Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To local leather company Sunderland Leather for making a global impact with their products, most recently notable, the leather, fringed gloves worn by American Olympians in the opening ceremonies at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The gloves, which featured a beaded American flag and Olympic rings, were made with leather that was tanned and colored right here in Gloversville.

Sunderland, which has worked with the Ralph Lauren Company over a number of years, was asked to submit samples of leathers to be considered for the gloves over a year ago and was chosen to supply the product.

This is not the first time the company has had a brush with Olympic fame.

In 2002, the company was chosen to supply some of the leather used for the coats worn in the opening ceremonies of the Salt Lake City Olympics.

It is good to hear some good news locally and this is something we can all be proud of and say we had a “hand” in the 2018 Olympics.

Congratulations Sunderland leather employees and owners for taking such pride in your work and product and bringing that good news recognition to our corner of the world.

CHEERS — To the YMCA securing over $170,000 to improve the facility. The funds will to be used for five facility projects ranging from a new pavilion to outdoor security cameras.

Presented by State Sen. James Tedisco on Friday morning, the money will be used to build a 30- by 60-foot pavilion, replace worn and deteriorated ceramic tiles, build a storage shed, as well as security upgrades and fix safety issues.

The non-profit organization, like dozens of others in our area, needs every little bit of help they can get to continue to function properly and efficiently.

JEER — To the lack of volunteers for the Railfest celebration and the recent announcement it will not be held this year just for that reason.

For the second time in as many years, the organizers of the popular family-oriented event have said the festival would be canceled for lack of volunteers.

Last year when the news was announced, people called and offered their support, so the organizers went forward with the daylong event.

But when the time to actually do the work came, only a couple of volunteers followed through, leaving the handful of organizers to once again carry the burden.

Volunteering for any kind of event or organization is almost always a rewarding experience. It feels to good to help others and to do something positive for the community.

In order for Gloversville to continue to prosper and grow, more than the same handful of people need to care and give some of their time to local organizations and events.