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Vanselow “not a wild-eyed renegade,” enjoys volunteering

Ron Vanselow and Johnsburg Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed attended the Mathew Brady marker dedication Nov. 10 at the Wevertown Community Center.

Ron Vanselow and Johnsburg Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed attended the Mathew Brady marker dedication Nov. 10 at the Wevertown Community Center. Photo by John Grybos.

— “We have to show that we're capable of grabbing opportunity when it comes our way and monetizing it,” he said.

The tourism industry is important to Johnsburg, said Vanselow, and he wants to do what he can to make sure the town's taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by the train, Gore and outdoor recreation around town.

A sustainable economy for Johnsburg could also include office jobs with telecommuting, which would be greatly helped by increasing the local internet speeds. The town's contract with Frontiernet will be up soon, and Vanselow has said that he'd like to renegotiate the agreement to include broadband development.

“Our job is not necessarily to create opportunities, but to assist them as they come along,” he said.

Though he has great interest in participating in the county board of supervisors, especially the tourism committee, he's not going in there to rock the boat too much.

“I'm not going in as some wild-eyed renegade looking to change the board,” he said.

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