The thre-day 49th annual AuSable Forks Fast Pitch Softball Tournament was held July 8, 9 and 10. The festivities got underway on July 8 at 5:30 p.m., with the Pee-Wee Girls softball game between Jay/Black Brook I coached by Jim Lincoln and Jay/Black Brook II coached by Doug Rondeau.
At 6:30 p.m. the dedication of the Ray “Popeye” Coolidge Volunteer trophy was presented to this years winner Paul (Cheesey) Snow by the Coolidge family. At 6:45 p.m., the American Legion Post 504 Color Guard presented the flags and the Canadian and United States national anthems were sung by Susan Richards. Immediately following the dedication of the tournament to Ned Hoey was held and the ribbon cutting of the new pavilion by Dr. George Najim, previous owner of the AuSable Dental Center who generously donated funding for the materials for the new structure.
Ned Hoey, retired AuSable Valley Central School teacher and coach is very deserving of this honor of the dedication. Ned has spent many hours for the past 40 years volunteering in many capacities to make this tournament so very successful which would not be what it is without his financial expertise. Ned is a Vietnam veteran and has served as Commander for the American Legion Post 504. Congratulations Ned you are very deserving of this award.
The lucky winner of the 50 /50 Friday night was Robin Mussen Allen who won $245.
The two teams with local players were: Razzano’s Trucking from Johnstown with coaches Larry Razzano and Scott Bombard and players Chad Garcia, Kodi Gordon, Joe Nixon, Stan Loya Jr., Chris LaMountain, Matt Stanley, Andrew Bombard, Corey Barton, Kellen Nolan, Josh Haywood , T.J. Burl and John Mussen all locals, with the team also featuring players from Johnstown.
The AuSable Spirits with coaches Kevin McCallister, Randy Douglas and Jon Gordon and players Adam Coolidge, Jeremy Lowther, Randy Douglas, Eric Rock, Mike Furnia, Stan Loya Sr., Kyle Nolan, Joe Deslauriers, K.C. Zaumetzer, Alex SantaMaria, Tyler Nelson, Tom Mousseau, Tom Perkett, Chad Lopez, Scott Brow, Dave Gordon, Derek Hackett and Evan Murphy consisted of all local players.
Games started at 7 p.m. and continued through Sunday when all awards were presented. Winners will be announced in my next column.
The Farmers Market continues to be in AuSable Forks every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. through Sept. 2. It will be located in the Town of Jay parking lot adjacent to the Grand Union Family Market. There are several vendors with many wonderful items for sale. Shop early for best selections.
Birthdays this week
July 11: Howard Drake Jr. celebrated
July 12: Erin Miller and Nicholas McDonald shared their special day
July 13: No birthdays
July 14: Kristen Preston and Taylor Allen get best wishes
July 15: Sam Berrick is our “birthday boy”
July 16: Sarah Simms, Debbie Straight and Megan Fitzsimmons all get cake and candles
July 17: Bea Plumadore Reid and Bernice Plumadore LaHart share their day
Happy anniversary wishes this week: July 12, Tom and Naomi Nicholl celebrate; July 16, Dan and Jana Deyoe get best wishes; July 17, Bruce and Mary Ercolani celebrate
My condolences to the family of Frances Smith, 94, former resident of town who passed away on July 6 at AMC Uihlein in Lake Placid. Frances was born in AuSable Forks, on Feb. 17, 1917, daughter of Charles and Maude (Douglas) Rhino. A Mass of Christian burial was held on July 9 at Holy Name Church in AuSable Forks and burial followed in Fairview Cemetery. RIP Fran.
JEMS Summer Concert will be held on July 16 at the Jay Village Park at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Organized Chaos playing classic rock and roll. This concert is free of charge and underwritten by Northline Utilities and Rocky Branch. In case of rain this concert will be held in the Amos & Julia Ward Theatre across the road.
The AuSable Forks Free Library is currently holding the Children’s Reading Program: One World, Many Stories every Wed. at 10 a.m. through July 27. Children who have completed a year of pre-school (pre-kindergarten need parental accompaniment) and older are invited to take part in stories, crafts, and activities.
On July 27, there will be a special story-telling workshop with Keene Valley Library’s Karen Glass. This program is free of charge and does not require pre-registration. Call 647-5596 for more information.
“Road to Dannemora” will be featured at Keene Central School on July 16, 2011 at 7 p.m. Come see this homage to Bob Hope/Bing Crosby Road Movies with lots of local folklore thrown in, including characters that represent local icons like Arto Monaco, of Upper Jay’s Land Of Make Believe.
The music for this show has been written by 16 year old Sam Balzac, of Jay. Sam’s music is reminiscent of “old fashioned” musicals from the 1930s. More than 20 children from Jay, Wilmington, Keene, Westport and beyond make up the Book & Blanket Players cast for this performance. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.
The Rotary Club of the AuSable Valley is collecting items for the soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital who are recuperating. Items such as candy, cookies, hand held games, postage stamps, note paper, puzzle books, pens, pencils, granola bars, or any item they can use that is not furnished by the hospital.
Anyone wishing to help with postage is very much appreciated. Contact Linda Dubay at 647-5302 or Tami Bushety at 647-8232 for more information. Packages will be shipped in August.
The fourth annual Tour de Forks will be held on July 30, 2011. Riders may choose the 37 mile ride or the 100 mile ride. Pre-register for $35 (37 mile ride) or $40 (100 mile ride) or $45 day of the race registration. Ride will be held rain or shine. Start time is 9 a.m. and sign ins begin at 7:30 am at the Town of Jay Community Center.
Picnic lunch will be served to all participants following the ride. For more information, contact Linda Preston at 647-1251.
Plan ahead for the sixth annual Community-Wide Yard Sale sponsored by the AuSable Forks Revitalization Group which will be held on Aug. 27. A registration fee of $10 buys a household a place on the Yard Sale Map, with directions, extra maps for handouts, and publicity prior to the event.
Registration fees will be accepted at the Town of Jay or Town of Black Brook offices from Aug. 1 and Aug. 15, or by mail to the offices. For more information, contact Sue Pulitzer at 647-8194.
Special thoughts and prayers for our area ill and recovering residents
Jeff Brown, Luke Randy Garcia, Jackie (Ashley) Kimbel, Roy Ano, Sarah (Walton) Tromblee, Jimmy Bombard, John Bombard, Margaret Trumbull, Ann Aubin, Cindy Thomas, Althea Miller, Frank Lovely, Francis Gero, Michaela Bushey, Amy Drake, Rick Nolan, Debbie Spooner, Peggy Sue Hart, Jari Snow-Thwaits, Joan Pray, Lynda Denton, John Santor, Bob Rondeau, Gabby Lincoln, Pauline Dumas, Karen Baker, Bev Devost, Marvin 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.”