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LOCAL DIGNITARIES – There are at least three fine gentlemen who celebrate birthdays this week. There is one belated wish for Jimmy Cook. Jimmy’s birthday, if I remember correctly, is Jan. 27. Although there is a note on my calendar of the years of life this terrific man is celebrating this year, I would never reveal that number because no one would ever believe my numbers. Jimmy’s smile and warm greeting always touches my heart. I am always grateful when our paths meet. If you see Jimmy out and about this week, make sure and wish him a very happy birthday this year. Although my wishes are belated by a few days, they are most sincere. I hope your celebration was a good one. You certainly deserve only the very best.

Jim Compeau and Bruce Tusler will celebrate their birthdays tomorrow. Both Jim and Bruce are such thoughtful gentlemen. It is always such a pleasure to wish them a very happy birthday. May you both have a wonderful year ahead for that is what you deserve as well.

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AND ON SUNDAY – Pat and Max Evans, an extraordinary couple, will celebrate 62 years of marriage on Sunday. My warmest wishes to you both as you celebrate your anniversary. Pat and Max are truly amazing – always there for neighbors, friends and family. Whenever there is a need, it is Pat and Max who are there to lend a helping hand. They do so much for others and for each organization they are a part of and always quietly without any fanfare or call for accolades. They are a truly remarkable couple. What an amazing example they are for all of us.

If you see them in town this week or at Via Main or Spanky’s having coffee, stop and wish them the very best as they celebrate 62 years together. How wonderful.

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TV COVERAGE – At some point in our television viewing, it became virtually impossible to watch any program through the fuzzy, snowing on screen reception or lack thereof. It was at that point we decided to opt for a satellite dish to aid in our viewing. We were thrilled with the clearness of the pictures and the options provided. One option was for the four major networks to be viewed both on the east and west coast. At that time the local networks were not available on our satellite dish. We decided to have our network viewing from New York City plus our west coast options from Los Angeles.

We enjoy watching network news from NY City since both of our sons live and work in that area. Last week on a chilly day not only for the north country, but for the coverage area of our network news, a reporter was covering individuals who had to work in the cold.

The reporter was talking to a worker who was standing on the Tappan Zee Bridge – a bridge we have traveled numerous times going from one son’s home to the other’s home. An ironworker was high above the reporter on the bridge. The reporter asked the worker, who was standing at road level, who that was working on the bridge, commenting he certainly must be cold. The response was that it was “AJ” explaining he was riveting on the bridge.

Those watching the news in our home immediately thought of the one ironworker we know whose name is “AJ.” The last time we visited with AJ Adams, whose home is in Snye, he told us he was then working on the George Washington Bridge, but he mentioning work on the Tappan Zee in the near future.

Could that ironworker on top of the Tappan Zee Bridge in cold Westchester County near New York City named AJ be the same young man we know? Perhaps AJ’s mother, Veronica, might know if her son was mentioned on the nightly news. I would love to know if the AJ mentioned and our AJ was one and the same. I certainly hope so.

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AUTHOR, AUTHOR – Last Saturday when I stopped at Hannaford’s, I had the pleasure of meeting a young man I hadn’t seen for some time, Darren Bonaparte. We met in the dairy aisle and exchanged greetings, inquiring about family. I remembered that I had heard Darren had written a book about Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. I asked where his book was being sold. Darren said he had some in his car. Amazing. What a marvelous connection in the aisle at Hannaford’s.

We finished our shopping and exited the store at the same time (I also had the marvelous opportunity of visiting briefly with Darren’s mother, Rosemary, which was such a joy). How fortunate I was that our paths crossed and how fortunate to be able to obtain a copy of his book. Although I have at least three books started at home, I immediately began to read this book, “Lily Among Thorns.”

I am fascinated with the book and Darren’s style of writing – he puts depth to the stories I have heard before, but depth in an interesting and easy to read format. There is such insight as I read. Darren’s work is a remarkable book.

My heartfelt thanks to Darren for his research and for sharing his knowledge and the depth of this extraordinary Mohawk woman, Kateri Tekakwitha. I hope I will be able to visit with Darren so I can share more about this wonderful book with all of you. A gifted local author – how marvelous.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – Though we travel to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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