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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Dec. 25

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Dec. 25

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Grateful for teacher’s dedication and love

Our wonderful teacher, Barbara Dworkin, is a unique person, who has been teaching English to elderly people for two decades.
We love her very much.
We all started learning English after 60 years old when we came to the United States from different countries. Each of us has their own past. Barbara is a true American, who managed to unite us into one family. She taught us to respect each other in the class. It is very difficult for old people - everyone wants to express their opinion.
Our lessons are always interesting. All articles are informative and useful. Lessons include American history, holidays, medicine, various advertisements and scams by phone and mail — letters we receive from different offices. In short, she helps us survive in America.
We have visited the Anne Frank Museum, Clark Museum, Schenectady Stockade and other interesting historical and art places. We had many picnics. Barbara organized meetings with interesting people and prepared us for citizenship.
Barbara worked at Washington Irving School as a teacher, and for the last 10 years, she has been working with us as a volunteer.
During this time, many of us have become grandparents and even great-grandparents. Many are no longer here. The remaining are 80-90 years old; some come to class with a cane or walker or in a wheelchair.
We wish her a long life, happiness, joy and health. Do not lose your smile and love and respect for people. Many thanks. With love, your students.
Marina Glikina
Schenectady
The letter was also signed by 11 other students.


Many people gave to help our veterans

The officers and members of Catholic Daughters Court Catherine Esther #1264 would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the people in the area communities who contributed items and money to the holiday collection for veterans and deployed military.
We wish to thank the NBT Bank, Fort Plain, Our Lady of Hope Church, Fort Plain and Lee’s Shops at Wagner’s Square, Canajoharie for their cooperation in letting us place the collection boxes at their locations. We’d also like to thank Arkell Hall Adult home for joining us in collecting recommended items. We are extremely grateful for the publicity afforded us by the Courier-Standard, the Recorder, My Shopper, the Pennysaver and other area newspapers.
Because of the response from the communities, we sent 12 large boxes of toiletries, warm clothing, snacks and gift items to the Veterans’ Administration Medical Center in Albany.
The collection was picked up and taken to the VA by Lisa Bowman, a retired Air Force nurse who lives in Canajoharie and works at the Albany VA.
The items were distributed to the veterans and wounded warriors in their nursing home there before Christmas. We also received enough money in donations to purchase 20 holiday care packages for deployed soldiers from the Soldiers’ Angels organization.
This was a wonderful response from our little communities and we thank you all for joining us in supporting our wounded military and veterans, along with our deployed soldiers during the Christmas season.
May God bless you for your generosity.
Marlene Nalli
Fort Plain
The writer is regent and collection coordinator for Court Catherine Esther #1264, Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

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