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September 29, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 29, 2012

Battle volunteers

TO THE EDITOR: The tremendous success of the 15th-annual Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration is due to the work of 30 or so committee volunteers who work for an entire year planning the week’s activities.

Another 600-plus volunteers organize memorial ceremonies; contests and races; kids games, parade and muster; re-enactments; tavern wenches and cook staff; military parade; the Macomb Ball; 1814 encampment; lectures and concert series; button selling and distribution; opening historic buildings; and producing the souvenir magazine.

The Parade Committee presented the biggest and best organized parade, with 100 units participating. Weather and the safety of the public and participants made cancellation of the Beat Retreat musical program necessary for the first time in 11 years.

Thanks to Trinity Episcopal Church for hosting the Israel Green Tavern, the most popular spot in town.

Hundreds of families were drawn to the Children’s Old-Time Village Fair where children and adults had fun learning about life as it was 200 years ago.

Constraints of space do not permit naming all the dedicated individuals who faithfully work behind the scenes, year after year, assembling this complex event.

We want to thank our sponsors and advertisers for their contributions, which made up more than half of our budget. We also thank the media for their continued support in print and on air.

Motels gave special rates, and local businesses contributed generously.

Services were provided by the City of Plattsburgh Public Works, Recreation, Municipal Lighting, Police and Fire departments. The Mayor’s Office was most helpful over many months.

We thank the public for their support and purchase of admission buttons as we continue to build this community event for the Bicentennial in 2014.

KIT BOOTH

GARY VanCOUR

Commemoration Committee co-chairs

Mining Museum

TO THE EDITOR: On behalf of the Friends of Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum, we would like to thank everyone who supported our fundraising endeavors — our chicken dinner, garage sale and gathering day.

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