The cool down I spoke of last week remains in effect for this week. We had temperatures during the day in the 50s and that is cold in Florida, folks! We live on Lake Griffin and the winds off that lake feel nearly as cold as those off my lake up north. The difference is, of course, that we are to be in the 70s by weeks end. We were under a tornado watch on Saturday afternoon and my feeling remains the same give me a good old noreaster any time! Those tornados scare me to death! A North Country icon, Johnny Podres, has died. I never met him, but my mother grew up in Mineville and professes to have been his babysitter! Thanks to Jerry and Edda Kelly and Terri Cioppa for their responses to the Crown Point Bridge question. Where are all of my other readers? There is talk of wind farms developing in Central Florida and the furor that surrounds them here equals that in the North Country, or more. I believe that NIMBY works perfectly in this situation for those that do not know, NIMBY means "Not In My Back Yard!" Wyeth has been purchased by Akrimax and this is wonderful news for the North Country, bringing Gov. Spitzer to town to make the announcement. All 800 jobs will be saved. Garry Douglas of the local chamber thanked Hillary Clinton for the initial lead. This is hard-working North Country people working together. It pays off once again. Congratulations to Rouses Point and Champlain, who are no doubt breathing a huge sigh of relief! The editorial in the Press Republican Jan. 16 questions the viability of combining North Country Community College and Clinton Community College. This idea has never been discussed seriously, but the timing might just be right. Guess what? It is time for another opinion poll on this large issue. Come on, my readers ... what do you think? Cape Air will begin flying in two to three weeks non-stop to Boston via either Plattsburgh or Lake Clear. This is certainly good news for the area. For those Plattsburgh State hockey fans, Sodexo is offering fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite PSUC mens hockey player at the field house during game days Jan. 25 and Jan. 26 and Feb. 1. The award will be presented on Sodexo night Saturday, Feb. 2, at PSUCs last regular home game against Fredonia. Beginning Thursday, Jan. 31, everyone wishing to enter the U.S. will need both a birth certificate and a drivers license, or a passport. This will probably cause long lines at the border and confusion also, at the beginning. Im torn on this issue, because of our proximity to Canada and the ease with which we have been able to go back and forth. What about you? This may prove interesting as we return from our cruise also. Congratulations to Carmen Carpentier, executive director of Lake Forest Senior Living Community who has been awarded the certification from the Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services. This designation requires 45 hours of professional training and three comprehensive exams. The Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerces annual dinner was highlighted by several awards. The Joe Bornstein Businessperson of the Year Award went to Bob Parks, publisher of the Press Republican. Wells Communication was named Business of the Year and was accepted by president Ed Kehn. Small Business of the Year went to Kay and George Hubbell of Lake Champlain Pools and Spas and Betsy Morrow, a chamber ambassador for 12 years, was named Volunteer of the Year for her tireless efforts on the chambers behalf. I know most of these people and am very pleased with the chambers choices. On to St. Patricks Day! One week from today, we depart on our cruise. My hope for myself is calm seas and no storm warnings. My hope for you is a calm lake and no noreasters! Have a wonderful week and remember, each day is Gods gift to you. Make it blossom and grow into a thing of beauty.