Ring in the new year at Riverside Lanes on Dec. 31. A 9-pin couples bowling tournament will be held with one shift at 8 p.m. For those not choosing to bowl, there will be musical entertainment for listening and dancing. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and ring in 2014 with lots of fun and friends celebrating. To reserve your lane or for more information, call 647-9905.
Congratulations to Naomi Nicholls, of AuSable Forks, who was the lucky winner of a holiday bear sponsored by the Press-Republican. Naomi's name was chosen from Marty's Carpet and Flooring, where she shopped prior to the drawing.
Renovations at Stewart's in AuSable Forks are complete, and it is bigger and better with lots of new items and much more space. To celebrate, a lucky tape drawing was held, and Ron Howard, of AuSable Forks, was the lucky winner of a Stewart's $50 money card. Lots of specials were held on Dec. 21 to celebrate, and manager Dan confirmed to me that pizza pies and slices are now available. The Stewart's Holiday Match program has ended as of Christmas Day. Details of the final total of donations will be reported next week.
Ellen Metcalf, of Upper Jay, was the lucky winner of the door prize at the blood drive hosted by the AuSable Forks Ambulance Service on Dec. 19. Their next blood drive will be held on Feb. 13 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Everyone attending will be entered in the drawing for a door prize.
Birthdays this week: Dec. 23, Darcey LaFountain, Jason Whisher, Keith Gravelle and Carolyn Kane all celebrated; Dec. 25, Peg Hoey and Bryan Deyoe shared their Christmas birthday; Dec. 26, Owen Barber and Carol Fitzsimmons get best wishes; Dec. 27, Travis Williams, Jennifer Miller and twins Wendy Kane and Walter Fournier Jr. all get cake and candles; Dec. 28, James Hart and Shelley Hickey celebrate; Dec. 29, John Hill, Joseph Schmid, Doug Douglas and David Lauzon get best wishes.
Happy anniversary to Matt and Linda Deyoe on Dec. 28.
Here are some special thoughts and prayers for dearly departed residents of our community this week. On Dec. 23, I'm sending my love and special thoughts to my dad, Richard Perkins, who passed away 11 years ago today. Our entire family misses and loves you so much. We pray you and Mom are finally together again and you are both resting in peace until we meet again. Happy holidays, Mom and Dad. We love and miss you both so much. We're also missing the following people: Dec. 25, Joe Meconi; Dec. 26, Victor Seguin; Dec. 27, Jesse Bombard; Dec. 28, William Dirolf; and Dec. 29, Blanche Plumadore.
Mad River invites everyone to stop by on Dec. 28 starting at 6 p.m. and enjoy the musical entertainment of Jacks and Hero. Joel Perkins, nephew of Donny Perkins and Chris Cernak, will play lots of great tunes for everyone's enjoyment.
John Ryan and Richard Rougeau thank everyone who donated bicycles and parts this year. They picked up bicycles in any condition and any parts residents donated throughout the year. This year, they picked up bikes in AuSable Forks, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Wilmington, Clintonville, Keeseville, Peru and Schuyler Falls. As of Dec. 1, they delivered 91 old bicycles to the Clinton County Christmas Bureau repair shop. There these bikes are repaired and painted and then distributed to children in need in this area for Christmas. John and Richard are now ready to pick up bikes for next year. If you have any bikes or parts you wish to donate, call 647-5984 or 647-8640 and leave a message if no answer. Your call will be returned and a date and time for pickup will be arranged. Great job, John and Richard.
The AuSable Forks firemen will host their Firehouse Big Breakfast on Jan. 5 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 and milk. The cost is adults, $8,; seniors, $7; and children, $6. Eat in or take out.
Congratulations to the following AuSable Valley Central School Lady Patriot members of the volleyball team who were named to the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference all-star team. First-team members were Miranda Sheffer and Mirissa O'Neill. Second-team member was Alex Lincoln. Two most valuable members were chosen, and one of them was Noelle Miller. The coach of the year was Sandy Hoey, who led the Lady Pats to an 18-2 season. They won their fourth consecutive Class C title and beat Section X champion Potsdam in regional play. They lost a competitive match to undefeated Voorheesville of Section II in regional play. The team also won the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award. Great season, team and coach.
The Rev. Ana Rivera-Georgescu was ordained as a priest on Dec. 15 at the St. James Episcopal Church in AuSable Forks. She is the first woman vicar at St. James Episcopal. A former police officer, she is married with two children. St. James has been without a priest for more than two years. The Rev. Patricia Johnson served as a deacon. Best wishes to Rev. Rivera-Georgescu as she begins her duties at the church.
Our local AuSable Echo 4-H club is seeking donations of yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, quilting materials, fabrics, threads, sewing notions, patterns, books and any craft items. The club's goal is to keep cost and expenses to a minimum for the kids yet to allow them to explore and learn new skills. Anyone wishing to donate or for more information, contact Tami Bushey at 647-8232.
Plan ahead to donate blood at the next blood drive to be hosted by Friends of the Community at 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.
Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay will host the following Wednesday afternoon programs. On Jan. 8 at 1 p.m., there will be a slide presentation by Steven Engelhart of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the nonprofit, historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park. On Feb. 5 at 1 p.m., Margot Brooks and Alex Eaton of Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay will talk about turning an old Adirondack dairy farm into a farmstead creamery. On March 5 at 1 p.m., Peter Slocum will talk about the new North Star Underground Railroad Museum at AuSable Chasm, which explores the hidden history of the Champlain Line of the Underground Railroad, and the movie "'12 years a Slave," based on the true story of Solomon Northup. an Essex County free man.
Special thoughts and prayers for ill and recovering members of our community: Luke Randy Garcia; Tim Snow, scheduled for surgery on Dec. 30; Sarah Tromblee; Muriel LaBombard; Carolyn Dagley; Cindy Thomas; Eunice Frenyea; Frank Lovely; Jim Bombard; John Bombard; Helen Drake; Helen McKernian; Maureen Lattrelle; Mabel Fredenburg; 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 am wishing my faithful readers a happy healthy and safe new year.