Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the group of Mayfield students and their advisors, Eileen Rovito and John Caraco, for continuing to help keep the Rice Homestead looking nice.

Each year, students from Mayfield Central School District go the historical home and help rake leaves and clean up the grounds in preparation for the winter, a daunting task if the handful of volunteers for the Rice Homestead had to do each year given the size of the property.

The event, now done for the last several years, not only instills community values in the students, along with pride and a sense of volunteerism, it also helps keep a great local tourist attraction viable and maintained.

CHEER — To the end of another political cycle and a congratulations to all the candidates who won their races. With Election Day now in the rearview mirror, let’s get behind the candidates who won and move forward. We are all in this together and need to work together, across party lines, in order for the future of our area to advance.

CHEER – To the resource officer at McNab Elementary School and the staff who took what could have been a potentially dangerous situation and turned it around efficiently and quickly. When a convicted sex offender showed up on school grounds on Thursday, the officer recognized him and confronted him, asking him to leave school property immediately. When the man refused to leave, the officer told him he was under arrest, but then the man attempted to flee. The officer was able to apprehend him, but broke his hand in the scuffle. Staff members kept students who were on buses ready to go into the school on board and those already outside were hustled inside to safety and the school never had to go on lockdown. Kudos to all involved.

CHEERS — To the reopening of Gloversville Public Library this week. It has been a long haul of fundraising, renovations and new improvements, along with a move into a temporary location and then the move back into the original historic Carnegie library.

The library is a jewel and to have it back, ADA compliant and with a freshness to its historic features, we are indeed fortunate.

To celebrate the completion of the $8 million renovation project, a special grand opening and ribbon cutting is being held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday Be sure to stop by and get a look at the new library and enjoy all it has to offer.