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June 20, 2013

It is always something ...

There are times when we think we could write this column in our sleep. And we are certain there are times when readers must think that is exactly what we have done.

Some weeks we seem to have more topics than we can cover, while other times we find ourselves searching desperately for something about which to write. And then there are weeks, like this one, when we find ourselves with a broad range of seemingly unrelated items for which we have to figure out how best to string together in some sort of logical order. And these are the columns that we always find the most difficult to do. But do it we must.

We have learned that there will be a program, “The Summertime Life of Birds,” presented by Patricia Szarpa, the executive director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at Woodside Hall here in Cooperstown. This event is free and open to the community. However, as seating is limited, reservations should be made by contacting Deborah Ziegler, director of community relations, at 547-0600 (office) or 373-7817 (cell). Those attending are encouraged to bring their bird stories and/or photos to share. Light refreshments will be served.

Congratulations go to Alice Talbot who recently celebrated one of those “big” birthdays. Family and friends joined Alice for the festivities that were held last Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Cooperstown. Happy birthday Alice and many happy returns! And we hasten to add that when we told Alice she still looked much like the attractive young woman pictured on the invitation, Howard pointed out that was because he has taken such good care of her over the years.

Not long ago we received yet another letter from the Social Security Administration suggesting that we might well be eligible for assistance with paying our Medicare Parts B and D. And while we appreciate the offer, we have to say that compared with the $15,000 or so we have paid for health insurance for the past five years, the cost of Medicare Parts B and D seem like chump change. We have no idea how we got on the list of people who might qualify for such help. Nor do we know how to get off the list since we are relatively positive we are not in line for such aid.

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