The Lake Clear Presbyterian church will be holding their worship service at 9 a.m. for the month of February. Coffee hour to follow. All are welcome to attend and bring a friend.
St. John in the Wilderness Church will hold its Mass at 8 a.m. Sunday and at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Gabriels Assumption will hold their Mass at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. St. Pauls in Bloomingdale has an anticipated Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday. All are welcome to attend any of the above services and bring a friend.
There will be a card party at the St. John in the Wilderness Church hall the third Sunday in February.
There will be a ham dinner held at St. John in the Wilderness Church hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. The dinner will be ham, mac and cheese, plus other goodies. Cost per person is $10. For more information, call Sister Carol at 891-2286.
The bookmobile will be at the Lake Clear post office parking lot from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 1. Stop and pick up your reading material.
The next luncheon for the Lake Clear seniors will be held at St. John in the Wilderness church hall at noon Tuesday, Feb. 8. Appetizers and wine will be provided. The meal will consist of: spaghetti, meatballs, sauce, Italian sausage, bread, salad, ice cream or sherbet for dessert. Please bring your own place setting. Call Mary Wirsing at 891-3469 or Nonie Webb at 891-6240 to make reserevations.
Charlie's Inn will have a float in the Winter Carnival parade on Saturday, Feb. 12. After the parade there will be a D.J. starting at 7 p.m. at Charlie's for your dancing pleasure.
Mark your calendar: Steve Borst will be playing at Charlie's Inn at the Junction in Lake Clear on the following dates: Feb. 4, 18 and 24 and March 4.
The Tri-Lakes Snowmobile Poker Run, which will benefit Life Flight, will be held Feb. 26. Cards will be drawn at Charlie's Inn at 5:30 p.m. sharp that day. First prize is $250, second prize is $150 and third prize is $100. There will be many door prizes and 50/50 drawings for all who participate in the poker run. There will be music for your dancing pleasure that evening at Charlie's. For more information, call 891-9858 to find out where all the stops are. Some are in Saranac Lake, St. Regis Falls, Lake Placid, Owls Head. I will have them all listed in the next column.
The Albert A. Gonyea Post VFW Auxiliary No. 3357 will hold its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 at the Vets Club. All members are encouraged to attend.
The Albert A. Gonyea Post VFW Men No. 3357 will hold their meeting 7 p.m. Thursday February 17 at the Vets Club. It is suggested that all members attend.
The Class of 1956, who graduated from the Saranac Lake High School, will hold its get together at noon Friday, Feb. 18 at McKenzie's Grille. For more information, call Barbara Darrah at 891-1043 or Harold Jaquis at 891-0987.
St. Pauls/Assumption Town of Brighton Food Pantry will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 at the new building located in the Brighton Town Park. There will be food and gently used clothing available. For more information, call Barbara Marshall at 327-3297.
Speaking of Barbara Marshall, the following is a very important thank you from the St. Paul's/Assumption Town of Brighton Food Pantry.
Somehow "thank you" seems like two very small words to express the heartfelt gratitude and appreciation Barb wants to convey here.
The St. Paul's/Assumption Town of Brighton Food Pantry's new home at the Brighton Town Park became a reality through a true community effrort, with many folks coming together, donating time, hard work, talents, and donations, all to see this to completion. I only hope I don't leave anyone out. Forgive me if I do.
Many thanks to the Brighton Town Board, John Quenell, Peter Shrope, Jeff Leavitt, Steve Tucker and Lydia Wright for all their support. Dr. John Mills and Paul Smith's College for wood donations. The Brighton Highway Men, Andy Crary, Glen Perrino and Forest Pennington, who did the actual building of our "new home." Danny Spencer, for the renovations to the park building to make room for us. Tom McKernan for his help with the concrete work. Rick Stevenson (North Country Electric) who supplied the man power to install our electric. Dave Nester and Curtis Lumber who made sure building supplies arrived promptly and donated our door.
A special thanks to the Frances L. Carpenter Foundation, Adirondack Community Trust-Polly Ohman Fund, Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program, Green Family Charitable Fund, Knights of Columbus Council No. 7803 of Bloomingdale, the St. Regis Property Owners Association (SRPOA) for their most generous contributions and assistance. A very special thank you to George Earle, a member of SRPOA (and our own guardian angel) for all the letter requests he sent to help us out, many envelopes and much writers cramp. Ellen Trevor, also SRPOA, many thanks for all you did and continue to do to help our pantry.
Everyones support not only helped build our new site, but keeps us going when grant dollars run out. Because of your generosity, I am able to access items needed by so many families, that are not covered by grant money.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank some other people making a difference in my peoples lives. Janice Helms, Paul Smith's College for food donations and funds raised. Heidi Lyon, Matthew Adams and Tim Lyon and the other fine fellows of Troop 12, who did a fantastic job on the items they collected. Barb Curtis, Dorsey Street Exchange, for the faithful donations each month that help sooooo many in so many ways. Gail Vascukynas, for the donations brought from the Methodist Church Sale. The many friends and neighbors for their contributions that make such a difference. Sam Betters, Peter and Amy Jones, Jim Thompson, Petrova and all those participating in Jingle Bell Jog, for all the great items collected. Thanks for sorting all the items out. That really helped. Jason Wamsganz, Laura Sheft (Honor Society) and all the Saranac Lake High School students who likewise, collected many food items.
How wonderful to witness so many of our young people thinking of other. Neil Seacord, thanks for allowing us to store our 5 cent redemable bottles and cans in your garage all this time. You have no idea how much it helped us.
Then there is Hans Michielen, Paul Smiths College and all the fine Paul Smiths men and women who harvested the trees, cut, split and delivered wood, to make sure many will be warm this winter. I believe 10 families benefited from this program.
The pantry would not function if it weren't for my fantabulous volunteers - Francis and Roger Lester, Kim Kennedy, Tammy Boyer, Cynthia Setzer, "Lady Di Boyer," Tanner Meade, Frank and John Mose, Billy Martin, Kevin Meade and Dorothy Yell. They are a gift to me all year.
The food pantry also thanked this columnist, Deborah Donaldson, for her help promoting Lake Clear area news through her bi-weekly column.
Congratulations to my granddaughter, Jessica L. Stinson, who graduated in December from SUNY Potsdam with a degree in psychology. Jessica was one of 200 who graduated in December.
There will be a card party held at the Saranac Lake Adult/Community Center at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6. Prizes and refreshments will be available.
The board of directors evening meal will be held Wednesday, Feb. 16. Bingo will be at 2 p.m., social hour at 4 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m. Dinner will be mac and cheese with ham, broccoli, salad bar and brownies. Cost is $5 per person. Please call 891-2980 to make reservations.
The adult center's Wellness Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, downstairs in the newly renovated rooms. Across the hall is Dan Sullivan, with Adirondack Massage Therapy. Dan is a licensed massage therapist since 1999 and can help to improve your circulation, range of motion, balance and reduce pain from tight muscles. Dan can be reached at 572-1881 for an appointment.
The adult center has an array of activities going on each day. Bingo is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. with special bingo surprise prizes occasionally. Every Monday evening starting at 7 p.m., bingo is open to the public. A knitting group has formed at 10 a.m. every Wednesday. Card games start at 1 p.m. Thursday. Enjoy a game of pinochle, poker or Uno or bring your own card game. The events are all fun to stay for after having lunch at the center. Please call 891-2980 to make reservations for lunch.
Feb. 1 - Belated to Cathy LeBlanc, Connor LaVair, Ricky Dykeman
Feb. 2 - Megan Kilroy
Feb. 3 - Andrew LeBlanc, Joshua LeBlanc
Feb. 4 - Morgan Kilroy, Dylan Mader
Feb. 7 - Shannon Bennett
Feb. 8 -?Jill Barnard, Archie Blanchard
Feb. 9 - Shirley Willette
Feb. 10 - Bernard McCormick, Hilary Blanchard
Feb. 12 - 84 years young Helen Bush
Feb. 13 - Walter Tanzini
Feb. 14 - 9-year-old Colby Douglas, Tina Hough, Allen Brown
Feb. 15 - Timothy Durkee
Feb. 7 -Alan and Nancy Roberts
Feb. 13 -?12 years for Nathan and Tina Hough
Feb. 14 - 7 years of togetherness for Francis and Caron Powers
Don't forget folks, get out and enjoy the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival this coming week. It's one way to forget about all this snow that has arrived in our yards, etc.
Till next time, you can call 891-4199 with information for this column and have a nice day.