By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta
COOPERSTOWN – It’s rare, but not unheard of, for a car to end up in a body of water, said Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. after last week’s fatal submersion off the boat ramp into Otsego Lake at the end of Fair Street.
“Before I was sheriff, someone drove into the Susquehanna River,” he said. “They were unfamiliar with the area and drove down what they thought was a road, but was the boat launch.”
Police are still investigating of how John Smirk’s car ended up submerged in Otsego Lake. “For unknown reasons, he drove into the lake,” said Village Patrolman Vincent Cavalieri.
COOPERSTOWN – Linda Graham Smirk, proprietor, with her husband, John, of the Cooperstown B&B on Chestnut Street for 17 years, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. She was 66.
Born in Brooklyn on Sept. 30, 1949, Linda is the daughter of Robert Wesley and Ruth Waide Graham.
After spending her early years in Brooklyn, Linda moved with her family to Cooperstown and graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 1967. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Oneonta in elementary and early secondary education/English.