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March 20, 2014

'84 carnival didn't go as planned


We must confess that we have always eaten our garnish and so were a bit taken aback when told this was a faux pas. We did however consult Miss Manners and her ‘Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior’ and she tends to agree with us. However, almost all at the table expressed shock and embarrassment so we probably will not be asked again, thereby proving you can dress them up, but ...”

Of course, the Christmas column of 1984 was the first of many Cooperstown Christmas carols. That year we wrote:

“On the twelfth day of Christmas, we’d like to send to you ...

Twelve bus loads of tourists,

Eleven parking places,

Ten more opinions,

Nine dogs running loose,

Eight pigeons roosting,

Seven bed and breakfasts,

Six full-time policemen,

Five more potholes,

Four new fire-women,

Three school budgets,

Two gymnasium sites,

And a sandwich board for your sidewalk.

Of course, as to be expected, that first year of writing the column was not without its problems. But then it is probably safe to say that each year we have written this column has not been without its problems. In September of that first year we wrote:

“When it comes to last week’s column what can we say? There are misspellings. There are misunderstandings. There are mistakes. And then there is last week’s column. Tempting as it is in this modern technology to blame glaring errors on computer foul up, we refuse to use that excuse. Instead we will openly admit that somewhere, someone goofed. Names are being withheld not to protect the innocent, but because after misspelling Kristen Trembley’s name last week, we don’t trust ourselves to get anyone’s name right.”

And in November we wrote:

“Once again we are sorry for still another glaring error we made in the column and we apologize to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Chase of Lakeland Shores. We know they do not have a son named Stephen Smith. They have a son named Stephen Chase. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Smith have a son named Stephen Smith. Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Ellsworth do not have a son named Stephen Smith either, but they do have a son named Christopher Smith. We hope that we have now eliminated any confusion.”

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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