To the Cherry Valley Fire Department on its 200th anniversary.
The bicentennial was celebrated June 8 as the village hosted the annual Otsego County Firemen’s Convention.
The department formed a year after the village incorporated, making it the 10th oldest continuously operating department in the nation, and second in the state.
It was at the second annual meeting of the village on May 11, 1813, when it was voted to raise $100 to repair the roads and walks and another $100 to organize a fire company.
Scott Flint, department member and bicentennial events chairman, said the celebration was a year in the planning. Neighboring departments were on call, just in case of any fires or emergencies.
“We’re very grateful for our neighbors,” Flint said, “and we always work well together.”
And neighbors helping neighbors is why the department has its longevity. We applaud all members, past and present, and thank them for their service.
To Cooperstown’s Lucy Ford for becoming the school’s first female to win a title in the New York State Track and Field Championships.
Ford cleared 5-foot-5 to win the Division II state title in the high jump at Middletown High School.
Despite jumping on an injured left ankle, Ford, a junior, also broke her school record.
She pulled the deltoid muscle in her left ankle in a May 4 meet and spent the next two weeks in a walking boot.
Ford said the injury might have been a blessing in disguise. High jumping takes a heavy toll on an athlete’s legs.
“Having the state meet at the end of the season is tough for a lot of jumpers,” Ford said. “Being in the boot and resting for two weeks helped me a bunch. I had rested legs and that helped my jumping.”
We congratulate her on the title and look forward to next year.
To the fifth annual Jason’s Run to raise funds to help increase awareness of and safety for motorcycle riders.
Karen Vagliardo founded Jason’s Run, an annual motorcycle ride, in memory of her son, who died in a crash in 2008 at the age of 22. She has distributed scores of “Check Twice — Save a Life. Motorcycles are Everywhere!!!” banners, signs and posters to urge motorists to watch for motorcyclists.
About 50 people participated in the run on June 8, which started and ended in Oneonta.
As more people own motorcycles, the number of accidents involving motorcyclists is also on the rise.
Vagliardo has turned a tragedy into a wonderful cause that has gained many supporters. We appreciate all she has done and thank everyone who has supported her to help save motorcyclists’ lives.