This week I’d like to feature not just one person, but many. I don’t know all the names of the children, but I know a few. The people I’d like to feature are the young students in our community.
Congratulations go out to those who graduated this year, including Lee Freeburg, who graduated high school and has been accepted to the fire academy to study fire science and go on to be a professional firefighter. We wish you all the best, Lee; you’ll do a good job in our little volunteer squad. I’m sure you’ll do well in your future endeavors.
Britany Smith is doing well in college. Some other young students include Christina Rabideau, Alli Ohler, Charles Fisk, Patrick Fisk, Aime Lynn Fisk, Ashley Clairmont, Kelly Clairmont, Brooke Smith, Hannah Eckard, Luke Eckard, Kenneth Spencer and Nichole Spencer, to name a few of the young ones in our community.
I don’t know everyone but send out congratulations for all your accomplishments this past school year and well wishes for the next.
The town of Brighton was recently represented in the Franklin County Bicentennial celebrations, with our fire department represented in the parade. Others who were instrumental in this celebration for our hamlet within the county of Franklin were Mary Ellen Salls and Tom and Pat Willis, who are our local historians and keep the records of our people of the town of Brighton alive. Mary Ellen, Tom and Pat will be displaying their historical recordings of our hamlet on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20 at the Moody Tree Farm in Gabriels.
Reminder to all, the Brighton History Days celebrations will be held at the Moody Tree Farm, formerly Asplin Tree Farm, in Gabriels on state Route 86. There will be displays of many of the people and families who settled this area, on up to the present time. There will be food and plenty of fun for all ages.
This past weekend, several of the members of Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department took part in some extensive training on propane fires, hosted by the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Hyde Fuel of Saranac Lake. The class was well taught, and we learned some valuable tactics. So, be assured our little fire department is doing some fantastic work learning and keeping up with the times to be prepared to protect our community.
Don’t forget, the food pantry is open every other week at the new town garage on the Jones Pond Road. For the residents of the town of Brighton, call Barbara Marshall if you have a need for food, and for exact times and dates for when the pantry is open.
Now that school is out, I’d like to encourage all children to read a book and keep their minds working this summer. I’d like to challenge all the kids in our neighborhood, and other readers as well. For the young ladies, a favorite book of mine when I was about 10 or 11 years old was “Little Women.” For the young men, a good book would be “Little Men.” Both books are written by Louisa May Alcott. I’m sure you could purchase this book from our local book stores. Both books are interesting reading and can give an insight to life about 100 or so years ago. Another good book that would be great, especially with the bicentennial of our county, is the series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
All you young readers, please let me know how you are doing on your reading adventures!
Have fun and remember to be safe out there this summer!