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Out Lexington Way: Counting down the days ‘til spring

January 10, 2018 11:48 am Updated: January 10, 2018 12:08 pm

I’m writing this on Sunday, so these cold temperatures are still brutal.

Supposedly, by the time you are reading this around Jan. 11, we may be in our January thaw. Sad when 30 degrees feels like a heat wave. Don’t break out those shorts and T-shirts yet. Calendar says first day of spring is March 20 — 68 days. But, who’s counting?

Thank you to all the road crews working to keep us safe.

When the bitter cold temperatures hit the area, there was a story on the news from the Rescue Mission in Albany on the need for coats, hats, gloves, etc. Bonnie Blader sent an email to a few of us asking if we had any items to donate. Well, we cleaned out some closets, and on Jan. 6, Bonnie and husband Steve drove up to the Rescue Mission with a carload of boots, hats, coats and other items. Bonnie says the Mission is easy to find and reach — 787 exit and then exit 2 (Port of Albany exit) and a few blocks in. When they got to the mission, there were many hands at the curb to take donations and carry them in. The Rescue Mission is sheltering a lot of people. The need is always there. Bonnie learned shoes, boots and things for children are donated in smaller amounts. And, of course, volunteers are always needed and appreciated at the Mission.

A very happy birthday to Mary Palazzolo on Jan. 12.

Birthday greetings Jan. 12 to Diane Cross.

Roseann West celebrates her birthday Jan. 13.

Jan. 14 is Maurice Nelson’s birthday.

Mike Ryan’s birthday is Jan. 15.

Happy birthday Jan. 16 to Jannel Mellott.

Bridget Osborn’s birthday is Jan. 17.

Best wishes to all.

Greene County Senior Nutrition Program for the week of Jan. 15–19 is as follows: Monday — Martin Luther King Day. Main office and all nutrition sites closed; Tuesday — Asiago turkey with sun-dried tomato, pasta, spinach, pears; Wednesday — sweet and sour pork, brown rice, broccoli, hummingbird cake; Thursday — spaghetti and meatballs, Italian-mixed vegetables, fresh fruit; Friday — beef pot roast with gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, cauliflower and green beans, chocolate mousse, National Popcorn Day — popcorn for all. Everyone over 60 is invited to attend. Meals served at noon for a suggested donation of $4 per meal. Please call at least a day in advance to reserve your meal. The Mountain Top site is located at the Jewett Municipal Building, Route 23C, 518-263-4392.

Continued prayers for Larry Falke, Donna Falke, Ellouise Cole, Marilyn and Nancy Dippold, Ruth Blumenthal, Bud Osborn, Stephanie Pushman, Mickie Winters, Gladys Van Valkenburgh, Daryl Van Valkenburgh, Bill and Audry Gannon, Richard and Lois Banks, John Grinnell, Don and Diane Strausser, Pastor Bob and Kate Barnum, Clarence and Jeanne Soule, our country, our leaders, our military and their families and all others in need of prayer.

“The Christmas Sweater” by Glenn Beck will be discussed at book club at Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at the home of Diane Clarke in West Kill.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the T.G.I.F. Brooks’ Chicken barbecue being held at the Lexington United Methodist Church on Feb. 16 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The weather may be frightful, but thinking about the 2018 Lexington Farmers Market is delightful. Here are the dates: The market opens on May 26 – Memorial Day weekend with the Monday being Memorial Day; June 9, 23; July 7, 21; Aug. 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29 and Oct. 13, 27. Contact Bonnie Blader if you would like a spot for fundraising opportunities.

Until next week, take care, be thankful and be kind. You may never know how your act of kindness may have changed someone’s life.