There was a lovely baby shower for Samantha Clark on July 11 at the Phoenician Steakhouse in Phoenicia. About 25 family members and friends attended. Of course there were lots of wonderful gifts for Sammi and husband Matt and the little girl that is expected in August.

Don’t miss the presentation by Kelli Huggins at 1 p.m. July 17 under the pavilion at the Lexington Municipal Building, 3542 Route 42 on “The Notch in the Golden Age of Tourism.” Kelli will cover the history of the West Kill Notch and how it was instrumental in expanding local tourism in the 1800s. In 1873, the West Kill Notch rose to national notoriety in newspaper articles touting the area’s supposed year-round snow and ice. This coincided with a boom in tourism as rail lines expanded, giving people easier access to country retreats. Locally, hotels and boarding houses cropped up to serve the growing number of visitors. This talk will explore the lore of the Notch, from “man famines” to the permanent snow, and how the region was shaped by media and tourist attention. Kelli is a historian, writer and museum educator. She currently works at the Catskills Visitor Center. Kelli wrote her first book, “Curiosities of Elmira,” when she worked at the Chemung County Historical Society in Elmira. Her current book project is about the rise of canine celebrities in the late 19th century, focusing on two real-life famous dogs, Railroad Jack and Owney. She has a BA from Siena College and a MA in History from the University of Delaware. This event is being hosted by the Lexington History Room that is located in the Lexington Municipal Building.

Lexington/West Kill UMC summer Sunday worship services are being held under the pavilion at the Lexington Municipal Building at 9:30 a.m. followed by a coffee hour. All are welcome.

Keith Mellott’s birthday is July 15. July 15 is Karen Aurigema’s birthday. Happy birthday to Jay Fink July 18. July 18 Ed Haines celebrates his birthday. Steve Van Etten’s birthday is July 20. Happy anniversary to Linda and Charles Van Etten on July 21. Celebrating a birthday on July 21 is Gretchen Milton. Debbie Simmons celebrates her birthday on July 21. Best wishes to all.

Next Lexington Farmers Market is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 24 under the pavilion at the Lexington Municipal Building.

There will be a memorial service for Diane Clarke at 11 a.m. July 31 in the West Kill United Methodist Church, 65 Spruceton Road, West Kill followed by fellowship at the Community Hall in West Kill.

Greene County Department of Human Services Senior Nutrition Program invites all persons 60 and older and spouses to receive meals for a suggested contribution of $4 per meal.

Those wishing to receive a meal and pick-up at a senior service center are required to call the respective location at least a day in advance.

Meals are take out only. Senior sites are located at the Jewett Municipal Building, 518-263-4392; Rivertown Senior Center, Athens, 518-945-2700; Acra Community Center, Cairo, 518-622-9898.

Bring your children at 10 a.m. July 28 in the Lexington UM church hall for crafts, activities and games. Parents are asked to remain with their children. Hopefully this will be a two day a week gathering in the future.

Children can make new friends and have a fun time. If you would like more information, give JoEllen a call at 518-989-6568.

Next Lexington/West Kill UMC Administrative Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 4 in the church hall.

Town of Lexington Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 in the Firemen’s Room.

Until next week take care, be thankful, be nice, courteous, respectful, compassionate and kind. Your act of kindness may change someone’s life.

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