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Summer is here! Let’s play it safe

Brighton Buzz

July 8, 2008
By Dora Mose

Welcome once again to the Brighton Buzz! It's been a wonderful week. I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July celebration.

Again this week, I'd like to remind everyone to use caution when going out in the sun. Use your lotion with the highest SPF rating you can find. Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day if at all possible, and drink plenty of hydration type fluids. Remember too that days that are overcast are good for a sunburn. And going out on the lake, ponds or rivers are good for a sunburn from the reflection of the water, so remember your sunblock then as well.

If you wish to use your burning barrel or have a campfire, please check with the DEC first. Making sure there is no burn ban on. They can be contacted by calling 897-1300. And please use caution with burning, don't let your campfire get out of hand.


Barbara and her gang at the food pantry are still going strong for those in need of the Town of Brighton. Again if you need to contact Barbara for a food need call 327-3297.

Neighbors in the spotlight

This weeks featured resident of the town of Brighton is a person born and raised here, Shellie Smith.

She has run a day care center out of her home on the Rainbow Lake Road in Gabriels for the past 15 years, caring for children ages 6 weeks to 11 years old.

Shelly and her "kids" have loads of fun with going on picnics, hikes nearby, working on craft projects at holiday's and making gifts for their parents on Mother's Day and Father's Day, coloring Easter eggs and making Christmas decorations. Shellie is full to her capacity right now, but you can give her a call at 372-3349 and possibly be put on a waiting list. All her "kids" love her, as well as she loves them like they were her own, evident with some wanting to stay for a sleep over. Good job Shellie; it's a blessing to have you as part of our community.

Congratulations to the young people of our town who have found summer jobs! The skills you learn in your summer job will stay with you the rest of your working life, enjoy this time!

The "Coffee Club Men" still meet every Wednesday morning at Gus' Adirondack Diner, and swap stories of days gone by, or pull a practical joke or two on each other.

The seniors meet every Tuesday at a different establishment each week, call Pat and Tom Willis for information if any seniors, age 55 or older, of the Town of Brighton would like to join in this fun at 327-3433

Kid's Corner

How are y'all doing on reading your books this summer? I hope everyone has picked up a good book to read, a book can take you on so many adventures, to many different and exotic places, and to a different time altogether.

A good way to remember all the fun you had this summer is to keep a diary of your summer activities. This will help keep your writing skills up to snuff, and when you return to school in September, you'll have your diary to refer to when the teacher makes the assignment for an essay of "What I did last summer." You will be surprised at how many fun activities you do by keeping a daily diary.

Another fun project is to make a scrapbook of your summer fun. Take pictures of you and your friends doing things together. It could be a simple bike ride to the park or a hike up one of our many mountains. Have your friends autograph the page you mount their pictures in. This is a good group as well as individual project to work on.

There are many activities planned at the Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Centers as well throughout this summer. Also take advantage of the hiking trails and get outside this summer. There are also activities available to residents of the town of Brighton at the Paul Smith's College with the exercise equipment and the indoor swimming pool.

Hey kids, how about a cool summer treat? Make your own popsicles. With Mom or Dad's help, mix a package of your favorite drink mix, such as Kool Aide or Mix Aide, using half the amount of water called for.

Pour mixture into ice cube trays, set trays in freezer for a couple hours. When cubes are "slushy" enough so that a plastic fork stays in the liquid, stick a plastic fork or a popsicle stick into each cube and return the trays to freezer over night to freeze solid. Pop out a popsicle and cool your tongue on a tasty home made summer treat!



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