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Kicking things off

May 13, 2008
By Dora Mose, brightonbuzz08@
Hi everybody, and welcome to my first column of the Brighton Buzz.

Let me introduce myself — my name is Dora J. Mose and I live in Paul Smiths. I was born and raised in this area, went to primary school in Saranac Lake, and then moved out of the area for a number of years. I graduated high school from Belleville Central School in Belleville. I also graduated from Central City Business Institute in Syracuse with a degree in business administration. I went on to Unicoi County, Tenn., where I took my practical nursing studies and obtained my licensure.

At the present time, I work as an EMT and driver with Seaway Valley Ambulance. I’m also a member of the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department.

Most people know me as the daughter of Elmer E. Mose and Margaret “Midge” Pierce. Dad is no longer with us, but Mom can be found a couple days a week waitressing at Gus’ Corner Cafe in Gabriels. Many people know her as Gus’ “pie lady.”

I’d like to get to know more of my community members, as quite a few are fairly new folks, who moved here in recent years. I’d like to honor each of my neighbors with birthday wishes and recognize their anniversaries and births in the community. Since I don’t know everyone, I’d like your help, so please send me notice of your birthdays, anniversaries and birth announcements.

I’d also like to have this column be like the “gossip columnists” of days gone by, and tell people about house parties, weddings and baby showers. The simple, but heart warming stories of our small community.

Please contact me with anything noteworthy. My email for this column is or you can leave me a voice mail on my cell phone at 637-7733.

Fire department happenings

The Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for their summer fundraisers, so be on the lookout and support their efforts.

They will be holding their “boot drive” again this Memorial Day weekend at the corner of state Route 86 and the Rainbow Lake Road on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Then the fire department will be hosting a cookout with burgers, hot dogs and a variety of salads at the Brighton History Days celebration in July at the Moody Tree farm in Gabriels. Another cook out at the annual Canoe Race at Paul Smiths College in August will be put on by the fire department. The local volunteer fire department is busy with growing both in membership and knowledge. In today’s ever changing pace, firemen have to keep up, and new equipment is always needed with new members need to be outfitted with proper protective gear. General maintenance of the building and equipment is also an ongoing task.


Good luck to the new Paul Smith’s College grads, and my blessings go out to them as they embark on new and exciting adventures.


The folks in Gabriels are still working on their post office issue, and in the meantime, residents are thankful for the temporary trailer for their postal service.


Everyone is excited for the spring weather, and being able to start their clean up from the harsh winter.


Thank you for reading my first column. I hope this is a wonderful relationship to get to know our community better. And I look forward to hearing from my friends and neighbors.


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