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Annual RC air show for Hospice returns next weekend

BEEKMANTOWN The skies will be filled with planes next weekend and for once, its not because of Plattsburgh International Airport. The Plattsburgh Radioaeromodelers will host their 6th annual Radio-Controlled Air Show Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, at Memorial Field on Rooney Road. The show is held each June in support of Hospice of the North Country. Even co-organizer Roy Perry said the club tries to raise $1,500 each year for Hospice through the event, with whatever the event doesnt raise being made up from the clubs coffers. Were always very close, said Perry. Hospice, which provides end-of-life care to those in need, has touched the lives of several of the clubs 40 active members, said Perry. A number of members have had loved ones who have been cared for by Hospice, he said, leading to the clubs decision to choose Hospice as the organization the annual event supports. Its important for people to come to this event because the whole purpose of it is to raise money for Hospice, urged Perry. Hospice chapters throughout the world do a wonderful job. They are truly guardian angels you can see. However, with the surging price of gasoline, Perry is concerned attendance will be down for this years event. Typically, the show brings spectators from across the North Country, stretching as far as Massena, Tupper Lake and Crown Point. The show has even drawn in people from Vermont and New Hampshire, he said. They may think twice about coming this year, but I hope they dont, said Perry. Regardless, the club is working hard to put together another high-quality show this year, said Perry. In addition to being able to see a wide variety of aircrafts which range from generic planes to World War I and World War II models the club will offer a chance for the public to get in on the action. For a nominal donation, spectators can become junior pilots with the use of a buddy box, a training system that consists of an auxiliary transmitter connected to a master transmitter operated by a club instructor. The buddy box allows a novice flyer to learn how to operate a radio-controlled plane without fear of crashing the plane, as the instructor always has the ability to take over control. Itll give you a real sense of flying, said Perry, who has been flying radio-controlled model planes for nearly 50 years. David Dwyer, one of the clubs members, said the overall show will deliver a great experience for those who attend. Its a very enjoyable afternoon out in the fresh air and its for a good cause, said Dwyer. Its a lot of fun for kids, and adults as well. The event will be held both days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memorial Field, which is located at 185 Rooney Road, off Jersey Swamp Road. The cost of admission is a voluntary donation. Food and refreshments will be sold with all proceeds benefitting Hospice of the North Country. If weather permits, a performance by the Malone Parachute Club will be held at noon both days. Those who miss the show are still invited to stop by the airfield most weekends when club members may also be found taking their planes to the skies. The Plattsburgh Radioaeromodelers also meet the third Monday of every month at May Currier Park on Tom Miller Road at 7 p.m. Those interested in attending are asked to call Perry at 643-8822, or Jack Hoskins at 643-2267, in case there is a change in schedule or venue.

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