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Ashland Speaks: Sundays were for family, church and fellowship

October 10, 2018 12:17 pm Updated: October 10, 2018 12:38 pm


As I write this, the nation is celebrating Columbus Day.

Not in my book — Columbus Day is Oct. 12.

As you can see, the trees are trying to conform to government standards, but you can’t fool Mother Nature. I bet next weekend the mountains will be ablaze.

It’s such a shame, when I go through Hensonville, I see all of the buildings being torn down and nothing replacing them. I feel that the town will soon cease to exist. It is with great pleasure, then, that I look next door and see a brand new house where an old cellar was. Thank you, Skip Newcomb for rebuilding in Ashland. Good luck.

Hope Restoration announces its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 2. As always, it is a free-will donation, with the proceeds going to a worthy cause.

Please call the church to reserve your place. Pastor asks for the number of people in your party and time you wish to eat. Seating starts at 4:30 p.m. No takeouts except for the Homebound.

Alumni weekend brings so many people together. Rose Hudecek got a surprise visit from Jim and Dottie (Jacobs) Dunham on Thursday. When the Dunhams called Marty Hudecek over the summer, they promised to drop in and visit with mom.

It seems they also heard the Manhattan Club meets daily in Jewett. No one was disappointed that day.

WAJ Class of 1968 held a reunion picnic at C D Lane Park on Sunday. When driving toward the park, it was hard to miss the smoke and the aroma of barbecue chicken being cooked by Jere Baker, with assistance by John LoPresti.

The picnic was put together by Diane Peck Baker, Patti Wieninger Lawyer and Judy Hudecek LoPresti. Attending were Larry Thompson and wife, Claudia, Skip Newcomb and wife, Jocelyn, Barbara Dunbar Blake, Greg and Dawn Bailey Thorp, Ken Hudecek, Ruth Cady Muller brought her sister, Mary, and the center of attention, former class advisor Ken Mabey and wife, Charlene.

Both were very influential in all of our lives. There was no end to the memories shared. Each member present gave a somewhat brief synopsis of the past 50 years. How time flew!

Four hours passed by so quickly with never a lull in the conversation. For a brief time, we were all teenagers again, without a care in the world.

Thanks to all who participated in Windham Affair. I had a wonderful weekend, met plenty of friends and sold out all of my pies. It was great to see all of the vendors with crowds. Although it was hard to drive through Windham, we all appreciated the crowds. Even the weather cooperated.

As usual, Larry Tompkin’s slideshow was superb. A good crowd showed up and enjoyed correcting Larry, and identifying more people in his pictures. The culmination of the show was the presentation of the 2019 calendar with the Man of the Year award going to Richard Morse from Morse’s store, across the street from WAJ.

Who doesn’t remember going there? Accepting the accolades for their dad were Richard, Keith and Barbara.

The WAJ Alumni Dinner was not so well-attended. Of course, I was the only one representing my class of 1948. Yes, I graduated 70 years ago. Can that be possible? I can’t believe there were no representatives for 10 and 25 years — the youngest being Yvonne Soule Mead from 1983.

I know that there are other reunions for individual classes, but it’s still nice (and proper) to support your alma mater. Recognized, also, as the oldest Alum was Roberta Christman 97 years young and still feisty as ever.

As we all fondly remember Stanley, who was such an authoritarian figure in the halls of WAJ, the waitresses who worked for them fondly remember Roberta as the one who ruled the roost. It’s stories and memories that make this an event that is worth attending.

On Oct. 28, there will be a Tricky Tray/ Basket Social for the benefit of local charities being held at the Saugerties Knights of Columbus Hall, 19 Barclay St., Saugerties. It is sponsored by the Saugerties Columbiettes. Doors open at noon with calling at 1:30 p.m.

Did you see Linda Blanden in the audience of Wheel of Fortune a couple of weeks ago? Her daughter, Abby, was a contestant and she won! Linda looks as young and beautiful as ever.

Addition to the Rummage Sale Roster. Just in: Windham Hensonville United Methodist Church will be holding its Fall Sale on Oct. 26 and 27. Save some room in your house for its treasures.

There are still openings at the new Prattsville complex. Please go Prattsville Town Hall for further information. This is for senior and low income housing.


Prayers for Sandy and Frank Shelhorne.

Sincere sympathy to Louise LeBrun on the passing of Rob.

Great news for Clarence Soule who thanks all for the prayers and blessings bestowed upon him.


n Oct. 10: Women’s Guild dinner at Pegasus

n Oct. 12 and 13: Jewett Presbyterian Church Rummage Sale

n Oct. 16: Roast Pork Dinner Kaaterskill United Methodist Church, Tannersville Rescue Squad Building, takeouts at 5 p.m., seating at 5:30 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 children

n Oct. 19 and 20: East Jewett United Methodist Church Rummage Sale

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

n Oct. 26: Bake sale to benefit Senior Angels, Greene County Office Building, Catskill

n Oct. 26 and 27: Rummage sale at Windham United Methodist Church

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

n Oct. 28: Tricky Tray at Saugerties Knights of Columbus Hall, noon

n Nov. 2: Thanksgiving dinner at Hope Restoration

n Nov. 3: Time to fall back, reset your clocks

n Nov. 6: Election Day

It’s time to start sending me your November activities. Oh my, how the time is flying by. Send to, call me at 518-734-5360.


Where did Sunday School go?

When I was young, Sunday was for family. Chores done, then church.

Does anyone remember Ellis Bently? He lived on South Street. I only remember him as an older man.

He held an adult Sunday School class at Windham before church services, in the right side of the back pews. I can see him standing: teaching, questioning, reading.

At the same time, the young would gather in the back (now the Fellowship Hall) for classes. It seemed the room was full.

I wish I could remember the names of the teachers. Eva Thompson was mine. She was Elwood Hitchcock’s sister.

I remember being devastated when she died. I was 5 or 6 at the time. I remember Miss Paterson, Mrs. Keller, Mrs. Comstalk.

It was always a joy to be with others my age, playing on the lawn and the fence between the driveway and lawn. We would play tag, do backflips and somersaults.

Every church had a large group. Ashland had 30 or 40 kids attending. It seemed every year we had a church picnic with all the games and food.

The Presbyterian church had the Morris and Eva Decker family and the Mulburry family. There are pictures of the Jewett families.

Children’s Day was special as each child had a piece (poem or scripture reading) to recite.

George was older, but I always had to prompt him, hold his hand. We put on a Thanksgiving pageant and the BIG ONE: the Christmas pageant where we dressed as a shepherd or a lamb, resisting all the way.

Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles came to sit in the audience and clap really loud. Some kids took many bows, some kids hid in the back.

Mrs. Frank Keller kept the Cradle Roll. No new child was overlooked and was recorded on the wall.

Today parents have to sleep in. There are complaints the parents work hard all week and have jobs to do on Sunday.

One parent complained they had to go skiing on Sunday mornings and had no time for Sunday school.

Others drop off the kids and expect someone else to watch them for the hour plus that they go to the diner for breakfast. If you get 3 or 5 today, that’s a lot. Where do they go?

Not to church. I can still hear Mr. Bently, “Keep the children quiet. No running in the church, stay off the altar unless you have permission to be there.”

Church was God’s house and we were taught to respect it.

Which Sunday School teachers do you remember? Some later teachers were Gwen Wakefield and Nola Barlow. Who was yours?