TO THE EDITOR: A community’s greatest asset is the quality people who volunteer their time and talent in service to their neighbors. I am writing this letter on behalf of one such individual whom I worked with, Kevin Zaumetzer.
Zaumetzer is running to keep his seat as fire commissioner for the AuSable Forks Fire District, one that he’s held for the last six years. He leads a project called Help Us Help You, an effort to place 911 directional signs at all intersections within his district.
As a former journalist in northern New York, I had the opportunity to work with this energetic advocate on several occasions. His commitment to serving his constituents was unmistakable.
Kevin Zaumetzer always struck me as someone who knows the wants and needs of the community and someone who knows what it takes to be a good commissioner. He appears to be someone who is objective and does his best to take care of all sides of an issue.
In my mind, experience and commitment count. Zaumetzer has both those things.
Former WPTZ reporter/anchor
Klamath Falls, Ore.
TO THE EDITOR: Ken Cringle’s retirement is very well-earned and deserved.
I had the great honor and pleasure of teaching in Saranac School District, so it is with great enjoyment that I write this letter.
I remember as far back as high school how he and his brother Chris were such competitive and motivated athletes. Ken was also very much a scholar, graduating at the top of his class of 1970; definitely ancient history, but also worth remembering.
At Cortland University, he was roommates with Larry Carpenter, a “fallen warrior,” who died several years ago, victim to his eventually debilitating illness. Larry and Ken were athletic rivals in high school, which also made so strong a bond between them when they became college roommates and exemplary, lifelong best friends.
Ken’s comments in the paper, upon his retirement announcement, about how amazing, talented, creative and successful our students are, truly spoke to his devotion and passion toward his thousands of students.
Our school and community were overseen for a lot of years by such a caring and gifted leader. Ken Cringle was an incredibly talented and humanistic educator.
When committees needed his assistance and guidance, Ken was there, so hard-working and dedicated. The incredible hours he worked his whole career were astonishing. His car was almost always the last vehicle in the parking lot. He was so devoted to people of all ilks and ages, from 5 to 95, way above and beyond his call to duty. His superb patience and vision consistently provided so much positive energy and success.
This all may sound a bit superhuman, and Ken Cringle is still human, yet his attributes are so commendable, he deserves whatever praise and recognition come his way.