I want to thank the Mineola American for printing Jack Garland’s wonderful column, “Mineola Memories – This Song’s For Mr. Gannon” about Chris Gannon, who recently passed away. As the former editor of the Mineola American, I had the opportunity to know Mr. Gannon, who would come to the office of Anton Community Newspapers from time to time to drop of photos from the Albertson VFW Post #5253.
He is likely the oldest working reporter on Long Island, a bit slower in gait than he once was, a bit more stooped than in the past, but nearing 90 - his birthday is July 22 – Lou Sanders is still on the beat, making contacts, and keeping abreast of the most local of local news.
Sanders and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, and although they sold the paper in 1992 to Karl Anton, owner of Anton Community Newspapers, and although Grace retired to their Mineola home years ago, Lou Sanders still reports for work at Anton headquarters in Mineola every morning.
As some of you know, I’ve picked up a petition to run in the upcoming Mineola School District Board of Education election.
While many of you have asked about my interest over the years, it was a small group of mothers from the Jackson Avenue School neighborhood who convinced me, since we spend so much time together talking about ELA and how to balance technology, literacy, and critical thinking.
There’s an old joke about God commanding a modern-day Noah to build an ark, warning him that the earth would be flooded in a year. Twelve months later, all Noah had was a pile of logs. He said, “God, forgive me but there were big problems. “Like what?” God asked.
I wish I could remind all the folks in Washington D.C. and Albany that if they look beyond the special interest agendas that consume them, they would find most of us still waiting on what counts: the economy. For all the media hoopla that highlights and exploits our disagreements, most people want exactly the same things: they want to work and make a decent living at a job that’s secure; they want to raise their families in peace; they want a good education for their kids and maybe a few of the finer things in life like a vacation or a new car once in a while. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. At one time all of these were taken as a given.
The recent demise of Chris Gannon marked the end of a long life of service and dedication to the people of Mineola. Chris unselfishly gave of his time and energy to numerous church and youth organizations. Although I was sorry to read of his passing, the sight of his name highlighted a specific scene from years ago and brought a smile to my face.
I first knew Mr. Gannon back in my Boy Scout-Little League-Altar Boy days as he was the dad of one of my classmates, Chris Jr., but my most memorable interactions with him occurred a few years later.
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
Dynamic and inspiring were the homilies of Msgr. Edward Tarrant of Corpus Christi Church. Parishioners loved to hear him. He knew how to capture your attention, speaking slowly and pausing to let the meaning sink in. People even came from far away to listen to him. Msgr. was a great sports fan. He loved the Giants, the Jets, the Mets and the Yankees. When he saw me, he always asked what time and what channel the game would be on. When the Giants played in the Super Bowl, he said, “Let’s say a prayer for the Giants.” We were saddened by his death last month. The Mass of Transferral was held at Corpus Christi. Interment was at Holy Rood Cemetery.
The New York State Senate approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well as programs for the developmentally disabled. The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent 2 percent state-spending cap.
At the March 6 Workshop, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Jacqueline Fitzpatrick, presented a summary of the previous week’s budget presentation, ‘A Budget Overview’..
As lifelong Mineola residents, we urge all Mineola voters to support and vote for Mayor Scott Strauss, Trustee George Durham and Dennis Walsh in the upcoming village elections.
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