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AROUND AUSABLE: ‘Christmas in the Forks’ plans under way

November 6, 2009
Several years ago Bryan Deyoe had an idea to install a clock in our community. He took his idea to town officials and got their support and, after forming a committee he, and his volunteers began fundraising and soliciting donations. The clock project, after much hard work from Bryan and his committee members, became a reality and the beautiful clock was installed.

    As the holiday season approached, Bryan was at the Wobbly Moose one evening with his wife Lori, owners Dave and Nadine, and Tracey and Helen Kennedy, and they suggested putting a Christmas tree near the clock. They all thought it was a great idea and the Christmas Tree Committee was formed. The Revitalization Committee got involved and came up with the name “Christmas in the Forks” for this special event, and each year it got bigger and better. This year marks the fifth anniversary of this special occasion to be held this year on Dec. 5 .

    This event has grown to a full day and evening of fun for everyone, young and old, to enjoy. Plans are under way for a breakfast with Santa at the fire station, which will be hosted by the Au Sable Forks Fire Deptartment Auxiliary. The time of the breakfast will be announced soon.

    The Au Sable Forks Elementary School PTO will hold a special event for children ages 5 and up, which will include Christmas activities for all to enjoy from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    A Children’s Story Hour and Activity Hour with Mrs. Claus will be sponsored by the Au Sable Forks Free Library and will be held at 12:30 p.m. Free Christmas movies will be held at Hollywood Theatre, sponsored by the Au Sable Forks Fire Department, with shows at 2, 4 and 7 p.m. There will be an Ecumenical religious celebration at 5 p.m. The tree lighting, sponsored by the tree committee, will begin at 6 p.m. with special surprises and refreshments for all to enjoy.

    The event will close with a visit with Santa at the Town of Jay Community Center, sponsored by the Revitalization Committee. The children will get to tell Santa all their Christmas wishes. Mark your calendar and plan to attend this very special celebration. Each week I will provide additional information as committee members make it available to me.    

    The Spooktacular Halloween event held at Hollywood Theatre on Oct. 24 from noon to 10 p.m. and sponsored by Au Sable Forks Elementary School PTO was a huge success. Two-hundred-twenty tickets were sold for admission to  the movies. Two-thousand dollars was raised, including the raffle. Proceeds from  this fundraiser will cover the cost of the school supplies needed for students for the 2010-2011 school year. Donations to the food shelf filled 20 bags. Chairperson of this event Cassidy Harrell thanks everyone who helped in any way to make this event such a huge success.     

    The Halloween Party held at Riverside Lanes was a huge success with lots of ghosts and goblins invading the lanes. Gary Peacock kept the dance floor filled throughout the evening and declared the winners of the costume contest to be Freddy and Carrie Drake, dressed as a Pimp and Little Miss Muffet, and Bert Drake dressed as a beer-pong table.          

    The Au Sable Forks Free Library held a very successful bag book sale recently. They are currently holding a raffle for a Thanksgiving Basket which includes a fall-themed table runner, cornucopia basket, leaf plate, fall paper plates and napkins and several hand towels. Tickets are 25 cents each or 5 for $1 and are available at the library. Stop by and purchase your tickets. The lucky winner will be chosen on Nov. 23 and will be announced in this column.    

    Welcome to our world Jordyn Makenize Gilbert, daughter of Damian and Nicole Gilbert, of Plattsburgh. Jordyn was born at CVPH Medical Center on Oct. 9. She weighed in at 8 lbs. 4 oz. and measured 22 inches. Grandparents are Gene and Kevin Gilbert of Au Sable Forks,  Andrea Leclair of Malone and John Leclair of Plattsburgh. Great-grandparents are Mary Lou Douglas and Joseph Gilbert, both of Au Sable Forks. Jordyn joins her three big sisters, Darian, Morgan and Lauren, at home. Best wishes to the Gilbert’s and their brand new bundle of joy.    

Birthdays this week

    Nov. 2 — Linda Fournier was our birthday girl   

    Nov. 3 — Logan Cushon celebrated   

    Nov. 4 — Father Allen celebrated and we send our best wishes from everyone in the community and hope he is enjoying his very well deserved retirement   

    Nov. 5 — Joan Pray and Dee Seguin share their special day    

    Nov. 6 — Amy Votraw gets best wishes  

    Nov. 7 — No birthdays  

    Nov. 8 — Frank Shambo gets cake and candles      


    No anniversaries this week    

    Special thoughts and prayers for dearly departed resident of our community: Rita Snow on Nov. 3.  

    Just a reminder to all town of Jay residents that Local Law #3, established in 1998, will be strictly enforced from Nov.1 to April 1, 2010. The law specifies no person shall park, permit or allow the parking of a vehicle on town roads, streets, drives,  lanes and avenues of the Town of Jay at any time between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily. Violators will be towed at the owner’s expense.    

    The Au Sable Forks Fire Deptartment will host their All You Can Eat Firehouse Big Breakfast Sunday, Nov. 8 from 8 to11 a.m. Eat-in or take-out for $7 adults, $6 seniors and $5 children.    

    My condolences to the family of Wayne Saltmarsh, 61, of Wilmington, who passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 28. Wayne was born in Plattsburgh, on Nov. 8, 1947, son of Raymond and Helen (Willis) Saltmarsh. Funeral services were held on Oct. 31 at Holy Name Church in Au Sable Forks. Burial followed in the Jay Central Cemetery.    

    Elm Brook Vet Services in Au Sable Forks has nine friendly cats of various ages for adoption. The cats were brought to the facility after they were found abandoned. For more information on adopting, call 647-2115.    

Special thoughts and prayers for our area ill residents

    Lynda Denton, Sheree Nixon-Rice, Bob Wilkins, Bud Snow, Helen Snow, Jari Snow-Thwailts, Peggy Sue Hart, Jean Pulsifer, Margaret Trumbull, Jimmy Bombard, Walt Dubay, Karen Baker, Joan Pray, Cindy Thomas, Ann Aubin, Janet Bombard, Linda Gilbert, Bob Rondeau, John Santor, Bev Devost, Marvin Hildreth, Evie Dockum, Allison Crahan, Pauline Dumas, Carol (Bombard) Quigley, Laura (Joyal) Razzano, Joe Dubay Jr., Walt Fournier Sr., Edna (Votraw) Bombard, Martha Frenia, Marge Savage, Terry Nollette, Colleen Otis-Whisher, Charlie Cornick and anyone I may have forgotten.    

    Till next time have a great week and “happy reading.”


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