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Ashland Speaks: October calendar filling up quickly

September 12, 2018 11:41 am Updated: September 12, 2018 11:51 am


Labor Day is here and gone, and with it the summer weather. On Tuesday and Wednesday we were simply dying from the heat. Couldn’t do any work, baking put aside, just sit by the lake and wilt. Well, they said a cold front was coming in. I do hope all of those who are traveling down South have safe travels.

I heard the most ludicrous news on RIP this morning. It seems that young people today are finding it too time consuming to throw their dirty laundry into the washer, and then putting it into the dryer. They have no time to put it into their schedules, and besides, too much washing wears out the fibers, and is ecologically unsound, using all of that water and energy. So, Lever is marketing a new product called (something like) Second Day. You spray this on your clothes, and it restiffens them, and makes it smell like just washed. I thought that hanging it up right away did the same thing. It used to be commonplace to see clothes airing on the porch. I understand that in the city there are no porches, but wouldn’t just hanging in front of a window do the same thing? I guess I am old. Entertaining such thoughts.

Judy has been working on getting together with her old classmates from WAJ Class of 1968. If nothing else, it has brought her together with Patti Wieninger Lawyer and Diane (Peck) and Jere Baker. Has heard from several friends, Barbara Dunbar, Jim Dodge, Curt Grinnell, Judy Boylhart and Skip Newcomb. Dawn Bailey Thorp has been texting more often. Nancy and Terry Lane are the latest responding. News from down south is not very encouraging, but another good reason why everyone who can should get together on Oct. 7 at C D Lane Park.

The 5th Annual Silk Road Festival of local artisans will be hosted by Lavender Hill Woodworking on Sept. 15 and 16. Lavender Hill is located at 890 North Settlement Road in Windham. Hours will be noon-5 p.m. with free admission and refreshments. Come and enjoy this wide display of quality works in a unique country setting.

For all those who travel down Palenville Mountain. Route 23A will be closed to all traffic from the top of the mountain to the bottom starting Sept. 17 through the 24. With the heavy rains we’ve been having, the road has been eroding and extensive repairs will be made. Please plan your trips accordingly. There’s always Platte Clove for the adventurous. Other suggestions are East Windham (add half hour to your planning), and 214 to 28.

Thanks to all who have contributed to the Ashland Church Catskill Glee Club Concert event. There is still time to place your ad, or just make a contribution to this worthy event. We hope many will take part and join us on Sept. 23 at the Center Church in Windham.

We have more events happening this coming season. Hopefully we will be able to hold our annual pumpkin sale. Not too many pumpkins in the area because of the rainy summer, but we’re hoping. We also have our Election Day dinner, Loaves of Love, the December Ecumenical, our second annual Cookie Walk before Christmas and breakfast in February and March. Watch for the dates.

Congratulations to Kevin Partridge on his retirement.

There will be a lay speaking class in Lexington 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27. I will be teaching a class, “God’s Mission, Our Journey.” If interested please call me at 518-734-5360.

The Oct. 2 Ecumenical hosted by East Jewett UMC will be held in the Tannersville UMC, due to an influx of donated items for their Rummage Sale and Thrift Shop. The Thrift Shop is located in Hunter and is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The last day will be Sept. 29 at the Thrift Shop, but, also on the 29th, there will be a presale of donated items at the East Jewett Church, then their Rummage Sale on Oct. 19 and 20. It looks like it will be a great one!


Frank Kazman, husband of Regina Andrus, passed away. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Heard that Willie Drum paid a visit to St Peters in Albany.

Karen Eisenberg ended up not having surgery, the Doctor changed his mind, but can still use all of the prayers you have to offer. She will be undergoing more testing and procedures this week.

Terry Lane needs prayers. He is afflicted with ILD (interstitial lung disease).

George Dart and Frank Shelhorn need continued prayers.

Congratulations to Scott Jaeger and wife on the birth of a son.


Sept. 15 Tractor pull Ashland.

Sept. 15 Christmas Crafts at the VFW Windham.

Sept. 15 and 16 Silk Road Festival North Settlement noon-5 p.m.

Sept. 21 Meatball lunch Windham UMC.

Sept. 23 Catskill Glee Club at the Windham Center Church 3 p.m. Sponsored by Ashland UMC.

Sept. 29 Roast Pork Dinner Jewett Presbyterian Church.

Oct. 2 Ecumenical sponsored by East Jewett at Tannersville UMC.

Oct. 6-7 Autumn Affair in Windham.

Oct. 6 Alumni Dinner Acra Manor.

Oct. 7 Draft Horse Pull Ashland Town Park.

Oct. 12 and 13 Jewett Presbyterian Church Rummage Sale.

Oct. 19 and 20 East Jewett UMC Rummage Sale.

Oct. 20 Lay Speakers Class Lexington 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Oct. 27 Lay Speakers Class Lexington 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

As you can see, October calendar is filling up quickly. Please send me a notice of your events ASAP so I can post them. We can always put in a retraction if needed.


With the weather we have been having, like the flowering cactus in Arizona that needs heavy floods to bloom, all of the bugs are coming out of the ground and woodwork. Many we have not seen in years. When you were young, all bugs were for playing with. We loved catching Ladybugs — “Ladybug, Ladybug fly away home” — then throw them in the air to flyway. We watched ants scurry around, and threw huge crumbs for them to carry to their hill. We’d dig up those hills to inspect the tunnels and egg chambers. We loved sultry, rainy nights, when we would go out and pick up night crawlers to use for fish worms. YUCK! Spiders served many purposes. Finding a sticky web was fun. We’d catch a fly, tear off one wing, and throw it in the web, then watch the spider come out and build a sac around it. Or, sometimes we’d find a sac that was wriggling, and cut it open to set the entrapped bug free. Now many of us scream at the mere mention of spiders.

Walking barefoot through the damp grass had a downside. How many times did you step on an unsuspecting garter snake lurking in the path? (Lula says surprised, not scared; Judy says nope, no way am I going there again). We picked up snails in the wet grass, salamanders near the creek and crayfish in the creek.

What was the best part about staying up after dark on a summer night? Catching fireflies and putting them in a jar to keep on your nightstand. It was so relaxing watching them blink on and off. Mom or dad used to sneak in while we were sleeping and release them so we could catch them again the next time. Glow worms lighting up the side of the road can appear to be quite eerie while walking home from a friend’s house.

All the wonderful things we saw and played with are now pests. This summer, with the extreme rain, hot then cold weather, it seems that every critter imaginable has appeared out of no where. (I’ve had something hiding in my bedroom closet all summer. Scritch scratch all night long.) Swatting, sweating, spraying and stomping — but in a month, all will change, and like the days of our youth, it will all be Just Another Memory.

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