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Valley News Year in Review: Part 3

Stories from the last four months of 2011 in the Valley News

A pile of ruined books was created as volunteers helped to clean out the Wells Library in Upper Jay.

A pile of ruined books was created as volunteers helped to clean out the Wells Library in Upper Jay. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

•Aileen Geiling cashed in her skydiving opportunity at Saratoga Sky Dive.

Geiling boarded the plane with her instructor, whom she tandem jumped with and climbed to 9,000-feet.

Then, the chance to take that first step finally came.

“You take that step, and you are just going straight down,” Geiling said. “It’s scary and thrilling all at once.”

Geiling and her instructor were in free-fall for about 45 second before the parachute deployed, bringing them the rest of the way down.

“We were doing about 120 mph,” Geiling said. “I was cheered on by my family and friends, and I returned to the safe and smiling.”

•Thanks to a lot of donations, the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc., is well on its way to a goal of $775,000 in donations.

The organization held its annual Campaign Kickoff Breakfast for the 2012 endeavor at the American Legion Post 20 in Plattsburgh Sept. 16.

United Way of the Adirondack Region Executive Director John Bernardi said that the organization had built a support web throughout the counties of Clinton, Essex and Franklin.

“We have been playing connect the dots at the United Way,” Bernardi said. “What we have created is a web and a network of health and human services.”

“We need to find some way to fill the gap, and this organization does,” Gerald “Gerry” Morrow, Chesterfield town supervisor and Campaign chairman, said. “Each business has a champion that really pushes this campaign to their employees. We have set a goal of $775,000. It is a goal that is reasonable for us to meet and exceed, and I’m sure that we are going to do it.”

• Members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors discussed several issues pertaining to problems related to post-Tropical Storm Irene cleanup and recovery during a visit from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Relations Manager Don Hawkins during the Sept. 26 Ways and Means Committee meeting.

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