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September 19, 2013

News from here and news from there ...

Since we have been asked, we feel we need to follow up a bit on our discussion of the Common Core Curriculum that we discussed in last week’s column.

The sources we cited are but a few of many available online. A Google search for “Common Core State Standards” will result the official explanation of Common Core as well as articles both for and against the issue. And the items we quoted last week can be found by Googling the articles by their titles, “Classroom chaos? Critics blast new Common Core education standards,” “Do the math” and “Parents who home school ...”

We suspect our reading on the subject has only scratched the tip of the iceberg. But, since we really do not have a horse in the race, except for the expectation that we will pay for this new initiative, we are probably not the ones who need to keep on top of what is happening in our schools. But, we do think parents do need to make the effort to see how all of this might affect their children’s education.

We have been asked to note that Christ Church, Cooperstown, will hold its fall rummage sale on Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5. On Friday, rummage sale hours will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. In addition to the rummage sale there will also be a bake sale of homemade goodies on Friday. On Saturday, there will be a bag sale from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. The rummage sale will be held in the Christ Church Parish House located at 69 Fair Street in Cooperstown. Proceeds from both the rummage sale and the bake sale will benefit the church’s Global Mission outreach.

Unfortunately, we feel we must report that the number one son, Christopher, reached his 39th birthday last week on Friday the 13. Christopher not only has been known to celebrate his birthday on Friday the 13, he was born on Friday the 13. And while that particular day was 39 years ago, it still seems to us as if it were yesterday. Not only do we not know where the time has gone, we are unable to explain exactly how or why he is now 10 years older than we are. Nonetheless, we are still working on keeping the myth alive that while he is 39 we are but 29 ... again.

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