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Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - Updated: 6:20 AM

Park concerts are returning

To the editor:

Summer is just around the corner with another season of great free concerts on tap at Riverlink Park, every Saturday during July and August. Visit our website, for the full schedule as well as performer bios and song samples.

Many thanks to this year's sponsors: Saratoga Arts through its Fulton-Montgomery Arts Grants Program, Stewart's Shops, Price Chopper and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and state Canal Corp. with more, hopefully, to come.

You can kick-start the season and help support the annual concert series by joining the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation and friends at our pig roast fundraiser on Friday, June 13, at Amsterdam Muni hosted by concessionaire Laura Elmendorf. Enjoy great food, the ambiance of the Muni patio and dance to the Latin/R&B stylings of Tropic Rhythm who will also perform at Riverlink on Aug. 2. Doors open at 6 with music starting at 7.

Tickets are $30 through June 6 ($40 thereafter) and are available through our website, at Muni Clubhouse, Tracee's Hair Stylists, Hagaman, or by calling 866-4999.

Please join us and help us continue to bring great free music to Riverlink Park.

Paul Gavry,


Tech savvy thanks are offered

To the editor:

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has a history of encouraging women to pursue science dating back to 1920 when a small group of women, the founders of AAUW, raised funds to purchase a gram of radium for Marie Currie to use in her research. Later in the century, AAUW worked for the passage of Title IX which provides equal opportunities to girls not only to participate in sports, but also ensures the opportunity for them to take the same math, science, engineering and technology (STEM) courses in school as boys. The focus on STEM continues in this century as AAUW branches across the U.S. including our local Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown AAUW hold Tech Savvy events for girls.

However, the support of the community is what really makes these events a success. The recent Tech Savvy Summit for Girls was done in partnership with F-MCC which is also a college partner member of AAUW. Faculty, staff and F-M graduates volunteered their time to facilitate hands on workshops in classrooms and labs on campus giving the girls attending a closeup of the local community college. Thanks to Chuck Saul and Jason Radlin the "tech men" at F-M who made sure the mics, computers and projectors were ready for our speakers and to Chartwells for the great food.

Appreciation goes to P-TECH principal Michael Dardaris for speaking to the adults attending about this exciting new program to help high school freshmen transition to college and careers in technology.

Generous donations from Stewarts's Shops, NBT Bank, Delta Kappa Gamma, St. Mary's Hospital, Soroptimist International of Fulton County, Fulton County Credit Union, Fit Happens, Johnstown Teachers Association, Mayfield Teachers Association, Gloversville Teachers Association, Post Net and Fort Plain Teachers Association made it possible for the local AAUW branch to afford to hold the event at F-M, purchase "bunny suits" for the girls to wear in the nanotech clean room workshop, provide registration materials, drawstring backpacks, and cover part of the cost of food.

A special thanks goes to the administration and staff at each of the 14 schools in the tri-counties who made the extra effort to bus their girls to the event even though several only had a half day of school.

In addition, we would like to thank the Amsterdam Recorder for sending a reporter and photographer to cover AAUW's third annual Tech Savvy Summit for Girls on May 20.

Elizabeth Russo,


Board offers thanks for support

To the editor:

The board of education wishes to express its sincere appreciation for the positive results on our 2014-15 budget vote. Our budget passed with 64 percent of the voters in favor of the proposed budget. With this approved budget, we will not only be able to maintain all of our current programs, but also make some program improvements as well.

Unfortunately, the proposition on the building project was defeated. Although we received 58.5 percent of positive yes votes, we still needed 11 more votes to meet our 60 percent supermajority for this to pass. The board of education will be reviewing the 165 responses (21 percent) to the exit survey to see how the respondents felt regarding the proposal. (Exit survey results can be viewed on our website and Facebook.) We are very pleased with the results of one question in particular: "How would you rate the quality of education provided by the Fonda-Fultonville Central School?" Ninety percent of respondents rated our schools with an A or B. The board will be deciding, in the very near future, the next steps needed to take with our building project and will inform the public as soon as possible.

Again, we wish to emphasize how pleased we are in Fonda to have so much support for our school district and the quality program provided for our students.

Timothy Wendell,


The writer is president of the F-FCS board of education.


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