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January 29, 2013

Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To organizers of local Martin Luther King Jr. Day events. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was observed in Oneonta on Jan. 20 with a community celebration featuring singing, dancing and speeches. A luncheon program was held at the State University College at Oneonta, and the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill presented displays and emphasized the role of volunteerism. 

Volunteerism was also at the center of an effort in Schoharie County. 

Schoharie Area Long Term and Schoharie Recovery Inc. staff, along with AmeriCorp Volunteer in Service to America members, coordinated a volunteer weekend and preparedness campaign for the Corporation of National and Community Service’s Martin Luther King Day of Service. 

VISTA members, SALT staff and Schoharie Recovery Inc. staff coordinated more than 100 volunteers for the ongoing recovery efforts, according to a media release. Work was accomplished at seven flood-damaged properties in Schoharie and Middleburgh, at the CARE for NYS Donation Center and through surveying more than 60 homes to assess their unmet recovery needs.

We’re glad to see local events used to remember King’s dream of equality and emphasis on volunteerism.

 

To Bassett Healthcare for teaching heart health to junior high students.

Seventh-grade students at several local schools who attend the UpClose Cardiac Surgery Program at Bassett Medical Center over the next two months will have the opportunity to take home two pedometers and a letter inviting them to take part in the Go Red Challenge with their mother or guardian.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S. It’s good to teach children the dangers while they’re young. Bringing a mother or guardian into the challenge helps pass that message along.  

Jeers

To the thoughtless use of explosive targets that shook houses miles away earlier this month.

Delaware 911 received numerous calls about explosions around Walton on Saturday, Jan. 19. Calls came in from Loomis Brook, Marvin Hollow, county Route 21 and other places reporting multiple explosions. Some people said the explosions were powerful enough to shake their homes.

Walton and Trout Creek fire departments and Delaware deputies were called out to find the cause of explosions. After a few hours, it was determined that the cause was from a town of Tompkins resident’s target practice with legally purchased explosive devices, Undersheriff Craig DuMond said. 

Explosive targets certainly can give a bigger impact during target practice. But if the explosion is enough to shake houses, the explosive is a bit too much. We encourage people who use the targets to let emergency officials know if they find the explosion is that powerful. 

A phone calling saying “that was me” would have saved local volunteers and deputies a lot of time and energy.