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August 1, 2013


Cooperstown Crier

---- — Cooperstown Pride

Is there anything that will make the certain core of chronic complaining Cooperstown merchants content? Whether it is crucifying the mayor and trustees, pointing fingers at the Baseball Hall of Fame when visitation statistics are lower than a previous year, major concerts not fulfilling their perceived expectations, the criticism goes on and on. I do not witness these same repeated nay-sayers seeking political office. I do not see them involved in community volunteerism. I do not see them getting involved in a cross-section of community events and building networks to become informed and contributing time beyond their own business. While they generate complaint after complaint, they rarely accept responsibility for themselves and their own actions. It’s also interesting to note that the criticisms nearly all come to surface after the fact … not during the process. Why do these complainers cite the Ripken induction as the benchmark for success? You know what I’m getting at.

Thankfully, the majority of our merchants realize it takes a team approach, a spirit of cooperation, looking beyond one’s own interests and having an informed attitude that contributes to an overall healthy community. These same merchants are among the best in exhibiting gracious hospitality to everyone, positive outlooks and simply and obviously do not join in every opportunity to criticize some things or people. They do not jump on board to subscribe to actions that only degrade our village and all of us that care deeply about it. We recognize you merchants and thank you.

We appear to have a vibrant business community for a village of less than 2,000 people. Rarely are there empty (out of business) stores that aren’t quickly filled. If one takes the time to count, there are many fewer baseball businesses than some are quick to admit. Comparing our business community to yesteryear’s is just not realistic nor fair … the environment, in general, has dramatically changed … and we are all responsible, in some way, for this. We as a populous have changed and so have our preferences. We also have many more businesses in the greater Cooperstown area than yesteryear (upstairs & down, alleys, Rt. 28, etc.) so something is working well ... and it would be a welcome change to hear and read some of the successes ... and positive references to life and business in Cooperstown.

Our community is so blessed with a wealth of natural resources enjoyed by many. We also have a huge diversity of cultural, recreational, people and shopping offerings never imagined by a community of this size and visited by people from around the world. I extend my appreciation to everyone who is doing their part as a responsible resident and store operator to keep our “home” one we are all proud of and welcoming to visitors.

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Visitors enjoyed concert

On behalf of my wife, Michelle and my friends, Terry and Kennedy, I would like to express my gratitude to the village of Cooperstown for our treatment during the weekend of the Furthur concert. I applaud the village’s common sense approach to Shakedown Street. As a veteran of over 100 GD shows and close to 40 Furthur shows I have seen a variety of towns and their handling of the situation. Some form of Shakedown is going to happen, whether you like it or not. You can’t spend a lot of resources trying to forbid it or try to coordinate the situation.

It is unfortunate that Ms. LeFond feels the way she does. Our crew ate in your restaurants, bought souvenirs in your shops, and bought gas and other sundry items in your stores, we also rented rooms to the tune of $400. Even the folks vending on Shakedown need to buy gas, ice, food, and a gigantic variety of other items in your village. The townfolk also were able to sell parking spaces. There is no way this event was not a boon to the village financially and culturally. We also spent a bunch at the HOF and even ordered online after returning home. We are also looking forward to returning to see the sites we missed in our short weekend, as well as singing the village’s praises to other potential patrons. We spent upwards of $1,500 in your beautiful village. That is four people. I would be interested to know how much money was spent in your village related to Furthur vs. no Furthur. I realize the baseball tournament went on at the same time. Sometimes an investment at some cost or compromise of the norm leads to a bigger benefit for the whole. Miss LeFond, do you not think any of us spent any money in your shop or the Paterno’s?

I apologize for the less courteous of the Furthur crowd that littered and may have been a burden. I cannot express our gratitude enough at your village’s hospitality. Thank you.

J. Kevin Smith

Hagerstown, Md.

To the Cooperstown Village Crew

I am many people of Cooperstown were very disappointed that the mayor and the village Board of trustees invited the Grateful Dead legends to our village knowing the reputation of the group that followed the band.

I know what Doubleday Field and parking lot looked like on Monday morning.

I saw it.

I know of the mounds of garbage that was left by the loving and peaceful group. Garbage that included beer cans, dirty diapers, urine, feces, syringes, etc., etc.

I personally thank Kurt and the village crew for the wonderful clean up of a disgusting and very unhealthy mess. You guys did an outstanding job. Thank you.

Joan P. Clark