Cheers and Jeers

CHEER — To the fast response of the Gloversville police, fire and public works departments to the major fuel spill on East Fulton Street on Wednesday. Fulton County Civil Defense and Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria praised the first responders to the scene for their quick actions, which helped contain the spill and prevent it from being much worse. “Due to their quick actions prior to our arrival, they were able to contain the spill and largely keep it out of the sanitary sewer system and manholes,” Santa Maria said Thursday. “They did a fantastic job.” It was a massive cleanup – between 100 and 150 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the fuel tank of a tractor trailer that had somehow punctured its tank with a manhole cover. We never know when a disaster is going to happen, but it is reassuring to know we have a such a great team to respond when those things do occur.

CHEER — To the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth and the work it continues to do. CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters said the organization has fielded numerous inquiries recently for potential business in the county regarding a site for a distribution location, site for a 20,000-square-foot light manufacturing facility, location for an 8,000 to 12,000-square-foot “fulfillment center,” two restaurants and a coffee house in Johnstown, funding for a minority construction business, a two-person organization looking for an office in Gloversville, person looking to start up a retail business in the city of Johnstown, manufacturer in the Johnstown Industrial Park, and a building owner looking for assistance. These all pretty good indicators that people are starting to take Fulton County seriously as a place they want to work, live and build a future.

CHEER — For the Caroga Lake Music Festival kickoff concert of the Sherman’s Revival Music Series, the Caroga Arts Collective and Kyle Price, the man who started it all. Sawyer Fredericks’ Friday night concert last week had an amazing turnout with nearly 2,000 people attending the outdoor venue. But Fredericks’ performance, along with Flame opening for him, is just the beginning of a series of free outdoor concerts being offered by CMLK. There will be six more this summer to enjoy with beautiful scenery and a collective of people who appreciate and enjoy all kinds of music. But there is so much more to be enjoyed, such as the “Finale Concert: National Summer Cello Institute” today at 7 p.m. at the Caroga Chapel. The concert will feature 25 top cellists from across the country in a “cello choir concert,” a culmination of two weeks studying with renowned faculty from The Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Berklee College of Music. There are also performance, talk and film screenings, such as “Ghost Lake” in July, which will start with a question and answer session with Jay Woelfel, the Academy Award-Winning writer and director of the film, followed by the screening. There is also the quartet performance that will be held at Gloversville Public Library in July to present an hour of quartet favorites. The Caroga Lake Music Festival is a quiet little gem in our corner of the world and we hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy what they have to offer.

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