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Cheers and jeers

July 28, 2012
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To eight years. On July 25, 2004, Brian Galusha, who was 30, was found on North Green Road in Charleston at 3 a.m. suffering from severe head injuries. He was transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital, where he later died. His death was deemed suspicious. Eight years later, tragically, there is still no resolution to the case. Brian had been attending a Jack-and-Jill shower at a town of Charleston home when he got into a fight with someone there. There are people who know what happened that night, but the case remains unsolved. How sad for Brian's family.

CHEERS - To showing your pride. Those who value the importance of history and can quickly identify the historic markers in our community. But over the years, some of these blue-and-gold markers have faded and become difficult to read. A project to repair the signs in our area continues. Those taking the extra steps to clean, repair and paint the markers include Peter Betz, Mark Yost, Joseph Schmitt, Chandra Cotter and Eric Houser and his co-workers at the Johnstown Department of Public Works. Undoubtedly, there are others helping with the effort. Thank you.

CHEERS - To youths making a difference. Mary-Kate Poulin and Chris Mosconi will take the plunge, again, into the Great Sacandaga Lake for Autism Speaks in August. Their goal is to raise $5,000. We appreciate the effort of these two young people. We also thank the hundreds of youths involved in the Reach Workcamp who recently volunteered to help local residents in need of home repairs. The Reach Workcamp volunteers provided warmer and drier conditions for many.

JEERS - To unwanted signs. Being in the communication business ourselves, we're a little uneasy about warning people about spreading a message. Yet, along with late- summer flowers blooming, so are the political signs. Candidates should pay attention to where these signs are being placed and always should ask the permission of the property owner before sticking a sign in the ground. Some people have contacted us, disturbed they returned home to find campaign signs on their lawns. If this has happened to you, call the candidates and tell them to remove their signs. If they don't, put the signs out with the trash. While we're at it, we'll repeat our opinion that local officials should treat signs placed on utility poles, street corners and roadways as litter.

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