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ANNIVERSARY WISHES – This week Sanford T. Cook is celebrating 40 years with WMSA. How marvelous, Sandy. It is reassuring to hear Sanford T.’s voice in the morning. He informs us, as Jean LaPage once did when we first moved to the north country, of everything we need to know to begin our day.

Sandy lets us know about school activities, promotes all the community activities, tells students and seniors citizens, too, what is for lunch each day and the schedule for upcoming sporting events. And no morning would be complete without a run-down of the latest Buffalo team’s activities.

And this week Sandy’s Buffalo Bills even honored the WMSA Morning Extravaganza with a win! Excellent!

Congratulations, Sandy, on your four decades of serving the community on air at WMSA. Our community is far better because you are behind the microphone each weekday morning, for each remote and each play-by-play of a local game or parade. With heartfelt thanks, Sandy, for your promotion of the north country and for your continuing efforts to make sure we all know the goings-on in our community. Have a great week celebrating – you certainly deserve only the very best.


WITH THANKS – Last week there was an item of clothing that was in need of cleaning. Although I have always stopped at the Cornell’s Cleaning facility on Main Street, it was suggested on this occasion I stop at the Cornell’s Willow Street store.

I took my suit to the counter, asking about the timing in having the item cleaned. As I asked my questions the young woman behind the counter took a slip and completed it – including my first and last name, both spelled correctly. I have never been in the Willow Street store before last Tuesday and had no idea how this remarkable woman had known my name.

When I asked her about the name at the top of the receipt, she smiled and told me she had worked at the Main Street Store (a number of years before) and she remembered my name.

Amazing. My heartfelt thanks this week to Mary Kay at the Willow Street Cornell’s Cleaning Store – not only did she make sure my cleaning was completed in a timely manner but she knew my name, she remembered. How much that meant to me. Isn’t Massena a truly wonderful place to live and do business? I certainly think so with individuals like Mary Kay behind the counter! How impressed I am with Mary Kay and her ability to remember names and connect with customers at her counter!


LIVING IN HARMONY – This past week I met a number of people while visiting in Helena, marvelous individuals, many whom I found were connected through this column. One gentlema,n Alex Kozsan, spoke about some recent reading he had done. In his reading he found that the area now known as the Brasher Iron Works was at one time called Harmony.

I absolutely loved that name. Wouldn’t it be such fun to write to an official, enter a contest or simply make note on an application that you “lived in Harmony.” I would love to see elected officials place a huge sign as visitors enter this part of the north country stating emphatically that those living in this area are “in Harmony.”

My thanks to Mr. Kozsan for sharing. What a fascinating gentleman. It was a pleasure to meet both Mr. Kozsan and his wife Claire and learn a bit of the history of the area.


MONDAY THANKS – My thanks, too, to Frank at Dollar General on Malby Avenue. I stopped on Monday to make a purchase of soft drink. Carrying heavy items is not my strong point. I looked at the items needed and the placement of them (the soft drink I needed was located outside in front of the store).

I asked this gentleman about the purchase and he immediately took care of it. I never even had to ask if he would carry the item inside – he just did it, so cheerfully and with such a friendly manner. And for that I am most grateful. Another example of the marvelous service in our local stores here in Massena. What a joy it is to shop locally. How thankful I am this week for Frank and his kind manner in helping me make a purchase on Monday afternoon.


COFFEE PRICING – The best coffee purchase that I made this week was at the Waddington United Methodist Church’s 27th Antique Show and Sale. The Show was Saturday at Madrid - Waddington High School. Not only is the show itself great fun, but each year the Waddington Methodist Church puts on a delicious luncheon (which includes wonderful homemade soup).

The Clock Man in our home, who was at this show and myself enjoyed lunch on Saturday. And then I decided a cup of coffee would be a good thing. I went to the cafeteria to make my purchase with cash in hand. The coffee was delicious and freshly brewed and when I asked for the price I was told it would cost me 50 cents.

There was disbelief as I reached for my change to pay for coffee. When was the last time you ordered a cup of brewed coffee with a price tag on it of less than a dollar. The Waddington UMC Church Antique Show – what a fun place to be, visit with friends and enjoy a 50 cent cup of coffee.


SUGGESTIONS – Last week I shared my dilemma over our non-hospitable feline friend Tigger, who was not welcoming to a visiting black lab in our home. One suggestion from Italy was that our pet cat and the visiting black lab spend more time together, getting to know one another, with the desired outcome friendship between cat and dog.

Somehow I don’t put too much faith in that suggestion.

My friend Gini suggested a cat whisperer for dear Tigger. I don’t know about that either – Tigger is in charge in our house and only listens to words such as “Do you want a treat?” He honestly knows the word “treat.” He knows the word “bedtime” because going to bed is associated with yet another treat. Unless a cat whisperer has a few treats in his or her pocket, I am afraid nothing would be accomplished. My thanks for suggestions and kind assistance with the newest feline friend in our home.


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – Autumn, the year’s last loveliest smile. William Cullen Bryant (The first day of autumn is Sept. 22)

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