Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To a remarkable woman. Barbara Spraker, who died Monday at age 89, had great love for her family and country. She also was passionate about preserving local history. Barbara, a Canajoharie resident, spent a lot of time taking on projects to promote and preserve her village and the Mohawk Valley. She was instrumental in getting a bike path built and a tourism booth established, and she was Montgomery County commissioner for the New York Heritage Corridor, a state organization that encourages local tourism. The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce recognized her outstanding efforts, creating a tourism award in her name. In 2002, Barbara was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award for the Mohawk Valley. Few people show as much devotion to their community as Barbara did. She will be missed. Perhaps others will learn from her lifelong example of good citizenship and community involvement.

JEERS – To unfilled holes. The Gloversville Department of Public Works has been repairing city streets recently, but crews have yet to fill some dangerous holes around sidewalks and drainage areas. One hole in particular on Main Street near the intersection with Fulton has been sitting unfilled since early July. The hole, created by erosion from a rain storm, is about 3 feet long and a foot wide and extends underneath the sidewalk, which eventually could collapse. A little fill at least would temporarily eliminate the danger. Other holes around the city also should be filled in before someone gets hurt. It would seem to make sense for crews to fill the holes while doing the roadwork.

CHEERS – To building robots. It doesn’t take a science genius to figure out electronics and robotics are becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives. An after-school program at the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will help youths prepare for their high-tech futures. In the program, the youths will have a chance to build a robot. District Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said children in grades five through eight who participate in the program will compete in the First Lego League. The league is a robotics program for 9- to 16-year-olds designed to get children excited about science and technology. The First Lego League has more than 20,000 teams in more than 70 countries. For more information about the league, go to