Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to a smart vision, a great partnership and excellent execution. The Gloversville Public Library opened Monday in its temporary home at the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth while the 100-year-old Andrew Carnegie library is renovated. The CRG will be the library’s home for the next 18 to 24 months. Surely it was no easy task to move the contents of the library into its new space, and a lot could have gone wrong. But the move was seemingly seamless, and the public is left with a wonderful, homey space on 34 W. Fulton St., that looks and feels like it has been a library all along. So many people had a hand in making the move a success, but particular credit goes to Library Director Barbara Madonna, her staff, and CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters, who formed a terrific partnership to make this happen. If you haven’t visited the new library yet, please do. It’s worth your time. You just might join the other 8,700 card-holding members of the library.

CHEERS — to a great place to work. Lexington, which serves nearly 1,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has been chosen one of the best companies to work for in New York state with at least 250 employees. Lexington was honored for creating “a welcoming and nurturing environment in which its valued employees can thrive,” said Shaloni Winston, executive director of Lexington — Fulton County’s Chapter of NYSARC Inc. Lexington has more than 1,700 full- and part-time employees. It was honored based on confidential questionnaires given to each company’s employees and a survey of the employees’ benefits, policies and practices. Lexington does important and noble work, so we’re glad to see their people are valued and treated well.

CHEERS — to Hedi McKinley and the courage to share her story. McKinley, now 97, was the featured speaker Sunday at Knesseth Israel’s Yom Hashoah service — the Holocaust remembrance. McKinley was 18 years old living in Vienna, Austria in 1938, but her recollection of Kristallnacht — or “Night of the Broken Glass” — was riveting. In great detail, McKinley shared her memories of smashed glass twinkling like diamonds on the ground, and of young German soldiers knocking at her family’s door, telling them, “Jews out!” She went on to recount details of the years that followed. Only those who lived through the Holocaust can truly appreciate its horror. And none of us know what stirred inside of Hedi McKinley as she told her stories. We suspect it took great courage to share those memories, but we’re thankful she did.

CHEERS — to generosity in memory of a loved one. The Sean Craig Memorial Fund Inc. recently awarded $29,690 to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department to purchase state-of-the-art, high-resolution sonar equipment for underwater search-and-rescue operations in Fulton, Montgomery and Saratoga counties. Sheriff Richard Giardino said the equipment will be able to produce highly detailed images that current equipment cannot. The Sean Craig Memorial Fund was established after the drowning of Sean J. Craig, 18, of Amsterdam on July 30 on the Great Sacandaga Lake near Edinburg. As a community, we’re all thankful for this gift.


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