Press-Republican

November 4, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 4, 2013


Press-Republican

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TO THE EDITOR: On behalf of the 1st Lt. Brian R.S. Deforge Memorial Scholarship Committee, we would like to thank all who participated in this year’s golf tournament at Bluff Point Golf Resort on Sept. 21.

This tournament makes it possible for us to award three annual scholarships to deserving college-bound seniors at Beekmantown High School. This past June, the three winners were Danielle Schwartz, Daniel Villa and Maegan Bull.

Our tournament is successful due to the support of our sponsors, including Dr. George and Marissa Palmer, State Farm Agent Jay Kerley, Linda and Jean Schneider, The Bubbins Farm, Kevin and Hope Costin, Crystal Palmer and Erik Svendsen, Charles and Rhoda Scott, Beekmantown Varsity Club, BCS Booster Club, Bob Walker, Cumberland Bay Market, Pasquale’s, Todd and Linda McGovern, J.T. Electric, Kathryn and Norm Hendrix, Edward and Ellen St. Jacques, Coca Cola, Price Chopper, Marty’s Carpet and Gail Giroux. Special thanks go to Plattsburgh Distributing.

Thanks to Princess and Peter Devlin, Robert D. Deforge (Brian’s dad) and Lake City Primary Care for sponsoring the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin contests.

Our gift basket raffle success was due to the generosity of Lynn Tulip, Princess Devlin, Anna St. Jacques, Pasquale’s, Bizarre Bazaar, Texas Roadhouse, Plattsburgh Yarn and Gifts, Brenda Racette, Lori Tulip, Willsboro Golf Course, Plaza Barbershop, Jane Wray, the Food Co-Op, Dame’s Liquor and Wine, Punki’s Shear Perfection, Livingood’s, Blue Haven Family Campground and Resort (John Momot), Carly Battaglia. Thank you to the Green Room for hosting our after party and thank you to Bluff Point for the venue.

Congratulations to Team Daniels, this year’s overall winner. It is with extreme pride and pleasure that we are able to do this in Brian’s memory. He was loved so much and is missed every day.

PATIENCE and JOHN LANDRY

Plattsburgh

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Support United Way

TO THE EDITOR: The United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. is dedicated to helping people in our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.

As our 2014 campaign begins, we want to first thank you for your previous support. It is only through your generous contributions that the United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. has been able to accomplish its goals. Together, we can make a difference in our community.

When you bring together the strength of our entire community, it is amazing what can be done. Unfortunately, in our community, there are families struggling to feed their children, victims of domestic violence and children in need of positive adult mentors. These are real needs, people who need help every day.

You can help – creating real change. Together, we can inspire hope and opportunities for a better tomorrow.  When a volunteer makes a call at your business, remember that together we can make a difference.

Give to the United Way campaign and discover what it means to be part of lasting change. That is what it means to Live United.

KATHY SNOW

United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc.

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Plattsburgh Begs to differ

TO THE EDITOR: Regarding the headline and article, “Placenta-eating moms swear by after-birth boost,” some beg to differ:

Oysters and sushi and tripe a la mode,

Sound rather tasty, far from home, on the road.

Sweet breads and tongue, and a heap of shad roe,

May thrill certain diners, with plenty of dough.

But should you stay home, low on cash, feeling blue,

A placenta? No, thanks. Please pass the beef stew.

Bon appetit.

ANNE BAILEY

Plattsburgh

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Volunteers needed

TO THE EDITOR: Monday, Oct. 7, was World Habitat Day, the day the United Nations has set as a time to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter.

Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, supports Habitat’s mission vision of “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

We do this right here on the local level, where you and we live.

Habitat for Humanity thanks everyone who generously supports us with your donations each year, and we give a special thank you to our volunteers who serve on the Board of Directors, in committees and help with the prodigious amount of work that goes into making it possible to build a home or repair a home through Habitat’s A Brush With Kindness program.

However, we need more help in many capacities. Please join us as a volunteer to help in the work of fulfilling our mission statement: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

To contact us, you can call 564-4663 and leave a message or go to our website at www.cvhfh.net

GEORGE FRANDENBURG

Board of Directors

Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity

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Remembering death

TO THE EDITOR: October marked the 25th anniversary of our son David’s death.

There is not a day that passes that I do not think about him, remembering his big dimple, his beautiful smile and his engaging persona. “I miss him most of all when autumn leaves begin to fall.”

I also remember our drive from Plattsburgh to Massachusetts General Hospital, immediately following that Saturday morning call from a physician informing us of David’s accident. The only words spoken by my husband, Jerry, were: “If I have to pass out helmets myself on every street corner, I will.”

Born from that was the David P. Reuter Helmet Fund, now administered by the CVPH Foundation at 75 Beekman St. in Plattsburgh. Each year, the fund helps provide free helmets to the children of the North Country, where David grew up. In 2013, 400 helmets were given to children as part of a bike-safety program.

Please join me, in memory of David on the 25th anniversary of his passing, in making a donation and honor David’s memory.

BEVERLY REUTER

Highland Beach, FL

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Birthright volunteers

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing to thank the students and teachers from Seton Catholic who volunteered at Birthright, Sept. 27, as part of Seton Service Day.

The students Yanni Dum, Shannon Egan, Clara Giroux and Kelli Ryan worked side by side with their teachers, Megan Badger and Kristen Flores.

It was obvious they enjoyed each other’s company as they sewed, sorted, cleaned and organized. They saw clients who came for a pregnancy test, for clothing, diapers and formula, to drop off donations or just to chat.

It was an experience of what founder Louise Summerhill meant Birthright to be:  a community of love.

We are glad for their help. We are glad they can tell anyone needing emotional support or practical assistance in their pregnancy, “You have a friend at Birthright.”

Birthright is an all-volunteer pregnancy-support service located at 66 Clinton St. open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SALLY FISHER

Birthright

Plattsburgh