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Peter Rutkoff, a now seasoned professor at Kenyon College, grew up attending camps in Otsego County. As a child in the 1950s, raised in New York City, Rutkoff spent his early childhood at camp in Cooperstown, New York. Connected by…

Christine Heller is an artist currently based in Cooperstown, New York. She came to this area in the 1970s with her husband, Marc Heller. While her art is her first allegiance, Christine Heller has also spent time teaching at various colleges and…

Richard Blabey is a resident of Cooperstown, New York, where he and his wife Anne have lived for the past ten years. In recounting his schooling and formative years, he discusses attending a laboratory school while growing up in Albany, New York,…

Wilfred (Willy) Bruneau, along with his wife Joan Bruneau, is the owner and operator of Middlefield Orchard. Growing up in New England, Willy has not always been in agriculture; he had a previous long career in the high tech industry, working for IBM…

Dr. P. Jay Fleisher was born in 1937 in Liberty, New York. He is a Distinguished Teaching Professor, Emeritus at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta, where he taught Glacial Geology and Geomorphology. He has been involved with the…

Judith Green was born in Syracuse, New York, and attended Syracuse University for music education. Shortly after marrying, Green and her husband moved to Watertown, NY where she taught music in the local schools for three years before moving to…

Carol Malz is a lawyer in Oneonta and a past board president of the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA). Malz treasures our planet’s natural resources. She grew up on Long Island, but through her travels, domestic and abroad, she…

Anthony J. Casale has had 40 years of experience in government, politics, business, and higher education in New York, Florida, and Washington D.C. During his time as a student at the University of Albany, he began his political career as an intern,…

Mike Empey grew up around Otsego Lake, spending his summers swimming and fishing. He made a living working in local restaurants and as a licensed guide on the lake. In the mid- 1990s, Empey participated in the lengthy debate over whether to construct…

Ellen Pope is the executive director of Otsego 2000 in Cooperstown, NY. As a child, Pope grew up traveling around the country and Europe due to her father being in the military. With this Pope gained to many different cultures that helped her in…
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