The fate of the Montgomery County Fair is hanging in the balance, so you people who have any definite ideas as to whether the exhibition should be abandoned or another attempt made at rejuvenation should speak your minds or forever hold your peace. The Board of Supervisors is to be in session at the Old Court House in Fonda next Monday night for the purpose of ascertaining the wishes of the county residents and, judging by the present outlook, the caretaker of the building can bank his fire during the afternoon, regardless of the temperature outside. Inside it is going to be warm.
The Agricultural Society needs a shot in the arm if it is to enjoy longer life. That shot is going to cost the taxpayers of the county a sum in the neighborhood of from $5,000 to $7,500. The opposition is contending that it isn't worth the cost, no matter how small or great, since the residents of Montgomery County, if they wanted a fair, would support it. (And there can be no denying that the 1933 exhibition was not supported.) The officials of the agricultural group, on the other hand, point to a long and honorable record and submit that the financial difficulties of the organization are no different than those of practically every other institution in these trying times. (Neither can that be denied.)
This is the picture as the time for settlement of the troublesome question draws near. Again I say, if you can possibly bring your ideas to Monday's meeting, do so. Otherwise, you might drop a note to your supervisor telling him what you think about this appropriation. The members of the board are not mind-readers, you know. They want to do the right thing, and it will not be fair to leave them holding the bag on this important question of how your money is to be spent.
Some day when I'm short of copy you'll read here about the wonderful scoring system used by the Kiwanis bowlers in the weekly matches on the Elks alleys. They tell me that they have arranged a mathematical equation in which the weak pinsmen stand equal chance with the Five Hundred aristocracy. It was brought here by Lee Carr and has as little chance of being understood by the layman as an insurance policy. And now the Kiwanians, having grown even better than last year, are again anxious to roll the Rotarians, probably figuring that if Lee doesn't come through with 600 (he can do it with little effort) they can bamboozle us with this new Einstein scoring theory. Fraternity, what crimes are committed in they name!
Injuries received by two coasters on Northampton Road Tuesday night have resulted in some unnecessary speculation as to the value of supervised coasting. Contrary to the opinion held by some, Northampton Road, is not (and has not been) one of the places set apart for supervised recreation and therefore the accident of the other night has no direct bearing on the subject. Parents who allow their children to coast on the streets named for supervision may reasonably expect that the youngsters will be looked after and, as one who believes that the city should provide for winter sports, I resent this belittling of those in charge to provide a fair measure of protection.
The real trouble with our supervised coasting is that there isn't enough of it. Children who live in the west end should benefit also. Northampton Road is a natural location and it appears to me that Charley Vollmer would be the first person in the city to give the youngsters a break if the officials would allow him to re-route his buses during the few hours when it might be necessary. Come on, you fellows, get together on this thing. It is going to be a tough winter on the coal bins, but a great one for the kids -- if we give them a chance to enjoy themselves.
A rose to those residents of Coolidge Road, who, having decided that they aren't any too fond of the street name adopted a few years ago, have petitioned the Common Council to give back the good old name by which the thoroughfare was known for many years. On September 15 last, there appeared in this department the following paragraph relative to perpetuation of historical names:
"That change from Brandt Place to Coolidge Road was quite out of place for this section. Admitting all the admirable qualities of our late President, there is still no reason why his name should be given preference to the name of Joseph Brant in the Mohawk Valley section. In New England it would be different. But this isn't New England."
When I wrote that, I had no idea that it was a majority opinion. But the "nays" were never heard from, although several "ayes" commented favorably. The petition presented to the aldermen at their meeting Tuesday puts the final O.K. on it and only one more matter remains to be corrected. That is the spelling of the name. The correct spelling is BRANT and not Brandt. We had it wrong before; let's not make that mistake again.
This was originally published Nov. 23, 1933.