Scouts thank county for airport use

JOHNSTOWN – An area Boy Scout organization thanked Fulton County government officials last week for allowing it to use the county airport in October for a three-day fall camporee.

Jason Brott, chairman of the Sir William Johnson District of the Twin Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America, presented two plaques at the Fulton County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday.

The council – covering 13 counties, including Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties – conducted its fall camporee Oct. 4 through 6 at the airport on Route 67. About 2,000 Scouts attended the event, which had a theme of “The Sky is the Limit.” Brott said he wanted to attend the board meeting to show the council’s appreciation to the county.

“We were able to have the council camporee,” Brott said. “I wanted to give a thank you.”

Brott presented county Planning Director James Mraz with a plaque containing badges awarded during the camporee. The planning department was instrumental in getting permission for the council to use the county land.

Organizers said the goal of this year’s program was to introduce youths to aviation as a possible profession or life hobby. Attending were Boy Scouts, Explorers and Venturers, unit leaders, camporee staff and visitors. Volunteers offered events that included archery, a first-aid competition, Frisbee football, and an Iron Chef competition.

Board Chairman William Waldron – representing the full board – was also presented with a plaque by Brott that had a Norman Rockwell image related to the Boy Scouts.

“It was a very successful camporee,” said Brott, who also is the assistant county attorney.

He said Grandma Millie’s Bakery on the airport grounds was popular during the event.

Economic efforts

Another speaker before the board Monday was Gloversville 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael F. Gendron, chairman of the Economic Development and Environment Committee, who offered an update. The update centered on county efforts to boost business. The effort is being called “Jump Start Fulton County.”

Gendron said he recently took a tour with others of the new C.G. Roxane water-bottling plant in the town of Johnstown. Wearing a company hairnet he had to wear during the tour, the supervisor told the board the county needs to keep attracting high-tech jobs.