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Ashland Speaks: Autumn is in the air

September 18, 2019 09:33 am Updated: September 18, 2019 09:48 am


Another gloomy Monday after a beautiful Sunday! Trying to remember if it makes it better to be in school when it’s gloomy out, or does it make one too sleepy to concentrate? The drone of the teacher’s voice, the stillness of the classroom. I’ve been trying to get some paperwork done on my dining room table, but here’s the conundrum: My chandelier bulbs are slowly burning out — only two left. I bought LED replacements, but you can’t mix bulb types. Do I continue working in the dim light, or throw caution to the wind and replace all the bulbs? My thrifty self says wait, my logical self says I have to see. I guess it depends on how much I need the light.

It’s time to get your garden harvested. Pick your apples, peaches and pears. It’s almost time to start raking and prepping for the cold months. Make sure your oilburners and chimneys are cleaned.

It was a beautiful day for the tractor show in Ashland. Our “visitors” are starting to come to the slopes for the Sky Rides. Yes, you can definitely feel Autumn in the air.

Don’t forget the open house for WAJPL at the Senior Center in Hensonville at noon Sept. 23. If you haven’t signed up please call Vicky or Judy.

I have someone in need of a recliner and a single bed.

About 50 VFW members enjoyed a wonderful dinner last Wednesday night.

My friend, Kip, has a very interesting reply to my sandwiches: We had a lot of mustard sprinkled with sugar on a piece of bread for our snacks. Did anyone else?

Sale Sale Sale. Last day at the Ashland Church Thrift Store is noon-4 p.m. Sept. 20. Everything must go! I need your help! Come support the Church. If you have an hour or two to spare, I could use help selling, and also packing the things away for redistribution.

Laura Ferro stopped by the other day with the results of the Patchworkers Show. The Patchworkers Quilt Guild of Windham would like to thank the community for a successful quilt show this past summer. This year’s raffle quilt proceeds will benefit the local food pantries and other worthy causes in the area. The Patchworkers would like to give special thanks to WRIP Radio, the Patchwork Co., The Mountain Eagle, Mike Ryan and Fran Driscoll for their support.

This year’s show winners were: Quilts: First and Second place went to Eileen Buel, Third place to Carolyn Miller. Wall Hangings: First place to Eileen Buel. Pat Pelham tied with herself for Second place and also won Third place. Ballots are passed out with admission, and prizes are awarded according to the number of votes each piece received. The quality of work on each piece is amazing, and it’s hard to decide what piece to vote for. Congratulations to all who entered on a job very well done.

The Mountaintop Progressives are hosting a candidates forum, inviting candidates with any party affiliation who are running for local offices in the Mountaintop communities. This allows candidates who are running against each other to have the opportunity to share their ideas and goals with the voters. The All-Party Candidates Event will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Centre Church on the corner of Main Street and Church Street in Windham.

Windham Order of the Eastern Star will be holding its annual bus trip to Boston on Oct. 5. Plan your own day. Visit many historical sights including Quincy Market, the Aquarium, go shopping, dine out. Fee is $40. Pickup in Windham at 7 a.m. and Catskill at 7:30 a.m. Leaves Boston at 5 p.m. Call for reservations at 518-947-1137 before Sept. 21.

The Greene County Woman’s League will be holding a tea 2-5 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Washington Irving Inn. Cost is $25. The Woman’s League aids cancer patients who need assistance with co-pays, medication and certain expenses relation to cancer treatments. Please consider attending or donating to such a worthy cause. Call 518-819-1249.

Greene Room Players presents, SONGBIRDS singing Doo Wop and Love songs at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Center Church. Free will donation.

Oct. 1 Ecumenical will be held at East Jewett UMC. Guest speaker will be Cassandra from the state Attorney General’s Office who will be speaking about scams that prey on senior citizens, what they are, how to avoid them, what to do if you are a victim. It should be a very informative program. As time allows, she will address our questions. FYI there is no sex or creed discrimination and no membership requirements. Please try to be there. Pot luck lunch follows, bring a dish to share if you are able. Presentation starts at 11 a.m.


Sympathy to Betty Young on the passing of her sister-in-law. Juan Carlos, Jackie K’s friend has been ill and needs healing prayers. Ellouise Cole has been in St. Peter’s Hospital (but is now home) and needs prayers and guidance for the doctors and nurses who are trying to diagnose her. Thanks Kim Crossway for taking good care of our special lady.


Sept. 20 East Jewett rummage sale 4-7 p.m.

Sept. 21 Bag sale East Jewett rummage sale 9 a.m.-noon.

Sept. 22 Catskill Glee Club concert benefit Ashland UMC Center Church, Windham.

Sept. 23 Open house WAJPL noon at Senior Center Hensonville.

Sept. 23 Mt. Top Progressives All-party candidate forum 7 p.m. Center Church, Windham.

Sept. 28 VFW craft sale VFW Hall Windham 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Please help me advertise your activity by emailing me at or calling 518-734-5360.


Fall harvest season brings one thing to mind: It’s fair time again. When I was in school, the Cobleskill Fair was held the first week of September. The county fairs were scheduled about a week apart so that the clubs could compete in as many as possible. There was the Altamont Fair, Chatham Fair and of course the Biggie: NYS Fair in Syracuse. My family always went to the Cobleskill fair. We were always in awe of the Grand Stand with all of the shows, the Fairway with the pulsating lights, barkers, games and rides, the Freakshows, the Girly Shows (You must be 18 to enter, don’t try to sneak in). The food booths that intoxicated you with the smells. We would stand and look at the Ferris Wheel reaching for the sky. Listened to the screams from the Tilt-a-wheel and the Swings. The Merry-Go-Round with the calliope music playing and the painted horses luring you to jump on. The entry fee was small. Children’s Day was free, and the price of a ride was no more than a quarter.

We had the same red Ford truck I always talk about with seats that my father built, in the back. Mother would pack a picnic lunch and off we would go. We parked on the grounds, and made sure everyone knew where it was, then all, who were old enough, went running off to explore and enjoy, on their own. Oh, as a tyke, you couldn’t wait for the day when you could go off without mother. At noon, you were expected to return for lunch, and you’d better be there, or lost your solo privileges. Sandwiches were divvied up, juice or iced tea down, then off you would go again. Father always went to see the animals, what new breeds, how they were cared for. Mother went to the home crafts booths: cooking, baking, sewing, quilting. What new recipes could she try? How did her food compare to the ribbon winners. The kids ran to try their luck on the Mid-Way. Who can knock over a milk bottle with a baseball? Who was strong, and could ring the bell? Who could bring home a prize?

At dusk we all met back at the truck so we could go to the Grand Stand for the show. It was all so magical. The sights and sounds surrounding you in the dark.

I remember coming home. All would be asleep except my father who was driving, and me. We would sing, or tell rhymes as he loved to do. It was such a nice, special way to get home. Finally home, we would jump into bed, dirty feet and all. Tomorrow would be just another day: back to school, back to doing chores, farm work, house work. But the excitement of our day off would be there to talk about for a long time.