August 2, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 2, 2013


---- — Airport exercise

TO THE EDITOR: On July 27, several hundred participants, including 70 community members who volunteered to play “victims,” sacrificed their Saturday morning to assist Plattsburgh International Airport in conducting a full-scale exercise of the airport’s emergency plan.

The event afforded an excellent opportunity for airport incident response training and strengthened partnerships between the airport and the federal, state and local agencies who support the airport’s Plan and whose participation was integral to the success of the exercise: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, CBP; U.S. Department of Homeland Security, TSA; U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol; New York State Office of Emergency Management; New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control; New York State Police; New York State Bar Association, Committee on Mass Disaster Response; Clinton County Office of Emergency Services; Clinton County Health Department; Clinton County Sheriff’s Department; AuSable Forks Fire Department; Beekmantown Fire Department; Chazy Fire Department; CVPH Medical Center; Cumberland Head Fire Department; District 3 Fire Department; Keeseville Fire Department; Morrisonville Fire Department/EMS; Peru Fire Department/EMS; Plattsburgh City Fire Department/EMS; Saranac Fire Department; South Plattsburgh Fire Departmentl; West Chazy Fire Department/EMS; North Country Chapter, American Red Cross; and PenAir.

Sincere thanks to all who participated and their continued support of the Plattsburgh International Airport.


Airport manager


Graveside restoration

TO THE EDITOR: Restoration of the gravesite of pioneer pastor Rev. Frederick Halsey in Plattsburgh’s Riverside Cemetery has begun. 

A drive to collect $5,000 for rebuilding the collapsing walls of this 1838 raised slab monument started in January by Presbyterians and historians. To date, 64 people and organizations have sent $4,350 to the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, the non-profit organization that is handling the funds.

This is an appeal to the public to finish the drive goal by this month’s end, which, incidentally, is the bicentennial of the 1813 British stealth attack on Plattsburgh that burned Pike’s Cantonment and looted the arsenal.

Halsey was the first Clinton County resident pastor, coming in 1795 to organize a Presbyterian church and start a school. He also became chaplain of the regiment raised for the War of 1812 by his next-door neighbor, Thomas Miller.

His house stands just west of the corners bearing his name, where a monument recalls a bloody skirmish in the September 1814 Battle of Plattsburgh.

Checks may be made out to BOPA, marked “For Halsey grave,” and mailed or taken to BOPA Museum, 31 Washington Road, Plattsburgh NY 12903. Credit cards may be used by calling 566-1814. All donations are charitable gifts and will be recognized.

A rededication at the gravesite will be held just before BOPA’s 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, annual Riverside ceremony at the nearby grave of British Navy Commander Downie.