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.

We also not that we are almost willing to declare that spring has sprung. At least as we look out the window at the green grass, and note how many times that pesky grass has been mowed, we are inclined to make such a declaration. Yet, even while we are quite enjoying the blooming of the magnolia tree and the blooming of the crab apples trees while anticipating the blooming of the lilacs, we are still somewhat hesitant to store the EdenPURE for the summer or to put the screen in the back storm door. Living in Cooperstown for 32 years has taught us, if nothing else, that when it comes to spring one never knows. And pushing one’s luck is never a good idea.

Besides, we are never quite convinced that the long awaited warm weather is really here until people stop complaining about the potholes. And so far we have not noticed any decrease in the hue and cry about this year’s crop. In fact, we have felt that is a certain amount of desperation in many people’s mind as to what this year’s ultimate solution to the pothole problem might be.

When we lived in Grosse Pointe, Mich., we remember that one year the potholes were so bad on Lakeshore Drive that a group of women took it upon themselves to purchase the necessary material and stop traffic so they could fix the potholes which Wayne County did not seem to be inclined to fix. Not surprisingly, however, once the pictures of the women in action hit the newspapers, Wayne County had a change of heart and the road was fixed. We can’t quite imagine that happening here, but perhaps it is worth some thought.

We also saw on the television last week that a gentleman in Indianapolis decided it was time to draw attention to the pothole problem by planting a small tree in an offending pothole. We believe his thinking was that drivers would be able to see the tree easier than they could see the pothole and thus had a better chance of missing the pothole. According to the news report, we gather his action was not at all appreciated by the city so that perhaps he was not as successful in getting the potholes repaired as were the women of Grosse Pointe.

Needless to say, we suspect that the person who comes up with the quick, cheap and successful way to deal with Cooperstown’s bevy of potholes will no doubt be awarded person of the year status.

We were somewhat distressed recently to see that our most recent water bill from the Village of Cooperstown contained a survey asking for our thoughts on the village’s six parks. Normally, we are delighted to be asked to give our opinion on almost anything. But as we read over the survey we realized that we are really not in a position to answer the survey as we are not exactly users of the various parks.

Granted there were a few years when we spent more time than we wished in Pioneer Park in our role as Mrs. Claus. However, we think our thoughts on that experience are probably not germane when it comes to this particular survey. The last time we remember being at Fairy Spring Park was one time when we were visiting our mother-in-law before we moved here. Likewise, we suspect the last time we were in Three Mile Point Park was to attend an end-of-the-season Little League picnic which, since it was when the wee-we was playing in Little League, was so long ago that all we can really remember is that the lake was sporting white caps as well as, we thought at the time, icebergs.

We have never been to Badger Park and we think our current use of both Lakefront Park and Council Rock Park is of a drive-by nature. When we are driving by we take in the view. Unfortunately, we could not figure out how to include such use of these two parks on the survey unless we put it on the “any additional comments” line. But we refrained from doing that as we felt it was perhaps inappropriate to add additional comments when we had not commented on any other part of the survey. 

We fear this will be the first time when we find ourselves suffering from survey apathy, something we must say we find most distressing.

Of course, we could increase our use of Lakefront Park if we but made the effort to attend the Lakefront Concert Series this summer. We have encountered this year’s schedule in a number of different places, finding it to be rather interesting. We were pleased to realize that the first concert, to be held on Tuesday, June 24 and featuring The Saints Jazz Quintet Plus One, is in memory of Bertha Mae Clancy. We think it is a most appropriate tribute to a great lady whom we, not long after we first moved here, met and worked with as a volunteer at MIBH.

Of course, we willingly admit that the location of the concert presents a bit of a challenge for us as our lack of mobility makes accessing Lakefront Park somewhat problematic. Even if someone dropped us off for the concert, which if we never drive again would most definitely be necessary, we do not perambulate well on grass. Besides, over the winter we have organized several friends who have been kind enough on Tuesday nights to join us for a take-out supper which, of course, they have to pick up and bring to our house so we can all enjoy the repast. And when it comes to a choice between music and food, we fear the food will win every time.

So we suspect that we will probably not be increasing our use of the village parks anytime soon. However, since we do realize the value of the parks, we do hope that others, who are more involved with the parks, do respond. And who knows, perhaps someone else will point out that the views of the lake from both Council Rock and Lakefront Park are spectacular.

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