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In These Otsego Hills
  • Late sweethearts knew in kindergarten It is with sadness that we note the passing of Wanda Richards. We have known Wanda, as well as her late husband Bill, since we moved to Cooperstown some thirty years ago. And we always enjoyed our many conversations with them.

    October 3, 2013

  • Of Eagle Street and chicken necks Although there are no doubt many people who associate fall with colorful foliage and dropping temperatures, we tend to herald the advent of fall with two events, one of which we attend and one of which we receive a report.

    September 26, 2013

  • Some of the best wildflower sightings There is enough color along our roadsides to fill any painter's palette.

    September 19, 2013

  • News from here and news from there ... Since we have been asked, we feel we need to follow up a bit on our discussion of the Common Core Curriculum that we discussed in last week's column.

    September 19, 2013

  • coop0912classpic Education then and now ... Not long ago while discussing the state of education with a friend, she put forth the idea that her mother, who graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1903, received a better education than students do today. We have often heard the claim that students who graduated in the 1980s and 1990s received a better education than students do today. But this was the first time we had heard the claim made for the Class of 1903.

    September 12, 2013 1 Photo

  • From one season to another ... We are having great difficulty realizing that Labor Day has come and gone. Our calendar confirms that. But we seem to find ourselves thinking the calendar cannot possibly be right and we are really only just past the Fourth of July. Yet we cannot reconcile that thinking with the fact that the football season is once again in full swing.

    September 5, 2013

  • The more we learn, the less we understand ... We have long thought that learning is a life time undertaking. In fact, we cannot imagine a life in which the opportunity to learn does not exist.

    August 29, 2013

  • Trip fuels thoughts about natural gas use One of the things we always enjoy when we have the opportunity to travel outside our little corner of the world is the chance to explore places we have never visited before.

    August 22, 2013

  • Sharing love for nature while taking kids on a walk We spent the weekend with my son and his family in Vermont. Before heading home we took the kids on a short walk on a nature trail not far from where we were staying.

    August 22, 2013

  • School bells and tax bills go hand in hand ... Given the way time is flying by we realize, much to our horror, that sooner than we might think possible students will be back in school and school tax bills will be in mailboxes throughout the district.

    August 15, 2013