It is with great sadness I report the closing of M&M Diner as of Jan. 1, 2014. The diner will remain open till then, and everyone is welcome to stop by, enjoy a great meal and say goodbye. Jay McDonald and his staff thank their many valued customers for their support over the years. Thanks to Jay and his staff for the great food and service provided to all of us. You will be missed very much.
The holidays are approaching, and there is still time to get your raffle tickets for the beautiful Adirondack Christmas basket at the AuSable Forks Free Library. Tickets are donation of $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held on Dec. 21. Stay tuned to this column for the announcement of the lucky winner. The Stewart's Holiday Match continues through Christmas Day. Stop by and donate to this fund, and Stewart's will match each donation and after combining all donations will award funds to nonprofit organizations that apply and are chosen. Last year, five organizations in our community benefitted. All those chosen will be announced in my column.
A free Christmas dinner with turkey and all the trimmings will be served at the AuSable Forks Volunteer Fire Department from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 25. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy a delicious meal and fellowship. This event is hosted by the Friends of the Community.
Christmas ornaments are still available for the tree located at the town clock. Each ornament is a $10 donation and may have a family or memorial tag. Once your ornament is purchased, it will be placed on the tree each year till time for a replacement. For more information or to place your order, contact Helen Wirt Kennedy at 578-0865.
The fourth annual Adirondack Health Jingle Bell Run/Walk was held on Dec. 7 with 152 participants. This event was 2.7 miles. Congratulations to community resident and valuable member of our ambulance service Jackie Torrance, who finished 74th in the women's division with a time of 38:24.5 Great job, Jackie.
The AuSable Forks Volunteer Fire Department held an election on Dec. 10. Running unopposed were Al Rougeau (commissioner) and Charlene Garso (treasurer). Both candidates will continue in their positions for another term. Congratulations, Al and Charlene.
The AuSable Valley Middle/High School hosted the annual Zone 6 Area All State Concert on Nov. 23. This event featured the best regional music students performing in concert band, women's chorus, mixed chorus and jazz ensemble. Students participated in two days of practice on Friday and throughout the following morning before the Saturday concert. Participants from AuSable Valley were Erin Butler, Latalya Duell, Sarah Edwards, Brianna Drake, Emilie Kilburn, Kassie LaHart and Taylor Lincoln.
Congratulations to Elias Smith, the AVCS boys varsity soccer player who was named to the Division I all-star first team and to Nate Devins, who was named a second team all-star. Congratulations also to the entire team, which was awarded the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award.
Congratulations to Rachel Knapp, the AVCS girls soccer player who was named to the all-star first team and to Logan Snow, who was named a second team all-star.
Congratulations to Meghan Strong, a member of the varsity AVCS girls basketball team who scored the 100th three-pointer of her varsity career recently while participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge Tournament held in Schenectady. The team won a very exciting game with a score of 53-52. Meghan scored 17 points, including four three-pointers.
Birthdays this week: Dec. 16, James Sorrell and Gary Whisher celebrated; Dec. 17, Stephen Godlewski and Sean Hannan celebrated; Dec. 18, Tex Lincoln and Michael Barber were our birthday boys; Dec. 19, Kelly Gordon and Kelsi Douglas get best wishes; Dec. 20, Susanne Bezio, Hollie Bombard and Doug Seguin all get cake and candles; Dec. 21, Helene Marshall and Camedyn Strong celebrate along with Helen Wirt Kennedy, who celebrates her big 50; Dec. 22, Michael Becker and Tim Mousseau celebrate.
Happy anniversary to Stephen and Susan Richards, who celebrate 14 years of marriage on Dec. 18.
Special thoughts and prayers for dearly departed members of our community: Dec. 16, Howard Lincoln, Betty Meconi and Sandra Tefoe (2000); Dec. 17, Thomas Sorrell (1999); Dec. 19, Susan Walsh and Everett (Jeff) Wright; and Dec. 20, Lilus Blanchard (2002).
Friends of the Community will host a blood drive at the Black Brook Town Hall on Jan. 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. Everyone attending will be entered in the drawing for a door prize.
Betsy Bushey, manager of our nutrition site in AuSable Forks invites our seniors age 60 and over to stop by and enjoy the delicious lunch served daily. Meals are served Monday to Friday at noon. For those interested, five-cent bingo is played daily starting at 10 a.m. There are also jigsaw puzzles to work on, and everyone is welcome to walk in the gym. For more information, contact Betsy at 647-8173.
The local AuSable Echo Club is seeking donations of yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, quilting materials, fabrics, threads, sewing notions, patterns and any craft items. The club's goal is to keep expenses to a minimum for the kids yet to let them explore and learn more skills. Anyone wishing to donate any of the above items or for more information, please contact Tami Bushey at 647-8232.
Swimming in the pool at AVCS is open to the public and free of charge from Dec. 1 through March 2. Times are Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be no public swim on Dec. 25 or 29, Jan. 1 or Feb. 19. There will be limited locker space on Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 due to sports conflicts. If school is cancelled, or if all after-school activities are canceled, open swim will not be held.
The Jay/Black Brook Youth Commission will host the Whiteface Ski & Snowboard Program again this year. This program is for skiers or snowboarders from ages 8-18. It is a six-week program with optional afternoon lessons for students. The dates will be Jan. 12 and 26, Feb. 2 and 9, and March 2 and 9 (with March 16 as a rain date). Cost for the students is $129. A full-day rental package for all dates of the program is an additional $94. Adult chaperone passes can be purchased for $235 per adult. If you missed the signup sessions but would like to sign up or for more information, contact Shannon Stanley at 647-5479.
Special thoughts and prayers for ill and recovering members of our community: Luke Randy Garcia, Tim Snow, 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. I wish all my faithful readers a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy your holiday.