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November 18, 2013

Shoreline Byline by Betty Haag

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There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive beginning at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, corner Young and McChesney streets. Proper ID will be required. For an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

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The Board of trustees of the Wilson Free Library is beginning work on its five-year plan of service to the community, and they are asking for your assistance. As a first step in this process, they are looking for input and feedback from library patrons and community members. A simple survey has been created. The trustees ask that everyone take a moment and complete the survey. Library surveys are available at the library, town and village offices, and online at both the town and village websites. Completed surveys may be dropped off at the library, town or village halls, mailed to P.O. Box 579, Wilson, NY 14172 or emailed to mclar@nioga.org.

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The Support Our Schools Organization posted this inspirational story last week. In 2005, high school social studies teacher Martha Cothren welcomed her students on the first day of school. They arrived to a classroom without desks. When the students asked where they were, Cothren responded by saying, “You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn them.” After a day full of incorrect guesses about displaying good behavior and earning good grades, Cothren finally revealed the correct answer to her students. She opened her classroom door and 27 veterans came in, each carrying a desk. After they set the room up, Cothren said, “You don’t have to earn those desks. These guys did it for you. They put them out there for you, but it’s up to you to sit here responsibly, to learn, to be good students and good citizens, because they paid a price for you to have that desk, and don’t ever forget it.” Cothren is the daughter of a World War II POW, and she was awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year, for the State of Arkansas, in 2006.

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