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WARMEST WISHES – Jay Bombard of Massena will celebrate his 90th year of life on Aug. 16. Teachers wishing to instruct their students on the history of Massena should take a tour with Jay as the guide. I have learned more about the north end of town from Jay in just a few minutes than I had reading books on the history of Massena.

What a fine gentleman Jay is – it is always such a pleasure to visit with Jay and his lovely wife, Gloria, especially over coffee. Brewing coffee is among Jay’s many attributes.

Jay and Gloria are an extraordinary couple who recently celebrated 67 years of marriage. Amazing. I know Gloria joins me this week in wishing you the most wonderful of birthdays, Jay, as you celebrate a milestone year. I hope everyone who has worked with Jay or visited with him in recent years will join me in wishing him only the very best as he celebrates his 90th birthday on Friday.


AND ON SUNDAY – Joe White and my PA Cosette Witty-Lewis, two terrific people who are always there for those in need, will celebrate their birthdays on Sunday.

Joe is always there for his family and friends – helping to mail boxes to soldiers and making sure there is always a cup of hot coffee to share, And for that I am always most grateful,

Physician’s Assistant (PA) Cosette Witty-Lewis is a truly amazing woman. I am so grateful that PA Cosette is willing to share her skilled knowledge in the medical field – caring for so many and making sure the concerns of each is met. How thankful I am that our paths crossed more years now than I would like to admit.


BIRTHDAY WISHES – Another absolutely terrific woman, Norma Brock, will celebrate her birthday on Aug. 19. Norma is another individual who is so caring of each one she meets. She works diligently to assist with each one in need. I am sure Carl and Heidi, too, will join me this week in wishing Norma only the best as she celebrates her special day on Monday. Each one celebrating a birthday this week is an extraordinary individual. How grateful I am to be able to call each one a friend. Isn’t the north country a marvelous place to live and share in friendship with so many marvelous people? I certainly think so.


OBEYING SIGNAGE – Recently I traveled from Massena to Hogansburg by driving down the North Road. I hadn’t made that trip in quite some time. As I came to a railroad crossing on the North Road, I saw a sign I had never noticed before or at least its meaning had never struck me like it did this time.

There were no flashing red lights at this railroad crossing. I am always baffled at a railroad crossing with no red lights and no gates to stop your travel into the path of an oncoming train. Personally I believe each railroad crossing should come complete with a barrier keeping cars (and their precious cargo) from traveling in the path of a fast moving train.

I slowed to look and listen for a train and then I noticed the sign. For me, at least, this sign was the understatement of the year. “Yield” the sign told me. What else would I do with an oncoming train traveling toward me - I would certainly hope I would “Yield” as the sign suggested to that moving train.


NATIONAL HOLIDAY – A recent news item on a morning talk show told us Aug. 10 was National S’More Day. Unfortunately I had prior commitments on Saturday and was unable to pay tribute to this special day as it certainly should have been honored. As I thought about a national celebration for the S’More delicacy I smiled, though, for I have been celebrating this treat nearly my entire life. I have told you before that I first remember eating a S’More in Girl Scouts in the small town of Dresden on Seneca Lake.

There is just something about the combination of lightly toasted marshmallows and melted chocolate with that thin layer of graham crackers that is pure heaven. (Somehow I always feel the graham crackers make this sweet a nutritious treat! And there is no fat at all in a marshmallow).

And now of course a S’More with a cup of steaming hot coffee is perfection.

This summer has been an entire season of celebrating the S’More. When our grandchildren (and their parents, too) were visiting there was a stop made at Dairy Queen. Of course a S’More blizzard had to be taste tested. Excellent – two thumbs up! And recently on a trip to Riverside a S’More sundae was taste tested. It was delicious – again two thumbs up – the only concern that night was the size of the sundae. I don’t know how the young man fit so much ice cream, marshmallow fluff and chocolate along with graham crackers, too, in a small sundae container. What fun.

And then on a shopping trip last week on one of those fateful end caps near the check-out counter, I discovered a Russell Stover chocolate product – yes, it was S’More candy – a large marshmallow covered in chocolate and placed between two graham crackers. Since I had not had lunch that day I decided that would make a good substitute (sorry Cosette, I hope you stopped reading with your birthday wishes). In a pinch with no fire to toast a marshmallow or microwave as a substitute this Russell Stover candy is an excellent substitute.

I am grateful to my Girl Scout leader who first introduced me to a S’More and for all of those who have continued to develop S’More products. A delicious way to spend a summer. Are there recommendations for a similar winter snack item to accompany my coffee each morning (or afternoon – or evening).


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – The distance between friends is never far. (Sign in the dining room wall of friends Gini and Bruce)

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