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December 12, 2013

Rollins death saddens us


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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  • 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

  • Thoughts on the upcoming votes Next week, on Tuesday, May 20 voters in the Cooperstown Central School District will head to the polls to vote on three important issues, the CCS 2014-2015 budget, the election of members of the school board and a resolution for changing the funding of the two pubic libraries located within the school district, namely the Village of Cooperstown Library and the Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick.

    May 15, 2014