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AROUND AUSABLE: Christmas event held at Riverside

January 10, 2011
Riverside Lanes will host its annual New Years Gala on Dec. 31. A 9-pin couples bowling tournament will be held with shifts at 6:30 and 9 p.m. First prize will pay $100 to the winning couple. Featured entertainment for the evening will be Dan Gates DJ service from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hats, noisemakers and a midnight champagne toast will be available for all those attending. Call 647-9905 for more information or to reserve a lane.     

The annual Adult /Junior Bowling Christmas Tournament was held at Riverside Lanes on Dec. 18 and the following were winners in their division. Mon. Boys 1st place, Dalton McDonald and his dad John, 1024;    2nd place, Matt Pray and his dad Brian  971; 3rd place, Emerson Snow and his dad Theron, 957    

Mon. Girls: 1st place, Brianna Drake and her cousin Bernie LaDuke, 946    

Tues. Boys: 1st place, Hayden Lowther and his mom Tiffany, 933; 2nd place, Arden Trombley and her step-dad Ben Vincent, 925; 3rd place, Troy McDonald and his Uncle Jay McDonald    

Tues. Girls: 1st place, Emily Wesley and her Mom Michelle, 832; 2nd place, Jordan Dukett and her grandfather Randy Kane, 825  

Each winning junior bowler was awarded a trophy.     

Peg Hoey was guest of honor at a birthday party held in her honor on Dec. 17 at the AuSable Forks fire station. A large crowd of family members, friends and officials from the Town of Black Brook along with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey attended.

Duprey spoke about what an asset Peg is to the Town of Black Brook and how much appreciated she is in her position as town clerk. She was named Town of Black Brook Citizen of the Year and was presented with a beautiful plaque by Town of Black Brook Justice Gary Frenia. A delicious buffet and beautifully decorated cake was served to all those attending. Peg celebrated her 90th birthday on Christmas Day. Best wishes to a very special lady for many more happy birthdays.     

Christmas was very merry for the many homeless animals at Elmore and Westport SPCA Shelters thanks to Vickie Trombley. Vickie made her annual Christmas visit as she filled her SUV and headed to the shelters. Her SUV  looked like Santa’s sleigh filled with cat and dog food, cases of dog biscuits, snacks, treats, toys, collars and leashes. Vickie wishes to thank those who donated to her Christmas excursion Linda McFarland, Josephine Brusgul, Deanna Santor, Sid Ward, and Terri and Mike Morrison.

She also wishes to thank those who donate all year long and at Christmas too Bob Belinger, Cathy Gallagher, Gary and Vickie Trombley, Helen and Julio Vasquez and loyal friends at the Whiteface Church/Riverside Thrift Shop. The many animals who benefited send a big thank you to all those who made their holidays so happy. Vickie continues to accept donations of products for the animals as well as monetary donations as she makes visits to the shelters several times a year. Please contact Vickie at 647-5264 or drop off any donation at her home on Rolling Mill Hill. She will also be happy to pick up any donations.     

Friends of the Community in AuSable Forks for the 11th year hosted a free Christmas dinner that was served from noon to 3 p.m.. at the AuSable Forks Fire Department. Linda Dubay, Rita Rougeau, Deacon Patti Johnson and her husband Roy along with several volunteers were up before dawn to prepare all the food. Everyone attending reported they received a very delicious meal and enjoyed a very happy afternoon of fellowship.     

Birthdays this week

Dec. 27: Twins Walt Fournier and Wendy Kane celebrated their 40th birthday, Travis Williams,  Jennifer Miller and Billy Coolidge also celebrated   

Dec. 28: James Hart and Shelley Hickey celebrated  

Dec. 29: Joseph Schmid, Blanche Plumadore, Porter Hackett, and Doug Douglas all celebrated  

Dec. 30: Stacy Pelkey is our “birthday girl “ and I send my love and best wishes to my Niece Kristi (Spear) Provost who celebrates her 41st.  

Dec. 31: T.P O’Neill, Roxie Williams, Joel Martineau, and Jeremey Todd all get best wishes  

Jan. 1: Patrick Hoey, Alexis Tefoe, Logan Casey and Peggy Bombard all celebrate their New Year’s birthday   

Jan. 2: Liam Barber gets cake and candles today      

Happy anniversary wishes to Verna and Wes Sheldrake who celebrate on Dec. 31     

Special thoughts and prayers to dearly departed residents of our community: Dec. 27, Jesse Bombard;   Dec. 31, Alyce McDonald and my grandfather Frank Joe Nelson who passed away in 1984. We miss you and love you so much. Please continue to rest in peace pa     

My condolences to the family of Geno Potter, 57, of AuSable Forks, who passed away on Dec. 22 at CVPH with his beloved family nearby. Geno was born in Utica, June 24, 1953, son of Eugene and Mildred (Spencer) Potter. A memorial service will be held on Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in AuSable Forks. A gathering will follow.     

The following were winners of the Ward Lumber 18th annual Buck Contest. Evelyn Coolidge of Jay was the winner of the biggest buck category, with her 210 lb. 9 point buck. John Santo of Upper Jay won the random drawing category with his 130 lb. 7 point buck. In the employee category Mike Furnia, Shipper for the Jay Store won the biggest buck category with his 140 lb. 8 point buck. Matt Miller, sawmill supervisor, won the random drawing category with his 128 lb. 8 point buck.

The winners of the big buck category won based on deer weight. All other entries were placed in random drawings. Winners received a $100 Ward Lumber Gift Card and everyone entering received a Ward Lumber baseball cap.     

The schedule of events at the Upper Jay Library for the month of Jan. are:   Jan. 1   closed   Jan. 6   Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 p.m.   Jan. 9   Artist reception for Nadine McLaughlin from 2 to 4 p.m.   Jan. 17   Quilters’ Gathering  4:30 p.m.   Jan. 18   Writers’ Collective  7 p.m. The Photo Art of Nadine McLaughlin will be on display all month.    

Special thoughts and prayers for our area ill residents

Jeff Brown, Margaret Trumbull, Janet Bombard, Cindy Thomas, Jimmy Bombard, Michaela Bushey, Mitch Terry, Luke Randy Garcia, Bobbi Vincent, Amy Drake, Rick Nolan, Debbie Spooner, Peggy Sue Hart, Jari Snow-Thwaits, Francis Gero, Frank Lovely, Althea Miller, Joan Pray, Lynda Denton, Walt Dubay, Gabby Lincoln, John Santor, Bob Rondeau, Karen Baker, Linda Gilbert, Ann Aubin, Pauline Dumas, Bev Devost, Marvin Hildreth, Evie Dockum, Allison Crahan, Carol (Bombard) Quigley, Laura (Joyal) Razzano, Rikki Kane, Joe Dubay Jr., Walt Fournier Sr., Martha Frenia, Terry Nollette, Colleen Otis-Whisher, Charlie Cornick and anyone I may have forgotten.     

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

My best wishes for a very happy, healthy and safe New Years for all my faithful readers.          


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