Press-Republican

November 27, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 27, 2013


Press-Republican

---- — Swimmers’ demeanor

TO THE EDITOR: My daughter, while a student at Saranac Central, just finished her fifth year as a varsity swimmer for the Peru swim team.

During this time, she had the privilege of swimming against the young ladies on the Moriah swim team.

We have watched the members of this team for the last five years, and they are the epitome of what good sports are and should be. They never won a single meet during this time, but they unfailingly cheered on their teammates and the other swimmers, and they celebrated every race.

At sectionals this year, Brooke Dever placed second in the backstroke, and there were tears shed. The tears were not because she didn’t win, but rather because second at sectionals was her highest achievement and because she had a huge personal best. These were tears of celebration rather than disappointment. 

These swimmers were frequently overlooked, and they deserve to be recognized for their efforts and more importantly for their positive attitude. These young ladies have been a joy to watch and get to know these last five years, and my daughter and I will miss them. Go Mortar! Go Vikings!

JULIA BARKLA

Saranac

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Phys ed teachers

TO THE EDITOR: As the first quarter of the school year winds down, parents will be invited to pick up their children’s report cards and meet with teachers. 

During this visit, don’t forget to stop in and say hello to your child’s physical education teacher. Physical education is an important part of your child’s education and well-being.

Opportunities to be physically active during the school day contribute to your child’s academic success. A study by the Centers for Disease Control showed that students who earn high grades are twice as likely to get regular physical activity compared to students who earn low grades; and strong evidence suggests that children who participate in daily physical education have better school attendance, a more positive attitude toward school, stronger academic achievement, increased concentration, improved math, reading and writing test scores, and less disruptive behavior.

Talk to the physical education teacher about whether your child is getting the full benefit of PE class. Ask questions. Does my child participate and show good effort? Does my child come to class prepared with proper footwear and clothing? What can I do as a parent to encourage my child to be more active in class?

Find out about the PE curriculum. Ask if all students get the opportunity to be active throughout the class period. Ask if there will be homework. Schools are integrating English language arts and math skills into all curriculums, including PE.

Physical education and physical activity are important to your child’s health, development and success.

Let your child know that you care about physical education by including a visit to the PE teacher at this year’s open house.

KAREN DERUSHA

Principal public health educator

Clinton County Health Department

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Successful show

TO THE EDITOR: The Moriah Car and Truck Show was held on Oct. 5  and was a great success with 86 cars attending.

There was a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction and food sale.

We would like to thank the following sponsors: Knights of Columbus in Port Henry, Todd and Tammy Deyo, T&T Leasing, Eggelfield Brothers, Mineville Oil Co., LaRocks Trailer Sales, Deroucher Auto Sales, Garrands Nissan, Bill McBride Chevrolet, Plattsburgh Ford, Ernie’s Discount Tools, G Stone Motors, McCadam Distributing, Koffee Kup Bakery, Pepsi, Glazier, Avery Fuel, Freihoffer Bakery, Town of Moriah Country Club, Kings Inn, Frank’s Knotty Pine, Paul Salerno & Sons, Relations Concrete, Coca-Cola, Walmart in Ticonderoga, Moriah Fire Department, Frito Lay Inc., Moriah Pharmacy, Sunsations, Celotti’s Wine & Liquor, NAPA in Elizabethtown, Tuthill Logging, The Old Mine, Scalzo Construction, Boyea’s Deli & Grocery, Champlain Contracting, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Tony’s Sports of Ticonderoga, Brandon Briggs & Donnelly Construction.

Thanks to Jerry Seymour for his DJ Service, his large donation and being emcee for the day.

We would also like to thank our daughters, Marcia, Missy and Paula, and their families. A special thank you to Hadley, Samantha and Hunter for their help.

The proceeds go to Fitzpatrick Cancer Center in Plattsburgh.

NORM AND SHIRLEY MORENA

Town of Moriah Car & Truck Show

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Tournament successful

TO THE EDITOR: This letter is in regard to the golf tournament that was held at the beautiful Harmony Golf Course in Port Kent on Oct. 5 for the Jessica Rocque scholarship fund at Clinton Community College.

We would like to thank the following: Kim Budwick, Bill Sheldrake, Rick Backlas, Robert’s Sports Center, Tedford’s Mobil, Herman Gehrke Logging, Happy Camping RV, Freeport Forwarding, Saranac Country Store, Doug White’s UPS SCS, Birch Bark Deli, Cadyville Golf, Adirondack Archery, Plattsburgh Distributing, McCadams Distributing and Jessica Rocque’s Family.

Thanks to all of the golfers. It was a beautiful day, and Harmony is a wonderful setting. We would like to do this again next year.

DAWN GUSHLAW and JESSICA’S FAMILY

Schuyler Falls

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Cemetery renovation

    TO THE EDITOR: The Church of the Assumption Cemetery recently had to do a renovation project to the large cross and altar that was in need of extensive repairs.

At this time, the Church of the Assumption staff and parishioners would like to take this opportunity to give a special thank you to Plattsburgh Memorials, Chris Miller and Todd Wood and other volunteers for helping to build and putting up the new large cross, painting the statues and corpus and relocating the altar.

Your help with this project is greatly appreciated.

CHARLES PERRY

Cemetery manager

Church of the Assumption

Redford

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Hockey community

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to thank Coach Bob Emery and the Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team for honoring my wife, Nancy, and the other Cardinal hockey fans who had passed away during the off-season, with a moment of silence, prior to the playing of the national anthem at the opening game of the season against Potsdam State.

Coach Emery has always tried to instill a sense of community and that the Cardinal fans are an important part of what Cardinal hockey is. 

To the team, you will have a few guardian angels looking down on you this season. Nancy will miss the games, and she always enjoyed the Make A Wish banquet with a chance to talk to you gentlemen. I know she would tell you to live your lives and play hockey, both with passion.

Thank you all again, and I hope to see us still playing in March. Go Cards!

JEFF RATLIFF

Morrisonville