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Dozens March To Protest Seizing Children At Border

Dozens March To Protest

Seizing Children At Border

Almost 100 Cooperstown folks participated in a vigil this evening in front of Cooperstown Baptist Church on Elm Street in protest to the separation of children, perhaps as many as 2,000, from families attempting to cross the Southern border from Mexico.  Participating pastors, at right, included, from right, the Rev. Joe Perdue, Cooperstown Baptist, who hosted the gathering; the Rev. Elsie Rhodes, First Presbyterian; the Rev. Tom LeBeau, Cooperstown Methodist; Randy Velez, a Roman Catholic deacon, and the Rev. Ladonna Clark, who is associated with the Presbyterian Church.  In sequence, the pastors read an “Open Letter to Donald Trump” authored by a Unitarian Universalist minister in Wisconsin, the Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw.  In part, it said, “There must never again be internment camps, concentration camps or forced detention camps by any other name on American soil or under American control.”  While unable to attend, the Revs. Kyle Grennen, Grace Episcopal, Springfield Center, and Sharon Rankins-Burd, Fly Creek and Schuyler Lake Methodist churches, also signed the document.  The gathering then marched to First Presbyterian, where a worship service followed.  Some attendees contributed packages of diapers intended for the youngsters taken from their families.  (Jim Kevlin/

Rev. Douglas Deer, Retired Pastor Of Cooperstown Baptist Church

Rev. Douglas Deer, Retired Pastor

Of Cooperstown Baptist Church

The Rev. Douglas Deer, pastor of Cooperstown Baptist Church for 21 years before his retirement on Aug. 31, 2014, passed away this morning in a Boston hospital, according to the Rev. Joseph Perdue, his successor. The pastor and his wife Susan had moved to Cortland to be nearer their daughter, but often visited. Above, Pastor Deer chats with Tim Iversen during a Jan. 18 visit to attend the 100th anniversary birthday party for the dean of local Baptists, Homer Osterhoudt.   Arrangements were not yet available, but will be posted here when they are. ( photo)
Soup ‘r’ Chili Luncheon Launches Weekend Fete


Soup ‘r’ Chili Luncheon

Launches Weekend Fete

For the 25th year, Cooperstown’s Dick Sliter pours broccoli and cheddar chowder at the Soup ‘r’ Chili celebration underway until 2 at Cooperstown Baptist Church, Elm Street. Sliter, a local businessman who has also acted as interim pastor for the local Baptists, first began ladeling at the event in 1993. The chowder, he said, contains 8 pounds of broccoli and 8 pounds of potatoes. The luncheon is the traditional start of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival, which has events planned throughout the weekend.  Soup ‘r’ Chili will also be served 11 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday at the Baptist Church.  (Jim Kevlin/
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