October 21, 2013

Cheers and Jeers: Oct. 21, 2011


---- — JEERS to the skateboarder with a death wish who the other day rode straight down the middle of Boynton Avenue in Plattsburgh, on the double yellow line on the hill near Boynton Square shopping plaza. The risk taker was surrounded by traffic passing on both sides of the board. To make matters worse, the skateboarder wasn’t wearing a helmet. The misguided rider was either very fortunate or very lucky that this ill-advised action didn’t result in tragedy for him and unsuspecting motorists. Ironically, the city’s skateboard facility at Melissa Penfield Park is just about 100 yards away. Apparently, it wasn’t challenging enough. Sometimes a little common sense goes a long way.

CHEERS to the operators of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad for going ahead for plans to host a Halloween costume party on Saturday despite adversity. Railroad officials have had to cancel sold-out Family Halloween Trains for this weekend because vandals cut over a dozen wires on one of their locomotives housed at the Lake Placid Train Station a week ago. More than 300 people had booked the rides. It’s going to cost $25,000 to $50,000 to make the engine operable and safe, no small fee. Yet, the costume party that had been planned for the layover time between Lake Placid and the return trip to Saranac Lake will go on as scheduled. It’s scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Saranac Lake Depot and children will be given free access to the Adirondack Carousel. Talk about making the best of a lousy situation.

CHEERS to Meredith King of Westport and her mom, Carolyn Karcher, for stepping up and putting a face on domestic violence. Both spoke recently at a rally in Elizabethtown hosted by the Essex County Task Force Against Domestic Violence. Both women addressed the more than 150 people who attended the rally. King recounted the brutal attack by her husband and the emotions she struggled with living with an abuser. He’s serving prison time as a result. Karcher graphically reinforced her daughter’s social, mental and physical state during the period of abuse. Most important, though, is that the women put a name and face on the issue of domestic abuse. We can read all about domestic violence, but until we see, hear and meet someone who has been a victim of such a crime, it’s sometimes difficult to make a connection. King and Karcher have made a difference for rally participants and all those who read about their story.

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