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A week of travel, starting in Woodbury

This was a week of travel, with a funeral in a fine old country church in Woodbury, Conn. One of my best friends from my teenage years died after many years of heart problems and a couple of strokes as a finale. Hopefully, there'll be a recess from deaths for a few months with the arrival of some sun and warm, dry weather.

Tuesday and Wednesday, my son Bill and I went to a sales meeting sponsored by our major supplier in Bedford, Mass. These meetings help let them know how necessary they are to us and how valuable we are to them. This is the essence of a good business relationship. They always seemed pleased that we make the effort to drive six hours each direction. We get a discount and can pay our bills on time which makes distributors to the construction industry overjoyed. We also get first-hand training on new products and technology.

A meeting with a representative from the city of Syracuse was held on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the signs and banners describing the wondrous things Syracuse has done for Skaneateles Lake. Actually, the city stole the rights to the lake water based on some bogus claim that the Skaneateles Creek was navigable and therefore the downstream industries did not have riparian rights to the waterpower. Hiawatha himself couldn't have floated a canoe down the stream from the lake, considering the lake level was about 13' lower prior to the city dam being built.

The result of the sign discussion was that the city should consider displaying their informative panels on the walls of their brick boathouse next to the ramp. Small placards on the pier railing would also be helpful to visitors and would not clutter up the parks or the War Memorial areas.

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