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Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - Updated: 9:57 AM

Senior fundraiser was a hit

To the editor:

I am a parent of an Amsterdam High School senior, as well as the coordinator of this year's "flocking" fundraiser. Many of you have awakened to find purple flamingos on your lawns, along with a sign that stated "You've Been Flocked."

This is the senior class' biggest fundraiser of the year, with the donations going toward the after-ball party. This is an event that follows the senior ball and is filled with a variety of activities to keep the students safe and away from the temptation of drinking and driving.

On behalf of the AHS students and parents, I want to take this opportunity to thank the community for the generous donations given in order to "fly" the flock to the next location. We had more than 400 homes flocked and raised a substantial amount of money to make the event a very memorable one for our graduating seniors.

I would also like to thank the many parent and student volunteers who went out after dark each night to help the flocks land at their destinations.

Michele Bauer,


Priorities for the future

To the editor:

"Priorities for 2014 and Beyond" is an attractive and appealing slogan that continually invites and easily retains the interest of, surprisingly enough, almost the overall majority of the usually unconcerned, typical grassroots resident, taxpayer and occasional voter.

Why? Mainly because of curiosity. These citizens would very much like to know exactly what, let's call them mission-goals, have been selected by the political icons they elected to public offices from Washington, D.C., on down, to see which individual issues are considered most essential to improving the quality of life for all of us.

One goal that will most likely be completely, and intentionally ignored however, is to mount a dedicated, concerted effort to encourage more women to run for, so they can conceivably be eventually elected to various governmental leadership positions. Imagine, if you will, a local common council made up of five female members, a female mayor and a female city attorney.

Could such an arrangement as that be classified as gender-based? Realistically, it shouldn't, when you consider the many past common council, Mayor and city attorney seats that were filled entirely by males.

So, as a spur-of-the-moment gesture, the suggestion was presented complete with a list of possible candidates to a few local residents, all women, of course, to digest at their leisure. In all honesty, the thought was never considered, that once their full edification about the potentials was fulfilled, enough interest would emerge to seriously proceed to form a small, low-key, off the radar preliminary, exploratory coalition to quietly determine if such creditable candidates do exist. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see if the promise of things to come in pursuit of the future will produce effective materials for a unified formatted program to be conceived, which will focus upon the desired clearly defined changes to be made.

In greater depth, if the growth of such an agenda is to be promoted, the negative characteristics that are deeply interwoven into the political tapestry of Amsterdam's inter-structure have to first be overcome.

That's a formidable task, absolutely. But, if an effective and unified course of action is maintained, strengthened and expanded, that which appears to be totally impossible, may just become possible. So, let's not forget this time-honored proven fact that when a situation warrants it, women definitely do possess formidable powers of persuasion.

Anthony Biscotti,


Rocking for a good cause

To the editor:

I am writing to invite your readers to attend a very important event. On Sunday, Nov. 17, a benefit concert, "Rock the Mohawk," featuring four live bands, will be held in the Fort Plain elementary school gymnasium. The music begins at 1 p.m., the doors will open at noon. All proceeds from this event will go directly to support our friends and neighbors in Fort Plain still working to put their homes and lives back together following the June flooding. There remains much work to be done.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 through 16 (under 6 free), and $25 for a family. Included with every paid admission is a chance to win four tickets to any Adirondack Phantoms hockey game at the Glens Falls Civic Center, a bus trip to New York City, membership to a fitness center, and more great prizes.

Please consider bringing the entire family for a day of entertainment, raffles, a Chinese auction and refreshments. If you have any questions, please contact me at 922-7391. Let's have a large turnout for this great cause.

Tom Murray,



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