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December 12, 2013

Rollins death saddens us

Cooperstown Crier

---- — It is with sadness that we note the passing of Frank Rollins, long time CCS music teacher and well known local photographer. We have known Frank since we moved to Cooperstown in 1982 as he was pointed out to us as someone we should know. And we think that assessment was correct as it was Frank, not long after we, the she-we and the he-we, started writing this weekly column, who pointed out to us that people were getting sick of our relating the various comings and goings of the village. 

Instead, he suggested we write about the history of the area, perhaps asking for input from our readers. And, since Frank was one of the he-we’s former teachers, we instantly took his advice to heart, recording what proved to be, from our point of view, some very interesting oral history of the community.

And, of course, when the time came for the wee-we to have his senior picture taken for his CCS yearbook, it was Frank who posed the wee-we against the willow trees in Lakefront Park. When we sent Frank’s obituary, which noted his age as 96, to the wee-we, he replied “...I would have sworn he was 96 when he took my senior pictures almost 23 years ago." The judging of age is always so tricky especially for the young.

However, Frank’s photography was not limited to senior pictures. Any number of people have commented to us that Frank took their wedding pictures as well as pictures of family get togethers. The result is, of course, that as the years go forward, whenever people look at various family photographs, as well as various yearbooks, they will remember that it was Frank that preserved that memory for them. It is not, we think, a bad legacy for someone who touched so many people. To his many friends, we extend our sympathy.

Several weeks ago now, we dutifully went online and printed out a copy of village’s paid parking survey. After all, we rarely, if ever, pass up an opportunity to share our thoughts on almost any subject. However, as we read the survey, we realized that we really are not in a position to respond to it as we never once parked in any paid parking space all summer. Nor did we park in any handicapped, and thus free space, all summer. In fact, we don’t think ever visited Main Street this past summer so we must conclude that the paid parking affected us not at all. Of course, that was not the case for everyone. And even though we are not in a position to answer the survey, it does not mean we don’t have some thoughts, which we are more than willing to share, on the subject.

In the first place, we would like to point out that it is helpful to make the designated handicapped spaces exempt from the paid parking regulations. Having to go through the process of accessing the parking machines presents a challenge that has the potential to prove difficult for those with mobility issues. However, making the handicapped spaces exempt does not help the handicapped person who might be fortunate enough to find to a non-handicapped space in front of their exact destination. As we said before the paid parking went into effect, if the village is really serious about mitigating the paid parking problems for the handicapped, the village would exempt the vehicles with handicapped permits, not just the handicapped spaces.

And secondly, try as we might we cannot understand the logic of the hourly rate for paid parking. In what we would tend to consider the more desirous, long term paid parking in Doubleday Field, one can park all day, a total of nine hours, for $10.00. This works out to be $1.11 per hour. Yet the less desirable, two hour parking on the street, costs $2.00 an hour. It would seem to us that is a huge deal for those wishing to park all day. And we have to wonder if people are indeed willing to pay $2.00 an hour to park short term, they would be equally willing to pay at least $15.00 to park all day.

Of course, we have no idea what the village fathers and mothers might be planning when it comes to paid parking. But we would hope they would give serious consideration to all input, both positive and negative, on the issue.

At the November meeting of the Literary Discussion Group, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Cooperstown, members came up with the reading list for 2014 which included the following selections:

Arcadia by Loren Groff, Jan. 23; The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States and The Bill of Rights,Feb. 17; North to the Orient by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, March 27; One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, April 24: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, May 22; The Dubliners: The Dead by James Joyce, June 26: Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, July 24; The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, Aug.28; Partitions by Amit Majmudar, Sept. 25; and Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather, Oct. 23.

At the meeting slated for Nov. 20, 2014 book selections for 2015 will be chosen. All meeting are at 2:30 p.m. in the Village of Cooperstown Library, except for the meeting in June, July and August. The location of those meeting will be announced at a later date. All meeting are open to the public. For more information about the Literary Discussion Group please contact us by telephone at 607-547-8124 or by e-mail at

We were most pleased last week to have been able to attend the celebration of Paula Pugliese’s 90th birthday. Held at the Cooperstown Back Alley Grill, family and friends gathered to wish Paula well. And we must say we quite enjoyed the festivities as we saw many people we had not seen in a while. In some ways it was like old home week for us as it gave us the opportunity to see the next generation of long time Cooperstown families, no longer the children we watched grow up, but rather the adults they now are. It was a great time and we count ourselves most lucky to have been invited to attend. And once again, we wish Paula a most Happy Birthday as well as many happy returns.

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