Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To “pop-up” museums. Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino wants to introduce the county to what’s known as a “pop-up” museum. A pop-up museum is a temporary exhibit created by people who show up to participate in it. The organizer chooses a theme and venue and invites people to bring an object to share at the exhibit, which often lasts for only a few hours. Hall-Saladino wants to help bring a pop-up museum to the Gloversville Farmers Market on Aug. 23. If that goes well, she will offer the temporary display at other events and sites. The idea has worked in other places, and we’re sure it can work here. We look forward to seeing the exhibit at the farmers market, and hopefully, other local sites as well. It would be something interesting for local people to be a part of.

JEERS – To unprofessional conduct. The New York State Comptroller’s Office recently criticized the town of Johnstown in an audit for discrepancies in payroll records. The audit results are a concern, but what made the audit more alarming was town Supervisor Nancy MacVean’s written response to the state. In a sarcastic statement to the comptroller’s office, she wrote, “It’s been a real joy having you guys here. You took files from each office, threw them in boxes and buried them in the records room. We are still looking for a lot of files that were not returned to the correct offices. You also managed to start a war with the highway department and the town board. They are now starting a union at the highway department, don’t trust the Town Board and basically hate us. Thanks so much for coming. I really look forward to your next visit.” In response to that statement, the comptroller’s office wrote “we never entered the records room and all records were provided to us by town officials, which we subsequently returned.” We would think town residents would want their supervisor to be more careful and professional about what she says in written public records.

CHEERS – To a fundraising effort. The Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs is trying to raise a million dollars for crucial repairs. Thanks to people’s generosity, the shrine is making good progress since the campaign began two months ago. The shrine has raised about $250,000, enough to eliminate the threat of having to close the shrine, said fund drive organizer Joey Caruso. Among the work that needs to be done: roof and window replacement, painting, installation of a new water system, bathroom and parking lot upgrades, and repairs to the St. Kateri Chapel. We encourage people to keep sending the donations. The shrine is a beautiful place to visit, whether you’re there for a Mass or simply to see the grounds. Thousands of people visit the shrine every year. The place is worth saving, whether you are a person of faith or not.