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Jack Yorke wins honors

Milford freshman earns ‘Scholar’ honors

Milford Central School freshman Jack Yorke has earned recognition as a “Borlaug Scholar” at Cornell University’s New York Youth Institute and a chance to serve as a New York Youth delegate at the World Food Prize annual event in Des Moines, Iowa, later this year.

The Ivy League experience requires high school students to research issues they care about and submit to a panel of Cornell experts and professors a paper proposing their ideas to solve grand challenges. Jack researched and submitted an innovative proposal to solve Food Scarcity and World Hunger and was among those selected as a “Borlaug Scholar.”

The honor is named for American agronomist Normal Ernest Borlaug, who led initiatives worldwide and was awarded multiple honors including the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal.

John R. Sovocool, 65 Marathoned in all 50 states


John R. Sovocool, 65
Marathoned in all 50 states

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – John R. Sovocool, 65, was born January 25, 1956 in St. Johns, Newfoundland in Canada to Wilbur Sovocool and MaryAnne Cranston Sovocool and passed away May 20, 2021 in Batavia, NY.

John graduated from LeRoy High School, Cornell University, Golden State University and served in the US Air Force. For the last 20 years he owned and operated the Fieldstone Farm Resort. In his off time, he was an avid runner who had completed at least 1 marathon in all 50 states. He ran a 100-mile marathon in Vermont which he finished in 22 hours and 11 minutes.

John is survived by his wife, Jeanie, five children, and two grandchildren: John E. Sovocool and his son, Chayden. Adam Sovocool and his son, Samuel. Kristin Sovocool and her husband, Ben Cook. Nicholas Sovocool.

Alexander Sovocool, and also his six remaining siblings.

He was predeceased by both his parents, his sister Patty and his brother Kenny.

Arrangements are entrusted to Falcone Funeral Home, LeRoy, NY.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to plant a tree in his honor.

Jeanne W. Carey 85: Member Otsego Sailing Club, Taught Rug Hooking

In Memoriam

Jeanne W. Carey 85

Member Otsego Sailing Club, Taught Rug Hooking

Jeanne W. Carey

Jeanne W. Carey, 85, died Monday May 4, 2020 at Valley Terrace Assisted Living in Wilder, VT.

She was born May 2, 1935 in Flushing, NY a daughter of John and Helen (Fritschi) Wilmarth. Jeanne grew up in Bayville, NY, graduating from Oyster Bay High School before attending Cornell University School of Nursing where she earned her bachelor of science degree in Nursing. She was married to Edward James Carey Jr. in 1957 and they made their home and raised a family in Cooperstown, NY.

During this time, she became a teacher in the art of rug hooking and was active in the Ostego Sailing Club. After her husband’s death in 1986 she returned to her nursing career, eventually becoming a licensed EMT for the health department of Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, NY. After her retirement she moved to the Sterling Springs Community in White River Jct., VT. Jeanne has been a resident at Valley Terrace for the past year.


Farmer’s Learn Animal Nutrition


FARM CLASS – 5 – 7 p.m. Learn about sheep, goat nutrition for this season when the farmer is solely responsible for the feed with Dr. Tatiana Stanton, Small Ruminant Specialist from Cornell University. Cost, $5/person. Cornell Cooperative Extension, 123 Lake St., Cooperstown. 315-866-7920 or visit

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