Press-Republican

March 11, 2013

Letters to the Editor: March 11, 2013


Press-Republican

---- — Overcoming challenges

TO THE EDITOR: For the past 26 years, I have been the information technology director at Clinton Community College.

I have witnessed many changes, but one thing that has not changed is the college’s commitment to provide a quality education for every person who walks through its doors.

The current financial situation is very similar to what the college faced in the mid ‘90s with the closure of Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The road to recovery back then began with strong leadership from the Board of Trustees and President Jay Fennell.

With the entire college working as one team, we have restored the college’s health and have actually surpassed the glory days of the mid ‘90s.

For the last three years, I have had the pleasure to work closely with our new leader. President Jablonski has always been respectful, open and honest.

Starting with his first day on the job, he has worked hard to improve college communication. He instituted regular town hall meetings, fireside chats and weekly updates on college initiatives and general information.

After two years of low turnout, the town hall meetings and fireside chats were put on hold, but he has diligently continued to provide weekly updates to the college community.

Although the past year has been difficult, we have accomplished much. We had a record number of Presidential Scholars, record high-school enrollment, near record number of graduates and 100 percent pass rate on the national nursing license exam.

In these trying times, I have full confidence in our leadership team, starting with the Board of Trustees and President Jablonski.

Working together as one team, we will succeed in overcoming the current challenges as we have in the past and continue to provide outstanding educational opportunities to the residents of Clinton County and beyond.

RICK BATCHELDER

Plattsburgh

 

Cheerleading growth

TO THE EDITOR: With this year’s cheerleading season wrapping up, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work and dedication shown by my team, the Northeastern Clinton Central School varsity cheerleaders.

CVAC held their annual competition on Feb. 28 in Beekmantown. We placed first for the ninth time and the sixth time in a row. It was a close match, with NAC and Moriah placing second and third.

Cheerleading has evolved into a real sport. Our competition has kept us pushing creative and physical boundaries. Each year, we are inspired by new music and sharpen our movements. Our young women must balance hours of dedicated practice time with academic commitments.

We salute the young men who joined squads. We didn’t have any this year but look forward to seeing more young men at tryouts as this sport becomes more popular.

We know our fans come to see us perform because we aren’t just a halftime filler between quarters and timeouts.

Thank you to our rival school districts for always staying on the top of their game. We’ve never had a season be a sure win because of your excellence in the sport.

Thank you, Coach Marcey Ryan. Your leadership kept us motivated, and we could feel your joy and pride as each practice moved us forward toward our win.

Most of all, I thank my young women. You’ve made Coach Ryan and me so proud. We adore hearing your stories, admire your dedication to our sport and appreciate the heart and sweat you put into cheerleading. Thank you, ladies.

Cheerleading has progressed far beyond Candy and Buffy shaking pompoms at the boys on the football team, and we are all the better for it.

STEPHANIE GAUDETTE

Assistant coach

NCCS varsity cheerleading

 

Scholarships available

TO THE EDITOR: Adirondack Community Trust, the community foundation serving the Adirondacks, offers $165,000 in scholarship opportunities this spring.

Students and families seeking financial aid for higher education can learn more from their school guidance counselor or by visiting www.GenerousACT.org for a list of the scholarship grants available to Adirondack students, application information and deadlines for submission.

Please don’t hesitate; the deadline for most applications is April 15.

These scholarships were created by generous people who understand both the value of education and its cost. They want to help students attain their educational and lifetime goals.

In turn, by taking advantage of scholarship assistance, you are helping a donor achieve his or her philanthropic goal.

Thousands of generous people use ACT to support the things they care about — education, arts, human well-being, disaster relief, you name it.

For information about giving with ACT, contact Cali Brooks, executive director, 523-9904, cali@generousact.org.

ANDREA GROUT

Grants and scholarship coordinator

Adirondack Community Trust

 

Basketball program

TO THE EDITOR: As the weather starts to get warmer and we begin to prepare for our spring and summer programs, we would like to acknowledge and thank our winter program volunteers.

This year, we had eight youth basketball teams participate in the county program and one basketball team that was instructional, for youth in first and second grade.

All of our teams were made possible by volunteer coaches, who thoughtfully gave up their time from the end of November through February. On behalf of the Parks & Recreation Department and parents and children who participated, a huge thank you goes out to the coaches: 3-4 Grade, Roger Favreau, Marie and Brent Denis, Shane White; 5-6 Grade, Nichole Edwards, Randy Belrose, Steve Lepage, Dan Dessureault, Sherman Rebideau; and 1-2 Grade, Tara and Jeremy Chase.

Thank you to the Clinton County Youth Bureau for running an efficient league.

In addition, thanks to all of the officials in the league, especially those who were officials in Cumberland Head and East Morrisonville. Kaylia Carper, Connor Christopherson, Dylan Christopherson, Christopher Fall, Ethan Goslin, Zachary Faus, Schuyler Gratto, Zachary LePage, Brian Menia, Austin Myers and Nathanael Stanton were officials for all of our home games. You did an excellent job, and I hope that you will continue in the future.

It never ceases to amaze me to see how everyone in our area steps up and offers their time and assistance to youth recreation programs. We could not run our programs without their expertise, so again we thank all of you.

ERIN PANGBORN

Recreation Program coordinator

Town of Plattsburgh

 

Winterfest supporters

TO THE EDITOR: Another wonderfully successful Winterfest would not have been possible without the support of our community, businesses, sponsors and the many volunteers who donated funds, equipment and labor to this event, which benefits the Veterans Assistance Fund.

Winterfest 2013 wishes to thank: American Legion Post 1619, Monster Energy Drink/Labatt/Plattsburgh Distributing, Sam’s Club, Dr. Joe Clauss, MFD “Iceman” Kipp, Morrisonville EMT, Dean Baker/Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, Luck Bros., Henry’s Pools, Gordon Oil, High Peaks Dental, Stephen Duso II, Casella’s, Foster’s, Lake City Choppers, Lee Appliance, Taylor Rental, Shingle Street Septic, Kinney Drugs 40, C&D Equipment, Morrisonville Septic, Whitbeck Associates, Brown Funeral Home, Tahy Realty, Plattsburgh Elks Lodge, Adirondack Mountain Embroidery, Jarod Chanowsky, Smugglers Notch, Adirondack Eyecare, Stowe Ski, Overhead Door, Liquor & Wine Warehouse, Kneucraft, Della Honda, Dunkin Donuts, Pat Thorton, Clark and Jodi Currier, John Harvey Gas Alley, Roberts Sports-Malone, Dick’s Country Store, Open Meadow Farm, Tom and Diane Wyand, American Legion Post 912, North Bowl Lanes, CV Fitness, Mike Farrell, Durand Road Self Storage,Northeast Irrigation, RJ’s DJ Service, E.T. Harris , A&L Auto, SCS Freedom Club, Caron’s Cycles, Hostler’s, Plattsburgh Memorials, Dreck’s Subs, American Legion Post 1618, E&B Enterprises, Pizza Hut, Steinhoff’s Inn, Magic Nails, Lights, Commodores Inn, Harrison’s, Fireside Steakhouse, Sassy’s Images, Play It Again Sports, Whiteface Chalet, Momot Trailer Sales, Dames Discount Liquor & Wine, ORDA, Burger King, Mickey’s, Wilderness Inn II,The Napoli Group, Beartown Ski, Whiteface Lodge, Maui North, Taco Bell, Olive Ridley’s, Bazzano’s, YMCA, Smithfield Discount Liquor & Wine, Valley Vending, Viking Ski, Butcher Block, Pizza Palace, Arnie’s Restaurant, Janet Duprey, Bill Owens, Bernie Bassett, Chuck Depot, Steve Bowman, 40&8, tAmerican Legion Post 1619 and Auxiliary, Sons, Riders and the Winterfest 2013 Committees.

DAVE MAYETTE

Winterfest chairperson

IRENE ROCK

Winterfest secretary-treasurer