The Annual Holiday Toy Drive is proceeding along full speed ahead. Anyone wishing to donate an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl up to the age of 18 is welcome to drop off any items at M & M Diner during hours of operation. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted. On Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a bake sale and bottle drive will be held. This event will benefit the Annual Holiday Toy Drive. If you wish your donation of bottles be picked up or would like to donate a food item for the bake sale, please contact Cindi Murphy at 647-8264.
The Annual Christmas Meal Basket Drive is also underway. Kelly Murphy can be reached at 524-5806 for more information on this event. Each holiday basket consists of the following: turkey, gravy, vegetables, stuffing, potatoes, dinner rolls and one pie. Last year, approximately 50 baskets were delivered in the town of Jay and town of Black Brook. Please support these two worthy causes and make so many residents happy at holiday time.
Plans are nearly finalized for the 9th annual "Christmas In The Forks" celebration. New information this week is that ornaments are available for sale for the tree. They are beautiful, colored ball ornaments for $10 each. Once purchased, the ornament will be placed each year with no charge after the initial payment until wear causes the need to be replaced, which should be a few years. The individual or family name will be placed on the ornament and just your name or family name will be printed. To order your ornament or for more information, contact Chairwoman Helen Wirt Kennedy at 578-0865. Remember, the day will be filled with many fun things to do on Dec. 7. The schedule of events should be ready for announcement in my next column. The Firehouse Big Breakfast will be held on Dec. 8 instead of Dec. 1 to be connected with the celebration.
A Veterans Day dinner was held at the American Legion Post 504 in AuSable Forks on Nov. 9 to honor our veterans for their dedicated service to our country. Seventy had signed up to attend the delicious meal, and all attending enjoyed a great evening. Many thanks to our wonderful veterans for their service, defending our country and risking their lives to keep our country safe and protecting our rights.
A blood drive hosted by Friends of the Community was held at the Black Brook Town Hall on Nov. 7. Fifteen attended and 10 units of blood were collected. Everyone attending was given a gift. Lucky winner of the door prize was Lori Deyoe. Thanks to the committee members who dedicated this blood drive in memory of my Mom Leota Perkins. My family thanks you all very much for this honor to her. The next scheduled blood drive to be held here will be Jan. 9, 2014 from 3 to 7 p.m.
A free Christmas dinner will be held at the AuSable Forks Fire Department on Dec. 25 with the complete dinner being served from noon till 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the delicious food and good fellowship.
Birthdays this week: Nov. 18, Benjamin Savage celebrated; Nov. 19, Bryce Cushon, Steve David and David Kenneth Allen Plumadore celebrated; Nov. 20, No Birthdays; Nov. 21, Leslie Mitchell and Amanda Deyoe get best wishes; Nov. 22; Peggy Douglas and Raymond Nelson get best wishes; Nov. 23, Kodi Gordon is our "Birthday Boy"; Nov. 24, No Birthdays.
Happy Anniversary wishes this week to: Tim and Denise Carte on Nov. 18; and Mike and Steph Snow on Nov. 20.
Special thoughts and prayers for dearly departed residents of our community: Robert Reich on Nov. 19; Mary Wallace on Nov. 21; and Jean Pulsifer on Nov. 24.
Congratulations to Katrina Newell, of Upper Jay, who was one of the students at SUNY Potsdam who were awarded scholarships, grants and awards recently. Katrina who is studying theater received a freshman scholarship. Best wishes to you in your studies, Katrina.
My condolences to the family of Elise Mary Ricklemann, 68, of AuSable Forks, who passed away at CVPH Medical Center on Nov. 5. Elise was born on Jan. 29, 1944, in the town of Newburgh, daughter of the late Joseph and Julia Earle Sr. At Elsie's request, there were no calling hours or funeral services. The Thwaits-Zaumetzer Funeral was in care of the arrangements. RIP, Elsie.
Congratulations to town of Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas, who has been honored by the New York State Association of Counties for graduating from its Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute. The Institute is an educational program established with Cornell University. Randy is serving his fourth year as chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors and his 10th year as town of Jay Supervisor. He also serves as as second vice-president of NYSAC, Board of Directors, is an executive board member of the New York Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages and is a Community Advisory Board member of the Adirondack/Federal Corrections Institute.
The annual election of the AuSable Forks Fire District will be held at the fire station on Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. This election will be held for the purpose of electing one treasurer for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2014 and ending Dec. 31, 2016 and to elect one fire commissioner for a five-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2014 and ending Dec. 31, 2018. Candidates will be announced soon. All residents of the fire district who are registered with Clinton and Essex County Board of Elections by Nov. 18 are eligible to vote.
Congratulations to Dillon Savage, son of Paul and Victoria Savage of Upper Jay, who recently selected as a state finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award. This award is presented annually to a male and female high school student-athlete on the same day as the Heisman Memorial Award, which is given to the nation's top college football player. Dillon was one of 10 male athletes selected as a New York state finalist. He was the only student-athlete selected from Section VII. More than 48,000 candidates were chosen for this award. He has been a five-year starter on the Patriot's baseball team, a five-year starter on the Lake Placid Hockey team, and a three-year starter on the football team. Dillon has a 3.3 GPA.
The Jay/Black Brook Youth Commission held their basketball signups last week. Children who live in towns of Jay, Black Brook and Wilmington are eligible to play. If you were unable to attend the sign up time but would like to have your child play, please contact Austin Depo at 420-3772.
Work on preparing for the creation of Henry's Trail has finished for the season. Work to complete the project will begin in the spring as soon as weather permits. Anyone who wishes to be a volunteer may call the town of Jay supervisor's office at 647-2204 to add their name to the list of volunteers. This is a very special project for our community.
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 McKernian, Helen Drake, 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.