CHEERS - To our favorite cowboy. He's known as Bruce, Ambrose and "Cowboy." Whatever you may call him, Wednesday was a special day in the life of local resident Ambrose Anderson. He was one of close to 400 Montford Point Marines recognized in Washington, D.C., for breaking the military's final color barrier and serving their country. These veterans gathered to receive the country's highest civilian honor - the Congressional Gold Medal. The trailblazing Leathernecks finally received the praise they never asked for but certainly deserved. Anderson proudly stood among his comrades at the ceremony. On a personal note, Betty is up there smiling down with pride and love.
CHEERS - To freedom. Our nation will celebrate the Fourth of July on Wednesday. Unfortunately, too many people will be thinking of it as merely a day off. People never should forget the true meaning of the Fourth. It should be a day to celebrate our freedom and recall the determination of many who labored and fought to establish the United States of America as a free country. A quote from Thomas Jefferson may sum it up: "My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!"
CHEERS - To an initiative. Once again, volunteers prove to be the movers and shakers of a community. This time, it's those involved in the city of Johnstown's volunteer Tourism Committee. The group met in late March. It consisted of 3rd Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin, 2nd Ward Councilman Chris Foss, City Historian Noel Levee, Fulton County Historian Peter Betz, Wade Wells, Robert Kosowicz and Lori Salamack. Their first goal for promoting tourism in the city was to have a brochure printed for the summer. They found success. The brochure was unveiled to the Common Council recently, and it's being distributed throughout the area. This effort uses no city money; it's fully supported by donations from local leaders and residents. Great job.