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Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 7-12-18

Bill’s Towing closes

After 47 years of service to Millerton and surrounding communities I have sold my business and retired.

Many thanks to all those who have supported me over the years. During that time I worked closely with the Sheriff’s Office, State Police, Millerton P.D. and the Millerton fire and rescue teams. I shall miss the camaraderie we shared, not to mention the friendships developed over the years.

It has been a pleasure for me to serve everyone during their time of need. I tried to treat all parties fairly and would like to think they all feel the same in return.

 To the new owner of my garage, I wish him well.

Bill Flint

Bill’s Auto Body 

Towing & Recovery

Millerton

 

Dear Millerton community

My name is Amelia Smith, and I am the former head of the Hotchkiss Humane Society and a recent graduate of The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. 

As some of you may know, I held a fundraiser from May to June through the Hotchkiss Humane Society to benefit elephants at the Elephant Nature Park (ENP), a cruelty-free, riding-free sanctuary for Asian elephants located in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

The sanctuary is run by Lek Chailert, who rescues the elephants who inhabit the sanctuary from exploitation in the logging industry, trekking industry, and tourist/entertainment industry and is their voice against cruelty. I traveled to this sanctuary in 2015 for a veterinary service program where I was able to study the elephants, observe their behaviors, assist veterinarians on staff and interact with the elephants by feeding and bathing them. 

Before my trip, I fundraised through my family and local community to bring over $1,000 to ENP. For those of you who don’t know, consumer prices in the United States are about 55 percent higher than they are in Thailand, so 1,000 USD went a very long way. 

After my travels, I knew that I wanted to educate the Hotchkiss community about the importance of choosing their elephant programs carefully while visiting areas such as Thailand. Lek’s work is both inspirational and moving, so I was confident that the Hotchkiss community would get behind my cause, and they did.

In May, I began selling stationary with elephant artwork by Olivia Gee ‘18, a fellow classmate of mine, handmade elephant-shaped cookies, stickers, and elephant pants (made by a company called Animal Kind Clothing that employs stay-at-home-moms to sew the pants from home and deliver the finished product to the factory where they are packaged and shipped). I also started a GoFundMe campaign that I extended to the greater community. After subtracting expenditures, the final total for the Elephant Nature Park (ENP) fundraiser, between the sales and donations at Hotchkiss and the GoFundMe campaign, was $4,014!

I’d like to thank those of you who contributed for your support of this cause and of the Hotchkiss Humane Society. I am so appreciative for such a successful, heartening close to some of my most fulfilling work during my time at Hotchkiss. I could not have done this fundraiser without the help of the Humane Society board, my co-head, Caitlin Reilly, and each one of you. I’d also like to thank Paula Smith Designs, Sweet Occasions, Central Press and ProPrinters for their donation of time and resources to this cause.  

Our donation will go a long way to help with the expenses of veterinary and general care of the elephants at ENP. Please know how much this means to Lek and to me. 

We both hope that you will consider visiting the park and learning more about Asian elephants so that you can spread your knowledge to others. Please email me if you are interested or have any questions.

Amelia Smith

Millerton

amelia@ridgebackfield.com.

Elephant Nature Park: https://www.elephantnaturepark.org

GoFundMe (although currently inactive, information and a video are available): https://www.gofundme.com/elephant-nature-park-fundraiser

 

Letter appreciated

I wish to publicly thank Tom Cuddeback (retired Dutchess County Sheriff’s detective) for his letter of June 28.  

I support the efforts of our local police and am appreciative of Cuddeback’s thorough explanation of each “minor infraction.” These infractions could certainly become bigger issues if an accident occurred because of them.  

Consider that a person or animal could cross in your path when you fail tao stop at a stop sign or exceed the speed limit and can’t stop in time to prevent such an incident. 

Most of us have had times when we have failed to obey a law (unintentionally or otherwise), so being reminded of what we should do can be a “wakeup call.”

Diane Walters

Millerton