TO THE EDITOR: In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Foundation of CVPH held its annual Girls Night Out event on Oct. 15.
For two shows, the Strand Theatre was packed, and more than 1,400 people enjoyed some wonderful entertainment.
The Boobie Sisters were inspiring and featured a special guest, CVPH CEO Stephens Mundy. The group received the 2013 Boobie Prize for their efforts in increasing awareness about breast cancer.
Genetic counselor Charlene Schulz, C.R. Wood Cancer Center, Glens Falls, discussed breast health and genetics. Then, the audience laughed with comedian Debi Gutierrez.
Thank you to our underwriters: Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery Services of CVPH Medical Center, the Law Office of Mark Schneider, Mountain Lake PBS and Kool 105 FM.
Audience members were offered discounts at local restaurants; thanks to Aleka’s, Anthony’s Restaurant & Bistro, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Arnie’s Restaurant, Butcher Block, Geoffrey’s Pub, Ground Round Grill & Bar, Irises Café and Wine Bar, Koto Japanese Steakhouse, Olive Ridley’s, Panera Bread, Champlain Wine Company, The Pepper, and Uno Chicago Grill.
Thanks also to the General Trading Company, the Party Factory, and Champlain Wine Company, our ticket outlets.
Special thanks to Joshua Kretser, Leigh Mundy and Kathy Reccia for ensuring that our shows ran flawlessly and to Stephanie Gorin of NewsChannel 5 for being our MC.
Entertainment Unlimited managed the lighting and sound for that evening, and they were fantastic. Diane Laurin created this year’s pin.
Thank you to volunteers Erinola Araaoye, Michelle Buancore, Gail Calongne, Victoria Chard, Esther Chery, Jennifer Naupari, Anne Sanford and Veronika Waibel and the Girls Night Out Committee: Chris Blake, Elli Collins, Kerry Haley, Diane Laurin and Michelle Senecal.
Thank you for your support.
CVPH manager of Community Outreach/Volunteer Services
TO THE EDITOR: Throughout the 2013 growing season, gardeners and farmers have generously donated their harvest to local food shelves and free meal programs.
More than 2,000 pounds of fresh produce and 720 dozen eggs were donated to underserved populations in our local community.
Plattsburgh Plant a Row for the Hungry wishes to thank the following individuals and groups for feeding those in need: Plattsburgh Community Garden, Charles C. Hart Seed Co., Agoney’s Vegetables, Gonyo Farms, United Methodist Women, Presbyterian Women, Master Gardener Volunteers, Giroux Poultry Farms, Lamoy’s Farm, Rehoboth Homestead, Juniper Hill Farm, Student Food Group at SUNY Plattsburgh and many individual home gardeners.
Watch for our next Plattsburgh Plant a Row campaign in 2014. See you in the garden.
Plattsburgh Plant a Row coordinator
TO THE EDITOR: By now, votes have been counted, elected officials have been announced, and political yard signs have been removed and stored away.
As a candidate for Town Council in the Town of Chesterfield, I want to express my sincere gratitude for the support I received on Nov. 5. Thank you, Town of Chesterfield.
Although we did hope for a different outcome, I would like to congratulate my opponents, Richard Klages and Clayton Barber. Furthermore, I personally wish them the best of luck when their new terms begin, after the first of the year.
These are trying times for small, rural communities like ours. I’m sure they will do the best job possible for the people they serve.
BRIAN M. LaFOUNTAIN
TO THE EDITOR: As the 2013 election season comes to an end, I would like to take this time to thank the residents and voters of Peru.
For me, this election season was unique as I met people and had many experiences that I had not anticipated.
My philosophy was that I felt that my experience and knowledge is beneficial to everyone who enters the Peru Town Hall. I knocked on many doors. I was greeted with appreciation and a kind, listening ear.
I mailed letters to residents, placed lawn signs on lawns, texted, emailed and received many beautiful letters of support in the Press-Republican. I want you all to know how much I appreciated whatever it was that you did for me.
I understand that politicians can be overbearing and intrusive. I was treated well and with respect, and I am grateful and wanted to express my appreciation to all of you.
As the holiday season approaches and 2013 comes to an end, I would like to extend to all of you a statement that a woman shouted out to me as I left her in her doorway. It warmed my heart and made me realize why I was out doing what I believed in. She said “Good luck, and be blessed.”
I thanked her but I want to pass that on to each and every person who reads this. Kind words and warm thoughts can go a very long way in these struggling times. Thank you, Peru voters. I feel blessed.
TO THE EDITOR: I would like to congratulate Jim Calnon on his recent mayoral win.
I was a very active Chris Rosenquest supporter and was disappointed with the outcome but pleased to hear Mayor-elect Calnon promising to engage the issues raised by both Rosenquest and Mark Tiffer supporters.
This approach is essential and responsible, given that 55 percent of the electorate did not vote for him.
His first action in making good on this promise should be reopening the Community Development Office. I would also recommend that he staff this office with his recently defeated opponents, Chris Rosenquest and Mark Tiffer.
Both have shown that they have strong visions and plans for our city. Both have demonstrated they have a large contingent of community support (quantifiably measured by the recent election). Their combined experience makes for an excellent staff for an office charged with developing our city economically and culturally.
Furthermore, a staff of two would be financially feasible and reasonable for the city (and I’m sure both are used to working long hours for little at this point).
This arrangement would make good on Calnon’s goal of keeping this groundswell of community involvement engaged with the city leadership. It would also provide a direct line of communication between these former candidates, their supporters and the new city government.
With a new mayor and City Council, I ask Mayor-elect Calnon and all city councilors to provide these two very different but very dedicated community members a path to remain engaged in the leadership and vision of our city.