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Letters to the Editor - November 25

Community came to aid after fire

Community came to aid after fire

Thanksgiving. Giving thanks. With the season of Thanksgiving upon us, the Grimaldi family has much to be thankful for. Out of our tragic fire came the daily affirmation that we are loved, cared for and belong to a community that truly helps one another in times of need. The outpouring of support and generosity by so many — family, friends and even people we are not even acquainted with — has caused us to be completely overwhelmed with gratitude, appreciation and pride to call this community our home.

Thank you to the local fire companies and rescue squads who gave their time, energy and resources to come to our aid. Because so many cared and wanted to help, the spaghetti dinner fundraiser had to be relocated from the Grove to the Lakeville Firehouse (thanks to Mike Fitting and Larry).

So many were instrumental in giving of themselves to make the dinner a memorable event. Special thanks goes to Buddy Riva (C.A. Lindell Hardware); David Zucco; Brian and Todd Faedi; Renee Sartori; Ellen Fontaine; Laurie and AT Keilty; Mike Hodgkins; and Carolyn and Clareann Grimaldi for their generosity and for serving more than half the town with a smile.

Thanks to The Hotchkiss Community; The Woodland Restaurant staff and patrons; Magic Wand customers; The Salisbury Bank; The Salisbury Central School and PTO; St. Mary’s Church; Salisbury Youth Hockey; Deano’s Pizza; Kara Zinke Fund; and so many others behind the scenes.

In these times of economic hardships, people have been incredibly generous, and we will be forever thankful and indebted for their support. Our lives have been changed by not only what we have lost, but also for what we have gained. The community has demonstrated to us that the true value in life is in the spirit of giving and helping others, and in this regard, we are fortunate beyond measure.

We have been the recipients of an enormous feeling of community spirit and love, and we feel truly blessed.

Thank you to all.

Mark, Karen, Mickaela and Liam Grimaldi


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