Great news for the residents of the Grove and Rolling Mill Hill. Construction on a new two-lane bridge will begin in the spring. The new bridge will be built next to the present one, which will stay till the new one is completed. When construction is complete, the present bridge will be removed to Keene and used for a walking bridge. Stay tuned for date construction will begin.
Congratulations to the winners in the towns of Jay and Black Brook elections on Nov. 5.
Town of Jay. Supervisor: Randy Douglas, 663, running unopposed. Council: Archie Depo, 593; Amy Shalton, 526; and Fred Balzac, 277. Town Clerk: Beatrice Pelkey, 601, running unopposed. Highway Superintendent: Chris Garrow, 473; and William Lincoln Sr., 319. Tax Collector: Valerie Coolidge, 380; and Tina Fenton, 367. With 45 absentee ballots to count, this contest was too close to call. Ballots will be counted on Wednesday, and results will be in my next column.
Town of Black Brook. Town Justice: Gary Frenia, 282. Town Council: Jim Seguin, 249; and Ron Wilkins, 230. All candidates were running unopposed.
Best wishes to Chad and Marla Garcia, of AuSable Forks, who were the first to receive their buyout check from FEMA in the town of Jay. They received their check on Nov. 8 in Elizabethtown. I am happy to report the Garcias are in the process of purchasing a new residence, and yes, it is out of danger of flooding. Good luck, Chad and Marla. We all hope you will be very happy in your new home.
Birthdays this week. Nov. 12: Jenna Manning, Bert Pray, Bev Hickey, Mackenize Dubay and Lyric Valentin all get cake and candles. Nov. 13: Andrew Wilson and Joann Ferris celebrated. Nov. 14: Samuel Richards and Karin Bombard get best wishes. Nov. 15: Colin Miller is our birthday boy. Nov. 17: Aaron Gravelle and Renata Halpern celebrate.
Happy anniversary. Nov. 11: Fran and Carolyn Kane celebrate 55 years of marriage. Nov. 15: David and Dianne Drake celebrate. Nov. 16: Colin and Sharron Miller, and Jim and Bev Seguin share their special day.
Special thoughts and prayers for dearly departed members of our community. Nov. 12: Emma Lincoln, Cecile Garso, and Charles Murphy. Nov. 13: Robert Reich (1999). Nov. 14: Timothy Hoey. Nov. 17: Bert H. Pray (1987), James (Ned) Hoey Sr.
My condolences to the family of Samantha Jean Fournier, 20, of AuSable Forks, who passed away unexpectedly at the home of her parents, Matthew and Peggy Fournier, where she resided, on Oct. 29. She was born on Oct. 5, 1993 in Plattsburgh, the daughter of Matthew and Pamela (Richardson) Fournier. Calling hours were held at the Thwaits-Zaumetzer Funeral Home on Nov. 9. Funeral services were held at the funeral home following calling hours. Samantha was laid to rest in St. Matthew's Cemetery in Black Brook. RIP, Samantha.
Welcome to our world, Lauren Colegrove, daughter of Kevin Jr. and Emily Colegrove, of Keeseville. Lauren arrived at CVPH Medical Center on Oct. 31. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 21 3/4 inches. She joins her 18-month-old sister Addison at home. Grandparents are Rick and Sue Nolan, of AuSable Forks, and Kevin Sr. and Deidre Colegrove, of Keeseville. Great-grandmother is Barb Rhino, of AuSable Forks. Best wishes to the Colegroves and their brand-new, beautiful baby girl.
Congratulations to the AVCS Lady Pats volleyball team, which won their fourth straight Class C title. They went on to face the Sandstoners in Potsdam, where they once again were a winning team. Their scores were 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14. They then moved on to the regional finals facing Voorheeseville, where they unfortunately lost despite some very hard fought games.
My sincere condolences to the family of Francis and Barbara Gero, lifelong residents of AuSable Forks who both died as a result of injuries from a tragic motor vehicle accident. Barb and Francis were in Florida preparing their winter home they purchased last year for their winter stay which they planned for after the holidays. Francis Gero, 58, of Silver Lake Road in AuSable Forks, passed away on Oct. 31 in Florida. He was born on Oct. 10, 1955 in Lake Placid, the son of Francis and Dorothy (Betters) Gero. Barbara (Booth) Gero, 54, passed away on Nov. 2 in Florida. She was born on Aug. 7, 1959 in Plattsburgh, the daughter of James and Barbara Booth. Calling hours were held at the Thwaits-Zaumetzer Funeral Home on Nov. 10, and funeral services were held at the funeral home on Nov. 11. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery. RIP, Francie Baby and Barbie.
The plans for the 9th Annual Christmas in the Forks celebration to be held on Dec. 7 are proceeding full speed ahead. Chairwoman Helen Wirt Kennedy will have the full agenda ready for the press in the near future.
The annual Toy Drive is underway, and anyone wishing to make a donation of unwrapped toys for all ages or monetary donations are welcome to drop them off at M&M Diner during hours of operation. For more information, contact Cindi Murphy at 647-8264. Applications for those wishing to receive toys are available at the diner, and the deadline is Dec. 15.
The annual Holiday Christmas Meal Basket Drive is also underway. Approximately 50 baskets were delivered to residents last year. To donate either money or food items, contact Kelly Murphy at 524-5806.
Special thoughts and prayers for ill and recovering members of our community: Luke Randy Garcia, Sarah Tromblee, Muriel LaBombard, Carolyn Dagley, Cindy Thomas, Eunice Frenyea, Frank Lovely, Jim Bombard, John Bombard, Helen Drake, Helen McKernian, Mabel Fredenburg, Maureen Lattrelle, Peggy Sue Hart, Jari Snow-Thwaits, Rick Nolan, Debbie Spooner, Pauline Dumas, Karen Baker, Lynda Denton, John Santor, Bob Rondeau, Evie Dockum, Allison Crahan, Gabby Lincoln, Michaela Bushey, Carol (Bombard) Quigley, Laura (Joyal) Razzano, Rikki Kane, Joe Dubay Jr., Walter Fournier Sr., Terry Nollette, Colleen Otis-Whisher, Marla Devito and anyone I may have forgotten.
Till next time, have a great week and "happy reading."