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The Dansville Online
  • The Valley View: Springwater commends those who served

  • Saturday evening the Kern–Robinson Post 905 Springwater American Legion hosted over 100 veterans and family members at their annual Veterans Day dinner. Veterans from World War II through the present day war in Afghanistan filled the building.

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  • Saturday evening the Kern–Robinson Post 905 Springwater American Legion hosted over 100 veterans and family members at their annual Veterans Day dinner. Veterans from World War II through the present day war in Afghanistan filled the building. Pastor Ray Shaw of the Springwater United Methodist Church offered the invocation and Commander Dick Tripp Sr. read Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proclamation thanking the veterans for their service to our country. Elizabeth Riegelsberger, age 15, offered a reading of her composition on what Veterans Day meant to her. This is the third year she has made an appearance on behalf of the veterans and her thoughts are always very inspirational.
    After a wonderful dinner of roast beef with all the trimmings prepared by members of the Ladies Auxiliary Unit and served by members of the Springwater Fire Department, Commander Tripp introduced members of the legion family units.
    Patricia Willsea, President Ladies Auxiliary, introduced her officers and thanked everyone for their continued support of the food drive. Last year the Ladies Auxiliary helped five families in the community who would have had no Christmas without some help. Food items (canned or boxed) and cleaning supplies are accepted at the Post on any open day Thursday thru Sunday, or by calling the Commander at 259-7292 to arrange for a pick up. Willsea also stated a Meet and Greet is planned for Sunday, December 9, and there will be a presence at the Springwater UMC Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 8 at the Springwater Fire Department.
    President Josh Menz of the American Legion Riders was not present, but William “Bill” Morgan, a charter member of the ALR spoke briefly on what that organization has accomplished since it was chartered three years ago. Drawing from four counties, the ALR holds several bike runs during the riding season to raise funds for the Bath Veterans Hospital patients. Thus far they have assisted with building funds and helped to outfit the recreation rooms with new equipment for the patients to use.
    Guest speaker Jim Szczeniak, undersheriff for Livingston County, then addressed those present and stated he was humbled to be asked to address the veterans at this event. Feeling that their service to country far outweighed anything he had accomplished in his 26 years of public service, he thanked the veterans for their sacrifices on behalf of all of us and told them he was honored to serve them.
    Commander Tripp then introduced a new initiative of community service for Post 905 based upon last weekend’s quick trip to the areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. After seeing firsthand the devastation the storm left behind, he asked everyone to help support the recovery efforts in NYC. Stating that his initial contact with Rockaway Point Fire Department opened his eyes to the similarities that exist between Springwater and that area, and knowing that Chief Ed Valentine will act as a contact between the two areas, Tripp asked that a special donation be made to offset the cost of providing supplies to the area.
    Page 2 of 2 - Commander Tripp will contact Chief Valentine and get a laundry list of items needed so Valentine’s department can get back to the business of caring for their people. Those items will be purchased or donations sought and then they will be personally delivered to the Rockaway Point Fire Department.
    Tripp pointed out that most of the people in that specific area are middle class working and retired people. Their fire department is all volunteer and the demographics are very similar to ours. Because they lost all of their equipment they are not in a position to help the people they serve, and although well-intentioned, the random acts of well-meaning people flooding the area with donated goods that cannot be stored and do not have relevance to the department’s immediate needs, many donations are being declined. By having a contact person on the ground and in the heart of the devastation, donations can be specific and used immediately. Fundraising efforts will continue at this end, and as Chief Valentine stated last Sunday, his “department will be the first here if Springwater ever needs us.”
    Pastor Shaw stated before the closing prayer that the Springwater UMC is also initiating a collection for the victims of Superstorm Sandy.
    Tuesday, Nov. 20, the Springwater American Legion will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Members are asked to attend this important meeting.
    Have a great week!
     

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