If you don't have anything planned for this Saturday, you might want to consider heading on over to the Florida Town Hall for a free breakfast and a chance to get involved with helping the region recover from heavy flooding -- and tornado -- of the past two years.
The state has made up to $9 million available to the towns of Amsterdam and Florida to help them boost local economies and protect residents from future storms. It's part of the New York Rising Communities Reconstruc-tion Program, a statewide effort aimed at providing assistance to areas hit hard by natural disasters in recent years.
It's only right that the folks who live in those communities have a say in how it will be done.
While much of the attention as of late has been on Fort Plain -- which sustained heavy flooding in June -- the towns of Amsterdam and Florida are still rebuilding after tropical storms Irene and Lee paid a visit to the region in 2011.
Many areas in both towns were hit hard by the floods, and many people still haven't fully recovered from them.
To make matters worse, a tornado swept through during that same period, causing heavy damage in Cranesville and the area immediately surrounding it. Evidence of that damage can still be seen today.
During Saturday's breakfast, a committee composed of residents, local business owners and representatives of community organizations will go over a list of projects that would be covered by the available funding. Members of the public are free to give feedback on the plan and pitch ideas of their own.
The event runs from 8 to 11 a.m. The town hall is located at 167 Fort Hunter Road.
We encourage residents of both towns to get involved in the recovery process. The people best equipped to rebuild a community are the folks who live there.
And you'll get free pancakes.