Sunday, September 21, 2008

Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers, Inc. 65th Anniversary

Saturday, September 20, 2008
We took all of our 49 employees and their guests along with numerous business partners to Alexandria Bay for a boat cruise amongst the 1000 Islands. As I watched our cruise ship come into dock I was amazed how beautiful the day had turn out! We had been through the end of Hurricane Ike with power outages and then a frost so very early in the season. It was indeed gorgeous. I had time to myself before the "crew" arrived to reflect on what we have accomplished with the business in the four years since my dad died. We had done a boat cruise for our 50th Anniversary and this one was by special request from several employees.
After the boat had docked the Captain went up to hang our "Banner". At that moment I knew dad was looking down and letting me know he was pleased. Pleased with what we have done with the business. The improvements we have made. The memorials we have done in his name and last but not least how our family has grown. Scott and Amy involved so greatly in the business. Nick and Emily and their 3 beautiful girls. Shannon and Shawn now engaged to be married. I know he was with us for Andrews' graduation and watches his youngest grandson who he so wanted to become closer to in Florida but was not meant to be. I think that the greatest compliment anyone ever gives to Dick or I is when they tell us how well we are carrying on his legacy. I shed a little tear when I saw the banner go up.
Dick was the tour guide on the buses that came from the plant. Waited for you Mike but you missed the bus! What a crew. They all came off the bus laughing! We are all truly family. Of course John King was on board! But I did miss his Gilligan's Island rendition he promised!
Our meal was great. It was so nice that we were able to on the outside most of the trip. Thank you to everyone. See you again in 10years!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

She Said Yes!

Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Wright proudly announce the engagement of their daughter Shannon E. Wright to Shawn A. Smaciak, son of Mr. Michael C. Smaciak, Ms. Elaine F. Smaciak & Mr. Eugene Miller. Shawn and Shannon are both 2002 graduates of Ogdensburg Free Academy. Shannon obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Canisius College in 2006. She is currently working on her Master's Degree in Human Behavior & Conflict Management at Columbia College. Shawn will recieve a Bachelor's of Science in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina in May 2009. The couple resides in Columbia, S.C.. An August 15, 2009 wedding is planned.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I was thinking this morning that I haven't mentioned our middle granddaughter Lily. Her middle name is Anita after my mom and her parents didn't know that my mom's sister was named Lil. She certainly has my aunt's spitfire. She does everything with an attitude! She is beautiful and we know she will give her parents a run for their money!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bear Hunt Widow!

Well it's another hunting season upon us! Dick left on Sunday with 11 others to Northern Ontario, Canada to do his third bear hunt. He says two of the new guys have gotten bear but he has only seen one very large one! Now this is how is says he say it! It was after dusk (when they come out of the woods) and he was beside the road (where they WAIT for the driver to pick them up, oh by the way they are ALONE the whole time they are at their "bear stand") when he heard a click, click, click and he looked around and saw ( within 10ft) a very large bear staring at him! I said did you shot him. "No, we have to have our guns in their cases when we come out of the woods!" What did you do? I put my flashlight on him and he ran away! Thank god these stories don't bother me any more or I would never sleep when he was gone! The picture is from last years hunt!