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April 4, 2013

For everything there is a season ...

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The article continues with “But that’s not the worst of it. Some of these digital bulletin boards are animated; many broadcast multi-screen announcements, such as ‘School Board Elections, Friday, 8 p.m. (one screen), R.W. Jones High School Auditorium (second screen), Don’t forget to Vote’ (third screen!).” And while we do not recall encountering any of these digital bulletin boards around here, we do know there is a most distracting billboard going south on I-271 around Cleveland, Ohio. Every time we pass it in our travels, we can’t help but wonder how many of the drivers are reading the various changing signs on the billboard as we tool along about 65 mph in what is usually three lanes of solid traffic. We really think that billboard is something we could do without.

And while on the subject of travel, it seems that we have recently reached a point at which we thought it might be prudent to replace the Red Rocket. We purchased the Red Rocket a number of years ago now while visiting our son in Mount Vernon, Ohio. And we must say it has served us very well. But, it is most definitely showing sign of its age. And we thought that before it gave up the ghost and we got stuck somewhere, it might be a really good idea to acquire a replacement. Thus, we went online to see what our opinions might be. To say that we had a lot of choices was an understatement.

After looking through a lot of options, we decided on a lavender walker. Along the way sometime we had encountered someone who owned a lavender walker and remember thinking we would like one ourselves. So we were quite excited when we found one. Of course, we did discover that walkers can be had in a number of colors so we did have to restrain ourselves from purchasing one for every outfit. But we were pleased that given its color, the lavender wonder arrived in time for Easter.

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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