“Christmas in the Forks,” celebrated on Dec. 6, was a huge success. The day’s events began with Breakfast With Santa at the Au Sable Forks Fire Department. The children were treated to a delicious breakfast compliments of the Au Sable Forks Fire District. Santa listened to their many Christmas wishes and each child was given a candy cane as they left. The next event was at the Au Sable Forks Free Library where more than 30 children and their parents gathered for Story Hour.
Mrs. Claus read three Christmas stories and each child made an ornament to place on their Christmas tree at home. Delicious Christmas cookies were served to all attending and all left happy and in great Christmas spirit. The next event was movies at Hollywood Theatre.
Two shows were held, one at 4 and one at 7 p.m. Both were very well attended, and the kids were treated to popcorn during the movies. This event was hosted by the Au Sable Forks Fire Department, and they gave each child a candy cane as they left the theatre.
Promptly at 6 p.m. the tree lighting ceremony began with the Grinch assisted by Cindy Lou Who lighting the tree to guide Santa and Mrs. Claus as they were driven by Thomas (the horse) and Julie to the ceremony. The streets were filled to capacity with many excited spectators. The tree was spectacular with the new beautiful gifts designed by three new members of the tree committee, Amy Aubin and Amy and Jim Rendell. Supervisor Randy Douglas and his assistant Susan Richards did a fantastic job as emcees of this event. Stewart’s provided hot chocolate and cookies throughout the event. Beautiful Christmas music was provided by the AFES choral group.
Thomas (the horse) provided rides through town for many good girls and boys on his beautifully lit sled. The beautiful 18x24 inch painting by Priscilla Belmore, raffled by the Au Sable Forks Library, was won by Anthony Walker of Jay. Melissa Snow of Au Sable Forks was the lucky winner of the beautiful gift basket. Eighteen other winners have been notified of their prize and will pick them up at the town office. Thanks to all the committee members for their hard work and dedication and to the many businesses who so generously donated and helped make this entire day such a huge success. Next year’s event will be a special one as it is the 5th anniversary.
The tree committee is busy making plans for changes for the tree next year that will include a new look with weather resistant decorations.
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A blood drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Au Sable Forks Ambulance Station. Everyone attending will be entered in the drawing for the door prize. Anyone who donates a non-perishable food item will be entered into a special drawing. All donations of food items will be divided between the food shelves in Au Sable Forks and Wilmington. Please donate the “gift of life.”
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The Au Sable Forks Post Office will have new retail window hours beginning Dec. 29. Monday: 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday: 9 a.m to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Hours for picking up your mail will remain the same. Grand Union Family Market hours of operation have also changed and will be as follows for the winter. Sunday through Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Welcome to our world Hannah Abigail Bates, daughter of Amy and Samuel Bates of Au Sable Forks, who arrived at Adirondack Medical Center on Oct. 16.
Birthdays this week
Dec. 8 — Al Bombard and Mike Tefoe were our “Birthday Boys” Dec. 9 — O.B. Preston celebrated
Dec. 10 — No birthdays
Dec. 11 — Wendy Williams is our “Birthday Girl”
Dec. 12 — Andrew Bombard, Wayne Roberts and Brittney Woodring get best wishes
Dec. 13 — No birthdays
Dec. 14 — Joe Gravelle and Tanya Godlewski get cake and candles
Belated birthday wishes to Melissa Donor who celebrated her special day on Nov. 27.
No anniversaries this week
Special thoughts and prayers to our dearly departed residents
Dec. 8 — Anna Yando (1984)
Dec. 14 — Phillip Brousseau
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Congratulations to Jody Trautner-Schissler, daughter of John and Janice Trautner of Rome N.Y., and David Hart III, son of David Jr. and Kim Hart of Au Sable Forks, on their engagement. The happy couple are busy planning their Sept. 12, 2009 wedding.
Congratulations to Paul and Barbara Benway of Jay who celebrated 50 years of marriage on Sept. 20. The Benways celebrated with a Mass at Holy Name Church followed by a reception at the American Legion Post 504 in Au Sable Forks. The Benways have six children, 16 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Best wishes to Paul and Barbara for many more happy years of marriage.
The towns of Jay (647-2204) and Black Brook (647-5411) and the M&M Diner (647-5701) are collecting Christmas gifts and food baskets for families in need in the towns of Jay and Black Brook. Anyone interested in donating to this worthy cause may drop off unwrapped items at the town offices or the Diner during business hours.
My condolences to the family of Austin Aubin, 82, former resident of the town, who passed away on Nov. 27 at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital. Austin was born in Plattsburgh, son of Austin “Leo” and Bessie (Griffin) Aubin. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Name Church on Dec. 6 and Austin was laid to rest in Essex County Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.
My condolences to the family of Catherine Votraw, 103, who passed away on Dec. 1 at the Clinton County Nursing Home in Plattsburgh. She was born on Jan. 9, 1905 in Au Sable Forks, daughter of Charles and Jennie (Deloria) Votraw. A funeral Mass was held on Dec. 5 at Holy Name Church in Au Sable Forks and burial followed in the parish cemetery.
The town of Jay/Black Brook Youth Commission Music Theatre Club, under the direction of Susan Richards and accompanied by Lynn Frenia, will present a concert at the Town of Jay Community Center on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. This concert is free of charge but non-perishable food items will be gratefully accepted for the food shelf at this event.
School pool hours
The AuSable Valley Central School swimming pool will be open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday and on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. The pool will remain open for these hours through March 8. There will be no public swimming on Dec. 20 and 31. Fees for pool use are $2 for adults and $1 for children.
Special thoughts and prayers to our area’s
To my fellow columnist Laura Viscome: get well soon, we all miss reading your column; Ken Laundry, Al Sheldrake, Carol (Bombard) Quigley, Laura (Joyal) Razzano, Joan Pray, Ann Aubin, June Tebo, Margaret Trumbull, Jean Pulsifer, Rikki Kane, Carl Maicus, John Santor, Bud Snow, Jari Snow-Thwaits, Peggy Sue Hart, Allison Crahan, Cindy Thomas, Margaret (Sprague) Lawrence, Luke Connell, Linda Gilbert, Evie Dockum, Pauline Dumas, Peggy Bombard, Ceil Richardson, our North Country angel Gabby Lincoln, Bev Devost, Joe Dubay Jr., Walt Fournier Sr., Edna (Votraw) Bombard, Marge Savage, Martha Frenia, Bob Rondeau, Terry Nollette, Almeada Depo, Colleen Otis-Whisher, Charlie Cornick and anyone I may have forgotten.
Till next time, have a great week and “Happy Reading.”