The ninth annual Christmas in the Forks celebration will be held on Dec. 7. The fun begins at 12:30 p.m. with the Jingle Bell Jog and Fun Run.
Signups will be held at the Town of Jay Community Center beginning at 11:45 a.m. The Fun Run is free for ages 4-10. It is about three-quarters of a mile. The Jingle Bell Jog is about 2.5 miles and is for teens and adults. It is $10 to participate. This race begins at 12:45 p.m. Both events require participants to pick up s'mores ingredients along the route and finish back at the Community Center, where a fire pit will be ready to toast the treats. All proceeds will benefit Hollywood Theatre and the Go Digital or Go Dark campaign.
At 1:30 p.m., ring in Christmas at Holy Name Church where there will be a day-long giving tree and Advent display. At 2 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church will feature a Christmas craft time. At 2:30 p.m., the AuSable Forks Free Library will host Story Hour with Mrs. Claus reading some great Christmas stories for all the children attending. At 3 p.m., Christmas Story in Song will be presented at St. James Episcopal Church. At 4 p.m., children's movies at Hollywood Theatre will be held, and children will receive treats. At 6 p.m., the tree-lighting ceremony will be held with Randy Douglas once again the master of ceremonies assisted by Susan Richards leading everyone with some great Christmas carols and chairwoman of this event Helen Wirt Kennedy also assisting. Many holiday characters will be on the scene along with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the very special surprise guest all anxiously awaiting the moment the tree lights come on. Thanks to Roger and Cindy Douglas for the donation of the tree this year.
Following the ceremony, there will be children's movies at Hollywood Theatre at 7 p.m., and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Town of Jay Community Center to hear all the children's Christmas wishes. All the characters will be on hand to have fun with the children. There are Christmas ball ornaments for sale to put on the tree for $10 per family, and memorial ornaments are available with the name on each ornament. Contact Helen at 578-0865 to place an order or for more information. Best wishes for a great time for all those attending and remember all events, except the Jingle Bell Jog, are free of charge.
The AuSable Forks Volunteer Fire Department will host their firehouse all-you-can-eat big breakfast on Dec. 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. The menu includes french toast, pancakes (regular, blueberry and chocolate chip), sausage gravy and biscuits, white or wheat toast, eggs (regular and scrambled), sausage, bacon, home fries and mixed fruit. Beverages include coffee, tea, orange juice or milk. The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children under 12. Eat in or take out.
A very surprised Helen Wirt Kennedy was guest of honor at a birthday party held in her honor at the American Legion Post 504 in AuSable Forks on Nov. 29. One hundred twenty five family members and friends gathered to help Helen celebrate this special occasion. A delicious buffet and beautifully decorated cake was served to all attending. Sound Obsession featuring Randy Bosley played great music, keeping the dance floor filled till the evening ended. Needless to say, Helen will hold many fond memories of her 50th for many years to come. Due to the busy holiday season, this party had to be held early. Helen actually celebrates the big 50 on Dec. 21. Best wishes, Helen.
Birthdays this week: Dec. 2, Justin Hart celebrated; Dec. 3-4, no birthdays; Dec. 5, Brian Pray and Jessie Furnia celebrate; Dec. 6, Nicholas Godlewski gets best wishes; Dec. 7, no birthdays; and Dec. 8, Victoria Savage, Al Bombard and Michael Tefoe all get cake and candles.
Happy anniversary wishes this week to John and Darcy LaFountain on Dec. 4; and Tim and Teena Snow on Dec. 5.
Special thoughts and prayers for dearly departed members of our community: Dec. 2, Michael Tefoe Sr.; Dec. 3, Marion Hart; Dec. 6, Ann (Murphy) Strong, 2011, and Richard Hart; Dec. 8, Anna Yando (1984).
The Annual Holiday Toy Drive is continuing, and unwrapped toys for a boy or girl are being accepted during hours of operation at M&M Diner. Applications to receive the toys for residents of the towns of Jay and Black Brook are available at the diner and must be submitted by Dec. 15. For more information, contact Cindi Murphy at 647-8264.
Food items for holiday meal baskets are being gratefully accepted by Kelly Murphy. Last year, 50 meal baskets were delivered to community residents. Items needed for the baskets are: turkey, gravy, vegetables, stuffing, potatoes, dinner rolls and pie. Contact Kelly Murphy at 524-5806 for more information.
The AuSable Forks Free Library is holding an Adirondack Christmas basket raffle. Tickets are $1 each or 6/$5 and may be purchased at the library. The basket includes an Adirondack Life calendar, moose cutting board designed by Sid Ward, packbasket arrangement, birch picture frame, sled tree ornament, Adirondack serving bowl, ceramic tree candy dish and a Rockwell Kent "A Northern Christmas" notebook. The drawing will be held at the library on Dec. 21. Winner to be announced in this column.
A free Christmas Day Dinner will be served at the AuSable Forks Volunteer Fire Department on Dec. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. The meal will include turkey and all the trimmings. Friends of the Community will host this dinner and invite everyone to attend and enjoy the delicious meal and fellowship.
Stewart's Holiday Match Program is underway and will continue through Christmas Day. Any donation you make will be matched by Stewart's and all funds collected will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that apply for funding. All nonprofit organizations are invited to apply. Last year, five organizations in our community received awards.
Congratulations to Maggie (Fournier) Pope, former resident of town who participated in the annual Turkey Trot held each year in Peru. There were 325 competing in the 5K event that Maggie participated in. She finished with a time of 44:15. This was her first time running in this event. Great job, Maggie.
Michaela Bushey was injured in an accident in 2010 which left her mostly paralyzed. Our community came together and helped Michaela and her family through a very difficult time. Michaela is now a graduate student at Plattsburgh State University, after graduating from Ithaca College in 2011 with a degree in music education. She decided as part of a class assignment to develop a social justice project. She wanted to give back to the community that assisted her and her family and therefore started collecting canned goods for the JCEO Community Outreach Center that serves the town of Black Brook. Between Oct. 31 and Nov. 26, Michaela collected nearly 200 items for her project. Michaela worked very hard but found this very rewarding. Michaela works hard with her therapy and has made major improvements in upper body strength and arm mobility since her accident. She plans to eventually work as a specialist in elementary school. Hats off to Michaela and best wishes to her for continued success in her therapy and her studies.
Special thoughts and prayers for ill and recovering residents of our community: Luke Randy Garcia, Sarah Tromblee, Muriel LaBombard, Carolyn Dagley, Cindy Thomas, Eunice Frenyea, Frank Lovely, Maureen Lattrelle, Mabel Fredenburg, Helen Drake, Helen McKerinan, 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.