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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.

Louis Nejaime, 46, Active In Community Bible Chapel

IN MEMORIAM: Louis Nejaime, 46,

Active In Community Bible Chapel

Louis Nejaime

HARTWICK – Louis G. Nejaime, 46, who worked at Scholet Furniture and the Baseball Hall of Fame, and became a devoted member of Community Bible Chapel, Toddsville, while living here, passed away on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, after battling long-term illness.

Louis was born in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 6, 1970, to Noel “Theresa” and the late George Rached Nejaime.  A graduate of Hoosac Valley High School, he worked in the family business, G. Nejaime’s Cheshire Center store, for 25 years. He was also an EMT for the volunteer fire department.

Fire Damages Cooperstown Bat Company Storage Facility

Cooperstown Bat

Building On Fire

HARTWICK – The former sawmill at the end of Poplar Street in the Hamlet of Hartwick was the site of a fire this evening.

The sawmill had been vacant for several years before Tim and Connie Haney, owners of the Cooperstown Bat Company, refurbished it as a place to store their billets, blank bats that are in need of finishing. The restoration of the building was only completed two weeks ago.

As of 8:30 p.m., the roof had collapsed, and smoke was still pouring from the building.  Crews are still on the scene.

This is a developing story

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COOPERSTOWN BAT COMPANY ON FIRE

COOPERSTOWN BAT

 BUILDING ON FIRE

HARTWICK – At this hour, the Cooperstown Bat Company is reportedly on fire, according to the Otsego County Fire Wire.

Mutual Aid is being provided by  Mount Vision Fire, Milford Fire/EMS, Hartwick Seminary Fire, Cooperstown Fire, County Coordinators, Fly Creek Fire, Laurens Fire, Edmeston Fire.

This is a developing story,

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Victory Goes To Bob O’Brien

Victory Goes To Bob O’Brien

HARTWICK – Bob O’Brien, the father of triplets, is used to surprises.

Still, when Hartwick’s surprise-rich election year ended Tuesday, Nov. 10, you can understand why the Hartwick town supervisor-elect declared, “Thank God it’s over.”

Robert O'Brien
Robert O’Brien

O’Brien learned that day that, 233 to 229, he had defeated two-term incumbent (and longtime Town Board member) David Butler after months of campaigning, legal challenges and political infighting to claim the top office in Otsego County’s fastest-growing town. A third candidate, Hartwick Town Board member Juli Sharratt, tallied 151.

O’Brien’s whole enterprise was a handful of votes away from disaster at every step.

It began over the summer, when O’Brien, the Hartwick hamlet fire chief for the past five years, won the endorsement from the Republican Town Committee over incumbent Butler.

That led to a Republican primary on Sept. 10, where he inched past Butler, 50 votes to 49, too close to call.

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