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Clark Foundation announces scholarship awards

Clark Foundation announces
scholarship awards

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The Clark Foundation announced the scholarship recipients for 2021 in a Tuesday, June 15, media release.

The scholarships were awarded to 188 students, with a total of $742,600.

“The board and I are pleased to recognize the accomplishments of this distinguished group of graduating seniors by assisting them in their undergraduate studies,” Janes Forbes Clark said in the release. “Despite having to navigate and manage the impact of the COVID crisis, each of these exceptional young men and women have compiled excellent records at their schools.  As we welcome them to The Clark Foundation Scholarship Program, we wish each of them a most successful college experience.”

The following is a list of recipients by school:

Cherry Valley-Springfield

Marissa Ann Abbruzzese; Brady Matthew Benson; Zoe Elizabeth Climenhaga; Mia Frances Thompkins Horvath; Jaelyn Rose Jaquay; Allison Kate Lennebacker; Sarah Elise Lewis; Andrew Ward Oram; Dylan M. Smith.


Fiona Tulip Bailey ; Josephine Alice Bertram; Alexander Cooper Bohler; Edward Vaughn Boulet; Jennifer Corinne Burch; Juliet E. Cunnington; Carly Angelia Erway; Mikael Blake Foutch-Carkee; Jason Anthony Furnari; Sam John Grigoli; Alexander Pomeroy Hage; Kendall John Haney; Alexander Gregory Hascup; Ellie Joanne Hotaling; Ray Michael Jastremski Hovis; Molly Ancilla Hughes; Phoebe L. Jones; Anna K. Lambert; Isaac N. Landry; Colette Ruth Leinhart; Edward Spencer Lewis; Faith Vivian Logue; Lucian Olearczyk Lytel; Lauren Ellen Martin; Julia Marie McCrea; Abigail Sarah Miller; Reilly Rose Mooney; Stuart A.I. Nelson; Emma Grace Panzarella; Marisa L. Phillips; Alexander N. Poulson; Ian Patrick Quinn; Mason Scott Raffo; Erin Elizabeth Rock; Stephanie Nicole Rudloff; Miguel Xekee Sagario; Nathaniel Cooper Savoie; Joseph Joshua Senchyshyn; Maya A. Stevens; Sydnie Alexandria Aijun Streek; Lindsey G. Trosset; Christopher Scott Ubner; Henry Davis Wager; William James Weldon; Caroline June Whitaker; Brayden Francis White; Addison Elizabeth Yastrzemski; Laurel K. Zaengle.


Sydney Marie Bateman; Isabel LeeAnne Brown; Madison Elizabeth Cole; Jacob Robert Cormier; Gregory Michael DeVries; Kennedy Rose Kapp; Logan Danielle Lund; Joshua Robert Lewis Martin; Madilynne Rae Smith.


Kyle Zachery Davis; Lexis N. Davis; Faith Mei Gaglia; Jonah James Mathieson; Rylie James Nemitz; Kassidy Paige Qua; Emily Rose Stanley; Skyler Paige White.


Adrianna Domenica Greiner; Avery C. Leonard; Hailey Jade Maison; Mackenzie Mary O’Connor; Alexis Rae Stanford; Tia Brook Vagliardo; Benjamin E. Webster; Lawson Thomas Williams.

Richfield Springs

Cole J. Bobnick;  Sydney N. Burdick; Ronica Erica Clarke; Brooke Irene Connolly; Dylan John Dyn; Katherine Cheyenne Kodz; Samantha Rose O’Connor; Amy Lyne Seamon; Damon Joseph Thomson; Brady Charles Young.


Andrew Robert Hamilton; Kandence Ann Hoag; Cassandra L. Snyder; Nolan Nathan Sweeney; Claire Analiese Warner.

Owen D. Young 

Christian Andreev; Lynzee Danielle Bissell; Emma Nicole Sorensen.

Mount Markham  

Michael James Abbatiello; Aidan Ainslie; Jennah Barrtt; Marleigh Case; Logan D. Clark; Madison Veronica Deak; Mackenzie Maree Doyle; Lauren Elizabeth Entwistle; Alexis Sky Fitch; Kaitlyn Anne Fitch;  Sarah Marie Foster; Cassandra Catherine Gates; Hayleigh Lyn Gates; Chelsea Marie Hayes; Emily Mae Howard; Madelyn Landgren; Hayden Elisjah Larmon; Katie Taylor Livingston; Madison Jane Lockwood; Katherine Loomis; Kayla Marie Lottermann; Madison Jo Marsh; Matthew Carmen Maugeri; Emily Laura McClave; Jacob McKenzie; Morgan McGuire Merritt; Brianna Marie Morgan; Chelsea Wynn Osborn; Olivia Jade Ostrander; Joseph Robert Sanzo; Melanie Kathleen Sterling; Jordan Marie Treen; Chad Alan Tucker; Stepheny Anne Vriesema; Delia Kaydence Wilton.


Lily Peyton Conroe; Michael Anthony Countryman; Isaiah Eric Haley; Casandra M. Haughn; Jenna Alexis Morell; Miriam Frances Odell;Maya Jane Powers; Delimar Marie Vega-Haley.

Otsego Area Occupational Center

Gareth J. Austin; Louis Timothy Banks; Michaela Mea Bateman; Jasmine K. Bondies; Shayne Christian Chase; Mackenzie Angeline Conklin; Naomi Rebekah Cook; Molly Katherine Forbes; Ronin James Gould; Jourdyn Alexis Gray; Quinn E. Hansen; Megan S. Hughes; Justin Iannelli; Nila J. Jackson; Autumn Rae Jones;Riley Elizabeth Jubar; John Maximilian Kennedy; Tritny Elizabeth Knapp; Lillian Grace Lighthall; Maximilian Adam Madej; William Wyatt Moody; Emma Caroline Ough; Cole Gerald Platt; Abigail D. Pleuss; Hunter Van Poniros; Morgan Gabriella Rossignol; Sara Danyelle Sluiter; Chloe R. Thalheimer; Kaitlyn Marie Wellman.

Gilbertsville-Mount Upton

Gavin Bonczkowski; Apolonia Nina Drapaniotis; Maya Curtis Farwell; Emily D. Hammond; Olivia Grace Held; Kyle Jacob Meyers; Zan Eric Sansoucie; Theodore Charles Sharkey.


Baylie E. Boglioli; Daphne P. Fraser; Erin Nicole Herring; Emily Elizabeth Lincoln; Kate Frances Morano; Jacob Ronald Spoor; Matthew Carl Wendler.





Keith Floyd Mayne, 83 Feb. 22, 1938 – Jun. 13, 2021

In Memoriam

Keith Floyd Mayne, 83

Feb. 22, 1938 – Jun. 13, 2021

Keith Floyd Mayne, 83, of Burlington Flats, passed away peacefully on Sunday June 13, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

Keith was born on February 22, 1938 in New Berlin the son of the late Floyd and Mildred Wightman Mayne. In addition to his parents, he was pre deceased by sister Lillian Hotaling, sister in law Marjorie Tauss, and a brother in law Gordon Wheelock.

Keith was a graduate of West Winfield Central School. He married Marilyn Wheelock on September 29, 1956, and two years later, they moved to their Burlington Flats farm, which they operated until their retirement in 1998.

In his high school days, Keith active in sports, lettering in four sports over three years. Following graduation, he continued participating on Town Team basketball and softball leagues with the local men.

During his farming years, Keith was active in Eastern Milk Producers and the County ASCS Committee. He was dedicated to his community serving the Town of Burlington as the Assessor, Town Supervisor, and a Town Board Member for a total of 34 years.

As ‘Merger Mondays’ end, Tuesday decision looms for Schenevus, Worcester

As ‘Merger Mondays’ end,
Tuesday decision looms
for Schenevus, Worcester

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

The last of the Merger Mondays took place Monday, June 14, ahead of Tuesday’s board vote.

The superintendents of Worcester and Schenevus central schools acknowledged the growing pains of a merger, but also argued its perceived importance to a group of about 15 attendees.

Some of the guests included Assemblyman Brian Miller, and Jeff Bishop, communications director for state Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, who is an SCS graduate.

Miller expressed mostly neutrality for the upcoming vote and said he was there to “show support for whichever way the communities decide to go.”

Oberacker was unable to attend because he was at a parade in Unadilla, a cause of some criticism among those who attended, but Bishop said Oberacker was closely following the developments on the potential merger.

If the vote is approved, there will be a Sept. 22, straw poll followed by a Dec. 3, binding referendum.

If the merger is approved the combined Board of Education would increase from five to seven seats. There also will be state financial incentives for the merger, which BOE representatives say will be used to improve educational opportunities and provide funds to a reserve, while also maintaining the same staff only eliminating positions through attrition, which they say will save $690,000.

Class size will be 22 students or lower.

Much of the merger rationale is based on a study conducted prior to the pandemic, which referenced a declining enrollment for both schools, a problem which in a merged district would be resolved with access to more academics and athletics.

Any additional cost for transportation they say will be minimal.

Anything related to mascots, school colors and team names would be student driven, officials said.

“This is emotional for a lot of people. … We do realize that and recognize that, but we have to do what’s best for our kids and everything in the study shows its best for our kids,” Carlin said.

Miller diverted from his original stance of neutrality briefly to posit about the merger.

“It’s to benefit our children and make our area truly prosper. … Things are really getting tough,” Miller said, referencing state funding. “A merger is really the best thing we can do.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Audition for performance, ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ 06-14-21

Audition for performance,
‘The Haunting of Hill House’



AUDITIONS – 7 p.m. Women between 25 & 55 are invited to audition for lead and supporting roles in October production of ‘The Haunting of Hill House.’ Presented by Stuff of Dreams Productions. Held at Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Visit

Edmeston downed by SK in Section IV Class D baseball final

Edmeston downed by SK
in Section IV Class D baseball final

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Edmeston’s perfect season ended in South Kortright as the Rams battered the Panthers, 13-0, in five innings in the Section IV Class D baseball championship Saturday, June 12.

SK, which got two runs in the second inning, took a 7-0 lead in the third inning with a string of extra-base hits, highlighted by Brandon Grommeck’s two-run home run.

The Rams made it 7-0 the next inning and put the game away in the fifth.

Edmeston had its best scoring chance in the top of the fourth inning. Kyle Ough had a double and the Panthers loaded the bases, but Pat Dengler got out of the jam without giving up a run.

SK ends its season 12-0 while Edmeston fell to 11-1.


Hawkeyes lose section softball title to Pulaski, 18-0
Cooperstown pitcher Marley Lippitt suffered just her second loss of the season in the section title game Saturday, June 12. (Greg Klein/

Hawkeyes lose
section softball title
to Pulaski, 18-0

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Before Cooperstown would celebrate a section championship in baseball, it had to endure a crushing defeat in softball, as visiting Pulaski won the Section III Class C softball championship Saturday, June 12, beating top seeded Cooperstown, 18-0, at Cooperstown Central School.

Pulaski took a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning and then got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the second inning. The combination seemed to rattle the Hawkeyes, who played uncharacteristically sloppy in the field and could get nothing strung together at the plate.

Pulaski pitcher Emily Birmingham struck out six and gave up five hits, including doubles to Dani Seamon and Abby Miller, but she had movement inside that kept Cooperstown’s hitter off balance.

When Cooperstown loaded the bases in the second inning, Jeana Geertgens responded with a sharp line drive, only to see Pulaski shortstop Clare Reynolds stretch high to make a great defensive play to keep Cooperstown off the scoreboard.

Cooperstown baseball loves a parade
Cooperstown relief pitchers Treston Emerick, left, and Liam Ford, who helped keep the title game close in the middle innings, celebrate while riding in a fire-truck parade Saturday, June 12, in Cooperstown. (Tim Hayes).

Cooperstown baseball
loves a parade

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Cooperstown’s varsity baseball team got a firetruck parade on Main Street on Saturday, June 12, after winning the Section IV Class C1 baseball title earlier in the evening at Oneonta’s Damaschke Field.

The Hawkeyes beat Port Byron, 4-3.

Senior Alex Hage, who plays first base, got the title-winning RBI, scoring sophomore pinch runner P.J. Kiuber, after he stole a base to get into scoring position. Kendall Haney got five outs at the end of the game to get the win for Cooperstown (14-1).

The title is Cooperstown’s third in five years in the sport, also winning the title in 2017 and 2019. The team lost in the final four in 2017 and in the Class C state championship game in 2019 and would have been a contender to win the program’s first state title. However, the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 season and the 2021 state tournament.

The Hawkeyes are led by their six seniors, Alex Hage, Alex Hascup, Kendall Haney, Derek Moore, Alex Poulson and Chris Ubner.

The Hawkeyes have won three Section III Class C baseball titles in the past five years, in 2017, 2019 and 2021. (Tim Hayes).


Cooperstown wins section baseball title with extra-innings walkoff
Cooperstown has won Seciton III Class C baseball titles in 2017, 2019 and 2021. (Greg Klein/

Cooperstown wins section
baseball title with
extra-innings walkoff

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

ONEONTA – Alex Hage’s walk-off single to left field scored pinch runner P.J. Kiuber to give top seeded Cooperstown its third Section III Class C baseball title in five years, with a 4-3 eight-inning win over No. 3 Port Byron in the C1 tournament championship Saturday, June 12, at Damaschke Field.

“Right off the bat, I knew. We won,” said Hage, a senior who plays first base.

“I was just thinking I had to do my job,” he continued. “This was the spot. This is where I do the job I am here to do.”

Although there could be a legion ball game or two left for him to play, Hage’s walkoff was likely his last big at bat. He said he is looking forward to attending University of North Carolina-Wilmington in the fall, but he isn’t planning to play college baseball.

Luckily, he’ll have a section title to show for his final at bat, the third he and a handful of his fellow seniors have been around to experience for Cooperstown. The Hawkeyes won in 2017, advancing to the final four for the first time in school history. The 2019 team one-upped that performance, losing in the Class C state championship game.

The coronavirus pandemic took away two chances at state titles for the class of 2021, but the Hawkeye players and coaches said they are thrilled with their championships, especially after coming from behind Saturday, and also Thursday, against Pulaski.

“We ended the season on a win,” Cooperstown Coach Frank Miosek said. “How many teams get to say that?”

“This is the highest you can go this year and all three tournament games have been dramatic,” Miosek said. “We won 1-0, 10-9 and now 4-3.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Concert for Flag Day 06-13-21

Concert for Flag Day


COMMUNITY CONCERT – 3 p.m. Oneonta Community Band returns with their first outdoor concert of the season. They will be performing patriotic tunes like the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ A Colonial Rhapsody’ and others, to celebrate Flag Day. Bring blankets, chairs and whatever else you need to be comfortable while you listen. The event will be held at the pavilion in Wilber Park in Oneonta. Visit for more information.

Cooperstown Distillery celebrates expansion with ribbon cutting while touting local businesses
Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, left, and Eugene Marra cut the ceremonial ribbon in front of Cooperstown Distillery. (Kevin Limiti/Allotsego)

Cooperstown Distillery celebrates expansion
with ribbon cutting,
while touting local businesses

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – The mood was jovial Saturday, June 12, as about 60 people, including elected officials state Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, gathered outside the Cooperstown Distillery on Railroad Avenue for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the expansion to celebrate what is considered a big success for local businesses in particular and a revitalization of Railroad Avenue specifically.

Eugene Marra, the founder of Cooperstown Distillery, began with an emotional moment on losing his dad to the coronavirus. He said his dad was his “biggest fan and number one investor in this opportunity.”

However, the atmosphere was celebratory.

“It’s an auspicious occasion for sure,” Marra said. “As much as I want to claim it as my own, I want to share it all with you because you have made it possible,” Marra said.

Eugene Marra, founder of Cooperstown Distillery, speaks in front of the Distillery ahead of the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Marra spoke at length about the trials and tribulations of opening the expanded brewery on Railroad Avenue. He talked about how COVID had delayed the opening a year and how the distillery was tasked with producing hand sanitizer during that time.

He also mentioned how he was initially told by real estate agents that opening a distillery in Cooperstown was not possible.

“I like to believe we are responsible for what has become a revitalization of Railroad Avenue,” Marra said, saying that industry on that street in years past, “appeared to be dead.”

Marra said that Cooperstown Distillery, which has been around for eight years, is the “story about how it takes a village … the village of Cooperstown.”

Marra said he was loaned about $100,000 and received state fund grants of about $80,000, citing that his success was thanks to “local money.”

“We all hear these phrases, buy local, shop local, stay local. We are all of that,” Marra said, calling the Cooperstown Distillery the “fabric of this community on a very local, grassroots level.”

“We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than the village of Cooperstown,” Marra said.

Tillapaugh said the Cooperstown Distillery is a business “in which the village takes a great deal of pride.”

She noted how the village implemented zoning law changes in order to help grow businesses.

“I certainly know what this Railroad Avenue looked like for decades,” Tillapaugh said.

She noted it was once not considered industrially viable, but that developments on the street, including the distillery and the Railroad Inn, created “positive synergy.”

DiNapoli joked he didn’t accept the invitation “because of the complimentary drinks,” but was happy to come because of how difficult a year it had been.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks in front of Cooperstown Distillery. (Kevin Limiti/

DiNapoli said that while Cooperstown is known for its Baseball Hall of Fame and Fenimore art museum that “the distillery becomes yet another reason to visit.”

“This really was an incredible effort with all stakeholders playing their role. That’s usually not how it happens,” DiNapoli said. “This is the model that should be replicated.”

DiNapoli said he was going to go back to Albany and tell other lawmakers to “look to what happened in Cooperstown as an example of how it should work” in terms of state funding for local businesses.

After the ceremony, people took a tour of the distillery.



Schenevus wins Section IV Class D softball title
Friday’s section title is the second in softball in Schenevus Central School history. The previous title came in 1978, according to Coach Ron Spranger. (Greg Klein/

Schenevus wins Section IV Class D softball title

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

SCHENEVUS  –  The Dragons broke open a close game with a four-run sixth inning and senior pitcher Cassie Snyder gave up one run on four hits as top seeded Schenevus won its first section title in softball in a generation with a 7-1 win over Marathon in the Section IV Class D championship game Friday, June 11.

Snyder and her teammates, including fellow seniors Autumn Jones, Hannah Osborne  and Elizabeth “Biz” Hoag have accomplished something that hasn’t been done in decades at their school. Schenevus softball Coach Ron Spranger said he thinks the school won its only other softball section title in 1978. And between 1995 and 2019 only two schools, Afton and Deposit, have won Section IV Class D softball titles.

The Olympians had gotten runners on in the first two innings, only to have them erased or stranded by the Dragons’ defense.

“That is the way we have played all season,” Spranger said. “We seem to be able to shake things off and turn around and make a play.”

“We live in a small community, so we’re all close,” Jones said. “We do a good job of supporting each other.”

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.

Neglected horses rescued from farm

Neglected horses rescued from farm

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The Susquehanna SPCA, with help from the Otsego County Sheriff, rescued some 30 horses from a farm that was apparently hoarding them.

Stacie Haynes said on Facebook that they worked more than 30 hours to relieve the farmer from those horses, who was unable to manage the amount that he had.

“Seriously cannot thank the many amazing people who have stepped up to help,” Haynes said in a Facebook post. “As always, the SQSPCA staff and our Sheriff’s Deputies have and will continue to go above and beyond for animals. The volunteers are the absolute best.”

Most of the horses were relocated to the Otsego County Fairgrounds. The owner of the horses was not criminally charged.


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