The Luke Garcia Fundraiser will be held at Riverside Lanes in AuSable Forks on Saturday, March 26. This event begins at 1 p.m. with a 9-pin bowling tournament with shifts following at 4 and 7 p.m. Michigan dinners will be sold throughout the day. The meal includes 2 michigans, chips and dessert for $8. There will also be a one Michigan dinner with chips and dessert for $6 available. Take outs will be available. Raffle tickets will be sold with many beautiful items being raffled. A 50/50 will be sold throughout the day. A live auction with many wonderful items going on the auction block with Auctioneer Jamie Martineau in command will begin at 7 p.m.
This promises to be a fun day for everyone. Luke, the 16-month-old son of Chad and Marla (Perkins) Garcia was recently diagnosed with congenital mitral stenosis. He has had one of several surgeries he will need at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. He will require follow-up visits with his Cardiologist in Vermont in between these surgeries.
All proceeds from this event will assist the family with expenses exceeding their health insurance coverage, travel and lodging expenses. Marla, Chad and Luke extend their gratitude to everyone who has shown so much support to them during this very difficult time and ask everyone to please continue their prayers for Luke as he continues his journey.
Riverside Lanes owner Gary Lanzoni hosted his annual St. Patty’s Day Party on March 17. A delicious meal of corned beef, ham, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and turnips prepared by Hometown Deli was served all day beginning at noon free of charge. A huge crowd gathered for the celebration and enjoyed the day. The DJ service of Gary Peacock provided great Irish music and trivia throughout the day and evening. A 50/50 was sold throughout the day and the lucky winner was Mitch Dickerson.
Hats off to Gary Lanzoni for his generosity and making this event so enjoyable to all those attending. The last leprechaun left standing was Tim Nelson.
Welcome to your new location Dee’s Salon. Dee’s will be located in the former Northern Insuring building next to Grand Union as of April 1. Dee welcomes everyone to stop by and visit her new shop and walk ins are welcome.
The Rotary Club of the AuSable Valley is collecting items for the soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital where they are recuperating. Items such as candy, cookies, hand held games, postage stamps, note paper, puzzle books, pens, pencils, granola bars and any other items they can use that are not supplied by the hospital are needed.
The Rotary Club is also gratefully accepting any assistance with postage for this project. Anyone wishing to donate may contact Linda at 647-5302, Shirley at 647-5947, Sue at 647-5376 or Tami at 647-8232.
The Lonesome Traveler Band will be performing at the Town of Jay Community Center on March 27 from 2-5 p.m. There will be a full concession, a 50/50 and a raffle will be held. This event is free of charge so come and enjoy some great music for dancing and listening.
My condolences to the family of Hazel Ruth Terry, 78, of AuSable Forks who passed away at her home with her loving husband at her side on March 12. Hazel was born on Jan. 30, 1933, in Wilmington, daughter of Melvin and Blanche (Bowen) Peck. A graveside service was held on March 16, 2011, in Pleasant View Cemetery in Wilmington. RIP Hazel.
Birthdays this week
March 21: Brook Fitzsimmons was our “birthday girl”
March 22: Steven Difiore and Brianna Atkins celebrated
March 23: No birthdays
March 24: Rachel Gordon gets best wishes
March 25: Kendra Lincoln celebrates
March 26: Chloe Lovely, Paul Drake, and Drew Plumadore all get best wishes and I send my love and best wishes for a happy day to my nephew-in-law Marty Snow
March 27: No birthdays
Happy anniversary to Phil and Laura Jones who celebrated on March 23.
Special thoughts and prayers for dearly departed residents of our community: March 21, Michael “Sonny” O’Donahue; March 24, Evelyn Senecal; March 25, Dorothy Meconi and Seth James Colby; March 27, Ruth Smith
The Riverside Thrift Shop in Wilmington is hosting a bag sale on March 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fill a 13-gallon garbage bag for $5. All clothing, shoes, belts and handbags are included in this sale.
The AuSable Forks Fire Department will host its Firehouse Big Breakfast on April 3 from 8 to 11 a.m. The menu includes French toast, pancakes (reg. and blueberry), sausage gravy and biscuits, white or wheat toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries, and mixed fruit. Beverages include coffee, tea, orange juice or milk. Adults $7, seniors $6 and children $5. Eat in or take out.
Holy Name School will host its 18th annual Spaghetti Dnner and Auction on May 7 at the American Legion Post 504 in AuSable Forks. Dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. Take outs are available. The live auction begins at at 6 p.m. with auctioneer Ed McCallister putting many wonderful items on the auction block. Anyone wishing to donate an item to the auction may call 647-8444.
I am happy to report baby Luke Garcia had a good week is eating and breathing better and is being closely monitored by his doctors until his next surgery in Boston. Roy Ano continues his recovery and is still waiting for his evaluation in Boston for the next step in his treatment. Jackie Ashley Kimbel sends her thanks for the many cards and show of support from her many friends back home. She states they are a big plus in her fight against this dreaded disease. She has completed her round of radiation treatment and will begin her chemo this week.
Please continue to send her well wishes and prayers. Cards may be sent to: 110 Dutton Dr., New Castle DE, 19720-5454.
Special thoughts and prayers for our area ill residents
Luke Randy Garcia, Jackie Ashley Kimbel, Jeff Brown, Roy ano, Ann Aubin, 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 Nollette, Colleen Otis-Whisher, Charlie Cornick, and anyone I may have forgotten.
Till next time have a great week and “happy reading.”