To everyone who created a fun and safe environment for trick-or-treaters this Halloween.
Numerous community groups across the region offered Halloween parties with treats and costume contests for children and adults.
College students opened their doors for organized trick-or-treating for local children, as did numerous businesses.
And although Halloween night was dark and dreary, residents came out to see the costume creations of children of all ages at the downtown Oneonta Halloween parade. The annual event was organized by the Oneonta Rotary Club, with help from the local Lions and Kiwanis club chapters.
We heard of no serious mischief reported in the area, so we consider Halloween 2013 a success.
To Otsego County for putting waste to good use.
Fifteen months ago, food scraps from county facilities began to be mixed with yard waste and wood chips near the county jail.
Now, the county is ready to begin making 80-pound sacks of the decayed organic material available to county residents.
The $30,000 pilot program was created by the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District.
Jordan Clements, a technician with the SWCD, said there are plans to approach businesses, schools and towns to see if they wish to contribute materials to the composting effort to increase the amount of material available.
“This is a pilot project right now, but we would like to continue it and hope to see it grow,” Clements said. The goal is to have the proceeds from the sale of the compost pay for all of the overhead to run the program.
Earlier this month, four county jail inmates who have been awarded trustee status for good behavior helped fill more than 700 bags with screened compost, which will be sold for $10 each.
To arrange a purchase of the compost, contact Clements at his conservation district office at 547-8337, ext. 4.
This is a win-win situation for all involved. We hope the program continues and grow.
To those who are promoting a protest against the Common Core standards in New York by taking children out of school on Nov. 18.
If you want to voice your opposition to the modules, in particular, or the Common Core, in general, take your complaints to the state and federal education departments.
And do so intelligently. Talk to your children about how they feel about the curriculum. Talk to your children’s teachers about how the modules are taught. Talk to the school administration about how the Common Core is implemented in the school.
Once you have the knowledge, draft a letter to or call the education officials. Let them know what your objections are, and make suggestions on what you’d like to see changed.
While we have serious reservations about the implementation of the Common Core in New York, taking children away from the classroom is not the answer.