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Rev. Elsie Rhodes

Grilled Cheese Fundraiser For Otsego 2000 Packs ‘Em In


Grilled Cheese Fundraiser

For Otsego 2000 Packs ‘Em In

The Rev. Joe Perdue, Cooperstown Baptist Church, and his wife, Julia, left, flank the Rev. Elsie Rhodes, First Presbyterian Church, at Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause, which drew 250 supporters of Otsego 2000 Sunday evening to The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. The event, $30 a head, was the closing event of the 2019 Cooperstown Winter Carnival. Mel’s at 22, the Ommegang Café Alex’s World Bistro, Doubleday Café and Rock Hill Farm created exotic sandwiches; Marjorie Landers and The Otesaga provided desserts. The wine came from Pail House Vineyard, Fly Creek, and the beer from Ommegang. (Jim Kevlin/
Freedom, Suffrage Signs On View At MLK Day Event

Freedom, Suffrage Signs

On View At MLK Day Event

Historical markers commemorating New York State’s freeing the slaves in 1827 and Susan B. Anthony’s visit to Cooperstown in 1855 greeted attendees at this evening’s Special Worship Service marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now underway at this hour at First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown. Inset, the Rev. LaDana Clark, Oneonta, sings out a rendering of “I’m Going To Praise My God All Over This Land.” Attendees, who read and listened to excerpts on the history of race relations in Otsego County, included Lee Fisher, NAACP/Oneonta chapter president. (Jim Kevlin /

Rally Wraps Up With March To Courthouse

Rally Wraps Up With

March To Courthouse

Rev. Elsie Rhodes, First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, and Rev. LaDana Clark, who is associated with the Presbyterian church, lead the local contingent of the national “Families Belong Together” march up Main Street in Cooperstown this morning. More that 200 people marched from Pioneer Park to the Otsego County Courthouse and back to condemn the Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy. (Ian Austin/
Community Vigil Planned To Honor Victims Of Gun Violence

Vigil To Honor Gun-Violence Victims

ONEONTA – A candlelight vigil to honor victims in the latest acts of gun violence, including Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and Dallas police officers, is planned at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in Muller Plaza.

“The focus of the vigil will be to mourn the recent unnecessary loss of lives of police officers and young black men and to respect their memory,” said NAACP leader Regina Betts. “We stand with loved ones, friends and colleagues affected by violence.  We decry social injustices, especially racism, and seek  reconciliation and understand with those we somehow fear, resent or threaten.”

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