Cities’ events impressive

We applaud this past week’s community summertime events in the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown. The events not only were fun, but they raised awareness about important issues.

Gloversville showcased the city during National Night Out on Tuesday at the farmers market pavilion. In its fourth year, the event succeeds on multiple levels. It promotes awareness about drug and crime prevention, gathers support for local anti-crime programs, and allows people to have a good time.

On top of it all, what could be better than having first responders up close and personal with kids and adults in a non-threatening way? Having the Gloversville police, fire and public works departments, the Johnstown Fire Department, state police, the Fulton County Fire Coordinator’s Office and ambulance personnel greeting the public is worth its weight in PR gold.

We also witnessed this type of excellent community policing recently at “The Cage” in Gloversville. A city police officer took the time to get to know all the children’s names while playing some basketball with them.

On Friday night, it was the city of Johnstown’s turn with its 15th annual Block Party on South William Street. Hundreds of people always show up for this fine time, enjoying food and drink to benefit two great causes — the Fulton Montgomery United Scholarship Fund and the Johnstown Area Community Center.

The event reminds one of a simpler time, when people actually got out of their houses in the dead of summer to enjoy topical conversations with their neighbors. With Karg Brothers and the J.D. Aldrich group providing the musical backdrop, such block parties are always an attractive way to create future memories.

Gloversville was back in the spotlight Saturday off West Fulton Street with its annual Railfest. The festival featured a day of family fun, rides, live music, face painting, vendors, crafts, food, raffles and games of skill.

These types of events enhance the quality of life in the Glove Cities. The ancillary effect is immeasurable. Many volunteers spend numerous hours planning such community fun, and their efforts aren’t unnoticed by us.

Here’s to the continued success of annual events like National Night Out, the Johnstown Block Party and Gloversville Railfest. You allow us to harken back to less stressful times, perhaps of childhood. You also provide lots of laughs, entertainment and community awareness.