November 21, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 21, 2013


---- — Pastor praised

TO THE EDITOR: The Brandon Center Wesleyan Church Local Advisory Committee, on behalf of the entire BCWC community, would like to thank our Pastor, Juanita Brooks, for her amazing leadership.

Twelve years ago, Pastor Juanita took on the role of lead pastor in a church with a weekly attendance that averaged less than 15 people and a building that few in the community even knew was a church.

Through her strong faith and tireless efforts, the church has re-established itself as a cornerstone in the community of Brandon.

From Juanita’s unique style of delivering messages that remind all of us that Christianity goes beyond the walls of the church, to her unfailing ability to know just when someone needs a reassuring visit or call, she ministers to this community with an energy level that is unmatched.

Her sense of humor mixed with passion for the task that she has, to impact everyone she meets with the message that they are loved and valued, is felt every day in our small community.

While not everyone in Brandon may attend our church, it would be difficult to find someone who does not know Pastor Juanita or been helped by her or a project she has spearheaded.

We would like everyone to know how much we appreciate our pastor. If you have a chance to make your way out to Brandon, we would recommend you stop in and listen to her message. We can assure you it is life changing.






Brandon Center Wesleyan Church Local Advisory Committee


Horse rescuers

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to express my sincerest appreciation for all who participated in the recent horse rescue.

I have always held that our animals, from our dogs and cats up to the large animals such as these horses, have hearts as big as all outdoors and will give 10 times the love and devotion that they receive.

These creatures certainly did not deserve the hand that fate dealt them.

With patience, good care and soothing hands, we can bring them back to where they deserve to be: in health and fitness. This can only be accomplished by way of the unlimited volunteer hours, materials, feed and love that poured forth when called.

I know I will miss some, and I apologize, but a huge thank you to, Drs. Dodd, Russell and Knapp; Crane Mountain Rescue; Supervisor Sharon Boisen; the Essex County Animal Cruelty Task Force; George King; Gordon Costin; Pok-o-MacCready; Sue McDonough and the ASPCA; the Gillilands of Willsboro; the dozens of volunteers who fed, cared for, exercised and cleaned out stalls; and all who donated funds, feed, materials and time to care for these deserving horses.

I know the huge amount of time, patience and effort that went into this rescue, and we certainly could not have done this without you. You have made such a difference in the lives of these horses that it is impossible to put this into words.

Thank you again for your love and protection of our friends.


Essex County sheriff