Solar project will benefit community
I am writing regarding the High River Energy Solar Project in the Town of Florida. I am a member of the DaBar Farm, LLC and believe this project will be very beneficial to the town and its community.
The project is poised to position Montgomery County as a leader in renewable energy and help New York meet its renewable energy goals. It will also secure the future of DaBar Farm.
My siblings and I inherited the property from our father over 12 years ago and it has been a battle to hold on to it and make ends meet.
By signing on with NextEra, we will be able to improve on the property and possibly do even greater things with it in the future. I can still envision my father going out all hours of the day or night, whether it was 90+ degrees or 10 below zero, to work the land and take care of the animals. This property has a deep meaning to all of us in one way or another.
The High River Energy Center solar project will benefit the community as a whole by providing numerous economic benefits, including the potential for millions of dollars in additional tax revenue, which may in fact lower taxes for local residents, in addition to the ability to enhance schools, roads and essential services.
With all that said, I wholeheartedly support the High River Energy Solar Project and hope you will, too.
Head Start’s ABCD is meeting needs
October is Head Start Awareness Month. In celebration, I want to take a moment to spotlight Agri-Business Child Development (ABCD) efforts to meet our communities’ needs.
In 2020, I was named the National Head Start Association’s BOLD Prize winner for ABCD’s leadership through the challenges of 2020.
This recognition was for the work ABCD did to understand and address the unique needs of ABCD’s migrant and seasonal farmworker families.
ABCD operates 12 Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs across the state of New York, as well as a regular Head Start program in Seneca County and an Early Head Start program in Orange County.
Given the nature of ABCD families’ work in agriculture, we understood that parents would still need to work in person, which made reopening for in-person services a high priority. For the past year, ABCD’s focus has been on the physical isolation of families and staff, their basic needs such as food and sustenance, their mental health, as well as financial literacy needs, and technological awareness.
As a result of our experiences I have learned that with adversity comes opportunity; that promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion works best because people take ownership of the process and find their true value within the organization; and that trusting your team and engaging the vision of others opens many doors. Above all, I have learned that ABCD is truly blessed to have an array of community partners ready to support us.
Jeram will give 100% as Clifton Park judge
I am writing to express my support of Jennifer Jeram for Clifton Park town justice.
I am co-president of the Arongen Elementary PTA and have known Jen for five years. We met when our oldest children started kindergarten, and she also had a 2-year-old son and was pregnant with her daughter.
When I learned that she also worked full-time as a law clerk and volunteered for PTA, I was impressed with how she managed to juggle it all, while keeping a smile on her face and never seeming overwhelmed.
She gives every task 100% effort while maintaining an even hand, patience, and taking everything in stride. I look up to Jen as a mother, a professional, and a community member.
Jen’s credentials speak for themselves. She has extensive experience as an attorney, and her commitment to our community is clear from the various volunteer positions she holds. She is exactly who we need to be our next Clifton Park town justice – someone with experience plus a modern outlook and fresh ideas to keep Clifton Park moving forward. Please join me in voting Jennifer Jeram for Clifton Park Town Justice on Nov. 2.
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