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Jill Stauffer Maney November 19, 1964 – July 10, 2021

In Memoriam

Jill Stauffer Maney

November 19, 1964 – July 10, 2021

Jill S. Maney

SPRINGFIELD – Jill Maney passed away on Saturday, July 10 in Springfield, with Jonathan Maney, her loving husband of 33 years, at her side. She is also survived by her parents, James and Dora Stauffer, her brother, Donald Stauffer, sister-in-law, Fiona Stauffer, and nephew and niece, Henry and Margot Stauffer, all of Rochester, New York.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Jill graduated from Amherst College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a Master’s Degree in English at the University of Utah and a Ph.D. In English at the University of Rochester. She taught at a variety of schools, including Keuka College, Finger Lakes Community College, and SUNY Cobleskill. She also received a postdoctoral fellowship to teach at Cornell University.

Robert Badger Seaver: The Badger

Robert Badger Seaver: The Badger

Bob Seaver was born in Boston in 1924 and spent his childhood summers on Otsego Lake in his grandfather’s camp, Wranglehurst, now called Highview, near Hickory Grove and, for reasons no one knows, across the lake at Camp Chenango.

His mother was from Springfield Center and his father was a pilot from WWI who was recuperating in Cooperstown. Bob attended Phillips Andover Academy and Amherst College, graduating in 1946 as an English major, then joined the crew of the U.S.S. Niblack as first Lieutenant in the Pacific at the end of WWII.

He taught school in Philadelphia and San Francisco and for several summers at the Mohican Reading School in Cooperstown, before he moved permanently to Cooperstown in 1960 to become supervisor of the experimental “talking typewriter” reading program for dyslexic and autistic children at Bassett Hall.

On the side, he taught at the Cooperstown Elementary School and ran an antiques shop near Hickory Grove.

He was president of the PTA in the early 1960s, a founding member of the Brookwood Foundation, a member of the Otsego Golf Club, the Mohican Club, the Friends of the Cooperstown Library and an original member of the Town of Otsego Planning Board. All these organizations, their members, friends and the people Bob ran into during his daily strolls on Main Street served as bait for The Badger.

In the early 1970s, Bob, who had been writing “Bits of my mind, written on paper,” regularly since he was in 7th grade, began submitting a weekly column about, in his words, “anything,” to The Freeman’s Journal. It was to be called The Badger, which was Bob’s middle name (and also a somewhat nasty omnivore that is related to otters, polecats, weasels, skunks and ferrets).

Bob left us more than The Badger; Badger Lane, near Hickory Grove, is home to a few old camps on Otsego, and Badger Park, once the Village Gardens, was donated to the Village of Cooperstown by Bob and his family to provide a skating rink for the kids.

The Badger—tales, observations and histories about everything and anything he found interesting, humorous or annoying, appeared regularly in the paper for the rest of Bob’s life. It was one of the most popular columns the Journal published. About half of them, 111 to be exact, have been compiled in a book—Cooperstown, Otsego and the World … as seen by The Badger, published in 2005, just before Bob died. The Freeman’s Journal has been given permission to reprint them here. Additionally, Bob’s wife, Veronica, is hard at work on Volume II, as envisioned by Bob, and we look forward to bringing these further stories to our readers in future editions.

Click To Read This weeks Excerpt of ‘The Badger’

Hyde Hall Among Historic Homes Featured In D’Imperio’s New Book

Hyde Hall ‘Most Opulent’

Of Chuck’s Historic Homes

“Big Chuck” D’Imperio hands a freshly signed copy of his latest book, “Open House: 35 Historic Upstate New York Homes,” to Joanne Spina, Worcester, following his Sunday Series talk at the Swart Wilcox House Museum earlier this afternoon in Oneonta. “The most magnificent home in my book is Hyde Hall,” said D’Imperio, WZOZ personality, “It is the most opulent in scale for that time in America.” He went on to recount many a tale from his travels collecting the best stories from each of the homes featured in the new book. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Elizabeth Bishop Focus Of Travisano Talk, Book

Click For More On ‘Love Unknown’

Elizabeth Bishop Focus

Of Travisano Talk, Book

Tom Travisano, Hartwick College professor of English emeritus, briefs a local audience “Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop” at Foothills Preforming Arts Center on Saturday. Travisano spoke on the poet’s upbringing and early days while including photos of her childhood as well as scans of her earliest letters. Following the talk Travisano signed copies of the book, which was published this past November by Viking. Copies are available locally at the Green Toad. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23

Wintertime Sports Of Otsego County

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

EXHIBIT OPENING – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Discover new winter exhibit “Otsego On Ice: Histories of Wintertime Sport” featuring Fenimore’s outstanding collection of ice skates, snow shoes, sleds, more. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

Avanzato Releases Oneonta Inspired Poetry Collection

Avanzato’s Poetry

Focuses On Oneonta

Gianluca Avanzato, with his mother Rosemarie and father Antonio, poses with his new collection of poetry inspired by growing up in Oneonta, aptly titled “City Of The Hills.” Gianluca was on hand at Stella Luna this evening where he read from the collection and signed copies. The book will be available at Greater Oneonta Historical Society, The Green Toad Bookstore and on Amazon.com. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JUNE 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JUNE 13

On Gardening For Health

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WORKSHOP – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Master Gardener Francine Stayter will co-host an interactive workshop, “Gardening for Health and Well-Being.” Free. Classroom One, FoxCare Center, 1 FoxCare Dr., Oneonta.

Fox Debuts Fantasy-Romance Novel At Green Toad

Fox Debuts Fantasy-Romance

 Novel At Green Toad

Amanda Fox, right, reads a passage from her new fantasy-romance novel “Rogue Fate” to friend Jess Brown, mother Donna Conrad, dad Gary and brother Scott, seen above, at the Green Toad on Saturday afternoon where she was signing copies. The book, the first book in The Rogue series, was released in January and is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kabo as an ebook, and an audiobook. Fox is currently working on the sequel “Dragon’s Scars”. More info on Fox and her books can be found at amandatfox.com. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

Fall Guitar Fest Concert

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GUITAR CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Headline concert of Classical Guitar Fall Festival features The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo performing de Falla, Rossini, Moravec, more. Fine Arts Building, SUNY Oneonta. 607-865-8775 or visit cgsuny.org

CONCERT SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Open 49th Cooperstown Concert series featuring Molly Tuttle, performing distinctly original works. Ballroom, Village Hall, Cooperstown. 607-547-1812 or visit cooperstownconcertseries.org/molly-tuttle-saturday-october-27/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29

Meet Adoptable Pooches

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ADOPTION EVENT – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Meet furry friends from Susquehanna Animal Shelter, Delaware Valley Humane Society, others. FoxCare Center, 1 Fox Care Dr., Oneonta. 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

THEATER – 7 – 9 p.m. Production of Oscar Wilde’s play “The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.” Cost, $15/adult. Amphitheater, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

Author On Ecology

& Human Rights

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READING SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Sandra Steingraber, acclaimed ecologist & author exploring links between human rights & the environment, shares her writings for the Red Dragon Reading series. Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3446 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/english/reddragonreading/reddragonreadingseries.asp

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tour the exhibit “Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist” with Arts in Education coordinator and photographer Kevin Gray. Cost, $30 non-members. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/event/weston

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUG. 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUG. 16

Barbershop A Capella

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CONCERT – 7-8:30 p.m. “New Horizons Barbershop Chorus & Quartets” sing A Capella in the Barbershop style. Spring Park,27-35 E. Main St., Richfield Springs. Call 315-858-0964 or visit www.richfieldspringschamber.org/?tribe_events=concert-in-the-park-7

ART & PHOTOS – 6-8 p.m. Exhibit opening features the art of local artists and old photos of Roseboom. On display thru Aug. 30. Roseboom Historical Association, 123 St. Hw. 165, Roseboom. Visit www.facebook.com/RoseboomHistorical/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUG. 9

Past, Present, Future

Of Downtown Oneonta

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DRI WALKING TOUR – 7 p.m. Explore Main and Market Street areas covered by the Downtown Revitalization Initiative with Mayor Gary Herzig and the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. Learn about the Past, Present, and Future of Downtown Oneonta. Call (607)432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

THEATER – 7 p.m. The Glimmer Globe Theater presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call (607) 547-1492 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/A-Midsummer-Nights-Dream

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