CHEERS - To a sweet silver anniversary. Although the ancient Chinese may get credit for inventing ice cream, it's hard to imagine people who lived in the Tang Dynasty could have foreseen today's double-dip-pistachio-chocolate-waffle-cone delight. Local ice cream lovers have a number of favorite places to choose from - Utterly Delicious, Wemple & Edick's, Choo Choo's and all the others we will be in trouble for not mentioning. But the Silver Ice Cream Spoon Award goes to the owners of Dairy Frost, located in Vail Mills, who are celebrating their 25th season. We can only hope they stay around for many seasons to come.
CHEERS - To progress. In April 2009, a representative from H&K Realty went before the Johnstown Common Council and expressed an interest in building three duplexes in the city. Earlier this week, it was announced that construction could begin within the next four to six weeks. It is refreshing to see a project progress smoothly.
CHEERS - To cleaning up. Rob and Crystal St. Andrews are a fine example of the kind of business owners in our area. They are the proprietors of Rob & Crystal's All American Family Restaurant in Gloversville (formerly Milt's). Keeping a restaurant open is a good thing and an accomplishment on its own, but they have gone a step further. Across the street from the restaurant, a house had been demolished, and the land left was pretty much a vacant disheveled lot for some time. Recently, Rob and Crystalpurchased this land, graded it for additional parking and landscaped around it. By doing something so simple, they helped fight the appearance of blight in their area of the city.
JEERS - To a bad agreement. Officials at the Gloversville Police Department have made public their concerns regarding what they consider to be dangerously low staffing levels. One reason given was that officers were leaving to go to other law enforcement agencies. "The two officers that left in October were paid and trained for nine months before they were even capable of working," Capt. James Lorenzoni said. He added, "Their leaving our department represents a loss to the city of more than $80,000, when you include salary, health care, retire and equipment." If this is the case, some serious consideration must be given to revamping this training agreement.