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August 31, 2013

Tackling your summer bucket list: Local residents talk about their must-do ideas

With the baby boomers came the bucket lists. Playing on the phrase “kick the bucket,” the bucket list includes a list of things to do before dying. The concept has since been stretched to include a list of things to do before other milestones, such as getting married or starting a career.

Here in upstate New York, where the summers can be rather brief and iffy, summer bucket lists need to be applied before they get buried in the snow. 

“I’ve signed up for the Color Me Rad 5K Run, in Albany,” said Cathy Roloson, from DeLancey. 

Scheduled for Sept. 21, the 5k run will be decisive check off Roloson’s list of things to do this summer. 

“After smoking more than 30 years, I quit last year, and started exercising and running,” Roloson said. “My first run was in Oneonta, New Year’s Eve. (It) took me over 44 minutes to run/walk the 5k.”

Roloson figures if she can do it, anyone can do it. “I’ve never ran before in my life, but since I started, I meet new people and don’t even think about smoking. I feel more energetic now.”

“I recently ran the Boiler Maker 5k in Utica in 33 minutes,” said Roloson, who has also run in Cooperstown and Delhi.

“But the July 4 Tuff Enuff Obstacle Course in Oneonta was really fun. Oh God, they had us crawling in mud, carrying tires, rolling tires, climbing walls, walking on a balance beam, crawling through culvert pipe — it was great.”

While Roloson will join thousands in a race for the finish line, Donn and Donna Carlton will be quietly plucking and moving rocks — the main ingredient in Bovina soil.

“We are cleaning up an area that was blasted, and it requires picking out loose rocks and hauling them away,” Donn Carlton explained. “We can only hope this project ends before summer ends.”  

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