27 years of ‘Joy’
TO THE EDITOR: This year’s Joy to the Children is proving to be one of the most successful ever. The proceeds, which support children’s programing at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, provide for 310 programs reaching more than 30,000 local children (coming from as far away as Plattsburgh, Minerva and Malone — over a 60-mile radius in Clinton, Franklin, Essex and Hamilton counties) throughout the year. In these difficult economic times, it is truly a tribute to our community that we can muster this kind of support for our children. Over the past 27 years, “Joy” has raised almost $2 million.
Well-rounded children make the best future citizens, which is why we donate the cost of this event. Exposure to the arts in conjuction with all the other opportunities kids have in our area supports that objective. Ultimately, children are the future of our community. Lisa and I wanted our children to have this opportunity, which resulted in her creating Joy to the Children 27 years ago. All of our five children have participated in these programs and have benefited greatly.
I wish to thank the many individuals and businesses that donated so freely their time, service, efforts and products. A special “thank you” to the benefit chairs: Sharon Wood and Erin Perkins and all those who helped them; and the extraordinary efforts of the staff and management of the Center for the Arts.
I would also like to thank the staff of the Mirror Lake Inn for their fine efforts and once again my wife Lisa and Nadine Duhaime for creating this idea 27 years go.
Edwin H. Weibrecht Jr.
TO THE EDITOR: Mail is delivered to some residential customers of the Plattsburgh Post Office through a postal cluster box located within a reasonable distance from their homes.
Understandably, it takes time for residents and businesses in this area to clean up after a storm, especially the most recent ice storm.
However, two days after the storm, the snow and ice were still piled around the cluster box at the corner of Byrne Lane and Fort Brown Road. Other cluster boxes around the city were probably in the same situation.
My major concern was for my parents, who are 80 years old, in good shape and very independent but still had difficulty getting to their mail, having to climb over ice and snow to get to it. There are many elderly people living in that area, as well as young families, who had the same difficulties, I’m sure.
I contacted Plattsburgh Post Office to ask who is responsible for maintaining these areas. A supervisor stated that “whoever plows that area is responsible for cleaning around the cluster boxes.” I said the City of Plattsburgh plows the roads in that area and asked if they were aware that they were responsible. The response was, “I don’t know.”
So, you put the cluster boxes up, you deliver the mail to them, you are not responsible for the upkeep of the area directly around them and you can’t tell me that the City of Plattsburgh knows they are responsible for the upkeep.
I don’t think my tax dollars should be going to clean up areas belonging to the Post Office. I’m willing to bet it wasn’t the city’s decision to install cluster boxes, so why would they have to clean around them? They have plenty of other work to do.