TO THE EDITOR: As the STOP-DWI coordinator through the Sheriff’s Office of Clinton County, I would like to thank all the people who supported the Clinton County STOP-DWI Program with its mission of reducing or eliminating the tragedies associated with intoxicated and impaired driving.
Every year, people needlessly die or are seriously injured on our county and state roads because someone made a choice to consume alcohol and then drive their vehicle.
Martin, Harding and Mazzotti Attorneys at Law and the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office made available taxi-cab rides for people celebrating the New Year.
Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall, who always have designated drivers for functions held at the hall, supplied 227 people on New Year’s with a safe ride home.
Thanks to all the designated drivers who chose to go out with family and friends and not drink at all to make sure that their passengers got home safely. And all the police agencies and Clinton County Sheriff David Favro, who had extra patrols out dedicated to remove the impaired driver, providing safer roads, streets and highways.
No one will ever know the number of lives saved by all these actions, but believe it, lives were saved and serious injury was avoided.
Clinton County STOP DWI provides education and public-awareness opportunities, which are available to any business, school or organization throughout Clinton County.
Please remember to always have a plan: walk, ride, carpool or call… just don’t drive.
SGT. FRANK MERCIER
Clinton County Sheriff’s Office/STOP-DWI
TO THE EDITOR: Wednesday, Jan. 8, we hosted the winter Meet the Cardinals event at Champlain Centre mall.
The attendees got to meet the athletes from SUNY Plattsburgh’s fall teams. Attendees also had the opportunity to get athletes’ autographs, receive game schedules and enter raffles for a chance to win team merchandise.
Each team generously donated the merchandise, autographed team photos and handed out schedules.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the raffle was donated to the Special Olympics New York.
We had 31 athletes come to the event, representing the men’s and women’s hockey teams, men’s and women’s basketball teams and men’s and women’s track and field teams.
We would like to recognize and thank the athletes and coaches who attended:
Men’s Hockey: Alex Brenton, Mark Constantine, Michael Cassidy, Michael Radisa.
Women’s Hockey: Mia Favretto, Katelyn Turk, Andrea Ziesmann, Cami Leonard.
Men’s Basketball: Mike Mitchell, Edward Correa, Chris Manning, James Outlaw, Shamoy McIntosh, John Perez, Xavier Thomas, Shavar Fields, Anthony Baker, Alan Siergiej, Vaughn Dweck, Owen Mitchell, Ezra Hodgson.
Women’s Basketball: Shanielle Chambers, Audrey Hughes, Brooke Reifinger, Jessica Dolan, Jax Miller.
Women’s Track & Field: Rayanne Canet, Amanda Gadway.
Men’s Track & Field: Ryan Barcomb, Daniel Bennett.
Thank you to Marty the Moose and Burghy for joining this fun event. We also thank Sports Information Director Stephanie Dutton and Athletic Director Bruce Delventhal for their continued support.
Thanks again to SUNY Plattsburgh athletics and the winter athletes who attended the Meet the Cardinals event. We had a fun time and raised money for a worthy cause.
We are currently planning our next Meet the Cardinals spring event.