Two local traditions held in Cooperstown last Saturday reminded us of the joys of small town life. In the morning, Cooperstown Youth Baseball held its annual parade in the village and later that afternoon the 21st annual Cooperstown Invitational track meet was held at the school.
Some players and coaches sang ``Take Me Out to the Ballgame’’ while riding in village trolleys while others rode in vintage cars before playing the first games of the season later that afternoon.
At 2 p.m., the Don Howard Cooperstown Invitational began.
Howard, the longtime Cooperstown track and field coach who retired three years ago, began the meet in 1989 as a way to bring all the schools within the Daily Star coverage area together to compete against each other.
For the past 21 years the event has done just that, and has become the most anticipated regular season meet in the area in the process.
Of course, neither event could be held without residents who volunteer their time to make them a success.
The Youth Baseball and Softball coaches, CYB president David Borgstrom and other board members, as well as people who volunteer at the invitational every year to time the athletes and make sure the event runs smoothly have our respect and admiration.
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On another note, we were disappointed to hear of new village trustee Alton Dunn’s resignation after just one regular meeting.
Dunn, who received the most votes in last March’s election, abruptly left last Monday’s meeting after making several motions which were either not seconded or not approved.
He gave no reason for his departure at the time, but appeared particularly upset following the vote to grant a special use permit with a height restriction to the Lakefront Motel.
The board of trustees originally voted to deny the application but later approved it.
The next day, Dunn sent a letter of resignation citing ``irreconcilable
differences with the other board members.’’
Mayor Joe Booan accepted the resignation and will have to appoint a new trustee.
We agree with Booan when he said trustees need to express strong opinions and accept their colleagues’ right to express their opinions, no matter how strongly they may disagree.