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October 1, 2013

In Our Opinion: Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To the Wild and Wooly 4-H Club for adding some character to 14 fire hydrants in the village of Walton.

The final hydrant, in front of the Walton Fire Department, was revealed during a celebration on Sept. 22.

It was painted red, white and blue and contained images of a firefighter hat, ax and boots. “This hydrant honors the memory of those lost in 9/11,” said 4-H leader Greg Graupman. “It also honors all those who served a last call at the Walton Fire Department.” 

The 27 club members received design assistance from Walton Central School art teacher Lara Fassler, and each hydrant was designed to correspond to a nearby business.

We thank the club members and leaders and everyone else who helped with the project to add some color to the streets of Walton.

To the 16th annual Hazardous Waste Collection Day in Otsego County.

More than 400 cars dropped off pesticides, paints, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medications and more at the Meadows Office Complex and Unadilla Town Highway Garage in mid-September.

About 270 gallons of latex paint were collected to be remixed by Golden Artist Colors and distributed to local nonprofit agencies.

About 300 pounds of pharmaceuticals and medications were collected by state Department of Environmental Conservation officials. The drugs were transported by the sheriff’s office to Oswego County for incineration.

The annual collection is sponsored by the county board, the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority, and the DEC.

The Otsego County Conservation Association organized volunteers, including students from the Oneonta Job Corps and the State University College at Oneonta.

We applaud everyone who worked to make sure so much hazardous waste didn’t make its way into a landfill.

To the New York Rising Committees, which are focused on long-term recovery from Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Sandy.

The committees were launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this year and funded by federal recovery dollars.

The panels include representatives from government, nonprofits and other stakeholders, and will “create and implement locally oriented strategies to rebuild and better prepare for future extreme weather,” according to a media release from the governor’s office.

Locally, committees were created in Sidney, Margaretville and Prattsville.

It’s important to have input from local stakeholders in flood recovery. These committees are a good step.

  

To the continued funding of four local stream gauges that were to be shut down today.

A gauge in the Susquehanna River at Bainbridge will receive funding for 2014.

Long-term funding was found for gauges in the Unadilla River at Rockdale and the Chenango River at Sherburne and Greene.

Sen. Charles Schumer announced the continued funding on Sept. 13.

These gauges are important in preparing for potential flooding. It is a small price to pay for increased awareness and safety.