S.O.A.R. Brunch: March 18, 2018

The first S.O.A.R. social event for 2018 will be held on Sunday March 18, 2018 at the Burgundy Basin Inn. The cost will be $20 per ticket, and the event will begin at 10 am.

More information to follow.

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Out of the Darkness Walk 2017

I’m walking in the Out of the Darkness Rochester NY Walk to fight suicide and support AFSP’s bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.

I have lost 3 fellow workers and dear friends over the the last 8 years. And now I find myself facing this within my family. I struggle to stay strong for all of those who need me. But I find I am fighting 2 battles, 1 of medical issues, which causes the second of just being fed up with things and at times finding them ready to call it quits. These are the ones I need to stay strong and find the help they need.

Please help me reach my goal by clicking the on this link, then the Donate button on this page. All donations are 100% tax deductible and benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), funding research, education, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide.

Thank you for your support!

Larry Crawford

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Retiree Insurance Benefits

I had a visitor today…
National Income Life Insurance Company
6035 Corporate Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13057

As many of you may know, as a member of ARPALER and S.O.A.R., you are automatically enrolled in a NO cost to you $4000 Accidental Death or Dismemberment policy with the folks at the National Income Life Insurance Company. Our local rep is Ms. Taylor Pelkie who can be reached by calling 585-292-9610.

And as you may also know, the insurance company rep has chosen at random several individuals from one of the above groups and asked to visit them to discuss insurance opportunities. The company rep will also deliver the actual document for your family files indicating the above policy.

My wife and I had the good future to have Ms. Pelkie come to our home and discuss the above information. It was a pleasant visit, no high pressure sales pitches just plain information that my wife and I found interesting and useful.

We discussed the following topics:

  • The delivery of documents and explanation of the $4000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment policy.
  • Explanation of the insurance policy to cover funeral expenses.
  • Child Safety & Identification kits
  • Explanation of the companies Best Benefits program….(ATTN: Those looking for discount prescription costs should explore this source)
  • For a small yearly fee, an individual can join this program and receive discounts at many major stores such as Costco, K-Mart, Rite Aid, Safeway, Target, to name a few.

I urge anyone interested in the above topics to call Ms. Pelkie and schedule a visit.

Ed Ramsperger

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In Honor of Memorial Day


A Day to Honor the Fallen

Memorial Day, the annual federal holiday set aside to honor those who gave their lives in the service of the United States Armed Forces. Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday became and American tradition three years after the Civil War ended.
In 1868, General John Logan, Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic and leader of an organization of northern Civil War veterans, proposed a day of remembrance for veterans. He wrote, “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country.”

One hundred years later, in 1968, with the passing of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of Congress, Memorial Day was established as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees and in 1971 Memorial Day became an official federal holiday.

Waterloo, New York is the official birthplace of Memorial Day. According to History.com, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation, later passed by Congress declaring Waterloo the birthplace of Memorial Day.

Formalities observed on this holiday include the raising and lowering of the U.S.Flag, placed at half-staff until noon, then raised to the top of the pole and taken down at dusk, using all appropriate protocols. UsFlag.com declares protocol. Ceremonies and parades to commemorate the fallen are held across America. The President or his/her chosen representative lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. It is one of the times of the year set aside for dedications, special events, parades and ceremonies of veterans groups, such as the VFW and American Legion.

The Red Poppy

Artificial red flowers, poppies are a tradition on Memorial Day. The “poppy” flower adorned the battle fields of WWI and was looked upon by those serving as a living symbol of their fallen comrades sacrifices. In 1920, the poppy became the official flower of the American Legion.

Patriotism, devotion to one’s country encompasses loyalty, allegiance and for some, the will to defend one’s country. Millions of Americans have given of themselves in defense of the nation and many have perished. Memorial Day is a holiday set aside to honor all veterans who have and continue to enable Americans to enjoy living in a country that is not war-torn, not victim to absolute rule or tyranny or occupied under foreign control with freedoms as set forth in the Constitution.

This Memorial Day, celebrate being American and remember those who have made the dream of liberty possible though sacrifice.

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An Old Irish Blessing

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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