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Cheers and jeers

August 11, 2012
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To a home invasion. "They're here." No, we're not talking about what Carol Ann warns of in the movie "Poltergeist." We're talking about annoying political phone calls. Unfortunately, there is little you can do to stop the invasion. Political calls are exempt from the Do Not Call List. Some people are urging politicians to stop the calls from political campaigns. Shaun Dakin, a Washington lawyer, runs the website, More than 400,000 people have signed up in support of stopping the uninvited calls. You would think that would send a loud message to politicians. Wouldn't it be great if there were a voters "robo calling" system that could send phone calls, over and over, to the politicians?

CHEERS - To living the good life. Once again, our community can boast with pride a positive recognition. Meco now holds the distinction of being the residence of the 2012 Mother Earth News Homesteaders of the Year, Jim Strickland and Laurie Freeman. Jim and Laurie live in an off-the-grid home. They haven't paid a utility bill since 2000. But their effort is more than about stopping utility bills. To find out about fascinating aspects of their lives, go to the Our Energy Independence Community website and read the numerous articles Jim has authored. Jim once stated they "tried to lead by example and teach others that it is still possible to live a good life in this more 'modern' era without trashing our planet." They also have led by example with their involvement in a number of community organizations. Jim and Laurie, congratulations on your well-deserved recognition.

CHEERS -?To a goal reached. Thanks to the efforts of Broadalbin-Perth sports volunteer boosters, there will be a fall JV sports program. This tireless group raised $21,000 to support the fall program and now has set its sights on ensuring junior varsity sports also will be offered in the winter and spring. We tip our hat to club President Rebecca Brunelle and other club members and supporters.



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