CGP Community Stories

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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…

Brian Ryther is an independent maple producer in New Lisbon, New York, the town where he was born. Alongside his father and brother, Ryther spent his childhood collecting and boiling maple sap from the family’s trees. Having attended Castleton…

With early roots in agriculture and farm life, Dr. Earle N. Peterson has always been much in tune with nature and the environment. It is no surprise that his life work reflects these influences. Growing up on a farm, Dr. Peterson worked very…

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…

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…

Dorothy Hudson, known to friends and family as Dotty, was born on January 16, 1937 and spent her childhood in East Brunswick, New Jersey. After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in microbiology, Dotty married her husband, Charles…

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…

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…

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,…

Raymond Key was born in Cooperstown, NY in 1935, but first lived in West Edmeston. He moved to Pierstown with his family in 1944 or 1945 and acquired a dairy farm there. He lived with his parents, three brothers, a sister, and a cousin. Key…
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