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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.

Crowds Head To Springfield For Fourth Of July Festivitie

Crowds Head To Springfield

For Fourth Of July Festivities

Jim Weeks and Noel Dries, pals going back to their Springfield school days, are marshals at today’s parade.

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Crowds are headed to Springfield Center from the county and around the country this morning for the 103rd Springfield Fourth of July Parade, one of the oldest in the nation, which begins at 11 a.m.

But that’s not all the Independence Day activity.

The parade ends a bit after noon at the Springfield Community Center, where patriot exercises, a Cooperstown Community Band concert, Brooks BBQ and hot dogs and hamburgers are annual staples.

In the evening, attending turns to Glimmerglass State Park, where the Kenesaw Mountain Boys are performing a free concert at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk.

…And in Oneonta, July Fourth Fun

ONEONTA – The City of the Hills’ Fourth of July parade marches down Main Street at noon, ending up in Neahwa Park for the annual Hometown Fourth of July for an afternoon of food, music and games, culminating with fireworks at dusk.

Leslie Gray, 92, Springfield Center; Nationally Recognized Appraiser


Leslie Gray, 92, Springfield Center;

Nationally Recognized Appraiser

Les Gray • 1924-2017

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Leslie B. Gray, 92, a nationally recognized real-estate appraiser, passed away at home with his family at his side on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2017.

Les was born in April 1924 in East Springfield to Harold S. and Gladys B. Gray.  He graduated from Springfield Central School in 1941 and attended Morrisville Ag & Tech, earning an associate degree in 1943.  After attending Cornell University, he returned to Graycrest, the family farm in East Springfield.

He married the love of his life, Janet Louise Gros, on April 29, 1944.  They lived and worked on the farm until 1956, when Les began his career as a real estate appraiser.  In 1964, he moved his family to Syracuse and was a founding member and president of Pomeroy Appraisal Associates until 1988.

Samuel H. Neal, 79; Presbyterian Pastor, Systems Analyst

IN MEMORIAM: Samuel H. Neal, 79;

Presbyterian Pastor, Systems Analyst

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Samuel H. Neal III, 79, of Springfield Center, a retired Presbyterian pastor and teacher, passed away suddenly Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born on April 6, 1937, in Philadelphia to Samuel H. Neal Jr. and Grace Hawlk Neal, and was raised there. He married Arlene Sloan Neal on June 14, 1958, and served in the Air Force 1960-1966.

Kathleen Baker, 69; Graveside Service For Lover Of Animals

IN MEMORIAM: Kathleen Baker, 69;

Graveside Service For Lover Of Animals

Kathleen Baker
Kathleen Baker

 SPRINGFIELD CENTER – A graveside service is planned at 11 a.m. Friday, July 22, for Kathleen Baker, known locally at a lover of animals, who died Dec. 29, 105.

Kathy was born in 1947 in Tottenville on Staten Island, and worked at the Staten Island Zoo in the early 1970s.  She was a homemaker her entire life.

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