October 9, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 9, 2012


---- — Education discussion

TO THE EDITOR: This letter aims to increase awareness of important conversations and events happening in our community.

Maybe you heard about Vision2040, Vision2Action or the Partnership for Community Development. All have one goal in common: to attract 3,000 new families to our region by 2040.

A number of volunteers in the community are already actively engaged in specific areas of interest, and there is ample room for more. Our community is our responsibility; I’m encouraging participation in these important discussions.

We have had three sessions, so far, with grassroots community involvement; the first focused on arts and culture, the second on recreation, and the third on transportation.

This October Vision2Action is addressing educational attainment — one of the most important factors for a strong economy and sustainable quality of life in our region.

We encourage you to attend one or all of the events and become engaged in this collaborative effort so residents thrive individually and as a community.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, watch a roundtable discussion hosted by Thom Hallock on “Mountain Lake Journal” on Mountain Lake PBS. Join the conversation: facebook/vision2action.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, attend the Community Forum at Clinton Community College, Stafford Center. A panel of experts, moderated by Paul Sands, will discuss the community’s state of education. Community questions and comments are encouraged.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, watch a special edition of “Mountain Lake Journal” or join us at the studio at PBS. Thom Hallock will talk with panelists and take questions from the audience and viewers at home. Join the conversation at facebook/vision2action.

We hope students, parents, teachers, administrators, employers, elected officials and others will participate in the above events. Check out for more on what’s been done and details on the upcoming sessions.


Volunteer vice chair


Help needed

TO THE EDITOR: I am doing a fundraiser and silent auction/luncheon for my brother, Lt. Cpl. Robert O’Connell.

Over the last three years, Robert has served two combat tours in Afghanistan. Robert is now stationed in Japan, and we would love nothing more than to have his home with his family for Christmas.

This will be the first Christmas in three years that Robert will spend with his family, which includes his proud and devoted mother (Kelly), his older brother (ex-Navy, medical discharge) Richard and his younger brothers, myself and Ryan.

Ryan, 5, is closer to Robert than anyone else in the world and misses him terribly. As Robert helps support our disabled mother and Ryan, he cannot afford to come home.

Ryan was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, a rare condition in children that involves inflammation of the blood vessels, and hospitalized for a week earlier this year. He now has to visit a cardiologist regularly to make sure his heart stays healthy and to help prevent him from having a heart attack.

It would make everyone’s Christmas to have Robert home, especially Ryan’s. Ryan calls him his “Bobby Daddy.” We are hoping to raise enough money to buy him a round-trip ticket from and back to Japan.

The silent auction/luncheon will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Plattsburgh Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 125 at 116 Boynton Ave.

All donations can be made to I can be reached at 293-5125.




Miracle Ride

TO THE EDITOR: My sincere thanks to all who helped with the Jeff Wyand Miracle Ride. We raised more than $38,000 for the Children’s Cancer Programs at Fletcher Allen.

We all know that a lot of our children from our area go to Vermont to receive care and treatments.

With more than 300 motorcycles that participated in the parade and then the barbecue at American Legion 1619 in West Plattsburgh, our fundraiser was once again a great success.Thanks to all the fire departments for your exceptional coverage at all the major intersections, the New York State Police, Plattsburgh City Police and Clinton County Sheriff’s Department. Without you, we could not have had such a safe ride.

Thanks to the City of Plattsburgh for allowing us to use the Crete Center as our starting point. And thanks to all the volunteers and the American Legion Riders & H.O.G. Chapter.

A special thank-you to American Legion Post 1619, for without all you, we could not have had such a great event.


Ride coordinator


 Food drive

TO THE EDITOR: In 2009, Congress designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with helping to support this effort across the country.

The National Day of Service and Remembrance established the inspiring tradition of Americans engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

The North Country Regional Volunteer Center located at the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. held a food drive in conjunction with Adirondack Community Action Program, ComLinks Community Action Program, Family Champions of the North Country and the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity.

The food drive was a success. A couple hundred food items were donated by concerned residents through workplace collections and individual givers.

A colossal thank you goes out to all the citizens who contributed to the success of the 9/11 food drive. The generous outpouring of support is what makes our region a community.


Director of development


Outreach coordinator

United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc.


Applefest entertainers

TO THE EDITOR: The 2012 Peru St. Augustine’s Applefest was a great success again this year.

I, as entertainment coordinator, would personally like to thank the Bootleg Band, the Back Porch Band, the Castaways, the Plattsburgh Pipe and Drums, the Plattsburgh Gospel Choir, Josee Allard and Merriloons the Clown for the wonderful job they did. The music was fantastic.

Thank You to Vinnie Rock for coming and playing our national anthem in memory of our soldiers here and away, as well as our veterans that day. Vinnie, You rock/

You all did a wonderful job. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. To a great group of musicians, you are all greatly appreciated. Merriloons, you were a great joy to all the children.


Entertainment coordinator

2012 Peru Applefest