Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to country-fresh goodness and smart thinking. The Fulton Montgomery Country Farmers Market Association and the Saturday Amsterdam Farmers Market are merging into one market in the city of Amsterdam this year. The new market will open May 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature markets on Saturdays and Wednesdays starting May 31, from 3 to 6 p.m. While there wasn’t competition between the markets before, there was confusion. Now, both markets will be in the old Noteworthy parking lots at 100 Church St., on Route 67, and everything will be 100 percent producer grown. We think this is a win-win for everybody.

CHEERS — to backing off. We think the Gloversville Common Council and Mayor Dayton King made the right move Tuesday night by withdrawing a resolution that would have set aside $50,000 to pay a public relations firm to market a referendum that could change the makeup of the city’s fire department. The city and the firefighters’ union have been negotiating since October to no avail, and while the city may eventually place a referendum on the November ballot, we think continuing talks with a mediator is the prudent thing to do at this time. Once that $50,000 is spent, there’s probably no turning back for the city. There’s still time to work out a deal, and we think both sides are represented by fair-minded individuals who can get a deal done that works for the firefighters, yet saves the taxpayers money.

CHEERS — to true belief and determination. When the United Methodist Church of of Fonda-Fultonville burned down March 14, trustee Ted Leto feared his congregation might break up and go elsewhere. But at an emergency meeting held at a local McDonald’s, 28 members of the congregation showed up — more than on a typical Sunday — to determine the next step. The answer: they’ll either buy or rebuild. The church has been a local institution, standing on its 11 Montgomery St. spot since 1855. In an email to the Leader-Herald, Pastor George Richards acknowledged the congregation is grieving. “… but they are quite strong in their resolve to overcome the loss of a building because the Church is the PEOPLE of God,” he wrote. Amen.

CHEERS — to another comeback. We’re heartened to hear that Pine Lake Park will be reopening soon. Last year’s violent storm did an estimated $250,000 in damage to the popular Caroga campground. And while he still hasn’t seen an insurance settlement, owner Jeff Houck minced no words in saying Pine Lake will be back with a mid-May opening date: “This business has been in my family for 40 years. …. There was never a time when we said we were throwing in the towel,” he said.

JEERS — to Old Man Winter. You teased us with warm weather, then dumped more than two feet of snow on us. That’s about enough. Take your single-digit torture and be gone.

By Patricia Older

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