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Editorial: Be thankful for those who give of themselves for others

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionOn this day of Thanksgiving, many face challenges, meager challenges and challenges so monumental that others among us can’t begin to comprehend how they get by.It’s so hard to be thankful sometimes when it seems the world just keeps pouring it on.But our area is full of people who truly care about others and who sacrifice a bit of themselves to help others in need.Today, for example, there are hundreds of people right in our area who are serving Thanksgiving meals to people in need or people who just need the company. These meals don’t happen on a whim. They take months of planning and organizing and solicitation of volunteers. Someone stood in a hot kitchen and precooked all those turkeys and mashed potatoes and vegetables and pies. They took time out of their evenings and weekends. Other individuals and companies donated the food for the meals, the plates and utensils, the kitchen facilities and the places to hold the meals. Others donated cash to help pay for it.Parents brought their children to help, both to impart on them the joy of giving and to remind them how blessed they are compared to others. Many are taking this Thanksgiving morning to deliver those meals to those who can’t leave their homes, leaving their warm homes for cold cars packed with packages of food.All this giving for just one event.It’s flat-out amazing when you think about what people do around here to help others and to serve their community throughout the year.During the natural disasters in Texas, Florida and the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had people who actually took time off from their jobs and away from their families, got on a plane and went there, helping feed people or provide medical care or assist with the cleanup. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census We have people serving on community boards and school boards and in charitable organizations and hospitals and senior centers and church groups for no pay, no recognition. They probably even have to put up with some grief from people. The jobs are hard, and we know what a sacrifice it can be to serve. The most gratifying high notes in our communities are those involving the acts of young people.College students venture out to help their adopted hometowns, doing everything from organizing and staffing blood drives to fixing up elderly people’s property to raking leaves at the homes of senior citizens to sprucing up historic sites to leaving homemade hats and scarves on trees for the homeless to take.The generation that often gets criticized for its selfishness is in no short supply of individuals willing to invest their time and energy into helping others. Fear not; the future is safe in their hands.Whatever you do in the community, however you serve, whatever big or little contribution you might make to bettering the lives of others, it is appreciated. People’s lives are better for what you do. Your community is better.Today, when we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, let’s make sure we remember to thank the givers. We have people around here who regularly go on missions to other countries to provide needed water, sewer treatment and medical attention.Every day, teams of volunteers go out into the community and rebuild Little League fields, clean up graffiti from bridges and buildings, rake the leaves and mow cemeteries so families can more appropriately honor the people they’ve lost.We have people raising money for victims of tragedies like car accidents and fires for medical care or to help offset the families’ expenses.We have people buying toys for children so they have a nice Christmas and people who organize trucks and volunteers to deliver the presents. We have people who regularly prepare care packages for soldiers serving overseas, giving them a touch of home even though they’re thousands of miles away.Throughout the year, people donate and package backpacks for hundreds of local children who come from impoverished homes, making sure these kids have food and school supplies so they’re at their best to learn.We have people who volunteer on the nastiest nights of the year to staff emergency shelters so that the homeless have a place to escape the cold.We have people with construction skills who donate their time and effort building homes for poor families, allowing them to provide a safe place for their children and have pride in home ownership.last_img read more

Public Works staff to be paid but union wants evidence

first_imgLocalNews Public Works staff to be paid but union wants evidence by: – November 23, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Public Works employee. Public Work staff has been given the assurance from the Board of Directors of the Corporation that all outstanding payments will be made before the end of this month.Public Works Staff staged protest action this week, to force the authorities to address their grievances.Among them include the nonpayment of salaries and lack of contracts from government.Chairman of the Board of Public Works Richard Didier says he was satisfied with the outcome of a meeting held on Tuesday, where the Union representatives were present. “The Directors met with the Union to discuss the issues going on there. We had a fruitful discussion pointing out the constraints being faced by the corporation in its cash position. The union understood the situation however they are of the view that something positive should come from the Corporation and have requested that we give confirmation on certain aspects as to the time of repayment. Other issues relating to the collective agreement and as well as gratuity for workers who were working with the Public Works garage. These issues will be addressed. We are asking the workers to be tolerant to the corporation and we are working to ensure that the monthly and fortnightly workers are paid,” he said.Meantime General Secretary of the Public Service Union Thomas Letang says in the absence of a written agreement from the Board members, protest action will continue.He says the Union will not accept any oral agreement.According to him, the Union will only be satisfied when several aspects of the collective agreement are addressed.“Whatever the Board comes up with should be given to us in writing. We will accept nothing verbally. They need to convince us that whatever they decide will be implemented. It is only at that time we will meet with the board and decide whether we will continue protest action or we will put a hold on it,” he explained.He said in the absence of that, protest action will continue.Dominica Vibes News 4 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Huron Pines making the most of the Emily Min Hunt Nature Preserve

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Huron Pines and Alpena Lifelong Learners gathered at the Emily Min Hunt nature preserve just outside Alpena for a snowshoe hike on Tuesday. The property changed hands from the Thunder Bay Audubon Society to Huron Pines in March of 2019 after it was determined that the Audubon Society could no longer maintain the proper level of stewardship for the property.Land protection specialist with Huron Pines, Heather Huffstutler says their organization is excited to bring more attention to this area. “It’s been much loved by the Audubon Society, but not used very much. Our vision here is that it is still a nature sanctuary, but something that is a bit more accessible to the public,” she said.Huffstutler added that now that the property is under their control, they are planning to do more events like the snowshoe hike they’re doing today. She says there are a lot of interesting things to see on this particular nature preserve. “We have an everglade which supports some really interesting wildflowers and the animals that go along with that. A nice mixed northern hard–wood forest, and then it transitions into a conifer swamp, which isn’t really hospitable to visitors, but really important for water quality and habitat connections here.”The Emily Min Hunt Nature Preserve is located on Shubert Highway and is open to the public from dawn until dusk.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Emily Min Hunt, Huron Pines, Thunder Bay Audubon SocietyContinue ReadingPrevious District Health Department #4 gives an update on CoronavirusNext Alcona does not become a 2nd amendment sanctuary countylast_img read more