The M&M Diner officially closed on Jan. 1 after 21 years of being at this location. Jay and his staff have been serving customers delicious food since July 18, 1992, when he opened his business. Everyone will miss you, Jay, your staff and the delicious food you served, including such great pizza. Best wishes from everyone go to you in whatever you choose to do in the future. Thanks for all your wonderful years of service to all of us.
The free Christmas dinner with all the trimmings served at the AuSable Forks Volunteer Fire Department from noon to 2 p.m. was a great success. Thirty-five dinners, including take-outs, were served. Great fellowship was enjoyed by all those eating at the station.
Many thanks to the organizers and volunteers who made this event so successful. Linda Dubay, Al and Rita Rougeau, Kay Coolidge and Jim Blaisel. Thanks also to Holly Chabott, who made and donated all the beautiful and festive table decorations. The Friends of the Community committee members also thank everyone who donated food for this event. Plans for next year's dinner are already underway.
Here is the Upper Jay Wells Memorial Library schedule of events for January:
-Jan. 8 at 1 p.m., slide presentation by Steven Engelhart of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the nonprofit, historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park
-Jan. 9 at 7 p.m., board of trustees meeting
-Jan. 20 at 4:30 p.m., quilters' gathering
Birthdays this week: Dec. 30, Kristi (Spear) Provost and Stacy Pelkey were our birthday girls; Dec. 31, T.P. O'Neill, Roxie Williams and Joel Martineau all celebrated; Jan. 1, Mrs. Thomas (Peggy) Bombard, Alexis Tefoe and Logan Casey all celebrate their New Year's Day birthdays; Jan. 2, Liam Barber gets cake and candles; Jan. 3-4, no birthdays; Jan. 5, I send my love and best wishes for a very happy day to my husband, John Santor.
Happy anniversary wishes this week to Wes and Verna Sheldrake, who celebrated on Dec. 31.
Special thoughts and prayers for dearly departed members of our community: Dec. 30, Kay Sorrell; and Dec. 31, Alyce McDonald and my grandfather, Frank Joe Nelson, who passed away in 1984. Our entire family continues to mourn your loss. We all love and miss you very much. RIP, Pa. More special thoughts and prayers for these people: Jan. 1, Raymond McDonald; Jan. 2, Louis Meconi; Jan. 3, Otis Hazen; and Jan. 4, Don Betters (2000).
Three sixth graders from the AuSable Forks Elementary School were committee members that held a fundraiser to benefit the Jay/Black Brook annual holiday toy drive. Luis Perez, Dillon Goodman, and Autumn LaBrake sold wooden Christmas tree ornaments to fellow students at the school. They had a memory tree that had been set up two years ago in memory of a student who had passed away. The project has been ongoing ever since. The wood for the ornaments was donated and then cut by high school technology students, and then teachers helped decorate the ornaments representing the colleges that had been adopted by each classroom for the year. The ornaments were then sold to the students, and proceeds totaling $196 were donated to the toy drive. Hats off to these students for their dedication and hard work with this project.
The blood drive hosted by the ambulance service held on Dec. 19 had 13 attending and received 12 units of blood. The lucky winner of the door prize was Linda Fisher. Ellen Metcalf was the lucky winner of a door prize for donations of canned food items. These food items were collected and used to make the 10 food baskets the ambulance service delivered to members of community helping make their holiday a little brighter. The next blood drive held at the station will be on Feb. 13 from 2:30 to 7 p.m.
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. Blood donors are desperately needed as bad weather has forced some drives to be canceled; therefore, every unit will be much appreciated by the center. All donors must be at least 17 and weigh more than 100 pounds.
The AuSable Forks Volunteer Fire Department will host its All-You-Can-Eat 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 or milk. The cost is adults $8, seniors $7 and children $6. Eat in or take out.
The annual Adult/Junior Christmas Bowling Tournament was held on Dec. 28 after being postponed on Dec. 21 due to inclement weather. Two shifts were held, and the following were winners in their division.
-Boys: first place, Logan Martineau bowling with his Grampa, Jim Rondeau; second, Connor LaDuke bowling with his dad, Bernie LaDuke; third, Joshua Eaton bowling with his grampa, Scott Brow. -Girls only had one participant; therefore, first-place winner was Tenley Rosio bowling with her mom, Stella Rosio.
-Boys: first place, Carter Drake bowling with his dad, Fred Drake; second, Rylee Turnbull bowling with his dad, Chris Turnbull; third, Jack Thomas bowling with his dad, Mike Thomas. Congratulations to all the winners who will each receive a trophy. Congratulations to Mike Thomas, who bowled the only 300 in the tournament.
ACAP will host a 9-pin bowling tournament at Riverside Lanes on Jan. 18 with shifts at 4 and 7 p.m. Each team must have at least two women and two men. At the event, 50/50s and raffles will be sold, and buy-a-strike will be available. Call 647-9905 to reserve your lane for a night of fun and to support a worthy cause. A 9-in bowling tournament will be held at Riverside Lanes on Jan. 25 to benefit the Senior Fuel Fund. Shifts will be held at 4 and 7 p.m. and each team must include at least two women and two men. At the event, 50/50s and raffles will be sold, and buy-a-strike will be available. Stop down for an evening of fun and to benefit this worthy cause. Call 647-9905 to reserve your lane.
My sincere condolences to the family of Michael K. Worden, 54, of Keeseville, who passed away unexpectedly Dec. 17 in South Burlington, Vt. He was born in Utica on April 16, 1959, the son of Harold and Mary (Morrow) Worden. A celebration of Michael's life was held at the Keeseville Elks Lodge on Dec. 28. RIP, Michael
My condolences to Mary Claire Smythe, of town, and her entire family in the loss of her brother, Dennis Smythe, 62, a former resident of Lake Placid who passed away on Dec. 24 at the Boise V.A. Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Dennis was born on July 15, 1951, in Lake Placid, son of the late Goodman and Evelyn (Connell) Smythe. Services will be held at a later date when a full obituary will be published. RIP, Dennis. Special thoughts and prayers for ill and recovering residents 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, Maureen Lattrelle, Mabel Fredenburgh, 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.