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NEWS FROM W'TON: Citizens of the Year honored

April 1, 2011
Hello everybody, here are some of the things going on in the Wilmington area.

Well, folks, by the time you’re reading this, the annals of Newcomers’ Night aka the Wilmington Community Dinner held at the Hungry Trout will have expanded to include Bob and Karen Peters as Citizens of the Year and Jane Peck as a Distinguished Citizen. Upon seeing Merri Peck at the Wilmington Post Office, I asked her how she felt about handing over her “Citizen” crown. Merri was deservedly chosen Citizen of the Year last year.

Knowing that Peck would never seek recognition for any of the many ways she strengthens our town, she did admit that having the local population aware and appreciative of what she does is heartwarming.

“It’s kind of nice to be recognized,” she said.

Hopefully, in the next column, I will have found the time to sit down with the Peters and Jane Peck to see if, as King Henry IV said, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” (With apologies to William Shakespeare.)

Did anyone happen to see the “bouncing babies” (NOT real)  that were in town last weekend? As part of the 9th grade curriculum, some students get to bring a lifelike baby home with them for the weekend. A bit of a reality check for sure except for the fact that you can bring them back on Monday.

Participating from Wilmington were Rachel Ashley, Cody Bryant, Brandon Hozley, Courtney Lawrence and Colton Preston. When I stopped by the Youth Center on Saturday, Cody Bryant was busy stirring dough for chocolate chip cookies while Kayla Mullins and Kylie Hozley were holding his baby. Brian Nemec and new Youth Center Director Amber Stevens were holding down the fort.

Stevens said, “Cody is the best dad I’ve ever seen.” The hours of operation for the center have been posted and they are: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.

If you would like to help out with donations, please call Stevens at 593-4453.


“Fat Tuesday” saw a celebration at the Whiteface Community UMC. Jean Wyman, vice president of the Methodist Women, did her usual great job of arranging for mask making, games and, of course, the potluck dinner. I don’t know if you are aware of the fact that Methodist women have the distinction of being some of the best cooks in the North Country. Remember, you heard it here first.

March birthdays were also celebrated, but the only person present with a March birthday was Pastor Joyce Bryson and she alone had the honor of blowing out the candles atop the birthday cake. One of the games was a guessing game where a piece of paper with the name of a food was affixed on every person’s back. We then had to ask questions and guess what our own paper had written on it. But when we asked the other people, we could only ask a question that could be answered with either a yes or no.

The best guessed puzzle of the evening, in my humble opinion, was when Mary Miller found out that “she had been a rutabaga.” Mary is such a good sport and took it all in stride.

On Thursdays through April 14, there is a series of Lenten Lunches that are being held at the Jay Baptist Church from noon to 1 p.m. Pastor Bryson will be leading a Lenten Bible study starting next month. For more information about the Methodist Church’s schedule of events, please call the office at 946-7757. The secretary is there Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Congratulations are in order to Tim and Kathy Gruenberg, who own and operate Mel’s Diner and the Green Mountain Lodge. They will host a grand opening of their newest venture Pan Dolce Restaurant Cafe & Bagels in Lake Placid next to McDonald’s on March 17.

Where do you plan to be on Tuesday, March 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.? If you are planning on raising your own poultry in the near future, you might want to attend Ward Lumber’s “Poultry Night.” Guest speaker Terry Cushing has extensive training in the field of  animal nutrition, specializing in poultry, equine and swine nutrition and management. He grew up on a farm where more than 1,000 meat birds and 400 egg layers were raised annually, so methinks he may know what he’s talking about. Ward Lumber will be offering free pizza and refreshments. Space is limited, so register early at Hope to see you there. Be brave about going, don’t be chicken.

Thank you for reading, and, with the words that Red Skelton used to close his show, “May God Bless.”


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