Rally brings attention to child abuse

Bravos to the 30 or so people who turned out for the Sunday afternoon rally at Centennial Circle to bring attention to child-abuse victims. This community has just seen another horrific crime with the death of 5-year-old Gary Carpenter III. It was heartwarming to see so many rally so quickly around the issue of child abuse. We have had far too many of these cases in recent months and years.

Bank continues to make parade a reality

Bravos to Glens Falls National Bank for again sponsoring the South Glens Falls Holiday Parade. This is one of those great local events that generations of children and their parents have attended. We salute the bank for keeping the tradition alive and to all those who volunteer their time in making it happen. We hope this event lasts forever.

School districts honored

Bravos to local school districts in Greenwich, South Glens Falls and Ballston Spa for being among 539 school districts nationwide to be named to the third annual AP Honor Roll. To be recognized, a school must increase access to advance placement (AP) courses and increase the percentage of students who earn a score of 3 or higher on the exam. Having more AP courses offered in our schools helps to better prepare students for the rigors of college.

Fort Ann boys soccer team has a lot to be proud

Bravos to the Fort Ann boys soccer team for making it all the way to the state championship game. The Cardinals fell short against state power Chazy, 4-0, but we expect the players will remember their run to the state title game for the rest of their lives. They have a lot to be proud of.

Schools thinking out of the box

Bravos to Greenwich, Argyle and Queensbury school officials for leaving no stone unturned in their search for revenue. With a 2 percent tax cap in place, raising taxes - even for very good reasons - is not an option. Greenwich is pursuing some non-traditional ways to earn extra revenue through grants. Greenwich is currently seeking money through the “Clorox: Power a Bright Future” program to help secure $50,000 for new equipment in its library. Local residents can help them achieve the goal by voting over the Internet or by text-messaging for the Greenwich proposal. Argyle recently won a $10,000 grant to buy graphing calculators for science courses. And Queensbury won a $1.8 million state grant to improve programs and instruction. That money will be paid out over three years.

Washington County to sell nursing home

Bravos to Washington County supervisors for approving the sale of the Pleasant Valley nursing home. The nursing home continues to be a drain on the county budget and we believe it will be best for all to put the home in private hands.

Local volunteers help out in Long Island

Bravos to a group of 67 local volunteers from the Pine Knolls Alliance who went to Long Island recently to lend a hand with the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy. The local volunteers worked for the day with Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization based in North Carolina.

Village board spends $3,500 on model

Boos to the Lake George Village Board for allocating $3,500 for a model to show them what Canada Street might look like with a large new hotel there. While we understand this is a big decision and $3,500 is not an enormous amount of money for the village, spending that much on the model seems excessive and unnecessary. Boards have to make tough decisions using the best evidence at their disposal. We doubt the model will help them.

Big Cross celebrating a century of service

Bravos to Big Cross Elementary School for a century of service to the city of Glens Falls. Big Cross is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. More than 100 people attended a ceremony at the school this past week. Schools are important in all communities, but in Glens Falls they are the heart and soul of local neighborhoods.

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