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Stanley Rummel tribute

Retired Glens Falls High School Assistant Principal Stanley Rummel was greeted by former student Linda Strainer following a tribute event held Sunday to celebrate Rummel's 77th birthday. Part of the job of being a reporter is to recognize people doing great work in the community like Rummel.

I love a chance to learn about the good that people do in the community.

I had not been familiar with Stan Rummel, the retired assistant principal at Glens Falls High School, until Fifth Ward Councilman Jim Clark told me about a tribute event, which I covered this past Sunday at the high school.

I got to listen to wonderful anecdotes from people at the ceremony about a man who spent 30 years in the position and was responsible for handing out discipline, which he did in a firm, but fair manner.

He also kept in touch with his students, sending them handwritten notes when they reached a milestone in their lives. Rummel would also include a newspaper clipping along with his words of wisdom.

It is people like Stan Rummel who make a community thrive and they need to be recognized in the media.

As part of my business beat, I also get to learn about new ventures and people who are fulfilling the own American dream of owning their own business.

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I also am responsible for covering politics and trying to understand how policies being debated in Washington and Albany will affect people in our community.

In my career, I also have had the chance to interview presidential candidates, ride in a hot air balloon and on a tall ship and be suspended by wires in air covering a cutting-edge project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

It’s a multi-faceted job and I love it.

I have been a reporter for 18 years and I cannot see myself doing any other career.

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Michael Goot covers politics, business, Glens Falls and Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

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