Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To a special nonagenarian. Well-known and respected Johnstown resident Arlene Sitterly undoubtedly will suffer this coming week from a bit of laryngitis. It will be a result of saying thank you a hundred, if not a thousand, times to her family and friends extending their warmest wishes on her 90th birthday. There are two words that sum up Arlene: caring and visionary. You may not know Arlene personally, but she probably has touched your life. Her fingerprints can be found on the idea of our community having a college – working to secure the support of then-Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. She’s also worked to help the college succeed over the decades. She’s served in a number of capacities on the board of Nathan Littauer Hospital and at Lexington Center. She served in leadership roles that expanded local economic growth. Fifty years ago, she was the first female president of the Johnstown Chamber of Commerce. Her outstanding contributions in the area of real estate continue today. Those successes have been felt locally, statewide and even on the national front. As an active member of Soroptimist International and St. John’s Episcopal Church, she has brought a combination of intellect and kindness. If you were ever a recipient of a handwritten note penned by this lady, you know the depth of feelings she has for people in the community. She is our own Katharine Graham and Betty White, a trailblazer with class. Last but not least, she has shared her love for Bud, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. What do you give a person like Arlene for her birthday? No gift, just start living the way she has and does. Happy 90th birthday, Arlene Sitterly.

CHEERS – To a new United Way campaign. The United Way of Fulton County, which provides funding for more than a dozen important local agencies, will kick off its 2013-14 fundraising campaign Sept. 25 with a breakfast at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown. The local United Way director says the goal is to raise $150,000. The United Way offers local residents an opportunity to give back to their community. We encourage people to help the United Way meet its fundraising goal.