CHEERS - To local pollsters. The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education recently agreed to allow Johnstown High School social studies students to hand out questionnaires to district voters after they vote. Social studies teacher Sean Russo proposed the survey for his Participation in Government students. The students will conduct an exit survey of district residents after voting on the budget and board candidates at the polls May 15. This will give the students a greater awareness of the elections process, the rights and responsibilities of voters, and the importance of participating in the electoral process.
CHEERS - To saving a great show. Although it will be limited to local high school students, there will be a 54th year for the Fulton County Art Show, thanks to two local women, Kathy Zajicek and Cheryl Bielli. These two stepped up after organizer Ann Lee Clough retired after overseeing the event for 33 years. "It is a shame that the traditional show has ended," Zajicek told the newspaper. "However, we want to continue to offer an opportunity for the students. We will give it a try." Who knows? Maybe, with the help of others, the show will be fully restored in 2103.
JEERS - To 12 long years. It's been that long since town of Broadalbin officials discovered road salt from the town's storage shed had contaminated the wells of 23 homes on Union Mills Road. Since then, the town and village extended the village water main. In 2009, this area was given the title of Water District No. 1. Officials were at the point to be able to let the water flow when the state Department of Health said it needed some questions answered first. That was last year. Local officials addressed the issues, and now the matter remains in the hands of the state. If there is something our local state representatives can do to get these faucets turned on faster, they should get on it.
CHEERS - To voting no. Two city of Amsterdam supervisors who often are on the opposite sides of the fence both cast no votes on a resolution to accept a contract with a union at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Ron Barone of the 3rd Ward and Michael Chiara of the 5th Ward, at a Montgomery County Board of Supervisors meeting, said it was important to actually see a copy of the document's details before they could vote responsibly. To quote Barone, "This is public money, and I want to know where it's going."