Samantha Simpfenderfer, daughter of Carl and Susan Simpfenderfer married Matthew Clark, son of Andre and BettyAnn Clark, on Nov. 13. The beautiful ceremony was held on their farm surrounded by their close friends and family. Russell Pelham officiated. A wonderful dinner followed at Brandywine Restaurant. Sammi and Matthew will honeymoon in the Adirondacks. Congratulations!

The West Kill/Lexington Community Improvement Association held their Open House on Nov. 14 at the community hall in West Kill. There have been improvements made to the hall with a lot of work and dedication. T-shirts were also available for purchase and proceeds will go toward outfitting the hall with new windows. On display were photos of events that were held in the past and up until this year. There was a dart ball game on display from the 4-H clubs that was found among the many items while the work was being done in the hall. Lots of memories, dinners, dances, events and good times at the community hall.

The Lexington/West Kill United Methodist Women will meet at 9 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Lexington UMC church hall to pack and distribute the annual Thanksgiving baskets.

Birthday wishes go out to Glenda Lauten on Nov. 19. Nov. 19 is also Susan Epstein’s birthday. Charles Visich celebrates his birthday on Nov. 19. Nov. 20 is James Milton’s birthday. Hannah Podliasik’s birthday is Nov. 22. Nov. 23 Eleane Grinnell celebrates her birthday. Linny Bloodgood, Liz Cross and Kevin Simmons all have birthdays on Nov. 24. Best wishes to all.

The Town of Lexington Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary met on Nov. 10. It was decided not to hold the annual meeting/covered dish supper in December. A motion was made that the current officers will maintain their positions in 2021. The ladies will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 in the Firemen’s Room to pack and distribute the annual Christmas fruit boxes. If the weather does not cooperate on the 14th, we will meet on Dec. 17 for the fruit boxes.

The Lexington/West Kill UMC Administrative Council will meet at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Lexington church hall.

Lexington/West Kill UMC, East Jewett UMC and Kaaterskill UMC will have a combined Annual Church Charge Conference at 1 p.m. Dec. 13 via Zoom.

I finished reading a manuscript written by Gary Manning of Delhi entitled “Fred Holcomb, Korean War POW, Nov. 28, 1950 – May 25, 1951, Still Standing.” Fred Holcomb was from Delaware County and was a Marine POW in the Korean War. Mr. Holcomb was 19 years old when he joined the Marines. Mr. Manning, who also served as a Marine, reconnected with Mr. Holcomb and the gentlemen started to share their military memories. Mr. Holcomb really did not want to talk about his experiences as a POW. Gary wanted to write Mr. Holcomb’s story for others to know what these POW soldiers went through. Mr. Holcomb agreed but the manuscript had to be “in his own words.” Mr. Holcomb bravely started to relive his ordeal. What followed is an incredible story of survival and the will to live while he endured physical, mental and emotional suffering. He and 18 other POWs escaped and were rescued. Mr. Holcomb now resides in Tennessee. The interview took several months to complete and now is contained in a 75 page manuscript. Carol Constable of West Kill is Fred Holcomb’s niece. Thank you, Mr. Holcomb, for your service and thank you to all who have and are serving for your sacrifices and honor to our great nation.

Until next week take care and please be kind to one and all.

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