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CONNECTIONS – What a pleasure it is to meet face to face with those of you I have only known through this column. There have been some marvelous connections made through the clock-man in our home. On a number of occasions when the clock-man visits with those having their clocks repaired, connections are made with another with the same last name. Invariably comments are made with the clock clients sharing that they do in fact read this column. I find this truly amazing.

I have already told you of a recent time when the clock-man arrived home with donuts, Koffee Kup donuts, for enjoying over coffee. The individuals he had visited that day had made the connection and sent this gift home for sharing.

This week I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Lynn and Stephen, who had sent the special donuts purchased in Vermont. This week that same couple shared a most delicious apple Danish, also purchased in Vermont. As we visited in the Clock Shop, plans were made to meet and numbers were exchanged. I am now looking forward to visiting soon with a coffee cup in hand.

My heartfelt thanks to Editor Ryne for giving me this marvelous opportunity each week to share and meet such beautiful people. Isn’t the north country a wonderful place to live? I certainly think so!

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CONNECTIONS IN WRITING – A letter arrived at the office this week from a column reader. How absolutely thrilled I was to receive a letter. I have mentioned numerous times about my concern over the lack of hand written letters.

I am concerned that if we only text message using the odd language of texteeze (my sister tells me that is indeed a word) or record our thoughts digitally there will be no written language. Could we have an oral tradition only with our written language gone through technology?

This week hope was restored with a number of hand written notes and cards and a letter at the office. My heartfelt thanks to those who wrote, especially to a newfound friend who took the time to share his thoughts. How wonderful to exchange ideas through a printed page. I do appreciate each comment and suggestion made – I will make sure they will be part of future columns. This week hopefully I will be able to make a connection with this reader who took time to write.

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BIRTHDAY WISHES – There are a number of local dignitaries who will celebrate their birthdays this week. Belated wishes to Jane Cook, the mother of Morning Extravaganza Sanford T. Mrs. Cook’s birthday was on Monday, I believe. And belated wishes this week to Phil Schwartz, who once was a Jets’ fan. I am sure he still is a fan of NY Jets Quarterback Joe Namath, but team allegiance is another matter.

Happy birthday today to Gini Truax. My warmest wishes, Gini, for a wonderful celebration this week with friends and family. Tomorrow on Valentine ’s Day Verna at Hannaford’s will celebrate. What a terrific woman she is – my day is always better when Verna is at the cash register. And on Monday Norma at Cornell’s Dry Cleaners on Main Street will celebrate. Stop by this week and wish Norma a terrific day!

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WITH THANKS – A television news report Monday evening told viewers that roads had not been plowed in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. (in Suffolk County we were told, near New York City). The resident interviewed told the reporter her children had to go to school, she had to go to work and roads were still not plowed from the Friday storm three days before. The news showed streets filled with snow and on Tuesday morning the reports were that the streets still had not been plowed.

How fortunate we are in the north country to have skilled and dedicated snowplow operators. My heartfelt thanks this week to our north country snowplow operators. What an extraordinary job they perform. We had a great deal of snow on Friday. It was a “snow day” for most of us who could stay home. We planned ahead and enjoyed a day at home.

Saturday morning I was concerned whether I would be able to travel to Massena for Tiffany Wood’s Zumba Event for the American Heart Association. I had seen the snowplows all day on Friday and heard them in the night and I knew how much snow had fallen. And Saturday morning, just a few hours from the snowfall, the roads were bare as I turned onto the highway. Amazing.

What a marvelous job with skilled workers at the helm of the snowplows that clear our path so travel during the winter months is safe for us all. Again, my thanks to each of you. Your efforts are appreciated. The north country certainly is a marvelous place to live, especially during snowy, wintry months.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – Love sought is good, but given unsought is better. William Shakespeare

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