CHEERS - To giving back. A few years ago, Ryan Rovito would have been found running through the halls of Mayfield High School on a track course or a basketball court enjoying his high school years. Students then probably didn't think their opportunity to participate in sports ever would be in jeopardy. But in Mayfield and other districts, sports programs today are facing financial difficulties, and as a result, we're seeing a lot of fundraising efforts. On Sept. 30, Ryan will be back at his alma mater to help at a fundraising concert. Opening up for the Intermountain Trio will be musicians from the dynamic Celtic rock band Callanach, where Ryan offers his vocal, guitar, banjo and bodhran talents. We're not sure if he will be wearing a kilt, but we do know he's an example of a former local resident who still cares about the community he came from.
CHEERS - To one glove at a time. Gloversville's Daniel Storto has done it again. This time, you can see his glove designs in September's 120th anniversary edition of Vogue magazine. Details will be featured on Daniel in this newspaper's Sunday business section. You will be amazed again with his talent and love for the glove. We strongly suggest that if you are on Main Street and see his shop's lights on or the door open, pop your head in and have a chat with a great man who has a glove shop on Main Street in Gloversville. You make us proud, Daniel.
CHEERS - To a renewal. Since its first one in 1810 in Munich, Oktoberfests have become a venue for revisiting cultural traditions. As was noted in the most recent Voices of the Community column, such a festival had been a part of our community for a number of years, thanks to the effort of the Concordia Club members. The festival had taken a bit of a hiatus, but it's back in full swing with three bands and traditional German cuisine during a one-day fest that starts today at noon and continues until midnight. The Concordia Club has a rich history in our community going back to 1880.
If you have any suggestions for a cheer or jeer, please call Publisher Patricia Beck at 725-8616, Ext. 303, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.