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James J. Carter, 80; Retired Salesman, Boy Scout Executive

IN MEMORIAM:  James J. Carter, 80;

Retired Salesman, Boy Scout Executive

James Carter

ONEONTA – James J. Carter, 80, passed away May 17, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born March 19, 1939, in Manhattan, the son of James and Mary (Keaveney) Carter, and grew up in The Bronx, graduating from Mount St. Michael’s High School, and receiving an associate’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

James married Verna Dingman in Yorktown Heights.

At Routes 205, 11 PAY ATTENTION!

DOT SURPRISES DRIVERS

At Routes 205, 11

PAY ATTENTION!

Long-time 2 Stop-Sign Junction

Is Now A FOUR-WAY STOP!!!

Holly Clancy, Joe Wikoff and Tom Brown, a crew from the state DOT garage in Oneonta, finished installation this morning of a four-way stop at the junction of Routes 205 and 11 in downtown Hartwick hamlet. (Larissa Ryan/AllOTSEGO.com)

HARTWICK –  Caution:  Slow down – AND STOP! – on Route 205 through Hartwick hamlet.

That means YOU!

For decades, at the intersection of Route 205 and County Route 11 only east-west Route 11 traffic had stop signs.

As of today, with no fanfare, the state DOT installed stop signs for drivers on north-south Route 205.

TO MAKE THIS CLEAR:  As of now, all drivers MUST STOP at Routes 205 and 11 in downtown Hartwick hamlet.

Cooperstown Youth Baseball Parades Into 2019 Season

Cooperstown Youth B-Ball

Parades Into 2019 Season

The Cooperstown Youth Baseball parade, delayed from Saturday (as was Oneonta’s Little League parade) by snow flurries,  marched from Cooper Park down Main Street Monday afternoon into the 2019 season, which is played at the CYB field in Hartwick.  Carrying the banner is a girls softball team, coached by Bud Lippitt and George Crippen,  From left are Jensen Merwin, Mia Kaltenbach, Charlotte Campbell, Emmy Lippitt, Alexis Wolfe, Isabella Reich, Hailey Michaely and Brenna Seamon. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Elizabeth Anne Broten, 30

IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth Anne Broten, 30

Ellizabeth Anne Broten

HARTWICK – Elizabeth Anne Broten, beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece, succumbed to her drug addiction that she struggled with for many years Wednesday morning, March 6, 2019, at her home in Hartwick. A bright, funny and intelligent woman, she was 30.

Born Sept. 16, 1988, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Liz was a daughter of James Michael Broten and Kathy Marie Mesko Broten. After graduating from Cooperstown Central School, Class of 2006, Liz attended Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania where she studied History and English. In 2010 she received a bachelor’s degree in English, and then in 2017 she earned a paralegal degree from Herkimer College.

Bernard ‘Buddy’ Bunt, 69; Vietnam Veteran Had Moved To Tennessee

IN MEMORIAM: Bernard ‘Buddy’ Bunt, 69;

Vietnam Veteran Had Moved To Tennessee

“Buddy” Bunt

HARTWICK – Bernard “Buddy” C. Bunt, Jr., 69, a lifelong Hartwick resident and Vietnam veteran who lived in Paris, Tenn., for the past 1½ years, died Nov. 23, 2018, at his home there.

He was born on June 23, 1949, in Cooperstown, son of Bernard C. Bunt, Sr. and Elizabeth A. Schweitzer Bunt.  He attended Cooperstown Central School, then joined the Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam.

Millie Merrifield, 86; Active In Local Jehovah’s Witnesses

IN MEMORIAM: Millie Merrifield, 86;

Active In Local Jehovah’s Witnesses

Millie Merrifield

HARTWICK – Millie A. Merrifield, a long-time resident of Hartwick and active Jehovah’s Witness, died Saturday morning, Nov. 3, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Bridgehampton. She was 86.

Born at the family farm on Kelsey Hill in Edmeston on Dec. 27, 1931, she was a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Hutira) Sterusky. She was a 1950 graduate of Edmeston Central School.

Pamela Stewart, 62; Residential Aide At Local Institutions

IN MEMORIAM: Pamela Stewart, 62;

Residential Aide At Local Institutions

HARTWICK – Pamela J. Stewart, 62, a residential aide at The Meadows, Arc and Springbook, passed away peacefully Tuesday night, Aug. 14, 2018, with family by her side at her home on Buchanan Drive in Hartwick following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born July 2, 1956, in New Berlin, a daughter of Franklin Jay and Wanda L. (McLean) Stewart.  After graduating from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1974, she attended college.

Joseph C. Roraback, 81; Construction Supervisor Lived In Hartwick

IN MEMORIAM: Joseph C. Roraback, 81;

Construction Supervisor Lived In Hartwick

HARTWICK – Joseph Clark Roraback, 81, a supervisor on construction projects who lived in the area for the past 30 years, died Friday night, May 25, 2018, peacefully with his daughters by his side.

He was born Oct. 11, 1936, in Hudson, a son of William Roraback and Betty (Balder) Darrah.

Lt. Col. John W. Penree, 61; Served From Bosnia To Iraq
IN MEMORIAM

Lt. Col. John W. Penree, 61;

Served From Bosnia To Iraq

Lt. Col. John Penree

HARTWICK – Lt. Col. John W. Penree, who served in the Army and National Guard for more than four decades, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va., on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. He was 61.

A native of Utica, he was born on Dec. 26, 1956, to William and Sophie (Hula) Penree. He was the third oldest of seven children, having four brothers and two sisters. Lieutenant Colonel Penree attended Frankfort-Schuyler Central High School.

He enlisted in the Army on Aug. 30, 1974, at Fort Dix, N.J., at 17 for basic training and AIT, where he became qualified as a heavy wheeled vehicle operator. Lieutenant Colonel Penree received his associate degree from City University of Seattle, going on to obtain his bachelor of engineering from Columbia University.

Emily W. Thorn, 96; Worked At Cooperstown Academy, CCS

IN MEMORIAM: Emily W. Thorn, 96;

Worked At Cooperstown Academy, CCS

Emily W. Thorn

HARTWICK – Emily Weir Thorn, 96, a Native Daughter of Cooperstown who worked at Cooperstown Central School and Bassett Hospital, passed away Wednesday night, Dec. 20, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Otsego.

She was born Aug. 19, 1921, in Adams to Bower F. and Clara (Cleaver) Weir. When Emily was only 2-years-old her mom died of tuberculosis.

In 1925, the family moved to Fly Creek, where Emily attended a one-room country school. She later attended school in Cooperstown, and graduated with the Class of 1939.

John J. Thorpe, 90; World War II Veteran, Retired Chemist

IN MEMORIAM: John J. Thorpe, 90;

World War II Veteran, Retired Chemist

 HARTWICK – John J. Thorpe, 90, a World War II veteran and retired chemist, died Sunday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2017,  at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Otsego.

Born July 17, 1927, in Union City, N.J., John was the son of John and Alice Thorpe. Raised in Washington Township, he graduated from Westwood Regional High School. He was then inducted into the Army and served his country during World War II. He often recalled the great time he and many other servicemen had in New York City on V-J Day.

Frank Merrifield, 85; Leader Of Local Jehovah’s Witnesses
IN MEMORIAM

Frank Merrifield, 85; Leader

Of Local Jehovah’s Witnesses

Frank Merrifield

HARTWICK – Frank Merrifield, 85, presiding overseer of the Schuyler Lake Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, died Nov. 1, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Otsego.

He was born Sept. 20, 1932, in Girard, Ohio, to Walter and Lida (Goist) Merrifield.

From infancy, Frank was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness and at the age of 12 was baptized, beginning his lifelong dedication to serving his God, Jehovah.  As a youngster he enjoyed raising goats and playing tag.

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