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Ruth Schweinfurth, 83 Passionate volunteer with local food bank, Susquehanna SPCA, others.

In Memoriam

Ruth Schweinfurth, 83

Passionate volunteer with local food bank, Susquehanna SPCA, others.

Ruth Schweinfurth

COOPERSTOWN – Long-time Cooperstown resident Ruth Schweinfurth passed away on June 23, 2021, after a brief struggle with cancer. She passed peacefully at her home, comforted by her loving daughters and her beloved dogs. She was 83 years young.

Ruth’s life’s work focused on improving the lives of others. She was passionate about nursing, her first calling, and equally passionate about her volunteer work in the community. Over the years, Ruth selflessly devoted countless hours to assisting area families at the local food bank (at its original location in the Cooperstown Library building) and to sorting and selling clothing and other items at the thrift shop that supports the Susquehanna SPCA, an organization of which she was especially fond.

Friends Of Christmas Deliver 400 Meals of Holiday Cheer

Friends Of Christmas Deliver

400 Meals of Holiday Cheer

Santa Claus wasn’t the only one checking the list twice! Kendra Beijen and Ann Steen, coordinators for the Friends of Christmas dinners, check their list of recipients as they prepare to hand out the last of the Christmas dinners at St. Mary’s church earlier this afternoon. “We have been preparing food since five this morning!” said Steen. ” Because of social distancing we could only have three people in the kitchen at a time. but being able to dispense the food here at Saint Mary’s was a God-send. People were able to drive right up to the door, which made it a lot faster.” With the help of 11 delivery drivers, Friends of Christmas were able to deliver 400 meals of turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, applesauce and dessert to families in the community. (Ian Austin/
PIERCE: When Did People Stop Caring For Each Other

When Did People Stop

Caring For Each Other

To the Editor:

Yesterday I had a conversation with a lady I’ll call Ginny. Her three grocery carts were stacked high on top and in the bottoms. Asked about “stocking up so much,” Ginny replied, “I do this once a year for our food bank.”

My mother, who worked three jobs seven days a week with two hernias to meet the basic needs of the seven of us had been ordered by our doctor not to work. She also walked 5.5 miles a day to work and back to save having to pay a taxi.

At that point in time, our government bought good foods then poisoned them or dumped them into oceans to keep farm prices higher. Back then, 85 percent of registered voters were farmers and Republicans. Democrats pleaded for those foods to be given to the poor, and to schools for lunch programs. Decades later Democrats succeeded.

Many Republicans make fun of the recipients by calling them all kinds of names instead of paying them a living wage with benefits. It’s the new form of slavery.

One quits or dies and another is hired.

It was found that grocery stores were best equipped to handle foods, especially perishables, so Food Stamps came into being. Because of name-calling in grocery-store lines, the method was changed to SNAP, using plastic “credit cards.” Note: SNAP is a “farm program,” not a program to help the poor.

A 36-percent excise tax on USA dairy products recently put many New York State farmers out of business. Canada now buys its dairy products elsewhere, even though the tax has been lifted. Guess that makes America great!

I worked on farms until age 19. It is hard work and in my opinion farmers should be well respected, not destroyed.

Cows must be milked two or three times a day. Milk is perishable. To give some help to Upstate farmers, Governor Cuomo set up a program to buy the milk and give it away at places like schools.

Cars were lined up from the Gilbertsville-Mount Upton School all the way back to Gilbertsville Village … the result of making America great.

My dictionary has nine definitions of great … but none seem to apply.

Big grain farmers had the same experience but were given $12 billion then $16 BILLION. The tax was dropped and the grains were sold to China, meaning farmers who donate heavily to your President got paid twice. He doles out our tax dollars as if they were his.

I like Ginny’s thinking better. To me people are much more important than greedy enrichment of and by the wealthy. Let’s show the world how good America is and that people, not money, are more important. If you have never been poor and hungry you won’t understand this as much. If you say you are a Christian, perhaps you can wonder what would Jesus say and do. Ginny gets it.


Fox Hospital Takes Top Award In Canstruction Competition

Fox Hospital Takes Top Award

In Canstruction Competition

Members of the A.O.Fox Canstruction team Cassie Howe, Michaela Warner, Theresa Bushée and Nicole Brew stand with their food can fox which won the Best Use of Labels Award at this year’s Canstruction event at the Southside Mall. Other awards included: Best Meal Award went to SUNY for their rocket, Best integrity Award went to  Sigma Gamma Phi and Alpha Phi Delta for their bacon and eggs in a frying pan,  and SUNY ‘s Her Campus Club took the  Juror’s Favorite Award for their Sushi and Soy Sauce. Teams from around the area used canned goods to create sculptural works of art using 6,336 cans. They will be on display at the Southside Mall through next Friday when the People’s Choice Award will be given and all the canned good distributed to fifteen area food banks. (Ian Austin/



Spring Music & Crafts


SPRING CRAFT SHOW – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Come find unique items for gifts from the many vendors. Includes drawings for door prizes and a basket raffle. FoxCare Center, 1 FoxCare Drive, Oneonta.

VIOLIN RECITAL – 1 p.m. Performance by Imad Rajib Altaha with free will offering to benefit the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees. Mr. Altaha received his Bachelor of Music Arts from Bagdad Univeristy in 1994 and has played the violin for 30 years. Inlcudes light refreshments, open to the public. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Info, call 547-8401

HAWKEYE REVUE – 2 p.m. CCS Students and guest faculty members perform musical numbers. This years theme is “Songs from Shows We Won’t Do.” Each performance will be accompanied by a large student orchestra with a few professionals. Open to the public. Suggested donation, $10 adult, $5 children. Cooperstown High School Auditorium. Info,


‘Empty Bowls’ Benefit Today


EMPTY BOWLS – Noon-2 p.m. Serving homemade soup in your choice of bowl crafted and donated by local potters. Cost, $15 to benefit the local food pantry. Christ Church Parish Hall on Fair Street, Cooperstown. Info,!event/2017/4/1/empty-bowls. To volunteer or donate call (607)547-2627

SOUTH AFRICAN BANQUET – 6-9 p.m. The Mali Education project presents a South African benefit bazaar, dinner and documentary fill titled “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” about the founder of the Green belt Movement in Kenya and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Tickets, $15 adults, $10 children over 5. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave, Oneonta. Reservation, call (607)434-3303 or email Info,

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