Thanks to all who helped in Milton fire

*Thanks to all who helped in Milton fire *Appreciated historical context of cartoon *Consider moving

Thanks to all who helped in Milton fire

On May 7 at 1:02 a.m. I had to call 911.

Saratoga County 911 desk officer Chris Maloney took my call. The reception was bad, but he stayed with me, located me and identified all the important elements of my call: shed fire, propane tanks, Entrance 2 of Northern Pines MHC. You, sir, saved a situation that could have been devastating.

There were four other propane tanks 85 percent full within 40 feet of the fire. At Entrance 2, there is only one way in and one way out, so it’s a dead end. Thank you so much for your expertise. You’re definitely top-shelf.

Within three minutes, we had three firefighters at the scene. Rock City Falls Fire Chief Dan Reed arrived right behind them with a fleet of trucks and an elite team of firefighters. Milton Fire District should be commended and held in the highest ranks of New York state for its elite team of fire personnel. Each and everyone of you fought that fire like it was your own home. You saved three homes, and the home where the fire started received minimal damage. You all did not let that fire move.

We witnessed your firefighters fighting flames over 100 feet high and for more than three hours. No one was hurt. We have no doubt we had the “best of the best” here fighting for us. You all have so much courage and compassion.

To the Harmony Fire Department, Ballston Spa Community Ambulance, Ballston Spa Emergency Services, Amerigas and Blue Flame gas, all of us here at Entrance 2 of Northern Pines MHC are forever thankful for each and every one of you. If we left anyone out, we apologize.

We are very proud to be residents of the town of Milton, where the right hand always knows what the left hand is doing. Thank you.

Marylou Baldwin

Ballston Spa

Appreciated historical context of cartoon

Having spent the first 18 years of my life in New Jersey, your May 18 political cartoon [depicting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the Hindenburg exploding] is classic. But I wonder how many of your readers understood the historical reference.

Ted Thompson


Consider moving TV page to original spot

The TV page was, for a long time, on the last page of one section of the paper. It made sense there.

Now I must remember to keep that particular section where it is located after I have finished reading the rest of the paper.

Please consider putting it back on the last page.

Robert Townsend


Hope Sawyer avoids pitfalls of quick fame

I have greatly enjoyed the generous coverage and support The Gazette has given local music idol Sawyer Fredericks in recent weeks. It was like a breath of fresh air in the grim news business, where usually the bigger the catastrophe, the bigger the news. Sawyer’s originality, talent, youthful exuberance and pleasing success convey optimism and generate positive feelings in all of us. Thank you, Sawyer.

However, I fear for Sawyer’s future in the popular music business that can grind up innocent young people and turn them into mere sausages of humanity in a few years. Witness Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus.

It takes a courageous, well-formed spirit and a very strong will to keep one’s equilibrium when everybody is going gaga over you.

Good luck to Sawyer in maintaining high standards in his music and in his morals as he faces the many tempting and crucial choices of the exciting musical career ahead of him.

Theodore Mihran



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