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The Prattsville Scoop: Heartwarming to know families still value quality time

May 16, 2018 11:39 am Updated: May 16, 2018 11:57 am

PRATTSVILLE — Hope all the mothers in our area were well-celebrated and treated to a wonderful day on Mother’s Day.

New Mom: Congratulations to John and Jessica Lane Young on the birth of their daughter, Adalyne Jane, on May 1. She weighed in at a healthy 6 pounds, 5 ounces. John is already claiming tiredness, but that is his normal happy self so it can only get better.

Great-grandparents Donnie and Connie Lane got to babysit with their “great-granddaughter princess” according to Connie. They didn’t get much of a chance to coo with her because she slept the whole time in the absence of mommy and daddy. Give Adalyne time, she will make up for all her quietness now.

Remember Cheyenne Robinson, granddaughter of Pam Carr? Years ago, preflood, our caring communities held a benefit dinner for her at the Prattsville Fire House to help with her expenses battling cancer. The outward pouring of support in the form of $$$ did not go without results.

Grandmother Pam told us Cheyenne just finished her first year of college and we send her our best wishes for continued success in her education and health. Cheyenne lost all her hair during treatments, but it did eventually grow back. The thankful young lady let her hair grow to a great length, cut it and donated it to an organization who uses it for wigs for other cancer victims — all on a cost-free basis.

So, for good or bad, what goes around comes around, and this time, it is certainly a good thing. We’re proud of you, Cheyenne, on so many levels and thank you, Pam, for sharing the great news.

The Annual Prattsville Memorial Day Parade will be May 28. Line up is at 12:30 p.m. on Maple Lane and will step off at 1 p.m. All are invited to join and to all veterans, you do not have to belong to any organization. A special invitation is extended to join in the ceremonies in whatever manner is good for you.

If marching or riding is not a possibility, grab a lawn chair and witness the ceremony on the Prattsville Town Green. This is the day we pay our respects to our heroes who are no longer with us.

The American Legion Post and Unit No. 1327 will also take part in the West Kill Community Memorial Day parade at 9 a.m. Memorial Day, May 28, at the West Kill Community Hall. Every year, the crowd increases in size at this parade and it is gratifying to see this and it is appreciated. See you there.

Have been asked not to mention the following, but you know when people say they do not want it in The Scoop, they really do want it there, so here goes: Eileen and Pat Buel, of Conesville, were enjoying a preMother’s Day dinner at Messina’s on Saturday evening with a large contingent of the Martin family, of Brooklyn, Eileen’s family.

Her brother, Tom Martin, started humming “Bohemian Rhapsody” much to everyone’s chagrin and that is when Eileen asked that it not be put in The Scoop. It is like waving a red flag in front of a bull, so enjoy the notoriety Martin Clan.

Mrs. Martin, the family matriarch, was bragging she was the cause of it all. Good to know families still get together for each other’s company.

Janet Brainerd is some lady to be reckoned with. She knew what make and color of car she wanted before she set out to buy one. She marched into the car dealership and said she wanted a Chevrolet in blue! They started scrambling around and making phone calls and the results were Janet now has a Chevrolet Equinox in the color blue.

For an old lady, Janet knows what she wants and how to get it. Sorry, Janet, but an old friendship has its advantages. Daughter Barbara and friend paid a Mother’s Day visit with Janet on Saturday, then Janet spent Mother’s Day morning with son Georgie and family and returned home to spend the rest of the day with local family members. Janet also got the good news daughter Connie Brainerd Constable is feeling better.

What was Kip Rikard’s health problem May 10?

For those with remembrances of long ago, asked Carl Rappleyea whatever happened to his older brother Roger. Well, Roger is retired from the United States Air Force, a 20-year veteran, and living in Michigan or Minnesota. Sorry, Carl, I forgot which one you mentioned. Thank you, Roger, for your service — pass that along Carl.

Roger and Carl, along with brother Richie and late siblings Anita Maben, Linda Jaeger and Billy, grew up in the West Kill/Lexington area. All fond memories.

Sympathy is extended to Ethel Cross on the recent death of her son. Our condolences.

Did you know Billy Mead fell out of a tree when he was 70 years old — and that is at least 15 years ago — breaking ribs and puncturing his lung? When asked how far he fell, he said “Too far.” But, the question still remains what was he doing up a tree at 70 years old?

After the fire that destroyed Charlie Rion’s home at Mosquito Point including his 30-plus guns, Charlie spent this past winter refurbishing them. He “blued” the steel parts and somehow restored the wooden stocks, etc. Looking at them, you would never know they had gone through a fire.

The American Legion Virgil E. Deyo Post No. 1327 is holding a raffle for a 54-inch Badboy ZT Elite Mower. Who wouldn’t want one of those? There are a limited number of tickets to be sold (500) at $20 each and the drawing will be held on June 14, Flag Day. Thank you to those who have already shown their support.

The legionnaires work on community projects and events, school awards and education, support their fellow veterans in need and ultimately attend their final military service. “Still serving.”

Welcome home to Linda Cross, Gerald Jaeger and Linda Neice. All have returned from the sunny South and perhaps they brought some warm weather with them. Won’t even mention the word spring. Linda Neice met up with sister Roxy and Jim King along with Edie Mesick for Mother’s Day breakfast at the diner.

Heard the Chinese Raffle sponsored by the WAJPL Golden Age Club was a resounding success. Good to hear that because the weather did not play nice for people to get out and about. Check into the WAJPL Club’s events and happenings. They have their own weekly column, they do a good job, and you can check out the events there.

Happy birthday to sweeties Hank Oliver and Kip Rikard on May 18. Also on May 18, we wish Robert C. Rion, son of Sandi and Rob, a very happy birthday. Happy birthday to Millie Harkness on May 19. Millie is in The Pines in Catskill and would really enjoy birthday wishes from friends on the mountaintop. On May 21, we send happy birthday greetings to Kristin Tompkins and Chris Helmers Jr.

Happy birthday Rudy Ehlers on May 23. Rudy has the honor of being Kristin Tompkins’ dad and an avid reader of John Grisham books, although he really, really liked “Icebound” by Dean Koontz.

Finally have some anniversaries to announce:

Happy anniversary May 21 to Steve and Erin O’Hara Meyer out there in Minnesota. Right here at home on May 22, we wish Crystal and Shawn Cornell a very happy anniversary.

Sympathy to the Gurley family on the death of Bob’s sister, Jean — his only sibling, in Maine. She was a very talented lady, an authoress and conservationist. She and her husband, author John N. Cole, met president and Mrs. Carter in the Rose Garden to receive an award for their work for a healthy environment.

Can use some news from you. Send it to or call 518-299-3219. Or I can just make it up.