COOPERSTOWN – Everyone said that it was impossible to get a parking place and admission to the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Jane Goodwin Duel didn’t buy it.
She and a close friend left Warren, Vt., before dawn in her light blue VW convertible bug with the Rolls Royce hood, car festooned with international flags and packed with helium balloons.
Arriving at the Olympic checkpoints, their festive phaéton was waved through. In short order they had tickets to the women’s giant slalom and men’s figure skating, seeing Robin Cousins win the gold medal – and they picnicked on Mirror Lake in between.
Ag Commissioner Richard Ball: Farming Is Economic Development
Edition of Thursday-Friday, Nov. 20-21, 2014
Agriculture is increasingly understood in New York State as economic development, Richard Ball, the recently appointed state agriculture commissioner, told 200 people at NYSHA’S “Celebration of Our Agricultural Community” Saturday, Nov. 15, at The Farmers’ Museum.
“We get to work and farm a couple of hours away from the biggest appetite in the country,” said Ball, himself a Schoharie County farmer.
He concluded, “If New York is New York’s customer, we’ll be just fine.”
He also reported Ag & Markets has opened a marketing office in New York City, upped the amount of farm products being sold to the Department of Corrections, and expanded a beginning farmers’ program.