It was nice to be missed..Happy New Year 2018!!!
12/16.. The Montgomery Historical Society and Northwestern Counseling and Support Services co-sponsored the Holiday Happiness that was held at Pratt Hall. This was a wonderful family event that brought out many families to come and enjoy the wagon rides that Ron LaRock and Serena Snider bringing their two large black Percheron mares Pearl and Star. They were such beautiful mares and so gentle. I was so excited, like a child in a candy store to have them here in town. They gave 8-10 rides from Pratt Hall down around Comstock Bridge Road and back up on route 118, this went on from 11a- 2 p.m. Inside of Pratt Hall there was singing of Christmas songs and hymns by the Richford Community Choir; face painting, and cookies and hot cocoa for everyone. The Big Surprise came at noon time when the Fire Trucks came with sirens blaring, they were bringing Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus to visit the children that had gathered inside. I did not witness this but heard it was fabulous!! Thanks to Sue Wilson and all the others for bringing this event together.
12/17..Candles and Carols was well attended with several lovely acts taking part, the Ballet Arts by instructor Kathleen McCloskey-Scott performed “The Nutcracker.” President of the MHS Scott Perry welcomed everyone and told a few jokes, Jay Franham gathered the children around and read them the Christmas Story. Steve Hays on his electric organ played all the Christmas hymns and entertained all of us when he had someone from the audience to do a part of the 12 days of Christmas, this was hilarious and it was so much fun. Scott Perry thanked everyone for coming wished everyone a Merry Christmas in his final words. Parma Jewett had made a gorgeous gingerbread church for a raffle drawing and Pierce Marchand was the lucky child to win this wonderful prize. He was mighty happy and said that he would eat it later. The hall was a master piece SO beautifully decorated by Noella McGroarty and her helpers. We have to be most proud of these two events that brought so many people out to enjoy friends and neighbors, and a BIG THANK-YOU to all that took part in bringing this together.
12/24. Our new Pastor Bonnie Hovermann had a wonderful Christmas Eve Candle Light Service with several of us taking part in reading scripture and lots of Christmas Hymns were sung. We had a wonderful turn out that came and some stayed after to enjoy Christmas Cookies provided by Sally Newton and hot coffee and friendly fellowship before leaving.
12/28..The 500 Card Club met at the Snow –Shoe Restaurant for a Christmas luncheon planned by hostess for the month Connie McFarland. Everyone ordered whatever they wanted and served by Pete. After we were finished eating we began playing cards just before one o’clock. At our November meeting we all agreed to save time if we bid six we would play it, so not to have to keep redealing. That worked out well for Marge Cummings, when she bid six and picked up the kitty it was full of cards she needed for her bid and she took all the tricks. The after noon was cold with the temperatures hovering right around zero outside. Carmen Scott had high score 2890; second high was Helen Parent with 2395, and she was playing in the absence of Jeannette Sylvester; Roberta Morin was playing for Betsy Snider..as Betsy had been in the hospital in Morrisville. Therese Begnoche had most horses (4), Linda Van Gieson had low score of 290. THAT is very unusual for Linda, like we all say, we never know what we will get but have to take what is dealt to us. I am one of those, I seldom get a good hand to bid on. Thanks to Connie for providing the desserts, and for the Christmas tree ornaments that she gave out, some she had handmade were so pretty, and the angels were purchased but so adorable, Thanks Connie. Denise Baker will host the January gathering at her home.
12/31. Sending Heartfelt Sympathy to the Pattee Family and Friends in the loss of Colby Pattee. More info will be in this weeks paper. So sorry for their loss! God Bless all of you!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with their family and friends and look forward to a new year of fun, laughter, good health and peace around the world.
Happy Birthday to: Doris Buttendorf 1/3; Kathy King 1/5; Mike Deuso, Taylor Soule, Robert Gendron III 1/11; Sue Cherrier, Lillian Robtoy 1/13.
** A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.** Please share your news with me..we want to keep our Montgomery Column. M.L.T.A.
12/3..What a gorgeous afternoon, it’s 45 degrees as I come to finish up this column. Our Greening Service at Church went well, the sanctuary looked nice once we got the tree decorated, the window sills, the first Advent Candle was lit, etc. Pastor Bonnie Hovermann put together a nice service. Thanks.P. Bonnie!!
12/1..Little Natalie McGinley celebrated her third birthday with supper and a beautiful birthday cake with her Daddy Jared, Mommy Leanne, brother Noah, Nene- Grammy Nancy Leach, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins, along with Family Friends. Natalie told me she had a wonderful time and loves her new toys and things she received. She is just the sweetest little girl and I’m glad she had a nice Birthday Party.
11/29.. Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Montgomery, the lighted wreaths have been put up through the Center and Village. 12/2..the Christmas tree at the Historical Society will light up for the first time around 4 p.m.. Maggie Elkins and Yours Truly have taken the lights off the tree in the park as its getting much too high to decorate. There were many sets of lights we took off, that did not work, or half worked and the other half didn’t. YES, it looks dim without lights on the park tree, and we have solar lights on all the small cedar bushes, we need more sun to have them work longer, but when they are on they are pretty nice. The Historical Society lights will come on around 4 lighting up the wreaths on the frontage of the building and their outside sign, their flower buckets are filled with beautiful greens. Remember there will be a fun event at the Historical Society on December 16, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Horse drawn wagon rides, Richford Choir, SANTA , hot cocoa and cookies. This will be a great time for the whole family.
A BIG THANK-YOU, to the students of Montgomery Elementary School for making handmade Christmas cards for the TROOPS in Afghanistan. Margie Cummings has mailed them out and along with them a box of goodies that will bring so much joy to these men and women so far from their homes during this Holiday season. This is the second year the students have participated in this program entitled “Operation Christmas Cards.” Thank You Margie for your help and to all the Children in their efforts, it’s all gratefully appreciated.
12/9 Reminder of the Huge Craft Show that will be held Saturday, December 9, at the Montgomery Elementary School starting at 9 a.m-3 p.m.. Many-many vendors, breakfast and lunch foods, Christmas trees will be sold. To benefit the M.School Children .
11/30.. Nine members of the Green Mountain Ruby Reds were invited by Stacy Barrows Manosh for a tour of her business in Johnson, “The Johnson Woolen Mills.” She was a super nice hostess and took us through where all the people were hard at work cutting out patterns, many ladies all busy sewing . unreal the amount of wool that had been precut for making jackets, coats, mittens, etc. The store was filled with beautiful-beautiful attire for the whole family and even your pets. She said “we can keep everyone warm in all kinds of cold weather.” They also have flannel that they are now making warm things for everyone. We all enjoyed her tour and Thanks so very much Stacy for taking the time in your busy schedule to spend time with us.
11/30.. Our new Pastor Bonnie Hovermann planned a Bible study during the Lenten Season entitled “ The Lord Is Our Light,” there were 14 people in attendance. We will meet every Thursday night at 6 p.m. during December.
I have a suggestion for a Christmas gift that my friend wanted me to share with my readers. The Montgomery Rec Boards pocket size guidebook, entitled “in the Middle of the Mountains”: Scenic Roads & Trails in the Montgomery-Jay Peak Area. This can be found at Sylvester’s, Lutz, First Trax to name a few. It describes eight road tours, seven easy walks, and 15 hikes and it’s illustrated with beautiful color photo’s by Eileen Oktavec.
Happy Birthday to: Diane Bocian 12/11; Randi Hacker, Shane Robitaille 12/13; Joan Ramey, Mike Celantano 12/15; Shirley Jacobs, John Youland 12/16.
Just a little note to let our senior citizens know that Lise Gates will have her Christmas Dinner (roast pork) on December 14, Christmas music from 11-noon time, Tea cup auction.
**(Over heard) When my grampa was a kid he used to pay 50 cents to go and see a movie, NOW he got him a $2000. Flat screen and what does he see? Same old movies.** Have a nice week !! M.L.T.A.