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August 22, 2013

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OCCA, Otsego County Conservation Association, provided assistance with logistics.

As an all volunteer organization, OLA depends on a dedicated and hard-working board of directors who roll up their shirtsleeves to get things done. Joining us on the annual meeting committee were OLA board members Mickie Richtsmeier, Carolyn Mook and Paul Lord. Board members Scottie Baker, Mary Crouthamel, Carl Good and David Sanford worked hard both before and during the event. 

Saturday’s turnout (approximately 100 people) proved to the OLA board that there is substantial local interest in hearing more about Otsego Lake history. There were many suggestions that OLA plan future meetings to focus on specific locations around and activities associated with the lake (such as the two hotels at 5 Mile Point and the mail steamboat dock at the north end, now Otsego Golf Course). OLA would be very supportive of continued partnerships with other community organizations to encourage collecting, preserving and sharing the rich local history of beautiful Lake Otsego.

Wayne Bunn, Immediate Past President and Pati Grady, Annual Meeting Chairwoman of the Otsego Lake Association

No concert would be better than reckless one 

The number of Cooperstown residents talking with me about my letters to The Cooperstown Crier regarding the Grateful Dead/Furthur concert has continued. One guy I know made me laugh. He was mowing and drove his lawn tractor over to where I was on the sidewalk to tell me how angry he was about it. There is considerable disagreements with the mayor and village board about bringing this particular concert to town. 

Anyone acquainted with Grateful Dead/ Furthur concerts knows that they are fraught with alcohol and drug abuse and lawlessness on the part of many who attend. Knowing the obvious means that the mayor and village board were complicit because they brought the Grateful Dead/Furthur group to the village and used village property for the venue. Consumption of alcohol on our village streets and the the use of drugs on village property is illegal, period! 

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