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NEWS FROM W'TON: Bike Fest events bring crowds and smiles to Wilmington

July 8, 2011
Hello everybody, here’s some of the happenings in and around Wilmington.

Busy was the word describing Wilmington this past weekend, especially busy bikes. Up the “Big Hill,” around the little hills of the bike park jumps and lastly, down the “Big Hill” via the new flume trail system. This Bike Fest that was held in Wilmington from June 16 until Sunday, June 19 promises to be an annual major event for us here in town.    

The funnest new entry into the Bike Fest family has to be the “Brainless but not Brakeless” race starting at Santa’s Workshop and finishing on the Memorial Highway in front of the Adirondack Holiday Lodge where the judge’s stand was. 

Guess who is coming back to the Wilmington Historical Society? Amy Godine! Remember her from last year? What a fascinating talk she gave on the Ku Klux Klan and their influence, or lack of it, in this area. Well, this time Godine will hold us spellbound with “Imaging the Adirondacks: How the Adirondacks Got Its Face.”  

This presentation will take place on Friday, July 1 at 7 p.m. at the Wilmington Community Center. This is not the monthly meeting of the Historical Society, though. You know, the meeting with the open discussion before the business meeting? That meeting will still be on the first Wednesday of the month, July 6 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center on Springfield Road in Wilmington.

The Wednesday meeting’s discussion will be Early Wilmington Settlers. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Karen Peters at (518) 524-1023 or Merri Peck at (518) 946-7627.  They sound like interesting nights. See you there or be square.  

Remember hearing about the possibility of a Weight Watchers group forming here in Wilmington? Well, wait no more, friends and neighbors. The gang will gather at the Whiteface Range Hall on Thursday evenings starting at 5 p.m. The Range all is the refurbished “Old Town Hall” or Northern Lights School behind the Little Super Market on Main Street.

There will be changes in Wilmington houses of worship starting the first of July. The pulpits of the Wilmington Church of the Nazarene and the Whiteface Community United Methodist Church will both be losing their respective Pastors; Marty Bausman from the Nazarene and Joyce Bryson from the Methodist. The going away party for the Bausmans was held  at the Whiteface Range Hall on Saturday, June 18 and the one for Joyce Bryson was Tuesday, June 21 at the Adirondack Holiday Lodge.

Both ministers will be sorely missed, but the opportunity to serve God in a different venue has to be exciting. Via con dios, amigos and amigas.

Vacation Bible School, at the Whiteface Methodist Church, will start the last week of June, Monday June 27 and will held until Friday, July 1. Daily times will be from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m., with the exception of Monday, June  27, when start time is 9 a.m., due to registration. Any child from 3 to 13 years of age are welcome. There will be stories, food, crafts, music, games and discovery time. For more information, call 946-7757, and leave a message if no one is there.

Saturday, June 25 will mark yet another Kids’ Fishing Derby up at Stevens Pond. Sponsored by the Wilmington Fish, Game and Sport Club, this yearly event promises thrills and chills for the “beginningest” of fisherkids right up to the more accomplished anglers. Bait will be provided, just be up at the Toll House on the Memorial Highway for 9 a.m. The pond is two spits away from the overhang at the Toll House. A great time for kids, for sure. This is a free day for the kids, so bring them up to take part in this annual Derby.

Did you realize that Wilmington can boast 4, count’em, 4 softball teams? Bonnie Lawrence told me the other day. Games are played Thursdays and Fridays starting around 6 p.m. at the ball field up behind the Wilmington Youth Center at the end of Park Lane. There’s nothing like the sound of a bat hitting a pitched ball, unless it’s the sound that the ball makes when caught in the netting of a fielder’s glove. Gotta love it!

Did you ever not see someone for a long time and then every time you turn around, that person is there? Recently in my life, that person is Helen Patnode. First meeting was at the Friends of the Library Bake & Book Sale on June 1, and now it seems that we meet at most of the local venues. I never realized that George Haselton was her father, or that Pam Haselton, the Coopers and Jane Peck were all related. I guess that the Wilmington Historical Society’s meeting must seem like family reunions!

Here is the listing of all the people and businesses that donated goods or money to the Wilmington Youth Center’s party that was held on Saturday, June 4. Susan Hockert Insurance, Sherry’s The Salon, Country School’s Camp Treetops, Sadie Hozley, Chuck Lyon, Adirondack Holiday Lodge, Mountain Brook Lodge, T & T Tanning, Cliff’s Electric, the Little Super Market, Kristy Holzer and the Town of Wilmington. If anyone who should be on this list is not on this list, please let me know and you will be put on the list. Thank you to everyone who made this day the wonderful event that it was, as well as the continued support for this youth center.

Congratulations to all of our graduates. It may sound trite, but this is the beginning of the rest of your lives. Proceed wisely. Stand for something. That way you won’t fall for anything. And my favorite, attributed to W. C. Fields, “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” Special kudos to our Methodist Church grads, Aaron Connor and Robert Holt.

And in closing, congratulations and a welcome to the larger family of God goes out to Marjie Swift who, on Sunday, June 19 became a member of the Whiteface Methodist Church right here in Wilmington.

And, in closing yet again, congratulations to my own daughter, Elena, who has made it out of 8th grade and is on her way to high school.

Thank you for reading this column in the Lake Placid News and, as Red Skelton said to close his show, “May God Bless.”


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