CGP Community Stories

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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…

Derwin Utter, known to friends and family as Darry, was born in 1934 and grew up in Sprout Brook, New York on his family’s farm. After attending Cherry Valley School, Darry began his career as a dairy farmer on his father’s farm and then…

Richard Rathbun is the descendant of a long line of farmers that have worked in Springfield, New York for centuries. His ancestor, Benjamin Rathbun, bought the Rathbun land (where Richard currently lives) from the Clarke family in 1788. Richard was…

Shirley Schue is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Bassett Medical Center and an active environmentalist. She was born in a small town in Virginia to two parents who were educators. After graduating from Virginia Tech, Shirley moved with her husband,…

C. David Smith is a retired local farmer and carpenter who has been involved in the community of Springfield, New York throughout his life. Born in Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York and raised in Springfield, Smith always has…

Russell Honicker was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1957, and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up in a family of six and both his parents worked. He grew up under the supervision of his sisters. He became interested in environmental activism as a…

Michael Whaling is an artist and environmental activist. Whaling was born in Sharon Springs, and currently resides there. He has lived in Sharon Springs, New York, Hallandale, Florida, Maine as well as around the world in U.S. Naval bases. Michael…

Wilfred ("Willy") Bruneau is a fruit farmer in Cooperstown New York. He was born March 14, 1944 in Middleborough, Massachusetts. He now owns and operates Middlefield Orchard.

Florence Carnahan is an environmentalist living in Burlington Flats, New York and a friend of the Cooperstown Graduate Program. After living everywhere from Orange County, Pennsylvania to Barrow, Alaska, Carnahan has seen the effects of oil drilling…
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