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December 24, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 24, 2013

Supportive of police

TO THE EDITOR: Thank you for your very timely opinion of support for the safety and well being of police officers everywhere.

The motto of the New York State Police, “to protect and serve,” benefits each of us. They do this selflessly everyday! The expression, “I’ve got your back” is something they do as a matter of course.

It is said that you really do not understand another until you walk a mile in their shoes.

We have not walked in their shoes, but we have seen enough, first-hand, to really appreciate all they do for us.

As proud parents of a NYSP officer, it is comforting to know that “you have their back.”

To paraphrase Tiny Tim, “God bless them, everyone.”

JOE AND SALLY SPADARO

Saranac Lake

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After-school program

TO THE EDITOR: On Dec. 5, we had possibly the best after-school program I have ever seen here at Stafford Middle School.

Penny Manor, together with Lynn Sheehan and the Student Council, held a Grandparents’ Day. All of the students in our school were invited to have their grandparents come, and the turnout was fantastic.

There were cookies, brownies (and some of them were gluten-or sugar-free), fruit trays, ice-cream sundaes and punch were served. Josue Chanduvi, who owns Grandma’s Candy Shop, brought in coffee and free samples of his delicious treats. Officer Clark joined us, as did our principal, Mr. LaBarge, and the assistant principal, Mr. Cameron. The Family School Organization, or FSO, provided funds for the snacks.

We had a photo booth, where free pictures were taken of the kids and their grandparents. The pictures were taken by Courtney Sheehan. Students read poems they had written, too. Pins and magnets were given out to the grandparents.

Lastly, Mrs. Manor and Ms. Sheehan bought goodies to put into baskets; grandparents filled out a slip for the basket they wanted and many lucky grandparents “won” a basket.

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