Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To more expansion. Gloversville businessman Chad Taback appeared before the Planning Board recently. He wants to add a loading dock and improve a parking lot adjacent to the Gloversville True Value store. This isn’t the first time we have praised Chad for improving or renovating his commercial or residential buildings. With his latest efforts, coupled with the expansion taking place at the Fulton Street Deli (formerly Mendetta’s), that part of Fulton Street is taking on a fresh look of pride.

JEERS – To a lack of separation. Town of Johnstown Supervisor Nancy MacVean is on record opposing the Fulton County district attorney’s plan to use a federal grant in the manner that has been done in the past – to cover the salary of one of the assistant district attorneys. While MacVean failed to express reasons for her no vote for the record, after the meeting, she made some comments about the issue. Apparently, the supervisor has a wealth of knowledge about a district attorney’s office and its workload. Since MacVean has been forthright in expressing her frustrations regarding the local justice system, we are a bit concerned her vote may have been based on emotion. We hope that was not the case and that her votes always are based on the facts and what’s best for the town and county, not a personal agenda.

CHEERS – To record years. Fulton and Montgomery counties have reported record years in 2012 sales tax figures. The price of gasoline and fees included in that per- gallon cost at the pump played a major role in the growth in this revenue line, but the rest of the dollars generated came from other local sales, including local purchases made with Chamber Checks. The fact remains spending locally garners a substantial benefit to your community.

CHEERS – To three more Eagles. Three human “eagles” are coming out of the cultivating nest of Johnstown Boy Scout Troop 104. Three young men now stand among an esteemed group in scouting, the Eagle Scouts. Congratulations to Matthew Tambasco, Alex Lawrence and Zachary Simone for achieving the rank. We never tire of reminding readers what this honor represents. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and living by the principles of the Scout oath in daily life. Eagle Scouts also must carry out an extensive service project. We salute the three new Eagles Scouts.