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August 16, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 16, 2012

Reinstate the noon whistle

I am one of the “old timers” in Cooperstown, having lived here for 55 years. During those years I had come to rely on the noon whistle to keep me oriented in my day. It was somehow comforting to know when that time of day was reached. I thought it was only I who felt that way, but I have talked to many people since the whistle no longer sounds and was surprised to learn that many of them feel the same way. They feel disoriented. It is as though we have lost a friend on whom we depended to keep us informed as to how our day was progressing. It wasn’t just a reminder that it was lunch time.

I wonder what precipitated the decision to stop the noon whistle? Had people complained about the noise? If so, how many? Have some people become hearing impaired by the sound? I have not heard of any over all these years. I was a trustee for six years and know how many important decisions they are called upon to make and I don’t in any way mean to trivialize what they do, but, really, was it necessary to stop the fire whistle from blowing for a few  seconds each day at noon?

Yes, it was loud and raucous, but it was a welcome sound to many people, some who didn’t realize how much they would miss it until it was gone.

Is there any possibility of it being reinstated, perhaps with a lower decibel, or even for fewer seconds? I hope so. It feels as though Cooperstown has lost an integral part of its personality.

Grace Kull



Read the fine print

For over a year, my wife and I have been planning a two-month trip of our dreams, Virginia through New York (to watch our grandson play ball at the Field Of Dreams) and then out west to Yellowstone. We have been saving for this  trip for years. We made 17 campground reservations, the first for seven nights with Hartwick Highlands Camp ground in Milford, near Cooperstown.

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