Cheers: To Emma Blanton and Bryce Ruvo, seniors at Goshen High School, who gave a lesson in bipartisan politics last week as part of the Global Climate Strike. As hundreds of students in Goshen joined hundreds of thousands of young people worldwide Friday morning, Blanton, co-president of the Young Progressives at the school, and Ruvo, co-president of the Young Republicans, joined forces to deliver the same message: There is only one side to this story. Climate change is a fact; it is a worldwide crisis and it should be on everyone’s agenda. Addressing students who walked out of their first-period classes as part of the global strike, Blanton said, “Our house is on fire.” Ruvo urged putting it out “together.” Worldwide, that same message was being delivered in rallies and marches by a generation not willing to let the planet and their future be imperiled by elders who have opted to ignore science and argue rather than cooperate. The Goshen seniors were talking to fellow students, but one can only hope that the lesson in democracy found its way to the ears of a few “grownups.”
Cheers: To all those involved in creating the Town of Wallkill Citizen’s Memorial Park, especially Harold Card, town resident, who donated the land on VanBurenville Road where the park is located. The park, which opened to the public Saturday, is a history of the town, recorded on two sides of six slabs of stone — a Citizen’s Memorial Wall that will grow with additions approved by a committee of residents. The 20-plus acre site also includes a wishing stone, a labyrinth and a cemetery that dates back to 1820. Card’s home, which also is on the property, may some day be a museum and the town is considering keeping the rest of the land evergreen. Towns are more than malls and housing developments. Those who contribute to and seek to preserve the history of towns are quiet and often unappreciated assets. Good neighbors.
Cheers: To Scott Samuelson, Sullivan County legislator, who has been elected board president of the New York State Association of Counties. Fittingly, the position became official at the association’s annual Fall Seminar, which was held last week at Resorts World Catskills in the Town of Thompson. Samuelson noted that fact in accepting the position. At a time when Sullivan County is looking to raise awareness of what it has to offer, it can’t hurt to have the chief advocate for all the state’s counties be someone who has been actively involved in advancing Sullivan’s interests and who lives right down the road.
Cheers: To the battered-but-never-down Yankees, who clinched the championship of the American League East Division, despite a record number of injuries to players. Every replacement, it seemed, came through when needed, some in spectacular fashion. They set a team record for home runs and helped Aaron Boone become the first manager in Major League Baseball to achieve 100 wins in his first two seasons. The Yankees have a tradition of winning, but this one was especially well-earned. Kudos to general manager Brian Cashman and the scouts for a job well done.