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BELATED WISHES – What a joy it was to be able to join in the birthday celebration on Sunday of Dan Henry of Massena. Mr. Henry’s birthday was celebrated with such love and admiration by members of his family and friends. This celebration came complete with cupcakes decorated for the occasion.

Although my wishes are belated by a few days, they are most sincere, Mr. Henry. My very best wishes are sent your way this week. What a marvelous birthday – 89 years of life, and what a wonderful celebration.

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DIGNITARIES CELEBRATE – Two local dignitaries celebrate their birthdays this week. Sunday is the birthday of Bill Demo. Look for Bill selling tickets to help a local church or charity. He is skilled in seeking support for his cause – whether it is as an auctioneer or selling tickets at the door. Have a great day Bill on Sunday.

Monday is the birthday of another local dignitary Carlton Stickney. Carlton also works diligently for local historical societies and for the local St. Lawrence Antique Dealers Association.

My warmest wishes to you both. Have a great birthday celebration Bill and Carlton, too and my very best wishes for only the best as you celebrate.

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COACHES’ COFFEE – This week the grandparents in our home traveled to Connecticut to be part of our grandson’s Parents and Grandparents weekend.

The first evening was a wonderful dinner given by the school for all of the visiting parents and grandparents. It was held at a stunningly beautiful restaurant with an elegant, delicious menu. We enjoyed the meal, time with family and a terrific presentation of the school, which included a picture of our grandson.

When it was time for coffee to be served, I knew there was no place like home, though. Anyone who has shared a meal or time over coffee with me knows that I prefer my coffee before my meal, with my meal and after my meal. Although everything was perfect for dinner, there was no coffee in readiness for those preferring that beverage.

I looked at the coffee cup and smiled – the cup itself was identical to those coffee is served in at Coaches’ Corner, with one exception – there was no doily separating the cup from the saucer, giving the cup served a very special touch.

There were perhaps 200 at the dinner so I understand completely that waitresses and waiters were extremely busy. Unlike Coach’s Corner at home there was no individual pot for that second cup of coffee (although I noticed tea drinkers were served an entire pot of tea for their consumption), but no additional coffee was in the near future for this coffee drinker.

The non-coffee drinker in our home has learned that when the cups are small or when there has been no coffee served throughout the meal, the non-coffee drinker knows he should fill his cup for sharing with the coffee drinker.

I had my coffee for the evening and a second cup as well. The dinner and family time was absolutely wonderful, but I did miss the personalized service and that extra pot of hot coffee at Coach’s Corner. Isn’t the north country a wonderful place to dine and visit with friends over a cup of coffee? I certainly think so!

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WITH THANKS – It is always such a pleasure to stop at Hannaford’s. I am sure most of you realize I enjoy shopping there – each clerk, cashier or deli and bakery specialist is amazing. Each is skilled in what they do and so friendly making each visit a pure joy! Last week when I stopped at the seafood counter, Jon was behind the counter.

My heartfelt thanks to this terrific gentleman – for his skill in cutting and weighing my salmon order and for his pleasant conversation.

Jon’s friendly greeting made my visit to his counter so much more enjoyable. And thanks, too, to Josh for his kind assistance.

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NEIGHBORS – Our thanks this week to neighbors Keith Edwards and Curt Smith, who were there to lend a much needed helping hand this week. What marvelous, caring neighbors. And thanks, too, to the two terrific gentlemen at Massena Plumbing Supply who went beyond the dictates of their job to lend a helping hand. Your kind assistance was greatly appreciated. Yes, neighbors in the North Country are still there for one another. And for that I am most grateful.

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JETS, JETS, JETS – A note for Editor Ryne – in the future there will be no column on weeks when my NY Jets are playing in a Monday Night Football game. It was extremely difficult to concentrate on sharing my thoughts with you while my Jets were playing the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Each broadcaster in pre-game commentary, except for two, had selected Atlanta to win at home. How frustrating because we all know one of the most exciting aspects of sports is that on any given day any team can beat another (right Sanford T.!).

Monday night Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith was connecting with his passes. He threw not one interception.

Atlanta went ahead in the final minutes of the game, but again Quarterback Smith stepped up with a drive that would take my team into field goal range. My Jets won with I believe 3 seconds on the clock on a Nick Folk field goal 30-28.

What fun even though it is now midnight and I am still at my computer. The game was well worth the time involved this evening. I certainly shouldn’t hear any team songs tomorrow on WMSA and there should be no call from Buffalo Bill Bob either! Perhaps Buddy Bero will be wearing his Jets hat, though – I will look for that tomorrow.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – What you do makes a difference. And you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall

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