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In These Otsego Hills

September 5, 2013

From one season to another ...

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Fortunately, they assured us they were expecting more of a crowd later. But we quite enjoyed our very quiet dinner.

Unfortunately, that was not the case when we had lunch with friends from Pennsylvania a few days later at another local eatery. There we encountered a large table of people who talked so loudly and laughed so hysterically that it was nearly impossible to carry on a conversation. We were appalled. Our friends pronounced the group to be boorish. We thought them to be just plain rude. In retrospect we should have probably asked to be moved. But we didn’t. As a result, although we had very good food and very good service, we found the ambiance to be less than pleasant.

Finally, it has been become obvious to us, not only from a marked increase in calls, but also from conversation with friends, that telemarketing calls are on the rise. And there seems to be much concern, as we move into the fall campaign season, that such unwanted calls will only increase. We have discovered over the years that being on the federal “Do Not Call List” has been very helpful. Even so, the number of unwanted calls that we are receiving of late has definitely increased. However, we hasten to point out that there are steps which can be taken that will reduce the number of calls received.

If not registered with the “Do Not Call List,” do so ASAP. Signing up online can be done by visiting the website: https://www.donotcall.gov. For those without internet access, it is also possible to register by calling 1-888-382-1222.

Also, it should be noted that if an unwanted telephone call is received, it is often possible to indicate to the caller that you wish to be removed from their list. We have discovered that some calls actually, at the very end, provide an opportunity to be removed. And, if that is not the case, anyone who has caller ID can call the number back. When we have done so, we have, in all the cases, been given an opportunity to be removed from the caller’s list. And although it seems to be an ongoing, and very annoying, battle, we do think using all of these options has help reduce the number of unwanted calls that we receive.

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  • Reflecting on the noon whistle Over the years we have been taken to task by readers who do not agree with our thinking. And we have never thought that to be a problem. Opinions differ and it is always good to hear all points of view on an issue. However, for what we think is perhaps the first time, we have been taken to task by a complaint that while we had taken what was an obviously unpopular position on buses within the village, we had been negligent in commenting on another issue, namely the noon whistle. In the writer’s opinion, the current issue, which we now think we understand to be the elimination of heavy traffic on residential streets, is just like the issue of the noon whistle.

    August 14, 2014

  • Summer heading toward destination We were pleased to learn that general reaction to the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend was most positive. From what we read in newspaper reports as well as what we heard from people who attended various events, the crowds really enjoyed themselves. The parade on Saturday got rave reviews from everybody who talked with us about it. Plus, in spite of what we thought when the rain hit Sunday morning, the weather overall seemed to be cooperative. And we gather that the merchants were pleased with the weekend. So we have to think it is probably safe to say it was a win-win for everyone who partook of the weekend's activities.

    August 7, 2014

  • 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