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In Memoriam Mary Ann Mazarak, 90 December 15, 1931 – May 08, 2022 

In Memoriam

Mary Ann Mazarak, 90

December 15, 1931 – May 08, 2022

Mary Ann Mazarak

Mary Ann Mazarak, age 90, passed away at Robinson Terrace in Stamford, NY on May 8, 2022.

She was born December 15, 1931 in Lancaster, Ohio to Henry and Freda Cook. They later moved to Steubenville, Ohio where she graduated from high school. She then attended Ohio State University where she obtained a BS degree in Music in 1954.

It was at Ohio State where she met a fellow music student, John Mazarak. They dated through college and were married after her graduation on June 18th, 1954. When John was hired at Oneonta State College, they moved to Oneonta in 1959. They had two children, Eric and Ann.

Mary Ann stayed very active throughout her life. She taught music in Mt. Vernon Ohio, as well as work as a librarian at Ohio State. Later in life she was Assistant Director of the Catskill Area School Study Council.

Music was a major part of Mary Ann’s life. She studied french horn in college until the cello became her instrument. She performed throughout her life, with the Oneonta/ Catskill Symphony from 1959 to 2008. She was a member of the original Glimmerglass Opera orchestra and performed with them until 1986. John and Mary Ann formed the Woodside String Quartet, performing for many events and weddings.

This Week – 03-10-22


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

March 10, 2022


Spot the local luminaries! Nearly the full cast and crew of “A Roadhouse Coup” pose after shooting the cocktail party scene at Oneonta’s Masonic Lodge. Filmmaker Lori Bailey told a Cooperstown gathering on March 8 she hopes to have the feature-length film complete in time for a September premier. See story on page 6.


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Happenin’ Otsego

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.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Start 2022 Outdoors 1-01-2022

Start 2022 Outdoors


FIRST DAY HIKE – 9 a.m. – Noon. Celebrate the new year with beautiful 1.3 mile walk around Gilbert Lake and then warm up by the fire in Briggs Pavillion. Counts towards the Winter Octet challenge by Otsego Outdoors. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd., Laurens. 607-432-2114 or visit

FIRST DAY HIKE – 9 – 10:30 a.m. Celebrate the new year with a guided tour with Forest Ranger Erin Petit. Dress for the weather and bring Water & Snacks. Counts towards the Winter Octet challenge by Otsego Outdoors. Free, registration required. Texas Schoolhouse State Forest, Jones Rd., New Lisbon. 315-778-4107 or visit

FIRST DAY HIKE – 10 a.m. – Dusk. Celebrate first day of 2022 with self-guided hike along the Overlook Trail. First 100 will receive First Day Hike giveaway. No minimum age, leashed pets are welcome. Please dress for the weather, wear appropriate winter shoes/boots. Will also be collecting nonperishable donations for the Cooperstown Food pantry. Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 Co. Rd. 31, Cooperstown. 607-547-8662 or visit

Life Sketches: Whistling with my fingers, thinking of songs

Life Sketches

Whistling with my fingers, thinking of songs

By TERRY BERKSON • Special to

Terry Berkson, who has an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College, lives on a farm outside Richfield Springs. His articles have appeared in New York magazine, the New York Daily News Sunday Magazine, Automobile and other publications.

These days, much more than ever, there seems to be music playing in the background of almost every dramatic television program.

Years ago an experimental show called Cop Rock was aired for a while. It blended the drama with musical numbers. The songs were about what was happening in the story.

I thought it was a great idea but at that time it didn’t catch on. I was thinking of writing a story for several weeks but I wasn’t sure where to send it. In the meantime, a spontaneous score for the story kept playing in my mind. In fact, there’s always some kind of music going through my head — depending on the mood and situation I’m in. This was true of the title character in the movie “The English Patient” and I was wondering if this phenomenon was what jump-started the recent trend of music once again prominently being blended into a story. Again, unlike scores for cinema, this type of musical background also has words and the words reflect what’s going on in the plot.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Hand Dyeing At Sunday Series 08-02-20

Hand Dyeing At Sunday Series


SUNDAY SERIES – 1 – 3 p.m. ‘Swart Dye Pot – Textiles’ presented by Jeanne Westcott. Learn how the Swarts, other Colonial Americans would have used the plants and resources at hand to color their fabrics, and textiles at The Swart-Wilcox House Musuem, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta. Visit for schedule updates.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Voices Of The Game To Honor Hall of Fame Inductee Derek Jeter 07-26-20

Voices Of The Game To Honor

Hall of Fame Inductee Derek Jeter


BASEBALL – Noon. Virtual Voices of the Game to honor Hall of Fame 2020 inductee Derek Jeter. Learn more about how the Yankees 5 world series titles with Jeter as the shortstop in every season. Jeter will be joined by fellow Hall of Famers Mariano Rivera, Joe Torre reflecting on their teams and the moments that shaped a dynasty. Visit for details.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Lecture On Local History 07-19-20

Lecture On Local History

14-19eventspageSUNDAY SERIES – 1 – 3 p.m. Learn about Ned Buntline with Karen Cuccinello. Hailing from Stamford, Ned Buntline was a fascinating figure whose many occupations inculded author, soldier, patriot, temperance lecturer, tavern customer, and was also husband to many. Learn the history at The Swart-Wilcox House Musuem, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta. Visit for schedule updates.

‘Prayer For Peace” Premiered At Temple Beth El Concert

‘Prayer For Peace’ Begins

At Temple Beth El Concert

Above, members of Eight is Eneuf sing “Prayer for Peace”, written by Robin Eletsky, Milford, in it’s first public performance at Temple Beth El in Oneonta this afternoon during the Music From Around The World concert to celebrate our shared humanity. Musical guests included Rabbi George Hirschfeld, Ana Laura Gonzalez, Stan Fox and Andy Puritz. Among the audience was Maciej Żółtowski, newly chosen conductor of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, seen at right, applauding alongside Laurie Zimniewicz, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/

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