People’s column

Open invitation

for wreath event


Every year thousands of volunteers lay wreaths at the headstones of those that fell in defense of our great nation. Wreaths Across America is in need of donations for wreaths. Visit their website — Wreaths Across America. Once again this year my wife and I will participate in laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. We have room for two more people to go with us.

I have rooms reserved at Joint Base Andrews, home of Air Force One for Dec. 15 to 17. JB Andrews is a high security installation so a valid picture ID is required and I will be your sponsor.

Portions of Arlington are hilly so extended walking is a requirement.



Brooks ER

was a lifesaver


I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the doctors and nurses in the emergency department at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk for saving my life. On Oct. 8, I was rushed to Brooks by my husband because I was having difficultly breathing subsequently suffering a near fatal medical emergency.

I lost all consciousness and completely stopped breathing by the time we arrived to the emergency department. Immediately the nurses and doctor came to our aid. Because of each one of their efforts that night, they saved my life. I am here today because of each of them. They administered CPR, and stabilized my condition enough getting me transported to UPMC Hamot Hospital ICU in Erie, Pa.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you. Life is such a precious gift. A gift one should never take for granted, in seconds our lives can be changed forever.



Doing Black Friday right


As someone who frequents retail outlets and big-box stores on a regular basis come Black Friday I feel experienced enough to praise the efforts of our local Walmart.

I have shopped at a variety of stores on this bargain-shopper’s holiday and have seen the good, the bad and the utterly disgusting results that come along with it. From late-night campouts in front of Target to constantly refreshing my Web browser as the online shopping window opens; I’ve done it all.

After my most recent outing to our local Walmart I found it high time to properly thank the employees who always make Black Friday operate in an organized and efficient manner.

I wanted to thank store manager Brad Balentine in person but he, for obvious reasons, looked preoccupied. If I had, I would have liked to say that in all my shopping excursions the Fredonia Walmart is at the top of my list as far as enjoyable experiences are concerned.

The retail industry can be a thankless profession, especially this time of year — I know this from my own experience as temporary holiday help. But know this, your efforts do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. From the automotive and electronics departments to the cashier and greeters, your positive attitudes during what is one of the busiest shopping days of the year were exemplary.

Thank you for starting the holiday shopping season off on a good note and keep up the good work.