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March 24, 2013

City of Plattsburgh approves prayer vigil

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Tiffer said he suggested the prayer vigil be held at Trinity Park, City Hall or at the Macdonough Monument. He said a gathering at those sites would not interfere with traffic or business operations.

THERE TO PRAY

Dr. John Middleton, head of Apostles for Life, said the prayer group will not be blocking the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood or intimidating anyone.

He said the vigil usually lasts just 30 to 45 minutes.

“We are there to pray,” he said. “I’ve never seen anyone disrespected.”

Middleton said the group does not want to hold its vigil at another location for good reason.

“We pray there because that is where what we are praying for takes place.”

ESCORTS READY

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Martha Stahl said they understand Apostles for Life has the right to pray.

She said the agency will be ready with supporters of its own to serve as escorts for patients, if need be, and to stand in solidarity with them.

“We are proud that we have so many folks to volunteer to be with us and support us,” Stahl said.

“That makes us feel good.”

OTHER ACTION

The council also unanimously approved a request from Club Caribbean at SUNY Plattsburgh to hold a Street Jam Carnival from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20. A section of Rugar Street from Memorial Hall to Hood Hall will be blocked off for the event.

The council also agreed to change its regular meeting scheduled for this Thursday to Wednesday, March 27, because of the city’s Good Friday holiday on Friday.

The meeting on Wednesday will begin at 5 p.m. with a work session, followed by the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Both are open to the public.

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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