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Cheers and jeers

March 24, 2012
The Leader Herald

CHEERS - To Mr. G. Charles Giglio, a Latin teacher at Gloversville High School, is credited with reviving the Latin program there. Latin is a good language to learn. It teaches students about history and helps them better understand the English language. Giglio has about 100 Latin students. Recently, 16 of them took a national Latin exam voluntarily. Giglio not only prepared the students for the exam, he even paid the students' cost of taking it. His efforts are worthy of recognition.

JEERS - To silence about a resignation. Gloversville Department of Public Works Director James Frank resigned March 14 after taking the job only three months earlier. Neither Frank nor city officials are saying why he abruptly quit. Mayor Dayton King would say nothing about the details of the resignation. "All I want to say at this point is I accepted his resignation yesterday [March 14]," King said. "We'll start the search [for a new DPW director] shortly." The public deserves an explanation. The DPW chief is a public employee who runs an important city department that plays a visible role in the city. The taxpayers should not be left in the dark.

CHEERS - To the Johnstown winter guard. The 2012 Amethyst Gold Varsity Winter Guard, under the direction of Christine VanValkenburgh and co-assistants Desiree Kane and Marissa Fariello, is ranked third in the nation. The team has won its competitions and is competing in another one in New Jersey this weekend. They expect to go to the state championships in Rochester and Syracuse and the World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. The winter guard combines music, movement, teamwork and artistry in its performances. Obviously, they're moving in the right direction.

CHEERS - To efforts to help little Jackson. As more people find out about the struggles of Jackson Baldwin, more are stepping up to help him. The 7-month-old from Johnstown suffers from a rare genetic condition that causes his skin to tear and blister. He needs a bone-marrow transplant to help save his life. To help the family with expenses, people are offering donations and organizing fundraisers. Among them are a Mary Kay fundraiser by Mary Kay representative Liz Shout, proceeds from the sale of certain items sold by the Earthworks Store in Perth and car washes today by the Gloversville athletic booster clubs. The car washes will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McDonald's, Ruby & Quiri and Brown's Ford in Johnstown. These are only a few of the fundraisers and generous donations. The outpouring of support is another example of good people in our community coming together to help others in a time of need.



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