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WARMEST WISHES – Warmest wishes are sent to Sanford T. Cook this week. The Morning Extravaganza celebrates his birthday on March 15. I certainly hope someone will make sure his name is on the Friday Birthday Club and perhaps there will be a serenade or two. I think I could even put up with the Buffalo Shout Song for that one morning in honor of the celebrant’s special day.

When we first moved to the north nountry, now over 40 years ago, we began our day with WMSA’s Jean LaPage. At that point in our lives, the listing of school closings and menus was an important part of our morning.

If I remember correctly there should be an anniversary celebration this year. Was it 40 years ago that we first heard the voice of Sanford T. on air. It seems as if at first it was in broadcasting sporting events. I do remember the first time I saw the infamous “Voice” of WMSA. I was in the lobby of the Salmon River campus school and heard the voice that was now familiar on the radio. He was at the school in a “live” appearance.

And now it is Sanford T. who brings us the information needed to start our day – the weather reports and his take on local roadways. It is the Morning Extravaganza who first tells us which of our favorite sports teams (and not one is the same as his) has won the night before and why they might not have been in the winning column.

My warmest wishes, Sanford T., for a wonderful birthday celebration. And my heartfelt thanks for your support of the north country Community and the concern you express for each one in our community. My thanks, too, for your support of our service men and women. It always touches my heart to hear you remember them each day on air.

I hope each of you today who has been remembered by Sanford T. on your birthday or anniversary, or each one who has had their sports team spoken of in derision on air will remember Sandy and wish him a very happy birthday. I hope, too, that each parent who has been at home with a radio beside them listening to a son or daughter playing a game locally or at states depending on Sanford T.’s play by play to bring the play of your son or daughter into your living room will make sure this gentleman is wished only the best on his special day.

Happy Birthday, Sandy. Have a great day for you deserve only the best as you celebrate.


PHONE UPDATE – Last Tuesday morning I sent my column to the Courier-Observer office via the internet as I do each week. Shortly after it had been sent I listened with interest to a Today Show segment listing the new words in the Oxford Dictionary. The last few weeks I have mentioned my cell phone, which happens to be an older model, known as a flip phone.

It was fun this week hearing about some of your phones – there were cell phones with antenna (yes, I have one friend that still uses a cell phone with an antenna) and portable phones in cars a few years ago.

The Today Show hosts told the viewers what words were new entries in the dictionary in a February update. One word was tweetable with another a dumbphone. It was explained that a dumbphone was a “basic mobile phone that lacks the advanced functionality characteristic of a smartphone.” Today Show Newsman Willie Geist immediately added, “Oh, a flip phone.”

Yes, my cell phone now has a name; it is a “dumbphone” I suppose as opposed to a smartphone. For me, though, I consider my phone to have functionality – all I require my telephone to do is make a call so I can be in touch and my phone accomplishes that perfectly.


MAGIC MONDAY – What a lovely Monday. I had the opportunity of visiting with Editor Ryne before leaving for Massena and there was lunch with a friend at Common Grounds, which is always a good thing.

After shopping and commitments made there was a stop at McDonald’s on Route 37 (near Hannaford’s). The coupon I had cut from the Observer was good so I could enjoy a “free” cup of coffee. Certainly a plus.

The best part of this visit, though, was not in the order placed, but in a sign I noticed before leaving. As I stood at the counter I noticed a sign above the drive-through window. Obviously this sign was not meant for customers, but it certainly made me smile. Written at the top of the board were the words “Magical Monday!”

I had never thought about a Monday being Magical before, but that simple sign on the far wall in McDonald’s made me realize my Monday was indeed Magical – there were wonderful visits with friends in the afternoon and songs shared which is always a good thing. My thanks to the sign artist in McDonald’s for making me realize my Monday was indeed “Magical.” My only request is that your sign be placed in front of the counter for all to see – I might even stop each day this week to see what type of day Tuesday and Wednesday might be.


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. (Albert Einstein, who was born on March 14, 1879 and died on April 18, 1955)

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