CHEERS - To a platinum day. In 1942, while President Franklin Roosevelt was having a fireside chat with America, Charles Farrar may have been proposing to Iona Duross. They both knew their marriage would face what so many others did during the years of World War II - an immediate separation, as he would join his fellow Americans in fighting for our freedoms. Yet, they were married on Sept. 27, 1942. On Sunday, surrounded by a family filled with love and appreciation for this matriarch and patriarch, Charles and Iona will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. It's been written that the trick to love isn't to recall the past but keep the past alive in the future. We're sure the Farrars' recollection of picnics on Bunkerhill Road or the countless hours spent on the Great Sacandaga will put smiles of their faces as they celebrate.
CHEERS - To some great co-workers. If you were in the lobby area of Nathan Littauer Hospital on Thursday or Friday, you would have been engulfed in intriguingly wrapped baskets and aromatic baked goods. The room also was filled with compassion while dollars were being spent to help a co-worker and friend, and her son. Ryan Pickering, the son of Brenda Hill, assistant manager of Maternal Child Health, is in need of a bilateral lung transplant. Thanks to the planning of this "in-hospital" event by the staff of maternity and pediatrics, more contributions have been received. "There are no words that could describe how I feel about the people at this hospital," Brenda said. Find out more about Ryan and the challenges he faces by visiting his special site www.lungs4laughter.org.
JEERS - To no thought of revisions. Many school districts and organizations have been focusing on trying to save extracurricular school activities lost through budget cuts. We've cheered and supported all involved in these efforts. Some people suggest adjustments could be made to save money without cutting programs. For example, why play non-league games, such as the recent non-league soccer game between Fonda-Fultonville and Northville? Both schools are having financial problems. It can be said non-league games help build the teams, serve as an accelerated practice or give the players more time on the field. But those benefits come with a price - including the cost of gas, buses, drivers, referees and maintenance.