News of Otsego County

Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.



Winter Carnival Brings Comedy, Dancing,Treats

Winter Carnival

Brings Comedy,


WINTER DREAMS – Kyle Morris and Jesse Pascale, Cooperstown, were hard at work making oven-roasted loaded baked potato sandwiches for last year’s Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause fundraiser.

Beat the winter blues with the annual Cooperstown Winter Carnival! Get the blood pumping at the Bob Smullins 5K/10K race, show off your trivia skills, dance the night away with Flux Capacitor and front your own imaginary band in the lip-synch contest. Friday-Sunday Feb.8-10, Main Street, Cooperstown. Info

On Friday, get some Brooks Chicken to help the Susquehanna SPCA. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, Parish Hall, Christ Episcopal Church, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown. (607) 547-9555. On Sunday, cozy up with a Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause to support Otsego 2000’s historic preservation program. Tickets, $30/adult. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Farmers Market, Cooperstown. Info (607) 547-8881.

4 Pigs Found In Shed On Morris Dirt Road


4 Pigs Found In Shed

On Morris Dirt Road

With crushed apples, two of four pigs rescued this afternoon are tempted out of a trailer into the Susquehanna Animal Shelter by Director Stacie Hayes and Alex McMillan, of the Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin. The pigs were rescued after the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department notified the shelter that the emaciated animals were being kept in a shed without food or water, covered in mud and feces. The animals will be kept at the shelter for the time being, until a pig rescue organization can pick them up. (Libby Cudmore & Jim Kevlin/

Open Otsego County Fair


OPENING – 6:30 p.m. 21st Annual Otsego County Fair Hymn Sing & Special Music at the Grande Building followed by the Agricultural Olympics. Otsego County Fair, Mills St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit

BASEBALL – 7 p.m. Support Oneonta Outlaws against Utica Blue Sox. Damaschke Field, 15 James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-6326 or visit

Report Includes All Allegations, Some Unproved


Report Includes

All Allegations,

Some Unproved

Probes Exonerated Bishop, Priest

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Father Carl Stone
Father Louis Douglas

ALBANY – Of the two priests with Otsego County ties named in “Hidden Disgrace III,” one pleaded guilty to sodomy, but the second was investigated twice and exonerated.

The report, prepared by Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse and released today, appears to be a compilation of all allegations, whether or not they were proved.

For instance, retired Bishop Howard Hubbard is among the 42 priests listed.  In 2004, allegations surfaced that the bishop vehemently denied.  The diocese hired an outside law firm to investigate, and it found no “credible evidence” against him.

Helen Sokolowski, 90; Nurse Went Into Dairy Farming Locally

IN MEMORIAM:  Helen Sokolowski, 90;

Nurse Went Into Dairy Farming Locally

NEW LISBON – Helen J. Sokolowski, 90, a nurse who moved to Otsego County in 1971 and went into dairy farming with her husband and son, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.
Helen was born in New York City, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Cenek) Mahdal on Jan. 17, 1927.

She graduated from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1948 and shortly after married Leonard Sokolowski on Nov. 7, 1948.


Morris Mourns

A pair of angel wings hang on the school sign as more than 200 community members gathered at the steps of Morris Central School this evening for a candle light vigil in remembrance of Jacelyn O’Connor. Pastor Brad Keator of the Chenango Christian Church led the gathered in prayers and singing “Amazing Grace”. Friends, family and classmates shared  memories of Jacelyn after releasing heart-shaped balloons into the sky. (Ian Austin/

Fair Finale


OTSEGO COUNTY FAIR – 8 a.m. Gates. Buildings open 10 a.m. Open to 9 p.m. Finale of the Fair. Come for the Demolition Derby, a Horse Show, a Goat Show, a Carnival, and more. Admission, $5. Fair Grounds, 469 Mill St., Morris. Visit for more information.

PADDLE & PULL – 1-3 p.m. Paddle and help OCCA pull remaining Water Chestnuts out of Goodyear Lake. Canoe/Kayaks available. Bring hat, sunscreen, water and expect to get a little wet. Registration preferred. Meet at NYS Fishing Access site, St. Rt. 28, Portlandville. Call (607) 547-4488 or visit

Police Seek Missing 16 Year Old Girl

Laurens Teen

Reported Missing

Khailee M. Stoughton

LAURENS – State Police are looking for information on  a 16 year old girl who has been reported missing from the Town of Laurens.

Khailee M. Stoughton, 16, reportedly left home on June 19 and has not returned. According to police, she has made contact by phone and was believed to be traveling between the Oneonta, Morris and Albany areas. She is not believed to have been abducted.

Stoughton is a black female, 5’4″ tall and medium build. She has long brown hair and brown eyes. It is unknown what she was last wearing.


Support The Scouts


CHICKEN DINNER – 5-7 p.m. Boy and Girl Scouts serve a chicken and biscuit dinner. Price, $9 adult, $5 children. Morris United Methodist Church, 17 Church St., Morris. Info, Harry Graves (607)316-8239

3-D DESIGN WORKSHOP – 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Come tinker with your designs for 3-D printing. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info,

Morris Woman Charged In Theft Of Religious Items From Church

Morris Woman Charged In Theft

Of Religious Items From Church

Amber Joy
Amber Joy

MORRIS – A Morris woman was arrested Tuesday evening, charged with stealing religious items from Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, state troopers report.

Amber N. Joy, 32, has been charged with a felony, fourth-degree grand larceny.

Troopers alleged the suspect stole a white altar cloth, several candles and holders and a bowl valued at about $240.

Polls Open At Noon In 101st, Towns Of Richfield, Morris

Polls Open At Noon In 101st,

Towns Of Richfield, Morris

ballot-boxCOOPERSTOWN – Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. today for primaries in the 101st Assembly District – the Otsego County towns of Springfield, Middlefield, Westford and Maryland – and also for town races in Richfield and Morris.

In the Oneida-centric 101st, Brian D Miller and Maria E. Kelso are seeking the Republican nomination to succeed Claudia Tenney, who is running for Congress to succeed U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna.  Kelso is also primarying for the Reform Party nod.

Three Men Killed In Morris Car Accident

3 Die In Morris Crash

MORRIS – Three men were killed in an early-morning car accident on State Highway 23 after their vehicle failed to navigate a left curve, State Police said today.

Troopers responded to the scene of the one-car accident at 3:14 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 in Morris.  Though the car was on fire when they arrived on the scene, the three victims, Jordan Crandall, 22, Norwich, Christopher Brissette, 22, Sherburne, and Dillon Clemens, 21, Norwich were already deceased inside the vehicle.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but police believe the driver, driving westbound on State Highway 23, failed to navigate a left curve.  The car exited into the northbound shoulder, struck several objects and came to rest upside down in a field.

Camper Killed By Falling Tree Limb



SOUTH NEW BERLIN – A 24-year-old Rhode Island man was killed at the Grand Slam Campground during Saturday evening’s violent storm when a tree limb fell onto his tent, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. announced this afternoon.

Ryan Sutcliffe, Cumberland, R.I., was  pronounced dead after a tree limb approximately 4 feet in diameter broke off during the storm, landing on his tent while he was sleeping.

Morris Man Arrested For Assault With Garden Shears

Morris Man Arrested For

Assault With Garden Shears

MORRIS – A 20 year old man was arrested after attacking an older man with a pair of pruning shears at his home.

Gerard D. Bourgeois, Morris, was arrested after Sheriffs deputies were dispatched to Bassett Hospital for a 62 year old man with suspicious injuries.  Their investigation lead them to Bourgeois, where they learned that he had allegedly assaulted the victim with a pair of pruning shears, causing several lacerations to the head.

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