By John Peters
February 3, 2014
To the Editor,
This past summer, I had the unfortunate duty to assist my cousin in settling her father’s estate in Mount Airy. We made in all, three separate trips there from our residence in Plattsburgh, N.Y. It’s a 12- to 16-hour trip depending on traffic and weather. Besides dealing with the estate business, we spent some time looking around Mount Airy and the neighboring countryside and became somewhat familiar with the area and the town.
Of course, we visited Mayberry and most of the local vendors and brought some mementos home with us. One of the items of business was to hold an estate sale to clear the inventory of the house prior to listing it for sale. The sale was an eye opener for us. We met some of the nicest people we have ever met in our lives there. Total strangers, yet they told us their life stories, their beliefs and their dreams. We were told of the area, the organizations, the schools and the sense of community was so plainly evident in everyone.
One family left such an impression, that my wife and I suddenly became interested in purchasing the house from the estate and taking up residence there. This family, again, total strangers to us and us to them, invited us to their home for dinner within an hour of meeting us at the sale. When all was said and done, we decided that we could not afford the purchase of the house after all and, with great sadness, left Mount Airy for (probably) the last time.
We want to thank Rick Sawyers, wife Heather and son J.D., for the extraordinary welcome they extended to us. I truly wish we could have gotten to know them better in the short time we visited there. We also want to thank all the people of Mount Airy whom we came into contact with. Everyone was so helpful and pleasant. From the people at the landfill to the people at the Library to the people at the Post Office and on the street, thank you for all the help, suggestions, directions and welcome. We will miss you and despite the circumstances of our arrival there, we will have many, many fond memories of the people of Mount Airy.
Oh, and “Scoops” out on 89… (fellow New Yorker!) we’ll miss you folks a lot!!
Sincerely, Keith and Tammy Berg
Plattsburgh, New York