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November 2, 2018

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To the editor:

Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties are great places to live and raise a family. I have said this for years and continue to believe it. Part of what makes this area such a great place to live is the people who choose to live in this area, be it for a job or other reasons. There is a great sense of community here, and people genuinely care about each other.

This is my first year on the campaign team, and I am proud to say I was asked to co-chair the team for Essex County. It is with great humility and pride to offer my assistance to this worthy effort.

I have seen close up the various organizations that United Way supports, ACAP, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, JCEO, RSVP of Clinton, Essex & Franklin Counties, Literacy Volunteers, YMCA and the Senior Citizens Council, to name a few. Whether you know it or not, most all of us have been touched by one of the organizations that United Way supports. Everyone at one time or another has needed a hand up just to survive.

Now I know that the economy on a national level is unsettled and even here we are feeling the effects of the slowdown. However, as one person once told me, a crisis is never scheduled. No one schedules to be out of work or to get sick. A youth does not wait until times are good to get involved in drugs or to need help with homework. Our senior citizens would prefer not to need Meals on Wheels. At times like we are in now is when the services of a lot of the programs we support are needed most. As we look to cut back on some things, I hope that United Way is not one of them. In fact, it is time to step up and increase your contribution or make that first one. To fully fund our agencies request, we need $725,000. This is money that stays in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, goes to our county agencies, benefitting our county residents. We need your contributions and we need you to encourage those around you to contribute as well. Please, help me in my march around the counties and support our community by supporting United Way. For more information, please contact Kathy Snow, at 518-563-0028, or visit the United Way website at www.unitedwayadk.org or your contribution can be mailed to 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.

If you have made your contribution, thank you! Rest assured your dollars will be wisely used to change lives right here in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

James W. Monty

Town of Lewis

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