Rosemary and Whit Whitaker, from Franklin, shake their heads when asked what is left on their summer bucket list. “We’ve done really well finishing up summer projects,” said Rosie Whitaker. “We even have the dock built on the pond.”
“But we’ve been trying since spring to purchase 10 acres,” explained Whit Whitaker, who retired and closed his automotive dealership in Sidney in 2007. “The process drags on and on. It’s almost laughable. It’s a simple deal between us and the seller. The surveyor and lawyer are helpful, the Town of Franklin Planning Board is helpful, and the seller tries to be helpful, but it took the seller months to find the property abstract in their house. Their filing system must be a sight to see.”
Milford residents Marie and Snapper Petta said they plan to travel to the Adirondacks in what remains of the summer, and clean out a 150-year-old barn on their property.
Marie Petta, manager at Bugbee Child Center in Oneonta, will take time off to, “Paddle our guide boat on Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks, and then we will pick up a custom-made armoire to bring home.”
The armoire will be placed in in a bedroom and will be part of another “bucket list” goal.
“We are planning to open Red Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast,” Marie Petta explained, adding that “one of the bedrooms is set aside for our grandchildren.”
Just as people have bucket lists, so do institutions.
“SUNY Delhi is wrapping up its $15 million renovation of Sanford Hall this summer,” Communications Director Kimberly MacLeod explained. “The project has transformed the 48-year old academic building to provide state-of-the-art facilities that serve the School of Nursing and the business program. It will also feature Centennial Center, a high-tech meeting and conference room that is available for community use.”