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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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    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

  • Summer right for driving in the streets We have realized, having consulted our trusty calendar, that next Sunday is Father's Day. And thus this past weekend we were online looking for an appropriate printable Father's Day greeting card which we might send to the wee-we. Since we have been somewhat housebound this year, we have discovered the convenience of printable holiday cards. We used them rather successfully, we thought, when we sent them to the granddaughters for both Valentine's Day and Easter.

    June 12, 2014

  • June musings XXXXXXXX Difficult as it is to believe, it seems we have made it to June which always seems to be a fairly busy month. And this year is no different. In fact when we turned to our calendar to June we were stunned. We always hope to find we are entering a month in which we have little, if anything, planned. But when we turned to June, we quickly realized we were faced immediately with three meeting as well as four follow-up appointments with four different doctors at Bassett. And much as we would have liked to simply move right on to July, we decided that was really not an option. So we are plowing ahead with June.

    June 5, 2014

  • Presidential reading replaces viewing ince we knew we were not in a position to take in any of the festivities surrounding the president's recent visit to the Hall of Fame, we decided we needed to celebrate in another way. And, as luck would have it, we are currently reading the recently released biography, "James Madison: A Life Reconsidered." What better way, we thought, to mark the current president's visit by reading about a former president's life. It seemed perfect. Besides, it gave us a reason to spend the day with our nose in a book.

    May 29, 2014

  • Best not to push luck on spring This week we note that the Literary Discussion Group meeting, originally scheduled for today, May 22, has been postponed until Thursday, May 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Village of Cooperstown Library. William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" will be the topic of discussion at the rescheduled meeting.

    May 22, 2014