PRINCETON, NJ – Susan Rosenheim Hughson, 87, died peacefully on November 22, 2022. A lifelong resident of Oneonta, New York, Susan had moved to Princeton earlier in the year to be near family.
Susan was born in Oneonta on May 16, 1935. The daughter of Frederic Rosenheim and Pauline (Polly) Borden Rosenheim, she attended Bugbee School and Oneonta High School. In 1957, Susan graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in chemistry. She married her high school sweetheart, Thomas M. Hughson, and they had two sons, Fred and Bill. After her divorce in 1988, Susan joined in a joyful partnership with Paul E. Scheele that lasted the rest of their lives.
COOPERSTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m. will include a public hearing on a policy for the installation and operation of cameras to monitor activity occurring in public places within the village. The draft policy reads:
A raging fire broke out in Fly Creek off of county highway 26 at the intersection with Stone House Road on the morning of Friday, November 25. Though local emergency responders arrived early to the scene, it had already consumed much of the structure. We’ve been told the entire family was evacuated successfully.
Kenneth William Domion of Richfield Springs, NY, passed away peacefully at home on November 4, 2022. He was 61. In Keeping with his wishes there will be no services held. In lieu of flowers please send any donations to newyork.usrunforthefallen.org.
SANTA PARADE—5 p.m. Bring the whole family to welcome Santa to the Cooperstown Christmas Cottage. Followed by visits with Santa, Hot Apple Cider, and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Parade proceeds down Main Street to Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. (607) 547-9983 or visit wearecooperstown.com/events/santas-arrival-parade-2/
BLOOD DRIVE – Noon – 6 p.m. Save up to 3 lives with the American Red Cross. Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut Street, Oneonta. Register at redcrossblood.org
Cooperstown Central School District hosted Sweethearts & Heroes, a self-proclaimed “student empowerment and empathy activation team that prevents bullying and suicide,” as part of the school’s commitment to “creating a safe environment where children can thrive, socially and academically, without being afraid.”
“We are so excited to partner with Sweethearts & Heroes to build practices aimed at building community and belonging, supporting social and emotional development, and helping students understand their role as community members,” said Amy Malcuria, vice principal of CCSD.
ONEONTA – For Oneonta High School Cross Country Coach Dan Forbes, the second title is as sweet as the first. Forbes, who was on the Oneonta boys team as a runner during their first title win, talked about how rewarding it was to see the second win from the coach’s view.
As we mark the traditional beginning of the holiday season with Thanksgiving celebrations this week, we at “The Freeman’s Journal” and “Hometown Oneonta” are thankful to be part of the life of Otsego County. But, as thankful as we are for the many bountiful aspects of life here, like many others, we are always mindful that suffering and need are still more plentiful in our region than in many other places. As Otsego County residents pause to give thanks this week, we ask that you consider sponsoring a family in need.
For the past 101 years, we have joined The Salvation Army to help make Christmas enjoyable for area families through the Angel Tree Program. We are proud to help our neighbors provide this assistance to others less fortunate.
ONEONTA – Hartwick College has announced its commitment to furthering educational avenues for students from rural upstate areas with its HartLand Promise, which will make attending Hartwick, a private school, comparable to attending a four-year public college or university in New York State.
“We understand a liberal arts education may seem financially out of reach by many in our region, but we feel important, life-changing decisions should not feel restricted because of where you live,” explained Darren Reisberg, who assumed the office of college president this past August.
COOPERSTOWN – The recent, and almost sudden, appearance of Fenimore Chamber Orchestra on the scene in Cooperstown certainly has garnered salvos from every area. Needless to say, Maestro Żołtówski’s rich international background has brought about an extraordinary fabric of different styles and the ease in which those styles are communicated via conducting.
When asked who provided him with the greatest influence, without any hesitation, Maestro Żołtówski replied, “Krzysztof Penderecki. When I met him for the first time, I must say I was in awe of this man. After all, by that time he was already a living legend. On one occasion, I can hear him as if it were yesterday, he told me to never let go of my artistic vision and never give up!”
ONEONTA – Ten years ago, New York State’s judicial system found Frances “Frankie” Russo guilty of a crime that has carried enormous cultural baggage in our country: the illegal sale of cannabis. Beyond the ramifications of pleading guilty to a class E nonviolent crime, Russo experienced social ostracization and a new limitation imposed on job prospects.
Despite these obstacles, he devoted his time to e-commerce, building a successful graphic design business. Over the last decade, Russo’s growing brand, Premium MFG, LLC, has received enough acclaim to be awarded by the New York State Office of Cannabis Management with one of the state’s first licenses to sell cannabis—legally.
TURKEY TROT – 9 a.m. Start Thanksgiving day the right way. Do a 5K run or a 2K walk to prepare yourself for the holiday ahead. Proceeds support the patients and families cared for by Helios Care. Virtual option is available. Start at Oneonta Boys & Girls Club, 70 River Street, Oneonta. Visit Hospice5K.com for more information. Then have a wonderful rest of the holiday.
COOPERSTOWN—James Andrews Melrose Johnston, Jamie to family and friends, crossed the bar on November 14, 2022, following a prolonged battle with multiple ailments. He was 68.
Born on December 20, 1953, in New Haven, Connecticut, into a family of educators, naturalists, poets, historians, sailors and adventurers, Jamie never missed an opportunity to gleefully embrace novel experiences, such as when, as a toddler, he astonished his mother when she removed his rain hat in a New Haven store only to find a mouse cheerfully nestling in his hair.
This morning on railroad avenue, a new sign went up on the front of the building at #21. This sign is for the bluebird haus, a new cozy shop based on ‘Cozy Comfy Living’ and ‘Happy Joyful Giving’ being opened by Jeanne Graham, owner of the former Lemon Tree Shop.
Also, on hand to help ahead of the opening on December 3, were grandkids August, Nathan, Opal, and Eliza.