July 20, 2013

Letters to the Editor: July 20, 2013


---- — Saranac reunion

TO THE EDITOR: The Saranac Central School Class of 1983 will be holding its 30th class reunion at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at 8 Ball Billiards Café, 7209 Route 9 North in Plattsburgh.

We are currently still trying to locate the following people: Peggy Dragoon, Sharyl Gosselin, Amy Jones Clukey, Joseph Tousignant, David Wright, James Wright, Jeff Wright, Brian Davis, Julie Trombley Brahm, Todd Trombley, Keith Porter, Kevin Porter, Pam Rock, Bruce Durocher, Randy Drollette, Joe Ormsby, Beth Gonyea Smith, Anne Normandin Fredenburg and Kenny Mosher.

Please contact the following with any information or questions: Nancy Bell Durocher at (293-7282 or 578-5935); Nancy Ahern LeFevre (492-2336); Diane Lennon Sayers (569-2613); Beth Gillen Ahern (293-7401); Mindy Maye Warick (492-2281); Amy Layhee Ashline (293-6639); or DonnaJo Plummer (293-7554).




Essex festivities

TO THE EDITOR: The Essex Fire Department is pleased to announce the trophy recipients from our Fourth of July parade.

Civilian Entries: Best of Show, Essex Farm; first place, “Spreading the Fun,” 1941 restored John Deere Manure Spreader, Irwin and Shelia Borden; second place, Essex Community Sunday Schools under direction of Superintendent Catherine Cross; and third place, Maple Brook Farm, four generations of the Bradley French families.

Fire Department Awards: Farthest Distance Traveled, Elizabethtown; Nicest Appearing Apparatus, Westport; and Oldest Apparatus Still in Service, Whallonsburgh, Oldest Apparatus, Lewis.

Judging was difficult as there were numerous great entries. Thanks to each and every entry that stepped off with us.

The Durant games on Beggs Point were their usual huge success with great, high-energy, fun-filled family-oriented competition. Each and every entrant was a winner.

Stoney Bailey’s and Matt Durant’s boat-race entries won their divisions.

Rave reviews are being received regarding the Fun Run, parade, fireworks, patriotic hymn sing and all the other activities. If you see any of the folks responsible, please take a moment and express your appreciation. These types of days don’t just happen.




Appreciated tribute

TO THE EDITOR: Thanks to everyone at Peru Primary School who made the morning of June 18 a memorable occasion for me.

I never expected the wonderful tribute that I received. Rarely am I lost for words, but that morning I was.

I have been a volunteer in the reading program for over a year, and it has been one of the most heart-warming experiences of my life. The children that I work with are so eager to learn, and it is wonderful to see the progress that they make during the school year. I get paid with hugs.

If you are retired and want to make a difference by helping children, the primary schools in our area would like to hear from you. Remember, our children are our greatest resource, and they will be among the future leaders of the world.




Seeking grandparents

TO THE EDITOR: I am looking for any information on my birth grandparents.

My father, Robert James (Bouchard) Green was born in Potsdam on Dec. 23, 1932, at 9:40 a.m. Robert was adopted by Meride and Ella Bouchard of Wilmington in the 1930s.

Robert Bouchard attended Keeseville Methodist Church in 1944.

Meride Bouchard was married to Jennie Bouchard prior to marrying Ella Pelkey of Jay between 1925 and 1930. Meride and Ella divorced. Ella then married Charlie Green between 1930 and 1940. Meride then lived in Lewis and passed away in May 1958.

If anyone has any photos, news clippings and/or other information on Meride, Ella and/or Robert Bouchard, or information on Robert’s birth parents, please contact me, at 1419 Hardscrabble Road, Cadyville, NY 12918.




Volunteer effort

TO THE EDITOR: This letter is to express our thanks to those who participated in the Day of Caring at the Champlain Children’s Learning Center.

Approximately 30 people associated with Pfizer arrived ready to work on that day and did not stop until every job was completed.

They raked lawns, trimmed gardens, cleaned, vacuumed, moved heavy furniture, made repairs and even helped with our teachers’ prep work. An amazing amount of work was done in a short amount of time.

As a non-profit organization, we often do not have the funds or the time to get to these projects. Our staff and supplies are limited, so volunteer days like these are essential.

A special thanks goes out to Jessy Badger for arranging the day and organizing the work crew. Her hard work kept the day running smoothly and efficiently. We were stunned to see so many people interested in helping us out and could not believe the amount that was accomplished.

Thanks also go out to Sally Jarvis for helping us get a donation of a much-needed vacuum cleaner through Pfizer in the following weeks.

Finally, thank you to Dave Champagne from Pfizer for helping to set up this day for us and to the United Way of the Adirondack Region for creating such a valuable opportunity for those interested in volunteering.

Our staff, Board of Directors, families and children truly appreciate the difference you made that day.



Champlain Children’s Learning Center


Pursuing peace

TO THE EDITOR: One man whose job I don’t envy is Secretary of State John Kerry.

Five trips to the Middle East in as many months to bring the Palestinians and the Israelis to the negotiating table has borne no fruit so far. Such “shuttle diplomacy” started with Henry Kissinger.

The most dramatic moments for the region were the Camp David accords of 1979 that silenced the guns of the mightiest armies of the region, those of Egypt and Israel. Egypt got back the Sinai without firing a single shot, complete with infrastructure and the Abu Rudeis oil fields that Israel had developed.

Since then, Western policymakers and security experts have painfully deceived themselves on the peace road map. Perhaps, but then again perhaps not, peace hovers in the horizon of the region.

The mix in the region is like a game of Russian roulette. What with a new president in Iran whose direction is blank at the moment. What with a divided and unpredictable Syrian opposition. Ditto Egypt, which is headed to we don’t know where.

It would be wishful thinking to let hope substitute for experience. The reality on the ground is that President Abbas can be a credible negotiating partner but not so Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and can never negotiate with Israel.

I am an optimist, and I agree with Kerry that he is inching toward the negotiating table. It is hard math to get an all-inclusive Abbas/Hamas team on the one hand and Israel on the other.

We hope the peace process does not end up as a pursuit of an illusion.