Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To a good Scout. Broadalbin-Perth 10th-grader Andrew Meashaw, a Boy Scout, spent nearly a thousand hours over the past year planning and building a nature trail on school property. This week, school officials got to see the fruits of Meashaw’s labor during a tour of the trail. Meashaw, who did the project as part of his effort to obtain his Eagle Scout rank, built bridges, cleared brush, spread wood chips and made signs for the nature trail. With help from other volunteers, Meashaw has provided the school district and community with a valuable service. We encourage people to visit the trail and thank Meashaw for his benevolence.

JEERS – To the Dream Act. A nightmare we thought was put to rest earlier this year reared its ugly head again this month. The Dream Act, which would extend state financial aid to college students who are in the country illegally, received state Assembly approval early this month. In March, the Senate rejected the measure, but that hasn’t stopped Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver from continuing to push it. The Dream Act would use tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to pay for tuition assistance for people here illegally. This would take money away from students who are U.S. citizens and struggling to pay for college.

CHEERS – To fireworks. Who doesn’t enjoy a fireworks show? Thanks to Tom Cristiano and others, Knox Field in Johnstown will be the site again this year of a free fireworks show June 28. There will be a Life Net medical helicopter visit around 6:30 p.m., a performance by Lexington Center’s music group Flame at 7 p.m., with fireworks later in the evening. Vendors also are expected. This sounds like a great event people won’t want to miss.