Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To a good day of fishing. The Gloversville Recreation Commission presented the annual Youth Fishing Derby at Wohlfarth’s Pond in Gloversville last Saturday, and it was a great success. Dozens of youths dropped their lines into the pond during the free event, all in search of bites. Many prizes were awarded. The annual derby continues to put smiles on the faces of local youths, and it deserves the community’s support. Cheers also to Boy Scout volunteers who stayed overnight before the derby to keep an eye on the pond before the official start Saturday morning.

JEERS – To a settlement. If you are a taxpayer in the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville school district, you should be very concerned. According to a settlement agreement with former district Superintendent Laura Lawrence, the district will pay $250,000 to Lawrence over the next two years. The district also will pay for 90 percent of Lawrence’s health insurance, eye and dental insurance and prescription drug costs for the rest of her life, unless she gets a better deal with another employer. The settlement comes after the district placed Lawrence on paid leave in November and she resigned last month. The kicker is the district never has told the public what Lawrence was accused of doing wrong. It’s almost unbelieveable. Just a reminder: School board elections are May 20, and there is competition for the three open seats on the board.

CHEERS – To youth recreational sports. If the rain ever ends, you soon will be able to hear the sounds of baseball umpires yelling “you’re out!” and soccer referees blowing whistles. It’s time for spring youth recreational sports. We can’t emphasize enough how valuable participation in team sports can be for people at a young age. These sports not only teach kids how to improve their athletic skills and compete, but also how to work as a team, focus on their personal goals and take responsibility. We encourage local communities to support their youth recreation leagues year-round, either through donations or volunteering. They’re worth the investment of time and money.