Good-bye to November and it has been a busy month and is rapidly coming to an end. When I came downstairs this morning to a snow storm, the roads were covered with snow and the temperature kept falling throughout the forenoon. It was so beautiful ..a winter wonderland. The wind is coming up this afternoon and clearing the snow off the trees. By the time you get your Courier on Thursday this will be just a memory as its suppose to warm up again this week. It feels like we are going to be on the roller-coaster weather pattern again. Next Sunday, December 3, is the beginning of ADVENT SEASON and we will be decorating our Church during the morning worship service starting at 9 a.m. with our new Pastor Bonnie Hovermann. It’s also Communion Sunday!!
11/21.. I attended the Community Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service held at the United Church in Franklin, Vt. I accompanied Sandy Bowman, Margie Harrocks and Zina Chaffee, also in attendance from town were John, Sharon and Jonny Youland. This was a very uplifting service with many people in attendance. All the local clergy were taking part in Bible readings, Prayers, Hymns and the Sermon was given by Rev. Titus Pressler. It was all so well done and I take this time in my column to say THANK-YOU for all Participants for a wonderful Thanksgiving Service.
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Dinner with Family and Friends. I know we did, Thanks to Sally and John Newton and Penny Lumbra for their invite and to include our family members Ray and Betty Courville , and Veronica deSaintPhalle. We all were Thankful to be together and enjoyed such delicious food. Locally Maggie Elkins had her daughter Kelly Maxfield and Family and son Clay, were home where they could enjoy Mom’s delicious food. Gila Domina had son Mike and friend Sal up from Mass. and daughter Ruth & hubby Jim Smith and grandchildren. I hope EVERYONE had a wonderful time with their Family and Friends as they sat down to enjoy their Thanksgiving Dinner. God Bless us ALL!!!
Events: There will be a “Blood Drive” on Sunday, December 3 at St. Isidore’s Parish Hall in Montgomery Center on Route 242. It will begin at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. to make an appointment call 1-800-Red-Cross. Local raffles or prizes donated by Snow Shoe Lodge and Pub and the Belfry Restaurant. Walk-ins WELCOME!!! Sponsored by St. Isidore’s Parish and Montgomery Emergency Services.
Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m. there will be a Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols at All Saints Roman Catholic Church in Richford. Everyone Welcome!!!
Come one, Come All, For some Holiday Happiness on Saturday, December 16;, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be FREE Horse Drawn Wagon Rides; 11 a.m. the Richford Community Choir performs; 12 p.m. Santa arrives on our Fire Truck, Face paintings, Kurt Valenta. (Nature expert with interactive table) There will be hot cocoa and cookies served. Co-sponsored by Montgomery Historical Society and Northwestern Counseling and Support Services (Parent and child Center)
I extend Heartfelt Sympathy to the family and friends of Hank Leach. His daughter Leanne and grandchildren live here in the Village across the street from me. (Have hope in tomorrow, have faith in the everlasting and take comfort in the love of friends and family) God Bless!!
Happy Birthday to: Luke Scheffler 12/2; Samantha Ryea, Betty Moquin, Lynne Drevik 12/3; Ethan Mercy, Micah Niles-Rascusin, Jennifer Diette 12/5; Ellen Coolidge, Matt Cennamo 12/8; Lynda Cluba, Rosy Robitaille 12/9.
Happy Anniversary to: Dennis and Patricia Rodger 12/9.
**You can forget all about air planes, fast cars and speed boats, there is nothing as fast as old age.** This is all for this week.. there are many events going on Get out and have fun with your neighbors and friends. A wonderful time of the year. God Bless!!! L.T.A.
The weather outside is frightful with all the wind and snow flying around this afternoon 11/19. This is our second snow fall and by the sounds from the weatherman it isn’t going to last very long. The long range forecast the weather will be nice for traveling on Thanksgiving Day.
Maggie Elkins invited me to come with her the first part of the week to go to Enosburg and on our way back home we took a ride over the new Longley Covered Bridge, ITS GORGEOUS!!!! I truly love our bridges and I hope everyone will enjoy it.
11/14, Our November Card Club was held at the home of Betsy Snider, she had invited all of us to come for lunch that she had planned, Denise Baker went up to give her a hand before everyone arrived. She had a delicious shepherds pie, homemade bread, pickles and brownie sundae’s for dessert, punch, tea or coffee.
The afternoon was filled with laughter, jokes, and some frustration when we had to redeal cards so many times to get a good hand. SOOO, they decided to play a 6 bid hand just to save time. We also decided to play just 6 rounds instead of 8 during the winter months. Therese Begnoche and Marge Cummings were at the head table all through our 6 rounds of play, they had a fantastic play, they took high score and second high and split the pot. their points were 3290 each; most horses went to Carmen Scott with just 3, low score was Denise with 820 points. Connie McFarland will host the December meeting and we will go to the Snowshoe for lunch and play cards after.
Robin Houle and sister Zina are safely back home after their trip to London and Oxford on the 13th of this month. They went to see Dennis Locorriere (Dr. Hook) again! They had a wonderful time walking all around the West End of London. The buildings were mostly high rise made of brick and stone very vintage, they even went by the British Broadcasting Company. The highlight was our two concerts we went to see and enjoy, IT WAS A BLAST!!
A special request to Thank, Ted Carrick, Patty Perl, Elsie Saborowski, Scott Perry, Sue Wilson, Peggy Bristow and Marijke Dollois for their help in preparing the Christmas wreaths with new lights and bows. There were 46 of them that needed attention for them to look nice during our Holiday season in the Center and Village. What a wonderful week to give THANKS..as this is our week of Thanksgiving. Thanks to all of you for giving of your time and kindness in making our beautiful town more beautiful. THANK-YOU!!!
Been a busy couple of weeks around the King house (known as a deer camp during the season) 11/5..Their friend Gary Tetreault Sr., from Florida came for deer hunting; 11/8..his brother-in-law Carlton Kahearl and his son Jason came from Maine. Then on 11/9 Gary’s two sons Gary Jr., and Kyle came from Florida, and 11/10 Gary Sr.’s brother Napoleon Jr., and his sons Napoleon III, and Napoleon III son Ben and Napoleon Jrs son Jared; Napoleon Jr. son-in-law Rob Mannarino and his son Ricky, and Gary Sr.’s nephew Alvey Blier Jr., and his two sons Alvey III and Evan, all came from Connecticut on Saturday 11/11. Gary Sr.’s daughter Nikki Gould and granddaughter Skylar and Nikki’s mother Tina Heath also came up from Conn. Kathy King said there were 19 people here for the weekend. Sunday everyone went to the Dairy Center for breakfast before the ones from Conn. headed for home. Napoleon Jr. stayed the week to hunt with Gary. Gary Jr. got a 4 point buck that weighed 112 lbs on 11/12; on 11/18 Gary Sr. got a 145 lb. 4 point buck. Fun time was enjoyed by everyone.
There are many events coming up around Franklin County, please check the ads in this paper. One in particular, The Huge craft Show at the Montgomery Elementary School on December 9..starting at 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Benefit the Elementary School Children. Many- many Vendors will be there!!!
Happy Birthday to: Jon Bosley 11/26, Hillari Levine 11/27, Cheryl Wisell, Uriel Agim 11/28, Benah Cluba 11/29.
** One Christian turkey to another…Do you think there is life after Thanksgiving? ** Luke..what did the turkey say to the Computer? Friend I don’t know “WHAT ?” google..google ..google ** (not gobble-gobble) Hope you all have a Blessed Thanksgiving. God Bless!!! M.L.T.A.
As I start this column the sun is coming out and its warming up outside. I went out for a few minutes and picked up the pile of leaves that I had raked up. Just a never ending job raking leaves here in the Village, they are blown back and forth up and down the street. They have their day of dancing up the street and it always seem the same every year, they look like they were dancing. Lorraine St.Onge had a huge pile on her lawn and I think most of them gathered there, Avery had a truck load.
11/6..The new Longley Bridge opened up as probably everyone saw the picture in last week’s Courier. It is a beautiful bridge for all of us to enjoy. Also today our new Postal Employee started work here at the Village
Post-Office, Welcome Ann Ashton!!
11/ 7-9..Sharon Perry, Lisa Chaffee and Maggie Elkins shared their knowledge in helping nearly 20 interested people in painting their own “BARN QUILT.” Everyone gathered on the 7th, from 6-9p.m. at the Town Hall where they all got started and on the 9th they came together again to finish what they had started. I understand from several that it was so much fun and everyone had a great time. We will have to keep our eyes open when travelling through Montgomery and look for new barn quilts on someone’s garage, barn or home. There are people that have no idea of what they are, but they are getting popular around and many want one. No they are not quilts for your bed!! They are made on boards, and several different designs are made with different colors of paint.
Connie McFarland has become a Great Grandmother to a Great Grandson Jack Beckett Bryce,he was born on November 8, he weighed 7 lbs and 7 oz., to proud new parents Tyler and Lindsey Bryce of Burlington. Congratulations to all and may you all enjoy this little bundle of joy!!!
News from the Elementary School: The 8th graders are seeking support with their yearbook. Parents, grand-parents that attend many school games and events may have pictures to share that they might not have and they would be so appreciative if you would share with them. Thank-You!!! Did you know that the School has put together a “COOK-BOOK” and this will be on sale at the Craft Show that will be held at the Elementary School Gym on December 9 starting at 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. There are many-many vendors coming to
Sell their crafts, arts, food, maple products, honey and more, plus Avery will be selling fresh trees outside. There will be breakfast and lunch foods available. This will be the 4th Annual Holiday Craft Show and it benefits the Elementary School Children.
November 21..there will be a COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE AT 7 P.M. HELD BY THE NORTHEAST FRANKLIN COUNTRY CHURCHES. We will gather at Franklin United Church at 5414 Main Street, Franklin. The public is invited to come which will include traditional Thanksgiving Hymns such as “We Gather Together” and Come, Ye Thankful People Come.” Pastor Titus Pressler of St.Matthew’s Episcopal Church of Enosburg will preach on the theme, “Giving Thanks in all Things.” A special offering will be taken to benefit
“Turning Point Of Franklin County.” Attendees at the Service are also encouraged to bring a canned or boxed food to benefit the local Food Shelves. Thank You!!! Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.
Happy Birthday to: Harvey Chaffee 11/19; Mack Bolog 11/20; Jeff McGovern, Nastasha Baker 11/21; Mary Rivard 11/22; Cole Elkins, Dougie Baker 11/24; Isaiah Patterson, Theresa Lamore, Scott Smith 11/25.
Anniversary wishes to. Larry and Marge Cummings 11/22.
**Dan. Why did the cranberries turn red? Jake..I don’t know. Dan. Because they saw the turkey dressing.** Be thankful for the food prepared for you, for the family member that sits beside you, and for all the LOVE you share day after day, Bless you all and be thankful for all the little things we have. God Bless!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING ONE AND ALL..WITH LOVE. LL