CHEERS - To a good mix. The organizers of the Johnstown Farmers Market have been looking for a new location for vendors to bring in goods weekly. The market has asked the city of Johnstown for use of the park area near the downtown band shell. This setting is used at various times throughout the year for events, all of which have been good for the downtown center. The only hiccup in the market's proposal may be a possible problem with parking. There is plenty of parking in and around the downtown area of Johnstown, just as there is in many downtowns; the problem is people don't want to walk. Walking a bit to a farmers market that offers healthy, locally grown food sounds like a good plan.
CHEERS - To the human voice. The Cataract Care Center has been running an ad that should catch the eye of many. The ad announces "a live operator is back." It says you will get an actual person when you call the office, not an automated voice system. Sometimes, when automatic systems kick in, we are given five levels of choices, putting us in an endless loop of button pushing. If really given a choice, most people would prefer to talk to a person, especially when it comes to a need from a care center. The Cataract Care Center and other professional offices that greet callers with a human voice must realize it's the first step to customer satisfaction.
CHEERS - To the contributors. The fourth-quarter sales tax figures are in for Fulton and Montgomery counties, and the figures show people shopped locally. In Montgomery County, $6.69 million in sales tax was collected, up from $6.4 million during the same period a year ago. In Fulton County, sales tax revenue went from $4.23 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 to $4.5 million in the last quarter of 2011. You did it. This newspaper will never tire of cheering those who shop locally. We will also add a thanks to all who purchased more than $120,000 in Fulton County Chamber Checks again this year. Those checks are spent at local businesses.