CHEERS to both the Wells girls basketball team and the Keene Central School fans.
At a recent game in which the Wells girls were outscored by more than a 6-1 margin, they never gave up, remaining supportive of each other as they played to the best of their abilities through the whole game.
Since the Wells fans, not counting the modified team, numbered three or four, the Keene fans started to applaud when the opponents scored. That neighborly action demonstrates admirable sensitivity and kindness.
And early in the first half, the Keene coach stopped their full-court press, which they usually employ throughout the game, and utilized the few subs that were available.
Amid all the complaints we hear about rowdy fans, teams running up scores and coaches only playing certain athletes, it is refreshing to see these and other examples of good sportsmanship around the North Country.
CHEERS, still on the subject of basketball, to Jon Fountain of the Chazy modified basketball team for an act of courtesy that one of our photographers observed.
After their game against Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School had concluded, Fountain and several other players went into the ELCS hallway, where refreshments could be obtained. The players sat at a table there to enjoy some food.
Then, Fountain spotted a senior-citizen couple from Elizabethtown standing at the other end of the table, trying to eat their michigans. He not only brought his chair to the couple, but he rounded up another one, as well, so they could both have a seat.
It is affirming to see young people who are brought up with manners and who demonstrate that they care for others.
CHEERS to Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon for donating $500 of his mayoral salary every month to a local group that he thinks is “working toward improving the quality of life in the community.”
Calnon, who is 64, is paid $75,689 for serving as mayor of the only city in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.
A financial expert, Calnon is retired from the New York State Department of Labor and feels he is in a comfortable enough position that he can share some of the pay that the taxpayers are providing.
It’s not a new initiative for Calnon. During the past three years, he donated $1,000 a year of his $10,000 councilor pay to local charities.
Calnon doesn’t have to give away a cent, but by doing so he is setting an example of leadership that can be followed by others who feel they can afford it. Any amount given to a local charity is a gift to the community.
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