Spring flowers have intense colors this year

Has anyone else noticed the intense colors of the flowers this year? Judy went to New Paltz last Friday, and the forsythia was so dark yellow and vibrant. The daffodils are dark yellow with such beautiful trumpets. Don’t know if it was the Christmas rain, or the constant snow...whatever it was, it sure did make for a beautiful start of the flower season. Can’t wait until my lilacs and rhododendron bloom.

Heads Up! Lula Anderson will be preaching in Ashland and Windham on May 2. She will be telling a love story. Now you really have to go to church to hear the Word.

Mother’s Day is next week! Where is your new hat? Did you order Mom’s corsage? We always started the day with church, dressed to the nines. Then a day where mom was “pampered.” What are YOU doing for that most special woman in your life?

I attended an OES meeting on Sunday (live), with the ZOOM addition of Connie and Rick Carter from Florida. They send greetings to all of her friends and former students. They have been married for 65 years. Special get well wishes to Kathy Jergens of Cairo.

From time to time, we get comments from those who receive the paper from out of town, and read our column. Last week Sue Hemmingway who worked for the Mountain Eagle during the Don Conover era, and Tove and Ralph Poock.

They all send greetings to old friends, and have all been vaccinated. They enjoy hearing and remembering the past. Many of my stories bring the past back to life for them.

My heart is breaking with the news of the passing of my dear friend, Thelma Nelson. All who knew her loved and respected her. She was the stained glass instructor, with husband, Mo, at the WAJPL Golden Age Club, played piano at the Lexington ME Church, a mother, wife and friend. Sympathy and prayers to Mo and their daughters. We will all miss her.

Condolences to the Tompkins family from Ashland on the passing of Joyce. Joyce was at Mountainside Nursing Home in Margaretville for the past few years.


I got a letter in the mail the other day from Paul and Gloria Gingrich, who are residing at Home Sweet Home in Catskill.

I go back to my fond memories of the Hensonville ME Church. I was married there in 1964, by Rev Cady. But, before that, I remember the wonderful roast beef and sauerbraten dinners. Each luncheon would be something out of the norm. Not just ham, or spaghetti, but meals from different countries and in different styles. Wally Thompson would be in the kitchen. We would have fellowship with Julie Wank, Agnes Gilbertson, Pat Pelham, the Shermans, the Averill family, Marge Olsen, Leta Hoffman and the Mulfords who had a Hotel in town.

Then I found a picture of our wedding and standing in the pews and again, outside was my best friend Katherine (Polly) Chatfield, standing, smiling at the group on the lawn.

With the lack of funds and parishioners, the church had to close down, as so many have and merged with the Windham Methodist Church. It is now a fitness center.

I feel bad seeing so many old churches that are shut down..what happened?

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