Press-Republican

July 18, 2013

Letters to the Editor: July 18, 2013


Press-Republican

---- — Alumni banquet

TO THE EDITOR: The AuSable Forks High School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the American Legion in AuSable Forks. 

Dutch-treat cocktails begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The dinner choices are prime rib ($24) or turkey ($20).

The banquet is open to all who ever attended ASFHS.

Invitations have been mailed to all for whom the committee has valid addresses. Anyone who has not received a letter and would like to attend should contact Pat Douglas, P.O. Box 999, AuSable Forks, NY, 12912, (647-8106), nanapat6@charter.net). Reservations will be accepted until July 22.

If you are unable to attend but would like to donate to the Leola Taylor Peacock or Deceased Alumni scholarship funds, contributions in any amount, payable to the ASFHS Alumni Fund, are welcomed.

These funds support a scholarship and the College Assistance Program for AVCS graduates. CAP helps students earn college credits while completing high dchool.

Additional scholarship/CAP funds are raised through raffle tickets. Prizes are donated by local businesses and individuals. Businesses in AuSable Forks, Jay, Keeseville, Wilmington and points in between, as well as individuals, provided prizes last year.

It is important that we support our local businesses. They do so much to make our fundraisers successful, and it saves time and gas to shop local. Thank you.

CHARLES E. MARSHALL

AuSable Forks Alumni Association

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Vision loss

TO THE EDITOR: If you could not see, how would you cook, get dressed or pay bills?

Where would you live? How would you emotionally handle the lack of independence, the inability to drive? Hopefully you never have to experience this, but more than likely you, a loved one or friend will.

As our population lives longer and diabetes is on the rise, millions of Americans will and do suffer from vision loss and/or blindness. Currently the leading causes of blindness in the United States are age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopatby and glaucoma.

The North Country Association for the Visually Impaired can help. We provide free services to those who are blind, legally blind and visually impaired in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties.

Our staff goes into your home, workplace or school to provide education, training and the skills needed to attain and maintain independence. 

For the elderly, basic, everyday living skills can mean the difference between staying in their own home and being placed in a nursing home. For children, these skills mean a better education, a sense of security at school and a brighter future.

On Aug. 2, the association will be holding its 10th-annual Golf for Sight Tournament and Fundraiser at Harmony Golf Club in Port Kent. The proceeds from this event allow us to continue vital services to the visually impaired in our area. You can support our mission by sponsoring the tournament, putting in a team, giving an item for raffles or by simply donating to NCAVI. 

For more information, please visit our website, www.ncavi.org or contact jodincavi@gmail.com, call 562-2330 or write NCAVI, 22 U.S. Oval, Suite B-15 Plattsburgh, NY 12903.

JODI LATTRELL-BURNS

Development coordinator

North Country Association for the Visually Impaired