July 10, 2013

Letters to the Editor: July 10, 2013


---- — Motorcycle fundraiser

TO THE EDITOR: On June 1, the seventh-annual A.L.S. Motorcycle Rally & Ride, sponsored by Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club, was hosted.

Approximately 120 bikers from various clubs enjoyed a late-morning ride starting at North End Harley Davidson in Plattsburgh. This year’s event was dedicated to North Country resident David Pearce, who is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease.

I wish to take a moment to extend my deepest gratitude to numerous North Country businesses as well as businesses from the East to the West Coasts, family, friends and community members for their generous monetary contributions or donations to the silent auction.

Further gratitude is extended to Northline Utilities, the Law Offices of William T. Meconi and Dr. Mahmoud for their monetary donations toward the purchase of food.

Special thanks extended to Jeff Myers (Press-Republican), Deanna Santor (Lake Placid News) and Keith Lobdell (Valley News) for media coverage.

Much thanks and appreciation to Joe LaBombard and Crystal Hart for the generous donation of their deejay services. Pepsi,

Loreman’s Screen Printing and Plattsburgh Distributors played a significant role in making the day’s event a huge success.

A heartfelt thanks and appreciation is always extended to the Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club in making the Annual A.L.S. Fundraiser once again a success. North End Harley Davidson was a welcoming host venue for the bikers to make their departure.

This year, New York State Police Troop B/Plattsburgh assisted by providing safety to the motorcyclists while they departed. It’s an honor to thank them in memory of retired State Police Officers Larry Bliss and John Dwyer, who lost their lives to A.L.S.


AuSable Forks


Educational program

TO THE EDITOR: This past spring, more than 40 fourth-graders from Momot Elementary School had the pleasure of experiencing a truly educational and enriching program sponsored by the Algonquin Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club.

The program had two components. The first brought outdoor educators into the classrooms on May 14. At that time, each student received a journal, which was used to review the basics of reading maps.

This lesson was followed by a field trip on June 12 to Heart Lake. Students took a hike around the lake, exploring spring life on the trails while practicing map-making skills.

Both of these activities aligned with many of the fourth-grade Common Core Curriculum science standards.

We would like to sincerely thank the Algonquin Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club for sponsoring this trip. They provided all the necessary materials and paid for all transportation costs.

A very big thank you to Nancy Olsen and Marilyn Smith for making us aware of this program. We appreciate your hard work and dedication, and it was an absolute pleasure working with both of you.

We would also like to thank Thea Moruzzi, education director for the Adirondack Mountain Club, for designing this marvelous program and to all the outdoor instructors who enthusiastically shared their knowledge with our students.

We look forward to working with all of you again next year.



Fourth-grade teachers

Momot Elementary


Leavine tournament

TO THE EDITOR: The Community Scholarship Fund would like to thank the 73 golfers who braved the elements and participated in the 17th-annual Elizabeth “Mikey” Leavine Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Barracks Golf Course in Plattsburgh on June 25.

Through their efforts and the generosity of our sponsors, we were able to raise more than $2,800 for scholarships to be given in Mrs. Leavine’s memory.

I would like to thank the following merchants, organizations, and individuals who supported this event through their generous donations and efforts: Beekmantown Teachers Association, Barracks Golf Course, Plattsburgh Distributing, Northern Insuring Agency, NY Bus Sales, Adirondack Helping Hands, Plattsburgh Police Local 812, Peabody’s, Leonard Bus Sales, SymQuest, BCS Booster Club, Beekmantown Support Staff Association, BCS Student Council, BCS Varsity Club, Cumberland Head Teachers, Beekmantown Fire Department, Warren Tire Service Center, Brown Funeral Home, Bus Parts Warehouse, Lake Breeze Cleaning, American Legion Post 1619, Kaleidoscope Children’s Center, Cornerstone Drug & Gift, Keeseville Pharmacy, Guardians of the Ribbon NNY, Celtic Earthworks, Community Bank NA Plattsburgh, Sears, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Carrie Beattie.

I extend a special thanks to the Leavine family, Dave and Delores Vivian, Shane Brink, Mike Waite, Scott Cutaiar, Greg Myers, Patty Gallagher, Connie Brogowski and Carol Lunn.


Community Scholarship Fund director