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CCS Presents The Dick
White Basketball Tournament

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BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT—9 a.m. Cooperstown Central School Sports Booster Club presents the 37th Dick White Basketball Tournament. The tournament will include JV and varsity boys and girls basketball teams competing against Hamilton, Unatego, Whitesboro, Notre Dame (Utica), Oxford, and Richfield Springs. Come support the home teams. Consolation and championship games will be played Wednesday. Admission is $3/adult/game. Games will be played in the Red Bursey Gymnasium, Cooperstown High School. (607) 547-8181 or visit

The Locals: December 15, 2022

The Locals

December 15, 2022
The cast of the successful CCS production of “She Kills Monsters” is shown above: August Lott, Simon Hurysz, Elena Meckel, Lilly Grady, Lucy Hayes, Braeden Victory (top row); Max Jones, Avery Croft, Anne Walker (middle row); and Maya Pandit, Onyx Loewenguth, Leah McCrea, Crystal Walker, Ben Agostino, Talie Hanson, and Nina Vasquez, (bottom row).

THEY KILLED IT: Last month, Cooperstown Central School presented “She Kills Monsters,” a play “The New York Times” deemed “the hot school play” in 2020 and which reporter Elisabeth Vincentelli described as “… a story about kids who make up stories. This is a story in which girls wield swords, queer kids are cool and nerds rule the earth.” The play—by self-styled playwright, screenwriter and geek Qui Nguyen—tells the story of Agnes Evans, a young woman grieving for her deceased sister, Tilly. Discovering that Tilly was a well-known Dungeons & Dragons player, Agnes enlists the help of “dungeon master” Chuck to understand and grieve Tilly in what reveals itself to be a surprisingly sweet tale of friendship, loss, and acceptance.

CHASE: Support Needed for Tournament
Letter from Alicia Chase

Support Needed for Tournament

The Cooperstown Central School Sports Booster Club is asking that community members and businesses consider supporting our annual Dick White Holiday Basketball Tournament, which we will host again this year on December 27 and 28, featuring our boys and girls varsity and junior varsity basketball teams competing against Hamilton, Unatego, Whitesboro, Notre Dame (Utica), Oxford, and Richfield Springs. As in years past, we are confident that this year’s tournament will feature quality basketball from well supported high-school programs throughout our region.

Our organization relies on the support of generous donors to ensure the success of our event and, in turn, the success of the Cooperstown Sports Booster Club’s mission to provide a quality experience for all Cooperstown athletes. All donations will be acknowledged in our annual program book available at the tournament.

To receive the Patron Donation Form or for more information, e-mail The deadline to be included in the program is December 1. We greatly appreciate your consideration of donating to this great annual event and hope to see you there!

Alicia Chase
Vice President, Cooperstown Sports Booster Club

CCS Promotes Anti-Bullying Campaign

CCS Promotes Anti-Bullying Campaign

Sweethearts & Heroes’ Tom Murphy, Pat Fish, and Rick Yarosh visited Cooperstown Central School to spread their message of HOPE, Empathy, and Action. (Photo provided)

Cooperstown Central School District hosted Sweethearts & Heroes, a self-proclaimed “student empowerment and empathy activation team that prevents bullying and suicide,” as part of the school’s commitment to “creating a safe environment where children can thrive, socially and academically, without being afraid.”

“We are so excited to partner with Sweethearts & Heroes to build practices aimed at building community and belonging, supporting social and emotional development, and helping students understand their role as community members,” said Amy Malcuria, vice principal of CCSD.

In Memoriam Georgia Goodspeed, 78 November 18, 1943 – November 1, 2022
In Memoriam

Georgia Goodspeed, 78

November 18, 1943 – November 1, 2022

Georgia Goodspeed

COOPERSTOWN – Georgia Goodspeed, a long-time resident of Cooperstown, died early Tuesday morning, November 1, 2022, at Albany Medical Center with the comfort of her loving family by her side and is now with God and her true love, Jerry.  She was 78.

Born November 18, 1943, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Georgia was one of three children of the late Elizabeth Downes and George Flint.

In her youth, her father worked on many farms in the area, so Georgia attended several schools throughout Otsego and Delaware Counties. She eventually attended Cooperstown Central School and graduated with the Class of 1962.


Cooperstown Central School
Presents ‘She Kills Monsters’


JUNIOR/SENIOR PLAY – 7 p.m. The students of the Cooperstown Central School present ‘She Kills Monsters’ a dramatic comedy about Agnes Evans who discovers the D&D world of her sister, Tilly, after her tragic death. Tickets, $10 at the door. Rated Pg13 for mild language and battle scenes. Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School. (607) 547-8181 or visit

VOTE – Noon – 8 p.m. Early voting is open for this years general election. Otsego County residents can vote on their schedule at either Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta or at Meadows Office Complex, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown. Visit for more information.

𝐀𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐥 𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐬 𝐈𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭

𝐀𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐥 𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐬
𝐈𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭

The Angel Network of Cooperstown will host a “Mix and Mingle” event at The Otesaga Resort Hotel on Tuesday, November 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There is no fee for admission. Attire is business casual, light refreshments will be provided and there will be a cash bar. This event features a vocal performance by Cooperstown Central School students and a silent auction.

In Memoriam Terry W. Onyan, 65 July 5, 1957 – October 15, 2022
In Memoriam

Terry W. Onyan, 65

July 5, 1957 – October 15, 2022

COOPERSTOWN – Terry W. Onyan, a long-time Cooperstown and Fly Creek resident, passed away due to recent health issues late Saturday afternoon, October 15, 2022, at his home in Fly Creek with his loving wife, Wendy at his side.
Born July 5, 1957, in Norwich, Terry was the son of Hobart and Norma (Rothwell) Onyan. As a young boy, Terry and his family moved to Cooperstown where he graduated from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1976.
During his high school years Terry started working at Smith Ford, where he continued as a dedicated employee until his retirement on February 25, 2022. He was truly a fixture at the dealership.

He enjoyed racing and working on his race car, riding motorcycles, and especially loved driving his vintage red 1969 Ford Mustang.

Terry will be greatly missed by his family and all those whose lives he touched.

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

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