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December 31, 2012

North Country residents hope for a better 2013

 PLATTSBURGH — Beyond resolutions, many North Country people look to 2013 with hopes that the new year will bring a better, safer, more peaceful community. When asked about their hopes for the world next year, local people pointed to family values, world strife, tolerance and the environment.

Starting with the basics, Rita Devan, 87, of Willsboro, would like to see a little bit more peace in the world. She and her son, Robert, of Owego, felt the best way to achieve this would be for everyone to spend more time with their families.

“I’d like to see everyone return to some of the family values from earlier times,” Rita Devan said.

After raising three children, Devan feels that building on the foundation she has put in place that trickles down to her grandchildren is her contribution to making this change. Every year at Christmas, she writes a letter to her family. This year she said she was “thankful for a loving family that enriches my life.”

“You don’t have to look far to find heroes,” Robert Devan said. “Your parents should be your first heroes.”

He feels that parenting by example and teaching simple things, such as respect and manners, go a long way. He is also a believer in the “parents are not your friends” philosophy. He raised his children this way and says now that they are grown up, he enjoys being “friends” with them and being a part of their lives.

Rita Devan is pleased that her family is all still close, despite living in different areas, and thinks that more people feeling this way will make the world a better place.

Jason Ormsby, of Plattsburgh, would also like to see a more peaceful 2013 — specifically, he would like to see an end to war in the Middle East.

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