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In Memoriam: Karen Burgess, 64 October 18, 1957 – July 19, 2022

In Memoriam

Karen Burgess, 64

October 18, 1957 – July 19, 2022

HARTWICK – Karen Burgess (née Stefanachi) departed our world on July 19th, 2022, due to complications from heart surgery while surrounded by loved ones. She was 64.

Karen was born October 18th, 1957, in Rockville Centre to Eugene and Barbara Stefanachi. She grew up in Uniondale and attended Uniondale High School where she excelled in art and being that effortlessly cool chick. During a summer visit to Cooperstown, she met Mike Burgess on Main St., who she instantly recognized as ‘that cool guy she had seen around town.’ They married in 1977 and moved to Hartwick in 1983 with their three young daughters.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Electric Vehicles and Green Energy Fair 05-21-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 21

Electric Vehicles and
Green Energy Fair

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EV CAR SHOW – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. HeatSmart Hartwick presents car show featuring Electric Vehicles, their owners, car dealers, and information about purchasing an EV and the benefits of ownership. There will also be booths from solar panel installers, clean heating and cooling, other initiatives to fight climate changes. Husky Park, Wells Ave., Hartwick. 607-293-6654 or visit doas.us/hartwick-ev-car-show/

In Memoriam Gerald D. Monroe, 76 September 13, 1945 – May 8, 2022

In Memoriam

Gerald D. Monroe, 76

September 13, 1945 – May 8, 2022

Gerald Douglas “Jerry” “Jiggs” Monroe

COOPERSTOWN – Gerald Douglas “Jerry” “Jiggs” Monroe, 76, of Cooperstown, passed away Sunday morning, May 8, 2022, at the Samuel S. Stratton V.A. Medical Center in Albany following a valiant battle with cancer.

Jerry, or Jiggs, as many people knew him, was born September 13, 1945, in Cooperstown, a son of Walter J. and Ernestine (Tabor) Monroe. He was raised in Hartwick and attended Hartwick High School.

On November 22, 1965, Jerry was inducted into the United States Army. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as part of Company E, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, and received a Purple Heart for injuries received in the line of duty. On November 12, 1967, he received his honorable discharge from the military.

Following his military service he was employed for 37 years as a gunsmith for Remington Arms in Ilion.

Gaslighting Hartwick

Gaslighting Hartwick

Editorial: April 14, 2022

The saddest truth, in the end, is a person died several weeks after a horrible in-home accident, and to the family of Flora Polulech, The Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta sends our sympathy.

Late in the afternoon on Friday, April 8, New York State Police issued a press release finally admitting they found a January 2, 2022 incident to be a sad and tragic accident. It’s called a “Friday news dump” — late on a Friday afternoon is the perfect time to send out a press release that the issuer would rather see lost in a weekend news cycle, the timing exceptionally matched here to a heavy load of state budget news out of Albany. It’s like a newspaper using the Legal Notices page to bury a correction to a howling error on a front-page story.

Remember this: the State Police issued a guns-a-blazin’ press release on January 3, 2022 “looking for person(s) who burglarized then injured an elderly homeowner in Hartwick.” Police asserted with provocative certainty that “the suspect(s) unlawfully entered a residence on Poplar Avenue and caused physical injury to an elderly victim.” Frightening stuff indeed.

That gaslighting bulletin put local residents on edge and kicked off rampaging speculation as to who did what to whom and the extent to which the victim was harmed. One month later, on February 2, we asked State Police to

Hartwick incident an accident

NYSP determines Hartwick incident to be an accident

New York State Police issued a statement late in the afternoon on Friday, April 8, announcing “no criminal activity occurred” in a January 2 incident in Hartwick and “the victim’s injuries were the result of an unfortunate fall.”

The Freeman’s Journal / Hometown Oneonta first reported in our February 3 edition that sources with direct knowledge of the investigation already had determined the unfortunate incident to be an in-home accident. New York State Police told The Freeman’s Journal / Hometown Oneonta at the time they had determined the January 2 event “appears to be an isolated incident.”

According to the April 8 statement from the New York State Police,  “Investigators spent months conducting interviews and examining evidence, ultimately leading to the determination that the woman’s physical injuries were caused when she fell inside her home.  The investigation has determined that no criminal activity occurred in the home and the victim’s injuries were the result of an unfortunate fall. Sadly, the woman passed away several weeks after her fall. She is identified as 86-year-old Flora Polulech.

The New York State Police offers our sympathy to the fall victim’s family, and are glad to report that no crime occurred and there is no threat to the community. We also thank the Hartwick community for their patience while we fully investigated this incident to ensure accuracy and public safety.”

Green Cow relocates to Hartwick

Green Cow still open but mooooves to Hartwick

The Green Cow Butcher Shop may have moved out of its shop on Railroad Avenue in Cooperstown, but they are still all-local and still in the community!

Renamed Little Lakes Ranch (after where the meat is raised), customers will find the store located at Trinity Meat, a sister company and custom slaughterhouse in Hartwick.

“We enjoyed having our retail operation in Cooperstown,” Andy Pomeroy, General Manager of Trinity Meats said. “By moving to Hartwick, we’ve reduced our overhead costs so we can offer a more competitive product.”

“We’ll have all of the same products The Green Cow had, but more,” Mr. Pomeroy said. “We are more streamlined and in control with this new operation. We’ve been able to expand our product line in our smokehouse, which is on premise, and that will include bacon, sausage and snack sticks.”

Another convenience for the community will be the delivery service they offer. “We’ll be delivering in Cooperstown and Oneonta on a weekly basis; order online and we deliver it right to your door.  It’s never been more convenient.”

“Because we are self-sufficient and do everything on-premise, we can hold our prices down.  The largest processors control the price of beef right now; we can set our own pricing structure,” Mr. Pomeroy said.

“At Trinity Meats, we also butcher private party animals; about 90 percent of our time is on private party.  That’s nice to be able to offer that service to our community as well,” he said.

“We are 100% grass fed and finished,” Mr. Pomeroy said. “That keeps our calves on the mother’s milk for eight to nine months. Grain-fed cattle are with their mothers for two to three months. By leaving them on their mother’s milk as we do, that marbles the meat, puts more fat into, it so it enhances the flavor”.

“Our main objective here is to sell the beef that comes locally from Little Lakes Ranch, process it and get it to the consumer as fast and fresh as we can. It’s important we stay connected to our customers as much as possible,” Mr. Pomeroy said.

In Memoriam David S. Wilshere, 78  August 28, 1943 – February 4, 2022

In Memoriam

David S. Wilshere, 78

 August 28, 1943 – February 4, 2022

David S. Wilshere

COOPERSTOWN – David Sprague Wilshere, a long-time resident of Cooperstown who served as caretaker of Doubleday Field for many years, passed away late Friday night, February 4, 2022, at his home on Curry Road in Hartwick with his wife, Meme, by his side.  He was 78.

Born August 28, 1943, in Iowa City, Iowa, David was a son of Vernon S. “Whitey” Wilshere, a left-handed pitcher who played for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics in the 1930s, and Betty Jean Munden Wilshere, a painter and Emergency Room RN at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

When he was four-years-old, David and his family moved from the mid-west to his father’s hometown of Skaneateles, where David attended a one-room schoolhouse. In 1953, they moved to Cooperstown and settled into their home on Chestnut Street.

A graduate of Cooperstown High School, Class of 1961, David excelled in sports and was a letterman in baseball, football, wrestling and track.

In September of 1961, David enlisted in the United States Navy, and proudly served his country during a tour of duty at the NATO base in Naples, Italy. During this time his wife and daughter joined him. He received his honorable discharge from active duty in the military on August 10, 1964, and was released from the reserves in August 1967.

Ryan Scott Bennett, 30 September 6, 1991 – December 8, 2021.

In Memoriam

Ryan Scott Bennett, 30

September 6, 1991 – December 8, 2021.

Ryan S. Bennett

HARTWICK – Ryan Scott Bennett, 30, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Hartwick on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

He was born September 6, 1991, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, the son of Deborah Lynn Ubner Bennett. After graduating from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 2010, he attended Herkimer County Community College.

Most recently he was employed as a cook at Stagecoach Coffee in Cooperstown.

Ryan valued the time spent with his family, whether on holidays or ordinary days, whether at the beach, the park, or home on the couch playing video games. He enjoyed going places and outdoor activities with his Mom and daughter. Ryan adored his daughter Aubree, taking great pride in her achievements and supporting her goals.

“Scooter”  John Carl Weir, 73 November 14, 1948 – November 27, 2021

In Memoriam

“Scooter”  John Carl Weir, 73

November 14, 1948 – November 27, 2021

John ‘Scooter’ C. Weir

Father, friend, and handyman Scooter’s life came to an end on November 27, 2021 after a short illness with his family by his side.  He was born November 14, 1948 in Cooperstown, NY to Ann (Kallan) Weir and Carl Weir. He was well known to most for his cheerful laugh, helping hand, and bartending skills. The thing he loved the most was being around friends and family.

For 20 years he worked as a caretaker for Steve and MJ Harris in Hartwick. Many times, you could see him riding around on that John Deere tractor mowing lawn or plowing snow.  You might also see him sitting in his truck reading the newspaper or looking over his to do list wondering which task he would do first or thinking to himself what are they thinking with this list.  While not a decorator by trade he always had a way of making the holidays brighter and beautiful around the house.

Letter by Gary A. Wehner

Letter by Gary A. Wehner

 

To the Editor:

The September decision by the Otsego County Board of Representatives to implement a county-run emergency medical services (EMS) system is an unfortunate and ill-informed solution to the very serious problem of inadequate volunteer rural EMS in Otsego County. To the best of my knowledge, this plan was adopted without any public hearing or other public comment.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Art Festival by Otsego Lake 10-02-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2

Art Festival by Otsego Lake

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ART BY THE LAKE – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Join artists of upstate New York to celebrate the beauty of nature and Otsego Lake. On show will be pastels, watercolor, oil, acrylics, photography, and many more mediums with demonstrations throughout the day. On the lawn of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

Deborah Jean Masin, 67 July 19, 1954 – August 3, 2021

In Memoriam

Deborah Jean Masin, 67

July 19, 1954 – August 3, 2021

HARTWICK – Deborah Jean Masin, a devoted and faithful Christian, went to be with her Lord Tuesday night, August 3, 2021, following her unexpected death at her home in Hartwick on the 15th anniversary of her mother’s passing. She was 67.

Born July 19, 1954, on Long Island, Debbie was one of four daughters of Edward F. and Helen Elizabeth (Wahrer) Masin.

In the 1960s, Debbie and her family moved to upstate New York and settled in Westford. Debbie graduated with honors from the Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus with the Class of 1972. She later resided in Hartwick where she has lived ever since.

She had a steadfast devotion to the Lord, and was associated with Community Bible Chapel in Toddsville.

Walter Fistrowicz, 80 July 29, 1941 – August 2, 2021

In Memoriam

Walter Fistrowicz, 80

July 29, 1941 – August 2, 2021

Walter Fistrowicz, 80, of Hartwick, passed away unexpectedly Monday August 2, 2021 at his home.

Walter was born in Starahowice Poland on July 29, 1941 the son of the late Stanley and Izabella Fistrowicz. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife Mercedes on January 16, 2016.

He is survived by his children James (Katherine) Fistrowicz and Nina (Wade Neilson) McKenna, grandchildren Colin James Fistrowicz, Hunter James Fistrowicz, Savanna Love Fistrowicz, Corey (Holly) McKenna, Nicolle (Justin) McKenna, great grandchild Isabella, and a cousin Ewa (Danny) Betka and her children Nick (Samantha) Betka and Katherine (Ken) Dalton.

SQSPCA THIFT SHOP SOLD

Montezuma

Winery Plans

Tasting Room

The Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary has been sold to Montezuma Winery, Seneca Falls.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery in Seneca Falls has bought the Susquehanna Animal Shelter property, and plans to put a tasting room in the Thrift Shop, SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes confirmed a few minutes ago.

The other buildings may be used for wine storage, but “what was really attractive to them was the space,” said Haynes.  “We have backyards here, bordering on (Oaks Creek), that are gorgeous.  Very quiet and tranquil.”

The SQSPCA is building a new $5 million animal shelter about a half-mile north on Route 28, and is expecting to have a grand opening there this spring.

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