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NEWS FROM W'TON: ‘Disasters in W’ton’ is a historic topic

January 27, 2011
Hello everybody, here are some of the things going on in and around Wilmington…

Good news. The Wilmington Historical Society (WHS) is back to its regular monthly meetings complete with open discussions. These open discussions contain a wealth of information, a nightful of anecdotes and some laughs at the commonality between the “olden days” and present day Wilmington. You can bet there will be some similarities between the two eras when the topic of “Disasters in Wilmington” is discussed. People aren’t all that different. What happens to a group of people that lived in the 1800s and those living in the 21st century is often remarkably similar.

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 2 starting at 7 p.m. at the Wilmington Community Center. Refreshments will be served (the best brewed coffee in the region) and the public is invited to not only come for the discussion that will open the meeting, but also to stay for the business meeting afterward. And, the business of he WHS is NOT boring! There may even be some talk about the upcoming renovations to the Memorial Highway and Castle.

For more information on the upcoming meetings or the WHS, contact Karen Peters or Merri Peck at 518-420-8370.

The Jay Fire Department is doing it again, inviting everyone to come and support their fifth annual Rabbit Tournament Two nights of spaghetti dinners (eat in or take out)  at a reasonable cost of $7 per dinner Saturday, Jan. 22 and Sunday, Jan. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m.. Hey, that could mean two nights of NOT cooking! And we all know how good food tastes when someone else makes it.

If you want in on the tournament and prizes or just more information, contact Dean Joy at (518) 524-2696 or Max Thwaits at (518) 523-6499. An entry fee of $15 includes dinner both nights and a chance to win one of the cash prizes for the top three heaviest rabbits.

It’s not too early to think of the upcoming celebration of love known as Valentine’s Day, which this year falls on Monday, Feb.14. Are you a perplexed pixie this year? Do you have a sweetie to buy a little something for and are unsure what to get? To help out the confused cupid, there will be some Valentine-themed items, such as stuffed animals, cards and decorative items, for sale at the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay.


Great news from the Jay Entertainment and Music Society (JEMS): The 2011 Coffee House Series has begun! Having a bit of the stomach bug on Jan. 8, I missed hearing the initial concert by Olive and the Branch featuring Olyvia Newgarden and Scott Tuller.

However, the second show, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 22, will feature Celia Evans in the main room of the Amos and Julia Ward Theater located at the Village Green on Main Street in Jay.

While you’re still in Jay, stop by Sue and Terrance Young’s Gallery coming up the hill and discover ways you can keep warm. We will also be able to pick up one of Sue’s homemade goblets, each with an appropriate toast written on them.


Chris Santa and Greg Camelo at the Adirondack Holiday Lodge have started serving lunch. Also being offered at the Holiday Lodge is sort of “an adult youth center” where us older young-at-hearts can get together. Perhaps a group of people could get together for canasta or bridge, or my favorite, putting together a jigsaw puzzle.  Come over, welcome the fellows to town.


The news that Michelle Hozley felt that she had to resign from the directorship of the Wilmington Youth Center was ill received. Michelle had a rapport with the youth in our town. It is a shame that she is leaving.

Thank you for reading, and as Red Skelton used to say, “May God Bless.”



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