Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To the decreases. Most Fulton County taxpayers will see a reduction in their county property taxes with the recent adoption of the county’s budget. Board Chairman William Waldron thanked county officials for doing a “wonderful job” on the budget this year. We agree. Department heads kept their department budgets in check to give taxpayers a much-needed reduction.

CHEERS -?To a sellout. We recently experienced our first snowfall of the season, and with that came the announcement from the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce that the Sixth Annual Walleye Challenge on the Great Sacandaga Lake scheduled for Jan. 25 is sold out. That means 1,750 anglers have registered. Everyone involved with this should be proud of his or her tireless efforts to continue to make this a fantastic winter event in our region.

CHEERS – To seeking your opinion. If you have complained nobody cares what you think, there is an opportunity for you to constructively express your thoughts and help this region come up with a “brand.” In October, we wrote a jeer because no New York state company was hired to do the branding study; instead, the job went to a Tennessee company, North Star. We can’t do anything about that, but we all can, and should, step up and actively seek the questionnaire being offered to gather information about what makes our region an opportune choice for business. The questionnaire will be sent to businesses, but individual responses are needed just as much and should be reflected in the overall picture. Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz publicly invited anyone who would like to receive and complete the questionnaire to contact him at 736-5660 or by email at Please step up.

CHEERS – To an extraordinary performance. What an incredible opportunity the students (and public) in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District had to listen to music played by violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn on the well-known “Red Violin.” Credit needs to be given to school board President Ed Szumowski, who, when he heard her perform this summer, not only enjoyed her brilliant musical talent, but immediately wanted to bring what he heard to Broadalbin-Perth students. We suggest you look back to the Nov. 21 newspaper and look at the photo of the students on page three. Look at their eyes and attentiveness. Bravo, Ms. Pitcairn and school officials who made this happen.