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Are all of your New Year's resolutions still intact? I didn't even make any this year; when I do I only tend to disappoint myself as they are never kept! My wish for you is that you have a stronger spine than I do and you are completely on track for 2008. As I write this, it is actually New Year's Eve Day. This evening we are having a party in our park to celebrate 2008. We happen to serve on the committee this year and have helped in the preparation for the event. I chuckled as we headed to the clubhouse to decorate it felt just like I was back in high school and decorating for the junior prom! We will no doubt have a wonderful evening. There should be approximately 150 of us in attendance. The North Country is once again working together to find a fix for the Big Sky pullout from Plattsburgh International Airport. There are five airports now left without essential air service due to no fault of their own. I have confidence the leaders from all airports, the communities and our government leaders in Washington are all working toward a solution to this problem. The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce has named their executive committee for 2008. They include Gene Chauvin, chairman; John Van Natten, 1st vice chairman; Gary Titherington, 2nd vice chairman; Susan Manning, treasurer; Robert Frenyea, chairman of the Economic Development Division; James Tooley, chairman of the North Country Industrial Council division; James Forcier, past chairman and Garry Douglas, president and secretary. This group of leaders will help Garry lead the chamber in the right direction for the coming year. Once upon a time, I was a part of that committee and know the workings of this group of hard working business people. Good luck to you all and a great year ahead for the chamber, one of the main driving forces of the North Country region. I read this morning of the lift shutdown on Whiteface and the subsequent rescue of many people off the lift due to a gust of wind. May I share with you that therein lies one of the reasons I enjoy being on firm ground! Brave? Me? Not so much, folks! On Saturday, Jan. 19, the 4th annual Campus Dining Services/Cardinal Hockey Charity dinner will be held at the Angell College Center on the PSUC campus. The evening, which sounds like a great deal of fun, will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Eastern New York. The men's and women's hockey teams will be waiters and waitresses and will earn tips through skits, singing and other entertainment. All of these tips will go to Make-A-Wish. For further information, call Steve Moffat at 564-3607 or email him at moffatsc@plattsburgh.edu . As the paper goes to press, our son turns 42 Jan. 5. My problem has never been how old I am I know how old I feel and that is what is important. However, that being said, it really upsets me I am old enough to have a son that is 42. Have to wonder where the years went and how exactly that happened. Janice and Ethan Colgan reside in our park and are Plattsburgh area residents. Jan and I see each other most every day and discuss the weather up home and thank our lucky stars we are here. I think secretly, we each miss it, but only just a bit! I have had no responses to the Crown Point bridge question. That must mean noone has an opinion! Some day, folks, I will find a topic that will spur enough interest to really get a good response. It will come just wait! By now, we are all back into our normal routines after the holiday season; already looking forward to the next break. My hope for all is your winter is not too long, your health is excellent and you and your loved ones remain safe. Until next week, you certainly know the drill!

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