From The Mayor's Desk

INDEX

JOSEPH SPOR

ATTACK PROCLAMATION

COMING OF DAWN

REFLECTIONS OF THE RIGHT STUFF

UNITED WE STAND

A VETERANS' DAY PRAYER

THANKSGIVING

CELEBRATE!

ACTIONS AND REACTIONS

LEST WE FORGET

ANTHONY, YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE

HOW TO REMEMBER

VETERANS' DAY 2002

THE FUND

FROM NEW YORK, WITH LOVE

HALLOWED GROUND

NEW YORK SAYS, THANKS!

WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN

 

Reflections of the Right Stuff     

 

Saturday night I had the pleasure of joining some energetic, creative people in a celebration of Anthony’s newest landmark – Reflection Ridge.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the silhouettes, I urge you to do so at dusk.  Located on a ridge just west of Caldwell Equipment’s building, the setting sun provides a glorious backdrop to a group of pioneers – Americans in a covered wagon trekking their way across hostile land towards their new home, Anthony.  The spirit captured by this monument embodies the “right stuff” our ancestors were made of: vision, courage, and determination.  Imagine the vision that it took a father to see a successful homestead, thriving business, or bustling town carved out of the empty, barren prairie.  Imagine the courage that it took for a mother to uproot her family from an established home in a familiar eastern town or city and move to an unknown hostile land that was devoid of any creature comforts.  Imagine the resolve and raw determination that it took to carve out a home, farm, business, and city out of absolutely nothing – except tornados, drought, desperados, and Indians.  That “right stuff” is what our grandparents were made of.  It’s our legacy.  And in many ways, we’re living up to it.  Barbara Wright, Bill Gates, Chris Elliott, Jeanie Barber, the Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee, and many other people had the right stuff to bring Reflection Ridge to reality.  Thanks for this lasting reminder of our heritage. 

 

The Saturday before last, some other Anthonians demonstrated their own right stuff.  Our firefighters, who give so much of themselves every day, gave up their Saturday to hold a “boot drive” for their brothers and sisters of the New York Fire Department.   Anthonians responded generously, donating over $5,000 in one day, most of it in small denominations and change.  Thanks for giving your time and money. 

 

Last Friday, the Red Cross was in town for a blood drive.  The pre-September 11 goal was 65 units of blood.  From noon to 6 PM over 130 people had donated and 114 units of blood were made available to anyone who needs it.  I (who haven’t donated blood for at least 20 years) was impressed with the number of local volunteers that made everything run so smoothly (the needle didn’t hurt nearly as bad as I thought it would!) and the right stuff of so many Anthonians who gave this gift of life.  Thanks for volunteering and for giving of yourselves.

 

I haven’t checked with our banks to see how donations are coming in for the Victims’ Relief Fund, but remember you have until October 11 to make your donations.  Many businesses have also put out donation jars on their counters, with the proceeds going into the Victims’ Relief Fund.  Thanks for your donations. 

 

Anthony is blessed to have so many generous, caring people.   From displaying our flags, to giving blood, to raising and donating funds, to countless daily acts of kindness, we prove that we have the right stuff.  And out on Reflection Ridge, the settlers look east to Anthony, smile to each other, and say, “ We did good.”  

 

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