WITH THANKS – My thanks to the gentleman driving the Waste Stream Management truck which was arriving at our home on Monday morning. I was preparing to leave our driveway to make my way to Massena for an early morning appointment when I saw a truck approaching.
I waited, thinking it unwise to pull out in front of a moving truck. The approaching vehicle, though, pulled off on the shoulder preparing to pick up the trash in front of our home. I waited, but the kind gentleman motioned for me to exit the driveway. How thoughtful. He could have easily made me wait for him to do his job, but he let me go first while he waited.
My heartfelt thanks to the state Route 95 Waste Stream Management driver on Monday morning. My thanks not only for the kindness shown me, but for picking up our trash. Have you ever thought where we would be if there were no individuals willing to pick up our trash each week – what a terrible mess we would all be in. My thanks to each one driving the Waste Stream truck and to those in readiness to jump out of the truck and pick up trash and recyclables each week. Your efforts are appreciated.
TELLER FEES – Last week on the morning television program, the TODAY Show, I heard the news broadcaster telling the listeners about new banking fees. The anticipated new banking fees included fees assessed for an amount below a minimum balance, fees assessed for receiving a paper statement and the one that caught my attention was a fee for speaking with a teller. Human interaction now comes at a price, I was told by the on-air news anchor.
I was upset by even the idea of a fee placed on talking for that is something I truly love to do. (I know my friends are smiling as they read that statement – for they know my love for visiting). And my love for visiting includes the wonderful tellers at First Niagara Bank – Susan, Lila, Pam, Jenny and Bob, too. Every one behind the counter and in the drive-through window is such a delight to visit with. The morning of this news items I had to stop at First Niagara. When I pulled up to the drive-through window, Sue came to the counter, smiling and extending a warm greeting commenting on the beautiful day. I asked about a fee charged for visiting.
What a marvelous response. Sue responded immediately, Wed have to pay you for a visit, she said, adding as we concluded our business that there would be a rebate to customers with each visit! I left with a smile – what an amazing, fun response to the unsettling news of fees charged for a conversation with a bank teller. (And how many questions they have answered when banking issues were difficult to understand!) Isnt the North Country a marvelous place to live and bank? I certainly think so!
WELCOME – The warmest of welcomes this week to Lucky Charm, the newest member of Sheehan family. It is always a joy to stop at Phil and Jackies on Main Street. There are the loveliest of gifts to shop for and of course wonderful delicious homemade fudge for tasting and a time to visit with Jackie and Phil, too. Last week there was a special joy as I approached the counter – Jackie called to their new canine friend Lucky Charm. A soft ball of fur complete with a wagging tail and doggie kisses greeted me. What a sweet, sweet puppy.
As I was preparing to leave, Lucky Charm curled up in his bed behind the counter. When a new customer knelt down at the edge of the counter encouraging Lucky Charm to come and say Hello,, the rescued puppy again wagged her tail inching her way forward to welcome everyone in the store.
My thanks to Jackie and Phil for sharing their Lucky Charm with me. What fun. Another reason to stop at Phil and Jackies!
OVER COFFEE – I always enjoy spending time with dear friends, both those I have known for years and newfound friends met only through this column. It was a pleasure this week to meet Nancy, a reader of this column I had never met before, and recently Beverly, too.
Last week there was also time spent with dear friends I have known for a number of years. Our visiting this week was over coffee at Coaches Corner. Coffee at Coaches is a special treat. They have the loveliest coffee cups (complete with a doily). They also serve their cup of coffee with a pot of coffee accompanying that first cup. A wonderful way to enjoy your lunchtime coffee.
We quickly discovered a perfect way to visit - over a Brownie Delight at Coaches Corner. And you should never order individual desserts, but share a Brownie Delight with your friend! A perfect way to end lunch on a Tuesday!
SPEEDWAY THANKS – My thanks this week to Pollyanna at Dunkin Donuts in the Speedway Plaza. When I stopped on Thursday morning, Pollyanna (isnt that the most, wonderful name) was behind the counter. Her kind assistance meant a great deal. Not only did she process my order of ground coffee for home use, but she shared an upcoming sale of coffee which celebrated National Coffee Day on Sept. 29 (the Dunkin Donut sale was for two days I was told and would also be on Sept. 28) Of course, I made a return trip for a discounted ground coffee sale and Pollyanna was again behind the counter. How pleasant she was and what kind assistance.
Jimmy Cook was also at Dunkin Donuts on Thursday. Anytime spent with this terrific gentleman is a great way to begin the day. The north country is indeed a marvelous place to buy coffee and visit with friends on a sunny Thursday morning in September.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – One advantage of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. Winnie-the-Pooh (from a framed quotation at a baby shower on Saturday)