Happy birthday wishes to Mary Eldred of McKoons Road on March 31, and Owen D. Young music teacher and Richfield Springs resident, Tom MacMillan.
A word of caution about driving on seasonal roads: don’t! Someone in a blue truck with silver trim tried to drive on Dropp Road in the town of Columbia last week and got buried up to the top of his tires in snow. Thank goodness for Doug Brooks and the crew from Chuck’s Towing or the blue truck might still be there. Thankfully Ron and Carole Bayzon were in their greenhouse and the driver was able to phone Chuck’s from there! By the way, the Bayzon’s plants in the greenhouse are looking good.
Kate Parese, daughter of Gary and Patricia Parese of Richfield Springs, has been named to the Dean’s list for the third consecutive semester at Lemoyne College where she is a pre-pharmacy major.
If you were driving through town on Saturday morning, March 21, you know how difficult it was to find parking and how many folks attended the auction at Anderson’s Hardware. We certainly wish Stew the best as he “semi” retires, and it was great news to hear that Aubuchon Hardware is hiring Anderson employees. That effects local families and those loyal employees of Stew’s deserve to be kept on staff.
Spring concerts are beginning to crop up on the local school calendar of events. “Oklahoma” will be staged at ODY soon and young vocal and instrument students just finished the All County Music Festival. Spring concerts at schools cost absolutely nothing to go to.... and the kids know you’re there. Oklahoma at ODY will have an admission charge, but by the sounds of the rehearsals it will be well worth the money.
Now that walking is a bit easier, more and more dog walkers are taking Lady and the Tramp for walks around the village. It would be great if the dog walkers would bring along a plastic bag to pick up any “deposits” man’s best friend makes along the way. Property owners and other walkers in the village sure would appreciate it. We don’t want to have to publish photos of dogs and owners who dump and run.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Eileen and Walt Yaworski; perhaps the last time was at Nathan and Rebecca Seamen’s wedding when Eileen was dancing up a storm at the reception. Well, now Eileen’s found out that her daughter Jill and son-in-law are expecting Eileen’s first grandchild and once again she’s dancing and leaping for joy. Not since Princess Diana was expecting Prince William has there been such great anticipation, and Eileen is going to need our help keeping her excitement in check.
The Band Boosters of RSCS are sponsoring a Brooks BBQ on April 7 from 3 to 6 p.m.; $4.50 for chicken halves only. Pre-sale tickets are available from the band students or the school’s band room by calling 315-858-0610 ext. 217. Nothing tastes like the coming of summer like a Brooks BBQ. The money earned will be used to help the instrumental music program at RSCS.
Class of 2009 seniors are getting letters of awards for the 2009-2010 school year from the Clark Foundation in Cooperstown. Our students sure are fortunate to go to schools that are among those that are included in The Clark Foundation Scholarship Program. These scholarships can be renewed throughout a student’s undergraduate career. One of the many reasons for going to a small upstate New York school is the opportunity to ‘get the gift that keeps on giving.’
It sure would be great if some people would come forward to work on establishing a Richfield Springs School and Community Foundation to benefit RSCS graduates with scholarships and help causes in and around our community. A spaghetti dinner, Brooks BBQ, Donkey Basketball game, or community project to benefit students heading off to college would be a great boost to assist things locally. Remember the “Concert in the Park” series a few years back? Wouldn’t it be great if a Community Foundation could help that return? Why not email Sandy Olson and help get this off the ground: email@example.com
Monica Peters is back to picking litter up along Route 28 as she walks each day. It sure would be great if everyone took her lead and became a person of excellence by improving our area with some random acts of improvement to how the area looks. Too bad the village or town can’t sponsor a couple of roll-off dumpsters for a day so folks could clean up their lawns and toss away he non-ornamental lawn décor, like last year’s Christmas tree with its stand. The extra car in the driveway used for garbage has got to go.
Here’s my last pet peeve of the month. The Mercury used to be available for sale at Price Chopper and according to one cashier, “We sold a lot of them!” Now it is no longer available because it does not have a bar code on it for scanning the paper. Too bad there couldn’t be some code typed in so that Price Chopper’s computers would recognize The Mercury as a tax-exempt purchase. It seems like some kind of solution could be worked out. Maybe you could ask about carrying The Mercury next time you see the manager!
Mark Watson is in his second semester of graduate school at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut where he is one day going to be a Doctor of Physical Therapy. His first semester he earned a 3.87 GPA. Changes have occurred nationwide and you must be a board certified Doctor of Physical Therapy by completing 7 years of college. This summer he will be completing his first clinical experience in Mechanicsburg, Penn. It gives one a whole new take on Alexander Graham Bell’s message of “Dr. Watson, come here, I need you.”
See you at the end of next month. Forward your “what’s-on” ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: What’s On.
Until next time, leave it better than it was...