Letters to the Editor

Shuttleworth comes alive

To the editor:

Thanks to the generosity and support of the Amsterdam Mohawks, Altieri's Auto Body Shop, the Wasserman Foundation, Amsterdam Auto Parts, and the Smitka Brothers, the greater Amsterdam community was treated to two great events at Shuttleworth Park.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, the first outdoor amateur boxing, both sanctioned and exhibition, meet was held in Amsterdam. The brainchild of Amsterdam Mohawks assistant manager Dan Nelli, this event featured four Amsterdam natives: Harley Beekman, Tommy Marcelino, Tricia Altieri and Tom Regal.

On the following Saturday, Aug. 18, under the direction of Amsterdam Mohawks manager Brian Spagnola, "Rock the Park" filled the entire ball field with music, cars and motorcycles. It featured four popular local bands Skeeter Creek, Bed Spins, Perfect Storm and Tunnel.

On behalf of the Shuttleworth Park Foundation, which benefited from the proceeds of both events, I would like to thank everyone mentioned here along with the volunteers and staff of the Mohawks who worked both events. Also the foundation wants to note its appreciation and support of the late but not forgotten Norbert J. Sherbunt II.

Bill Wills, Shuttleworth Park Foundation, Amsterdam

Comfort Zone says thanks

To the editor:

As co-chairs of the Comfort Zone Ministry, we would like to say thank you to the good and generous people of Amsterdam for making our recent distribution a huge success.

On Aug. 28, we gave out 277 backpacks, along with the usual personal care and paper products, to over 200 families. Probably about 500 people went through that room, and the number of thank yous and smiles made the entire event worthwhile. Each of these backpacks contained 18 school items and all of these were supplied by people from the various churches and others that chose to donate as well. This means that people donated 5,274 items, or the money for us to buy these items, plus the backpacks to put them in. Many of the backpacks were hand-sewn.

The backpacks were new this year, thanks to the generous donations of SEFCU, Amsterdam Printing, Junior Girl Scout Troop 2245, Trinity Lutheran Sewing Circle, and the Heralders Class of Trinity Lutheran Church. The items which went into the backpacks were supplied by Amsterdam Printing, the Heralders, Children's Aid Association, people from Trinity, United Methodist, United Presbyterian, St. Luke's, St Ann's, St. Mary's, St. Stanislaus, First Baptist Church, as well as many individual donors. These backpacks did not interfere with the normal monthly donations of paper goods and personal care products, which many of these same people have also donated throughout the year; some of these same people also come on the fourth Tuesday of each month and volunteer.

So, this is a great big thank you and God bless you to everyone who has given of their time and talents to make the Comfort Zone Ministry the success it is. We started in 2009 with 40 families and now have over 800. Thank you to all of you who have helped so many people in your own community.

If you have any questions, would like to make a donation, or help in any way, please call one of us as we would be glad to hear from you. Many hands do make light work and we can always use another helping hand.

Jean Amy Swenson,

Bette Errig,

Amsterdam