TO THE EDITOR: The vivid colors of the Adirondacks in early October set the backdrop for the Plattsburgh High School Class of 1963’s memorable 50th reunion.
One of the highlights of our weekend was a tour of the Strand Theatre. Most of us touring remembered the theater from our movie-going days. We were quite amazed to see the hidden beauty now uncovered and restored.
Leigh Mundy, as busy as she was with a weekend of musical events, was very kind to give us an in-depth understanding of the back story —including the process of funding; the hours, months and years of volunteer work; the fine workmanship of the craftsmen; and the many donations, including the Werlitzer organ and crystal chandelier (each has a fascinating story of its own).
We were impressed with the years of community involvement and continuing dedication to this impressive renovation project.
We chose to show our support by purchasing two theater seats. We would encourage others holding class reunions in the area to include both a tour of the Strand and to consider purchasing a theater seat or making some other donation to the renovation effort.
Information is available at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, online at plattsburgharts.org, and the Strand Theatre Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StrandPlattsburgh.
BARBARA YOKUM HARRIS
PHS Class of 1963
TO THE EDITOR: Many have called my office to inquire about a mailing from the New York State Sheriff’s Association requesting a donation.
This mailing concerned the Summer Camp and had my signature.
I want to assure everyone that the above information is completely correct and that by your donations, the New York State Sheriff’s Association is able to operate a summer camp for children who may not otherwise be able to attend a camp.
The camp is located on Keuka Lake in the Finger Lake region, is run by highly qualified staff along with Sheriff’s Office personnel and, best of all, is 100 percent free to the children. This only happens by way of more than generous support.
More information can be obtained at the website: www.camp-iroquois.org.
While this camp operates for the entire state, I am happy to say that Essex County has been able to send eight children per year, and they have all come back with smiles beyond belief.
In the same vein, the association will be soon doing a mailing to businesses around the state also looking for support.
I can assure everyone that I would not put my signature on anything that carries even a hint of impropriety, but if you have any doubts about this or any other fundraising contacts, please call before sending any funds.
Again, I thank everyone for their support for both myself and the children who have taken advantage of this tremendous opportunity.
Essex County sheriff