CHEERS - To backing off. The federal government is getting rid of some of the strict caloric limits placed on school meals earlier this year. The guidelines, set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in accordance with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, set daily and weekly limits on grains and meats, but some school districts complained the guidelines were leaving kids hungry at the end of the day. U.S. Rep. Bill Owens said dietitians think the revised rules still will meet the goal of providing healthier meals for children.
JEERS - To rumors of threats. Some people don't seem to understand the severity of even remotely suggesting they would carry out acts of violence in school. Schools throughout the nation have been on high alert after this month's tragedy in Newtown, Conn. Days after the shootings, some local schools, including Johnstown and Broadalbin-Perth, had to deal with rumors about threats in their own schools. Some schools brought in police officers as safety precautions. Hopefully, students and others will think twice before making any kind of threats.
CHEERS - To a caring community. Hundreds of people lined up on Main Street in Broadalbin the night of Dec. 20 to remember the children and adults killed in the Newtown, Conn., shootings. The victims of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School included its principal, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who had a vacation house in Broadalbin and relatives living in our area. People who showed up at the Broadalbin candlelight vigil remembered Hochsprung and the others who were killed. "This is great to see the community gather like this, and it just shows how close we are as a community," said Broadalbin Mayor Eugene Christopher. We certainly agree.
CHEERS - To faithful volunteers. Local members of our community went to the Church of the Holy Spirit on Christmas Day to help prepare meals and deliver them to their neighbors in need. Volunteers put together traditional Christmas meals, including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and pie, and delivered them to anyone in the area who asked for a dinner for the holiday. The volunteers gave up part of their Christmas Day so others could have a hot meal and a brighter holiday. How fortunate we are to have such good people in our community.