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Nice to see cooperation

July 17, 2012
The Leader Herald

It's always nice to see the Glove Cities on a cooperative path - especially when it involves something like the Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville Rail Trail, which runs through both cities.

The 8-foot-wide pedestrian trail, which has been developed since the late 1980s on the rail bed of the former FJ&G Railroad, opened as a recreational gem for those who seek a scenic place to walk, jog or ride a bike close to home.

With its pathways along the Cayadutta Creek, the Rail Trail can be a soothing alternative to walking on sidewalks.

But unsightly trash along the Rail Trail can diminish its serenity and beauty.

We're pleased to see the two cities taking note and trying to keep the trail clean by offering a program similar to the Adopt-a Highway programs we often hear about. Under the Adopt-a-Trail program, businesses, organizations, families and individuals can adopt portions of the trail to keep them free of litter and maintain their lawn areas.

We like the fact people can adopt as much of the trail as they want, so they're not deterred by the task of keeping a large strip clean. Adopters can keep the proceeds from redeemable recyclables they find along the trail, turning the effort into a small fundraiser for student groups and other organizations.

This worthwhile community endeavor can bring many people together throughout the two cities. It's also another example of the two cities' willingness to work cooperatively on projects, as they should.

We hope the program will free up public works employees for other essential projects.



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