This letter is in response to US Rep. Maurice Hinchey’s
letter supporting a 10-year FAD for New York City’s
Water Supply. Mr. Hinchey’s assertions are so off base
from his constituents, he might as well move south and challenge
Charles Rangel and his counterparts for their seats.
Mr. Hinchey lauds the DEP’s effort (via the EPA) to
lull a generation of locals into “understanding”
the draconian land use regulations enforced by NYCDEP. He
further explains that NYC will save BILLIONS, which ultimately
saves us money (presumably because NYC will use federal and
state tax dollars when forced to filter.) Mr. Hinchey commends
a $300 MILLION commitment for land purchases in the watershed.
He courts watershed residents by supporting open recreational
uses, which every resident has complained about since, oh,
1997 (that’s ten years already). Lastly, he shows his
true faith in his local constituency by inferring that locals
would freely pollute the stream if NYC is forced to filter.
Since the early 90’s, the DEP has insisted that we were
and are providing them with the “cleanest purest water
in the world.” Mind you this was on our own prior to
DEP’s MOA. Sounds like a bunch of polluters.
NYC told us then that filtration would cost $8 BILLION with
$1 BILLION annual operating costs back in 1996. They also
insisted it would cost $11 MILLION to build a sewer system
in Phoenicia, NY, until bids came in at $17 MILLION. At which
time they increased funding by $6 MILLION, but refused to
offer an additional $35 THOUSAND annually for a system free
to the users, like Pine Hill, Margaretville and other plants
they run in the watershed. Accordingly, Phoenicia residents
Mr. Hinchey asserts the City’s track record on recreational
use on lands is atrocious, yet lauds $300 MILLION worth of
land purchases proposed for the next decade in order to protect
environmentally sensitive watershed lands. Well, we live in
a state “forever wild” forest preserve which is
freely used for a multitude of recreational uses, which directly
relates to our local economy. You’ve proposed having
a local developer sell part of his land to the state for water
supply protection, yet the city, who by your own admission,
over-regulates recreational uses, is not being asked the same?
Could it be that the City would not be able to sell off these
lands for a large profit after they have restricted recreational
and developable land uses to make their property “highly
desirable?” Already DEP land purchases and regulations
have, at times, limited growth and the re-establishment of
pre-existing structures. If you can’t build new and
you can’t fix what’s here, what’s left?
Yet, Congressman Hinchey commends padding the pockets of the
newest Catskill Mountain land baron, NYC, to the tune of $300
The fees associated with running a sewer plant in Phoenicia,
and other Hamlets that pay, is minimal compared to filtration.
I would think that with some prodding by our Congressional
leaders to find better and more efficient renewable energy
resources, many of these plants could be self-maintained and
running off-grid within the next 50 years, vastly reducing
the cost of operations on these plants in the long-term. DEP
could also help subsidize our local, county and state police
departments. Paying for their education in watershed protection
would reduce salaries for NYC, allow us the right to police
ourselves and solve a major PR problem for the City.
If NYC, the EPA, and our Congressional leaders, like Mr. Hinchey
continue to disregard the arguments made from watershed residents,
businesses and organizations who recognize that a balance
is necessary for sustainable growth, why are we being forced
to follow regulations enforced by a municipality 100 miles
to the south? Why is OUR Congresman standing against us? Is
it NYC Political clout? Voter base? Campaign contributions?
Who knows for sure. I am appalled that our Congressman would
make such nasty inferences about his constituents. We rely
on these waterways for so much up here. It just seems at times,
our “leaders” and NYC are so short sighted, they
literally can’t see the forest for trees, of course,
WE can’t cross their lands to see the forest, either.
Robert A. Stanley
I am writing this in regard to the humorous use of titles
when signing letters to the editor. First, Deputy Alex Gitter's
last letter to the editor, he states the mistreatment of Crossroads
Ventures by just about anybody who isn't a guest at the best
hotel ever created. The only reason you got the title of Deputy,
for any position you hold there, is because YOUR FATHER OWNS
THE PLACE. Otherwise, Sonny, you would be working somewhere
else. Get it? It's called nepotism! There is so much controversy
and general acrimony toward the plans ongoing, only a Deputy
Idiot would write a letter to the local paper, to open the
floodgates of letters such as this one. As it is, the Town
of Shandaken is eternally grateful to Dean for thinking of
all of us for coming in and single handedly launching the
region out of economic despair.
Second, who was the dope that awarded the title of Republican
Committeeman to the quintessential political scientist such
as Rob't Kalb? After he gets lessons from Rush Limbaugh's
radio show, he dons on a T-shirt that says "Republican
Committeeman," then he literally goes about the town
dictating campaign doctrine. Take a lesson from a reader of
the local paper, if you're going to represent yourself as
a Republican Committeeman, have some damn class, and do it
with some dignity. The Democrats don't have to do one thing
during the upcoming election season while this nattering nabob
of negatism goes around town.
And finally, Joanne Kalb must have hit her head while she
scraped her knee, behind the Eagle, to write a little innocent
letter stating the new ambulance corps are great guys, after
the recent flap with the last crew. Instead of taking cheap
shots in the letters column, come forward with some solutions.
Big Indian, NY
In response to Peter DiModica’s hilarious letter from
your last issue, my family moved to Big Indian in 1970 when
I was 3, and I attended Phoenicia Elementary School all the
way from kindergarten through 6th grade. I also returned to
Big indian every summer through junior high and high school
to work at Rudi’s Restaurant, and worked there as a
manager for another year right after college. So yes, I did
indeed grow up here. Perhaps the reason he has had trouble
finding someone who will affirm these facts is that virtually
every one of my co-workers, friends and schoolmates from the
old days has long since moved away from the area because they
could not find good career opportunities here.
In any event, I imagine that Phoenicia still has all my records,
and if he acts quickly Mr. DiModica might even easily obtain
them before they close our once-great elementary school forever…
because, tragically, it seems there may no longer be enough
young families with children in our town to justify keeping
Hopefully in November the voters of Shandaken will demand
more from their would-be leaders than shoddy research and
blind accusations, from candidates who don’t bother
to check easily-verified facts before launching ridiculous
Alex ‘Sascha’ Gitter
Mt. Tremper, NY
The Volunteer Firemen and the Board of Fire Commissioners
of the Phoenicia Fire District take this opportunity to warn
everyone of a hazardous condition, regarding outside lighting
fixtures on homes and outbuildings.
On July 1 at 2:30 AM, Mount Tremper, Phoenicia, and Shandaken
fire companies responded to a fire on a home on Old Rt.28,
Phoenicia. Cause of the fire was a bird's nest on top of a
fixture. The bird's nest was constructed of flammable material
and was ignited from the heat of the light bulb. Fortunately
there was minor damage to the house due to fast response of
the fire companies. If you have outside lighting fixtures,
please check and if there is a bird's nest on top of it, remove
it and in the future discourage birds from nesting on the
Another word of advice, if you don't have a smoke detector
in your residence, we urge you to buy one, they are inexpensive
and easy to install. It's a small price to pay if it could
save your life and lives of your loved ones. For those of
you that have a smoke detector, check it occasionally to make
sure it is working properly.
Board of Fire Commissioners
Phoenicia Fire District
If you missed “Live Earth” completely, and you
weren’t among the few remaining people that still believe
that we went to war in Iraq because Saddam Hussein brought
down the towers, or had WMD’s, or that GW was a “uniter”,
not a divider, then I hope you’ve recovered from whatever
it was that kept you from the first hopeful World Wide miracle
that I can remember since the 60’s. An estimated two
billion fans in 130 countries and seven continents watched
How did Al Gore pull this one off? Frankly, I don’t
think he did. I think that there was a supernatural interference
that our own Michael Lang can speak to. Such things are not
the act of a powerful manager, or even the likes of a giant,
such as NBC. Such things are the act of an invisible force
that we’re lucky to see once in a lifetime.
In these days of our threatened democracy, our threatened
safety, and our disillusionment, we needed an event such as
Live Earth, to demonstrate that something is larger than the
ruling Corporate structure. We, the People, united with the
people from other countries together, are surely more powerful
than the few elite that presently control our oil, food, water,
air, and at present, the future of our planet.
I know that our Constitution is in peril, that our beautiful
planet is in peril, and that only a Miracle could save us.
But, on 07/07/07, my faith in miracles was renewed. Perhaps
it isn’t all in our hands. Perhaps we are getting some
help from an unknown force. For now, I’m going to go
with that thought. Next week, you may hear less optimism from
me, but I couldn’t resist sharing this moment with my
fellow Catskill mountain residents. Isn’t that a miracle
"The first step in a fascist movement is the combination
under an energetic leader of a number of men who possess more
than the average share of leisure, brutality, and stupidity.
The next step is to fascinate fools and muzzle the intelligent,
by emotional excitement on the one hand and terrorism on the
other." - Bertrand Russell, Freedom, Harcourt Brace,
"Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon
man have come through people feeling quite certain about something
which, in fact, was false." - Bertrand Russell.
"Dogma demands authority, rather than intelligent thought,
as the source of opinion; it requires persecution of heretics
and hostility to unbelievers; it asks of its disciples that
they should inhibit natural kindliness in favor of systematic
hatred." -- Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays.
"Philosophy should always know that indifference is a
militant thing. It batters down the walls of cities and murders
the women and children amid the flames and the purloining
of altar vessels. When it goes away it leaves smoking ruins,
where lie citizens bayonetted through the throat. It is not
a children's pastime like mere highway robbery." - Stephen
"Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths
about the liberty of a democratic people. The first truth
is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people
tolerate the growth of a private power to a point where it
becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That, in
its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual,
by a group, or by any other controlling private power."
- FDR: message to Congress proposing the monopoly investigation,
The movie Sicko put into pictures the words we who have been
speaking for the past 60 years. Did he exaggerate as the critics
say? No movie or words could exaggerate the grossness of the
mess we are in. He just accented some aspects but barely touched
on such things as the economic damage the huge health Insurance
benefits are causing; manufacturers can't compete internationally
because of the costs; governments at all levels have uncontrolled
budgetary increases; enormous numbers of people are going
bankrupt with medical bills they can't pay. He didn't show
us the infants born prematurely and damaged with cerebral
palsy for life because of lack of prenatal care.
He probably exaggerated the health care programs of other
countries, but is that worse than the downright lies that
have been spread about them? And don't forget that the cost
of spreading those lies has been paid for by the money we
have given to those HMOs and Insurers. The other countries
outrank us health wise in nearly every respect, putting us
way down in the 20 some odd place among the nations. That
is a truth we should listen to. It is no exaggeration.
He did say that Hillary Clinton has been for Universal Health
care. She called the plan submitted early in the Clinton Administration
"Universal Health" but it included use of the established
HMOs and commercial insurers and could not have been a Single
Payer plan. She does not speak out for a plan under the aegis
of the Government and covering everyone. The bookkeeping alone
with the Clinton plan would have been as costly as the bookkeeping
is now - exorbitant.
Right here in Ulster County the health care of families is
being threatened by a merger of the Benedictine and Kingston
Hospitals requiring an extra facility to be built for reproductive
services, including contraceptive assistance, tubal ligation,
abortions, vasectomy, and other services. This will tack on
about $3 million in building costs to a system which is already
costly. Write to the papers and/or write to the trustees of
Kingston Hospital, 396 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401 protesting
this intrusion of religion into medical practice and deprivation
of needed care.
I'm sure many of you were as dismayed as I was after the 2000
election fraud. But the deeper stories of election fraud in
both the 2000 and 2004 elections have been covered by no American
mainstream media. All indications are that both the 2000 and
2004 elections were manipulated and fraudulently won. Yet
neither our media nor legal process has any response to the
overwhelming evidence of fraud. Why?
We must understand when the MSM (mainstream media) completely
ignores an important issue while barraging us with Paris Hilton
tabloid news this is tantamount to censorship. The governments
response to the 2000 election fraud was the newly enacted
law HAVA, the help America vote act. This law has helped pave
the way to handing our voting process over to corporate America
and institutionalizing electronic voter fraud.
The three corporations who make electronic voter machines,
Diebold, Sequoia and E.S&S, all have ties to big defense
America has abdicated to these private corporations the responsibility
of handling elections and counting our votes; corporations
that are manufacturing very expensive, highly vulnerable,
computerized voting equipment run with secret proprietary
These machines can be easily manipulated and errantly programmed.
We cannot trust corporate America with our voting process.
Right now in New York State our legislature is being lobbied
by big corporations like Microsoft to change its proposed
strict new voting laws. The proposed law requires voting machine
software to be publicly scrutinized. The powerful corporate
lobbies are fighting tooth and nail to keep this from happening
and setting a national precedent. We, the People, must contact
our state legislature and not let corporate America prevail.
Many voting experts believe we don't even need electronic
voting machines the simplest is still the most trustworthy,
paper ballots in boxes with a highly scrutinized counting
process. Electronic voting machines are expensive and cannot
be trusted. If our country was really looking to ensure the
integrity of our voting process it could by mandating any
machine software used in public elections must be open to
public scrutiny or no taxpayer dollars will be spent on them.
The movement to educate Americans about the realities of voting
is lead by a not for profit called blackboxvoting.org. This
week on the Propaganda Machine we will be highlighting the
subject of voter fraud in America. As usual the Propaganda
Machine is covering the stories the MSM is ignoring. Watch
the Propaganda Machine every Sunday evening at 8 p.m. on Woodstock
cable access, Channel 23.
Recently in your community a young man was killed in an alleged
drunk driving crash. The family of Andrew “Drew”
Dean-Lipson is living one of the most horrific experiences
anyone can imagine.
In 2004, nearly 2,000 people were killed and another half-million
people were injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes involving
an underage driver. For many, these crashes are only the beginning
of a long journey.
The horror of a drunk driving crash extends far beyond the
loss of a loved one or the shock of permanent injuries as
a result of a crash. Those who survive and those who are left
behind must cope with unspeakable sorrow and pain. Many victims
grapple with a court system that often seems blind to victims’
rights and families may be torn apart by the stark reality
that their lives will never be the same.
Think about what it must be like for a victim’s family
this morning...Perhaps for just a moment as they awaken they
do not remember their loved one is dead then it all comes
flooding back as the reality sets in. The family of the victim
will never see that person again. They will never see him/her
fulfill hopes and dreams.
One thing that happens to victims is that people pull away
from them. We as a society have trouble interacting with anyone
who has a loved one killed in tragic circumstances. The family
of victims needs the support of their friends and community
and for everyone to understand what they are going through.
As a trained Victim Advocate for Mothers Against Drunk Driving,
I have worked with many families who have been affected by
this violent crime of driving while intoxicated. Last year,
MADD’s network of trained advocates provided more than
38,000 victims with emotional support, as well as criminal
justice and community referrals.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving offers free victim services
to anyone affected by drunk-driving tragedies. To access these
services, please visit www.MADD.org or call the 24-hour helpline
at 877-MADD-HELP (877-623-3435).
Karen Pettigrew, President
MAAD Capital Region Chapter
There is an individual running for Ulster County District
Attorney whose candidacy is not driven by any political agenda
or maneuvering. After Donald Williams announced his intention
to retire, Holley Carnright was asked to run on the basis
of his experience and the reputation for integrity he has
earned during his career here in Ulster County. His only agenda
will be to work for the safety and security of our families
and communities. He is the most credible candidate and the
one best qualified to represent us both here and across the
I am a Democrat and I plan to vote for Holley Carnright in
NYCA Troupe 2007 extends a big thank you to everyone who generously
donated to “Support the Arts,” from our car wash
to our can shake, where we were able to display our talents
by singing and dancing for your enjoyment. We would also like
to thank Sam’s Club, Adams Fairacre Farms and Wal-Mart
for allowing us the use of their properties for our fundraising
events. In addition to the above we wish to thank Domino’s
Pizza for donating lunch.
NYCA Troupe 2007 organizers
A recent article stated that only Bradley is guaranteed a
slot in the November elections. Please note that Jonathan
Sennett secured the Working Families Party line - the recommendation
was actually made before the Dems “kinda sorta”
apparently unofficially endorsed him.
We are a small but growing party that pulls a significant
number of votes in Ulster County from both enrolled and unaffiliated
voters who care about issues (jobs, justice, and good government).
Moreover, our party endorses based on policy and experience
after a formal interview and questionnaire. Concerns such
as who someone is related to (we just call that nepotism)
and political favors, thankfully, do not guide our endorsement
Mid-Hudson Working Families Party
Ulster County District Attorney candidate Vincent Bradley
and his supporters (including County Legislator Parete and
Kingston Mayor James Sottile) argue that the only fair action
for the Democratic Party to take would be to allow him the
right to primary. I agree that a decision of this magnitude
should be made by all of the registered members of the party.
Likewise, the same principles should be applied to the Independence
and Conservative parties. The Independence Party selected
their candidate out of the four who sought the nomination,
with only six Independence Party members voting. The Conservative
Party selected their candidate out of the two seeking the
nomination by only a four-vote margin and not by a majority
of those who registered to vote at the convention.
I have asked Mr. Bradley to join with me in requesting permission
to primary from the Independence and Conservative party chairs.
In anticipation of a favorable response, the Holley Carnright
campaign has initiated the petition process for the Independence
and Conservative party nominations.
Richard Croce, Chairman
Committee to Elect Carnright
Ulster County District Attorney
New Paltz, NY
Can anyone explain why Vincent Bradley is not being allowed
to run for district attorney as a Democrat? Here is a young
man who grew up in Ulster County in a Democratic family. He
did exactly what the leaders of our county tell our young
people to do, get your education, get experience and come
home and show us alternatives to the way we do things here!
He has accomplished a great deal in his young life. He finished
law school, passed the bar, earned his CPA and became an assistant
district attorney in the toughest city in the country and
our Democratic leaders are balking at the chance to put him
on the ballot. He returned to Ulster County because this is
his home, this is where his family and friends life. He wants
to live here and use his vast experience to help make Ulster
County a better place.
For the past 10 years, he has been successfully working in
the Manhattan district attorney’s office with the best
DA in the country dealing with many of the problems we are
now just beginning to see in the towns and cities of Ulster
County. Mr. Bradley has already dealt with these situations
and he has the contacts to back up his experience.
As for Mr. Bradley making any unnecessary threats to a candidate
is absurd! The late Judge Vincent Bradley, a former Supreme
Court justice, his Vincent Bradley Jr., candidate for Ulster
County district attorney, and the Bradley family have a good
name in this county. I, for one, would question the motive
of a person making such a claim.
How lucky are we? We have another highly qualified Democratic
candidate for Ulster County district attorney in Vincent Bradley.
One who is willing to accept the challenge of running for
a political office and not hiding behind some political rhetoric
to eliminate competition?
Now that the Democrats have the power, they also have the
chance to do what is best for the party and the people of
Ulster County. Doing the best means letting Vincent Bradley
run in the primary and let the best man win. The alternative
is splitting the Democratic vote and allowing a Republican
candidate to get the job. As a registered Democrat of 18 years,
this is not smart politics.
John R. Tremper
As a member of the Democratic Committee of Saugerties, and
one of the individuals who voted for Jonathan Sennett on both
ballots at the County Democratic Committee Meeting, I’d
like to give my personal thoughts on why Vincent Bradley did
not win that election and why I will vote ‘no’
on his being allowed to participate in a primary for the District
Attorney position on the Democratic line. These are my own
opinions and are not meant to represent those of any other
person or group.
When the three Democratic candidates presented their qualifications
and answered questions at a Saugerties Democratic Committee
meeting I found all three to be knowledgeable and experienced.
However, I found two major problems with Vincent Bradley.
First, for all his previous years as an eligible voter he
has apparently chosen not to be registered as a Democrat.
In fact he has only recently registered as a Democrat and
won’t actually be one until after this election.
By not choosing to be a registered Democrat he gave up his
opportunity to vote in Democratic primaries or to have a say
in the decision making of the Democratic Party. For him, having
purposely chosen not to have a voice in Democratic primaries,
to now ask for special dispensation to run in a Democratic
primary, is nerve of the highest order. Let him wait until
he is a registered Democrat, and can vote in a Democratic
primary, before he asks to be a candidate in such a primary
Second, and perhaps more important to me as an Ulster County
resident, is that unlike the other two candidates who have
lived in Ulster County and worked in various aspects of its
judicial system for a number of years, Vincent Bradley has
lived and worked in New York City since 1990. Even though
his family is from Ulster County, and he was born here and
may have vacationed here, he does not know the concerns and
issues of Ulster County and has not been involved in any aspect
of the judicial system of Ulster County as have both Jonathan
Sennett and Julian Schreibman.
What Vincent Bradley is, is a member of a Democratic Party
family that is well connected to the powers of the party and
he has come “home” to be given his inheritance
of the DA nomination. Well, if there’s one thing most
Democrats don’t like, it’s to be told by the party
bosses what to do and how to vote. My experience at the Democratic
meeting that elected Sennett rather than Bradley is not that
Sennett and Schreibman had a deal to give each other their
supporters’ votes, but that their supporters preferred
either of those candidates, who are truly both Democrats and
long time Ulster County residents, to a person who is neither.
That’s why he did not win the Democratic nomination
and why I will vote ‘no’ on allowing him to participate
in a primary election.
The right thing for Vincent Bradley to do, if he really believes
in the Democratic Party and wants to support it, is to withdraw
his request to participate in a primary, to remove himself
from the Conservative and Independence lines, and to support
the democratically elected candidate, Jonathan Sennett, rather
than splitting the party vote and helping the Republican nominee
win the election.
The recommendation to move women s and men s reproductive
health services out of Kingston Hospital is unnecessarily
costly and life-threatening. The $3 million cost for a new
ambulatory surgical center to be located in the Kingston Medical
Arts building would place another burden on taxpayers. Unlike
the security of a hospital setting, it would place visitors
and staff in jeopardy of harassment and violence.
Do we really want to see any more killings of doctors?
The nine physicians who own or lease a majority of the offices
there object to the proposed move of this facility into their
building, which was designed only for small office practice,
and has an already crowded parking lot. They explain that
such a move violates their office contracts and are threatening
a lawsuit to stop the plan.
These facilities must be kept within Kingston Hospital, not
moved off premises to another location in a non-hospital setting
and run by a separate corporation.
Religious rules should not interfere with responsible medical
New Paltz, NY
I would like to honor some very special folks in our community.
Healthcare is a Human Right (HCHR) has been providing free
holistic healthcare clinics for Family of Woodstock since
The staff of practitioners who volunteer their services regularly
during the year have more than earned my gratitude and admiration.
They are people whose hearts and minds said YES to the concept
that EVERYONE, regardless of income, deserves the best healthcare
we can offer, and they had the conviction to act on that belief.
With the legendary Family of Woodstock as our hosts, we have
provided that care, no strings attached, for 4 years.
As the director and co-founder of HCHR, I’d like to
acknowledge and publicly thank the following practitioners:
Julie Evans - massage, Vickie O’Dougherty - Homeopathy,
Julia Rose - Acupuncture, Jipala Reicher-Kagan - Acupuncture,
Lainy Reicher - Nutrition and Kabbalistic Healing, Joan Apter
- Aromatherapy, Maha Golden - Flower Essences and Infant Massage,
Thurman Greco - Reflexology and Reike.
Other excellent practitioners have participated, but these
wonderwomen are the core of our staff.
We are expanding the FOW clinic to Phoenecia, and welcome
Suzy Brown - Craniosacral Therapy, and Adelinda Hyde - Reike,
to our community of healers. We expect to establish clinics
in Kingston and Ellenville in the coming months, and we invite
qualified healers to contact us at 845-246-5783, or 845-688-2323.
Ultimately, our goal is to provide a model of what we want
healthcare to be - comprehensive, integrative, and available
to all, regardless of ability to pay. Healthcare is, after
all, a Human Right.
Susan Weeks, RPA-C
George Pignatello died on July 3, 2007. He is survived by
a whole community of fellow wood workers, clients, fishermen,
waitresses, farmers, townspeople, locals and city people,
all of which count themselves as his close friends because
George made everyone feel like his best friend.
George was a great man. He did a lot of work for our 4H club,
building the original coops that later formed the "coopers"
network, which is now a column in the
Phoenicia Times and Olive Press. He built countless works
of art in all of our lives, counters, shelves, beds, chairs,
benches, and restorations. He loved wood and often saw the
potential in a piece of unfinished wood that the rest of us
might miss. He was like that with people too. He was a skilled
fisherman who made beautiful hand carved nets and had a deep
appreciation for local rivers and the trout which they hold.
I could call down to his woodshop and get up to the minute
reports on the Esopus hatches and fishing conditions. He was
happy to share his precious time on the water with young people,
including my nephew, who he took fishing on many occasions.
I want to thank the many people who supported George in his
final days and
who helped George's girlfriend, Miss Jane, arrange his funeral
and wake. Dr. Harry and Laurel, Donna, Colleen, Mitch, Fred,
Phillipe, Kathy, Lisa, lan, Murray, Daniel, Tall Mike, Jason,
Lee, Jenny, Peter, Rose, David G, and Suzanne C, who helped
us up here at Holz Farm to provide a wake for George after
the funeral service.
Finally, I want to thank the brave and skilled wood workers
who actually built his coffin and carried him into the funeral
home. Wood guys Dwayne C, Ray, Big Ed, Red Ed, Tom, James,
John, Joe, Ricky,
Vince, Kyle, Jason and Lee, and of course, Suzanne C, who
did the upholstery. This must have been the hardest job of
their lives and they did it with such grace.
Finally, I'd like to thank Mark Wilsey of Gormley Funeral
Home, who isn't afraid to "think outside the box".
George was greatly loved and he leaves great people behind.
It has been my privilege to know him and I am grateful for
the rich community he leaves behind.
Woodland Valley, NY