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Winter. Dead. (Patch photo by Todd Richissin, who danced on the grave.)
Arva Larva March 21, 2014 at 10:21 am
Nice article and fun facts. Not sure what forecast you're looking at, though. Mine says snow TuesdayRead More night!
Todd Richissin (Editor) March 21, 2014 at 11:02 am
Spring snow, Arva! The old man's dead. Or so I wish. " (We'll consider Tuesday's chance of snowRead More showers a brief evil side of spring.)"
Davin Peterson March 21, 2014 at 12:26 pm
It may be spring, but there is a chance of snow Tuesday night into Wednesday of next week.
Nelson Mandela. Photo via the London School of Economics.
The Westchester News December 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm
I'm an American, and all I know about Nelson Mandela, is very little. I know that all the rich andRead More famous people worship the ground he walked on, I know he did 27-years of hard labor in prison, I know he was the former President of South Africa, and I know he was a communist! As I said, I am an American, I denounce communist leaders, America is a free country, our people live free, and what the current leaders in America are trying to do is make America a communist country! They are trying to create laws that make us afraid to speak and have a voice, they are trying to make us depend on the government, they are trying to created a country where only the rich and poor exist, they are trying to destroy the middle class lifestyle, they are trying to take our income away by turning full-time jobs into part-time jobs, they even cut our unemployment, this is communism. For me, I'm an American, and Nelson Mandela was no hero, he was a communist leader. Anyone who believes in a "Communist" they are not a friend to any American or American War Veteran who fought and died for our America freedom. If, you are an American, than, you should know who you are and what you stand for and believe in. The poverty and famine throughout Africa should tell you, all you need to know about communism. I think if you research the "One World Order" you will realize that all these rich and famous people like Oprah, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Jay-z, the catholic church, etc. They all belong to the "illuminati" the secret society of the "One World Order" their platform is Communism. Oprah, is a perfect example of how deceptive the "illuminati" is to the American people. Oprah looks like she is the perfect role model to Americans, but, she is just a glimpse into the "One World Order" and anyone connected to her perfect world, is just as deceptive as she is to the American people. Here is an Example: Oprah gave new cars away to her all white audience, but, Oprah didn't pay for those cars, the manufacturers for the cars donated those cars. Oprah looks like the hero. If a politician hands out a dish of food at a soup kitchen, he's no hero, he's the reason citizens are at that soup kitchen, no jobs, unemployment cuts, loss, loss, loss! Local or National Politicians are no hero's. This is the America they are trying to create, the very rich and the very poor, this is Communism. These Poor Americans are easy for the government to control because they are too busy begging for food to think about anything else. It's only a matter of time, before working class Americans become savages, like the people of Africa who are begging for a spoonful of oatmeal to feed their staving babies. Stop saying you're a democrat, stop saying you're a republican, stand up and start saying, I am an American! Americans don't believe in Communism or Communist Leaders! I'm an American, Communist Leaders are no hero's! Barbara Ricci, Publisher of The Westchester News
Scooby's Doo December 9, 2013 at 09:36 am
For a know-nothing, you sure have plenty to say.
The Westchester News December 9, 2013 at 03:29 pm
For me, an American hero is Rosa Parks, she is someone to be remembered in the hearts of everyRead More American. Barbara Ricci, Publisher of The Westchester News
Kari Warren August 6, 2012 at 06:05 pm
Mr. Byers was an incredible advocate for our community. Balancing the diversity of our area, andRead More trying to make everything hospitable for all, he was a true warrior. Our loss will be felt on many fronts. Few people I have ever known compare to his enthusiasm and absolute compassion for all of our citizens. RIP Col. Byers.
alicia bojko August 11, 2012 at 06:13 pm
I worked for John many years ago when he was with DDL and out of all the people I have ever workedRead More for, or for that matter, or known John has had the greatest impact on my life. He was a remarkable manager, a wonderful friend and a genuinely good soul. I will miss you my friend - RIP
Marcia D'Arcangelo July 18, 2012 at 03:34 pm
How terribly sad to lose such a wonderful person. Her spirit, wisdom, and just plain good horseRead More sense taught valuable life lessons to many of us. I treasure having known her, and will keep her and her family in my prayers. Marcia D'Arcangelo
Tim Mitchell July 22, 2012 at 07:45 pm
The people at Woodlawn are AWSOME. Thanks for your support for my mom and Cindy. She was a GreatRead More Mother to me. I will miss her so much. You guys and the Mount Vernon Patch rock!!! Thanks so much and it is very nice to see she touched so many people.
Jessie Biele (Editor) July 23, 2012 at 01:47 am
Thank you so much for your kind words, Tim. My thoughts are with you and your family during thisRead More time. Joan was an exceptional woman and I am honored to have met her during my time as the editor of Mount Vernon Patch. She will be sorely missed by the Mount Vernon community. Jessie Biele, Local Editor
Jeannine Deem Purdy March 20, 2012 at 11:49 am
So sorry to hear of her passing. Thank you to Cynthia for caring for those in need. Jeannine DeemRead More Purdy
Dawson Nash March 22, 2012 at 02:52 am
Cyndee helped grow the OAR Arlington organization to what it is today and is a part of its goodRead More history. She is to be honored for that and for the good deeds she has done for UCM. I know her son and family are proud of her accomplishments as are those who worked with her. Dawson Nash, former board member of OAR Arlington
Jason Spencer (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 04:44 am
I'm sorry for your loss. And I appreciate you sharing how much Cynthia -- and her legacy -- means toRead More Arlington and the other communities she touched.
Beth Jarvis March 2, 2012 at 04:42 am
Thank you for your service to our country, Mr. Gainer. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.
jania fravel March 2, 2012 at 02:39 pm
Dear Gainer Family, We are so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful individual. As WesleyRead More put it , we truly were "quite smitten" with Grandad Gainer and will miss the opportunities to talk with him. He was such an interesting man. May you have peace and comfort through the reminiscing of time spent with him. The Fravel Family.
Denise 'deni' Gainer April 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm
Uncle Max is an Angel in my life, always.... Thank you, Dee for your persistence in finding me. :)
Bill Bouie December 30, 2011 at 06:42 pm
A great man, who gave all that he had, and wise enough to change with the times. He will be missed.Read More Rest In Peace my friend!!!
Holly Lagasse December 31, 2011 at 04:50 pm
Gil was a dear, dear friend, both personally and professionally. As the Mount Vernon District ParkRead More Authority member, he taught me much about customer service, about listening to all sides, and he demonstrated that it is possible to be kind even when delivering a negative response. As a close friend, he demonstrated his concern for those around him with his patient audience, and gentle smile; with his deference, and very quiet outpouring of assistance. He was a truly unique man with many wonderful stories, and the occasional saucy joke. I believe Gil had a mission to improve the day of everyone he encountered. He touched many lives with his humor, compassion, and boundless good will. He will be deeply missed, and remembered with great love.
Holly Lagasse December 31, 2011 at 04:59 pm
Ms Francis and Ms Bonnie - you are in our prayers. If there is anything at all that you need,Read More please know that there are many people who will be honored to lend a hand.
Kris Johnson May 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm
i didnt like him anyways
Kris Johnson May 28, 2012 at 10:51 pm
my lil sis wrote that
David Sloane December 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm
A year later we still mourn for Josh and such a senseless loss.
Debbie Fairbanks August 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm
Jeff loved it when my nine year old son said, Roy Rogers has the best french fries in the world.Read More Debbie and Stanhope Fairbanks
Mark October 1, 2011 at 06:19 am
I have frequented the Woodlawn Roy Rogers alot over the years. I ate their with my wife in July andRead More Jeff Todd was there that day. He could have gotten a low level employee to wash the windows of the building, but he was doing it himself. One could see he took pride in his establishment and was a hands-on owner who seemed a regular guy and probably saw himself that way. I was saddened when I saw the sign at the door of the restaraunt announcing Jeff's passing. God bless his family during this tragic time.
Enoch June 17, 2013 at 08:08 pm
Don't know the man ... I wish I did. I remember being treated so warmly by the manager at theRead More Manchester Lakes Roys ... can't help to think this was a reflection of the owner and what he expected.
George L August 4, 2011 at 11:38 pm
Leaving comments like this completely undermines the sentiment being portrayed. This is just one ofRead More many tributes to Jeff and his family. If you saw it as something other than what it was intended for, that is your issue, not Sabrina's. His loss was/is one that will be felt for generations to come. The portrait Sabrina painted of Jeff was one of compassion and selflessness. I understand that a lot of emotions are boiling at the surfaces of a lot of people, but let's just keep the negativity out of the mainstream. Thank you.
H. Jay Spiegel August 3, 2011 at 11:07 am
Thanks, Ashley, for a moving and well-deserved tribute to Jeff Todd, a great guy & communityRead More leader who always wanted to be portrayed as just an ordinary guy who sold hamburgers, chicken & roast beef sandwiches for a living, but was so much more. Jeff typically stayed behind the scenes, but his generosity of time and money were perhaps unmatched in our community. His loss will be felt in many ways and will require the rest of us to pick up the slack and try to make up for the things he brought to the table. He was a quiet leader who rose to be chairman and president of the local chamber of commerce, and could always be found boosting his beloved Mount Vernon Majors at every opportunity. Rest in peace, Jeff.
Carl Sell August 2, 2011 at 06:21 pm
Jeff and Becky started their family and their legacy here in Rose Hill. He remained a friend to theRead More community and the Franconia Museum. I was fortunate to be able to call him a friend, just as I had his dad. The transition from dad to son as far as community and family spirit is concerned was a marvel to behold. Needles to say, we'll miss him. We pledge our prayers and support for Becky and the children. Carl Sell, president Rose Hill Civic Association
John M August 4, 2011 at 05:57 pm
Thanks Jeff for all of the dedication and love you showed our community and the soldiers at FortRead More Belvoir. Thank you for your service, sir. RIP. Sincerely, John M
keke August 5, 2011 at 02:21 am
I'm a friend of hannah's and i feel awful for her and her family to lose their loved one, and to notRead More have your father to walk down the isle with you when you get married. it's sad. but he was a good man and they always say '' the good die young '' R.I.P Jeff .T. Sincerely, Carmelina .St. and family