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August 16, 2012

Cooperstown’s sense of community ...

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In fact, we would like to suggest consideration  might be given to including in the festivities a village of Cooperstown block party where residents could gather for food and fellowship. Granted we suspect it would be difficult to coordinate a potluck meal for such  an event. But we do think it might be possible to include a village picnic, with the participants bringing their  own picnic basket of goodies, at some point during the weekend.

Certainly, the village sports several  locations, with Doubleday Field and Lakefront Park coming instantly to mind, which might work well for such  an event. And it certainly would not, we would think, interrupt any of the food events already proposed.

We  would like to thank the mayor and the village board for proposing the concept of “Celebrate Cooperstown.” And we would hope that the festivities would help foster a sense of community. We well remember the sense of community that the village had when we moved here in 1982. And quite frankly, we miss it.

In  fact,  we have concluded that what we see as a noticeable division in the community has proven to be somewhat  less than pleasant. In fact, at times it is downright annoying. However, we still think we should be able to  disagree on issues without being disagreeable. And we would like to think that an event like “Celebrate Cooperstown” would start a process to rejuvenate that sense of community that we have enjoyed for years. Cooperstown is indeed a special place and it is not a bad idea at all that, from time to time, we get together  to remind ourselves of that.

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