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October 2, 2012

Cheers

To Springbrook on its recent expansion.

The school for developmentally challenged children dedicated a $22.5 million renovation — called Coming Home — at its main campus on Sept. 20.

Executive director Patricia Kennedy and several other speakers lauded businessman Tom Golisano — for whom the school’s autism program is named – for making a matching pledge that eventually topped out at $2.5 million. The $5 million in private donations augmented nearly $18 million in state-backed bonding that financed the bulk of the project.

Not only does the expansion create space for 24 autistic students to be housed at the school — keeping them in-state, saving taxpayers money, it also is projected to create about 100 more jobs.

Kennedy added that Coming Home may not be the last expansion for the school.

“We built this campus so we can (expand),” she said. “The one thing we’d like to do is provide a place for families when they come to visit so they can be with their children.”

We’re pleased to see Springbrook grow, and thank all of those who contributed to the expansion.

To the annual PumpkinFest in Cooperstown on Sept. 22 and 23.

A celebration of all things squash, PumpkinFest draws people from across the state and beyond to the village each year. While other winter fruits such as zucchini and carving pumpkins have their place at the festival, the giant pumpkins took center stage, with the weigh-off on Saturday and the Pumpkin Regatta on Otsego Lake on Sunday.

A pumpkin grown by Pete Sweet of Great Barrington, Mass., was the heaviest this year, weighing 1,509.5 pounds. 

Some of the giant pumpkins were hollowed out to be used in the regatta — a series of races in which community members and folks representing the sponsors of the event paddled the giant gourds across the lake.

We applaud the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce for creating — and growing — such a fun event.

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