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Since we are going to hit one of those big birthdays in December, we find ourselves in the midst of dealing with switching our health insurance from a private insurer to Medicare. And so far, we think we are handling the transition rather well due in great part to the fact that we made an appointment with David Polley at the Otsego County Office for the Aging. To say that we are amazed by his knowledge on what we consider to be a relatively confusing topic is an understatement.
Life's puzzling moments ...
We have long thought there is much about life over which one might wish to puzzle.
The news from home ...
We fear, given the current state of communication, it is more difficult than ever to really get away. Granted, we have no problems doing so when visiting the family cottage on Lake Michigan as it sports no cellphone service, no Internet service and no television to speak of. It definitely qualifies as the dark ages when it comes to communication. And we have to say there is something about being in such a state that is rather refreshing.
Home again ...
We have, for the second time this year, returned from a trip to the Midwest where we visited the Ohio Ellsworths, Christopher, Annie and Abby a.k.a. The Widge, and one of the Michigan Great Lakes, namely our sister Ellen. And while we greatly enjoyed our time there, we are indeed most happy to escape from two states that are currently riddled with an unbelievable number of political ads. We were stunned. But we discovered that there was so much going on in both places to occupy our time, that we fortunately had little time for the television.
1986 comes to a close ... finally
We ended our 1986 oral history of Cooperstown with the following:
Even though our 1986 discussion of duplicate houses came to an end, we stayed on the general topic of Cooperstown houses when we wrote:
Dealing with the curve balls
Unfortunately, we have learned over the years that we never really know what to expect when we answer the telephone or check our email inbox. And this certainly has proven to be true in the past few weeks.
Cooperstown’s sense of community ...
As regular readers of this column no doubt know, we have from time to time of late, lamented what we perceive as a decline in the village’s sense of community.
Summer flies by ...
We note, although we find it hard to believe, that the next meeting of the Literary Discussion Group, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Cooperstown, will be held dangerously close to Labor Day at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23.
History here, there and everywhere
This week we are most pleased to be able to share a picture of the old Cooperstown Union and Free School. Cooperstown native, Elena Dickison, who now resides in Milford, was kind enough to lend us this picture so we could use it in the column. We suspect there is no one still alive who remembers this structure when it was used as a school. However, since the building was not torn down until 1939, there must be those who remember the building when it was used as an apartment house.
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