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NEWS FROM W'TON: Empire State Games’ torch passes through Wilmington

March 11, 2011
Hello everybody, here are some of the things going on in the Wilmington area.

If you weren’t at the start of the Wilmington leg of the Empire State Games torch relay on Thursday, Feb. 24, you missed watching some of Wilmington’s finest citizens carrying the torch from Steinhoff’s.

Jacob Burns started the torch on its journey and later it was passed among his fellow carriers on the way. Joining on the route were Paula McGreevy, Jenna McGreevy, Bill Skufca, Casey Santo and Karly Lincoln.

Before the torch started its journey, Wilmington Town Supervisor Randy Preston, and Denny Allen, the ORDA representative who is “keeper of the flame,” set up the podium and placed the lighted torch into its niche. Once lit, Preston said a few words as to the importance of keeping the Empire State Games going and how proud he was of the people who had come out to carry the torch, as well as those who came out to cheer them on.

It was then onto the Youth Center via Route 86 turning after the Little Super Market and heading up the drag strip. Everyone there knew that   they had been a part of North Country sports history.

While at the youth center, a presentation was made to the center’s new director, Amber Stevens.

Al Armstrong from the Mountain Brook Lodge, on behalf of himself and his wife, Alicia, donated a check for $100 to help toward the purchase of a new stereo system. Thanks were extended to Armstrong amid applause from all.

Chris Hozley was also at the Youth Center, and when asked how his new job was going, he replied that he was enjoying every minute of it. Splitting his mornings and afternoons between working with the various town crews wherever he is needed, and being an on-call paramedic, he has a lot of minutes to enjoy both positions. As the saying goes, “Never a dull moment.” In all honesty though, knowing that this fine young man is an EMT makes me sleep a lot easier at night.

Also at the youth center on “torch day” was Diane Kirby. When asked how the after school skiing program was going, she answered that there were anywhere between 70 and 80 students taking part in this year’s program on any given day.  That is a jump up from the around 50 to 60 students of last year.

Welcome home to Colleen Mulvey. If you haven’t heard the news about the miraculous recovery and progress following the leg surgery that Colleen underwent, let the Lake Placid News be the first to tell you.

After about 10 days, Colleen was released from the Shriners Hospital in Massachusetts following her ability to perform all the physical therapy requirements that should have kept her there longer.

I am sure that many people will agree that Colleen showed a great deal of courage in deciding to go ahead with all the pain that must have accompanied her operation and subsequent rehabilitation. Colleen is the daughter of Russ and Tara Twomey-Mulvey of Wilmington.

The two buildings on the corner of Route 86 and Haselton Road here in Wilmington have experienced some recent sprucing up.

The Ecumenical Food Pantry located next to the Whiteface Community Methodist Church received a fresh coat of soft green, almost seafoam, paint. Don Morrison and Yvonne Farmer took items off the shelves then moved the shelves into the painted room. They then re-stocked the shelves after culling the out of date containers and cans. Both rooms look great, and I hear the secretary now has more room to use for storage. Nice touch!

But Morrison did not limit his renovations only to the food pantry. He and Carl Bowen climbed scaffolding inside the church sanctuary and replaced some ceiling tiles that had been ruined by water damage. Both are great jobs done, thank you all.


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


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