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In Memoriam Gerald D. Monroe, 76 September 13, 1945 – May 8, 2022

In Memoriam

Gerald D. Monroe, 76

September 13, 1945 – May 8, 2022

Gerald Douglas “Jerry” “Jiggs” Monroe

COOPERSTOWN – Gerald Douglas “Jerry” “Jiggs” Monroe, 76, of Cooperstown, passed away Sunday morning, May 8, 2022, at the Samuel S. Stratton V.A. Medical Center in Albany following a valiant battle with cancer.

Jerry, or Jiggs, as many people knew him, was born September 13, 1945, in Cooperstown, a son of Walter J. and Ernestine (Tabor) Monroe. He was raised in Hartwick and attended Hartwick High School.

On November 22, 1965, Jerry was inducted into the United States Army. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as part of Company E, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, and received a Purple Heart for injuries received in the line of duty. On November 12, 1967, he received his honorable discharge from the military.

Following his military service he was employed for 37 years as a gunsmith for Remington Arms in Ilion.

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.

In Memoriam Ann Lois Edwards, 81 Feb. 22, 1942 – Apr. 29, 2022

In Memoriam

Ann Lois Edwards, 81

Feb. 22, 1942 – Apr. 29, 2022

Ann Lois Edwards

COOPERSTOWN – At Noon on April 29, 2022, Ann Lois Edwards passed away unexpectedly but peacefully, of natural causes, at home, with her husband at her side. She was in her eighty-first year.

Born February 22, 1942, in Little Falls, New York, she was the daughter of the late Francis J. Ashe and Elizabeth Dudik Ashe.  Her paternal ancestry descended from Germans who had made the Great Swabian Trek down the Danube, and on her maternal side from Slovaks who made Little Falls “the second Myjava”. All her grandparents were immigrants.

Lois graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Little Falls in 1960 and the State University College at Oswego in1964 with a degree in Elementary Education.  She received her Masters degree from Marywood College in Pennsylvania.

She met her future husband in kindergarten, tolerated him until well into high school when they became close friends and were married on June 25, 1966, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church (now Holy Family Parish) in Little Falls.

Lois taught briefly in Dolgeville and Cooperstown before moving to Pennsylvania and spending the rest of her career with the Montoursville Area School District. She and her husband retired back to Cooperstown in the year 2000, building the home that she had envisioned in the Town of Middlefield.

This Week – 04-28-22
In Memoraim Carol Ann Sautin Gorsin, 82 April 29, 1939 – March 31, 2022

In Memoraim

Carol A. S. Gorsin, 82

April 29, 1939 – March 31, 2022

Carol A. S. Gorsin

COOPERSTOWN – Carol Ann Sautin Gorsin, a longtime resident of Cobleskill and Cooperstown, New York, Lansdowne, Ontario and New Smyrna Beach, Florida, a well-loved wife, mother and school teacher, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 31, 2022 at the Regency Elderly Care in Edgewater, Florida.  Carol was 82.

Born Carol Ann Sautin on April 29, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of Julius Sautin and Ann R. Sautin (Corso).  She grew up in Brooklyn surrounded by her extended maternal family.  She attended Saint Angela Hall, graduating in 1955.  Growing up, she summered in Howes Cave, New York with her paternal grandmother.  During these summer visits she met the love of her life, Richard (Dick) Gorsin, a longtime resident of Cobleskill.  On September 29, 1957 they were married and settled in Cobleskill to work and raise their family.

While raising her two children and tending to her household she attended SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Oneonta where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Early Education.  In 1970 she began teaching 6th grade science at Cobleskill Central School and continued, even after relocating to Cooperstown in 1973, until her early retirement in December 1986.  Her innovative, creative teaching style and enthusiasm for a secure, upbeat and comfortable learning environment made her an invaluable educator and grade 6 team member.  She was considered a favorite teacher amongst her students whom still remember having her as their teacher to this day!  Her favorite holiday was Halloween where she would dress up, along with her fellow teachers, for her students and then visit Dick at his bank to entertain the workers and customers alike!

Dave & Adam’s comes to town

Cooperstown welcomes new baseball card shop

From left to right, Brendan Smoot, store manager Max Penke, and Andrew Long of Dave & Adam’s Card World in Cooperstown


On the drawing board for months as COVID seeped in and out of business plans, Dave & Adam’s Card World in Cooperstown offered its ‘soft opening’ on Sunday, April 3 as visitors began trickling back into the village.

For the store’s staff, though, it’s not “just another baseball shop on Main Street in Cooperstown.” The Main Street location, just a few doors down from the Baseball Hall of Fame, is the card retailer’s first foray outside its home base of Buffalo, New York and its popular web-based business.

Trustees salute Jeanne Dewey

Cooperstown Trustees salute Jeanne Dewey

At its April 4 meeting, Cooperstown’s Village Board of Trustees saluted Jeanne Dewey as her term as a Trustee came to a close. From left to right, trustees Dr. Richard Sternberg and MacGuire Benton, Deputy Mayor Cynthia Falk, Jeanne Dewey, Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, trustees Sydney Sheehan, Hanna Bergene, and Joseph Membrino.

Winter Carnival 2023 A GO!

Winter Carnival 2023


Peter Deysenroth, president of Cooperstown Lions Club, held a public interest gathering at Upstate Bar and Grill on Saturday, April 2.  Winter Carnival 2023 was discussed, particularly the need for volunteers and committee members.  The meeting was a success; more than 20 people attended and nine agreed to be on committee’s.  Winter Carnival 2023 is now a reality!  If you are interested in getting involved, contact Mr. Deysenroth at

Reasons to be Cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful

Editorial: March 31, 2022

In the beautiful 1979 movie “Being There,” Peter Sellers portrays a gentle and illiterate gardener who implausibly becomes a national sensation in a world gone wrong amid deep recession and winter malaise. A talk show host asks him for his outlook on the nation’s economic future. He pauses for a moment and says, “In the garden, growth has its seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.”

Spring is coming. Amid worldwide havoc, and thanks to the generosity of the good people of Otsego County, there are reasons to be cheerful. Look no further than the outpouring of local support for the people of Ukraine.

The Rusty Bison ran out of spaghetti and meatballs at its March 23 pay-what-you-will event and raised more than $5,000 to send directly to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees with clothes, food, shelter, and finding jobs; the restaurant owners look to raise more on April 1 at 6 p.m. with an Open Mic and Dance Party at The Telegraph School in Cherry Valley.

Students in Edmeston Central School raided their piggy banks to raise nearly $4,000 to partner with the Village’s Rotary Club to support Ukraine.

The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals raised more than $10,000 – double its goal – on behalf of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a group with “boots on the ground” in Ukraine and Poland. SQSPCA’a indefatigable Stacie Haynes said “people are risking their lives right now to ensure animals left in shelters are cared for and pets are transported with families to safety.” So important.

Ukraine’s flag flies over Village Hall in Cooperstown and the Village welcomed Aliona Yezhova and her son to raise awareness; Ms. Yezhova continues her efforts to raise donations of money and goods to send home to help her fellow Ukrainians.

Your generosity goes beyond help for Ukraine, of course — we note, for example, the students at Milford Central also emptied their pockets in a change challenge to raise money for Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans; the Leatherstocking Credit Union waived its coin-counter fees to the Milford and Edmeston schools to maximize the students’ contributions. Lenten food drives. The Lions’ Club teaming up with Otsego 2000 to help connect people to fresh food at the Farmers’ Market in Cooperstown.

The danger inherent to publishing a list like that is that we’re bound to omit the good works of other people and groups who are working just as fervently, so — we apologize in advance for not naming all of you but are just as grateful for your ongoing selflessness.

Otsego County’s traditions of local, regional, and international philanthropy take root in Edward Clark’s deep devotion to the region that continues today through the Scriven and Clark foundations. We’re rooted, too, in our own devotion to the fundamental threads that make every village, town, and city unique yet united.

Spring is coming. Major League Baseball ended its lockout and Opening Day is here. The covers are just about to come off the parking meters. Pretty soon, we’ll all be sweeping the pollen off our windshields instead of scraping off the ice.

In the garden, growth has its seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.

National award for Cooperstown volunteer

Rich McCaffery wins national honor

Rich McCaffery displays his award with Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh


After logging decades of tireless service to his community, Cooperstown’s Rich McCaffery has become only one of 100 people across the country to receive a Certificate of National Recognition as a Civic Volunteer.

“Nominating Rich for this award was an easy choice,” said Village Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh. “There is no one more deserving.”

Ommegang brings concerts back to the big lawn

Ommegang brings big shows back to the big lawn

Avett Brothers kick season off Memorial Day weekend

Like every other entertainment venue around the world, Cooperstown’s Ommegang Brewery felt COVID’s hard kick with an all-but cancelled summer concert season in 2020 and 2021. The popular destination spot comes back to life beginning Memorial Day weekend, though, once again welcoming national acts to its big field and Firepit Fridays along the way.

Community and Events Manager Tim Holmes told The Freeman’s Journal / Hometown Oneonta that Ommegang is planning on a busy summer after a “let’s play two!” doubleheader of shows from The Avett Brothers May 27 and 28. Sierra Ferrell opens the May 27 show, popular Boston band Lake Street Dive opens the already sold-out May 28 show.

“We’ll open to 7,500 people for each of those shows,” Mr. Holmes said. “Saturday is sold out and Friday is getting there.”

In a now time-worn pandemic tale, the Memorial Day weekend shows are events rescheduled first from 2020 to 2021, then again from 2021 to 2022. An August 23, 2022 date with Lord Huron at

Grace Kull Day in Cooperstown

Cooperstown celebrates “Grace Kull Day”

Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh reads the Village’s proclamation honoring Grace Kull, left, on her 100th birthday.

The Village of Cooperstown set aside March 27 as Grace Kull Day – honoring the long-time resident on the occasion of her 100th birthday and marking her decades of service to the Village.

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh presented Mrs. Kull with a proclamation “in recognition of your decades of outstanding community and government service. The Village extends our Best Wishes, as well as

This Week – 03-17-22
Cooperstown raises Ukraine flag at Village Hall

Cooperstown raises Ukraine flag at Village Hall

The Village of Cooperstown’s Board of Trustees voted last week to raise the Ukrainian flag alongside the United States flag at the entrance to Village Hall on Main Street, welcoming Ukrainian emigre Aliona Yezhova, her son, Joshua Echavarria, and village residents to a brief March 11 celebration of the people of Ukraine.

“It means so much to me and my family that we have been made to feel so welcome here,” said Ms. Yezhova, a physicans’ assistant who moved to the village from Queens, New York, with her son. Joshua, a sixth-grader at Cooperstown Central School, carried with him a hand-painted Ukrainian flag emblazoned with a peace sign at its center.

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh and village trustees greeted the family on the steps of Village Hall, pledging their support for them, their relatives, and their fellow Ukrainians in the now-war-ravaged nation.

“Some of my family was able to escape to Moldova but brother-in-law stayed behind in Kyiv to fight in the reserves,” Ms. Yezhova. “That this village wants to fly Ukraine’s flag helps bring awareness and remind everyone that the country needs us all to be thinking of them and praying for them.”

She said she was able to communicate with some family members through Skype, but Russia’s invasion had tested the resiliency of the region’s infrastructure.

“I know it is hard for people in this country to deal with the higher gas prices but it is such an important way to support Ukraine,” she said. “Thank you to this community for all of your support.”

[Editor’s note: This week’s carries a letter from Aliona Yezhova; read that letter here:]

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