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December 13, 2012

Chief presents fire department history at library program


“We had an interesting one with green jello in it,” Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department’s past chief Paul Bedworth, told the audience. “There was a gentlemen in a nursing home. They had green jello for dessert three days in a row and he evidently didn’t like green jello. So he yanks the fire extinguisher off the wall and hoses down the green jello. The powder goes in and sets off the fire alarm.”

The police beat the Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department to the scene and by the time the fire department arrived a police officer was exiting the building.

“He takes his glasses off and looks like a reverse raccoon,” Bedworth said. “When the gentlemen saw him coming in, he thought he was going to jail anyway so he hosed him down, too.”

Tallman encourages anyone who would like to join the fire department to visit

To read more about the history of Cooperstown’s fires visit the New York State Historical Association’s library, which is on state Route 80, one mile north of the village and look for Douglas Preston’s thesis “The Clang of the Bell, the Wail of the Whistle: A History of the Cooperstown Fire Department.”

Dr. Pat Dietz is scheduled to discuss his recent Alaska adventure during the next Afternoon Program, which will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 13 in the meeting room of the municipal building at 22 Main St.

Friend of the Village Library upcoming Afternoon Programs.

Jan. 13: Dr. Pat Dietz discusses his recent Alaska adventure.

Feb. 10: Martin and Meg Tillapaugh et al: Woodstock Revisited. BYO Tie Dye.

March 10: Dr. Don Raddatz: Music, Muscles and the Mind.

April 14:  John Rogers: The Eastern Bluebird.

May 12: Cooperstown Graduate Program: theses presentations.

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