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Ashland Speaks: Busy weekend ahead; no respect

August 7, 2019 11:39 am Updated: August 7, 2019 11:51 am


August — the month I always looked forward to when I was a waitress as it meant summer was half over, but now I don’t have the same feelings.

The time is flying by without wishing it away. I need all the time I can get just to get my daily chores done. It’s really a good thing I don’t can and freeze anymore. Where would I find the time to do it? I guess we would find the time, as we always did in the past.

I heard the cicadas the other day. It is said that when you hear the first cicadas, it means the first frost will be in six weeks. I’m definitely not ready for that. So let’s just enjoy August to the fullest, and worry about fall when it gets here.

Did you get to the Civil War encampment in Windham Village over the weekend? The encampment women served a lovely tea at the Windham Hensonville UMC Hall on Saturday morning. The concert, featuring “Mark Twain,” was dubbed a success. All enjoyed the music from the era, plus the performers. The evening ended with an ice cream social donated by Stewart’s. Thank you all for donating and attending. I was speaking to the electrical technician, Jonathan, while I was there. He worked for the Mt. Eagle when it was in Hunter, 20 years back. A special hello to Sue Hemmingway from him.

It was a great weekend and special for family reunions. The Armstrong reunion was at Ed and Janet’s, with 64 attending, ages 3 months to 87 years old. The Newcombs met at C D Lane Park on Sunday.

When you get to 75 people, you cease counting. That was the way for the WAJPL picnic on Monday. The food and conversation flowed. We were graced by Pastor Choi and family of pastors who joined us at the park. They were cooking Korean barbecue while we enjoyed American. Thanks to all who participated. It was a lovely day.

Ellouise Cole called me and is doing very well in her new home. She sends regards to all.

The sale at the Ashland Church will be continuing for at least one more week. We still have items coming in so even if you’ve already been there, you might want to check out our new acquisitions.

Lynn Lacovic would like to thank everyone for the prayers and well wishes when she broke her arm. She appreciates the kindness and help from all of her friends. I can attest to the Mountain Top people being generous in times of need.

Dean DeHoff and Linda DeHoff Deats-Leupold would like to thank those who recently joined them to pay final tribute to their beloved parents, Ivan and Gertie DeHoff. It was wonderful to reunite with family and friends and reminisce about treasured times of the past in the Windham area. They appreciate so much the love and condolences extended to them. God bless.

Had several responses about the blackout article. Clarence and Arlene said I didn’t go back far enough to the original blackout in the late ‘60s. That was the one that crippled the entire Northeast Coast, including the Mountain Top. Any stories about that?

I get many compliments on my stories, and yesterday was no exception. Mickey and Lynn both stopped me to say how much they enjoy the format, plus the stories I tell. I am still imploring my readers for suggestions on my “I Remember” column. Judy and I are 20 years apart in age, yet still share common memories. I’m sure anything that you suggest will “ring a bell” in my mind.

Don’t forget this weekend will be a busy one. In addition to the WRIP celebration, there is the Patchworker’s Quilt show in the school (WAJ), plus the Jewett Fire Department Brooks chicken barbecue.

On Aug. 16, Larry Tompkins will be presenting “Jewett Looking Back” at the Jewett Church Hall (Grange Hall), starting at 7 p.m. The show will be presented by the Windham Historical Society. Jewett was a very prosperous town in its heyday, with many well-to-do visitors to its many hotels and boarding houses. Come and hear about it.

Hope Restoration Christian Fellowship will hold its third Friday Family Game Night on Aug. 9. Available is free pizza and games — board games, word games, corn hole, Kan Jam and more! Or bring your favorite game. Mark your calendars for the last one on Aug. 23. Everyone is invited.

The Windham Community Food Pantry will be open Aug. 10 and Aug. 15. Normal days will resume in September.

Welcome to Beth and Ververka, who has moved the flower shop to Windham behind Decker’s.

Have you been keeping track of the Hickory Hill gas station? It’s hard to miss. The Miltenbergers will be opening it soon.


Healing prayers go out to Paul Mead, who was hit with the double whammy of shingles and chicken pox. John Grinnell has been in the hospital and is now in rehab in Livingston. His autoimmune disease has led to the onset of shingles. Prayers for Betty Young. Please continue prayers for all those who have been previously mentioned.


Aug. 16 Jewett Looking Back 7 p.m. Jewett Grange Hall CR17 Jewett (Larry Tompkins).

Aug. 17 Womens’ Expo St. Theresa’s RC Church hall.

Aug. 16 Golf Tournament to benefit Westchester Burn Unit Windham C C.

Aug. 18 Service at North Settlement Church.

Aug. 21 Service at Mitchell Hollow Chapel 2:30 p.m. Come join the choir!

Aug. 24 Rips Country Bazaar Haines Falls.

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

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


Do you get upset at the little respect people have for others? What happened to “please” and “thank you?” What happened to holding the door for the next person? Stepping aside so a family can be together?

While I was watching Jeopardy Teen Challenge (repeat), one of the categories was about road signs, the ones we see every day. While preparing for your driver’s license, you have to learn what the signs mean, and all of the rules of the road. You have to take a 10-hour class to learn driver’s safety. We learn by the book, then get out and all common sense deserts us, and drive like no one else exists.

Last week, as I was driving to the village of Ashland. Anyone who drives here knows the road between here and there is quite winding, with very few straight areas for passing. Once in the village proper, the speed limit goes from 55 to 35, then to 25. This whole area is double yellow lines (for those who don’t know, let me refresh your memory — No Passing). I was passed repeatedly by large pickup trucks, going at least 60, with cars coming from the other way. Scary! This was just one day. It happens all the time.

How about the bikes? I know that we are along the bike routes, but why do they ride up the middle? Going down Palenville Mountain, have you ever gotten behind one? Right down the middle of the road, easing around the corners, never pulling over when there’s a turnoff.

People walk in the middle of the road, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends, sometimes with their pets. Do you know you are supposed to walk on the left facing traffic? This way you can see what’s coming. Do you wear headphones or ear buds when you walk or ride a bike? Can you hear the car approaching?

In the Albany area, there is an ongoing problem with people riding dirt bikes and ATVs down the streets. Now the teenagers are starting to gang together and ride their bikes across the streets.

Watch out for the motorcycles. How many times have you been passed by one that comes out of nowhere? Riding the Thruway in traffic is always a challenge because the motorcycle will go between the car lanes or either shoulder.

Back in the day, I remember going to Catskill was a trip. We took our time getting there, we took our time shopping, eating out, then a leisurely ride home. Now we have to be everywhere NOW. What are you going to do when you get there? What are you going to do when you get home? We record all our shows on TV, so we don’t miss anything (and fast forward the commercials), so we’re not rushing for that. Please, can we slow down, enjoy life, and don’t act like everything revolves around ME.