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In Memoriam: Joyce L. Boyd January 30, 1952 – July 18,2022

In Memoriam

Joyce L. Boyd. 70

January 30, 1952 – July 18, 2022

Joyce L. Boyd

FLY CREEK – Joyce L Boyd, 70 of Fly Creek, NY went to be with the Lord on July 18,2022 surrounded by her family and friends.  

Joyce was born in Cooperstown on January 30, 1952 to Evelyn (McCarty) and Harris Clark, Jr.

Joyce attend Cooperstown Central School, SUNY Cobleskill and Empire State College.  She excelled in her career at Otsego County.  Joyce started with the county as a keypunch operator in 1975 and through hard work and dedication was eventually promoted in 2007 to Commissioner of Social Services, the largest agency in the county.  Joyce retired in 2014 after 39 years of service. 

Cooperstown Rotary names Catherine Black Scholarship recipient

Cooperstown Rotary
Names Catherine Black
Scholarship recipient

CCS Class of 2022 graduate Madison Hayes at the Cooperstown Rotary Club meeting on July 5th where she received the Catherine Davis Black Scholarship to assist in her future studies at Colgate University. [l to r: Bill Hayes, Tim Hayes, Madison Hayes and Lindsay Hayes.]

The Cooperstown Rotary Foundation is pleased to announce that CCS graduate, Madison Hayes, is the recipient of the 2022 Catherine Black Scholarship. Madison was acknowledged at this year’s CCS Commencement Ceremony on June 26th and received the $1200 scholarship at the July 5th Rotary luncheon at The Otesaga. Madison along with her parents Tim and Lindsay Hayes were guests of the Foundation at the Rotary meeting and were joined by Madison’s grandfather, Rotarian Bill Hayes.

The scholarship was created in 2015 by the Foundation in memory of Catherine Black who was a founder and Charter Member of the local Rotary Club’s tax-deductible charity. Catherine was the first female president of the Cooperstown Club and went on to be one of the first female District Governors.

In Memoriam Geoffrey H. Goodwin, 50 December 30, 1971 – June 15, 2022

In Memoriam

Geoffrey H. Goodwin, 50

December 30, 1971 – June 15, 2022

Geoffrey H. Goodwin

FLY CREEK – Geoffrey Harrison Goodwin, 50, passed away on June 15, 2022, at home in Fly Creek. He was born December 30, 1971, at New York Hospital to Gary and Sally Goodwin. The family moved to Cooperstown in 1972 and then to Fly Creek in 1988.

After graduating from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1990, Geoff attended Syracuse University where he received a B.A. degree. He worked as a Laboratory Technician at Bassett Medical Center for four years before moving to Boulder, Colorado, where he earned an M.F.A. degree from Naropa University.

Geoff was a writer. His freelance publications were wide ranging but he took the greatest pleasure in his poetry and short stories. He loved and collected books and also ran an independent bookstore where people delighted in stopping by to visit and joke with him. He was fascinated by words and their meanings and got into trouble in high school for reading the dictionary instead of whatever he should have been doing. Based in Natick and Framingham Massachusetts, Geoff really enjoyed living in the Boston area. He had a lifelong passion for the Boston Celtics.

In Memoriam Lawrence D. “Lannie” Richards, 67 September 11, 1954 – June 10, 2022

In Memoriam

Lawrence D. Richards, 67

September 11, 1954 – June 10, 2022

COOPERSTOWN – Lawrence Dale “Lannie” Richards, a longtime resident of the Cooperstown area, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 10, 2022, at his home on Van Yahres Road. He was 67.

Born September 11, 1954, in Westfield, Massachusetts, Lannie was one of five sons of Harold P. and Kathryn M. (Walrath) Richards. Raised in Cooperstown, he graduated with the Class of 1973 from Cooperstown Central School.

On June 26, 1976, Lannie married Shari L. Nelson in Middlefield. Shari passed away unexpectedly June 16, 2011.

After working at Bassett Hospital, he owned and operated Groundskeepers, providing property maintenance to many individuals and businesses in the Cooperstown area.

CCS expects new principal soon

CCS getting close to naming new junior/senior high school principal

The Cooperstown Central School District is nearing the end of its search for a new junior / senior high school principal, following a process that began when ousted first-year principal Karl O’Leary was escorted from the building on the afternoon of Friday, March 18, 2022.

In an e-mail to The Freeman’s Journal / Hometown Oneonta, District Superintendent Sarah Spross said she updated the district’s Board of Education at its June 8 meeting, with the schools now looking to make an appointment at the Board’s July 1 or July 6 meeting.

Ms. Spross said the district advertised locally, statewide, and nationally, hearing from a total of 13 candidates. From that pool, five were chosen for an initial interview and one from that group declined. The school hopes to have interviews completed by June 24, with secondary vetting completed by June 29.


CCS Presents
Spring Jazz Concert


SPRING CONCERT – 7 p.m. Join the CCS Music Department for spring concert and recital with grades 3 – 12 and performances by the High School Jazz Band and Jazz Vocal groups. Free admission, donations to support the CCS Music Association appreciated. Stirling Auditorium, Cooperstown High School. 607-547-8181 or visit

In Memoriam Sammy Dallas Bayes, 82 July 9, 1939 – May 12, 2022

In Memoriam

Sammy Dallas Bayes, 82

July 9, 1939 – May 12, 2022

Sammy Dallas Bayes

COOPERSTOWN – Sammy Dallas Bayes, a Tony Award nominee whose career as a director, choreographer and writer in musical theater, television and movies passed away unexpectedly early Thursday morning, May 12, 2022, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 82.

Born July 9, 1939, in Wasco, California, Sammy was the son of Sam Tony Bayes and Zana Marie Frost Bayes. Raised in Pueblo, Colorado, he attended Centennial High School where he was part of his first ever musical, playing Tommy Albright in “Brigadoon.” After graduating in 1957 he attended college locally, and then from 1958 to 1964, Sammy proudly served his country in the United States Army both as active duty and the reserves.

EDITORIAL: ‘Yes’ on budget votes


‘Yes’ on budget votes

New York State annually reserves the third Tuesday of May for voters to cast their ballots on local school district budgets and board of education seats. It’s an important opportunity for the community to participate in
shaping local education policy, and we urge all eligible voters to take a few minutes and do so on May 17.

We urge readers to visit the website of their local school district — each has a good description and analysis of the budgets up for the May 17 vote along with the details of when and where the vote will take place.

In addition, we urge voters to support school budgets as proposed in each of the county’s local school districts. These aren’t spendthrift plans — in each case, district leaders navigate the rough seas of local demands and state mandates with an eye toward minimizing the school taxes property owners must pay. The programs these budgets support are essential to every student’s education — academic, athletic, artistic, vocational — each is a vital part of the comprehensive tool boxes that today’s world demands. The teachers and staff whom these budgets support are essential, too, of course — called out correctly as among the heroes of the pandemic and beyond, and deserving of our unified support.

School Budget Vote, May 17

School Budget Vote, May 17

School districts throughout Otsego County put their annual budgets before voters this year on Tuesday, May 17, with polls open at varying times throughout the county.
The Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta offered districts the opportunity to submit a commentary on the budgets as presented; at press time, only Cherry Valley/ Springfield and Cooperstown Central responded. Those submissions are below.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: CCS Students to Receive Scholastic Awards 05-12-22

CCS Students to Receive Scholastic Awards


SCHOLASTIC AWARDS – 7 p.m. CCS honors the works of students whose work their teachers have found to be exemplary. Sterling Auditorium, Cooperstown High School. 607-547-8181 or visit

BLOOD DRIVE – 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. Donate through May 19 for chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps eight. Hartwick College, Oneonta. 1-800-733-2767 or visit

BLOOD DRIVE – 1 – 5 p.m. Donate through May 19 for chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps eight. Community Bible Chapel, 577 Greenough Rd., Cooperstown. 1-800-733-2767 or visit

In Memoriam Mary June Dickinson, 99 June 25, 1922 – May 3, 2022

In Memoriam

Mary June Dickinson, 99

June 25, 1922 – May 3, 2022

Mary June Dickinson

COOPERSTOWN – Mary June Dickinson, of Penn Yan and formerly Cooperstown, was a beloved great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, mother-in-law and wife during her incredible 99 (almost 100) years of life. She went to be with her Lord peacefully on May 3, 2022. She was affectionately known as “Mama” to her family and many friends.

Mary was born June 25, 1922 to Charles and Louise (Carey) Klein in New York City and was educated there. She met her husband, Pershing Dickinson, who was stationed with the United States Army Band at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and they were married June 27, 1943. She was always proud of her New York City roots, and a steadfast example of someone who lived during the “Greatest Generation”. She was patriotic and loved God and her country, her entire life.

After World War II ended, Mary and Pershing settled in the charming village of Cooperstown, NY where Pershing was a Music Teacher at Cooperstown Central School.  Later, Mary worked as the Secretary to the Principal at Cooperstown Elementary School-a job she held and loved for 25 years.  They both cherished their years living in the town known as “The Home of Baseball”, raising their two children.

In Memoriam Louise “Lee” Potter, 86 July 15, 1935 – May 2, 2022

In Memoriam

Louise “Lee” Potter, 86

July 15, 1935 – May 2, 2022

Louise “Lee” Potter

DE WITT – Louise “Lee” (Eaton) Potter passed away Monday, May 2, at her home in De Witt after an accidental fall. Lee was born on July 15, 1935 in Cooperstown, N.Y., to Edwin and Inez Eaton. She was 86 when she passed.

Lee graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 1952. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in 1956.

Lee was tirelessly active in her church and community, from social justice activism, to refugee aid, to driving for Meals on Wheels as an octogenarian herself, to teaching Sunday school and serving community breakfasts. She truly dedicated her life to helping others and has touched the lives of countless students throughout her lengthy career as a middle school Social Studies teacher.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: CCS Art and Music Night 04-29-22

CCS Art and Music Night


OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Celebrate return of the Cooperstown Central School Art Exhibit after a 2-year hiatus. Works by students K-12 will fill the upstairs ballroom with color. CCS Students will also be performing music on the porch where the Art Association and Friends of Music will provide food and beverages. Art on show through 5/13. Free, open to the public. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit

O’Leary out as CCS Jr/Sr Principal

O’Leary out as CCS Jr/Sr Principal

Cooperstown Central School Junior / Senior High School Principal Karl O’Leary is out seven months into what was his first year at the district, escorted from the building on the afternoon of Friday, March 18.

Superintendent of Schools Sarah Spross told The Freeman’s Journal / Hometown Oneonta the mid-year switch was “not a distraction for faculty, staff, or students” as they returned to the classrooms on Monday, March 21.

“There is a team of teachers and administrators here who are all about the kids,” she said. “They’ve executed graduations, AP exams, Regents exams, state-required exams. I’ve been here for a little more than a year, they’ve been here for years before that. First thing Monday morning I had people coming up to me to say ‘I can help with this’ and ‘let me help you with that.’ The teamwork here is phenomenal.”

The students, she said, are focused more on looking forward to closing out a school year free of the COVID restrictions that limited activity in the last two years.

“They’re so excited about things like the Senior Prom and the class trip,” she said. “Morale and motivation are strong.”

Ms. Spross said she spent Monday meeting with staff across all levels of the school. Her immediate task, she said, is to ensure support for any projects left open prior to Friday’s dismissal.

“Transparency and communication are very important to me,” she said. “We met throughout the day – our core administrative team, the larger administrative team, grade and department chairs.

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