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Offer Satisfies Family, CCS President Report


Offer Satisfies Family,

CCS President Reports

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

ccs-logoCOOPERSTOWN – The CCS Board of Education has arranged an accommodation that is satisfactory to cancer-fighter Laurie Pestar and her family, board President Theresa Russo said a few moments ago.

The school board had been challenged at Wednesday’s meeting by Mrs. Pestar’s son, Jeremy Denmeade, for a brief and impersonal letter the 30-year elementary school secretary had received advising her a six-month unpaid leave she had sought was denied.

Mrs. Russo said today that “bad communications” had caused a form letter to be mailed before conversations had occurred between the administration, the bargaining unit that represents non-teaching staff, and Mrs. Pestar’s family.

600 Sign 2 Students’ Petition Seeking Leave For Mrs. Pestar


600 Sign 2 Students’ Petition

Seeking Leave For Mrs. Pestar

ccs-logoCOOPERSTOWN – Two CCS students report they have created an online petition urging the school board to grant a six-month unpaid leave of absence to Laurie Pestar, the 30-year elementary school secretary who is fighting cancer.

Senior Bobby Walker said he and a friend, McGuire Benton, collected 655 signatures today alone, and plan to deliver the petition at the next school board meeting, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the middle/high school library.

Mrs. Pestar’s son, Jeremy Denmeade, a Marine, and 20 friends and colleagues appeared at last evening’s school board meeting, expressing disappointment at the board’s decision, particularly at what they termed was the cold and impersonal letter telling her the news.


Dawn Patterson, 61; Cancer Fighter Will Be Buried Locally

IN MEMORIAM:  Dawn Patterson, 61;

Cancer Fighter Will Be Buried Locally

Dawn Patterson
Dawn Patterson

COOPERSTOWN – A graveside service is planned locally for Cooperstown native Dawn Griffiths Patterson, of Woodstock, Ga., who passed away on March 14, 2016, after a courageous three-year battle with brain cancer.

A graveside service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, when Dawn will be laid to rest next to her parents in the Middlefield Cemetery. A lunch will follow at the Origins Café, 558 Beaver Meadows Road, Cooperstown.

Dawn was born on April 11, 1957, in Cooperstown, to the late Herbert and Dorothy Bowne Griffiths. In 1968, her family moved from the farm to Gainesville, Fla., and she graduated from Gainesville High School in 1975.

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