Of course, when discussing all of this with yet another friend, we pointed out that the bug zapper would be in order as the village does not allow pesticides within its borders. To this we were told that if it was but pointed out that the potential swarms of mosquitoes posed a West Nile disease threat, any pesticide known to man could be used to eradicate the problem. And while we found all of this discussion to be most amusing, we rather doubt there is a shred of evidence to support any of it.
Thus, we put much more credibility in the idea that by removing the trees the village is trying, if only for a short time, to return to those days of yesteryear when Main Street looked much different than it does now. We have even done a bit of research on this idea by opening the latest edition of the CGA FORUM, the newsletter we receive from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. In this particular issue there is an undated, although we think it might be from the late 60s, picture of Main Street which is part of Flip Ward’s collection of Cooperstown photographs that is housed at NYSHA Library. Taken looking west, the picture shows Main Street from The Smart Shop on the south and Clark’s Men’s Store on the north. And while there are some trees on the south side of the street, there is nary a tree on the north side until one gets down to the Cooper Inn property. If it were not for the fact that the stores, not to mention the cars, are quite different, along with the fact that the north side of Main Street is sporting angle parking, the picture could have been taken today. We can but conclude history repeats itself. How very fortunate we all are to have been here for the event.