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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1977 Recruit Class V Reunion

Recruit Class V from 1977 will hold a reunion from 6 – 9 pm on February 7th at Prince George’s (104 Main Street, East Rochester).

The cost is $15 per person for hors d’oeuvres, and there will be a cash bar. RSVP to Bill Connell (738-1173) or Greg MacCraken (764-6544).

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NYS Pistol Permit Recertification

From the NYSP website:

In order to recertify your pistol permit it will be necessary for you to provide accurate and timely information in the required fields. You should have your pistol permit and drivers license available as specific information from these documents will be necessary.

If you permit was issued before January 15, 2013, the deadline to submit your recertification is January 31, 2018.  If your permit was issued after January 15, 2013, the deadline to recertify is five (5) years after the date your permit was issued.

As a permit holder, it is your responsibility to recertify your permit whether your receive a notification letter or not.

Click the link below for the NYSP website for full instructions.  Once there your can download a paper version, instructions, and view ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.  You can recertify on line or by mail.


From me:

Before submitting your recertification ensure the following:

  • the serial number on the firearm matches the serial number on your permit.
  • your address on your drivers license matches your permit.
  • list the firearms on your permit that you have in your possession and the ones you have dual-registered and not in your possession
  • should you have a firearm on your permit that you disposed of and have yet to remove it from your permit, you need to remove it ASAP before you send in your recertification.

Be advised that any discrepancies or incomplete information can be cause for revocation of your pistol permit. (thank you NY Safe Act)

Fraternally yours,
Jim Lanzillo
RPD – retired
Committee Chair
ARPALER member

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A Christmas Poem

Twas the night before Christmas,
he lived all alone,
in a one bedroom house made of
plaster and stone.

I had come down the chimney
with presents to give,
and to see just who
in this home did live.

I looked all about,
a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents,
not even a tree.

No stocking by mantle,
just boots filled with sand,
on the wall hung pictures
of far distant lands.

With medals and badges,
awards of all kinds,
a sober thought
came through my mind.

For this house was different,
it was dark and dreary,
I found the home of a soldier,
once I could see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping,
silent, alone,
curled up on the floor
in this one bedroom home.

The face was so gentle,
the room in such disorder,
not how I pictured
a United States soldier.

Was this the hero
of whom I’d just read?
curled up on a poncho,
the floor for a bed?

I realized the families
that I saw this night,
owed their lives to these soldiers
who were willing to fight.

Soon round the world,
the children would play,
and grownups would celebrate
a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom
each month of the year,
because of the soldiers,
like the one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder
how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas eve
in a land far from home.

The very thought
brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees
and started to cry.

The soldier awakened
and I heard a rough voice,
“Santa don’t cry,
this life is my choice;

I fight for freedom,
I don’t ask for more,
my life is my God,
my country, my corps.”

The soldier rolled over
and drifted to sleep,
I couldn’t control it,
I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours,
so silent and still
and we both shivered
from the cold night’s chill.

I didn’t want to leave
on that cold, dark, night,
this guardian of honor
so willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over,
with a voice soft and pure,
whispered, “Carry on Santa,
it’s Christmas day, all is secure.”

One look at my watch,
and I knew he was right.
“Merry Christmas my friend,
and to all a good night.”

S.O.A.R. Holiday Party Recap

Around 100 retirees, spouses, guests and friends enjoyed the 2017 S.O.A.R. Christmas Holiday Party held on 12-3-17. Whittier Party House was the site of this festive occasion. Our special guest was The Honorable Mr. Justin Wilcox, 14th District, Monroe County Legislature. He was our guest in a effort to demonstrate our appreciation for his work to correct the involuntarily changes pressed onto our many of our retiree health benefits by the monroe county human resources department.

We also were very fortunate to have over 15 raffle prizes given to the lucky winners of our annual raffle. $$ received went into our bereavement fund. 5 door prizes were also awarded to those in attendance without any cost to the attendees. Lots of smiles and conversation was observed for the group. A fun time was had by all.

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