Hello everybody and a Happy New Year’s greeting to you.
Let me first offer condolences to Jan Ward, of Jay, and her family. Jan’s mom, Jean Garrecht, died last week. On March 5 of this year, Jean would have greeted her 100th birthday with all the warmth and charm that our good Lord bestowed upon her so many years ago. Our grief at the temporary separation from her is matched, and surpassed, only by the joy in heaven at her arrival. May God bless you all in your time of sorrow.
Heaven also gained another angel in the person of Geno Potter from Au Sable Forks. There were many good times spent at the D & H Restaurant in the Forks when Geno and Denise hosted weekly auctions in the storage space around back of the old depot. You will be missed, my friend, until the circle is once again unbroken.
OK, who made a New Year’s resolution? OK, who has already broken that resolution? Yeah, me too.
Sitting in Devin’s Deli last week waiting for my wagon to be inspected, two local fellows, John Hopkins and Frank Dubay, walked to the back where I was trying to get some writing ahead for this column. Their camaraderie and good natured ribbing made me wonder what a blessing it is to be able to get up in the morning and actually like going to work.
How good it was to see some familiar faces over the Christmas vacation. Cynthia Wright-Sanson, Robert Sanson, and sons, Taylor and Keenan and Fae Chatt, all from the Northern Lights days, looked as if they hadn’t aged a bit, except for the boys of course. I still envy Taylor for living his dream of “running off to join the circus.”
I saw Tim Follos who was home for a brief Christmas vacation to see his family. I asked him about his uncle Mike Bowman, and what he thought about Mike’s book, “The Spirit of Whiteface.” He was so proud of Mike for writing this look back at childhood in the Adirondacks. It is a great, fun book to read and also to think about and remember when times were maybe not quite as hectic as they are now.
Shifting gears, let’s see what’s going on in the area.
The “Controversial Condos,” on the Beach Road (Bowman Lane), are under construction as promised. Is this progress? Washington Irving, as my memory serves me correctly, was on a stagecoach ride shifting his body weight on the seat seeking the most comfortable position. When a fellow passenger commented on the stagecoach being a progressive way to travel around the country, Irving is supposedly credited with describing progress, like, “At least it (progress) makes you hurt in a different place.”
Everyone has to decide for himself or herself what they can live with, and what they can live without. Every individual’s line in the sand is drawn just a bit differently. Please remember, though, to respect the other guy’s line. And ignoring that line will not make it go away, either.
Here I sit looking out at bare ground and 50-degree weather while trying to tell about the skating rink and sledding hill being open for business. These two free activities are located at the Wilmington Youth Center on Park Road and are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Should you want to borrow a tube for sliding or skates, they will be available from the Youth Director, Michelle Hozley, during the Youth Center’s hours of operation.
The center is open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. If you have any skates that you aren’t using anymore, why not bring them to the center and donate them? The phone number for the youth center is 946-7197.
The Wilmington Historical Society holds its annual planning meeting this month. Therefore there will be no open discussion to start the meeting. But we can plan to see them in the coming months. February’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 2, March’s meeting will be on Wednesday, March 2....seeing a pattern yet? The Society holds its meetings on the first Wednesday of every month! If you have any ideas for programs, open discussions, projects or themes, please contact the Society by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or members can be reached at (518) 420-8370.
Got your calendar ready to mark? Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Amos and Julia Ward Theater on Route 9N in Jay will celebrate the opening concert of the JEMS 2011 Coffee House Series. These nights are so much fun; please try to attend at least once or twice, if not every one. You might be surprised to see who is there. This first concert will feature the musical duo, Olive and the Branch, comprised of Scott Tuller on acoustic guitar and Olyvia Newgarden on vocals. Come and listen. Visit www.jemsgroup.com for a complete description of events and performers’ bios.
If you’re in Upper Jay, why not stop in at the Wells Memorial Library on Route 9N just before the bend in front of the post office, if you’re coming from Jay, that is. There are some pairs of skis just looking for people with friendly boots. There are downhills, K-2’s, junior cross country, shaped, etc.
Is knitting your ‘thing”? E-mail Pat Coolidge at pcoolidge@frontiernet. net and discover one of the greatest groups in the North Country? I’m talking about Knitters Nite. These crafters get together one or two Tuesday nights a month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Alpaca Shoppe in Jay, and all levels of knitters are welcome.
Thank you for reading, and as Red Skelton used to say, “May God Bless.”