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February 25, 2014

In Our Opinion: Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To those who organized and participated in the annual Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump. 

This winter tradition raised more than $107,000 for area residents in need — mostly young people with debilitating and costly medical conditions. Some of the proceeds also went to local organizations such as Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Inc. 

We’re not sure which is more amazing — that this all-volunteer effort manages to raise so much money each year, or that so many people are willing to jump through the ice into the frigid waters of Goodyear Lake. Both are a testament to how much people in this area care about helping others. 

We’re thrilled to see another successful Polar Bear Jump, and will be excited to see the event celebrate its 20th year in 2015. 

To the Region 13 Odyssey of the Mind tournament. 

The Feb. 15 competition, held at the Harrold Campus of the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES, hosted 45 teams from local schools. Teams of students ranging in age from elementary to high school competed in problem-solving activities to win a chance to compete at the state tournament in April. 

Odyssey of the Mind teaches children creativity, teamwork, problem-solving and a host of other skills. The “problems” are also designed so that young people can have fun in the process. It’s great to see so many local schools participating and offering this opportunity to students. 

The local OM programs wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of lots of volunteers. We applaud all those who donate their time to make OM possible for local youths. Best of luck to the teams from the Sherburne-Earlville, Norwich, Laurens, Greene, Cherry Valley-Springfield and Schenevus school districts, who will be competing at states. 

To the Department of Motor Vehicles’ new service offering free email or text message reminders regarding vehicle registration and inspections. 

The DMV has sent out paper notices by mail for vehicle registration renewals, and will continue to do so for all New Yorkers. But up until now, everyone has been on his own to remember when a vehicle’s inspection came due. And most people would agree that it’s an easy thing to forget. 

Sure, you can read the date on the sticker that’s on your windshield. But after a while, those little stickers tend to blend into the background. You could also jot the date down on your calendar — if you happen to have a calendar for 2015 lying around. 

Yes, there are plenty of ways each of us can try to remember when a vehicle needs its inspection renewed. But it sure won’t hurt to have one more. We applaud this helpful, common-sense initiative and encourage all who are able to take advantage of it.