Air Service began with a flurry at Watertown Airport late this afternoon as passengers coming and going on American Eagle to Chicago's O'Hare packed the tiny but nicely remodeled post War (WWII) terminal.
Local pols and others were a football field away in the hangar cooing to each other over the service....It actually is a job well done. Jefferson County lawmakers and management have enthusiastically embraced running the airport....Originally they felt they were strong-armed into taking the aging Aerodrome by Senator James Wright in exchange for sales tax legislation...Well, that's what did happen, but to their credit, County poobahs, led by Leg. Barry Ormsby and Board Chair Carolyn Fitzpatrick have done a great job.
I chatted up some people getting on and off the first flight including a man from Texas who came here on a hunting trip and a woman from the Lone Star State who came here to visit her daughter and son in law at Fort Drum....Her path was clear from the copy of the Chicago Sun tucked in her carry-on and the inaugural flight certificate she got as a momento.