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Cathe Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH: Year After Moving To  Ohio, Reflections On Cooperstown



Year After Moving To  Ohio,

Reflections On Cooperstown


It was a year ago last week that we left our home of 36 years in Cooperstown to move to a new home in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  We left behind the house which the he-we’s grandparents built for $5,000 in 1912.

Though the years, four generations of the Ellsworth family lived at 105 Pioneer St.  But now the family has indeed taken Horace Greeley’s advice and has gone west.  And while we had anticipated it might well be a difficult move to make, that has proven not to be the case.

Granted, the move has meant adjusting to all sorts of new things, like medical care, shopping opportunities and, most importantly, restaurants.

We have traded the Cooperstown Diner for the Southside Diner.  Hunan Gardens has replaced the China Wok. Toscano’s has become Mazza’s, while the Hawkeye Bar & Grill has fallen to either the Stein Brewing Co. or the Alcove Restaurant. We cannot make up our mind about the best replacement for the Hawkeye.

And when it comes to pizza, Mount Vernon has a plethora of possible pizza parlors. Unfortunately, we have yet to find one that comes even close to having the delicious pizza we always so enjoyed from Sal’s.

For grocery shopping, instead of Price Chopper and Tops, we can choose from Walmart, Kroger, Aldi and IGA, a grocery store we had long thought no longer existed.  Of course, we don’t ever actually go to any of these grocery stores, as we discovered early on that the wee-we, who is not so wee anymore, loves to grocery shop.  And far be it for us to stand in his way of doing something he loves.

When it comes for social opportunities, we also find ourselves well positioned.  Perhaps our favorite undertaking is the monthly book club meeting held at Paragraphs, Mount Vernon’s independent bookstore.  As was the case in Cooperstown, we have found being in a book club means that we read all sorts of books which we might not have chosen for ourselves.  And that is a very good thing.

We also enjoy the monthly potluck dinner, weekly jigsaw puzzle gathering and card playing at the condo community’s clubhouse.  Plus, the added attraction in the summer of a heated-to-86-degrees swimming pool next to the clubhouse is not to be overlooked.

In addition, we must note that our access to dramatic productions, music concerts, art shows and lectures at Kenyon College are all available throughout the college year.

Plus, we have the opportunity to attend presentations at our granddaughters’ elementary school as well as their dance and gymnastics recitals.  So, we do not lack for all sorts of outside activities. And we cannot stress enough how very much we have enjoyed being close to the wee-wee’s family.

Of course, the changes we have encountered in terms of dining and shopping are not the only changes we have noticed.  In fact, we are tempted to say that the changes in the cost of living has been the most remarkable. For example, in 2017 the property taxes on our Cooperstown home totaled $8,448.  However, our 2019 property taxes on Ohio came to $2,537.

And while it is the case that the assessment on the condo in Ohio is less than was the assessment on the house in Cooperstown, it also seems that the governmental entities in Ohio manage with much smaller budgets.

As an example, in 2016 New York State spent an average of $22,366 per public school student.  In Ohio, the amount spent per student is about $11,953.  And as far as we can tell, with one granddaughter in fourth grade and the other just entering kindergarten, the education seems to most satisfactory.  At least we have not heard any complaints from the either parents or the students.

Likewise, it seems that the overall cost of living in Knox County, Ohio, is less than it is in Otsego County, N.Y.  And our thinking seems to have been confirmed by an article we read online that listed, according to 24/7 Wall Street, what $1 is worth in all 50 states.

It seems that in NYS,  $1 only buys 87 cents worth of goods, while in Ohio $1 buys $1.12 worth of goods.  It quite makes us think that by moving to Ohio, we increased our income by about 25 percent.  And that is something with which we will not argue.

Consequently, we must conclude that our move to Ohio seems most satisfactory except for one thing, namely the fact that we left so many dear friends behind in Cooperstown.  Many of them we had known for all 36 years we were in Cooperstown. Others we had met more recently.

And for some, the Ellsworth family shared generations of friendship with other families.  It was indeed hard to have left that Cooperstown feeling of friendship, trust and loyalty behind as we firmly believe that the only real thing of importance in any community is its people.

Yet, although it will never be the same as Cooperstown, we are indeed delighted to have learned that the people we have meet here have been equally willing to share their friendship, trust and loyalty.  And for that, we are eternally grateful as well as very glad that we have managed to bloom where we are now planted.

Cathe Ellsworth, “She-We” in “Where Nature Smiles,” the column she wrote for decades locally, moved from her Pioneer Street home a year ago to be nearer to “Wee-Wee,” son Christopher, his wife the their two children.



Can Four-Way Stops Reform Bad Drivers?

Can Four-Way Stops

Reform Bad Drivers?

To the Editor

According to the article “4-Way Stop Sign Eyed For Glen, Grove Corner,” found at, a proposal is being made by the Village Board to help eliminate accidents at that location by making it a four-way stop. The article points out that Glen and Grove has the second most accidents of all the intersections in the village.

It is also noted in the article that the intersection of Susquehanna Avenue and Beaver Street has the most accidents, a rather ironic circumstance given that the Susquehanna and Beaver intersection has been a four-way stop for years. Old timers in the village will no doubt remember that the change was made to a four-way stop to help eliminate accidents at that intersection. Unfortunately, accidents happen far too often on the road. With there being so many drivers on the road, it is important for anyone behind the wheel to try and stay safe. Even if it means taking extra lessons to boost confidence, attending something like a ny defensive driving school to learn to be a better driver, or being extra cautious, these are just a number of ways to help stay safe while on the road.

Evidently, when it comes to eliminating accidents, the four-way stop has not worked particularly well at the corner of Susquehanna and Beaver. It makes one wonder why it is thought a four-way stop would work any better to help eliminate accidents at the corner of Glen and Grove.

In fact, it might well be thought, that the problem with accidents at these intersections has less to do with traffic regulations and more to do with the motorists passing through the intersections.


Mount Vernon, Ohio

Trustees Should Help, Not Hinder Downtown Revival

Trustees Should Help, Not

Hinder Downtown Revival

To the Editor:

In last week’s newspaper, Cooperstown Village Trustee Richard Sternberg penned a column in which he went to great lengths to point out all the various village projects that need to be completed.  Included on the list such things as the roads, not to mention other infrastructure needs, and the wastewater treatment plant as well as the Doubleday Field upgrade.

When added to this list of needed undertakings, a new, and very expensive, aerial ladder truck for the fire department and the problematic almost-100-year-old water and sewer pipe system, there would seem to be little doubt that the village is facing some rather overwhelming projects ahead.

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