Enjoying experience of ‘new’ Schenectady
I wanted to take the time and write something positive, as there are so often at times just negative letters to the editor.
I was raised in Schenectady County and I remember downtown Schenectady as being a ghost town when I was a kid. It was not a place you would go to shop, eat or do any business other than catch a CDTA bus transfer.
Being in my mid-20s now, I can appreciate what downtown has become.
I frequent the movie theater at times and I enjoy going to different restaurants for lunch and dinner.
Now there is an eclectic mix of restaurants and lots of choices for eating in downtown Schenectady.
If you take a walk down Jay Street you will find new shops, along with shops that were there long before I was born.
I would like to use this letter to thank all of those who make the “new” downtown Schenectady experience possible.
The collaboration between Metroplex, Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp., local merchants and businesses, and the city and county government is just starting to pay off.
I’m sure I speak for many of the county residents when I say keep up the good work.
Local volunteers help vets during holidays
As we prepare for the upcoming Christmas mail campaign, Friends of Our Troops would like to extend special thanks to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 88 and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 88 of Schenectady, which participated in the most recent campaign.
Led by Patty Montone, they were the leading DAV participant in New York.
Mail is received from all across the nation, mixed thoroughly before being divided into hundreds of packages, both large and small, then sent to military units across the United States and around the world.
As the continuation of the Vietnam Mail Call project, which was launched in 1965, this mail has been bringing smiles to our men and women in uniform for a half-century.
While it is too late for participation in this year’s campaign, information regarding next year’s campaign will be available after Sept. 1, 2016, by sending your name and mailing address to Friends of Our Troops, P.O. Box 100, New Madrid, MO 63869.
The troops will thank you, and so do we.
The writer is the executive director.
Matthew 25:35 for guidance on refugees
When I think about the refugees in Syria I think of this: I was hungry, you gave me food, I was thirsty, you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked you, clothed me.
I was ill, you comforted me, in prison, you came to visit me, as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me.
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Results of Previous Poll:
How much do you plan to spend on Christmas compared to last year?
More: 11% (27 votes)
Less: 44% (105 votes)
About the same: 34% (81 votes)
I don't know: 9% (22 votes)
New polls are posted every Tuesday and Friday.