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September 26, 2013

Of Eagle Street and chicken necks

Although there are no doubt many people who associate fall with colorful foliage and dropping temperatures, we tend to herald the advent of fall with two events, one of which we attend and one of which we receive a report.

Each year we attend the CCS Class of 1965 reunion get together which has been held for a number of years now at the home of Kay and Bob Pierro of Fly Creek. And although there is a core of people, most of them local, who attend every year, there are also, we have discovered, some far flung class members who make the journey to Cooperstown in order to attend the get together. And while we were not a member of the CCS Class of 1965, the powers that be are always kind enough to invite us which we greatly appreciate as we always enjoy the event.

Of course, this year, we were somewhat taken aback as plans were being discussed for the really big reunion to be held in two years. Did we really need to be reminded of that? Besides, celebrating a 50th reunion from high school will make it really difficult to convince anyone that we are 29 ... again.

Perhaps the Class of 2005 might be convinced to invite us to their reunion in 2015. Of course, they probably would not think we were 29 either.

The second event each year which announces the impending arrival of fall is the Eagle Street Block Party which was held this year on Sunday, Sept. 8. And our roving Eagle Street reporter, Robin Lettis, has filed the following report:

“The dry leaves are blowing over the village so it must be time to report on the 18th annual Eagle Street Block Party. Our theme this year was ‘Construction, Destruction and Heavy Equipment.’   Hard hats and tool belts were optional. The theme came from the largest construction on Eagle Street in well over 30 years. CR Jones won the prize for best costume with both hard hat and over size lunch pail.

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