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Another week of cool weather in sunny Central Florida! We leave tomorrow on our five-night cruise aboard Carnivals Inspiration. Since we are going even farther south, here is hoping for warmer weather! The temperature high today is to be 63. Yes, I know that any one of you would take those temperatures, but here, they are cold ... trust me on that one! The Foundation of CVPH Medical Center has welcomed new members to its board of directors and they are: Neil Fesette, Tamar Weerts, Christine Boule and James Favreau. The board is also saying goodbye to Gussie Baker, Sarah Fina, Bruce Hale and Ralph Boire. I served with those departing and know they will be missed for their input and their experience. The board is also saying goodbye this week to Hannah Hanford, the executive director of the foundation, as she moves on in her career to Virginia. She will be greatly missed. This is an extremely worthwhile organization supporting local people; they are also in the middle of at $7 million dollar capital campaign, The Vision of CVPH, to support a surgical services expansion project to be completed in 2009. North Country Youth Hockey will sponsor a spring hockey league for Bantam and Mite divisions at the Rouses Point Civic Center March 2 through March 27. The cost will be $49 and will cover eight games. Registration forms are available at www.ncyhockey.org and clicking on the master schedule link; from there go to handouts. For more information, call Mike Duffy at 297-3528 or send an e-mail to mduffy1@twcny.rr.com . International Association of Authorized Basketball Officials Board No. 43 basketball officials are sponsoring a 7th and 8th grade grade boys basketball tournament in Peru Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17 to raise scholarship dollars. Call Jim Caron at 643-9047 or e-mail jcaron24@email.com for information. The Clinton County Senior Computer Club will meet Monday, Feb. 4, at 1:45 p.m. in the Senior Center on North Catherine Street. Gib Brown of WPTZ Newschannel 5 will explain how computers help weatherpeople decide on the forecast. The senior citizens are planning a trip to Washington, D.C, Friday, May 30, through Monday, June 2. The trip, which costs $450 per person based on double occupancy, will include the WWII Memorial, Embassy Row, The Smithsonian and Capital Hill. Call Angela at 563-6180 for information. MeadowBrook Health Care is sponsoring the Champlain Centre Mall Walking Program. When I was working, I mall-walked a lot during the winter, some of the time with my good friend Suzanne Allen. There were always lots of people there and the camaraderie was fun; plus it is an excellent way to stay fit during the winter months. The Breakfast Kiwanis Club is holding their 4th annual Queen for a Day Fundraiser. Many great prizes will include the grand prize of an overnight stay at Point au Roche Lodge, dinner for two at San Marino II, one-hour massage at Archie Bodyworks; a spa day at Punkis, a bouquet of flowers and candy from Lake Shore Flowers and Candy. Tickets will be on sale at Champlain Centre Saturday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, May 10. They will also be available from any Kiwanian anytime between now and Saturday, May 10, when the drawing will be held. Tickets are $5 each. For any questions, call Sam Witherwax at 643-8853. No comments from anyone on the possible working together or merger of North Country Community College and Clinton Community College? That doesnt really surprise me, but come on folks... Next weeks column will be filled with our cruise, no doubt. Im hoping for warm sunshine and calm seas. Hey, that is not a bad wish for anyone, no matter where you are! Until next week, you know the rest of the drill!"

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