Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To genuine enthusiasm. Fulton-Montgomery Community College President Dustin Swanger, FM Foundation President Del Salmon and others unveiled plans this week to build on a 145-acre tract of land just east of the college campus. Phase 1 of the three stages will be The Global Village, which will combine student housing, public housing and retail outlets. There will be much more reported on what could be an incredible project for our region, but today, we aim this cheer directly at the faculty and staff of the college. They made up the majority of the people attending the announcement. They weren’t told to be there, it wasn’t mandated; they were invited and they came. They sat in an audience that was 110 percent engulfed in what was being said and presented. And when all was said and done, they liked what they heard. As with any business or large project, it is imperative that those who will be directly affected take a positive ownership to help ensure success. The vast majority of the FM family is filled with a new anticipation of excitement over The Global Village. We foresee them being supportive before and after the ribbon-cutting ceremony is held.

CHEERS – To Katie Romano. It was a pleasure to read a comment from Albany broadcaster Greg Floyd identifying a photo of 12-year-old Katie Romano of Johnstown. “Every year when she comes to Melodies of Christmas, she comes up to me at intermission to give me an envelope of money she has saved to donate to the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med.” Thanks, Katie, for your compassion for others.

CHEERS – To zero tolerance. Gloversville Police Chief Donald Van Deusen says his department will have “zero tolerance with the deposit of snow.” This is in response to 6th Ward Councilman Wrandy Siarkowski bringing up the ongoing issue of residents moving snow from their properties into the city streets at a recent council meeting. This problem is not unique to Gloversville, but pretty much everywhere. It’s quite simple: If you have a snow blower, you can aim the direction of blowing snow away from the street, and independent plows can be considerate. Remember, it is against the law to deliberately put snow into the streets. With that said, we fully understand the frustration when clearing out from a snowfall. A resident just finishes clearing, and in the crisp, winter air comes the sound of the municipal plow, which pushes snow right back into the edge of the driveway. The plow operators don’t place snow in driveways on purpose. There is no practical way for them to lift the plow blade at every driveway. Clearing snow can be frustrating and aggravating for people, but it’s important to refrain from throwing snow into the street.