December 18, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 18, 2012


---- — Plattsburgh Airport

TO THE EDITOR: Our fourth return fight out of Plattsburgh International was not that much different from the three previous, direct flights to sun destinations, courteous staff and half the price of flying from Ottawa.

Yes, now we pay a $5 daily parking fee, but I did notice that it has cleaned up the lot; obviously there were those using the lot for not what it was intended. Not suprisingly, the clientelle is from nearby Montreal, but there were others from Ottawa, Trois Rivieres, Burlington and Plattsburgh. We engaged in some French conversation with other travelers; a few noticed that English is our mother tongue and then mixed in some English conversation.

The fact is there are far more options to fly to Florida from Plattsburgh than there are from Ottawa, a city 40 times the size.

So despite the almost three-hour drive, we are planning our next trip late February and thrilled that Allegiant has added Punta Gordo as a return trip home. Keep up the good work, Plattsburgh.

Norm Stotland



Fitness encouraged

TO THE EDITOR: Beekmantown Central School District has reopened the fitness center to the community.

Some estimate that obesity rates for Clinton County are over 60 percent. This is a great opportunity to work off those extra calories consumed over the holidays. There’s a nice selection of equipment. Information is available at the school’s website. Click on Calendar-Community Fitness Center from the school’s main page at

This is a great opportunity to get in shape. Reopening the fitness center was a team effort. School Board members Eric Andersen and Debbie Passno (fitness center liaison) were instrumental in reopening the center. Gary Lambert helped create the fitness center web pages and grant the access required to manage the calendar. Michelle and I are the two community volunteer coordinators.

Thanks to the entire School Board for approval to reopen the center. Other community volunteers are scheduled, and at least one will be available during community hours. The online calendar has the most up-to-date schedule.

The fitness center is scheduled to be open five days per week, but will be closed when the school is closed (such as holidays and inclement weather). You should consult the online calendar for the most current schedule: 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays.

You must be a resident of Beekmantown Central School District and over 18 years of age to use the center. BCSD students are not allowed to use the center during community hours.

This is only possible because of all the past and present efforts of the board, faculty and community volunteers. The future looks healthy. Commit to get fit in 2013, and take advantage of the awesome fitness center at BCS.

Rob Simpson

West Chazy