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Ashland Speaks: No boredom in the country

June 12, 2019 10:32 am Updated: June 12, 2019 11:32 am


What do you do in the country? Aren’t you bored? I don’t think I’m ready to retire because I don’t want to stay home all day with nothing to do. I will miss the social interaction of my job. All statements I am constantly hearing. My answer, I wish I was bored. During a normal week, I don’t have any time for myself, what with the inevitable doctors appointments, and the runs to the pharmacy, not to mention my housecleaning jobs, my hair appointment. Now the real social life of the country starts. Spring luncheons, strawberry socials, activities in town, Bible Study, substitute preaching for vacations, etc. etc. I still have art class on Monday and ceramics on Thursday, but had to give up stained glass as it is too addictive. My advice, if you like a dull, boring life, don’t retire.

Congratulations to the Giordano family. Kaitlyn Giordano and Avishay Benyaim proudly announce the birth of their son, Yonathan born June 7, weighing in at 6 lbs. 7 oz. Yonathan is the grandson of John Giordano of Jewett and Dawn Giordano of Florida. Doting great grandmothers are Dorothy (Dot) Giordano and Marie Weber.

Visitors to the Thompson House this past week included, along with their usual bears, what appeared to be a Bobcat. There have been many sightings of Red Foxes along the highway, and Fisher Cats are still prowling around.

The Strawberry Social held last Saturday at the Lexington UMC was very well attended. There was someone at every table that I knew, making it very difficult to leave. The food, as usual, was delicious. Such a good excuse to go out and meet up with old friends and neighbors.

Last Sunday was Pentecost. Pat Ferris held the service in Ashland and Windham. I served in Shandaken while most of the pastors were in Long Island at the annual conference. Congrats to Gene Knoth and Lee Stow who received certification as pastor. Gene is in Quarryville and Lee in Shandaken.

Last Friday and Saturday was Rummage Sale number 2 at East Jewett. All the regulars were waiting at the door for the bargains. Number 3, in Windham will be held 4-7 p.m. June 28 and 9 a.m.-noon June 29. Come see what the excitement is all about and I bet you, too, will get hooked on rummage. It’s the thrill of the chase and what bargains!

The Ashland Methodist Church will hold a yard — sidewalk sale on July 12-13, continuing on the 15th thru 19th inside and out. On the 13th, there will also be a bake sale. Come and see what goodies we have. I promise, prices will be just as good as a Rummage Sale.

Save the date for the next event: July 19, East Jewett UMC Ice Cream Social & Bake Sale 3-7 p.m. with freewill Spaghetti Dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Congratulations to young Don Rion on his marriage.


Keep Manuel Gonzalez in your prayers due to a broken arm. Prayers for Ruth Alle Kelder, Ted Heissenger, Coralee Barlow and Macee and Mindy Sokoll. Remember Marie Smith and Ed Zimmerman in your prayers. Sympathy to Amanda Post and family on the passing of brother, Jason. Sympathy to the family of Christine Cammer. Services will be on June 15 starting with a gathering at noon at the Windham Hensonville UMC with the funeral service at 1 p.m. followed by a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall.


June 18 through June 21 Gettysburg & Hershey Per Person..Double Occupancy $529. Call MaryLouise 518-622-3397.

June 28 Windham Hensonville UMC Rummage Sale 4-7 p.m.

June 29 Rummage Sale (Bag Sale) 9 a.m.-noon Windham UMC.

We are quickly approaching the summer season. I know many have activities that need to be publicized. Please send in your event at least 2 weeks prior so I can include it. —


So now we leave “Just Plain Bill” and go to the evening radio stories. The early evening stories were aimed at the younger audience: Roy Rogers, Lone Ranger, Tom Mix, Little Orphan Annie, The Green Hornet (spooky), The Shadow. Did you have a decoder ring? You ordered it with boxtops from a participating sponsor and waited and waited until it came in the mail. You listened very carefully to get a new letter or symbol either everyday or weekly. You wrote down the letter and when the phrase was completed, you mailed it in hoping to win a prize.

As the evening progressed, Mom and Dad listened to Amos and Andy, The Red Skelton show, Fibber Magee and Molly, who had the most amazing sound effects. We waited to hear when they opened their closet, because you never knew what would fall out. They had adult stories, including the original Dark Shadows.

Later on, when the children went to bed, the adults listened to Lawrence Welk and his big band, and Bell Telephone Hour. After a busy day, we all needed to wind down, shut off our minds, and listen.