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May 8, 2014

Finding the wrong mushrooms

Following last week's column, we received an e-mail from one of our readers who shared the information that both the Hartwick Public Library and the SPCA thrift shop will accept donations of VCR tapes. So now it would seem we have a choice of where our selection of tapes might find a home. But now, since we have continued with our cleaning and sorting we wonder what one does with old cameras? Thus far we have unearthed a Polaroid SX-70 Land camera, complete with instruction booklet, and a Kodak Instamatic 800 camera, made in the U.S.A. no less.

We also discovered, much to our amazement, that a recently repotted Christmas cactus was suddenly joined by a bevy of small mushrooms. And while we know we have had a lot of rain, we find it hard to believe that the mushrooms sprouted as result of our somewhat wet weather of late. Thus we must assume there was something in the potting soil which was used that produced the mushrooms which were unfortunately, not morel mushrooms. We well remember that as a child each spring our father would take to the woods, coming home with freshly picked morel mushrooms which we quite liked once they were sautéed in butter. And we cannot imagine what his response would be to the fact that we just read in a recent edition of Cooking Light that morel mushrooms can be purchased at the seemingly hefty price of $30 a pound. We suspect, given that price, that for us at least morel mushrooms will remain a childhood memory.

We have come to the conclusion, from comments we have heard, that any number of people find the slogan "America's Most Perfect Village" to be puzzling. We have often heard that perfect is perfect and there cannot be degrees of being perfect. And while perfect is defined as "... greatest in amount or degree," it also can be used to describe something as being "... to the greatest extent." Thus we think it is possible to maintain that by referring to Cooperstown as "America's Most Perfect Village" an admission is being made that there are other "Most Perfect Villages" in the country, but that it is Cooperstown that outshines them all by being the most perfect. We have offered this explanation for what it is worth which we suspect, in some people's opinion, will not be much.

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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