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Cheers and jeers

October 13, 2012
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To failing to work together. For years, Gloversville Enlarged School District softball and baseball teams have used fields at the Parkhurst Field Little League complex on Harrison Street. For years, the arrangement has worked. Apparently, officials from Little League recently asked for a formal agreement for the school district's use of the fields. The district's response was to build its own junior varsity baseball and softball fields. The fields will cost the district $18,526. The expense fell under maintenance and repairs, district officials say, and didn't have to go before the school board for approval. We wonder why the construction of fields would come under maintenance and repairs. We also wonder about the location of the new baseball field at Boulevard Elementary School. Part of the field overlaps a soccer field, and batted baseballs could hit nearby businesses and the school's playground. It's too bad school district and Little League officials couldn't have continued their arrangement. The partnership made sense. It benefited the school district and Little League. Those involved should have taken another swing at making it work.

CHEERS - To a proactive Planning Board. In too many cases in too many cities, comprehensive plans are not reviewed and updated as often as they should be. This is not the case in the city of Johnstown. The Planning Board is making a proactive move to review the 2008 plan, which identifies the objectives, guidelines and policies for the protection, growth and development of the city. Comprehensive plans should be reviewed every five years and the public should be encouraged to give suggestions.

CHEERS - To great assistant chefs. There were close to 900 of you sitting in the auditorium of Gloversville Middle School Thursday night during the Taste of Home Cooking School, which was presented by this newspaper. You were attentive, helpful, fun and appreciative, and a great group of people. There is no better place in all of his travels for Taste of Home Cooking School chef Michael Barna to celebrate his 100th show than in our warm, receptive community. Extra cheers to all the help from the staff of The Leader-Herald, Gloversville Middle School, Girl Scout troops 2258 and 2725, and the community volunteers. It was greatly appreciated. Bon appetit to you all.



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