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Letters to the Editor - 04/03/2013

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - Updated: 8:10 AM

Reunion is coming up

Dear Editor,

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who ever served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. We would like to let division veterans know about our organization and our upcoming reunion.

For information about the national association and our annual reunion in Columbus, Ga. from Sept. 17-21 this year contact Secretary / Treasurer Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net or (224) 225-1202.

Michael F. Davino, national president

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association Inc., Fox Lake, Ill.

Get help and hope

Dear Editor,

April is the 27th Annual National Alcohol Awareness Month. The founder of Alcohol Awareness Month, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. (NCADD), has named this year’s theme “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.”

No substance is more widely used and abused by America’s youth than alcohol, making alcoholism and alcohol-related problems the number one public health problem in the United States.

Addressing this issue requires a sustained and cooperative effort among parents, schools, colleges, community leaders and our youth. The widespread prevalence of underage drinking and the negative consequences it creates remain a stubborn and destructive problem despite decades of efforts to combat it.

Yet, there are four areas that have proven effective in preventing this problem:

• curtailing the availability of alcohol to underage populations;

• consistent enforcement of existing laws and regulations regarding alcohol purchase;

• changing cultural misconceptions and behaviors about alcohol use through education; and

• expanded access to treatment and recovery support for adolescents and their families.

But time is running out. Studies reveal alcohol consumption by adolescents results in brain damage — possibly permanent — and impairs intellectual development.

So, let’s get started providing “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.” We can’t afford to wait any longer. Talk about alcohol use with your family. Is it affecting your health, finances, relationships, lifestyle, etc.?

April 5-7 is NCADD Alcohol-Free Weekend. The HFM Prevention Council asks you to abstain from consuming alcohol for this 72-hour period to demonstrate that alcohol isn’t necessary to have a good time.

If participants find it difficult to go without alcohol during this period, they are urged to call 1-877-846-7369 or HFM Prevention Council at (518) 736-8188 and 518-548-5710.

Find help and information at www.ncadd.org, www.samhsa.org or www.hfmpreventioncouncil.com.

Dorean Page, prevention educator

HFM Prevention Council

Lake Pleasant

Thanks for the donations

Dear Editor,

A huge thank you to everyone for your delicious cookies & cakes and donations to the Wells Library (Virginia Hosley Free Library) Cultural Events throughout the year. The community greatly appreciates your generosity and continued support of our library.

Mark your calendars for December 8 for our next exciting program, the Puppet People’s “A Christmas Carol”.The library is now open on Tuesdays 6 to 8 pm, Thursdays 6 to 8 pm and Saturdays 10 am to noon.

Grace Lizak for the Virginia Hosley Free Library Wells

Weather didn’t hinder players

Dear Editor,

I would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to all the volleyball teams and spectators who participated in the Indian Lake Volleyball Tournament during the St. Patrick’s weekend of events. Despite the snowstorm, $107 was raised through entrance fees and an additional $45 profit was made by selling refreshments.

A special thank you goes out to Adam & Crystal Puterko of “Puterko’s Family Pizzeria’ for their support with our refreshments. We also want to thank all those who weathered the storm to support our agency.

With this money, Community Action will be able to provide 728 nutritionally balanced meals to residents within Hamilton County who might otherwise go without. With so many families finding it necessary to supplement their food budget through our food pantry we always welcome donations; which can be stretched greatly when we utilize our membership with the Regional Food Bank of NENY.

For more information regarding Community Action or to make a donation call (518) 648-5911; email hamiltoncountycaa@yahoo.com, or write to POB 726, Indian Lake NY 12842.

Deborah Ameden

Client Service Director

     

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