2010.05.19 Ray and Cheryl Cowgill: Downtown music not appreciated

Written by David Green.

We not only own Milestones downtown, but we also have made our home upstairs. It’s been this way for more than 10 years and for the most part we enjoy it. We have a nice comfortable home with a deck with a fountain, a garden, and a gentle breeze that flows through the loft on a warm pleasant day when I open the windows. I like the sound of the fountain when I’m on the deck, working in my kitchen or in the sitting room. I like sitting quietly listening to music while I read.

After reading last week’s editorial by DGG, I’ve given considerable thought to what nickname I might receive as I say we absolutely object to music playing downtown 11 hours a day. We would object to waking up to it, if we’re trying to watch TV, or if we’re just appreciating the quiet time when everyone leaves for home about 5 p.m. and I work in my gardens...just me and the birds.

The Christmas barrage was more than enough for us. We don’t want someone else’s music choices coming into our home. I might be having a Nora Jones kind of day or a Brad Paisley or even a Beyoncé day. The male side of “we” prefers no music at all. We should be allowed that choice in our home.

I did read the names of the “Chamber” members and did not see any who would be subjected to the music for long periods. They are all people who are either shut up in their air conditioned offices or not even in town.

We would expect that our neighbors where we live would object if we were noisily upsetting their households, just as we hope our neighbors would respect us enough not to disrupt our home life with their choices.

If anyone does not understand our objections, I’ll be glad to find a big ol’ boombox, set it up on their front lawn and let it play full blast while they are home relaxing for a few hours. It’s just a thought.

We do object to any music playing downtown all summer, and bravo, DGG.

 – Ray and Cheryl Cowgill

downtown Morenci

  • Front.tug
    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.F.band
    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Station.2
    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2017