Around the County

Snow, snow and more snow and then comes the melt down! What crazy weather the entire nation is experiencing this winter. We were in a deep freeze, even here in Central Florida; however, we are now warming up and it is becoming pool weather again. My bet is that no one is feeling the least bit sorry for me! Ten years ago was the Ice Storm. I am sure everyone out there has vivid memories of how you coped, how long the power was out and how well your insurance company responded. When the storm hit, I was still in the insurance business and we spent weeks, and I do mean weeks, trying to get all of the claims settled. It was truly the nightmare of my some 30 years in the industry. From a personal front, we were without power for four days and I learned how to cook over a fireplace insert woodstove and made a pretty good tasting pork roast, if I do say so myself. We will all carry our memories for years to come that is for certain. Many, many local school, religious and civic groups worked very hard throughout the holiday season to raise a lot of money for the less fortunate. As usual, the North Country produced a warm feeling of community in the otherwise cold northeast. Hats off to you all! The CVPH family and foundation will miss Hannah Hanford as she moves forward in her career to Virginia. I have had the privilege of working closely with Hannah when I served on the CVPH Foundation board of directors; I feel very fortunate to consider her a friend and wish her Godspeed. The airport committee continues to work diligently to find a new carrier for the local airport. I am confident in that group and know that a solution will be found. The public is urged to register for Do Not Call, which will effectively block telemarketing phone calls, according to Assemblywoman Janet Duprey. For further information and to register go to www.donotcall.gov . Nell Irwin Painter, a local author and historian will appear on C-Spans Book TV the next two Sundays. The college professor, author, historian, civil rights activist and artist, resides in Elizabethtown. You can check your TV listings to watch the show featuring this very interesting woman. Artists living in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties may apply for strategic opportunity stipend grants of up to $600 through the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks. The grants are designed to help artists take advantage of an imminent opportunity that will have an impact on their career or artistic development. For applications, information and guidelines, contact Karin Keene at 962-8778 or e-mail artsgrants@westelcom.com . The Northern end of the City of Plattsburgh is getting a new convenience store, gas pumps, and A&W and a Dunkin Donuts. There appears to be a lot happening at that end of the city and Ill be anxious to check it all out when we return home in May. The Town of Plattsburgh is sponsoring a bowling program for youths age five to 18 at no cost to the participants. Bowling will be held at North Bowl Lanes on Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m. for seven to 10 weeks. To pre-register or for further information call 562-6860. Thanks to my friend Gerry Kelly who responded to my query about the Crown Point Bridge. Gerry agrees with me that the bridge is an historic landmark and should be retained as such; no demolition, but a renovation is in order. Does anyone else out there have an opinion? Marb419@aol.com is the way to tell me, folks! To all of you, a safe, happy and productive week. Remember, each day is Gods gift to you. Make it blossom and grow into a thing of beauty.

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