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To The Editor:

Saturday morning, Feb. 9, the day after the big storm that closed down much of Northern New York and New England, I walked down my street, Proctor Avenue, to go to a friend’s house.

I couldn’t drive, because my driveway was still under about eight inches of snow even after having been plowed twice the day before. I started out in the street and then realized there was a sidewalk shoveled. I turned in to see how far I could go on the sidewalk and discovered that Proctor Avenue must have a secret sidewalk genie. The sidewalk was clear most of the way between John Street and the last house on the left heading towards Ford Street. It was obvious that a snow blower had worked its way uniformly past of all the houses.

I know for a fact that there are people who would not have been able to do that for themselves or who were away during the storm. Their walks were cleared along with all the others. Someone on our street must love being out in the snow, or else they’re just old-fashioned good neighbors, helping out where they see a need. Whoever they are, I want them to know that what they do matters and is very much appreciated. I already knew that I had great neighbors at my end of the road, and seeing that there are even more really made my day. Perhaps there are other such sidewalk genies all around the city, and if there are, I salute you. You deserve a big thank you for your generous good deeds. Keep up the good work! It’s wonderful to see such a display of good will!

Lin Griffin


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