City & Town with Don Kasprzak and Bernie Bassett

Don Kasprzak, City Mayor:

Summer has finally arrived with some good weather! School is out and summer vacations have begun. My schedule is busy all year long, but at this time of year, it seems to be busier with events and constituent issues.

Sunrise Rotary and the Mayor's Office held a press conference to announce entertainment and regatta plans. We announced a new Ianelli Spirit Award, which will be given to a community leader which best exemplifies the qualities of former Mayor John Ianelli. I am proud to be associated with this award and Mrs. Ianelli will be presenting it at the regatta ceremony. I attended Media Day at Airborne Speedway, which is always enjoyable as Mike Perrotte and Steve Fuller do an outstanding job. My wife and I were honored to be part of the Hospice of the North Country ribbon-cutting ceremony. I had the opportunity to visit with the staff of the Nutrition Program for the Elderly and then have lunch at the Senior Citizen's Center. The Meals on Wheels Program is one of the most important programs in the North Country with wonderful people making and delivering the meals. The first fishing tournament of the season was held and the Plattsburgh North Stars Football Team won their first game. I attended the Special Olympics Torch Run Event which is always special and was invited to the flagpole dedication at Pine Harbour, which was a very moving event for our military veterans. Without their commitment and dedication to our country, we would not be enjoying the freedoms we enjoy today. The Farmers Market is open and very busy. I always support buying local products.

As we move into July, summer activities will increase. Enjoy the warm weather and sunshine!

Don Kasprzak is mayor of the city of Plattsburgh.

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