November 5, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 5, 2013


---- — Tournament support

TO THE EDITOR: This letter is to publicly thank all the wonderful volunteers, coaches, athletes, fans, families and friends that helped make our youth soccer tournament such a success.

First and foremost, our appreciation goes out to our pre-K-to-6th-grade athletes, who have shown outstanding sportsmanship, leadership, athleticism and motivation to succeed and learn about the game of soccer.

Thank you to our coaches (and any parents who assisted): James Leibeck, grades 5/6; Greg Cassavaugh, grades 3/4; Jessica Bridge and Erica Blanchard, grades 1/2; and Jennifer Leibeck, grades pre-K-K.

Also, thanks to: Mr. Broadwell, Brandy Pierce, Randy Swires, Mike Douglas and the rest of the faculty and staff at WCS; Junior National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Key Club, Boys and Girls Modified and Varsity Soccer Athletes; Clarence Russell; the Village Meat Market; Byrd’s Country Store; Shingle Street Septic; Mr. Hatch and the Willsboro Town Council; Travis Crowningshield and the Willsboro DPW; Gail Drinkwine, Sue Swires, Alan Thompson, Jack Thompson, Todd Pierson, Paul Arnold and Michelle Cross; Jack Oliver, Kenesa Kohen, Geordie Hearn, Mat Longware, Lucas Cross, Zach Pierson, Nick Arnold, Nate Yeager, Rylee Pierson, Trina Bigelow, Darrian Sweatt, Payton Gough, Gabby Yeager, Kelsey Sloper, Austin Ferris, Connor Sheehan and Seth Swires.

Also, Justin Joslyn for donating his popcorn machine and teams from Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Moriah, Westport, E’town, Keene, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.

It is because of our fantastic community that programs like the Willsboro Youth Commission succeed. Thank you does not seem like enough, but please know that your support and dedication is greatly appreciated.








Willsboro Youth Commission


Fashion show

TO THE EDITOR: The Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY held a Runway Fashion Show at Birch’s Corner in Mooers on Sept. 27.

We’d like to take a moment to thank all those who supported this event and were involved.

Thank you to store owner, Lina Birch, for use of her wonderful location, Robin Barre, fashion designer for Artizan Clothing and Accessories and all the volunteers who modeled the clothing. Also, Tom Birch, who custom-built a runway for the show to take place. Nikki and Jan for organizing the clothing and assisting backstage and throughout the event. DJ Flash (Kevin Bosley) for providing lighting and equipment, as well as DJ Slim (Lester Juhasz) for providing music and sound. Dame’s Rental in Plattsburgh for providing chairs for the guests. L&M Convenience in Mooers for hors d’oevres.

Thank you to Steve Carpenter from Liquor and Wine Warehouse. Simon Chang, Michael Tyler, Robin Barre and Cream Soda for the donation of raffle prizes.

Also, thank you to Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY President Kelly Shadrick for speaking at the event, as well as Event Coordinators Laura Birtz-Sisson and Shallen Wells-Brunet for their ongoing coordination from start to finish. To see photos of the event, see Birch’s Corner on Facebook.


Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY


Dishonoring military

TO THE EDITOR: How tragic to hear the news on the TV that yet another U.S. military base had suffered an attack on American service members.

Eerily reminiscent of the shooting at Fort Hood in 2011 by Nidal Hasan, 13 lives were lost at the hands of a sick individual.

Service members deserve our respect as they commit their lives to protect this country’s sovereignty and our personal freedoms. The men and women of the U.S. Navy Shipyard, like those at Fort Hood Army Base, made that commitment; some have now given their lives protecting our freedoms.

Within minutes of the attack, our president and commander in chief of all U.S. armed forces, spoke in a pre-arranged speech at Lehman Brothers Corp. Brief mention was made of the tragedy at the Navy Shipyard. With full knowledge that our naval base was under attack, the president instead chose to focus his own attack on Republican lawmakers. Tasteless and disrespectful are apt words to describe.

Tuesday morning, I opened to the front page of the Press-Republican. Disbelieving, the terrorism that took place on Monday that took the lives of 12 innocent Americans is not even mentioned on the front page. This story is not found until you turn to Page 8.

I find this to be another example of dishonor to the brave men and women that were killed or injured while serving our country. Is this political bias in editing? Do our editors believe that people of the North Country are not interested in our national security or care about the men and women in our military?

It is unfortunate that the Press-Republican would not deem this event noteworthy of a front-page headline.




Credit unions

TO THE EDITOR: On Thursday, Oct. 17, credit unions in our community and worldwide came together to celebrate International Credit Union Day and the role that financial cooperatives play in improving the communities they serve and the lives of their members the world over.

This year’s theme, “Credit Unions Unite for Good,” encapsulated what has long been credit unions’ philosophical principle — cooperation among financial cooperatives to better serve their members.

It is the goal of all credit unions to offer access to affordable financial services to all their members and provide even the most financially disadvantaged the tools and the opportunities to be financially self-sufficient.

Credit unions are unique because they are not-for-profit, democratically controlled, member-owned cooperatives. Credit unions pool their members’ assets to provide low-cost loans and other financial services in the best interest of the members, not to earn shareholder profits.

Credit unions play a vital role in the economic development and stability of the communities they serve, helping people improve their lives through access to affordable financial services and making the world a better place to live.

Stellar member service and democratic control are just some of the many benefits of being a credit union or cooperative member. That’s as true of credit unions here in the North Country as it is in other cooperatively owned financial institutions from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Cooperatives and credit unions are founded on community service, a principle that has set them apart for more than 150 years.

We hope everyone will join us in celebrating the credit-union difference, our proud cooperative heritage and the wonderful opportunities credit unions and cooperatives offer members of the North Country community.


Peru Federal CU


UFirst Federal CU


Dannemora Federal CU