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LORA BUSHY: ‘Growing up in Wilmington’; summer’s last concert on the green

August 28, 2008
Lake Placid News
Hello everybody, here’s news from Wilmington.

Bits & pieces

Barbara Rothman sends a special thank you to Ford and Sadie Hozley for trimming her lawn as well as doing other good-neighbor errands.

An apology is due to Darren McGreevy, recipient of the John Zachay Memorial Scholarship. Sorry about the name change you received when I inadvertently called you Darren Lawrence.

Church happenings

The Whiteface Community United Methodist Church office is open 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; telephone 946-7757.

The Ecumenical Emergency Food Shelf /Outreach Program is located in the Reuben Sanford building next to the church on the corner of Route 86 and Haselton Road and is open Thursday evening from 4 to 6 p.m. Please call 946-7757 with questions concerning the fuel assistance program.

Wilmington Historical Society

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, when the Society holds its regular monthly meeting, the open discussion will center on “Growing Up in Wilmington.” For anyone not familiar with the open-discussion format, the first hour of each monthly meeting is devoted to a certain topic with those people present bringing stories, photos or memorabilia relating to that theme. These discussions are then followed by the society’s business meeting, which anyone is invited to stay for.

This group is such a treasure for residents of this town, for anyone interested in Adirondack lore or anyone who likes to hear a good story. Please make an effort to support the historical society. Keep “the old ways” alive for future generations.

If you have any questions about the historical society, please give President Karen Peters a jingle at 946-7586, or better yet, be at the next meeting at the community center on Springfield Road; please see date and time above.

Around town

This Thursday, Aug. 28, let’s ring out the 2008 summer season with the country/Southern rock sounds of Fulton Chain Gang. With this group being the final concert, many thanks go to the coordinators of this hit event.

Essex County Hunter Educator Bob Guynup has set up the schedules for both hunters’ and bowhunters’ education classes to be held at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. The hunters’ classes will be (M-W-F) Sept. 8, 10 and 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. and a morning session on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. until noon. You will have to call Bob at 946-2348 to pre-register, or if you just have a question. The bowhunting classes will be held (T-TH) Sept. 9 and 11 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Have you been down to the park at the dam yet? Memba the pictures from last week? This is how the plaque reads: “WILMINGTON COMMUNITY DAM/A.D.1937/erected by the Town of Wilmington with the assistance of the Works Progress Administration of the United States of America.”

Bill and Brenda McGreevy will soon be on the way back to their warmer “winter digs” after spending some of the summer with son and daughter-in-law Billy and Paula, Jenna and Darren. They had the enjoyment of seeing Darren graduate.

Al and Alicia Armstrong told me a bit about the sign in front of their motel that offers a first free night to returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. Here is what they said: “US Army OH-58D Kiowa Helicopter pilots, Chief Warrant Officers Mark Burrows and Steven Cianfrini, were shot down July 2, 2007 while flying in Iraq’s ‘Triangle of Death.’”

The amazing story of this ambush can be found at They were flown out by strapping them to the outside of an Apache helicopter! CW-2 Cianfrini and his wife Jeanna were the guests of Al and Alicia Armstrong, owners of the Mountain Brook Lodge, this past weekend. The Armstrongs have hosted more than 25 of these veterans. CW-2 Burrows plans on coming to Wilmington this fall. Both of the pilots are currently stationed at Fort Drum.

Visitors Bureau news

The Festival of Colors will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13., from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at Heritage Park next to the Whiteface Community UMC on the corner of Route 86 and Haselton Road in Wilmington. The pie-baking contest (apple or pumpkin) lives again! And each pie will be sliced up (after the judging) and served at the festival BBQ to benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry. Keep your eyes here, folks, for more on this increasingly popular annual event. If you just can’t wait until next week, you can call the Visitors Bureau at 888- 944-8332 or Web them at

Close to Wilmington

On Friday, Aug. 29, (the) Give Glory Dance School’s summer performance will be taking place at the Amos and Julia Ward Theatre on the Village Green in Jay from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission for the evening’s choreography will be a non-perishable item for the local food pantry. For further information, you can call 946-7359 before 9 p.m.

And, like all good things that come to an end, this coming Saturday’s performance by the George Bailey Trio will wrap up this summer’s Concerts on the Green put on by JEMS. Make your plans now to attend this evening of original and traditional bluegrass. Opening riffs at 6:30 p.m.

Not a group to rest on their laurels, JEMS will be bringing everyone another in their Four-Part Lecture Series on Sunday, Sept.7 at 7 p.m. This time, Greg Pedrick, EE, Project Manager, NYSERDA, will be offering ways we can prepare our homes for maximum energy efficiency. Admission is two dollars at the door, with each hour-long talk followed by a question-and-answer period.

Next Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m., is the board of trustees meeting. If you’re used to planning ahead, you won’t miss out on the artist reception for Jodi Downs one week from this Sunday, on Sept. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Her fused glass exhibit will be on display throughout September in the Library.

Au Sable Forks: On Saturday, Aug. 23, St. James Episcopal Church in Au Sable Forks held a Bake & Yard Sale. On our way up to the city for school supplies, we stopped off and had a great meal for the three of us with hot dogs, hamburgers, desserts and drinks for under $10, and when I say desserts, I mean chocolate!! Marian Perky did her usual first-rate job masterminding the event.

Anne Sherman and Laura Mazur were also working hard to make this the success it was. It was good to see the Rev. Patti (Johnson) again. We had first met when St. James used to put on a Christmas dinner for those people who weren’t sure where they would be spending the holiday. Since those days, she has added the appellation of pastor to her former one of deacon, but her devotion to God and others hasn’t wavered one bit.

The AuSable River Association: Will you ever be mad at yourself if you miss out on buying a ticket on the 12-foot Spitfire kayak that the AuSable River Association will be raffling off on Columbus Day. “Wow” you say, “so how can we get in on this tremendous chance to help protect the Ausable River, to say nothing about trying to win this incredible feat of Adirondack engineering?”

At $10 each, or three for $25, tickets are available at Jones Outfitters and Placid Boatworks, both in Lake Placid. Or, you could send a check to ASRA; P.O. Box 217; Elizabethtown, NY 12932.

If you want to view the kayak itself, go to Jones Outfitters on Main Street.

The mission of the AuSable River Association is “protecting the natural and cultural resources of the AuSable River watershed.” For more information about the association, visit

So long for now, thank you for reading, and “May God Bless.”



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