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Quackenbush, Hulse Run For County Board
wo more Republican candidates for the Otsego County Board of Representatives surfaced in recent days: • Janet Hurley Quackenbush, the Oneonta Town Board member, will run for seat being vacated by county Rep. Rich Murphy, D-Oneonta. • Rick Hulse Jr., Fly Creek, an investment adviser, will challenge county Rep. John Kosmer, D-Fly Creek. So far, races have developed in six of 14 districts. The election is Nov. 5.
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Merchant Sues To End On-Street Paid Parking Survey Finds Revenues Dip On Main Street
Diplomas on their laps, Cooperstown Central grads reflect on four years of accomplishment. From left Sunday, June 24, are Erik Mebust, Taryn Wilson, James Scrafford, Katie Monser, Keith Thayer, Alexis Duda and Kira Bryant.
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Graduates, On To Glory
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Betthany Baker, Cherry Valley, shows off her new diploma as she crosses the stage at Cherry ValleySpringfield’s Saturday, June 22, graduation at the Glimmerglass Festival.
MONEY BACK: In the final days of the state Senate term, Jim Seward, R-Milford, participated in the reinstatement of more than $2 million in funding to Springbrook, Arc Otsego and Pathfinder Village the governor removed in April.
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Restructuring Of Job-Growth Strategy Aired IDA To Take Up Matter, May Meet County Reps By JIM KEVLIN
‘LOVE ALL’: Callie Wright’s sequel to “The Sex Cure” will be in book stores July 9. The author will be signing books Tuesday, July 23, at Augur’s. BASEBALL MUSIC: Bernie Williams, jazz pianist and former Yankee outfielder, will perform Friday, Aug. 2, at Foothills.
renda Berstler, proprietor of Savor NY, had just declared at the Monday, June 24, Village Board meeting: “The $2 per hour fee is outrageous, the signage Berstler adinadequate, the machines confusing dresses Village Board. and malfunctioning.” A few moments later, Mayor Jeff Katz and the village trustees were individually served with summonses in a lawsuit Berstler, with support of Please See PARKING, A9
he idea of a flexible privatesector economic-development entity is taking on a life of its
With a whoop, Army-bound Milford Central School graduate Erickson Brenner, center, sends his mortarboard skyward at the Friday, June 21, commencement.
Kindergartners escort Valedictorian Thomas Twomey and Salutatorian Evan Swartout into Richfield Springs Central School’s graduation Saturday, June 22.
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own. County Rep. Betty Anne Schwerd, R-Edmeston, who is leading the charge on the county government’s behalf, and Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller have hammered out a list of talking points fleshing out the initial conversations. And Schwerd planned to press for a meeting between the IDA (Industrial Development Agency), with Please See JOBS, A6
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Joseph Colaneri New Glimmerglass Musical Director COOPERSTOWN
he Glimmerglass Festival has appointed Joseph Colaneri as its music director, effective Oct. 1. Colaneri has been on the conducting roster of the Metropolitan Opera for 15 seasons and has conducted in the U.S. and internationally. He first worked with Glimmerglass in 2009, conducting “La Cenerentola,” and this season will conduct the festival’s “King for a Day.” “There is a great energy at Glimmerglass,” Colaneri said. “People genuinely love what they are doing. Those are very precious things.” As music director, he will consult with Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello on repertory and PHI BETA KAPPA: Meredith Ann Doubleday, a senior majoring in Russian, classics and religion at the University of Rochester, has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honorary society. A graduate of CV-S Central, Meredith is daughter of Fred and Louise Doubleday, Richfield Springs.
casting, oversee aspects of the festival’s orchestra, conduct one or two productions each season, and work with the Colaneri Young Artists Program. Colaneri is the company’s fourth music director, succeeding Charles Schneider, Stewart Robertson and
David Angus. Colaneri has served as artistic director at Mannes College The New School for Music in New York City since 1998, and currently serves as artistic director for West Australian Opera. He has also conducted more than 60 performances with New York City Opera and has worked with Portland, Orlando, Chautauqua and Den Norske operas.
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Thursday June 27
MUSIC SERIES -- 7 p.m. Just Throw Money. Bandstand, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Info, (607) 432-6450.
Friday, June 28
MEDITATION -- 11 a.m. Matthew Zalichin teaches on Pema Chodron’s book “Start Where You Are.” Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Meditation Center, 412 Glimmerglen Rd., Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-5051. ART RECEPTION -- 5:30-7 p.m. Members’ Reception. Celebrate the opening of Fenimore Art Museum’s feature exhibition, “The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision,” and enjoy “The Wyeths: A Family Legacy” and “Splendidly Dressed: American Indian Robes & Regalia.” The Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Hwy. 80 (Lake Rd.), Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-1400, www. fenimoreartmuseum.org CONCERT -- 6:30 p.m. The Mavericks. $45 gold, $35 silver, $25 bronze seating. Oneonta Theatre, 47 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontatheatre.com MUSICAL-- 7 p.m. Sing a Song of Broadway presents “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, Tickets, (607) 432-4102. THEATER -- 8 p.m. “Village Wooing” and “A Door Must Be Kept Open or Shut.” Also, Saturday, 2 p.m, 8 p.m. Sunday, 5 p.m. Reservations recommended. Franklin Stage Company, 25 Institute St., Franklin. Info, reservations, (607) 829-3700.
Saturday, June 29
COOP FARMERS MARKET -- 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Pioneer Alley, rain or shine. Info, (607) 547-6195, www.otsego2000.org ONEONTA FARMERS’ MARKET -- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. NYSMF Faculty Brass to play. Main St. Plaza. Info, www.Oneontafarmersmarket.com SURVIVAL SKILLS -- 9-3 p.m. Learn to survive in the wilderness with Friends of Glimmerglass State Park. Kids 10 +. $15 4-H member, $20 non-member. Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 Cty. Hwy. 31, Cooperstown, Info, Registration, (607) 547-2536. EXHIBIT OPENING -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. “The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision.” The Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Hwy. 80 (Lake Rd.), Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-1400, www.fenimoreartmuseum.org FARM WEEKEND -- 10 a.m.5 p.m. “Step Back in Time Weekend -- Our Fabulous Farm Animals.” Also. Sunday. The Farmers’ Museum, 5775 St. Rte. 80 Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-1450, www.farmersmuseum.org BOOK FAIR -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 19th Annual Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair. Dozens of dealers in antiquarian books, maps, prints & paper ephemera. Admission $4. The Clark Sports Center, 124 Cty. Rd. 52 Cooperstown, (607) 547-2800 Info, Ed Brodzinsky, (607) 6389962, Willis Monie, (800) 3222995. E-mail atelier@oecblue. com BOOK SIGNING -- Noon. Tom Acitelli signs copies of his book, “The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution.” Brewery Ommegang, 656 Cty. Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. Info, email@example.com. TOT TROT -- 4 p.m. Race for ages 2-12 to benefit the Angel Network. The Clark Sports Center Fields, 124 Cty. Hwy. 52, Cooperstown. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. THEATER -- 4 p.m. Sing a Song of Broadway presents “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, Tickets, (607) 432-4102. DINNER -- 5 -7 p.m. Lasagna dinner to benefit Christine Eldred. Morris Fire Station. Info, (607) 263-2267. MUSIC -- 6 p.m. Restless & Relentless Tour featuring Spies Like Us, Thoughts and Reverse, It Lives it Breathes, Perpetual Burn, Burden of Atlas and Awaiting Plague. $9 advance, $12 door. Oneonta Theatre, 47 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontatheatre.com. JAZZ GALA-- 8 p.m. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band play at a “Nawlins”-themed gala. West Kortright Center, 49 W. Kortright Church Rd., East Meredith. Info, (607) 287-5454.
Sunday June 30
FARM WEEKEND -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. “Step Back in Time Weekend -- Our Fabulous Farm Animals.” The Farmers’ Museum, 5775 St. Rte. 80 Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-1450, www. farmersmuseum.org THEATER -- 1 p.m. Sing a Song of Broadway presents “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, Tickets, (607) 432-4102.
Monday July 1
GALLERY OPENING -- 5-7 p.m. Revisionary: Saturated Mindscapes opens with music by John Gil Ensemble. Refreshments. Smithy Pioneer Gallery, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-8671.
Tuesday, July 2
MEETING -- 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Coffee with Common Council. Collage Food Boutique, Shops at Ford and Main, Oneonta. STORYTIME -- 10:30 a.m. Active family story hour in the Filer’s Corners Shoolhouse. Perfect for pre-schoolers through first grade, with a grown-up. The Farmers’ Museum, 5775 St. Rte. 80 Cooperstown, NY 13326. Info, (607) 547-1450, www. farmersmuseum.org COOP FARMERS MARKET -- Noon-5 p.m. Pioneer Alley. Info, (607) 547-6195, www. otsego2000.org,
Bring yoga mat, beach towel or lawn chair, wear loose-fitting clothing. $5. Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 Cty. Hwy. 31, Cooperstown. Info, (607) 5478662. THEATER -- 8 p.m. “Village Wooing” and “A Door Must Be Kept Open or Shut.” 8 p.m. through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Reservations recommend-
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t was an emotional moment, and many attendees at Milford Central School’s graduation Friday, June 21, had to swallow hard to keep tears in check. Elijah Coley, valedictorian, told how his senior year, one he expected to be full of joy and expectation, began with a knock on the door by what turned out to be Homeland Security agents. They arrested his father on a 20-year-old warrant – issued a full decade before 9/11 ratcheted up our national xenophobia – on an immigration irregularity. Instead of savoring 12th grade, Elijah found himself in a Buffalo courtroom listening to his father defend himself against deportation. Defending the father was expensive, and at one point in the year Elijah and his mother broke down, tearfully accepting that the boy’s dream of higher education might now be dashed. As Elijah recounted it, this story had a happy ending. The MCS community stepped up and, through scholarships funded over the years by multiple community members and organizations, ensured the top scholar of the Class of 2013 can continue to seek his
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Valedictorian Elijah Coley and School Superintendent Peter Livshin exchange winning smiles at Milford Central’s graduation Friday, June 21.
dream. Elijah is on track to attend RPI this fall. And, even better, Elijah’s dad was seated in the front row, witnessing his son’s moment of elation and honor. • There’s something special about Milford Central’s annual celebration, an aggregation of many nice touches.
There are always lots of hugs. And lots of good humor and heartfelt sentiment. The faculty sits as a unit, to one side of the dais, with teachers often dabbing a damp eye. Message: We’re there, and we care. The recitation of scholarships, routine and dreary at most commencements, always turns up a memorable moment: This year, it
was Ethan Martindale, 7, awarding the Seth Martindale Memorial Scholarship – in honor of his dad, who cancer claimed at age 45 – to grad Tyler Reynolds. The eminent Peter Livshin, dean of the county’s school superintendents, makes a point of recognizing seniors who will serve in the Armed Forces: This year it was Erickson L. Brenner, who is joining the Army. Also this year, Kaitlyn Van Winkler rushed off the stage, diploma in hand, and threw herself into the arms of Marine Dan Hoppe, a 2012 grad in the audience in full-dress uniform. Another nice touch: After receiving their diplomas, each graduate is handed a bouquet, which he or she carries into the audience and presents to mom or another beloved. After a couple of years when the ceremony was forced inside by the weather, this year’s 36 seniors received their send off beneath the earth’s sky-blue canopy, as a glowing sunset softened to a warm, soothing dusk. Memorable, as always. • Other commencements also have nice touches.
At Richfield Springs, two kindergartners – graduates of the future – led the senior class in procession. The slide show’s also fun, where each senior’s graduation photo is juxtaposed with a baby picture. This year, Oneonta valedictorian Amy Hait was a hoot – yes, the young can still laugh at la condition humaine. (Amy, YOU know what we’re doing with the French.) Last year at Cherry ValleySpringfield’s commencement inside Glimmerglass Opera’s Alice Busch Theater, a beloved retiring librarian, Rhonda King, delivered accolades next to a 12-foot-tall papier mache statue of Clifford, The Big Red Dog, the rage when the 12th graders were kindergartners. Cooperstown’s commencement setting, on The Fenimore Art Museum’s back lawn overlooking Otsego Lake, is always exhilarating. But Milford’s, ah, Milford’s. It’s the gold standard. Setting aside the cliques and heartaches, it taps all that’s wonderful about the high school experience, of young people, looking dimly into an uncertain future, bound together by hopes and dreams and affection.
Paid-Parking Toxicity Means Repeal Needed As Soon As Possible To the Editor: This is definitely a case of Monday morning quarterbacking. That said, it seems to me (and many friends) that paid parking is most definitely a mistake after all. It’s not only the monetary issue, significant as that is, and the overwhelmingly negative impact upon merchants in the village. It’s also the aura of welcome and friendliness which Cooperstown has always projected. That now seems to be history. Residents as well as visitors are aggravated and angry. That is no secret. The issue goes far beyond the matter of all the hitches and glitches. Resentment from all quarters is definitely not the wise reaction, and yet here it is. If one were to do a little research, it would be quickly obvious that villages and towns like Cooperstown throughout New York State
and New England have done their best to avoid the toxicity inherent in the establishment of paid parking. They do indeed raise needed revenue, but from other sources which do not incur such negativity. I don’t pretend to have all the answers. But a step in the right direction would be to eliminate what has quickly become a travesty. It may have taken some courage to institute this practice. It will take far more courage to concede the error and take steps toward its correction as soon as possible. The season is still young. To procrastinate would be nothing less than a big mistake. Let me add that we’ve already purchased a parking pass. But I couldn’t care less if it’s relegated to “wallpaper” if paid parking is eliminated. KENNETH KAVANAGH Cooperstown
Don’t Want Paid Parking? Suggest Other Revenue Sources To the Editor: Paid parking has arrived in Cooperstown solely because of the budgetary needs of our village. Many residents have a multitude of valid reasons for opposing the threemonth paid-parking plan. If you are in opposition then you need to develop
a better idea for generating the funds needed to keep the village going. Revenue needs to be generated to pay the bills. Would you rather our taxes were hiked up considerably? Paid parking has been embraced so that the tourists who travel here and enjoy our idyllic community can help
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us out by picking up some of the tab. I know many store owners are upset, business is down, etc. I can clearly state that most businesses are down 80 percent because of the economic climate today, and not because of the availability or lack of free parking. THOMAS LIEBER
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NYSHA President Paul D’Ambrosio, right, and Todd Kenyon, NYSHA public relations, are dwarfed by Albert Bierstadt’s “Donner Lake From The Summit,” the largest painting ever exhibited at The Fenimore Art Museum.
he Fenimore Art Museum has hosted some big shows in recent years – Grandma Moses, John Singer Sargent, American Impressionists – but this is the biggest. Literally. At 6 feet by 10 feet, plus a wide gilt frame, Albert Bierstadt’s “Donner Lake From The Summit” is the largest painting ever in a Fenimore Art Museum exhibit. To get the painting into the gallery, the door from the loading dock at the museum’s north end had to be expanded, NYSHA President Paul D’Ambrosio reported the other day. But when he added, “it’s a blockbuster,” he was referring not just to
Bierstadt’s “Donner,” but to “The Hudson River School: Nature and The American Vision,” which opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at The Fenimore. Also featured are Frederic Church, Thomas Cole, Asher Durand and other artists in the celebrated school. As it happens, “Donner” was commissioned by Collis Huntington, the Oneonta storekeeper who moved to Sacramento and became one of California’s “Big Four,” credited with creating the Union Pacific, the first transcontinental railroad when it connected with the Central Pacific at Promontory Point, Utah, in 1869. When Huntington saw the painting,
which depicts the railroad encircling Donner Pass, where trapped pioneers had resorted to cannibalism to survive a winter, he sent it back: The railroad wasn’t pictured prominently enough. The juxtaposition – railroad and pass – is an “ironic twist,” said D’Ambrosio: “What was impassable a few decades before now was routine.” Another of D’Ambrosio’s favorite aspects of this exhibit – most on loan from the New-York Historical Society – is Cole’s “Course of Empire,” which in five canvasses traces Rome’s rise and fall, a 19th-century American preoccupation. – Jim Kevlin
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Newly minted Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School graduate Isaiah Montgomery is hugged by his grandmother, Beth Brown of Roseboom, after commencement exercises at Glimmerglass Festival’s Alice Busch Theater ended Saturday, June 22,
Cherry Valley Valedictorian Shawn Lowry, gives his speech to his fellow graduates, quoting Steve Jobs: “ Do what you think is good work, the rest will follow.”
Kim Gray and Merrilyn Clapper read personalized advice to every CV-S graduate. “To all of you we say this,” they concluded. “Grow up, but don’t grow old.”
Graduates Ethan Drugatz and Joanna Bening were charged with delivering thank-yous to all the advisers.
Rachel Ann Peterson leads the graduating class, their family and friends in singing the school’s Alma Mater at the end of the ceremony.
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Jonathan Rockwell accepts his diploma from School Board President Robert Tabor.
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200 YEARS AGO
Indian Cruelty – A gentleman at Cleveland, writes under date of the 19th, inst. that the savages had made a descent on a small settlement call Cold Creek, about 50 miles from that place, near Lake Erie, and took 13 prisoners, 3 women, 9 children and one man; and that they killed and scalped one woman and three children in a most barbarous manner. They were pursued but not overtaken. Fourth of July – The Republicans of the County of Otsego will celebrate the Independence of the U. States, on the 5th of July next, at the Village of Cooperstown. An oration will be delivered on the occasion; the exercises will begin at 10 o’clock a.m. Republicans are earnestly invited to attend. By order of the Committee of Arrangements, June 26, 1813. June 26, 1813
175 YEARS AGO
The following names appear in a list of The Democratic Young Men of the Town of Otsego: Francis Taylor, Chester Taylor, 2d, Joseph A. Cheney, Cornelius Van Horne, Luther J. Burditt, Abner Graves, Jr., Joseph S. Jarvis, Alexander Waterman, Rufus Butts, N.D. Tunnicliff, William Cooper, Wm. L. Crandal, Philip Roof, Philander Waterman, George Potter, Aaron Norton, Hiram S. Babcock, Parley E. Johnson, Thomas Jewitson, Benjamin F. Kip, Rensselaer Fitch, John Boyce, Wm. Holmes, George Jones, Ezra D. Burr, Richard W. Higby, John Nichols, Nelson Johnson and Delos Pier. June 25, 1838
150 YEARS AGO
A case of lynch law occurred at Newburg, New York on Saturday last. A Negro perpetrated an outrage on an Irish girl, after terribly treating her. The Sheriff immediately started in pursuit of this Negro and captured him at Mattewan. Before dark he was a prisoner in the Newburg jail. As the poor girl’s story was made public, the villagers became greatly excited and congregated by hundreds around the jail. Finally, after efforts to restrain them, they broke open the jail, dragged out the Negro, and, after beating him unmercifully, they put a rope around his neck and hung him upon the nearest tree. June 26, 1863
125 YEARS AGO
For the Ladies – No woman need cease being
June 29, 1988 a girl, nor should she, for a good deal of her bloom is off the rye when the naturalness and vivacity of girlhood are gone. There is a time coming when women will be fair at forty without being fat – at least without being covered with that manner of fat which destroys the taper of the ankle and reduces it all to a uniform size set into the middle of the foot. You have it in your power, if homely, to make your face pleasing and attractive. If handsome, you have it in your power to keep your beauty up to forty and beyond it, and to keep growing more attractive. Your face is not shaped by chance. There is a cause for the expression usually found on it. Thoughts make faces pleasing or repulsive. They carve lines, put in wrinkles, keep the mouth open as it should not be, or keep it shut as it should be. Thoughts dye the skin sallow or leather color, or the pink and white of health. They govern the walk and the way the body is carried. June 29, 1888
100 YEARS AGO
The thirtieth annual convention of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers is now in progress at the O-te-sa-ga. The engineers, numbering two hundred and their wives arrived on Monday, their arrival marking the opening of the hotel’s season. Monday evening, a reception and dance was held in the hotel ball room with music by the orchestra under the leadership of Harry Meyer. Two sessions are being held daily at which time papers on technical subjects are read by members of the institute. An elaborate schedule of entertainment has been planned by the committee in charge, consisting of a golf tournament on Tuesday upon the course of the Cooperstown Country Club; an automobile trip
around Otsego Lake on Wednesday afternoon, a bridge tournament for the ladies and an excursion around the lake Thursday afternoon on the steamer Mohican. June 25, 1913
75 YEARS AGO
T E N R NTE
25 YEARS AGO
The Cooperstown Playground under the personal direction of Lester G. Bursey, Director of Physical Education at the Cooperstown High School will open its fourteenth season on Tuesday, July 5. All parents are urged to send their children on that day to register. As in former years special programs for boys and girls will be held, with activities for all, including quiet games and swimming. Swimming makes up a major part of the playground program and each morning is devoted to this sport. This year the children will have the use of the new facilities at Fairy Spring Park and will be transported to and from the playground. Miss Harriet Withey will assist with the girls’ programs and Walter Eggleston with the boys’ work. June 29, 1938
50 YEARS AGO
The Cooperstown Rotary Club’s employment service has found 43 part-time and full-time jobs for applicants since it was started late last summer according to Mrs. Charles A. Coleman, Jr., who operates the service for the club. At the present time, Mrs. Coleman said she has about 30 applications for jobs on file. The big need now, with school out, is for more employers who may wish to hire part or full-time help for the summer months. Mrs. Coleman said she also has on file a number of babysitters. There is no charge to employers seeking workers through the Rotary service. However, applicants for jobs pay a registration fee of one dollar each time they file. June 26, 1963
10 YEARS AGO
Ground was broken this week near Hartwick Seminary to begin construction of a Holiday Inn Express that proprietor Erfan Khan expects will be in operation by the end of February 2004. The 74-room hotel, on a site several hundred feet east of State Highway 28, will be two stories high facing the road and three stories behind, taking advantage of the sloping grade of the hill. A twostory-high lobby with large windows will offer a view of the valley. June 27, 2003
Buy A New Car? You’re Out Of Luck
To the Editor: Paid parking is not only upsetting Cooperstown merchants, village residents are also VERY upset! As a village resident, I pay over $2,000 annually for VILLAGE TAX! I was OK with the $25 fee, but before the parking permit went into effect, I purchased one. Then, once again, before it went into effect, it became necessary to trade the car in. When asked about the permit, I was told I had to pay another $25 for another permit. THAT IS A BOONDOGGLE!! I am very angry! What benefits do village residents get for our taxes? Garden refuge pickup seldom happens before the curb grass turns brown. Recently, we had branches on our curb for over four weeks and then we had to hire someone else to carry them away! I can think of very few benefits we have as village residents. What do we get for our taxes? 1. Streets plowed in wintertime. 2. Police protection 3. And, if someone is working at our house they can park for two hours before they have to move their car. This paid parking permit adds insult to injury! I will not be patronizing Main Street Merchants this summer. JEWEL B. HALL Cooperstown
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