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Food Pantry’s Co-Director Charged In Theft Of $18K

Food Pantry’s Co-Director

Charged In Theft Of $18K

By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

Antoine Bourbon-Parme, aka Anthony Cazzari

COOPERSTOWN – The smallest check was for $825.

The largest was for $4,997.90.

In all, Antoine Bourbon-Parme, 59, the former co-director of the Cooperstown Food Pantry, allegedly stole $18,579 from the organization’s accounts over 16 months, beginning in October 2017 and ending in late January.

According to the court documents filed in Otsego Town Court on Tuesday, April 2, Bourbon-Parme forged the names of Audrey Murray, retired director; Stacey Smith, director, and Sharon Oberriter, president, on eight checks, beginning in October 2017. The last check, dated Jan. 22, was for $1,852.38.


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Scriven Foundation To Match Donations To Coop Food Bank

Scriven Foundation To Match

Donations To Coop Food Bank

COOPERSTOWN – During the months of November and December, the Scriven Foundation will match donations made to the Cooperstown Food Pantry ​up to a total of $7,500. ​

Donations can be made online at, or sent to the Food ​Pantry at 25 Church St., Cooperstown NY 13326.​ Checks may be made out to Cooperstown Food Pantry. ​

Big Crowd, Bowls Aplenty At Annual Benefit Luncheon

Big Crowd, Bowls Aplenty

At Annual Benefit Luncheon

Cooperstown Art Association President Cheryl Wright, flanked by Mary Ann Dietz, left, and Cindy Hill, presides over distribution of the original pottery at today’s annual Empty Bowls Luncheon, underway until 2 p.m. at the Christ Church Hall, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown, to benefit the Cooperstown Food Bank.  For $15, participants buy bowls (many created in Smithy Pioneer Gallery pottery classes), then fill them from a selection soups in the nearby hall, where there’s also fellowship aplenty.   At left, Margaret Savoie of Cooperstown nears the end of the process: she’s about to sit down with a bowl of tomato soup.  (Jim Kevlin/

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