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Rebecca (Becky) Gretton of Springfield, New York grew up in rural Brockport in the western part of the state. She attended the State University of New York at Fredonia before beginning her career in Cortland County as an itinerant music teacher for…

Kenyon Parsons was born in Cooperstown, New York in 1966 to dairy farmer and teacher Kenyon Day Parsons and SUNY Cobleskill Professor Maryanne Rocket Parsons. With his four older sisters, Mr. Parsons worked on his father’s dairy farm in Sharon…

Scottie Baker, an antique-lover and retired teacher, shared her passion for the environment and all it provides with her late husband, Dave Baker, who worked for New York DEC Parks and Recreation and Interior Trails in the Adirondacks. In 1967, the…

Matthew Wichowsky has always been a farmer. He was born in Cobleskill, New York and moved around to different homes during the early part of his childhood before settling in Dutchess County, New York, or more specifically in Lagrangeville. He grew up…

Bill Elsey is originally from Chicago, Illinois and has been Springfield Town Supervisor since 2009. In addition, he owns and operates a rare book dealership, Leatherstocking Books. Bill’s career path and involvement in local politics have been…

Keith Schue is an environmental activist living in Cherry Valley, New York. Mr. Schue was born in California, but grew up in Virginia. He moved to Florida and worked as an engineer after finishing college at the University of Virginia. After…

Stewart Anderson is a native upstate New Yorker, who has lived in Herkimer County for thirty-plus years. He and his wife Kay live in Richfield Springs, New York. Mr. Anderson, a longtime resident of Herkimer County, has witnessed changes in the…

Mary Leonard, along with her husband, is the owner and founder of Carefree Gardens, a greenhouse and landscape services business, in Cooperstown, NY, which just completed its 30th season. The two have also helped to create the Origins Café in…

Dean Utter was raised on his family’s dairy farm in Cherry Valley, NY and has been in the dairy farming business his whole life. Dean attended school locally up through high school before attending Cornell University. After returning to Cherry…

Jennifer Huntington is the owner of the Cooperstown Holstein Corporation in Middlefield, New York. She was born in Cooperstown on February 28, 1962. She has spent her life in the Cooperstown area, apart from four years at Cornell University, and has…
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