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Editorial: DVAC making a comeback

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A little more than a year ago we were writing about the possible dissolution of the Duanesburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps. That was an unpleasant prospect, but at the time seemed the only way to liberate DVAC from the small clique who had effectively hijacked it. Fortunately, dissolution turned out not to be necessary, thanks to some good moves on the part of the town. As a result, today we are writing a much happier editorial, ...

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May 19, 2009
9:07 a.m.

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AS a Mariville Volunteer Firefighter and EMT I also applaude how the town handled this situation, and how DVAC has bounced back. It is good to see some of my old aquaintenances making calls again!
Ralph DeNofio
Captain - Mariaville Volunteer Fire Department

May 19, 2009
9:48 a.m.

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Thank you to DVAC volunteers and the fire departments for the hard work and commitment over the past year. It has been a very long year and we see a light at the end of the tunnel. If it wasn't for all of you this most important service for our people in town would have been lost. Thanks to the Gazette for noticing and most important thanks again to the volunteers of DVAC.
Rene' Merrihew
Supervisor, Town of Duanesburg


May 20, 2009
1:30 p.m.

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As a formal volunteer of DVAC, it warms my heart to see them making a comeback. I decided to leave DVAC as soon as all of the political garbage began. Thank God the Smith's have been given the boot, because now DVAC will be a more pleasant agency to volunteer at. I will be reapplying now to volunteer with this company because of the comeback it has made, and the decisions the town has made to support the agency again.

May 20, 2009
10:26 p.m.

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It has been nearly 11 or 12 years since I left DVAC as a volunteer, one of many victims of the previous leadership. I read with great excitement the progress being made by the town and the new leadership of DVAC. Despite that I live in Kansas, my heart and my soul will always be in Duanesburg and with the dedicated volunteers of the agency.

I learned so much from outstanding leaders like Barton and Linda MacDougall, Marge Cummings, Barbara Salisburg, Walter Wojtowicz, Kenny LaBelle, Karen Strykiewicz, Rebecca Fidler, and so so many others from with DVAC and so many other agencies.

During my all too infrequent visits home, I drive past the new home for the agency and look forward to meeting up with the new leadership, wishing them well and congratulating them on taking the next steps.

Duanesburg (the town, the school, the agency) all contain what Don Weeks once called "Duanesburgers" and we are not only leaders, we are survivors.

Peter L. Brodie


May 26, 2009
7:15 p.m.
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