CHEERS to the members of Friends of the Community in AuSable Forks, who left their own holiday celebrations to put on a free Christmas Day meal for anyone who wanted to attend. Held at noon at the AuSable Forks Fire Department, the event drew about 35 people. Friends of the Community members Linda Dubay, Rita Rougeau and Kay Coolidge did the cooking, with food donations coming from businesses and individuals. Al Rougeau prepped the hall, and many others helped clean up after. This is the 12th year the group has sponsored this Christmas Day meal, offering much-needed companionship and comfort. They also sponsor blood drives, help the senior emergency fund and support local nonprofits.
CHEERS to two good Samaritans who, on the Monday before Christmas, saw Pauline Magrino trying to dig her car out of a snow-plugged driveway in Saranac and hurried to help. The Tupper Lake woman was visiting her granddaughter, and a plow closed off the driveway. Mrs. Mangrino’s car got stuck, and as she shoveled, two men drove by. They turned around and soon were back with a tractor and snowblower. They not only freed the car but cleaned up the driveway as well. When Mrs. Mangrino tried to give them some money, they wouldn’t take it. Instead, they suggested she give it to a charity of her own choice. “I gave $20 to St. Anthony,” she said, wanting her helpers to know she had done as they’d asked.
CHEERS to all those who did their jobs during the recent ice storm. While it was certainly nothing like the 1998 Ice Storm, it still shut down much of the North Country. But some people had to carry on. Volunteer firefighters and emergency workers went out to clear roads without even getting a penny of pay. Police officers, utility workers, health-care workers and paid fire crews made their way to work through challenging conditions. Some restaurant and store employees also persevered. And we would be negligent if we didn’t thank our own paper carriers and newsroom and production employees, who made sure readers had the latest news at their doorsteps and computers. This nice email from reader Marc Mero could apply to all who worked during the ice storm: “Sunday, the 22nd of December, I got my paper. It was right on time. I am so impressed that words cannot describe my feelings right now. ... The roads are almost undriveable. I say almost because your driver got my paper to Rouses Point (on time) and my carrier got my paper to my door (on time). I really didn’t expect to even see a paper today... There are a lot of really dedicated people that go into putting out the paper. Each one of them had to endure a hardship just to get to their jobs so that I could have my paper today. ... Why am I so impressed with the staff at the Press-Republican? I am 63 years old. I have lived in Rouses Point all my life. Today they actually cancelled church. ... I have never seen it so bad that church was cancelled. Ever! ... Good job, everybody, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
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