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April 3, 2014

Recovering with family and friends

Cooperstown Crier

---- — We must say we were somewhat overwhelmed by the telephone calls and emails that we received regarding last week’s column. From what we were told it greatly brightened the day for a number of people. In fact, several of our callers told us they were going to cut it out and send it to friends around the country. And just as the column brightened the day for a number of our readers, their responses absolutely made our day. In fact, we are tempted to think it made not only our day, but our week, our month and perhaps even our year.

For those who may not know, we are recovering from some rather unexpected neck surgery. Fortunately, the operation seems to have been a great success and our rather brief stay at Bassett was much more to our liking than was our last experience there. We feel we are well along on the road to recovery.

And while we certainly must attribute our improved to health to the skill and care of those we encountered at Bassett, we most willing admit we would not have made it to the day of the surgery without the care and concern of so many of our friends in the greater Cooperstown community. We are most grateful to all of you who shopped for us, ran errands, consoled us, sent us cards, took us to our numerous pre-op appointments at Bassett, brought us food and keep reassuring us it would get better. We also want to thank all of those who held us in their thoughts and prayers. Once again, we can say with absolutely no doubt that in times of need, Cooperstown is perhaps the very best place to be.

We would be remiss to not mention that we are also most grateful that our sister Ellen once again left her winter home in Austin to come to Cooperstown to help us during and after the surgery. This of course is the second time she has left the warmth of Texas for the cold of Cooperstown. Fortunately, she left her winter boots here following our hip surgery. However, she did mention something about the fact that perhaps it would be nice if we might try to schedule any future surgery during either the spring or the fall.

Interestingly enough, not all of the help given us following the surgery originated in Cooperstown. Not long after we came home from the hospital, Ellen’s friend in Austin, Diana, called to say that another friend in Austin, Heather, had arranged for dinner to be delivered to us later that afternoon.

It seems that Heather’s step-sons, Andy and Mike Lagoe, run Gilligan’s, a restaurant in Sherburne. And so, Andy and Mike’s wife Kristen arrived at our door with dinner. And what a dinner it was!

We were presented with a large pan of perhaps the best baked ziti we have ever had and one of Gilligan’s famous ice cream cakes. We were overwhelmed, asking if there was some other reason to have made the trip to Cooperstown. We were told no. Heather had asked dinner be delivered and so it was. And if what we received is any indication of the food at Gilligan’s, it would seem to us that the 32 mile drive on Route 80 from Cooperstown to Sherburne would be most worth while. In fact, as delicious as the baked ziti was, the ice cream cake was even better. When we first saw the cake, we worried about being able to get it in our freezer. But once we tasted it, we did manage to find space for it in the freezer.

Gilligan’s, which we gather is a very popular gathering spot as well as a great supporter of the Sherburne community, is located at 64 N. Main St. in Sherburne and is open year round. Their menu includes burgers, sandwiches, subs and wraps as well as homemade onion rings and soups. They are most famous for their homemade hard ice cream which they make right in Sherburne. More information is available on their Facebook page or by calling 607-547-8124. We suspect, once we are up to it, we will find ourselves heading their way.

But until then, we shall be spending the weeks ahead slowly getting back into the comings and goings of Cooperstown. We certainly are not ready to try to attend the program being presented this evening by Party of Two, the duo of DJ Potter, vocalist, and JoAnn Chmielowski, pianist at 7 p.m. at Woodside Hall. However, we do think a selection of jazz standards, contemporary rock, Broadway and international music would be most enjoyable. The program is open to the public. For more information please contact Deborah Ziegler, Director of Community Relations at Woodside Hall, at either her office number 547-0600 or her cell number 373-7817.

However we are ever hopeful that we will make the next meeting of the Literary Discussion Group to be held on Thursday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m. at the Cooperstown Village Library. The book for the month will be “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Discussion of the book will be lead by Ellen Bonhote. That meeting too is open to the public.

In the meantime, we will continue penning, on a weekly basis, this column. And if our recent somewhat limited travels around town are any indication, we suspect there just might be any number of issues which might be worthy of discussion. Please let us know if there is anything in particular we might discuss such as which street in the village really sports the worst pothole.

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