January 18, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 18, 2013


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TO THE EDITOR: The Adirondack tractor pullers would like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors who helped to make our tractor pull for the food shelf a success this past September.

We were able to provide $4,125 and 400 pounds of non-perishable food to five food shelves in the Clinton County area.

We would like to thank J Hogan Refrigeration, Peru Farm Center, Jeffords Steel, Sample Lumber, Bee Line Logistics, Maggy Pharmacy, LaBombard’s Restoration Saranac, David’s Repair Service, Peru, Tedfords Inc. in Saranac, Pete’s Wood ‘n’ Stuff, Banker’s Orchards, Tracy Trombley Construction, Versatile Trailer Sales, X-PLO/EZ STO, National Vision Associates, Chauvin Insurance Agency, Giroux Poultry, Dragoons Farm Equipment, Remember Me Pet Cemetery, Champlain Peterbuilt, Riley Ford, Warren Tire Service and Olympic Auto in Keeseville.

Without their support and the help of all the volunteers who stepped forward and contributed their time, this would not have been possible.

Again, thanks to all that helped to make it a success, and we will hope to make a bigger event this fall.


Board of Directors

Adirondack Tractor Pullers



TO THE EDITOR: Jan. 2 found me at CVPH lab for necessary blood work. I decided to try the hospital cafeteria once again for a cup of soup.

Several times in the past, I’ve considered the soup, but all three kettles showed sodium content too salty for me. Constant awareness of heart problems, fluid retention and high blood pressure has led me to rid my pantry of canned foods loaded with sodium.

It has been suggested in the hospital not to exceed daily sodium intake of 2,000 mgs. For me, it’s more attention to the fresh vegetable bins and a personal target of 1,500 mgs of sodium daily limit.

Throwing the salt shaker away is not an answer to all problems. However, there is evidence that rapid breathing and excess fluid in heart, ankles and limbs is appearing as a reduced problem.

Today’s trip to the soup kettles was more of the same. A kettle of butternut squash showed 750 mgs of sodium per serving (equivalent to a large cup). Minestrone soup had 551 mgs of salt, and beef chili showed 1140 mgs of salt/sodium in a similar container.

CVPH promotes emphasis and evidence of the non-smoking campaign, which is a great stride toward better health.

The same facility that promotes healthy lifestyles in so many ways, in my opinion, is blindly offering soups loaded with sodium, definitely known to contribute to medical problems.

A couple of times I brought it to the attention of those in the facility but it appears to no avail. Kettles of soup laced with salt is not what good health is all about.





TO THE EDITOR: As a native of Keeseville and a longtime witness to the true good-heartedness of the people all across the North Country, I knew I would hear from family and friends to ensure our safety after superstorm Sandy.

What I did not expect was the amazing response from the community in total when we sent out a call for help.

I want to thank Dean Martin and Tonia Finnegan for leading the effort to send two trucks full of useful donations to our town to aid in the recovery from this terrible storm.

Thanks, too, to the Keeseville Elks Lodge (where we had our wedding rehearsal dinner) for aiding in the collection and storage of items until they could be delivered.

And, thanks to all who donated. Whatever you sent, be assured that it will be put to good use, and the people of Highlands thank you.

Highlands is a very small town on the Jersey Shore. It is full of warm, friendly people — just like home. I have been so proud to have friends send the trucks as well as monetary donations, well wishes and thoughts and prayers over the past few months. It really means a lot.

There truly is no place like home! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please come visit the Jersey Shore and our beautiful beaches soon.


Highlands, N.J.


for kids

TO THE EDITOR: Behavioral Health Services North is very excited to host our second annual free Kids’ Carnivale at the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center Gym on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 2-5pm. We hope families with young children ages 3-7 will again join us for an afternoon focused on raising awareness about children’s wellness resources in our community.

The Carnivale will feature Mardi Gras-themed activities and crafts including: bouncy house, face painting, bean bag toss, beads, music, mask making/decorating, and much more. Ongoing demonstrations by Guibord’s North Country School of Dance, Steve’s Contact Karate and ZumbAtomic will give kids a chance to try something new.

Families can stop by the City Police booth for a safety kit, enjoy balloon-making by Magic Rick – there’s something for everyone! BHSN’s program staff will also be on hand with information about the many youth wellness services they provide.

Then, join us at 3 and again at 4:30 for the Kids’ Parade of Masks led by our 2013 Mardi Gras North Queen Penny Clute with live music by Bryan Kieser & the King Cake Combo. Free water donated by Kinney Drugs and popcorn will be served throughout the event.

The Kids’ Carnivale marks the 11th anniversary of BHSN’s Mardi Gras North, a fundraiser that will support services in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.


Volunteer member

BHSN Board of Directors



TO THE EDITOR: I applaud the editorial on Jan. 13 “Pedestrian Protection.” We hear too many stories of accidents involving pedestrians and motorists when they can be so easily avoided.

I live in Morrisonville in an area where sidewalks don’t exist. Not long ago the speed limit was raised on Mason Street despite pedestrian and motorist accidents that have occurred here. I am legally blind and hearing-impaired. I enjoy walking for pleasure and exercise.

I am afraid to walk our road. Cars come through here at speeds that don’t allow me to even hear, much less see, them until they are almost next to me. I wouldn’t have time to react if a car and driver were too close to me or having vehicle issues. We need a sidewalk to make the walkers on our road much safer and separate them from drivers.

I have a reflective vest that I can wear during bad-weather days and times of the day when it’s difficult for a driver to see me. I strongly encourage everyone to get reflective clothing and/or outerwear to keep safe. You can even buy hats, arm bands and reflective tape to put on favorite clothing you already have. Please check out this web site for inexpensive reflective gear and tape to keep your family safe and enjoy your time outdoors any time of day or night.

Help everyone enjoy some peace of mind whether driving or out on the go.