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June 27, 2013

Events to embrace and points to ponder

It seems we are heading full tilt into the summer season. And it is even possible that the weather is inclined to follow suit. And while we would not classify the weather this June to be the worst Cooperstown June weather we have encountered, it also was not the best. But we are hopeful that going forward it will be conducive to a number of upcoming events.

It has come to our attention that the Fourth of July offers a number of activities in which people may participate. There is the annual parade in Springfield Center on July 4, the annual Presbyterian Church Ice Cream Social on July 5 and the annual fireworks on July 6 along with a parade to celebrate, we understand, the 200th anniversary of the Cooperstown Fire Department. It sounds like a busy time.

Of course, we have long thought that it is the Ice Cream Social that highlights the beginning of the summer season each year. This year it will be held on Friday, July 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the church lawn in good weather and on the porches and in the chapel should the weather prove inclement. At the social there will be hot dogs and hamburgers with a choice of sides, lemonade, coffee and, of course, ice cream and homemade cake. Additionally, handicrafts, baked goods and white elephant items as well as plants will be offered for sale. There will also be games and other activities for the children. It is, we think, an excellent way in which to celebrate the start of the summer season. And it is even better this year as it seems to be tucked rather nicely in between two Fourth of July celebrations.

We also need to note that later in July the next meeting of the Literary Discussion Group, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Cooperstown, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25. The group has been invited to hold this meeting, as well as its August meeting, at Woodside Hall at 1 Main St. in Cooperstown. The book for discussion at the July meeting is “A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage” by Marly Yeomans. The discussion of the book will be lead by Daphne Mason who has invited the author, a resident of Cooperstown, to attend. The meeting is open to the public and those attending should enter through the southern entrance that leads directly into the dining area of Woodside Hall.

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  • Bringing up a matter of poetic license Since we seem to spend time each week both reading and writing, we have always found the English language interesting to say the least. It seems that it always follows the rules until it doesn't follow the rules. Thus we found Jim Atwell's column "From word to phrase to sentence," which appeared in last week's paper, to be most delightful. But more importantly, it gives us something about which to write this week.

    July 31, 2014

  • 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