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Over Coffee With Ellen

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WITH THANKS – In our June 5 visit “Over Coffee” I mentioned a lovely young woman at the Speedway Plaza Dunkin’ Donuts. As I expressed my appreciation for her kind assistance as the clerk behind the counter a few weeks ago, I realized I didn’t know her name to express my thanks properly.

Last Friday I again stopped for donuts to share. The clerk was the kind, friendly young woman who had been there on my last visit. Once again I saw no name tag. This time I asked about her name – her tag was on her hat. Tanya is the marvelous Dunkn’ Donuts clerk who attends to each customer at her counter with such amazing personal attention. Regular customers are remembered not only by name but by their order.

My heartfelt thanks to Tanya for making a visit to Dunkin’ Donuts such a marvelous experience. If you are having a difficult day, stop by and make sure Tanya attends to your order – I am sure you will leave feeling much better than when you entered!


AND FOR BRYAN, TOO – A portion of our driveway has been covered with mud puddles in recent weeks. I am sure many of you have experienced the same mud covered travels as rain has continued to fall. My car was mud splattered with increasing amounts as the rain filled days have continued. And on a sun filled day I have either been too busy to stop at the car wash or not willing to stop knowing full well the rain will come again.

Last Friday I decided I would wash my car – it was definitely time to do so. I drove to the entry of the Speedway Plaza Car Wash and put the money needed in the machine near the entry. A truck was in the car wash and the sun shone brightly reflecting on the panel near the money slot (at least that is my excuse). The truck drove off and I entered.

Nothing happened. I hated to exit my car for fear the wash would begin and then I heard a friendly voice asking about the car wash. A young man named Bryan, sporting a Speedway Plaza tee-shirt, questioned me so kindly about my predicament. He took care of everything including instructions on the machine that obviously I had no idea how to operate. He kindly told me it wasn’t my fault (but oh, it was) pointing out the sun on the screen.

He set up the machine and the car wash was in operation. My car was clean and I was grateful for Bryan’s kindness and assistance or I might very well be still sitting in my filthy car with nothing happening. The car wash worked beautifully and my car was clean (for a day) Isn’t the north country a marvelous place to live where everyone is so willing to lend a helping hand? I certainly think so!


DONUTS WITH DAD - My seven year old friend shared on Friday that at her school Madison Elementary (the best school, I was told) they had been planning for Father’s Day - I asked what they were doing for Father’s Day. She explained that on Mother’s Day it was “Muffins with Mom” and on Monday for Father’s Day it would be “Donuts with Dad.” I thought that was delightful - such fun. The teachers at Madison are to be commended - for remembering the parents of their students and in such a fun, memorable manner.


CROSSING – A new school bus stop sign has been placed near our home. It is a new sign asking motorists to watch for children and a school bus entrance. I appreciate the concern for the children in our community, but I believe there is a miscommunication in sign placement.

I smiled as I thought about our youngest son who is now 41 years old. Our neighbor has a son. He, too, is far from school age. I appreciate the thought and the work that someone had to complete in installing this sign, but in the future please know that the ages of those in the homes nearby prevent any young ones from boarding a school bus. A more appropriate sign would be to watch for feline friends crossing, deer, a raccoon or in the, past few weeks turtles crossing, but there is no need for a brand new school bus boarding sign.


SIGN NEEDED – A sign is needed, though, on Route 37 near the Akwesasne Casino. I turned off our road one morning recently on my way to Massena on Route 37. A tractor trailer was stopped just before the Casino as was other traffic – traffic was stopped both ways. I thought perhaps the road was still under construction.

As I neared the area where the cars and trucks were stopped I noticed a family of geese crossing the road. The parent geese and their young brood walked in a goose’s pace across the road. It seemed like there were more than just parents involved – either there were two families crossing or perhaps aunts and uncles had come along for the stroll.

I smiled as I realized this family of geese had halted life for a few moments making us all stop and enjoy the scenery before we rushed off to the activities of the day.


COFFEE SHARED – As coffee was shared with friends this week one cup was left empty. The coffee was poured into waiting cups and by the time it had reached my cup the pot was empty. That was fine with me – I was enjoying the company of friends and was sure there would be another pot of coffee shared soon.

My friend ,Betty P. (AKA Miss Betty or Nana). demonstrated to me the ultimate gift of friendship. She poured coffee from her mug into mine – sharing her coffee (although I knew she was delighted to have a filled coffee mug before her) so I could enjoy the Sunday morning coffee, too.

My heartfelt thanks to Betty for her kindness in sharing her coffee, for always thinking of another and always for her friendship.


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford.

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