PRATTSVILLE — We continue to be thankful for our healthcare workers, essential workers and those working daily to keep our lives on track. Thank you.

It was an absolutely beautiful wedding to send Joe and Karissa McGunnigle Baker off on a wonderful life together. Joe and Karissa exchanged vows on Sept. 24 in a mountaintop ceremony at the Windhan Manor.

To start off the weekend celebration, Thursday night rehearsal was at Ze Wine Bar. Cordelia Schrieber and her mom, Jessika, did a wonderful job. Joe C. from Brandy wine provided food and service. Amazing and delicious in spite of the pouring rain. Friday, the wedding day, was a beautiful sunny day. The ceremony was at the Windham Manor. What a venue! Owners Susan and Barry have done a spectacular job there. The bride herself, Karissa, decorated and every detail was attended to.

The wedding was officiated by Joe’s godfather, Uncle John Zeich. Uncle Dennis Baker gave a beautiful speech. Joe Baker looked extremely handsome and the bride was stunning. Guess who security was? Our own Mindy Sokoll.

The staff at the Manor should also be mentioned. Very impressive, especially Karen Fox-Carroll. Wow! Food was great. Desserts were amazing, band incredible. Everyone had a great time. Party continued the next day at The Manor House with a huge barbecue. Fun time. All four parents are very happy and Karissa and Joe’s siblings were all in the wedding party along with Joe’s nieces Sophia and Scarlett and Karissa’s niece Luna.

Sympathy to the family of Lou Schmidt. It was an honor to know him and share so much laughter with him and Fritzie. Lou was a valued member of the mountaintop community and was a resident of Hunter, being the proprietor, with wife Fritzie, of Traphagen Honey Farm. They were staunch supporters of our veterans’ programs. One of his most memorable quotes, after visiting the VA for the first time at Christmas and helping distribute presents, upon returning home he told Fritzie, “Now I know what Christmas is all about.” That is your pass into heaven Lou. God speed.

Condolences to John Falke on the passing of his wife Donna Becker Falke. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Early leaf peepers had Prattsville filled the past weekend. Pratt Rock and Main Street were packed.

Heard from the Chatfield sisters, Janet Syska and Judy Chatfield, on the West Coast. COVID is again on the rise in Oregon and masks are required outside and in public. Judy is making plans to have cataract surgery on her right eye sometime this month. Success Judy. The sisters had a successful vegetable garden, even dabbling with eggplants and lemon cucumbers, and are all set for winter dining. The forest fires are still burning south of them and on some days leave a fine coat of ash on their cars. The alpha dog GiGi is thriving and she goes to Groomindales, love that name, for a dog spa day. Judy is still working on her COVID quilt and have made her promise to send a picture of it upon completion.

Happy Birthday to Samantha Baker on Oct. 9. Happy Birthday Brian Young on Oct. 10. Bill Decker is wished Happy Birthday on Oct. 11. In Oregon, Happy Birthday Judy Chatfield on Oct. 12. On Oct. 14 we wish twins Connie Constable and Becky Benson, Fritzie Schmidt and Cathy Martino a Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday to Lisa Zimmerman and Dorothy Giordano on Oct. 15.

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