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Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To Ruth Fairbanks. On Sunday, an area veteran was honored by members of the Mayfield Methodist Church with the presentation of a Quilt of Valor. Fairbanks, the creator of the quilt, and Pastor Jerry Oliver presented the quilt to Glen Henry and his family during service. Fairbanks said she knew what Henry had done for the country, and wanted to thank him in the greatest way she knew. She has also made five other quilts for the Quilts of Valor nonprofit foundation. “If you can take away a little bit of their pain, it’s worth it,” Fairbanks said.

JEERS — To odor control. Equipment to control widespread odors that have delayed the startup of the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility’s new $8 million upgrade project for the last two years can finally be installed — but officials still haven’t worked out the financing. What’s causing the odor is the Contact Absorption Settling Thickening system, which is an economical way to treat incoming waste. The sewer plant has recently had to treat a greater volume of waste from two food processing facilities. Southern Johnstown experienced the worst of the odors before the last time the CAST system was shut down. Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board Chairwoman Helen Martin said the work to install the CAST system could end up being considered a new project that would require borrowing. A lot of money has already been invested in this project, and no solution has been realized. It’s time to find a way to resolve this issue.

CHEERS — To holiday celebrations. Gloversville, Broadalbin and now Johnstown have rung in the season with parades. Each event was unique in its own way, and each required a significant amount of volunteerism to succeed. These cooperative efforts and the support of the community are what the holidays are all about. Congratulations on a job well done.

CHEERS — To shopping local. Another Black Friday and Small Business Saturday have come and gone. To everyone who went out to support local businesses instead of shopping online: well done. The Gloversville Business Improvement District also deserves praise for holding a $250 prize raffle for people who shop in downtown Gloversville during the holiday season. For details, call 725-0641 or visit www.gloversvillebid.com.

CHEERS — To stopping hunger. Broadalbin-Perth Central School students, staff and community members packaged more than 25,000 meals for the STOP Hunger Now nonprofit that distributes food around the world, including in developing countries and areas affected by natural disasters. The Broadalbin Presbyterian Church has raised money for the organization for two years, and was joined this year by the community in the fundraising efforts. Each meal cost 29 cents, and the district originally set out to assemble 10,000 meals. By joining together the community was able to greatly surpass that original goal.

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