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October 10, 2013

Dirt roads idea taken seriously

The next meeting of the Literary Discussion Group, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Cooperstown, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Village of Cooperstown Library. The book for discussion will be Out Stealing Horses by Per Pettersen. Jane Anne Russell will lead the discussion of the book. The meeting is open to the public.

We recently received a notice of an upcoming Friends of the Library meeting which we were asked to share with the Literary Discussion Group members. And we also thought we might share it here as well. The meeting will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Village Library. Author Ginnah Howard will present a reading, followed by a discussion, of her book Doing Time Outside. The information we received included this description of the book: “Compelling, gritty and funny, Doing Time Outside, travels the back roads of family life to better understand what it means to be tied by blood and love to the world of mental illness, addiction and incarceration.” This meeting is also open to the public.

Given the concerns over the years about the condition of streets in the village, we have long made the case that the solution would be to simply let the streets revert back to dirt. Doing so would be very historic, not to mention the fact that it would undoubtedly be cheaper. Of course, we never imagined the village would even consider such a thing...until now.

Given what we have encountered during our trips around and about the highways and byways of the village these past couple of weeks, it almost seems that the condition of some of the streets came really close to our “return to dirt streets” idea. At least it seemed that way from the huge clouds of dust, not to mention the bone jarring washboard effect, which we found very much in evidence on several different streets.

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