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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Updated: 8:54 AM

We all want to make a difference

To the editor:

I was the director of the Inman Senior Center for over 10 years, and over the course of that time, I had the privilege of getting to know so many people at the center and in our community. On Aug. 10, many of those people came together to say goodbye, as I am moving to Virginia the end of this month. And it was not until that day that I realized just how many people whose lives I touched. I believe we all want to make a difference in this lifetime, and I can only hope that the impact I made at the Inman Center will be carried on for many years to come. I will miss all of those who came to mean so much to me, way to many to mention by name, but you all know who you are. You also touched my life. You were there for me through the good times and the bad, the happy and the sad. You became like my second family, and I will miss you all.

I would especially like to thank all who helped plan that wonderful going-away party, my dedicated volunteers, and all who gave so generously to the center and to me. It was overwhelming. For those who attended, I hope I had the chance to speak to all of you. If I missed anyone, I apologize. For those of you who could not attend, thank you for all the good times and the support you all gave me over the years.

I will miss you all as I begin a new adventure in Virginia, and I will think of you often. Goodbye my friends. Thank you.

Jeannette Stevens-Daury,


The writer is the immediate past director of the Horace J. Inman Senior Center in Amsterdam.

Special thanks from the museum

To the editor:

The Walter Elwood Museum recently hosted its 75th anniversary summer social, on Saturday, Aug. 9, at our new permanent home at 100 Church St. On a beautiful summer day, hundreds of people attended this wonderful community event. The museum raised much-needed operational funds and money which will help the museum provide educational programs, special exhibits and learning opportunities for community members of all ages.

Our event was a great success. Many folks of all ages stopped by throughout the day to listen to the live guitar music of Christopher Gotzen-Berg and DJ music, to visit with our craft and food vendors, to take tours of the completed exhibits and display rooms at the museum, to meet and talk with local authors like Tom Calarco about their books, to enjoy the bounce houses and games, and to have some delicious baked goods and Stewart's donated ice cream.

On behalf of the board of trustees, thank you to the many businesses and individuals who provided financial support and donations. Special thanks to St. Mary's Hospital, United States Congressman Paul Tonko, Beckmann Converting Inc., and Politi + Siano Architects, PLLC, for being our premier event sponsors. Additional sponsors we would like to thank include: Lawrence Spagnola, Marget Barnett, Putman Insurance Agency Inc., Joy Sherman of KCS Abstract Corp., Amy Rossi and First Niagara Bank, Betz, Rossi, Bellinger & Stewart Family Funeral Home, and Alpin Haus. Our gratitude also goes to Miller Printing, The Recorder, Walmart, Adirondack Beverages Inc. and Stewart's Shops for their in-kind support of donated goods and services. Thank you to the many individuals who donated baked good and/or monies toward the purchase of our huge 75th anniversary cake compliments of Price Chopper bakery.

We are thankful to the numerous vendors who came to support the museum and show their wares. Thank you to the food vendors who provided a variety of tasty treats for guests. Our appreciation goes to Kyle Cetnar for providing the inflatables and games for the kids that they so thoroughly enjoyed. In addition, we thank the local media for their invaluable support.

We are indebted to the many individuals, including museum board members and staff, the Work Force Solutions summer youth employment crew, who helped with set up and who volunteered to work the event. The list of names of everyone who contributed to our success is far too long to mention. Special thanks to the Amsterdam Police Department and Raymond Halgas of DPW for providing many barricades to control parking and traffic flow.

A huge thank you is extended to everyone who came out to enjoy a special day of food, fun, music and friends. The board and staff of the Walter Elwood Museum strive to provide high-quality educational programming and events which highlight our rich history to the Mohawk Valley region. Please stop in and tour the museum soon. We are confident visitors will enjoy the experience and see firsthand the historic gem we have right in our neighborhood.

Ann M. Peconie,


The writer is executive director of the Walter Elwood Museum, Amsterdam.

A successful spirit tasting

To the editor:

The members of FGA (Feline Guardian Angels) would like to express our sincere appreciation to Bill and Lorraine Nichols from West End Wine and Liquor for event sponsorship, Laura Elmendorf and staff at Muni Clubhouse for event hosting, our local businesses and the public for making our third annual wine, beer and spirit tasting Aug. 13 a great success for another year. The local businesses and sponsors consistently demonstrate their commitment to our group and the community by donating their time, facility, monetary support and gifts which enables the event to be renounced. Special thanks to Trevor at The Recorder for covering our event and all of the great photos published in the paper. All of these acts of kindness demonstrate the continued community support of the effort to fight the feral cat overpopulation in Montgomery County. All funds from this event will be used to spay/neuter feral cats in our local area.

Please note even when temperatures seem to be decreasing, the cat population continues. Cats have an approximately 60-day gestation period, so late fall kittens are being conceived right now. In addition, cats can become pregnant as early as four months of age, so this year's kittens can be producing and contributing to this year's litters. The time for prevention is now. FGA urges community members to have their pet cats spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Not only does altering prevent new litters of kittens, it improves the cat's health. Additionally, this is also a crucial time to alter neighborhood stray and feral cats through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Through a collective effort, FGA and the community can stabilize the population of local cat colonies and decrease the number of cats entering shelters or living on the street.

Feline Guardian Angels is a 501c3 charitable organization operated by volunteers and concerned citizens whose mission is to humanely reduce the number of feral cats in the local community and to improve the quality of life through a trap/neuter/release program. Trap-Neuter-Return is a long-term, comprehensive community program that stabilizes the feral cat population humanely. Cats are trapped, tested for aids and/or leukemia, altered, vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor homes with a caregiver to oversee the general population. FGA also provides education to the public about the benefits of population reduction through responsible ownership. FGA is funded solely by public donations. The organization primarily serves Montgomery County. As of August 2014, the group has spayed/neutered over 550 stray or feral cats from the local community. Please be part of the solution.

For further information regarding FGA and our services, please call 466-3478.

Myra Lampkin,



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