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Ashland Speaks:

September 11, 2019 11:36 am

The second week of September is here. The first full week of school has started, and teachers and students are settling into the routine.

School buses are on the road, so make sure you stop for them. Don’t assume the kids will see you and stop so you don’t run over them. You stop for them. Schools are being forced to put out tens of thousands of dollars for stop arm cameras because drivers are in such a hurry. Plan your commute with school in mind.

The nights have been getting quite chilly. Great sleeping weather. Every day, more leaves are changing. East Jewett seems to be setting the pace. Hummingbirds are stocking up on nectar for their long commute. The lakes are getting colder, more people sunbathing rather than swimming. I hope you are all ready for the coming change in seasons.

The ice cream social held at the Windham Hensonville UMC was very well attended by more than 80 people. There was plenty of food, and many had to eat in the church. The Cloggers were excellent, as usual, and then, my favorite, ice cream. I always look forward to this event.

Remember, the Ashland Church Thrift Store will be open for two more weeks noon-4 p.m. Fridays. Still many bargains are available.

On Sept. 22, the Catskill Glee Club will perform at the Windham Center Church starting at 3 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the Ashland Community Church. Please add this wonderful event to your calendar.

On Sept. 23, WAJPL Golden Age Club will be hosting its annual open house at the Senior Hall in Hensonville, starting at noon. This is an excellent opportunity to check out the club, its members, and all the great things we do during the year. On display will be the many craft projects that our talented senior citizens have been working on during craft classes. A covered-dish buffet will be served. Please join us.

There are still spaces available for the VFW Craft Show that will be held Sept. 28. Call Janet Gooss to reserve your spot at 518-734-3028.

Don’t forget to renew your WAJ Alumni Association membership and put Oct. 5 in your calendar for Alumni Weekend. There will be a slide show featuring old schoolhouses at the Windham UMC starting at 1 p.m. Larry Tompkins will share some of his pictures with us, presented by the Windham Historical Society. If you have never been to one of these shows, make every effort to attend. You are bound to get “hooked” on them.

Several residents from Conifer Lake went to the one about Jewett last month, and, although they are not permanent residents and have no history with the town, really enjoyed the show. The pictures are of interest to everyone, and a great insight to local history.


John Grinnell is home from rehab. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. CoraLee Barlow is back at the Elliot, prayers for her. Kathy Euchler needs healing prayers. Congratulations to Bruce and Roberta Banks on their marriage. Many blessings and best wishes to you both. Condolences and sympathy to the families of Carol Vanucci, Donna Steinherr, Eva Quick and John Tuttle. Please keep all of them in your prayers.


Sept. 15 Tractor Pull Ashland Park.

Sept. 20 East Jewett rummage sale 4-7 p.m.

Sept. 21 Bag sale East Jewett rummage sale 9 a.m.-noon.

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

Sept. 28 VFW Craft Sale VFW Hall Windham 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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


This week it’s sandwiches. It’s the time for tomatoes. I LOVE tomato sandwiches! Not hot-house tomatoes, but tomatoes fresh from the garden. Warm from the sun, juicy, fragrant, plump tomatoes.

As I was ogling a large tomato, I shared this thought with a friend, which got both of us thinking about days gone by. Her sandwich of yore was cucumbers and onions. Growing up, we did not eat cold cuts much, leftovers became sandwiches. A favorite around here was baked bean sandwiches, with or without mayo. Smaller families might have leftover chicken, usually stretched by making chicken salad, but larger families didn’t have much left, so it was peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter, or jelly. Some choice, huh?

My friend (during the war years) had commodities, so she would get lots of potted ham sandwiches. I was jealous of her getting meat, so occasionally, we would trade lunches.

My husband came from a family of 10 children. His mother always made homemade bread. Without stabilizers, it went hard quite quickly, but they would soften it by running it under water, and the damp bread would be sprinkled with sugar, which would melt and stick to the bread. A nice sweet treat.

During school we all took our lunch, but there were no ice packs or cooler bags, so nonperishable foods were packed in wax paper and brown bags. When available, an apple was put in. No chips, no snackies, just a sandwich. Milk was supplied by the school program, and in elementary school, graham crackers and milk were served in the afternoon.

During the summer, when chores were done, we were allowed to pack a lunch and go on a picnic. Judy’s memories are bologna and cucumber sandwiches with Miracle Whip, a plastic jug of KoolAid, stuffed in a canvas backpack, and taken along when walking the creek. All the Jewett kids would meet and walk down the creek to Mill Hollow, stopping at “the big rock,” where the food would be eaten. There is nothing as good as a sandwich on soft bread eaten on a rock with friends.

What are your lunchtime memories? What sandwich did you bring to school? What sandwich that you have today instantly brings back memories of you as a child?