To the Valley News:

I would like to have a title to this letter, therefore, I am calling it Appreciation.

Lately I have not seen many uplifting letters written to the editor concerning appreciation. I thought perhaps I would like to write one.

Many times in the last few years I have thought of how blessed I have been to live in this small town we call “Elizabethtown” and I have called “home.” I am sure there are many residents who feel as I do. As I look back, I would like to remember and thank the many people who have made this place a better place in which to live.

Neighbors always come to mind as I have always seen and know that neighbors help neighbors. Of course, we always have God to call on but neighbors are always there when we need a helping hand.

Have you ever called 911 and had the ambulance drive into your driveway 10 minutes later-I have!! So I really have to say “Thank you” to those who volunteer and come so quickly to our aid day or night!!

There are so many people who serve our community, some without any kind of pay. The School Board, the Thrift Shop, the Food Pantry, the Zoning Board, and the Ambulance Squad. Also, the Sheriff Department, the Highway Department, the Town Board, and of course our really great Fire Department. I am sure I have forgotten some group but these are just a few who serve unselfishly of their time. How many surrounding towns have a hospital right here where you can drive to in just a few minutes. Bravo to all who work there!!! You all deserve our Thanks!!

We can all worship at the Church of our choice!! There’s a real blessing!!

I will close by thanking God for letting me grow old in this Adirondack Mountain Town where the seasons always amaze me and where I will always call “HOME”!!!

Jane S. Hilderbrandt, Elizabethtown

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