Cheers & Jeers

March 24, 2014

Cheers and Jeers: March 24, 2014

JEERS to motorists who don’t yield or slow down for walkers and joggers in our communities. It’s prevalent in both neighborhood housing developments and along town roads and highways. Caution should always be exercised, but especially during the winter months when roads and other thoroughfares have been narrowed by the accumulation of snow and ice.

JEERS also to those walkers and joggers who don’t wear reflective clothing or vests at any time of day or night. That’s not a seasonal problem. But it becomes more acute during the winter months when sidewalks don’t get shoveled and the roadways aren’t as wide as usual. Drivers and pedestrians both need to use common sense and caution as they do their thing.

CHEERS to the creators of Dozer Day, who will be hosting the 8th annual event on June 7 at Airborne Park Speedway. Dozer Day is the ultimate sandbox for both youngsters and adults. The event allows children of all ages to operate loaders, bulldozers, excavators and a crane, all under the supervision of the area’s certified heavy-equipment operators. There are many other activities for the kids, too. Over 5,000 people attended the event last year. Seen initially as a one-time deal, it has become one of the mainstays of late spring activities in the North Country. Tonia Finnegan and Scott Bombard of Graymont Materials have been significantly involved in putting the event together with its committee since the beginning. Cooperation from sponsors and local contractors, too many to mention, have made the event what it’s become. It’s also a fundraiser, with proceeds going to various children’s organization. Just as important: It’s fun.

CHEERS to the Plattsburgh Public Library for pushing to fruition its new Community Technology Center initiative. Beginning April 1, the library will open the new center both onsite and online. The library is the primary provider of computer and Internet access for city residents who don’t have high-speed online access at home, might be new to computers or who want to use advanced technologies. In support of the CTC initiative, the library received grant money from the Northern New York Library Network Technology Services Improvement program. Library upgrades include a whiteboard and teaching station for training, lighting improvements as well as new computer tables and chairs. There will be 13 Windows computers running Windows 7 and two new Mac computers available for use. In the words of Anne de la Chapelle, the library’s director, “It’s a win/win opportunity to increase computer access and expand learning opportunities for our patrons while creating an online training center for the city.” Nicely said.

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