TO THE EDITOR: I am writing this letter of support for Janet Duprey for Assembly in the 115th Assembly District.
Janet has given and will continue to give her heart and soul to everything she does for the people she represents. You may not always agree with every vote she makes, but you can be sure she will listen to both sides of an issue, study its impact and make a decision for what she feels is the best for the vast majority of her constituents.
I believe Janet’s consistent service of helping so many people has been outstanding. No one works harder to help someone in need.
I have been a Clinton County legislator for 16 years and have worked with Janet as a county legislator, county treasurer and assemblywoman. From my experiences and observations, I can tell all voters that they should be proud to support Janet for another two-year term of office.
Watch the local debate on WCFE 57 and objectively evaluate the importance of experience, work ethic and knowledge of the issues and see that she is head and shoulders above the other candidates.
I ask you to join me on Election Day in returning Janet Duprey to Albany to work for all the people of the 115th Assembly District
Clinton County legislator
TO THE EDITOR: In the next few years I, along with my classmates, will be graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh with the hope of starting a rewarding career in my field of study.
However, my prospects of fulfilling this dream have diminished dramatically over the past couple of years. Roughly 50 percent of recent college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. This startling statistic not only shows the weak economy but highlights the types of jobs that are available. Unfortunately, our current congressman, Bill Owens, has no plan to fix our economy so that decent-paying jobs are available for recent college graduates.
Since taking office, our congressional district has lost 5,200 jobs and has an unemployment rate that is roughly a full percentage point higher than the national average. In fact, Congressman Owens has voted in favor of legislation, such as Obamacare, that will increase taxes on businesses and force them to either lay off current employees or make it nearly impossible to hire new ones.
As each day passes and I get closer to my expected graduation date, I worry that I will become just another statistic. Congressman Owens has shown that he is either unable or unwilling to tackle this difficult task. I believe we need a member of Congress who will work to create jobs, not destroy them.
TO THE EDITOR: Janet Duprey is a tireless advocate for the issues of the North Country.
You may know her through her support of families with Asperger and autistic children. Maybe you know her through her work to bring jobs to the North Country. Maybe you know Janet from her 25 years as the Clinton County treasurer.
However your paths have crossed, you know that Janet is easy to reach, listens with an open mind, enthusiastically investigates your issue and gets the job done.
I know Janet as a tireless and involved advocate for the needs of our North Country seniors. Janet established opened communication channels early in the development of Lake Forest Senior Living Community. She was knowledgeable about the needs of the aging, and I soon looked forward to opportunities to discuss elder housing and health care with Janet.
When the need for more specialized services for those needing 24-hour assistance or with early to mid-stage memory loss became evident, Janet was pivotal in the development of Pine Harbour Assisted Living, a much needed missing link to independent housing options and nursing-home care heretofore non-existent in rural upstate New York.
As a Pine Harbour Board member, Janet’s contributions were significant to the opening of Pine Harbour Assisted Living. She got the job done.
As county treasurer, she worked as comfortably with individuals on issues affecting their personal lives as she did with members of both parties in the legislature on issues affecting the fiscal health of Clinton County. She got the job done.
As our representative in Albany, Janet understands the needs of rural upstate. She gets the job done for the North Country.
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, please vote for Janet Duprey. She gets the job done.
MARGOT J. ZEGLIS
TO THE EDITOR: It is with a heavy heart yet a great deal of gratitude that we write this letter. As our beloved Michel and our family faced the challenges of battling cancer, there were many people who supported us along the way.
We would like to thank Drs. Whitman and Vaccaro for their gentle professionalism along with their special nurses, Mary and Linda (What’s your DOB?). We are grateful for the services of HCR during the time Michel was at home and especially the care from Linda Kalvaitis and Penny VanWeort as well as from Hospice of the North Country. Dr. Clark’s continued contact during this time was also greatly appreciated.
There are few words to express our thanks to the kind and caring staff of R5, especially Amanda, Emily, Heidi, Zach, Amber and Rebecca. Jill Kanaly-Demers played a vital role in providing Michel with the care she needed and deserved.
Finally, we would like to thank the numerous people who reached out to Michel and our family by sending cards and flowers, providing meals and attending her services. There are too many to name, and all of you are special and appreciated. The faculty and staff of AuSable Valley deserve our gratitude for their constant commitment to Michel and us throughout this entire ordeal.
The support from all of you is a testament to the special woman that Michel was and the inherent goodness of the people of the North Country. She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt who will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.
LYMAN AND MARION MARTIN
SCOTT AND ROBIN MARTIN
TO THE EDITOR: While many of us have begun to focus on the presidential election, I would like to a moment to highlight a local candidate that has been working 24 hours a day, sever days a week since announcing his run for office.
Matt Doheny, our congressional candidate, has been crisscrossing the vast 21st Congressional District in an effort to speak with voters and local officials about their problems and concerns.
As a county official, I was refreshed to see a federal candidate take such an interest in local matters. These are the issues that often have the greatest impact on our community. It is impressive to see him at so many local events and take the time to listen to so many constituents. This line of communication between town, county, state and federal officials can be vital in tackling problems in an efficient and timely manner.
I am endorsing Matt Doheny for Congress because I believe that we need a representative that is willing to work with and communicate with local officials and communities before problems arise, not after.
KEVIN A. MULVERHILL
Franklin County sheriff
TO THE EDITOR: I would like to say thank the 2012 Anderson Cats soccer team. It has been my privilege to coach this team this year. I was blessed with wonderful kids and parents.
There is something to be said about the kids I have coached: they have charisma. Each and every one of them has so much character and talent. They are truly unique and wonderful kids. I have learned so much with these kids and will never forget this team. Thank you so much for my favorite season of coaching.
I would also like to thank the Jay/Blackbrook Youth Commission, Town of Jay Highway Department, AuSable Valley Central School for our “game under the lights,” our wonderful parents, John McDonald and the volunteers who worked the concession stand.
TO THE EDITOR: From the family of David D. Walker to all his extended family at Powertex, we as David’s family would like to express our deepest thanks and gratitude to all of you. You will never know how much the words and thoughts you all expressed mean to us.
I know in my heart that my brother David (“Bo Bo”) and our father, Bob, are looking down on all of us. If our father were still alive, I know how extremely proud of David he would have been that Bo Bo touched so many people with his smile and kind heart.
Additionally, we would like to thank Victor Podd for allowing David’s Powertex family to attend the services for our brother. This truly displays how much Powertex values their employees.
We would also like to thank R. W. Walker Funeral Home for your kindness and compassion, which made this difficult time easier on the family. Thank you, Rev. Gerald Cerank of St. Ann’s Parish in Mooers Forks for a beautiful celebration of the life of David Walker. Also, a special thanks to the Ladies of St. Ann’s and all the volunteers who helped with the reception after David’s service.
TO THE EDITOR: My heartfelt thanks to the people who helped at Mountain Top Senior Housing’s dinner on Oct. 6.
A huge thank you to Claire Kowalowski, Francis Kowalowski, Jim Kowalowski and Darrell Danussi for all your hard work preparing the spaghetti sauce.
Thanks to Bill Chase, Kim Gillette, Mary McCaffrey, Tina Charland, Bernadette Kowalowski, our board members (Lana Facteau, Cathy Moulton, Joan Fetzko, Sybil Woodward, Shirley Durnin, Kathleen Scott and Gail Wilson) and manager (Beverley Campbell). Without our volunteers, these fundraisers would not be possible.
Also, thanks so much to everyone who came to our dinner. A special thank you to our 50/50 winner, Bill Laundry, for his generous donation.
JEAN M. LeCLAIR
Board of Directors president
Mountain Top Senior Housing
TO THE EDITOR: The Beekmantown Central High School Class of 1993 is holding its 20-year class reunion in July 2013 in Plattsburgh. This will be a fun-filled event that is not to be missed.
We are continuing to reach out to classmates to get their contact information prior to the event. We still need the telephone numbers, mailing addresses and email addresses of the following people: Darrel E. Allbright, Sarah Anderson, Beau Baigas, Sara W. Bosworth, David A. Brault, Patrick D. Case, Thomas Codding, Georgina M. Deyo, Dwayne Duprey, Steve Estes, Sarah A. Fortney, Matt P. Gladue, Tracy A. (Hendrix) Van Weort, Richard W. Kalvaitis, Michael L. LaMare, Jason C. Magoon, Michael Mooney, Jamie Nephew, Dean M. Newell, Melinda (Nink) Sears, Richard Powers, Shawna L. Provost, Wayne M. Provost, Brian M. Roberts, Chad L. Rodier, Todd L. Russell, Chris J. Simpson, Henry R. Smith, Sherry L. Stacey, Marcia M. (Stratton) Patno, Bryan J. Tourville, Derrick W. Underwood, Stacey A. (Vaughan) Elfarr, Jaime S. Warren, Tara Wright and Amy Jo M. Yelle.
If you have any information on these people, please call me at 563-8793, or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a Facebook page under Beekmantown Class of 1993. Any piece of information that you can provide that will lead us to one of our classmates will be greatly appreciated.
TRACY S. GUYNUP
Reunion Committee chairperson
TO THE EDITOR: The Cumberland Bay Barbershoppers have recently completed their ad campaign for the 2012 Annual Show Program.
We would like to thank all of our friends, businesses and organizations for their generous support. Without our patrons’ financial support every year, we would not be able to preserve this wonderful American Art form in this community.
The Plattsburgh Chorus has been serving our great North Country for 53 years by singing at churches, hospitals, nursing homes, service clubs and community events. We also make donations to local charities and our own national charity, Harmony Foundation, which supports vocal music in our schools and communities.
Our 53rd-annual show, “Memories are Made of This,” will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the E.
Glenn Giltz Auditorium.
Since this is Veteran’s Day weekend, the show finale will center on those who have served it the armed forces. Guests will include local talents Minor Adjustments, a SUNY Plattsburgh a cappella group, and from Massachusetts, Downtown Crossing, our Northeastern district’s quartet champions.
I thank all of our supporters and invite everyone to our show to enjoy a night of barbershop and a cappella music.
Cumberland Bay Barbershoppers
TO THE EDITOR: This letter is a message to bullies and domestic harassers in our community. I hope that when your children or adult relatives are walking through the city, they can have peace and be left alone and that they can do their errands and shopping in peace without being emotionally and mentally attacked, lied about and have police called on them.
I hope that all your loved ones can be seen in the local stores without being taunted and laughed at and measured up to by others who think they’re better and the only ones with civil rights.
I hope your family never has to experience the pain and upset of bullying and domestic terrorism, of being attacked everywhere they go and nobody except their family cares and is aware of the harmful bullying that they’re experiencing. I hope that your loved ones can visit government buildings without intimidation and people’s cruelty and don’t have to be in tears after their visit, wondering why and how people are so cold and heartless and hateful.
It really hurts when you can’t even be in your own skin and allowed to be happy and to simply be left alone in peace in public. It’s a disgrace when you can’t even walk in a city without being harassed, tormented by what I call jealousy and ignorant people who just want a weaker person to go after and measure up to.
The vulnerable have to endure abuse and nothing gets done about it. It’s disgusting and says a lot about a town and community. Bullying others only shows what’s wrong about you and that something is wrong in your lives, not our lives.
Thank you, Lady Gaga, for pushing to turn bullying into a crime and being our voice; we need more people like you.
TO THE EDITOR: On Oct. 4, the children and staff at Bailey Avenue Elementary School had the opportunity to enjoy a “field trip to the pumpkin patch” in the school’s own backyard.
This event was a great success. The kids enjoyed riding on the wagon to the “pumpkin patch,” where each child was able to pick out a pumpkin to take home. They also had a chance to pet some goats. This was all made possible by Country Dream Farms’ Melissa and George and their horses “Helen and Starr.” They did a phenomenal job.
It was so nice to be able to provide the children with a field trip without leaving the grounds of Bailey Avenue School. This type of school event was a first for Country Dream Farms, and we are very impressed with how smoothly it all went and how wonderful it was.
The Bailey Avenue Family School Association would like to personally thank them for making this such a success and for all their dedication and hard work. This provided a special opportunity for many children who may not get to go on a field trip to the pumpkin patch and was enjoyed by all. We appreciate all that you have done for this event.
FSA Leadership Team
Bailey Avenue School