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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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  • 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

  • Summer right for driving in the streets We have realized, having consulted our trusty calendar, that next Sunday is Father's Day. And thus this past weekend we were online looking for an appropriate printable Father's Day greeting card which we might send to the wee-we. Since we have been somewhat housebound this year, we have discovered the convenience of printable holiday cards. We used them rather successfully, we thought, when we sent them to the granddaughters for both Valentine's Day and Easter.

    June 12, 2014

  • June musings XXXXXXXX Difficult as it is to believe, it seems we have made it to June which always seems to be a fairly busy month. And this year is no different. In fact when we turned to our calendar to June we were stunned. We always hope to find we are entering a month in which we have little, if anything, planned. But when we turned to June, we quickly realized we were faced immediately with three meeting as well as four follow-up appointments with four different doctors at Bassett. And much as we would have liked to simply move right on to July, we decided that was really not an option. So we are plowing ahead with June.

    June 5, 2014

  • Presidential reading replaces viewing ince we knew we were not in a position to take in any of the festivities surrounding the president's recent visit to the Hall of Fame, we decided we needed to celebrate in another way. And, as luck would have it, we are currently reading the recently released biography, "James Madison: A Life Reconsidered." What better way, we thought, to mark the current president's visit by reading about a former president's life. It seemed perfect. Besides, it gave us a reason to spend the day with our nose in a book.

    May 29, 2014

  • Best not to push luck on spring This week we note that the Literary Discussion Group meeting, originally scheduled for today, May 22, has been postponed until Thursday, May 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Village of Cooperstown Library. William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" will be the topic of discussion at the rescheduled meeting.

    May 22, 2014