December 3, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 3, 2012


---- — African Growth

TO THE EDITOR: The Program for African Growth through Education (PAGE Inc.) would like to formally thank Autumn Love, Kye Turner, Brigid Daul, Justin Schneider and members of the Cardinal Yearbook, Alpha Sigma Phi and Lambda Pi Eta for holding the second North Country Blacklight Zumba-thon in support of our work to improve literacy rates in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

More than 100 individuals attended the Nov. 1 Zumba-thon at SUNY Plattsburgh, which was led by volunteer instructors Kye Turner, Maddy Bogner, Amy Rooney, Ingrid Menteguiaga, Jenna Hayden, Jessica Coupal, Kelsey Hanrahan, Mary Catherine Jadlos, Megan Briddell, Megan Brielle, Sarah Pope and Ashley Cousens.

Almost $500 was donated to PAGE Inc. for its mission to build secondary schools and provide educational materials for Burkinabe youth.

Burkina Faso has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world, with more than 70 percent of illiterate people among adults and a rate of school enrollment of only 44.6 percent.

Based in Plattsburgh, PAGE Inc. is working to bring wider awareness to illiteracy in Burkina Faso and to advocate for collaborative solutions. The Board of Directors consists of a dedicated group of SUNY Plattsburgh faculty, staff, students and friends, who, in the face of the dire need for a basic educational infrastructure in Burkina Faso, have come together to cultivate a lasting and positive impact on the lives of young people a continent away.

We thank all involved in this fundraiser. Once again, SUNY Plattsburgh students and the North Country community have shown themselves to be generous and committed to meeting the needs of our larger world.


Board president

Program for African Growth through Education


Pottery for Pets

TO THE EDITOR: Elmore SPCA wants to thanks everyone who helped make Pottery For Pets so successful.

With a sold-out venue, 52 pieces of pottery, our sponsors, great food from local restaurants, music by Serge and the Lonestar Band, and you, we raised more than $3,600 for Elmore SPCA’s shelter animals.

A very special thanks to artist/potter Jackie Sabourin and her husband, Dick; auctioneer Gordie Little, who kept the crowd laughing with his humor; Joelynn Vaness for making the whimsical centerpieces; and Kathy Bordeau for the fun cake.

Thanks to sponsors: Champlain Spine & Pain Management, Cumberland 12 Cinemas, Eagle Country 97.5, Holiday Inn, Midas of Plattsburgh, North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, North Country Potters Guild, Stone Ledge Pottery, Studley Printing, WIRY 1340, Dr. William Pelton, Advantage Physician Medical Billing, Liberty Garage.

Restaurants donating appetizers and desserts included: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, The Great Adirondack Soup Company, Sawatdee Thai Restaurant, Batters Up Bakery, The Skinny Baker and Champlain Valley Specialty.

This event could not have been possible without the 45 potters and artists who made and decorated the pottery to be auctioned off. We appreciate all the volunteers and especially the students, sororities and fraternities from SUNY who worked tirelessly unloading boxes, setting up displays and clearing tables.


Pottery For Pets chair

Elmore SPCA Board of Directors


Union representation

TO THE EDITOR: “Pay less, Live better.” Do employers take advantage of their employees to make a profit?

Right now, the spotlight is on Wal-Mart, but there are other companies out there that are just as guilty but on a smaller scale than Wal-Mart.

We all have to make a living in order to support our families and companies know that, so some of them take advantage of the fact. It is not only in wages but also in hiring and the assignment of hours. Hire part time rather than full time. Give fewer benefits, and if you do offer benefits, make employees pay for them.

None of this will change unless people fight back against these policies. Even if you do fight back, do not expect instant change. Change takes time and some compromise. If you are inclined to fight back, you should seek representation.

The best representation you can get is union backing. Union representatives are experts at dealing with negotiations, and companies often fear organization, but once they are unionized seem to work well with the union for the benefit of the employees. If you are fed up and want better, you should look into organization.

I like to think of it like this: The company is like the federal government, and the union is like a congress. Think of it like checks and balances. The company without a union has unlimited power.The company with a union has to deal with a congress. It’s all about equalizing the playing field.




Turkey Trot

TO THE EDITOR: Peru Lions Club held its 35th-annual John P. Adams Memorial Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day under sunny blue skies, with a record total of 679 runners and walkers who enjoyed exercising in the three events.

We would like to thank all the runners, walkers and their families and the following businesses for their sponsorship, Peru Health Mart Pharmacy (our major sponsor), Graymont Materials (NY) Inc., Stewart Shoppes Peru. J. Hogan Refrigeration, Northern Sanitation, T/D Bank Peru.

These businesses supplied prizes, turkeys, apples, baked goods and drinks for the runners, for which we thank them: Warren Tire Co., Pray’s Market, Freihoefer Store, Applebee’s, Crystal Rock, McSweeney’s Red Hots, Joes Barbershop. Anthony’s Restaurant, Barracks Golf, Play it Again Sports, Plattsburgh Discount Golf, Rulfs Orchard, Hannaford Foods, Price Chopper, Mainely Lobster, Swain’s Liquor Store, Adirondack Hardware, Jade Hong Kong Restaurant, Northern Orchard, Cricket’s Restaurant, Hart’s Orchard, Peru Hardware, Liberty’s Garage, Gioiosa’s Liquor, Keeseville Pharmacy, Pepsi-Cola, Green Acres Restaurant, North End Harley Davidson, Grand Union Family Market Peru, Light’s Jewelers, McDonald’s Restaurant Peru, Adirondack Golf, Bluff Point Resort, Pasquales Restaurant, Bob Gallinger, Forrence Orchard, Yarborough Square, Bill McBride Inc., Nap Light.

Also we would like to thank Peru Central School, Peru Rescue Squad, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, the Press-Republican, The Burgh, Champlain Valley News, WPTZ TV, WIRY, WJOY, John Rock, Pete Keenan, Paul Adams, Les Bradford, Jack Wilson, Judy McCarty, John McCarty, Kevin LaBombard, Jamie Roberts, Mike Farrell Peru Highway superintendent, Shingle St. Sand & Septic.

A special thank you to the Turkey Trot Committee: Lions Lois and Steve Roberts and Jennifer Boyer, Great job by all Peru Lions members.

Sign up early for next year’s Lions trot at perulionsclubnewyork@org



Lions Turkey Trot co-chairs