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December 21, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 21, 2012

Orphanage roof

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to publicly acknowledge the contributions a Plattsburgh business has recently made to a new nonprofit organization.

In October, I traveled to Grand Goâve, Haiti, to interview for a position as the director of Be Like Brit Orphanage, a newly constructed orphanage built in memory of Britney Gengel, a 19-year-old from Massachusetts killed in the 2010 earthquake.

Upon my return, I was approached by Brian Monahan, president of Monahan Brothers Inc., a commercial roofing and sheet metal company in Plattsburgh. Brian had seen photos of my trip and noticed that the building’s 11,000-square-foot roof appeared to be unfinished. He inquired as to what would be done with the roof, and when I informed him that it was to be left “as is,” Brian and Monahan Brothers really stepped up to the plate.

After Hurricane Sandy swept across Haiti and its heavy rains damaged the roof, Brian was able to secure a donation from one of his suppliers to properly finish the roof. Some 100 five-gallon pails of materials were shipped to Massachusetts free of charge.

Brian then arranged to send himself and a team of his employees to Haiti to professionally install the roof on the Be Like Brit Orphanage.

As the new director of the orphanage, I’d like to thank Brian and Bridget Monahan and Adam Donohue and Lanai Monahan, all of Plattsburgh, for their materials, their time and their dedication to this project, simply because they were moved by the story.

How great it is to see local businesses helping in our very global world.

JONATHAN H. LaMARE

Be Like Brit Orphanage

Grand Goâve, Haiti

 

Cliff is a bluff

TO THE EDITOR: As one of the organizers of the recent event at Rep. Bill Owens’s office, I’d like to clarify our position a bit more.

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