Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To “Lucky Thirteen.” Those attending the recent Fort Plain High School graduation ceremony were treated to a special message from the salutatorian, Jocelyn Arndt. The message didn’t come in the form of a speech, but via song. “Lucky Thirteen” was written and performed by this talented young woman. “This is my way of saying goodbye to you guys, in the best way I know,” Jocelyn told her classmates before she sang her song. To fully understand how special this was, visit YouTube (search for salutatorian Jocelyn Arndt sings to the Class of 2013) and sit back and listen. You probably will listen to it again. Not surprising, Jocelyn was voted “most likely to succeed” in the yearbook. We predict that, with her talent, intelligence and compassion, she will succeed in all aspects of her life.

JEERS – To a poor session. Elected state legislators are back home – as the session came to a close this week. This used to be the time many needed to go back and tend to their farms. The problem today is too many of them don’t even realize the critical condition farms are in. We will remember this session as one marked by corruption and scandal.

CHEERS – To another burst of energy. Positive energy is flowing in some of the small communities of our area. Northville businesses and individuals have regrouped to jump-start activities in their village, and Perth officials and residents are contemplating a comprehensive plan that could include a “town center.” The latest carrier of enthusiasm can be found in the Caroga Lake area, as a group of individuals works to promote the area and increase tourism. The Caroga Lake group even went as far as to become the official Caroga Lake Chamber of Commerce.

JEERS – To competition. Yes, competition is a good thing, but we’re not so sure it’s a good idea when it comes to a Brownfield Opportunity Grant. The Fulton County Planning Department encouraged Gloversville and Johnstown to apply jointly. Gloversville officials are thinking about pursuing the grant on their own. If both cities do that, they will be competing for the grant. The county Planning Department said the money could be used for downtown development in both cities if the two cities work together on this. A?cooperative approach would seem logical to us.