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BELATED WELCOME – My heartfelt welcome is extended this week to Postal Clerk Matthew at the Hogansburg Post Office. Matthew was at the counter on Monday while Postal Clerk Tammy and I visited as she assisted me in processing my mailing for the day.

As we visited there was laughter as good-humored comments were shared. And I soon realized Matthew had been at the Hogansburg Post Office for some time now, in fact he has worked in that facility since November.

During that now over four month period, I never once welcomed Matt to the community. And for that I apologize. I have seen Matt behind the counter on other trips to the Hogansburg Post Office, in fact I think he even assisted with my December mailing. During this time period I never knew Matt’s name nor did I realize he was working at this post office.

From time to time there have been individuals from other post offices in Hogansburg assisting for the day or filling in momentarily. Since November I thought that perhaps Matt fell into that category. I learned on Monday that I was wrong with that assumption.

As Postmaster Melodie and Postal Clerk Tammy and I visited, I learned Matt is also a postal clerk at the Hogansburg PO. And for that I am most grateful. It was a pleasure to meet Matthew – what a fine, young man. And I learned on Monday that Matthew is most creative. Stop by the post office to see the pens he has created for post office use.

I have known Tammy for some time now – we visit about the weather on occasion, our favorite football teams (their victories and losses) and the boxes sent to my California relatives or to servicemen in Afghanistan.

Since we have visited on a regular basis for some time, I generally will step into Tammy’s line at the post office. After meeting Matt I will now wait for his assistance as well. Although my welcome is belated by a few months, Matt, it is most sincere. I do welcome you to the Hogansburg Post Office and look forward to mailing my next packages at your counter.

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COFFEE IN DONUTS – No, that is not a typographical error. This week I learned there are now donuts that are caffeinated. Yes, donuts that come complete with coffee included.

One night this past week Late Night Talk Show Host David Letterman (yes, we still watch David Letterman in our Bombay home\) mentioned in his opening monologue that Krispy Kreme now offers caffeinated donuts. The subject was the center of the Talk Show host’s’ jokes, but I was fascinated by this concept.

As I researched Krispy Kreme donuts, I learned David Letterman was right. Krispy Kreme now offers two donuts containing coffee, a Caramel Coffee Kreme and a Mocha Kreme. The Krispy Kreme spokeswoman Lafeea Watson was quoted as saying “coffee and donuts are natural companions, why not have an all-in-one product.”

The readership of this column must realize by now I enjoy drinking coffee. I have tried to watch donut consumption in recent weeks, but I do find donuts a delicious companion to a cup of coffee.

Somehow, though, I do not find it difficult to hold a donut in one hand and a cup of coffee in another. And there is something I find enjoyable about the flavor of a donut and then a sip of coffee following that bite of donut.

When our oldest son was living in Forest Hills, Queens in NYC, there was a Krispy Kreme shop nearby. The donuts were delicious, but I have no desire to try even one caffeinated donut. In fact I will be most content to stop at Speedway Dunkin Donuts for a donut – and coffee.

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WARMEST WISHES – Martha McLean will celebrate her birthday tomorrow. Martha does so much for the community in which she lives. She works diligently for each organization she is part of and for each one in need – and for that we are most grateful. I hope each one who has been touched by Martha’s good works will join me today in wishing her a very happy birthday!

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AND ON SUNDAY- Betty Pelkey, an extraordinary woman and a good, good friend, will celebrate her birthday on Sunday. Miss Betty, as she is known to many, gives of herself in everything she does and for each one she meets – for her family and each one who is blessed to call Betty a friend. She sends cards to so many, calls with words of concern and is the best person to share anything over coffee!

My warmest wishes, Betty, for a wonderful birthday on Sunday. I know your family and many, many friends throughout the north country join me today in wishing you only the best as you celebrate this year.

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COFFEE UPDATE – Last week I told you about my sister’s search for American coffee in Italy. She told me that for her coffee that was advertised in a restaurant as American coffee should be served in a “heavy white china mug.”

I agree. This week as I enjoyed coffee with friends I realized coffee in Massena is served in heavy, white mugs – at Pizza Hut, Nana’s and an Italian Affair, too. Yes, sister of mine, you were correct - American coffee is served in heavy, white china mugs – and it is delicious.

Isn’t the north country a marvelous place to live – and enjoy coffee in a heavy, ceramic mug? I certainly think so.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. American comedian Milton Berle

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