November 7, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 7, 2012


---- — Heartfelt appreciation

TO THE EDITOR: On behalf of my niece, Hannah Sames, and all children living with Giant Axonal Neuropathy, I wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to all North Country supporters who helped to make the Volleyball Tournament for Hope a great success.

Saranac High School hosted this year’s event on Monday, Oct. 8. The event was organized by Shana Hileman (Beekmantown Central), Vicki McMillan (Plattsburgh High School) and Joanne Johnson (Saranac Central).

This year’s event was the biggest tournament ever, with the following teams participating from Sections VII and X: Northern Adirondack, Northeastern Clinton, Plattsburgh High School, Beekmantown, Peru, AuSable Valley, Saranac, Saranac Lake, Malone, Chateaugay, Massena and Lake Placid.

Several volunteers had a hand in making the event possible, including the officials, concession stand/raffle volunteers, coaches and, of course, the athletes.

Nearly $5,000 was raised to support Hannah’s Hope for GAN as we pursue our upcoming clinical trials for an effective treatment for children living with GAN today and for generations to come.

Funds raised will also help us to achieve the $450,000 all-or-nothing challenge grant that has been proposed by Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation. Please continue to support us by spreading the news of our life-saving mission and monitor our progress at:

The love and support from the North Country has been truly amazing.


Board of Directors president

Hannah’s Hope for GAN Inc.


Hospital demolition

TO THE EDITOR: I am in great support of the demolition project of the Moses-Ludington Hospital into apartments for senior citizens.

I voice my support for this project for two reasons: the project is being completed locally, based out of Rome, NY; and the historical landmark is being used for care purposes.

With the recent consolidation and selling of nursing homes, this project can only help families and the patients themselves by keeping them in the area and because they are not paying the high costs for nursing-home care.

The project is to be completed quickly; the goal is to have apartments available for rent in the beginning of 2014. The project is estimated to cost $7 million, which is much cheaper than trying to renovate the crumbling building.

It could be argued that to re-build the building takes away from the historical preservation of the building. The building was built in 1908 and has served as a historical landmark in the community of Ticonderoga. While I do, in most cases, believe historical preservation is important, the truth of the matter is that the renovation is both more economical and practical.

This is a great project that will benefit many. It will benefit economically short-term, as well as long-term. This project will also keep the historical purpose of care and is not being converted into a series of vacant town offices.


Port Henry