LETTERS:    Help PALS help Durham library; helping Antique Veterans

LETTERS:    Help PALS help Durham library; helping Antique Veterans

Help PALS help library


The Durham Public Library gets by with a little help from our Friends . . .  actually, we get by with a lot of help from our Friends! Since its founding in 1983, PALS: The Friends of the Durham Public Library has raised money to fund programs, materials, and technology not included in the town’s library budget. PALS funds our children’s and adult programming and museum passes, and contributes funding for technology, furniture, and staff training. In addition, the PALS have been tireless advocates over the years for the Durham Public Library.

October 20-26, 2019 is the 13th annual National Friends of Libraries Week, and it’s the perfect opportunity for the staff and trustees of the Durham Public Library to give PALS a big shout out for all they do to make a difference for us every single day.

We know the PALS are always looking for new members and volunteers.  They have so much fun while working to make our community better.  It’s easy to join, visit www.durhamlibrary.org and click “Support.”  Be sure to fill out the membership application while you’re there and you’ll get a quick response. 

Joining PALS is a terrific way to make new friends of your own, and give back to our town and make its library even better.

Christine Michaud

The writer is the director of the Durham Public Library.

Seeking some help


I am writing on behalf of the Antique Veterans of Meriden. We are a volunteer group of honorably discharged veterans who accord and execute military honors for fallen veterans who have served in the U.S military in the Meriden area, as well as at state and local activities.

Military honors at funerals require 10 to 15 members in uniform serving as flag bearers, flag folders, rifle squad and bugler. All honorably discharged veterans qualify for this graveside tribute.

Since many of our members are getting up in years (some of our active members are in their 90s; one is 100), some have trouble marching or standing for long periods of time. We are asking any honorably discharged veteran, male or female, that may have a couple of hours a week or a month to help us out, whatever time you can give us.

We need to recruit some newer members to carry on this tradition at no cost to the veterans’ families.

We could really use your help to keep this going for future generations of veterans. We do funerals in all the surrounding towns — Meriden, Wallingford, Middletown, Southington — and our members come from across the state. We cannot let this earned U.S. military honor disappear for any of our local fallen veterans.

We meet on Thursday’s at 9 a.m. at the Meriden Senior Center (Level M). We need to get any honorably discharged veteran, men or women, to continue to carry on this honorary tribute over to the next generation of veterans. We are running low on people who can physically do this type of graveside tribute. 

If you are interested in being part of a great group and to pay respect to our fallen brothers and sisters, send me an email at johndeered1923@gmail.com or call 203-213-3328 for more info.

Clark Doehr, Meriden