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Sun., Aug. 30
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Thank you, Ogdensburg


To The Editor:

Recently, I was in Ogdensburg on my Harley-Davidson, packed to the gills, on my way home to Vermont from a weekend with family in Rochester. I stopped for gas at the Nice ‘N Easy and to get directions to a campground. When I pulled into the intersection to make my way to one of the two campgrounds recommended, my bike tipped and threw me to the ground. Within less then a minute, there were several police officers there and a group of folks ran over from the Nice ‘N Easy. The bike was righted, moved to the parking lot, more police officers arrived, the fire department cleaned up the oil that had emptied from my engine, there were emergency responders ready to help me with my broken foot. I was so touched by the calm, thoughtful helpfulness of all involved. One firefighter offered to talk with a friend who owned the motel across the street to see if there was a room available. Although I was traveling alone, I certainly felt as though I were among friends.

One couple was extraordinarily thoughtful and helpful. I can never repay their kindness and help, except to pay it forward. They are bikers, their son a Harley mechanic. They bought oil for and refilled my oil tank. They helped me figure out where to stay while I waited for a ride and a tow from home. Their son checked out my Harley and cleaned all of the oil from the tires so that it wouldn’t slide. He drove it to Eel Weir State Park while his mom drove me and my gear. While setting up my tent, a young woman came over to offer help, as she knew I had had an accident and hurt my foot.

It was so comforting to know that good, kind, thoughtful, generous, folks are plentiful. Ogdensburg was full of them. I am so grateful for all the consideration and kindness extended to me. Thank you to all those folks who came to my aid on Saturday, I am forever grateful.

Peg Gillard


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