NOVEMBER 22, 2016

Sometimes, it is hard to stay sweet.

This weekend was one of those times. On Saturday, Savannah lost two beloved community members: Savannah Fire Department Master Chief Michael Curry and WTOC anchor Don Logana. Both men lost their lives in two separate tragedies: one on River Street, another not far away, just over the Talmadge Bridge

Master Chief Michael Curry, a 13-year veteran of the Savannah Fire Department, lost his life after a ferry platform collapsed here on River Street Saturday afternoon. About 50 people were on the ramp when the incident occurred. Several of them were injured and struggling for their lives after falling into the river. Mr. Curry died a hero, trying to save them. Our thoughts, prayers and well wishes are with his family, friends, the Savannah Fire Department and everyone else who suffered through this very unfortunate experience.

In a separate incident, Don Logana, known locally as "Mr. Sunshine" at the WTOC television station where he was a news anchor, died in a fatal car accident near the Talmadge Bridge, also not far from here. Mr. Logana was a fixture on local television here in the Coastal Empire and Low Country for the last 12 years.

We are grateful to both of these individuals for serving our community, and offer our sincere condolences to their families, friends, co-workers, acquaintances and everyone else impacted by these losses, especially during the holiday season. Thank you, also, to the first responders and brave citizens who helped during both of these recent incidents. Your efforts are recognized and deeply appreciated.

Losses like these remind us why it is so important to be grateful for the blessings in our lives. All of us here at River Street Sweets want you to know how much we appreciate you — our customers, employees and everyone we are fortunate to do business with.

Thank you to our customers for visiting our stores and purchasing our products in person, online or by phone. Thank you for telling us when we do things right, when we do things wrong, and everything in between. Thank you for coming from near and far to visit us and enjoy our candy. Thank you for having faith in us.

Thank you to our employees. Whether you're handing out praline samples in the stores, cooking in the kitchens, boxing up candy, taking phone orders, sweeping floors — whatever your job may be — thank you for working with us through the good times and the bad.

All of you are appreciated. We know that without you, there would be no River Street Sweets.

Thank You. Happy Thanksgiving.