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AROUND AUSABLE: Emergency workers did a great job during ice jams

March 18, 2011
Hats off to our Town Highway Departmen, town officials, AuSable Forks Volunteer Fire Department, ambulance service and the numerous volunteers from surrounding departments who assisted those in need when the ice jams came through forcing many resident to evacuate their homes on Sunday evening.

The Town of Jay Community Center was set up to house those in need of a place to stay. Everyone worked to assist those homeowners in need of cellars being pumped out and whatever else was needed at this very stressful time. We are so very fortunate to have so many wonderful highway department  workers, and volunteers who are there in a moment’s notice to help any resident in their time of need. A very special thank you to all of you.     

St. Patty’s Day Party will once again be celebrated at Riverside Lanes on March 17. The fun begins at noon with corned beef, ham, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and turnip being prepared by Home Town Deli. and served free of charge to everyone attending.

Irish music begins playing at 4 p.m. featuring Peacock DJ Service with Gary Peacock emcee. Irish trivia and giveaways will be featured from 4 to 9 p.m. A 50/50 will be sold for tickets $2 each or 3 for $5. The lucky winner will be announced at 9 p.m Stop by and enjoy great food, great music and lots of fun.     

Plans are proceeding full speed ahead for the Luke Randy Garcia fundraiser to be held at Riverside Lanes on March 26. The fun begins at 1p.m. with a 9-pin bowling tournament with shifts at 4 and 7 p.m. also. Michigan meals will be served throughout the day. Meals feature two Michigans, chips and dessert for $8 or 1 michigan, chips and dessert for $6. Eat in or take out. Raffle and 50/50 tickets are being sold for $1 each or 6 for $5 with numerous prizes being raffled.

A live auction with many fabulous items going on the auction block with auctioneer Jamie Martineau in command beginning at 7 p.m. Luke Randy, 16-month-old son of Marla (Perkins) and Chad Garcia was diagnosed with congenital mitral stenosis. He will require several surgeries at Boston Children’s Hospital and follow-ups at Fletcher Allen in Vermont with his cardiologist between surgeries. Proceeds from this fundraiser will assist the family with expenses exceeding their health insurance, travel and lodging.

Anyone wishing to donate an item for the raffles or auction may contact Monica Thomas at 578-0101. Marla and Chad send their thanks to everyone who has shown so much support to them since Luke’s diagnosis. They ask everyone to keep Luke Randy in your prayers as he continues this journey.     

Birthdays this week

March 7 & 8: No birthdays   

March 9: Logan Brown and Frank Lovely Sr. were our “birthday boys” 

March 10: Katie Walton, John Trautner, and Rick Nolan all get cake and candles  

March 11: Rusty Wells gets best wishes  

March 12: Elizabeth (Libby) Allen is our “birthday girl”  

March 13: Alyssa Miller, Joey Strong, Melissa Plumadore, Julianna Manning, Kevin Goff Jr. and Kimberly Murray all celebrate    

Happy anniversary wishes to Drew and Melissa Plumadore on March 10    

Special thoughts and prayers for dearly departed residents of our community: March 7, Ronald Gordon; March 8, Russ Wells Sr.; March 11, I send my special thoughts, prayers and love to my very special mother-in-law who passed away 11 years ago today. We all love and miss you so much gram. RIP; March 13, Leona Hazen, RIP, Tom Douglas (2000) RIP and his mom Ida Douglas (2001) RIP     

Congratulations to the AuSable Valley Teachers who won the 19th annual Literacy Challenge held at Champlain Centre Mall last weekend. Those participating were Renee Rhino, Biology teacher who has been a participant in this event since it began in 1993, Scott Taylor, Global Studies teacher, Matt Fay, Earth-Science teacher and Lindsey Bombard, permanent substitute who specializes in English. They beat four time champions DOCS 155 to 115 in the final match of the contest. Each member of the winning team was presented with a trophy. All proceeds from this event benefits the Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County.     

The AuSable Valley Players will present “Bye Bye Birdie” in the AVCS auditorium on March 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each  Reserved seating is available. For more information, call 834-2800 ext. 500.     

The Lonesome Traveler Band is back and will begin their first event on March 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Town of Jay Community Center. The band features Mitch and Vi Terry, Willie Carnes, Earl Southmayd, Sonny Caron and Joe Gero. They will have a full concession, 50/50s and raffles throughout the day. Stop by and enjoy a great afternoon of great music for listening and dancing.     

My condolences to the family of Ralph Knapp, 81, of AuSable Forks who passed away on Feb. 27, at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, with his loving family at his side. Ralph was born on June 15, 1929, in Plasstsburgh, son of Ivers and Elaine (Brockney) Knapp. A memorial service was held on March 4 and burial will be at a later date in the Reber Cemetery. RIP Ralph    

My condolences to the family of Thomas Sprague, 65, former resident of Jay who passed away on March 1 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam N.Y. Thomas was born on Oct. 6, 1945 in Keene Valley, son of Raymond and Lucy (Furnia) Sprague. He attended AuSable Forks High School. A graveside service will be held in the spring in the Haselton Cemetery. RIP Tom.     

Updates this week

Luke Randy Garcia has improved this week with his ear infections and is eating better and much happier. Luke and his family were evacuated when the ice jams came down the Ausable River but were able to return to their home laster Sun. evening. Luke will return to Vermont to visit his cardiologist Thursday and will have some test at that time to see how things are going since his surgery.  

Roy Ano continues his recovery and is reported to be progressing nicely and waiting to go to Boston for evaluation.  

Jackie (Ashley) Kimbel, former resident of town will continue her second week of treatment this week. I am happy to report Jackie is in very good spirits and is very thankful to her many friends back home who are keeping her in their prayers. Jackie welcomes cards at her home address: 110 Dutton Dr., New Castle DE. 19720-5454.     

Special thoughts and prayers for our area ill residents

Luke Randy Garcia, Jackie (Ashely) Kimbel, Jeff Brown, Roy Ano, Ann Aubin, Joe Rondeau, Margaret Trumbull, Cindy Thomas, Jimmy Bombard, Michaela Bushey, 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, Pauline Dumas, Bev Devost, Marv Hildreth, Evie Dockum, Allison Crahan, Carol (Bombard) Quigley, Laura (Joyal) Razzano, Rikki Kane, Joe Dubay Jr., Walter Fournier Sr., Martha Frenia, Terry Nolette, 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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