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Cheers and jeers

December 22, 2012
The Leader Herald

CHEERS - To good print. There have been a number of headlines published recently that all deserve a cheer. When you put them all together, you get a good picture of progress and positive actions paying off in our community:

"Montgomery County cuts taxes"

"Value of projects in Johnstown up more than $1M"

"Local projects get state funding"

"Broadalbin board OKs annexation of road for project"

"Access-road study moving to DOT"

"Water-bottling plant seeks power"

Let's give a hooray to them all. And add to them the photos and news briefs about the community's generosity during the holidays. We all should share a sense of pride in where we live.

CHEERS - To checks. We never will tire of cheering our area Chamber Checks. Once again, there has been an outpouring of response from businesses and individuals buying these checks offered by the local Chamber of Commerce. The checks have the potential of putting more than a hundred thousand dollars into the local economy through local purchases. Year after year, we sing a chorus of "just hear those cash registers jing, jing jingling." With more than 100 local businesses honoring the checks, they are a great choice for a gift. Next year, with the newly formed Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, we anticipate an even stronger emphasis on shopping locally.

CHEERS - To a good recommendation. The New York State Board for Historic Preservation is recommending the 1879 Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Johnsville, known now as the St. Johnsville United Methodist Church, be placed on the state and national registers of historic places. The church was one of 25 properties, resources and districts recently recommended for addition to the registers. There are 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state on the registers. At a time when we are seeing too many centuries-old church structures being torn down or left to decay, we applaud those in St. Johnsville who have worked to preserve this important part of history.



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