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Holiday Train evokes Christmas as it was, and still should be

Holiday Train evokes Christmas as it was, and still should be

*Holiday Train evokes Christmas as it was, and still should be *Ballston Lake EMS goes above and bey

Holiday Train evokes Christmas as it was, and still should be

Your Nov. 30 coverage of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train’s arrival in our area was terrific. Reporter Michael Goot did a great job. But the significance of this story goes much deeper.

In these days of tough financial news, unemployment, drug arrests, murders and outrageous corporate greed (among others), along comes an event which touches the heart at its deepest core.

The evening was crisp and clear, with a rising full moon, so we ventured to drive from Glenville to the tiny village of Delanson to await the arrival of the CP Holiday Train, thinking it would be less crowded than Schenectady — wrong!

The village was inundated with families and the crowd easily numbered 1,000 or so. While awaiting the train’s arrival, the village had obviously pulled together for this event. The little park with its gazebo was alight with holiday decorations and Christmas music was playing.

With the help of many, including the Delanson and Duanesburg Volunteer Fire Departments, the Duanesburg Business Association, as well as the county sheriff’s department, the state police, the Duanesburg Post Office and countless others, the totally awesome train arrived and the event went off with nary a hitch.

Those who live in these communities, who continue to struggle and recover from the disasters of Hurricane Irene and a desperate economy, had a unique opportunity to get together for fun, as well as raise funds and provide foodstuffs for the area food pantries.

This is the way the Christmas season should be celebrated! This is the quintessential American spirit. Forget Black Friday and the rush to outdo each other spending money on gifts many cannot afford to give. This was the way our parents and grandparents lived in a simpler time and treasured their neighbors and community, which so many of us have forgotten about.

Kudos to the Canadian Pacific Railroad, which has been providing this outstanding event for 14 years, crossing America and Canada, raising millions for Americans who otherwise would go hungry. Check out their Website to learn about their other philanthropic involvements.

Why can’t more American businesses get past their own corporate greed and remember those people in need, who themselves or their previous generations provided the wealth these corporations now enjoy? If they can do it, why can’t we?

Catherine Ritchey

Scotia

Ballston Lake EMS goes above and beyond

I would like to say thank you to the Ballston Lake EMS [emergency medical services] for taking the time to teach my son’s Cub Scout group valuable first-aid skills.

Eric Uttermark, an emergency medical technician, spent over an hour with the kids teaching them valuable lifesaving skills for which they earned a scouting award. He also was thoughtful enough to bring along an EMS rig, so the kids could get inside and check out the apparatus.

He did all this on his own time, as he and his fellow EMS workers at the station do every day; all volunteers performing an essential service to the community.

Thanks for your time and effort!

Dan Casey

Charlton

Why is Gazette reporter so negative on DSIC?

Re Nov. 28 article on Jay Street merchants and the DSIC [Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp.]“: I see that Kathleen Moore is at it again!

I do not take issue with the merchants’ concerns and expressions of dissatisfaction. In fact, with the size of the DSIC and its membership, there will always be varying points of view and disagreements — especially pertaining to the DSIC’s performance.

For example, as a DSIC member and property owner on the eastern boundary of the organization who rarely gets any physical attention from DSIC, I still believe my assessment contribution is well spent with all the efforts the organization makes to promote downtown as a great place to visit and shop. It benefits my business!

My main issue is with Ms. Moore’s apparent ongoing effort to write nothing but negative stories about DSIC. She has, for the most part, quoted the same small group of people over and over again in just about every article — a small handful compared to the hundreds of DSIC members.

It is a very difficult task for small businesses in downtown Schenectady to survive and keep their doors open during these tough economic times. It just seems to me that Ms. Moore does not have to make it more difficult!

Bill Glock

Schenectady

The writer is the proprietor of Family Tire & Auto Service Center, Inc.

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