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Washburn

Editorial: Businesses, as usual

Editorial
Businesses, as usual

Back in the mid-20th century, Cooperstown was a thriving local village, taking great care of its residents and neighbors with a Main Street riddled with all manner of shops and cafés, hardware stores and markets, a gas station, a car dealer, a bank or two and a movie theater, built in 1920, to fill up empty evenings and afternoons with glorious cinematic amusements. The Freeman’s Journal and The Otsego Farmer were on Main Street. too, welcoming all who had anything to say.

Today, with tourism now the major breadwinner for the village and high rents threatening, Main Street has changed. Many of the businesses that took care of our immediate needs in the past have rethought their uses and provisions, others have retreated to other, less central, outposts, and still others have closed their doors, their wares exchanged for Amazon boxes and envelopes outside front doors.

Leah Waits, 97, Cooperstown

IN MEMORIAM: Leah Waits, 97, Cooperstown

Leah Walts
Leah Waits

 COOPERSTOWN – Leah Maxine Henry Waits, 97, of Cooperstown, formerly of Springfield, Ohio, passed away on Dec. 14, 2015.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Philip Washburn of Cooperstown.

Born to the late Lucinda (Lula) Hubbard Henry and Carl Henry of Chicago, Ill., Aug. 6, 1918, in St. Louis, Mo., Leah graduated from Milan High School in 1938 and attended Trenton Junior College, now North Central Missouri College, Trenton, Mo.

Donald J. Washburn, 94; Ran Feed Stores Near Saratoga

IN MEMORIAM:  Donald J. Washburn, 94; Ran Feed Stores Near Saratoga

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Donald J. Washburn, 94, a member of the Cooperstown Methodist Church, passed away June 5, 2014, after a brief illness at the Pinecrest Hospice Center, Delray Beach, Fla.   He also lived in Bacon Hill, Saratoga County.

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