Roses to Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky and his wife, Karen, for their many years of commitment to Cotillion. After 12 years of teaching ballroom dance, the couple has decided to hang up their dancing shoes.
The junior ballroom dance is put on by a committee of parents each spring for young boys and girls in seventh and eighth grades in the Cooperstown School District. The goal is to learn the basics of ballroom dancing and etiquette. Students attend classes at the Cooperstown Elementary School before dressing up and heading to the Otesaga Hotel for the formal dance that features a live band.
Dutkowsky said he and his wife taught many kinds of dance including waltz, foxtrot, salsa, merengue, swing and sometimes more involved moves like the tango or cha-cha.
The couple started teaching when the committee that organizes this event asked them to do it.
“It was only supposed to be for a year in between other teachers,” Dutkowsky said.
Dutkowsky was dedicated to teaching and he said he never missed a lesson in 12 years.
Roses for all the efforts that went into the installation of a veterans memorial in the town of Middlefield.
A dedication of the memorial was held outside of Old Schoolhouse No. 1 on July 21. The Town of Middlefield Historical Association raised about $2,000 for the memorial, which consists of an inscribed black stone. Tied in with the memorial effort is a veterans book, which aims to chronicle every veteran who was ever born in or lived part of their lives in Middlefield.
The idea originated with Francis Morton, a member of the Middlefield Historical Association. In February 2011 she wrote a letter to her fellow historical association members suggesting that a monument in honor of veterans be erected in Middlefield. The letter also said that she would be willing to make the first donation.