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Ashland Speaks: Boy, the English language has changed a lot

May 16, 2018 11:39 am Updated: May 16, 2018 11:57 am

Can you believe it? May is halfway done and it’s time for me to start planning for Memorial Day and its upcoming events.

This past weekend started Thursday and hasn’t ended yet. I’m writing this on Monday; tonight is the Mother-Daughter dinner at the Ashland Church, and I still have to make my covered dish.

Add doctor visits, school elections and senior citizen activities to that, and you will understand why I laugh when someone asks me what I do all day. Don’t I get bored up here in the country? What are you going to do today? I won’t know until the phone rings.

On May 12, the WAJPL Golden Age Club held a fun and successful Chinese Auction. Thanks to all who donated or helped in any way. Hope you were successful as well. Don’t forget, Ginny Gurley will be at the next meeting May 22 telling us about the wonderful work the American Legion does for the veterans at VAMC in Albany.

I often wonder how many read my column. This morning, I found out that those at WRIP read it. The announcement for the Mother-Daughter dinner came on, and my words were quoted. You don’t have to bring your mother or daughter. Don’t forget, (ladies), we’re all someone’s daughter.

A very moving memorial service was held last Sunday at the Country Suite for Winnie Seidel. Lorraine and her family did a great job of celebrating her life and expressing thanks to Winnie for adopting them and lovingly raising them. More than 30 shared in their celebration.

Had a wonderful Mother’s Day call from my daughter, Sonja. The temperature in San Antonio, Texas, was 90 degrees.

I’m sure you’ve all seen the signs already, but can you believe it’s time for the Ashland Historical Association Tractor and Farm Machinery Show? In honor of its 10th Anniversary, the association will be holding a two-day event. On June 2, there will be the usual activities during the day, but this year, it doesn’t stop there.

In the evening, there will be a dance under the stars featuring local band “Whiskey Cross” with fireworks to follow. On Sunday, you can start your day with breakfast sandwiches and coffee, then listen to live music featuring local band “The Blitz.”

Patrick del Rosario will be the Master of Ceremonies and local radio host, Jay Fink (WRIP) will be there to do live spots. There will be a truck pull Sunday. Many new displays have been added along with more activities for the kids. This show is the major fundraiser for the historical society, and we are asking for your support.

As you get older, it seems you want to preserve traditions and antiquity. Come and have a good time.

Speaking of antiques, the Mt. Top has two Golden Age Clubs: WAJPL, as its name implies, is sponsored by the towns of Windham, Ashland, Jewett, Prattsville and Lexington. The Mountain Top Golden Agers are a Tannersville/Hunter-based club. Both clubs work together to provide activities for seniors.

This Friday, Greene County Dept. of Aging will be hosting a Senior Citizen Day at the Historic Catskill Point.

On June 13, Mountaintop club will be going to MacHaydn Theater in Chatham to See “Funny Girl.” It will be the 2 p.m. show with a stop at Kozel’s in Ghent. Call Chris for information and reservations at 518-589-5815.

WAJPL will be going to Philadelphia on June 19 through June 21. Call Opal at 518-750-8380 for additional information. Both clubs have columns in the Windham Weekly section of the Mountain Eagle with complete activity information and contact information. Look for it.

With the warm weather and many activities, I do get to see more people, but although you all like to read about what your neighbors have been doing, I get very few people telling me. Talk to me, let me know what is happening in your life.

What have your kids been up to? I know many are very proud of their Little Leaguers. Let me know their accomplishments so we can all enjoy them. Fire departments, churches, youth groups, send me any information on fundraisers as soon as you set a date so that I can report it in my Upcoming Events section. I know people do read this, and save it to plan their activities accordingly.

Speaking of fundraisers, Jewett Presbyterian Church has set the date of its annual Strawberry Social for June 16. Helpers are needed to set up, serve and clean up. This is a tradition that dates back to as long as I can remember. I can still see Gladys Morse, Catherine Morse Smythe, Olive Morse, Bessie Van Loan, Laura Maben, and others, too numerous to mention, cooking and serving in the old kitchen at the Grange Hall. There was no running water, and the stove was wood-fed, but the dinners that came out of there were TO DIE FOR.

Please help us keep the tradition going (the kitchen now has a top-of-the-line dishwasher and commercial oven). Call John at 518-734-3804. Leave a message and someone will get back to you.

The next Ecumenical will be June 5 at Mitchell Hollow. The June Columbia-Greene Women’s Luncheon will be June 13 at Pegasus, featuring Elke Crane of Germantown.


Sympathy to Nola Barlow and family on the passing of her brother.

Condolences and prayers to the family of Don Tompkins, of Ashland, on his passing.

Get-well wishes to Greg Lubjle, the son of Annie, (nephew of Jackie Kayeta) who is in Albany Medical Center after a severe accident. Prayers are desperately needed for his recovery.

Clarence Soule has started treatments and needs prayers. He is feeling good, and has been seen riding around town, but we want to keep him healthy.

Larry Partridge is doing OK, and sends regards to all. Please continue prayers.

Ellouise Cole needs company. She is in therapy at Green Meadows and would be very happy to see anyone from the Mountaintop.

Prayers for the family of Cliff Cool on the death of his mother.


May 25 and 26: LAOH Annual Yard Sale — Our Lady of Knock Shrine East Durham

May 26: Morning of Reflection at St. Theresa’s, Windham, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 27: Blessing of the Animals, CD Lane Park, 12:30 p.m.

May 31: WAJPL Spring Luncheon at Thompson House, 1 p.m.

June 1 and 2: Rummage Sale, Windham United Methodist Church

June 2: Morning of Reflection for Women at St. Theresa’s, Windham, from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

June 2 and 3: 10th Annual Farm Machinery and Tractor Show at Ashland Town Park

June 5: Ecumenical Mitchell Hollow

June 9: Ashland Chicken Barbecue

June 13: Columbia-Greene Women’s Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pegasus. Call 518-634-7405

June 16: Strawberry Social at Jewett Presbyterian Church Hall


New speak

I have a high regard for the English language and so ponder everyday, the new language of the cyber community.

I heard on the radio this morning that one of the popular names this year for girls is Kairo. Is that Cairo as we know it or Cairo in Eqypt? Hmm.

I had no idea that clouds held more than moisture. I thought “shut the door” meant the door was open and I had to go close it. Shut up always meant someone wanted you to be quiet and delicious meant something was really good to eat.

Bitch was a female dog, and a mouse was a critter no one wanted in their house. If you have drop-dead good looks, is that good or bad?

LOL was about lots of love; Spam was canned meat. The web was something a spider would make and net was the word for the thing we hit a tennis ball over, or something you used to catch a fish.

Text was a book or writing in a book and only when I was sick would I take a tablet. We all laughed at “My Mother the Car,” and were astounded by “Kit” (Knight Rider).

Now, we talk to all of our appliances, and don’t name your daughter Alexa or your son Alex, or else you don’t know what will turn on in your house.

We vacuumed by taking the clumsy machine out of the closet, now I push a button on my remote and walk out the door. I can even vacuum overnight, and in the morning, my little friend is on his charger waiting to go again on schedule.

Talking to yourself was a sign of senility, now it’s normal to see people blabbering away, sending “note to self,” or on the phone via BlueTooth (wasn’t that something we went to the dentist to avoid?).

I wonder — Oh well.

Keep me in mind for all of your activities. Lula 518-734-5360