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In Memoriam Virginia L. Stocking December 2, 1922-May 17, 2023
In Memoriam

Virginia L. Stocking

December 2, 1922-May 17, 2023

SPRINGFIELD CENTER—Virginia L. Stocking, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on May 17, 2023 at the age of 100. 

Virginia was born in Cooperstown on December 2, 1922 to Earl and Catherine Richards. She spent most of her childhood in East Springfield and graduated from Springfield Central School in June of 1940. She married Glenn C. Stocking on April 9, 1944. Virginia and Glenn devoted their lives to each other and to their family. 

In addition to spending time with her family, Virginia enjoyed playing the organ, singing, gardening, crossword puzzles, and attending both sporting and special events for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   

People & Businesses in the News: 03-09-23


March 9, 2023

Five immigrants now living in the area—Al Amendolare (Frankfort), Natalia McPherson (Index), Paula Rudloff (Cooperstown), Emelia Williams (Index), and Cristina Hansen Ruiz (Cooperstown)—shared their personal experiences of adjusting to life in the United States during a panel discussion held on Sunday, January 22 at the Village Library of Cooperstown. The panelists, hailing from various countries, spoke about the cultural differences they faced, as well as the struggles with racism and discrimination some of them encountered. They also provided insight into the challenges they and their ancestors faced in getting established in this country. Despite these difficulties, the panelists expressed gratitude for the welcoming and helpful community they have found. Panelists also took questions and comments from the audience. This event, part of the Sunday Speaker Series, was presented by The Friends of the Village Library. Photo by Alex Torres

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Springfield Library Celebrates Valentines Day & Chinese New Year 02-23-22

Springfield Library Celebrates
Valentines Day & Chinese New Year


SPRINGFIELD READS – 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Chinese New Year and Valentines Day together with stories, snacks, and crafts with members of the Springfield community. Sponsored by Hyde Hall. Springfield Community Library, 129 Co. Rd. 29A, Springfield Center. 315-858-5802 or visit

Robert E. Hall “Papa”, 75 July 27, 1946 – December 2, 2021

In Memoriam

Robert E. Hall “Papa”, 75

July 27, 1946 – December 2, 2021

Robert E. Hall

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Robert E. Hall, who will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, December 2, 2021, at his home in the Town of Springfield. Bob was 75.

Robert Edward Hall was born July 27, 1946, at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital in Utica, one of four children of Lincoln Jasper Hall and Helen Mae VanEtten Hall. Raised in Utica, he was a graduate of Utica Free Academy.

On April 16, 1966, Bob married Mary Judith Horgan, the love of his life, in a ceremony at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Utica.

Bob will truly be missed by his family and all those whose lives he touched in so many different ways.

Cooperstown & Around and City of the Hills: August 12, 2021

Cooperstown & Around
City of the Hills

August 12, 2021

Lost letter has town looking for ‘Nana’

A letter addressed only to “Nana, Springfield Center,” from her relative “Graham” has the town of Springfield searching.
According to officials at the Springfield Center Post Office, attempts to locate Graham’s Nana have been unsuccessful so far and their hope is a larger audience will help ensure letter delivery.

Art Garage to host Black Lives Matter project from N.J.

An East Orange New Jersey Black Lives Matter Project takes center bay at The Art Garage on Saturday Aug, 14 with an opening from 4 to 6 p.m., at 689 Beaver Meadow Road. The opening is free and everyone is invited to attend.

Dawn Marie Huckabone Myers, 53; Volunteer With Fire Dept. Auxiliary
In Memoriam

Dawn Marie Huckabone Myers, 53

Volunteer With Fire Dept. Auxiliary

Dawn M. H. Myers

Dawn Marie Huckabone Myers, age 53, passed away, after a long courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown. She had the comfort and support of her loving family at her side.

Dawn was born on April 18, 1968, in Ilion, daughter of Jean A. Fahey Huckabone and the late Douglas A. Huckabone. She was raised in Springfield Center and was a graduate of Springfield Center High School. She furthered her education, graduating with an Associate’s Degree from Mohawk Valley Community College. She continued her education at SUNY Oneonta where she received a bachelor’s degree in both psychology and sociology.

In 1995, she went to work for the Bank of America OP Center and in 2014, for Berkshire Bank Ilion branch, where she held the position of teller supervisor.

She retired in April of 2018, after 25 years of dedicated service, due to her illness.

IN MEMORIAM: Anne Cromartie Reynolds, 98, Built Home On Otsego Lake

Anne Cromartie Reynolds, 98;

Built Home On Otsego Lake

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Anne Cromartie Reynolds, 98, who built a house on Otsego Lake with her husband, the late John M. Reynolds, passed away on June 5, 2019.

She was born in Garland, N.C. on Aug. 29, 1921 to Dr. Robert Samuel Cromartie and Mary Blanche Jester. She went to Queens College in Charlotte, N.C. for 2 years and then went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1942. Anne worked as a teacher until she was old enough to join the Red Cross, which sent her to Simmons College in Boston for a Masters in Social Work.

Take Heart:  Make Capitalism Work For Us

Take Heart:  Make

Capitalism Work For Us

To the Editor:

Adrian Kuzminski (May 30-31, 2019) recalls Garrett Hardin’s classic 1968 “Tragedy of the Commons” with appreciation, but closes with a rather forlorn, indeed hopeless take-home message.

As I recall, Harden pointed out that, faced with exploitation of “the commons,” rationing provided a workable solution: for example, if “free” parking becomes scarce and is being exploited by the powerful or the feckless, parking meters offer a simple practical solution.

So rather than pine for our long lost “non-corporate, decentralized, re-personalized, re-localized model of independently owned and run businesses,” why not seek out practical solutions?

• use our anti-monopoly laws to break up the “too-big” corporations,

• give unions equal power,

• encourage cooperatives,

• regulate corporate emissions & pollution & unfair business practices,

• guarantee a national living minimum wage,

• make capitalism work for us, the land and our children’s futures?

It’s hard to unseat these quarterly income obsessed corporate leaders!

But we can unseat our legislators, governors and the POTUS, until we elect governments that work not for them, but for us, and are capable of protecting our local, national and global “commons”!

Springfield Center

Brass, Carols Fill Church At Annual Franklin Concert

Brass, Carols Fill Church

At Annual Franklin Concert

Carleton Clay, Oneonta, director of the Catskill Brass, begins last evening’s Hometown Christmas Concert, the 21st sponsored by Tom Morgan and Erna Morgan McReyolds in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Franklin.  Al Fedak conducts. This year, the concert was co-sponsored by Kathleen and Dan Grasmeder, who operate the Table Rock Group at Morgan Stanley, Oneonta. At right in top photo are Matthew Baniewicz, trumpet, new music director at Oneonta Middle School and a Catskill Brass newcomer, and – to Matt’s right – Michael DePauw, tuba, OHS music director. Inset at right, Brett Fritts, Springfield Center, and son Liam participate in the carol sing that ended the evening. (Jim Kevlin/


Glimmerglass Film Days

Opening Night Party


OPENING NIGHT PARTY – 8 – 10 p.m. Traditional opening night bash for Glimmerglass film days. Features buffet, complimentary beverage, cash bar, chance to meet artists, filmmakers. Enjoy video, sculpture exhibit by Ted Lott and Yeon Jin Kim. The Smithy, Cooperstown. 607-547-8881 or visit

VISITING WRITERS – 7 p.m. Kick off writers series with fiction writer Stephanie King, interim coordinator of Hartwick’s Writing Center, award winning author. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4921 or visit


Par For Paws Golf Fundraiser


GOLF TOURNAMENT – 8:30 a.m. Par for Paws 18-hole tournament invites players, sponsors to support the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Great for golfers who love the game, animals, historic setting. Registration, $300/team. Otsego Golf Club, 144 Pro Shop Dr., Springfield Center. 607-547-8111 or visit

FESTIVAL OF COLORS – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 24th annual quilt show features works by area quilting clubs Fenimore quilt club, “Winter Wonderland” quilt guild, “It’s A Mystery” ladies of sew nice. Includes demonstrations of various quilting skills. See 250+ examples of fine quilts, support historic, tudor style inn. Admission, $5 donation. The Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit

Dr. Bruce Harris, 79, Springfield; Neurosurgeon, Farmer, Musician

Dr. Bruce Harris, 79, Springfield;

Neurosurgeon, Farmer, Musician

Dr. Bruce S. Harris

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Dr. Bruce S. Harris, physician, farmer and musician, died on March 31, 2018, at home, where he had been cared for by hospice and his family. The cause of death was metastatic prostate cancer.

His death brought closure to a life of professionalism and service, of cultivation and propagation of a love of the arts, most especially music, and of commitment to a way of life that was simultaneously private and outward-facing.

Many who knew him thought of him as a Renaissance man. He was active in a public sphere – in concerts, in opera, in the organization of bringing extraordinary levels of musical activity to the community – and he cultivated his own garden, in a literal sense.


Kick Off Glimmerglass Film Days

14-19eventspage OPENING RECEPTION – 7:30-9:15 p.m. Celebrate the beginning of Glimmerglass Film Days. Meet filmmakers, artists, experts in their fields. Includes the companion exhibition “On Arrival.” Village Hall Ballroom, Cooperstown. Visit

HISTORY PROGRAM – 6:30 p.m. John Bowers, the Director of Marketing at Hyde Hall, presents “Lights of Hyde Hall.” Kinney Memorial Library, Co. Hwy. 11, Hartwick. or call Deb Mackenzie @ (607)293-6635 or Harriett Geywits @ (315)858-2575

Roxanne Ellis, 75, Springfield Center

IN MEMORIAM: Roxanne Ellis, Springfield Center

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Roxanne Ellis, who retired here after a teaching career, passed unexpectedly on Sept. 1, 2017.

She was born April 13, 1943, Cortland. Growing up in Springfield Center, she loved horseback riding, softball and swimming at Public Landing, where she was also a lifeguard. She enjoyed the Fourth of July parade here all her life.

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