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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

Joan K. Mayhew, 86 Aug. 6, 1934 – May 25, 2021

In Memoriam

Joan K. Mayhew, 86

Aug. 6, 1934 – May 25, 2021

CARSON CITY, NEV. – Joan K. Mayhew, a former resident of the Village of Cooperstown and retired first grade teacher, passed away Tuesday evening, May 25, 2021, at Carson Tahoe Care Center in Carson City, Nevada. She was 86.

Born August 6, 1934, in Oswego, Joan was a daughter of Frank and Clara (Bears) Koster.

She was married to Donald Kelsey “Duke” Mayhew for 52 years until his passing June 30, 2010.

For over thirty years, Joan taught first grade at the Cooperstown Elementary School. She was always actively involved in both the community as well as the Catholic church. When Joan relocated permanently to North Palm Beach, Florida, she remained active in education. She regularly volunteered her time, helping to teach reading to children with special needs at a nearby local school.

This Week—June 17, 2021


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

June 17, 2021


Moana, right, played by Yana King, gets caught by the crab Tamatoa, played by Claire Smith, with Dalilah Synan as the left claw and Taryn Brockway as the right claw, in a scene from ‘Moana Jr.’ Student actors practice during a dress rehearsal of Moana Jr., produced by Orpheus Theatre’s Starstruck Players at Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta on Monday, June 14. The show, which opens Friday, June 18, will be the first live performance by Orpheus in more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Michael Forster Rothbart/


Hall: Wednesday induction was best option

Jobs and houses: Herzig: For city to thrive, the two houses intersect

Chestnut Crossing developers host neighborhood Q&A

Cooperstown & Around and City of the Hills

Inside The Paper

Primary Elections to be held

At ribbon cutting, Distillery touted as cultivated business venture

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, left, and Eugene Marra cut the ceremonial ribbon in front of Cooperstown Distillery. (Kevin Limiti/

Student News


The Old Badger: The joy of the old pavilion still make people smile



Editors Policy


BERKSON: ‘Impetuous 30s’ led to Richfield Springs farm

DIROSA: An update arrives from the top of the hill

History Columns

Bound Volumes: June 17, 2021

Hometown History: June 17, 2021


William L. Ross Sr.

Kobey John King

Summer Dreams

Curtain’s up again on live theatre in the region

Concert series to resume at Lakefront

Best Bets

Staff Dining Picks

Kathleen W. Sheldon, 75 April 24, 1946 – June 10, 2021

In Memoriam

Kathleen W. Sheldon, 75
April 24, 1946 – June 10, 2021

Kathleen W. Sheldon, 75, of Edmeston passed away unexpectedly Thursday June 10, 2021 at her home.

Kathleen was born on April 24, 1946 in Cortland, NY. She was pre deceased by her parents Douglas J. and Catherine Nancy Aloi Card.

She is survived by her husband Alan B. Sheldon who she married July 22, 1967,  daughters Caprice (Paul) Eckert of Edmeston, Monica (Brandon) Clark of Edmeston, sisters Angela Benson of Edmeston, Phyllis (Ladd) Lawrence of Upper Jay, NY, brother Roy “Jay” Whitaker of NH, grandchildren Mallory, Rachel, Tatum, Braymon, great grandchild Lacie-Ann, and many nieces and nephews.

Fenimore Moves 3 Major Exhibits To 2021
Glimmerglobe Theatre Also Postponed

Fenimore Moves 3

Major Exhibits To 2021

The planned exhibit of Keith Haring works at the Fenimore Art Museum has been postponed until 2021.

COOPERSTOWN – Exhibits of Keith Haring and Ansel Adams artworks have been postponed until 2021, according to a release from the Fenimore Art Museum.

“Keith Haring: Radiant Vision,” “Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams” and “The World of Jan Brett” were all postponed, as were the Glimmerglobe Theatre’s productions of “The Tempest: and “A Moon for the Misbegotten.”

“These exhibitions represented the core of our 2020 season,” said the Fenimore. “They are now expected to draw large numbers to the area next spring and summer.”

Stephen A. Rudloff, 76 February 19, 1945 – May 31, 2021

In Memoriam

Stephen A. Rudloff, 76
Feb. 19, 1945 – May 31, 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Stephen Anthony Rudloff, Commander, United States Navy (Retired) who survived 323 days in captivity as a POW during the Vietnam War, passed away peacefully following a long illness the evening of Memorial Day, May 31, 2021, at his home on Nelson Avenue surrounded by family. He was 76.

Born February 19, 1945, in Brooklyn, he was a son of Ernest and Mary (Camarro) Rudloff. After graduating from Lafayette High School in 1962, he attended St. John’s University.

On September 20, 1964, he entered the United States Navy School of PreFlight at NAS Pensacola, Florida, completed Basic Naval Aviation Officers School in August 1965, and completed Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) School at NAS Glynco, Georgia in October 1965. He was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy on August 15, 1965, received his wings and designated a RIO on October 28, 1965. His first assignment was to VF-121 at NAS Miramar, California, for F-4 Phantom II Replacement Air Group training from December 1965 to June 1966, followed by service as an F-4 RIO with VF-154 at NAS Moffett Field, California, from June 1966 to June 1968. During this time, LT Rudloff deployed with his unit to Southeast Asia from September 1966 to January 1967, and from December 1967 to April 1968. Following that tour of duty, he reported to the Naval Plant Representative Office with McDonnell Douglas Corporation, in St. Louis, Missouri, where he remained for two years as a Public Affairs Officer. Following refresher training in the F-4, he reported to Fighter Squadron Ninety-Two in July 1971, and deployed to Vietnam aboard the USS Constellation in October.

Student News: June 3, 2021

Student News

Molly Potter Pearlman, a 2011 Cooperstown Central School graduate and 2016 magna cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, received the juris doctor degree on May 14, from
City University of New York Law School.

The following students were named to the Nazareth College Spring 2021 Dean’s List: Deirdre Brett of Morris, who is studying public history; Annika DeVries of Burlington Flats, who is studying technical production; Jessica Klem of Richfield Springs, who is studying, history, inclusive education and public health; Morgan Stoecklin of Hartwick, who is studying clinical laboratory sciences. A student’s grade point average must be 3.5 or above. They must complete 12 credit hours to be included on the list.

Cedarville student Ian Bolin of Edmeston, majoring in computer engineering, was named to the Dean’s Honor List for spring 2021. This recognition requires the student to obtain a 3.75 GPA or higher.
Cedarville University 125th commencement programs April 30 to May 1, included the following local graduates: Teagen Bolin of Edmeston, bachelor of arts in visual communication design and Ian Bolin of Edmeston, bachelor of science in computer engineering.

Clarkson University’s spring
2021 commencement in May, which also recognized the 280 August and December 2020 graduates, included graduates: Meg Stebbins of Richfield Springs,
who received a master of arts in teaching of English to speakers of other languages and Mohamed Alarabi of Mount Upton, who received a master of science in engineering management.

Stanley G. Smith, 61 April 27, 1960 – May 23, 2021


Stanley G. Smith, 61
April 27, 1960 – May 23, 2021

Stanley G. Smith

ONEONTA – Stanley G. Smith, 61, lost his courageous battle with lung cancer on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

He was born on April 27, 1960 in Delhi, to Francis “Smitty” and Elizabeth (Slater) Smith.

Stan was a 1979 graduate of Oneonta High School, where he played football and baseball. He worked for several years at Brook’s BBQ. Stan worked also for Otsego County Senior Meals on Wheels.

In between he worked as a bar bouncer, helped his dad “Smitty” with the family paving business, and at the Holiday Lanes doing several different jobs. Stan worked in the maintenance at SUNY Oneonta for several years until the devastating diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer, forced his retirement last August.

Stan married Dolores Hugues on December 21, 2002. He became step-dad or as they liked to call him, “their extra dad”, to Peter Hugues-Simmons of Manchester, CT and Joseph Simmons of Laurens. Stan jumped into fatherhood with both feet, coaching the Sunday morning kids bowling. Taking teams all over the state to tournaments and taking a team all the way to the States in Syracuse. He also coached city of Oneonta pony league baseball, going from last place the first year to being undefeated the next. Stan, in his own rite, was an excellent bowler; 14 career 300 games, numerous 299’s. At one point, Stan was on the

THIS WEEK — May 20, 2021


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

May 20, 2021


Fly Creek Fire Department junior members, from left, Lt. Eric Deysenroth, Connor Voulo, Troy Hight and Wayton Cassell pose Monday, May 17, in Fly Creek. Read more in ‘Junior firefighters provide big lift to Fly Creek department.’


Police review leaves behind serious debates

Help wanted: Businesses struggle to find workers

After year of COVID, SUNY Oneonta bids grads farewell

Cooperstown & Around & City of the Hills

Inside The Paper

Junior firefighters provide big lift to Fly Creek department

AllOTSEGO people: Post-rally, Bohler’s life is that of average teen

Art Garage to hold open studio, final viewing

Members of the Arc Otsego leadership team on Academy Street in Oneonta wave goodbye Friday, May 14, to Pat Knuth, the outgoing executive director, who has worked for the Arc for more than 30 years. May will be her last full month with the agency. (Korey Rowe/


For Mead, family separation became too tough

Coop baseball stays undefeated with big conference wins

Caden Keto, 3, of Westford, plays soccer Friday, May 14, at the Oneonta Family YMCA on Ford Avenue, during an outdoor session with, ‘Coach Jason.’ (Korey Rowe/


Robert Badger Seaver: The Badger

The return of the Old Badger: ‘The First of the Mohican’

The myth of the ‘good minority’ hurts everyone


Editors Policy

LEVINE: Foundation stresses needs of community


BERKSON: Pen pal letters brought good news from France

History Columns

Bound Volumes: May 20, 2021

Hometown History: May 20, 2021

Artist experiments with different forms at CANO

Concert series to return with Oshima Brothers


Claud D. Fold

John G. Goddard

Patrick R. Materazzo

Yvonne F. Page

Jonathan A. Graham

Lawrence J. “Butch” Weill Jr.

Major Richard (Dick) Bratton, 84 March 12, 1936 to Feb. 18, 2021

In Memoriam

Major Richard (Dick) Bratton, 84
March 12, 1936 to Feb. 18, 2021

Major Richard (Dick) Bratton

COOPERSTOWN – Dick Bratton, retired Air Force civil engineer, legendary hiking trails builder and long-time Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, civic leader died on February 18, 2021, at the age of 84. He was born in Winchester, Kentucky, but spent the majority of his early years in Cooperstown, NY.

Dick graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earning a degree in architecture. After graduation, he enlisted in the USAF and spent twenty-two years using his engineering expertise in various projects around the globe. Following his military retirement, he settled in the small mountain town of Green Mountain Falls, where he left an indelible mark through his service in local and regional government. He served two terms as Mayor and spent over thirty years in leadership and participation on numerous committees. He spent untold hours volunteering his time, wrote several successful grants for the benefit of the town, and was a generous benefactor.

Barbara A. Schilling Nov. 24, 1940-April 01, 2021


Barbara A. Schilling

Nov. 24, 1940-April 01, 2021

Barbara A. Schilling

COOPERSTOWN – Barbara Ann Schilling (Joseph) passed away on April 1, 2021, at the age of 80, in what was perhaps her greatest April Fool’s Day prank ever.

A graduate of Hartwick College School of Nursing (’62) and a dedicated R.N. at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown and the former Child’s Hospital in Albany, Barbara chose to spend her retirement reading every book worth reading (along with ones that weren’t), traveling to Europe and around the U.S., and cursing out politicians from both parties. She swore to live long enough to vote “the biggest idiot I’ve ever seen” out of office, and so she did. She didn’t break her promises, especially when it came to politics and fools.

In Memoriam: Paul Timothy Kuhn, 83 March 14, 1938 – June 2, 2021

In Memoriam

Paul Timothy Kuhn, 83
March 14, 1938 –
June 2, 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Born March 14, 1938, in Glen Cove, Paul was the second son born to George and Helen Kuhn, teachers in the Glen Cove School District.

Paul graduated from St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Glen Cove in June 1952 and then attended Chaminade High School in Mineola until graduation in June 1956. Paul then went on to Villanova’s College of Engineering, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1960. Paul would be a lifelong Wildcats fan.

Upon graduation Paul began his military service with the U.S. Army, training at the Fort Holabird, MD U.S. Army Intelligence School. Paul became a Special Agent Staff Sergeant assigned to West Point Academy. It was during this time Paul met and married Jocelyn Shanahan, and they had three children. Discharged in 1964 Paul went to work the next day for the Insurance Company of North America. Starting as a claims investigator in Garden City Paul continued working for INA for over 30 years, until his retirement as a Senior Vice President of Corporate Services for CIGNA. While working in Philadelphia Paul met and married Mary Margaret Polley on June 20, 1986, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

It was then that Paul and Mary Margaret moved to Cooperstown and began a whole new phase of life. Paul had loved Cooperstown since he first arrived with his family for the summer of 1945. Paul’s parents worked at Camp Chenango and Camp Otsego each summer, so Paul and young George attended Camp. Paul continued as a camp counselor until he entered the Army. To him Otsego Lake was the most beautiful place on earth.

Otsego County Fair confirms 2021 event is happening

Otsego County Fair confirms
2021 event is happening

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The Otsego County Fair announced via social media Friday, June 4, that it has received clearance for the 2021 summer fair and will be open as scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 3, to Sunday, Aug. 8.

The 2020 fair was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The fair office will open Monday, July 5. Presales will be done at a dedicated ticket office and there will be protocols taken to comply with the current health requirements.

Go to for more information.

Tourism promoter: Focus different for 2021

Tourism promoter:
Focus different for 2021

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Otsego County’s tourism efforts are being refocused on outdoor activities, fall weddings and vaccinated out-of-state residents, according to a presentation given to the Otsego County Board of Representatives at its May meeting.

Harrington addressed the Representatives at their meeting, which was held via Zoom, because of the coronavirus pandemic, on Wednesday, May 5.

She said the group is looking to increase late summer and fall tourism in an effort to boost 2021 bed tax money.

Harrington said her group, which was spun off from the county in 2014 and added Schoharie County as a client two years ago, has shifted to a virtual campaign, allowing it to add several promotional categories and “pages” to its promotional materials.

DMC is launching an outdoor activities website that culls information and links to all the other county locations for hiking, boating, fishing, winter sports and more. Those sites include state parks, Otsego 2000’s Otsego Outdoors website, information about playgrounds, camp sites, hotels and more.

Douglas Stratton Fielder, 80 July 22, 1940 – April 28, 2021

In Memoriam

Douglas Stratton Fielder, 80
July 22, 1940 – April 28, 2021

Douglas S. Fielder

Douglas Stratton Fielder, Oneonta, died on April 28, 2021 after a decades-long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Doug was born on July 22, 1940 in Washington DC, the son of Albert G. and Kathryn (Welch) Fielder. Doug grew up in the DC area and went to Virginia Military Institute, graduating in 1962. He then attended the University of Virginia for his master’s and Doctorate degrees in physics, completing them in 1967. He served two years active duty in the Army, ending at the rank of Captain.

In 1968 he married Dorothy Scott Davis of Staunton, Va. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in July 2018. In 1969 they moved to Oneonta, NY where Doug began teaching at the State University College at Oneonta (SUCO). He taught there until his retirement in 2000. He served as department chair for several years. Doug and Scott lived in Chaseville (Town of Maryland) from 1972 until 2009 when they moved to a home at the Plains at Parish Homestead in Oneonta.

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