August 6, 2012

Cheers and Jeers: Aug. 6, 2012


---- — CHEERS to the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School parents and students who arranged for a group graduation party at the Elizabethtown Fish and Game Club. Coordinating the traditional end-of-school celebrations into one affair affords a greater monitoring of activities (such as underage drinking), requires less driving (and therefore less chance of accidents) and most likely was more cost effective. It also allowed for the graduates to spend more time together, as they did not have to hop from party to party. In addition, it probably was less stressful for parents since they could plan and budget together. Anyone who has had a son or daughter finish high school knows that graduation weekend usually requires visits to several parties spaced out over a number of days. It can be tiring and challenging to make all the necessary stops. How convenient for everyone if a large group of students can celebrate in one site. With a new school year on the horizon, seniors and their parents from schools around the area may want consider pooled graduation parties for next June.

CHEERS to responsible boaters and ski-jet users. We find that most pilots of watercraft are respectful of people in canoes and kayaks and of anglers who are out on the lake. They slow down and give them a wide berth when their paths might cross. There are always those thoughtless individuals, of course, who fly by at top speed, leaving a wake that is difficult to manage at best and dangerous at worst. But we think they are relatively rare in this area, with most boaters showing the required courtesy. Most ski-jet users seem to realize as well that the apparatus are noisy. When those crafts first came on the scene, complaints were abundant about how they disrupted the peace associated with lakeside living. But operators seem more aware now and aren’t as likely to be out early in the morning or late into the evening. Also appreciated are boaters who check their crafts over for invasive species and take the time to wash the boats off to assure that they aren’t transporting any unwanted creatures into our lakes. That is so important now, with threats to the environment looking to ride in from all directions. And the most pollution-conscious boaters respect the natural beauty of the North Country by taking their trash with them and not leaving cans, bottles and other refuse by the shore or docking sites. The type of boating enthusiasts described here make up the majority around here, and they should know that their efforts are appreciated.

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