To the Editor:
For 20-plus years my family has hung flower baskets and Christmas decorations in the village of Altamont.
The Grant family provides the greens and we make and hang them on the poles and lights.
I don’t ask for any money because I believe that you do not need to be compensated for examples of civic pride. I routinely re-hang any that blow down or otherwise.
Two days after Christmas, I noticed several were down and then realized that all the Christmas decorations were removed! Clearly this was the work of the Grinch!
But, I was informed that it was all a mistake of the village.
Whether it was the Grinch or the village — let’s hope it doesn’t occur again.
After all, civic pride and volunteering are what makes for a great community.
John Sands and family
Editor’s note: Timothy McIntyre, superintendent for public works in Altamont, said this week that there were a few poles where greens had blown off, “giving us problems.”
“It’s time-consuming to keep putting them up,” he said. “Unfortunately, when I mentioned to the guys what I needed to have done, it was misunderstood.” Instead, greens decorating poles throughout the village were removed.
“By the time I found out, it was too late,” said McIntyre. “I apologize. I wish I could turn the clock back, but I can’t change it now. I’m sorry it happened.”