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Constance Marie Hoyt, 93 July 11, 1928 – July 31, 2021

In Memoriam

Constance Marie Hoyt, 93

July 11, 1928 – July 31, 2021

Constance M. Hoyt

Constance Marie Hoyt, 93 of New Berlin, passed away Saturday July 31, 2021 in Norwich, NY.

Marie was born on July 11, 1928 in Clayville, NY the daughter of the late Roy and Lois Kingsley Jones. In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by eight siblings.

She is survived by her husband of 74 years Arleigh C. (A.C.) Hoyt of New Berlin, a son David (Carolyn) Hoyt of Burlington Flats, grandchildren Brianne  (Sean) Law, Jamison (Megan Vaccaro) Hoyt, and Katelyn Hoyt, great grandchild Everleigh Mae Hoyt. Also surviving are sisters Jeanette Gould, Victoria O’Brien, Joy Beeching, along with many nieces and nephews.

WINTER CARNIVAL: For 28th Year, Dick Sliter Serving Up Soup ‘n’ Chili


For 28th Year, Dick Sliter

Serving Up Soup ‘n’ Chili

Until 2 p.m. today and 11-2 Saturday, Dick Sliter, for the 28th year in a row, is serving up chili, beef barley soup and broccoli chowder at First Baptist Church of Cooperstown’s annual Soup ‘n’ Chili Luncheon in the 21 Elm St. church hall, as part of the 2021 Cooperstown Winter Carnival.  Due to COVID, the event is all takeout this year, offering to-go pints ($5 suggested price) and quarts ($10) are available.  To order, email or call 607-547-9371.  Inset left Maria Palumbo, Richfield Springs, is manning the front desk.  Sliter, longtime member of First Baptist, is continuing to serve as pastor of Columbus Community Church in Chenango County.  (Jim Kevlin/

For An Evening, Church Becomes Haunted House


For An Evening, Church

Becomes Haunted House

From the back, he looked like the Headline Organist.  From the front, it was Tim Iversen, CCS band director and virtuoso organist, churning out spooky sounds that wafted throughout Cooperstown’s First Baptist Church, which Thursday evening doubled as a Haunted House.  Inset photo, Cooperstown’s Juan Alamo family partakes of the scarey offerings in the church’s lobby.  For much of the evening, trick or treaters were lined up down the front steps of the Elm Street – yes, Elm Street – church, waiting to get in.  (Jim Kevlin/

First Baptist Wins Landmarks Grant

$2K Aimed At Better Drainage

First Baptist Wins

Landmarks Grant

The seating in Cooperstown’s First Baptist Church, build in 1889, is laid out in the “Akron Plan” popular in the 1880s.

COOPERSTOWN – First Baptist Church of Cooperstown has received a $2,000 grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, one of 23 Sacred Sites Grants throughout the state totaling $256,000 that were announced today.

The money will be used for site drainage improvements, the announcement said.

First Baptist Church, constructed in 1889, was designed by Utica-based architect Melvin H. Hubbard, and is one of six historic churches in the village, including Templeton Hall, the former Unitarian-Universalist Church.

Baptist Church Programs Reach Out To Kids, Moms
from Pastor Joe Perdue

Baptist Church Programs

Reach Out To Kids, Moms

To the Editor:

I am excited to tell our friends and neighbors about two new programs that First Baptist Church is offering to our community. Both will meet Sundays at 9 a.m. at 21 Elm Street in Cooperstown.

The first is “Spark: Activate Faith” for all kids through fifth grade. This is not your traditional, boring, or antiquated Sunday School. Each week we’ll learn something new about God using song, Bible stories, and friendship-building activities.

Activate Faith uses the best insights from faith leaders and children’s psychologists to help kids make their faith their own. Lively, age-appropriate activities – including games, crafts, and creative play –
accommodate various ways kids learn.

Each week we’ll send home a Family Page for parents to explore that week’s Bible story together as a family as the church partners with families to make disciples and assure our children that God loves them, we love them, and they are important to us.

While the kids have fun in Spark our new small group for moms will be meeting down the hall. The small group is led by moms and using “Mom to Mom” study guides. Mom to Mom is a Biblically based parenting program designed around the concept of women teaching and encouraging women.

It includes quality instruction in parenting, small group discussion, and the interaction of more experienced mothers with younger moms. Each session will be followed by a coffee hour before Sunday morning worship. Attendees are welcome to stay for worship or leave in time to make it to their own church.

First Baptist Church, Cooperstown

April Funeral Planned For Rev. Doug Deer

In Memoriam

April Funeral Planned

For Rev. Douglas Deer

COOPERSTOWN – Rev. Douglas M. Deer, a retired American Baptist minister, drew his last breath on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass.

A celebration of his life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown.


Showing: ‘He Named Me Malala’


WOMEN’S FILM SERIES – 7 p.m. The final film in the Women’s Liberation series will be “He Named Me Malala.” It tells the story of Malala Yousafzai who survived a murder attempt by a Taliban gunman and went on to become an activist for Human Rights, especially female education. The First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Info,


Enjoy Final Day-Long Celebration

Of Coop’s  50th Winter Carnival


FUN IN THE SNOW! Final day of the 50th anniversary Cooperstown Winter Carnival features snowman building, soup’n’ chili, soccer slushing in Pioneer Park,  the “Fatty Bumppo” bike race ghost tours, wine tasting, a chicken wing competition, the Fire & Ice Bar at The Otesaga, Annie & The Hedonists concert, and the carnival closer.  For full schedule of events, see

Interim Pastor Joins First Baptist, Cooperstown

Interim Pastor Joins First Baptist, Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN – The Rev. Robert Turner has joined First Baptist Church as its interim minister following the retirement of Rev. Douglas Deer, it was announced today.   His first service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, and all are welcome to attend.

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