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LETTER: Sustainable Skaneateles gives thanks

To the editor,

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many folks. It just seems so right to put our work-a-day lives on pause, if only for a day, to consider the many ways in which we have been graced with good fortune. Family and friends, a free and peaceful nation, a warm and supportive community — all these have a place on our things-to-be-grateful-for list.

The participants in this year’s “Alternative Energy Tour” top the list for us. To the homeowners and businessmen who opened their properties (and gave up a Saturday afternoon!) so that strangers might learn a bit about solar, wind, geothermal or methane-recapture alternatives, our warm thanks: Allan and Sharon Osika-Michales, Dan and Audrey Sheldon, Dick and Diane Thompson, Bob and Diane Eggleston, Neil and Colleen Hoselton, Marvin and Patti Langley, Bill and Janet Stinson, Gary and Susan Charlton, Jeff and Mary Beth Carlberg and Steve McGlynn and Twin Birch Farms.

Thank you, too, to Mayor Marty Hubbard, who graciously allowed the “net-zero” village hall to be home base for the Tour, and to the terrific variety of vendors and educators who made themselves available to the Alternative Energy Tourists: Kohilo Wind, Taitem Engineering, Cornell Cooperative Extension, TAG Home Performance, J& B Installations, Green Homes and Save the Rain.

Thanks to all of you, the Alternative Energy Tour was not only interesting and informative, but lots of fun as well! We sincerely thank you, and wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season.

Paula Conan

Sustainable Skaneateles

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