To the editor:
Looking back on the days of my youth, I have a great feeling of pride over the small hamlet of Jamesville in the wonderful town of DeWitt. I remember riding my bike around with my friends during simpler times, visiting Tony's grocery/convenience store to pick up some $.05 gum or Slim Jims, attending church at St. Mary's every Sunday with my family and playing baseball at St. Mary's field with the DeWitt Little League.
Although I no longer live in "The Ville" as we called it as children, I still feel that pride for the hamlet even as I reside in the Maple Drive area with my wife, a lifelong resident of DeWitt, and our three children.
Why, you ask? I have had the opportunity to talk to many of the residents of the town at the various functions that have begun since the long anticipated thaw of a central New York winter. My wife and I attended Friday fish fry's at St. Matthews in East Syracuse. My family and I went to Robbie T's Pizza to help "Clean up for Green up" during Earth Day weekend then to the DeWitt Town Hall to get tips on how to conserve resources. We also attended the Mitzvah Day event with our friends the Diamonds, put on by Menorah Park, volunteering at Ronald McDonald House. Then we went to the Jamesville Safety Fair last Sunday. I had the pleasure of talking to Joe Orso, president of the Jamesville Chamber of Commerce. We discussed how the chamber has plans for the old Alpha Portland cement plant, the annual Memorial Day Parade planned for Saturday morning, and other ideas the commerce has for improving the quality of life of its residents. I applaud the commerce's efforts.Often forgotten is the leadership in our communities and we take for granted that someone or group that steps in to provide direction.