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In These Otsego Hills

September 5, 2013

From one season to another ...


As expected, our school tax bill has arrived and, for whatever reason, it was just a tad earlier than usual. To say that we found it less than pleasing is perhaps an understatement. The amount that we must pay this year in school taxes has gone up 4.5 percent from last year, due at least in part to the Enhanced STAR program. If we were not part of any STAR program, our taxes would have increased 4.1 percent. However, as a result of the property tax cap, the STAR reduction in taxes can now only go up as much as the overall school tax levy went up, which is 1.9 percent. Thus the people who are supposed to benefit the most from the Enhanced STAR exemption are, at least in the town of Otsego, seeing a greater increase in what they are paying than are the taxpayers without any STAR exemptions at all. Granted, without the STAR exemption, our school taxes would have gone up $176.47. With the STAR exemption we are saving $12, having to pay only an addition $164.47. So much for all the touting done by politicians about helping out our older taxpayers most of whom we are fairly confident are not receiving a 4.5 percent increase in their income.

And while we are focused on the change of seasons into fall and then winter, we must admit that our last hurrah for the summer was most pleasant. We had the opportunity to have as a house guest one of the he-we’s college buddies, Jon Battle. We manage to touch base with Jon about once a year. And this year he chose to visit Cooperstown. As we cast about for a place to partake of dinner, Jon suggested the Peppermill where we, both the she-we and the he-we, had often eaten with Jon in the past. We must admit that we do not think we had been to the Peppermill of late, but nonetheless we made the trip. And we are happy to report that we had a delightful dinner with both good food and good service. However, we were somewhat taken aback, no doubt due to the fact that we dined embarrassingly early, that we were the only people in the restaurant the entire time we were there.

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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