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June 4, 2013

In our Opinion: Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To the 51st annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta.

Two familiar faces crossed the finish line of the 70-mile endurance race from Cooperstown to Bainbridge in less than seven hours, a near-record time.

Andy Triebold and Steve Lajoie earned their sixth straight victory in the Memorial Day race. It was Triebold’s eighth win. 

Oneonta’s Ted LaMonica completed his 42nd 70-miler. He and Timothy Ashe of Maryland finished in 9:16:50 in the Open Stock Aluminum class. LaMoncia’s record mile count in the Clinton is 2,940. 

The race was the final act in four days of activities at General Clinton Park. Concerts, activities, contests and vendors filled the park, and the second annual Regatta Hall of Fame inductions were also held. 

But this could be the last four-day Clinton weekend. Organizers said they’d like to move the 70-mile Memorial Day races earlier, running from Friday evening to Sunday in 2014, to close the weekend with a bigger celebration on Sunday.

While some may be sad to see a tradition change, we’re mostly just glad it’s not going away. We look forward to the 52nd annual race, whatever day it is run.

 

To the Wall that Heals, which was brought to Cooperstown as part of the Baseball Hall of Fame Classic celebration.

The Wall that Heals, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was on display throughout Memorial Day weekend. 

“It is a very somber inclusion to the weekend, but we feel it can add something special to Memorial Day,” said Brad Horn, senior director for communications and education at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, before the event. “It will certainly enhance the salute to the military we are trying to achieve.” 

When the Hall moved the Classic to Memorial Day weekend, we were glad that a salute to the military was included. Bringing the Wall that Heals to the area was a fitting way to acknowledge the sacrifices of those who died in service to their country, and it made the event more meaningful. 

  

To Oneonta firefighters for bringing a fire safety message to high school seniors.

Fire Department Capt. James Maloney said he wanted to remind high school students about the dangers of fire as they embark on life after high school, and live in dormitories or apartments. 

The demonstration included a mock dorm room fire, so students could see how quickly a fire can spread.

It followed a lecture earlier in the week in which students were told not to accumulate papers or overload electrical cords, and to leave buildings when alarms sound.

Often fire safety programs are geared toward elementary students, but it’s important to keep getting the message out to people of all ages.