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The Prattsville Scoop: Gearing up to help the Veterans at Stratton VAMC

November 26, 2019 11:48 am Updated: November 26, 2019 12:04 pm


PRATTSVILLE — We had snow on Sunday and love it. Once you retire or only need to travel as you desire, snow is great. You can spend the day at home, snug and warm, and watch the world become encased in snow. Hope it is around for the Christmas holiday.

On Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the roads should be free of snow by then, take the day to attend the 7th Annual Craft Fair sponsored by the Greene County Women’s League for Cancer Patient Care at the Red Rooster Roadhouse, 851 Main St., Cairo. There will be vendors, food and raffles for all your wants. Importantly, the proceeds benefit Greene County cancer patients. It is a very good cause.

The Gurleys are starting the annual Christmas Celebration for hospitalized veterans at Stratton VAMC. This will be the 16th year that the program has been providing a very Merry Christmas for the veterans on the 9th Floor, Long Term residency, approximately 50 veterans plus supplies for Recreation and Therapy, in-patients, out-patients, Adult Day Care, food pantry, homeless veterans, clothes closet and special needs and needy veterans. The wrapping of these gifts will take place at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Gurleys, and delivery of the gifts will be on Dec. 16, leaving Prattsville at 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in contributing, donating, wrapping, delivering, etc., please call the Gurleys at 518-299-3219 or This program is under the auspices of the American Legion Virgil E. Deyo Post 1327 and American Legion Auxiliary Virgil E. Deyo Unit 1327. Veterans please note: Privileges for Commissaries and Exchanges are now available to ALL veterans. Check it out. Also, in our area, if you know of veterans and/or veterans’ families in need of assistance, please get in touch at 518-299-3219 or Veterans, you served now we want to serve you.

Kip Rikard is back from his trip to Texas for boar hunting. He is still the hunter and got a wild boar. Welcome home Kip, just in time for Thanksgiving. See you around.

Steve and Erin O’Hara Meyer are in from Minnesota for Thanksgiving for the annual family dinner. Erin and sisters, Ann and Mary, will bring Mom Betty home from the nursing home for the family dinner and get together. Heard Mary was hunting for some new dinnerware now that she is in residence in her family homestead. After Mary’s health scare, we are just glad she is around.

Mary Krueger is probably trying to recover from her full house during the past weekend. Family members and hunters kept her on the run for quite a few days. Even though overworked, Mary still was smiling and having fun.

Heard from some local people that they have discovered the Prattsville Tavern’s pizza and fantastic sandwiches. They now make a point of eating there once a week. Good for Ken and Allie.

State DOT snow plow drivers: Some of the mail boxes you knock down are those of the elderly and pose a problem for them to put them back up. Your hard work is appreciated but……… a little consideration is also appreciated.

Happy Birthday to Joe Baker on Dec. 1. On Dec. 3 we send Happy Birthday wishes to Ronnie Cline. Katie Lindley in West Virginia is wished a Happy Birthday on Dec. 4. Dec. 5 it is Happy Birthday wishes to Jane Concato. Dec. 6 is a big day for all the following celebrants — Connie Lane, Julie Hoyt, and Janelle Maurer — Happy Birthday to all.