November 19, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 19, 2013


---- — Bank helpers

TO THE EDITOR: Bank manager Kim Ryan of Keeseville TD Bank and five of her employees gave up a Saturday night out to serve dinner to the community at the Knights of Columbus from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 19.

What a wonderful act of self-giving for others.

Furthermore, that Saturday was the birthday of the manager, Kim Ryan. This is an example of a bank working for the people in more than the usual ways.




Justice system

TO THE EDITOR: I hope the Press-Republican keeps up with the jury trials in the Clinton County area like they have done in the past jury trials in the Essex County area so the public can be aware of their justice systems.

We, the people, look forward to reading these trial sessions as they go on everyday in the paper, so we can stay informed each day of what is going on in these cases.




Grateful for care

TO THE EDITOR: Many thanks to 6 Main at CVPH, where my father was taken such good care of in the last years of his life.

The entire staff treated him like family and helped ease his fear of dying. They worked so hard.

A special thank you to Dr. Bill Pelton, who took care of Dad for 35 years. His compassion will never be forgotten.

Neil Hamilton of Hamilton’s Funeral Home was great. He paid attention to every single detail and arranged all aspects of the funeral.

Thank you to the New York State Army Honor Guard and the World War II veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 119 of Morrisonville, whose color guard gave Dad a great send off. Everyone was so kind to be there.

A special thanks to the Press-Republican.


Port Kent


Church service

TO THE EDITOR: On a recent Sunday, a mixed group of young adults organized by the Rev. Duane and Rebecca Lum of the Nazarene Church and accompanied by Ann Marie and Mike Farrell, came to our house.

By the time they left, the yards were cleaned up, summer furniture stored in the cellar, storm doors exchanged for screen doors and windows winterized.

Led by the selfless and giving demeanor of Ann Marie and Mike, all these tasks were performed with good humor and a steady buzz of conversation. Not once did you hear an off-color remark or a word of profanity. A far cry from the “normal” vocalizations of most of the young people traveling our inner-city streets.

This group is truly blessed, and we wanted them to know just how outstanding they really are.




Kind girls

TO THE EDITOR: I live in a residential area just outside of Plattsburgh.

The people are nice. They mind their own business and are always ready to help each other whenever the need arises. But, as in all peaceful neighborhoods, we have our own “neighborhood idiot.”

Ours went speeding by my house in his noisy pickup truck one evening, and my lovely cat got in his way. He couldn’t, or wouldn’t, stop in time.

As my injured cat tried to crawl away, two young girls who were nearby picked him up and rushed him to Dr. Palmer’s, where he later died.

I was not home at the time, so the girls, Alex and Kayla, left a note in my door, telling me what happened and leaving me a phone number. When I got home, I had just started to call when they appeared at my door.

As they told me of the preceding events, I could tell they were sincerely concerned about my grave situation. They went out of their way to come to my house and talk to me about it.

This episode made for a very sad evening. But I must thank Kayla and Alex for doing the right thing and thereby, once again, renewing my faith in humanity.




Homeward Bound

TO THE EDITOR: Homeward Bound Adirondacks is an organization that is committed to creating community-based solutions to the issues facing service members, veterans and their families throughout the North Country.

I would like to appeal to our community across the North Country to honor, recognize and thank veterans during the month of November for their service.

Do you belong to a service organization or religious group? Consider honoring veterans at a meeting or service in November.

Do you see someone wearing a hat that tells you they served? Take a moment and say thank you.

Do you own a business? Find out whether any of your employees are vets and help them verify they are receiving all the benefits they are entitled.

Are you a mental-health clinician? Consider providing service through Military One Source or Give an Hour.

Military personal will often say, “I was just doing my job; I did nothing spectacular.” It may have been “just a job,” but keep in mind that it is a job that the majority of our nation seems unwilling to do themselves.

By doing the job they do, our service men and women allow the people of our nation to go about their daily lives without a second thought. So I urge you to give it a second thought. 

What can you do this year to make a difference?


Program coordinator

Homeward Bound Adirondacks


Candidate honored

TO THE EDITOR: I would like the opportunity to thank the voters of the Town of Plattsburgh for supporting me in the election.

I did my very best to go to as many houses as possible to meet you again. 

It is truly an honor to serve as your town justice, and I appreciate the chance you have given to serve for another four years.

I will continue to work as hard as I can to earn the trust you have shown in me. Thank you.




Adeline history

TO THE EDITOR: Being a past Sweet Adeline for 10 years, I could hardly believe 45 years has gone by.

I have just finished a history of the first 10 years and turned it over to the Special Collections Department at SUNY Plattsburgh. All of us who got so much enjoyment out of being a part of this owe Lou and Phyl Bernard, and also Joan Fleury, Gloria Potter, Jean Provost, Theresa Scully, and, of course, George Shnob, a very grateful thank you.

I believe Joan approached Phyl and Lou after a men’s Barbershop Show and asked about starting a Sweet Adeline Chapter here. All seven of them had a meeting at the Bernards’, and from their effort, Champlain Valley Sweet Adelines was born.

Since I retired in 1978, I could only take the history that far. Perhaps someone starting with the show in 1978 could take it from there and bring it up to date.

If you do, please turn it over to the Special Collections Department at SUNY Plattsbgurgh so anyone in the future can read it and it will forever be part of Plattsburgh’s history.