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Laurens Color Guards are the champs

Laurens Color Guard wins regional championship

The champion Laurens Jaguars! Top row, left to right, are Athena Saggese, Sophie Gilmore, and Mackenzie Budine. Center row, left to right, are Sierra Rondeau, Natalie Davis, Mallory Kovacs, and Alexis Cole. Bottom row, left to right, are Alicia Stevens, isabella Failla, Emma Hughes, and Mackenzie Louden. Photo courtesy of Carol Louden.

Laurens Central School’s storied Jaguars color guard brought home first-place honors in the Mid York Color Guard Circuit’s Winter Guard competition, out-performing guards from Liverpool, New Hartford, Mohonasen, and other large school districts throughout New York State.

The Jaguars’ SA-1 Winter Guard capped its October-to-April season with the April 2 championship, adding another honor to the school’s 50-year-plus legacy of color guard excellence.

“Ours is one of the oldest Guards in New York State,” co-director Jennifer Sander told The Freeman’s Journal / Hometown Oneonta; she and Carol Louden are co-directors of the squad. “The senior guard put in two-and-a-half to three hours of practice three days a week. It’s a lifestyle for them and for all of us who are involved.”

Her team, she said, couldn’t wait to get back on the floor after a two-year COVID-induced hiatus. But when the season began, they were ready to go and eager to make the jump from the SA-2 class, for smaller schools, to Senior Guard SA-1.

In Memoriam Adam Keator, 38 March 15, 1983 – October 25, 2021

In Memoriam

Adam Keator, 38

March 15, 1983 – October 25, 2021

Adam Keator

ONEONTA – Adam Keator of Wilmington, NC, passed away October 25, 2021. He was born in Oneonta, NY, on March 15, 1983 to parents Holly Castagner and Joseph Keator . He attended Laurens Central School and went on to work as a driver for Filmwerks LLC, driving generators to venues across the country, before becoming a mechanic in the shop, a job which he loved.

Adam enjoyed helping his friends and neighbors with any project. He spent time restoring his pride and joy: a Mazda BTW. He loved making surprise visits to New York with more stuff than he would need for his stay. But he had to have a different pair of shoes for any occasion. Most of all he loved his children. Waking Ayvah up early in the morning to go watch a sun rise , teaching Adrian how to ride a mini bike and work on cars. Making Halloween decorations with the kids for his favorite holiday and just playing outside.

In Memoriam Virginia Lee Ganio, 70 November 18, 1951 – January 7, 2022

In Memoriam

Virginia Lee Ganio, 70

November 18, 1951 – January 7, 2022

MT. VISION – Virginia Lee Ganio, 70, of Mt. Vision passed away Friday, January 7, 2022 at Bassett Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 18, 1951 in Cooperstown the daughter of the late Gino and Rosabel (Miller) Ganio.

Virginia graduated from Laurens Central School and went on to further her education and graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with a degree in Horticulture.

Having a loved of plants, Virginia owned and operated her own greenhouse “Ginny’s Place” in Mt. Vision for several years.

For 43 years she worked at Corning, Inc. as a machine operator and the stockroom clerk.

Student News: April 29, 2021

Student News

Applications Open For Annual
Art Scholarships From CAA

Graduating seniors from any Clark Scholarship-eligible high schools are encouraged to apply for the Cooperstown Art Association’s annual Art Scholarship, for students looking to study art at the college level.

CAA will providing up to $1,400 in awards through this scholarship.

The schools eligible are: Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton, Laurens, Milford, Milford BOCES, Morris, Mt. Markham, Owen D. Young, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Worcester.

Home-schooled students living within those school districts are also eligible for the scholarship.

Applications will be submitted online this year. Students can access the form on the CAA’s website,

There is no application fee.

Each student will be asked to provide a portfolio of five pieces that best represent their work and artistic abilities. Images can be uploaded directly in the form. Students will also be asked to upload a document that includes the titles and mediums for each piece entered.

All submissions must be submitted prior to the deadline at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12.

All portfolios will be juried by a local artist /art professional, to be determined by the CAA.

Funding for this scholarship is provided in part through CAA’s annual Adorn-a-Door Fundraiser and through donations from CAA members and patrons.

Student Awards

Melinda Tyler of Cooperstown was inducted to Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia.
Membership requires maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or above, leadership excellence, participation in service projects, and an annual membership fee. Tyler was one of the inaugural members of the induction class.

Heidi Edmonds of Cooperstown was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society.
Edmonds was initiated at United States Air Force Academy.

Elmira College recently announced its Dean’s List for academic achievement for winter 2021.
The list recognizes full-time undergraduate students who were registered for at least 12 computable credit hours and who earned a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher. Local students recognized include: Hailey Erway of Cherry Valley; Willow Tompkins of Worcester; and Mason Weir of Oneonta.

Thomas Leahy of Otego was one of six students from SUNY Oneonta’s School of Economics and Business who were inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the college’s honorary society in economics for the 2020-21 academic year.

Amethyst Gardner of Oneonta was one of 13 students inducted into SUNY Oneonta’s Edward K. Griesmer chapter of National Residence Hall Honorary.

23-Year Superintendent Presides At Final Graduation


23-Year Superintendent

Presides At Last Graduation

A solemn and longest-serving superintendent of schools, Romona Wenck, the top administrator at Laurens Central School for 23 years, announces awards and scholarships at this evening’s graduation.  She shared the duty with Bill Dorritie, left, the high school principal and her successor in the top job.  Inset left, graduate Elvia Allen prepares to lead the processional of 21 seniors into the open-air commencement in front of the school.  Main Street had been closed off, to allow social distancing so all members of the community could attend.   Valedictorian was Jordan Weir, and salutatorian, Jazmin LaPilusa.  Class President Zachary Shaul welcomed family and friends.  (Jim Kevlin/


Art Day At The Fenimore


COMMUNITY ART DAY – 10 a.m.- Noon. Create an underwater scene with the Japanese art of “gyotaku,” (fish printing) using rubber replicas of Otsego Lake fish. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. Info,

BROADBAND INFO – 2 p.m. Public meeting to update the community on the Broadband project. Questions welcome. Laurens Central School, 55 Main St., Laurens. Call 607-432-2050 or visit


Memorial Basketball Game,

Celebrating Coach Patt Grasso


To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.


MEMORIAL BASKETBALL GAME – 6 p.m. In memory of Coach Patt Grasso, Laurens Girls Varsity vs. Milford followed by Laurens Boys Varisty vs. Worcester. Admission by donation. Proceeds go to Patt Grasso scholarship fund. Laurens Central School, 55 Main St, Laurens. Info,

HOLIDAY SHOW & SALE – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. browse and buy original arts and crafts by local and regional artists. Help us celebrate giving tuesday at the Coopertown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info,

Education Commissioner Elia Tours Laurens Central School

Education Commissioner Elia

Tours Laurens Central School

Bella Armenti, left, and Lindsey Charrigan, right, both students at Laurens Central School, show Senator Jim Seward and Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia the finer points of dissecting a sheep's  heart in their biology class. (Ian Austin/
Bella Armenti, left, and Lindsey Charrigan, right, both students at Laurens Central School, show Senator Jim Seward and Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia the finer points of dissecting a sheep’s heart in their biology class. (Ian Austin/

LAURENS – Stopping into classrooms and talking with students were all on the agenda as Senator Jim Seward and MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner of Education, visited Laurens Central School this morning to tour the facilities and to discuss the needs of the teachers and changes in NY State testing standards.

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