed away April 14, 2017, leaving two children and two grandchildren.

She was born Jan. 30, 1924, in Laurens, the daughter of Ralph and Esther (Clark) Terrell.  She married Gordon (Jim) Angell on May 11, 1974, in Oneonta. He predeceased her Oct. 8, 1999.

Katherine is survived by a son and his wife, Joseph and Marietta Franzese of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; a daughter Patricia Franzese of Provincetown, Mass., and a granddaughter Sara Ann Franzese and grandson Joseph Anthony Franzese, both of Chagrin Falls.

Her beloved brother, Dr. Ross Terrell, predeceased her in 2010. Her former spouse and father to her children, Joseph Franzese, predeceased her in 1998.

Katherine was a 1940 graduate of Oneonta High School, and attended SUNY Oneonta. She was employed for several years as a senior draftsman at Bendix in Sidney. She also worked for a time in Bresee’s Department Store, Leon Kalmus’ surveyor office, and before her husband’s illness and death she worked as a merchandiser for New York periodicals.

Katherine had many interests: she was an accomplished seamstress who especially enjoyed quilting.  She loved classical music and English literature, in particular the Bronte sisters, having a large collection of their novels and poems. She was also a devoted animal lover, adopting many stray cats and found homes for those she could not care for herself.

There will be no public services. Inurnment will be in the Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta with her parents.

Contributions in Katherine’s memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 542 Main Street, Oneonta, NY  13820.

To send online condolences visit www.ottmanfuneralhome.com

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, NY.

Thomas C. Stevens, 77; Taught, Coached At Milford Central

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas Stevens, 77;

Taught, Coached At Milford Central

Tom Stevens

GOODYEAR LAKE – Thomas Chapman Stevens, 77, who coached basketball and other sports during a teaching career at Milford Central School, passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at his home on Goodyear Lake, with his loving family by his side.

He was born April 30, 1943, in Columbus, Ohio, son of the late John O. and Janet (Chapman) Stevens.

Tom taught science and health for 17 years at Milford Central School. He was also a shooting instructor for the National Shooting Sports Foundation for men and women. During his tenure at Milford School, Tom was very active in coaching basketball and other sports teams.

6 Artists’ Prints To Aid Doubleday Field Projects

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6 Artists’ Prints To Aid

Doubleday Field Projects

Graig Kreindler signed print of “The Sandlot Kid” and Doubleday Field is among six prints by noted artists that are being sold as a fundraiser for the Friends of Doubleday Field.

COOPERSTOWN — Six award-winning artists have donated prints to the Friends of Doubleday to help raise funds dedicated to continuing improvements and programs at the baseball shrine.

“To have six award winning artists — six! — from around the world donate their unique talents to help secure its preservation is truly a blessing,” said Friends President Jeff Katz, the former Cooperstown mayor. “Each artist has created a unique artistic impression of the field.”

IN MEMORIAM: Muriel J. Close, War Bride, Active In American Guild Of Organists (AGO)

IN MEMORIAM: Muriel J. Close, War Bride,

Active In American Guild Of Organists (AGO)

Muriel Close
Muriel Close

ONEONTA – Muriel Joy Close, 90, Oneonta, a native of Great Britain who met her husband in the British Isles during World War II, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at the Chestnut Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Oneonta.

She was born Jan. 30, 1924, in Westminster, London, the daughter of the late William J. and Daisy L. (Ball) Wheeler.  Muriel grew up in Greenford, Middlesex, England, and attended Greenford schools where she graduated in 1940 and took her final exams from the University of London, all at the age of 16.

During World War II, Muriel was a radar plotter in the Royal Air Force.  While on leave in Northern Ireland, Muriel met her future husband, Walter Robert Close, in a movie house.  After that first meeting they became inseparable and were married on July 25, 1944, in Kilkeal, County Down, Northern Ireland.  Walter, a Delaware County native, predeceased her on March 28, 1990.

Reporter Libby Cudmore’s Novel Accepted By Top NYC Publisher

Reporter Libby Cudmore’s Novel Accepted By Top NYC Publisher

By JIM KEVLIN • HOMETOWN ONEONTA, The Freeman’s Journal

Edition of Thursday-Friday, Oct. 9-10, 2014

It had been a bad week, and suddenly Libby Cudmore was crying. But they were tears of joy.

At the other end of the telephone Tuesday, Sept. 30, was Jim McCarthy, a vice president at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, the agency that, among other notable authors, represented President Obama in placing his memoir, “Dreams of My Father.”

McCarthy told Libby that her crime novel – its working title is “No Awkward Goodbyes,” but that likely will be changed – had been accepted by the eminent publishing house, William Morrow, now a subsidiary of HarperCollins. After using a few literary agents, finally, there is success. Her editor at Morrow will be Chelsey Emmelhainz.

Libby, a reporter with Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal since 2010, had been writing long fiction since her teens. She had experimented with fantasy and sci-fi before settling on who-dun-its. She has written three earlier novels, placing two with agents, but they were “roundly rejected,” she said, adding with delight: “…and now this.”

William Morrow plans to market Libby as “a debut author,” her agent told her. The manuscript will be back to her by December with suggested revisions. The edits are due back in New York City by February. And publication is planned early in 2016.

“I made the world a lot more likeable,” the soon-to-be-published novelist said when asked to explain her latest manuscript’s success. “It was less grim. It was more modern, less of a throwback to retro noire.” Her characters “have cell phones; they have Facebook profiles.”

The novel is set in a fictional district of Brooklyn –Barter Street – “just outside hipster Williamsburg.”

As Libby describes it, the protagonist, Jett Bennett, “an amateur detective and professional temp,” finds a mixtape in her mailbox addressed to her downstairs neighbor, Kit Kat. When she goes to deliver the mis-delivered package, Jett finds KitKat dead, and the tape is the only clue to the murder.

A native of Oklahoma, Libby was raised in Cobleskill, daughter of Dana Cudmore, editor of The Daily Editor and author of “The Remarkable Howe Cavern Story,” and Nancy Feldman.

She graduated from Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School in 2001, and in 2005 from Binghamton University, majoring in English creative writing. An indication of things to come, perhaps, she was a recipient of the Andrew Bergman Scholarship in Creative Writing and a finalist for the national Writers of the Future Award.

After working in New York City, she enrolled with the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program, earning a master’s in 2010 in popular fiction and creative non-fiction. By then, she had met Ian Austin, now this newspaper’s photographer, and the couple – they plan to marry next year – had settled in his hometown of Oneonta.

While working at the newspapers – she began working on her latest novel while commuting back and forth to Oneonta on the OPT – she also wrote a blog for a year, “Geek Girl Goes Glam,” where she tried out tips from vintage beauty guides published between the 1800s and the 1970s, and shared her findings with her online fans.

Libby happened on her genre when, while in college, she read Raymond Chandler’s “The Long Goodbye” and “it all clicked … ‘The Long Goodbye’ has such a beautiful sense of melancholy, or hope, that surrounds the mystery. And I thought that was more interesting than somebody with a sword or a space ship. The act of solving a crime and doing right by people. Doing right by the client. There is honor is that.”

Johanna Golja, 89; She, Husband Farmed For 62 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Johanna Golia, 89;

She, Husband Farmed For 62 Years

Johanna Golja

WORCESTER – Johanna Alex Golja, 89, who with her husband, Frederick, farmed for 62 of their 67 years of marriage, passed away at home Jan. 6, 2018, in the loving company of her family.  She also worked in the Worcester Central School main office for many years.

Born April 18, 1928, in New York City, she was the daughter of William and Anna (Senica) Alex.  She grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Grover Cleveland High School, then found employment with Harriman Brown Brothers on Wall Street.

League Plans Forum For Salka, Buttermann
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League Plans Forum

For Salka, Buttermann

Participate Monday, Oct. 26, Via Zoom

John Salka
Dan Buttermann

Assembly John Salka, R-Brookfield, and his Democratic challenger, Dan Buttermann of Oneonta, will debate at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, via Zoom, the  Oneonta and Cooperstown League of Women Voters chapters announced.

Jake Cornell, Oneida, the Libertarian candidate, will also participate.

Candidates will make introductory statements and answer questions emailed by the public.  Up to 500 viewers can participate via links at www.lwvcooperstownarea.org and www.lwvoneonta.org, as well at the chapters’ Facebook pages.

DIVESTMENT — CONTENTS

The Cooperstown Debate

DIVESTING

FOSSIL-FUEL

STOCKS

The lead article in the Oct. 27, 2016, edition of The Freeman's Journal set off a debate on the fossil-fuel divestment between to local heavy-hitters, Lou Allstadt, the village trustee and former Mobil executive vice president, and David Russell, the lawyer, banker and former pension counsel to the New York State Office of the Controller. Interest in the Allstadt-Russell discussion and requests for reprints has prompted this online compilation of the discussion.
Editor’s Note:  The lead article in the Oct. 27, 2016, edition of The Freeman’s Journal set off a debate on the Village of Cooperstown’s decision to divest fossil-fuel investments between two local heavy-hitters, Lou Allstadt, the village trustee and former Mobil executive vice president, and David Russell, the lawyer, banker and former pension counsel to the New York State Office of the Controller. Interest in the Allstadt-Russell discussion and requests for reprints has prompted this online compilation of the discussion.

VILLAGE CASTS OUT

FOSSIL-FUEL STOCKS

News Article

The Freeman’s Journal, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

Base Pension-Fund Decisions

On Unbiased, Impartial Expertise

Op-Ed by DAVID RUSSELL

The Freeman’s Journal, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2016

Investors, Cooperstown Included,

 Can No Longer Ignore Climate Change

Op-Ed by LOU ALLSTADT

The Freeman’s Journal, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2016

Expert Opinion, Advice Mixed On

Future Performance Of Fossil-Fuel Stocks

Letter to Editor by DAVID RUSSELL

The Freeman’s Journal, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2016

Fossil-Fuel Business

Facing Major Change

Letter to Editor by LOU ALLSTADT

The Freeman’s Journal, Nov. 25, 2016

 

Ciro D. DeFilippo, 63;Licensed Real Estate Broker In Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Ciro D. DeFilippo, 63;

Licensed Real Estate Broker In Oneonta

ONEONTA – Ciro D. DeFilippo, 63, a realtor at Coldwell Banker and Bordinger Realty, passed away peacefully with his loving wife at his side on Tuesday, March 27, 2019, at Bassett Hospital, following a short illness.

He was born on March 9, 1956, in Yonkers, the son of Ciro and Beverly (Custer) DeFilippo. He graduated from Iona Preparatory School for Boys.

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