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February 27, 2014

Cookies make a better valentine than MRI

We had originally thought that our entire Valentine’s Day celebration would be a trip to Bassett healthcare to get a MRI of our lower back. Thus we were most pleasantly surprised when a friend dropped in on us with a bag of heart shaped, frosted sugar cookies for us. Not only were the cookies very tasty, but the gift bag was most unusual. Our friend had made it from a very pink ad which she had encountered in the New York Times. With some very creative folding and the addition of pink ribbon handles it made a rather attractive gift bag. And, of course, it was all the more interesting because one could peer inside the bag and read at least part of the New York Times.

We have long known about the concept of wrapping presents in the Sunday comics. But this was our first encounter with a gift bag made out of the newspaper. We must admit that we are so intrigued by it that we plan to experiment with making gift bags from the Sunday comics. Of course, it might be a rather pointless endeavor as we very rarely have the need of a gift bag since we very rarely give a gift. And if we do, we almost never wrap it.

We were interested when we read in last week’s paper that the village, as part of the reconstruction of the sidewalks project, will be removing, as in cutting down, all the trees on Main Street from the traffic light to the Hall of Fame. Of course, the trees will be replaced with new trees that will be, we gather, specifically chosen for their ability to thrive in urban areas. Several species were mentioned including the ginkgo tree.

Now we must admit we are not authorities on trees, but we do know, from our experiences in Philadelphia, that the ginkgo tree can prove to be rather problematic. As we understand it, male ginkgo trees are fine. But the female ginkgo tree is, as they say, a horse of a different color. When our son lived on Lombard Street in Philly, he had what must have been a female ginkgo tree smack dab in front of his town house apartment building. It dropped copious amounts of unnecessary clutter on the sidewalk which, at the appointed time of the year, one had to wade through. And to add insult to injury, the trees emitted a most foul odor which resulted in one wading and gagging at the same time. It was not fun!

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  • Flash back to debate over tourism Congratulations go out to Sandy and Marshall Thorne on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.

    August 21, 2014

  • Reflecting on the noon whistle Over the years we have been taken to task by readers who do not agree with our thinking. And we have never thought that to be a problem. Opinions differ and it is always good to hear all points of view on an issue. However, for what we think is perhaps the first time, we have been taken to task by a complaint that while we had taken what was an obviously unpopular position on buses within the village, we had been negligent in commenting on another issue, namely the noon whistle. In the writer’s opinion, the current issue, which we now think we understand to be the elimination of heavy traffic on residential streets, is just like the issue of the noon whistle.

    August 14, 2014

  • Summer heading toward destination We were pleased to learn that general reaction to the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend was most positive. From what we read in newspaper reports as well as what we heard from people who attended various events, the crowds really enjoyed themselves. The parade on Saturday got rave reviews from everybody who talked with us about it. Plus, in spite of what we thought when the rain hit Sunday morning, the weather overall seemed to be cooperative. And we gather that the merchants were pleased with the weekend. So we have to think it is probably safe to say it was a win-win for everyone who partook of the weekend's activities.

    August 7, 2014

  • Bringing up a matter of poetic license Since we seem to spend time each week both reading and writing, we have always found the English language interesting to say the least. It seems that it always follows the rules until it doesn't follow the rules. Thus we found Jim Atwell's column "From word to phrase to sentence," which appeared in last week's paper, to be most delightful. But more importantly, it gives us something about which to write this week.

    July 31, 2014

  • Visitings with the Widge, Mare Bear This past week we found ourselves enjoying a delightful visit from the Ohio Ellsworths. And while our daughter-in-law Annie had to attend a conference at Hamilton College during part of the visit here, we greatly enjoyed our time with them. We were, of course, quite surprised to realize how much the granddaughters, The Widge and Mare Bear, had grown since we last saw them at Christmas. Obviously, their parents had not put bricks on their heads to retard their growth.

    July 24, 2014

  • Thoughts on traffic and roads We recently enjoyed a brief visit from Jon Battle, one of our late husband's college buddies, who always enjoys visiting Cooperstown and passing howdy on the front porch. And while the front porch is not as welcoming as it used to be since there are no chairs on it, we were able to pass howdy from the comfort of our family room. And during the many subjects that we covered in our conversation, the topic of potholes came up.

    July 17, 2014

  • Potholes and oversights bring bumps We have received a number of comments regarding our discussion on potholes in last week’s column. And most of them were in agreement that the potholes are indeed a problem.

    July 10, 2014

  • Potholes need place on village agenda We have long thought that the concepts of perspective and priorities have the ability to present problems for people. As we are inclined to say, getting one's ducks all in a row is often difficult. And as we have learned about issues currently under consideration by the Village of Coopertown it does make us wonder about their ducks.

    July 3, 2014

  • Summer unofficially begins with ice cream Although summer officially arrived this past weekend, we have long thought that the kick off event for the summer season in Cooperstown is the annual Ice Cream Social sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church on Pioneer Street.

    June 26, 2014

  • Splitting logs gives splitting headache We are happy to report that Woodside Hall is continuing with its presentation of programs which are open to the public. This evening at 6:30 p.m., they are hosting Glimmerglass Festival designers Troy Hourie and Erik Teague who will discuss their role in the company's summer production of Strauss' opera, "Ariadne in Naxos: Unplugged."

    June 19, 2014