TO THE EDITOR: Saranac Volunteer Fire Department awarded three $400 scholarships from the Barb and Fran Perry Scholarship Fund to 2013 graduating seniors.
Three young people were recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom, sports and the community: Adrian Carter, Megan Plumadore and Benjamin Strack.
The Scholarship Fund was instituted in 2009 at the request of Fire Chief Don Uhler in memory of Francis Perry, a long-time department member and elected fire commissioner.
Last year, Fran’s wife, Barb, also passed away, and the fund was renamed the Barb and Fran Perry Scholarship Fund. Barb was a long-time, active EMT and mentor to many of the present EMTs.
Barb and Fran Perry both served the community for many years, leaving behind family members dedicated to following in their footsteps for the public good. Their sons, Joe and Billy, and daughter Genevieve are all members of the department. Daughters Blanche and daughters-in-law Missy and Dawn, as well as Genevieve, all serve the department as auxiliary members. Granddaughter Brittany is an active EMT with the department, grandson Jeremy is a member, and nephew Todd is a member and commissioner.
Fran’s and Barb’s involvement and support will be felt for a long time in the Saranac Volunteer Fire Department. Their legacy is a daily part of our continuing service.
Money for the scholarships comes from the proceeds of a spaghetti supper and Chinese auction put on early each year by the members. Donnie cooks the spaghetti sauce, as he helped Fran do for years, for department benefits, using Fran’s recipe. Just about all the members participate to make the dinner a success.
The sincere, ongoing support of the people of Saranac is what allows Fire Department members to improve, expand, and broaden the scope of our service.
TO THE EDITOR: During October, the Imaginarium Children’s Museum had three successful fundraisers.
These would not have been possible without the help of key volunteers.
On Oct. 5, we “hiked” to Titus Mountain for their annual Oktoberfest. The smell of cotton candy filled the air, and our volunteers’ spun sugar most of the day. Thank you to Jessica Spiegel and Jackie Wells for taking on this task. A big thank you goes to Shane Dutil of D&D Meats for lending us the use of your cotton-candy machine to raise some funds for the Imaginarium.
As we moved through October, another volunteer was busy planning a craft fair at Plattsburgh Rec Center. Kelly Dwyer worked tirelessly at recruiting vendors, acquiring auction items and coordinating this Fall Craftacular event. Thank you to Kelly, the vendors and attendants for supporting the museum.
On Oct. 22 at Texas Roadhouse, another successful fundraiser was underway. The restaurant donated 10 percent of its sales (with a coupon) to the museum, and we held a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. The Imaginarium thanks Texas Roadhouse and its staff, Emily Sypeck of Discovery Toys, Jackie Wells of Days Inn and Suites and all the loyal Imaginarium families who attended that night for dinner or takeout.
As always, you can support the Imaginarium through donations or volunteering. Contact us for details about how you can help: 324-7426; visit during regular business hours (Tuesday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at 4709 Route 9 Plattsburgh; like us on Facebook for constant updates or visit our website www.imaginariumchildrensmuseum.org.
Admission is only $5 for everyone age 2 and over and free for our member families.
Director of operations
Imaginarium Children’s Museum
TO THE EDITOR: The people of the Town of Saranac should be so proud to be in a town that has about 60 or so miles of loader-paved roads.
Everyone is treated equally.
The Town Council should give the Highway Department a larger budget to maintain the roads.
TO THE EDITOR: We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Press-Republican and its staff, particularly Robin Caudell, Suzanne Moore and the staff of Jill Magazine, for the coverage and promotion we received before and during our 2013 Quilt Show.
More and more, people in our area are realizing how much our guild members give back to their communities. Our Outreach Program is extraordinary and gives to agencies such as Clinton County Department of Social Services; CVPH Medical Center, including Fitzpatrick Cancer Center, the Pediatric Unit and the Dialysis Center; Mission of Hope; Horace Nye Nursing Home; Disabled American Veterans; Camp Ta-Kum-ta — and the list goes on and on.
I could also go on and on about what we do, but this is a thank you to you.
However, we do need to take this opportunity to also thank the staff of the Plattsburgh State Field House for allowing us to use their wonderful facility and their unbelievable support and assistance and also all those who came out to support us. We had folks from Plattsburgh and the surrounding areas and all over New York, Vermont, Canada, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Again, thank you for helping make this a pleasant undertaking.
MARY LOU BEAUHARNOIS
Champlain Valley Quilters Guild of New York
TO THE EDITOR: On Oct. 8, I returned to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to renew my HR-218 certification.
There were 11 retired law-enforcement members who participated in this training. Some, like myself, were returning for the annual renewal. There were a few others who were attending the training for the first time.
Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill secured approval from the Franklin County legislators in 2012 to conduct this necessary training. At the time, he was one of only a few agencies that provided this federal-mandated training. The department continues to be one of a few.
The HR-218 is the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act. Sheriff Mulverhill has established a range-qualification program for retired/separated officers in compliance with this federal law.
This training was conducted in an exacting and professional manner. Safety was the No. 1 factor during the shooting phase of this program. We all received classroom training prior to the actual range instruction. The entire program was carefully thought out and executed with every detail addressed.
This training program offers a necessary service to a large population of retired law-enforcement personnel throughout the northern and western portion of the state. This continues to be stream of revenue for the county.
Sheriff Mulverhill advised that since this program began, they have instructed approximately 60 people. This was during the limited time that the range was available, weather permitting.
Any retired law-enforcement personnel who feel they are eligible for this program should contact Undersheriff White to sign up for the next available training session.
Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill, Undersheriff Pat White and Sgt. Scott Hudson (range instructor) are to be complimented and commended for a training program well done.
JOHN D. O’DELL
New York State Police
Zone sergeant (retired)
Association of former New York State Troopers Adirondack Chapter